Surprise. Delight. Enrich. That’s what Pieter set out to achieve with each and every guest when he opened Devon hotel, Glazebrook House, last May. He achieves the first within five seconds of arrival. The narrow, green driveway expands into the car park revealing a beautifully old building. It causes one of those gasped ‘wows’.
Nothing prepares you for that moment when you walk into the lobby though. Surprise he wanted and surprise he gets. It’s full on; tartan carpets, sleek leather chairs, velvet Union Jack curtains, a vintage bird cage, a shiny bulldog wearing a bowler hat and that’s not even the half of it.
On paper, Glazebrook House just shouldn’t work, but then the design is the creation of legendary Timothy Oulton and he knows his stuff. Like really knows it. He’s a British treasure in the form of interiors and design. His Globetrekkers collection is ridiculously stylish and infused with travel charm beyond belief. The input from Pieter’s wife, Fran, gives the hotel an edge. Fran is renowned in the interiors business, heading up global teams. Between them all they’ve made Glazebrook House a feast for the eyes.
You won’t believe the amount of class, craft and excitement that has gone into each of the unique rooms. No expense or creativity has been spared. Individually designed, the standard rooms pack a punch, let alone the luxury ones.
Just check out this #traveltrailer vlog of the Caterpillar Room, a so-called standard double.
Yes, I said Caterpillar Room. You see, as I said in the vlog, the style of the hotel is loosely framed around Alice in Wonderland. Try contacting the reception desk and saying ‘Erm, yes I’m calling from Jabberwocky’. Too funny! It’s little touches like that one that have you laughing in delight, just as Pieter said he wanted.
Whilst I stayed in Caterpillar, I had a peep at the other rooms. They’re all unique and stunning. The Cheshire Cat Room is one of the luxury rooms at the rear of the property. With windows on two of the walls, alongside a giant flamingo, and an intricately carved headboard that Pieter witnessed being crafted, it’s a purple-eyed masterpiece. The double shower is simply the icing on the cake.
Whatever room you go for, even if it’s the single (which by the way must be the most gorgeous single room I have ever clocked eyes on), the bed is the brazen star of the show. It is without a doubt the squishest, sofest, most tempting mattress you will ever lay your weary limbs on. It pulls you in for one of those hugs that you never want to end. If you slip into the fleecy robe (you know, just for the purposes of research) and then lay down, you will never, ever want to get up.
The Generous Extras
The hotel doesn’t stop there. Oh no. There’s a free mini bar in the room. And no, it’s not full of cheap things you wouldn’t want anyway (except perhaps for the coffee). You’ll find Galaxy bars, Kettle crisps, alcohol, Teapigs teabags and more. Then there’s the free wifi, the brand new iPad to use in your room, the mood lighting….you know, to give you something back, to enhance your stay, to enrich you. Whatever you want to call it, it’s pretty exciting.
More Than Affordable
Even after you’ve seen every room in this boutique hotel, the excitement isn’t over. Stories ooze out of the property, both old and new. The owner, Pieter, mingles with the guests. His enthusiasm and adoration for his hotel baby pours from his skin. It’s infectious; you can’t help but want to hear more about the past property owners, like the Naval Officer, or how the property was resurrected from a sorry state of an outdated building in just five and a half months. We can have that dinner party talk over in the restaurant (write-up here).
What begs disbelief is that a stay starts from as little as £120 per night. It’s crazy cheap and the stay is worth at least double that price. It has only been open a little while, so get in there quickly to experience this affordable, unique experience. It’s not a stay. It’s an experience.
Glazebrook House Hotel is located in a beautiful part of England called South Brent, in Devon. It’s a forty minute drive from Exeter Airport. If you haven’t been to this part of the UK you simply must. I’ll be sharing another vlog of the area soon so that you can see just how beautiful it really is.
I really, really hope you manage to visit this amazingly exciting hotel soon. Let them know that Taylor Hearts Travel sent you. Better yet, take me in your suitcase. Please? X
Big thanks to Glazebrook House for hosting my stay.