Heddon’s Gate Hotel

Barnstaple, Devon

Guests feel ‘thoroughly spoilt’ at this welcoming hotel, tucked away in wooded seclusion at the end of a quarter-mile private drive. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Guests feel ‘thoroughly spoilt’ at this welcoming hotel, tucked away in wooded seclusion at the end of a quarter-mile private drive. Owners Mark and Pat Cowell go out of their way to assure visitors’ comfort, providing complimentary afternoon tea and cake in the large lounge or on the terrace. Front-facing bedrooms have panoramic valley views. Those at the rear look on to woodland. Some are bright and modern, some more traditional. Dual-aspect Beech has the best outlook. Oak, the original master bedroom, has an 1840s half-tester bed; Laurel, antique stained-glass windows. ‘Chestnut had a Victorian bed of a strange shape but perfectly comfortable, two ornate chairs plus a table and chair. The large bathroom had a bath and separate shower.’ Breakfast brings ‘a vast range of packet cereals’, fresh fruit, berry compote (‘our favourite, wonderful with yogurt’), smoked salmon, pancakes with lemon, or a full English – fuel for walkers planning to follow the South West Coast Path, which runs below. Take it at a table in the lounge if you want your dog with you. The Cowells no longer offer an evening meal, but the National Trust-run Hunter’s Inn is just half a mile away. More reports, please.

Hotel details

Address

Heddons Gate Hotel
Martinhoe
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 4PZ
England

Telephone

01598 763481

Bedrooms

11.

Open

15 Mar–11 Nov, group bookings over Christmas and New Year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, boxed-games room, TV room, breakfast/dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), no mobile phone signal (guests may use landline free of charge), sun terrace, 2½-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), and in public rooms, except dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £50-£120, double £100-£155, 1-night bookings refused bank holiday weekends.