15 Mar–11 Nov, restaurant closed Sun and Mon, group bookings over Christmas and New Year.
lounge, bar, TV room, library, 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.
in dining room at dinner.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), and in public rooms, except dining room.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £50–£60, double £110–£150, D,B&B double £140–£180. A la carte £28.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Perfect peace reigns within this friendly hotel at the end of a quarter-mile drive, swaddled by a densely wooded river valley on the western edge of Exmoor national park. Owners Mark and Pat Cowell spare no effort to make their guests happy – ‘We could not have felt better cared for,’ ‘We felt totally spoilt,’ say readers. Those returning in the afternoon – from walking the South West Coastal Path, say, or from swimming off secluded Heddon’s Mouth beach – are offered tea and coffee in the lounge, or on the west-facing sun terrace. Most of the 11 individually styled bedrooms, named after trees in the grounds, occupy the original Victorian house; three more contemporary rooms are in a newer wing. Chestnut has ‘a Victorian wooden bed, a large bathroom with bath and separate shower’. Menus are unpretentious – soups, pastas; cider-braised pork, pancetta, roasted apple; poached plaice with asparagus; braised local beef brisket medallion, wild mushroom and spinach potato rösti – but chef Justin Dunn ‘likes the challenge’ of cooking something special on request. Breakfast brings packet cereals but ‘wonderful berry compotes’. (DO, J and MB)
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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.
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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.