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Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa

Muddy says: You heard it from Taylor: you need to calm down! And here’s a chilled-out country house hotel on Dartmoor with a spa, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and two treatment rooms to do it in. Go get pampered!

Wishing you could find somewhere for a blissed-out spa-cation without leaving the county? I can help! Ilsington is a relaxed country house hotel with 25 bedrooms and panoramic views over Dartmoor’s stunning national parkland. The double AA rosette food is to die for, and then you can go and work it all off in the spa (or rather have a snooze on a lounger with a glossy).

The Tibetan style spa is upmarket and tranquil with a heated 11x5m indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna with yoga-music and sparkly changing colour-lights, plus a fitness suite with cardio rowers, cross-trainers and treadmills and top-of-the-range equipment.

Kids are welcome (sorry no excuses to leave them behind) and can use the pool at set times, it’s pooch-friendly and when you’re bored of lounging around in your fluffy robe *as if* the cities of Exeter and Plymouth are both less than half an hour way by car. Tempted? You should be.

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