It's right out on its own. You have to go through the village of Chagford to get there, winding down these incredibly tiny lanes - it's like going to the end of the world. Once you are there you are rewarded with lots of wild, fresh air. It has marvellous food and, if I could get there in time, I'd just have the English breakfast. The best thing about English country houses is that you feel like you're a guest in someone's mansion - there are dogs in front of blazing fires and you don't feel like you're paying.
I'm rediscovering England. Unfortunately growing up in the south so close to continental Europe I tended to go on bicycling holidays in France when I was young. I would have lunch in Exeter Cathedral (0392 55573), one of my favourite places, and maybe go to a matinee in the Northcott Theatre (0392 54853). Later in the afternoon I would drive to a beach, or have a traditional cream tea somewhere on the coast like Sidmouth. Then I'd like to go back to Gidleigh Park for dinner. It's just a treat to see the gentler side of England.
Michael York stars in 'Fall from Grace', a four-hour drama commemorating the 50th anniversary of D-Day on Sky One, 5,6 Jun
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