Heddon’s Gate Hotel

Perfect peace reigns at this friendly hotel in at the end of a quarter-mile drive, in a densely wooded river valley at the western edge of Exmoor national park. More

Contact details

EX31 4PZ
01598 763481

Hotel information




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.

Background music

in dining room at dinner.


all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

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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Heddon’s Gate Hotel
EX31 4PZ

Guest comments

'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 - May, 2016
'An unpretentious small hotel that really is 'away from it all'. It has fabulous views and is a delight for walkers, birdwatcher and visitors who want just to relax in the sun. Our large, bright room had wonderful views and a bright, light bathroom. Dinner and breakfast were most enjoyable. Mark is very hands-on. ' - P T - May, 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 - March, 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 - March, 2016
'Set in a natural amphitheatre of trees in a beautiful location near the coastal path a hidden gem bringing back the feel of country living with a variety of rooms to suit all needs serving great food and breakfasts with a very welcoming and friendly relaxing ambience .Also very dog friendly highly recommended ! Near to Lyndon,watersmeet,valley of the rocks,Combe Martin,ilfracombe ideal ! ' - Mark & sue Foster - October, 2015

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Tourist 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.

  • Croyde

    A seaside town, also known as 'surfers' paradise'.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide