During our visit to Devon this summer we were invited to the Two Bridges Hotel which can be found in the very heart of beautiful Dartmoor. It’s also the sister hotel of The Bedford Hotel, where we also had the pleasure of staying the night during our visit to Tavistock.
On arrival, we drove over the bridge that leads towards the characteristically white buildings of the hotel in anticipation, wondering how the Two Bridges would compare to the Bedford Hotel which had made such a big impression on us the night before.
The first thing to be noted about the Two Bridges Hotel is the incredibly beautiful surroundings. There is no mistaking that you are in the heart of the countryside with the West Dart River crossing the front of the hotel and the rolling fields disappearing off into the distance. I also have to mention the geese, who stroll around the carpark like lords of the manor. They are more than at home at the hotel, making sure they are visible in the car park to welcome new guests.
After checking out ‘Lustre’, the moor otter who had pride of place at the hotel entrance, we headed inside to check in. We were pretty impressed with the outside of the hotel, but when you walk inside, it’s something else entirely. The welcoming lounge is donned with classic leather sofas and chairs, and is nothing short of complete with the open fire places you can imagine roaring on a cold winter’s evening.
We headed up to our room to get settled in, passing wood panelled walls and traditional copper bed pans decorating our path. Opening the door to our room for the night was a real treat. There is something so inviting about traditional bedspreads and exposed wooden beams. There was even a dial telephone, which in the digital age, has long become a thing of the past.
The fully tiled bathroom was what really caught my attention, with a large bath and gold plated features. It was definitely a bathroom of character and made for a very pleasant addition to our stay at the Two Bridges Hotel.
We decided to head to the bar before dinner so that my daughter could enjoy looking at her books in comfort and I could catch up on a few emails. Due to the nature of the building, the wifi signal was slightly stronger downstairs. We overheard plans being made for a wedding and locals discussing the latest events in the area. It was clearly a meeting place for local residents as well as people visiting Devon.
After a little eavesdropping, we decided to order dinner in the bar, as we had already made ourselves comfortable. My little explorer opted for the sausage with triple cooked chips, and I couldn’t resist the sausage and mash. All I can say is that I probably ate the best sausage and mash I’ve ever tasted and will ever taste at the Two Bridges Hotel. The sausages were locally produced, of course, and the mashed potato was simply out of this world. I was beyond impressed with both mine and my daughters meal.
My daughter and I plotted our route for otter spotting for the next day before heading to our room for the evening. While my daughter enjoyed a few cartoons before bed I read ‘Air Like Champagne’, a complimentary book left in our room talking about the history of the Two Bridges from 1700’s through to the present day. The Two Bridges has seen some very special guests, including HRH Prince Charles and Vivien Leigh. It has also played a very active part in Dartmoor for its entire existence due to its central location.
Breakfast at Two Bridges is another treat in itself. Breakfast is ordered from the menu and freshly cooked, making for the perfect start to the day. My little explorer worked her way through the freshly baked croissants and jam, and I let the freshly brewed coffee work its magic. Feeling set up for the day we decided to take a look around outside and enjoy the river and local surroundings. The Two Bridges really does occupy a very beautiful part of Dartmoor and is perfect for people who enjoy walking and being in the countryside.
We spent a wonderful night at the Two Bridges Hotel, and felt that it was a very special hotel in a very special location. I would happily stay here again, with or without children, and would happily recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a luxury hotel in Devon.
If you liked this post, you might also enjoy our review of the Moorland Garden Hotel.
We were guest of the Two Bridges Hotel in exchange for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.