Heddon's Gate Hotel  (Shortlist*)

In a ‘magical setting’ in the Heddon valley, Mark and Pat Cowell’s small hotel is surrounded by gardens and woodland. It is approached by a long private road owned by the National Trust. The former Victorian hunting lodge has been sympathetically extended and restored with period details intact; there is a country house ambience throughout. Named after trees, most of the ‘spacious, comfortable’ bedrooms are in the original building, accessed by a dog-legged staircase; three, in a new wing above the dining room, are more contemporary. Most have ‘spectacular views’ across the valley. In the elegant dining room, daily-changing three-course dinners, followed by coffee and chocolates, are ‘excellent value’. Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee are taken on the terrace or in the large lounge with a wood-burning stove. Lounge, bar, TV room, library, breakfast/dining room. Terrace; 3-acre grounds. ‘Stunning’ circular walks. Free Wi-Fi (in public areas). No mobile phone signal; guests may use the landline free of charge. No background music. Children (extra bed £15 per night) and dogs (£10 per stay) welcomed. 1 mile from the sea. 11 bedrooms (1 family room; 3 in new wing). Per room B&B £110–£130, D,B&B £130–£190. Closed Dec, Jan (open for groups only).

  • A hotel where the guest really comes first. Mark and Pat offer a relaxed and friendly hospitality which left us feeling totally spoiled.

    Jill & Mik Bennett, 27/05/2016

  • If you fancy a hotel that is isolated and secluded this is for you. The walking is spectacular and not too taxing. Mark and Patricia ae welcoming hosts. Our bedroom was large and comfortable with lighting exactly where it was expected. Excellent breakfasts and dinners.

    E Whatley, 11/04/2016

  • Excellent location for nature walks, with beautiful views just a short hike to the beach. Hotel is very dog-friendly and the food is excellent. It is run by a couple who do above and beyond the call of duty to take care of their guests and make them welcome, and the staff are great.

    Dani Flexer, 11/04/2016

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Local attractions

RHS at Rosemoor
An abundance of grasses in flower and a huge range of coloured flowers.
Arlington Court
Regency house, set in the valley of the River Yeo.
A seaside town, also known as 'surfers' paradise'.

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Heddon's Gate Hotel

MARTINHOE Devon England EX31 4PZ


01598 763481

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay