Heddon’s Gate Hotel

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’. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11

Open

10 Feb–11 Nov, restaurant closed Tues, 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), no mobile phone signal (guests may use landline free of charge), sun terrace, 2½-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in dining room, ‘but silence is also available on request’.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

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.

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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.

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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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