Hoteliers since 1896, the Grose family and their team have a tradition of giving committed service and warm hospitality to guests and visitors to Thurlestone Hotel. Their mission statement is “We strive to exceed our guests' expectations so they wish to return.”
Matthew Grose, Managing Director. Matt is the fifth generation of the Grose family to take on the leadership of the family business. From a young age Matthew was involved in the hotel business - he worked his way around each department at Thurlestone Hotel before becoming a pub Landlord aged 19 for the Courage Brewery in Berkshire. He studied Hotel Management at Plymouth University followed by a spell working and training in La Rochelle then London where he ran events for the British Film Institute. He returned to Thurlestone as Assistant Manager in 1996 and then headed to Scotland in 1998 to run the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. Following the successful sale of the Dryburgh in 2006 he went on to oversee the acquisition, refurbishment and management of Mullion Cove Hotel before heading back to Thurlestone in 2015 as head of the family business. Matthew still plays cricket for Kingsbridge 1st XI and has a love for rugby having represented Devon as a scrum half at age group level while at school and latterly for Kingsbridge RFC.
Tim Hassell, Estates Director. Tim is a 4th generation hotelier. He spent school holidays from the age of 14 working in his parent’s hotel in Torquay before going on to study Hotel and Catering Management at Oxford Polytechnic. He has worked at Duke’s Hotel in London, Stapleford Park Hotel and for Marriott Hotels at the Grosvenor Square Property. He has a long association with Thurlestone Hotel, working as an assistant manager in the mid 90's before returning to his family business in Torquay and subsequently oversaw the acquisition of the Ilsington Country House Hotel which he ran with his wife, Maura, for 15 years before handing the reins on to his brother, Richard. He is now back at Thurlestone full time to assist with capital projects and help Matthew set the vision for Thurlestone in the future. Tim is a part time marathon runner and erstwhile turkey farmer he also likes to spend as much time fishing as work allows.
Christian Thomas, Finance Director. Christian is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of commercial experience to the team having also held commercial finance roles in the construction and media sectors. In his spare time Christian enjoys running, composing electronic music and spending time with his family including his two Labradors.
Mary Grose, Business Development Manager. After an award-winning career working working in corporate sales for international hotel chains we are delighted to have Mary in the family business, focusing on business development alongside Human Resources and recruitment. Mary represented England in show jumping and can be found in the saddle when not at work.
Luke Comerford, General Manager.
Joining the team at the end of 2020 Luke has returned to South Devon having grown up in Ashburton. The last 15 years have taken him around the country and seen him develop a successful career across hospitality and hotel venues including The Lowry, QHotels and Harbour Hotels. He is looking forward to using his experiences and knowledge to develop the hotel throughout and beyond its 125-year anniversary. Outside of the hotel Luke is a keen follower of both Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle FC!
Peter Hvisc, Ground Floor Manager. Peter has worked at the hotel for many years and you may have known him as our Head Porter. Now Peter oversees the Terrace Bar and Porters as well as Duty Management. In his spare time he likes to look after his bees, fishing, golfing and watching football and supports the local teams.
Rene Müller, Head Chef. Rene has worked in Devon for nearly 15 years since moving from Berlin. He enjoys watching and playing football as well as spending time with his three children.
Alison Maisonny, Spa Manager. Ali has a wealth of experience within the industry and has been a beauty therapist for nearly 20 years now and absolutely loves looking after her clients. Ali adores her cats and also sings in a choir.
Teresa Hamilton, Marketing and Country Club Membership. Teresa provides a valuable input to our revenue and marketing as well as supporting our Front Office team. She has worked at the hotel for over 35 years. Teresa is a big dog lover and always a treat handy for her canine friends.
Kate Davey, Digital Marketing. Kate looks after everything "Digital" at the hotel from the website and Social Media to our brand new hotel app.
Terry- Louise Weeks, Front Office Manager. Originally from Plymouth but has been away working overseas in International hotels in America, Australia and New Zealand. I’ve now returned home and enjoy spending time with family, friends, coastal walks and discovering new Vegetarian places to eat.
