Heddon’s Gate Hotel

‘Utterly peaceful’, with ‘fabulous views’ of the hidden Heddon valley, Mark and Pat Cowell’s ‘unpretentious’ hotel ‘brings back the feel of country living’. More

Contact details

Heddon’s Gate Hotel
Martinhoe
Devon
EX31 4PZ
England
01598 763481

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11.

Open

12 Feb–13 Nov, group bookings over Christmas and New Year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, TV room, library, breakfast/dining room, free Wi-Fi in public areas, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 2½-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled. No mobile phone signal; guests may use the landline free of charge.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £110–£150, D,B&B £140–£180. Set dinner £27.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Utterly peaceful’, with ‘fabulous views’ of the hidden Heddon valley, Mark and Pat Cowell’s ‘unpretentious’ hotel ‘brings back the feel of country living’. ‘Under these new owners, it’s exceeded the qualities that originally earned it a place in the Guide,’ writes a regular correspondent, whose compelling recommendation wins it a renewed full entry. Inspectors in 2016 were ‘warmly welcomed’ by the ‘enthusiastic, hands-on’ host. ‘Mark gave us a tour of the house, and insisted on carrying our bags. Our large, bright room, in the newly redecorated wing, had a comfortable bed and crisp linen; plentiful hot water in the bathroom. We watched the deer in the woods from dual-aspect windows.’ Mobile and Wi-Fi signals aren’t the strongest: ‘Best to forget the digital world and just relax.’ After a day’s ‘spectacular’ walking, sit down to an ‘enjoyable’ dinner, perhaps ‘tasty grilled asparagus with a poached egg and Parmesan crisp; well-cooked plaice, local new potatoes’. Breakfast brings ‘lovely, runny’ scrambled eggs, ‘first-class’ smoked salmon, freshly squeezed orange juice. ‘A welcome revival.’ (Sue and Mark Foster, E Whatley, and others)

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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. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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Heddon’s Gate Hotel
Martinhoe
Devon
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'.