10 Feb–11 Nov, restaurant closed Tues, group bookings over Christmas and New Year.
lounge, bar, TV room, library, breakfast/dining room, free Wi-Fi in public areas, in-room TV (Freeview), no mobile phone signal (guests may use landline free of charge), sun terrace, 2½-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.
in dining room, ‘but silence is also available on request’.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in dining room.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £110–£150, D,B&B £140–£180. Set dinner £28. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat, bank holidays.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In a valley on the north Exmoor coast, Mark and Pat Cowell’s ‘friendly, unpretentious’ hotel stands at the end of a long private drive ‘close to wonderful walks and fabulous scenery’. Guide readers in 2017 praise the owners’ generous spirit and relaxed hospitality – ‘they left us totally spoiled!’ ‘Mark met us on arrival, helped unload the car and took our bags upstairs. One sunny evening, as we sat on the terrace reading, they offered to set up a table for us to have dinner alfresco.’ Most bedrooms are traditionally styled; three in a newer wing are more contemporary. ‘Our deluxe room, furnished with a comfortable Victorian bed and a couple of ornate chairs, had a great view over the front garden.’ At dinner, chef Justin Dunn takes a flexible approach to his menu. ‘He asked what we’d like, and cooked special dishes for us, as we were staying several days. One night, he prepared a fillet steak with delicious peppercorn sauce, another, a lovely risotto.’ There’s freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast, plus lemon pancakes, ‘first-class smoked salmon’, a ‘wonderful berry compote’. Outside, there’s only birdsong, and the rushing River Heddon below. (Jill and Mike Bennett, Denis Owen)
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10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.