Rachel Frass Head Receptionist. She supports and supervises Reception.
To include; 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast and 2 rounds of golf at Thurlestone Golf Club.
6th October – 30th October 2023
from £335 per person
1st November – 23rd December 2023
from £308.50 per person
14th January - 27th March 2024
from £296 per person
28th March - 24th May 2024
from £355 per person
To book please call 01548 560382
Enjoy two nights in a sea view room
Prosecco in your room on arrival
60 minute treatment each in the Voyage Spa
Dinner in the Trevilder restaurant or the Village Inn each night
A Thurlestone cream tea per person on the day of your choice
1st November - 23rd December 2023
From £939 based on two people sharing a classic sea view room
14th January - 27th March 2024
From £887 based on two people sharing a classic sea view room
To book please call 01548 560382 or email
Includes usage of the Voyage Spa facilities from 6pm - 8pm and the option to dine in one of our restaurants.
Village Inn Twilight £55 per person
(includes two-course dinner )
Trevilder Twilight Spa £75 per person
(Includesa three-course daily changing menu, and a glass of fizz)
To book please call 01548 560382
Why not stay the night?
Speak to our reservation team about adding a room and breakfast to your Twilight Spa evening.
Boxing Day Lunch
This Boxing Day, why not let us wait on you as you relax after the excitement of Christmas Day? Come and join us for a delicious three-course lunch in our two AA Rosette restaurant, the Trevilder. At £45 per person, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a delightful meal in beautiful surroundings.
To book, please call 01548 560382.
Afternoon Spa Session
Upgrade to a Thurlestone Full Afternoon Tea for an extra £20 per person (24 hrs notice must be provided)
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Includes an hours wreath workshop, a two course lunch in the Trevilder restaurant and a glass of fizz.
£50 per person to book please call
Available on the following dates:
Thursday 30th November
Wednesday 6th December
Thursday 7th December
Monday 11th DecemberView Offer
Christmas Party Night
The night will start with a drink's reception with a glass of fizz per person in our newly renovated Terrace Bar. Moving on to a three-course menu with tea coffee and mince pies included in either our Fine dining Trevilder restaurant or Yarmer suite. Followed by DJ entertainment until midnight in our Yarmer suite with a dance floor and bar.
For Exclusive parties only, you can pay for an extension on the DJ up to 2am.
Dates currently available
Friday 1st December - Exclusive or shared party
Saturday 2nd December - shared party
Saturday 9th December - shared party
Cosy Inland room - £140.00
Classic Sea view rooms - £165.00
Premier Sea view rooms - £185.00
Deluxe Sea view rooms - £210.00
Exclusive use flat rate room prices - £160.00 BB + £45.00 party ticket per person
Festive Meals at Thurlestone
Christmas Day Lunch £100 per person
Boxing Day Lunch £45 per person
New Years Eve Gala Dinner £100 per person
For more information please call 01548 560382
Festive Afternoon Tea
From the 1st December join us for a delicious Festive Afternoon Tea.
Indulge a selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and pastries, festive scones and your choice of Taylor and Moor Tea or Coffee.
Includes a glass of mulled wine.
£29.50 per person.
Pre booking is essential please call 01548 560382 or email email@example.com
Village Inn New Years Eve
Retreat to Reset
If you are looking to improve or reset your health and wellbeing in 2024, why not join us for a break that does just that? This year we are looking to form a new partnership with Victoria Rendle and the Kingsbridge Health Hub to create a health and wellness break for January.
The fast pace of daily life, the endless juggle of tasks and responsibilities leave most of us forever trying to catch up, exhausted and living life on other people’s terms. The feeling of endless, joyless struggle is a difficult cycle to break, especially when the inevitable aches, pains, or ill health creep in. You suffer, and your lives suffer, your relationships with others suffer.
From £1477 per person base on two people sharing an inland room.