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“Lovely peaceful retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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The Stag Hunters Hotel
Brendon, Exmoor National Park EX35 6PS, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Brendon
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“Lovely peaceful retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We were made to feel very comfortable and at home here. Our room, No.9 had just been refurbished and it was very nicely done. The bathroom is very large, fresh and clean, it had a 'P' shaped bath a lovely power shower and plenty of hot water.
We also had a large balcony off our bedroom overlooking a beautifully well kept garden which was a very peaceful space to sit relax and enjoy the scenery especially if you're lucky enough to be blessed with good weather.
The hotel is in quite an isolated position, a tiny hamlet with no shops but a perfect springboard for the many walks across Dartmoor and for visiting the pretty little towns of Lynton & Lynmouth which are only a short drive away.
Once in the Staghunters though you don't need to venture any further afield, the food was wonderful, a varied selection of good value meals are available and the portions were very generous.
We felt totally relaxed after a couple of nights here and went home with batteries recharged!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Greeted rather oddly in a "reception" which seems to be a junk room full of pictures and stuff
R oom was fine, but furnished as if from a job lot from an auction. Duvet was thinner than I believed possible
Shower was exce lent, best thing in the room, altho no hot water after 8.30

Dining room is in fact the bar, and VERY dog friendly, to the point of poor hygiene

Tables were allocated by room number, so you come late, you get a rubbish table. We complained and were stared at the rest of the evening. We left early and went elsewhere



  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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staghunters, Owner at The Stag Hunters Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Aloofness, whilst an undesirable quality is relatively harmless, but when it is coupled with rudeness to our friendly staff it becomes a bore. So it was a relief when the " lady " and her younger companion left.

As for her feeble complaints; pictures in the reception office......oh come on!

Staring - hardly, we run a busy bar but do scan the room to check everything is going smoothly.

I can assure potential guests there is hot water 24/7.

Our duvets are all 13.5 tog, adequate for most people in centrally heated rooms, if required blankets are readily available.

We randomly reserve tables unless guests request a particular table. We proudly have a score of 5 in food hygiene, which is the highest attainable by the Food Standards Agency.
The beautiful breakfast room, which overlooks the garden, serves as a dog free area for dining if so required.
Conversely guests can breakfast in the company of their canine companions in the bar lounge should they wish to.

Our furnishings, we feel, are right for the age of our ancient rural Inn, not pretentious, just good old fashioned English oak.

We are not boutique and neither are our prices!

From Richard, my family and excellent team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wonderful setting - peaceful quiet valley, next to the river. We saw deer and a dipper from the bedroom window.
Rooms full of character and an extremely comfortable bed.
Friendly and helpful owners and staff, we were made to feel very welcome.
Lovely breakfasts and tasty evening meals.
Added bonus of live folk music one evening.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a lovely two night stay here last weekend. The staff were very helpful and friendly, they came from as far afield as Bulgaria, Germany and the Basque Country! Great food and a lovely warm atmosphere in the bar. Although the Stag Hunters is in a very secluded valley, it's just a few minutes drive to the coast, making it a perfect place to stay. If you're looking for a boutique hotel, then this probably isn't for you, but if you want relaxation, friendliness and service with a smile, then I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Had a wonderful break away from city life. Its such a lovely place and the staff can't do enough for you. So laid back and easy going. The food is wonderful and you get so much. I'm a vegetarian and there is plenty of delicious food to choose from.

Like the fact you can take your dogs with you and they are welcome to dine with you in the pub lounge. I will definately be going back with my dogs and can't wait.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I was visiting some friends who were camping in Exmoor and had car trouble. Had to find somewhere last minute to stay. Luckily someone at the campsite knew the Stag Hunters Hotel. They were busy renovating the hotel when I arrived but gave me a very warm welcome. Even managed to find a new toothbrush and toothpaste for me as was totally unprepared. Lovely comfortable room with views out onto the hill behind the hotel.
Great breakfast in the morning and lots of friendly people to chat to. Loved it. Would really like to go back one day and stay for longer.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed at the Stag many times,but this was first new year,was great had a really lovely time made some lovely friends,great New Year's Eve with buffet live music fire works.....as always great food and hospitality from Richard,Wendy and the lads,locals are very friendly too,been going for years and love it,going on may 14 th taking my 2 dogs,taking my sister and her partner for the first time,have recommended lots of people to the stag,various ages from 20,s to 60,s and all enjoy this lovely place,cannot wait till next Tuesday to get there and unwind,see the owners who we regard ad friends, just hoping for nice weather see you next week guys x

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Brendon, Exmoor National Park EX35 6PS, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exmoor National Park > Brendon
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Brendon
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