Fingals is different, and those who love it will really love it - which sums up why we remain enthusiastic about this manor farmhouse in a secluded valley, close to the River Dart. Owner Richard Johnston has created a real home from home where you will be surrounded by art and music and enjoy a laid-back, sociable atmosphere.
   The house - 17thC with Queen Anne front additions - has plenty of charm, with a stylish blend of new and old furniture, pine and oak. Since our last visit it has undergone some major changes: they now only have four rooms in which they offer their exceptional bed-and-breakfast, and five separate self-catered apartments decorated in a relaxed, modern style. Nevertheless if you’re self-catered you can still book breakfast in the dining room, and a freezer menu is available too.
   We’re also sorry to hear that the lovely wood-panelled restaurant is now only open two nights a week for dinner, but this is a testament to the well-executed, modern food – so book in advance.
   Fingals is an exceptionally relaxed place - you pour your own drinks, eat breakfast until 10 in the morning - and those who insist on everything being just so are likely to be disappointed. The three-course dinners, chosen from a short menu, are modern in style, competent in execution, and ample in quantity. A laid-back place with a laid-back, yet thoroughly professional, proprietor.