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“A rare gem and butterfly heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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The Hunters Inn
Heddon Valley, Martinhoe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4PY, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Martinhoe B&B and Inns
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A rare gem and butterfly heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Visited on a sunny July day in search of the almost extinct High Brown Fritillary. Sat down to sample the excellent Miss Loosemoor ale in the suntrap before heading off in our walking boots upstream along the Heddon Valley where the said butterfly and many other types were in delightful abundance. Returned to the Inn after an hour or so to re-sample the ale and a very tasty light lunch whilst overlooking the quite splendid lawned garden area surrounded by majestic trees. After lunch we headed downstream through yet more buttterflies to a superb little rocky cove where the river met the sea. Hunters Inn makes a simply breathtaking base for exploring this outstandingly beautiful area...and the ale and food were a perfect match.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We booked to stay one night last minute and it was a great choice. The hotel is set in a lovely valley with coastal walks literally on the doorstep. The gardens were large and brilliantly maintained and the food and drink (seven real ales on tap) were top class. A great breakfast and really friendly helpful staff made our one night stay really enjoyable. The added bonus was the lack of mobile phone reception and the guest morris dancers!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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38 hotel reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I have just been back to the Hunters Inn for the first time for nearly 15 years. Reminiscing about the setting, the quaint gardens to the front, and the homely atmostphere on route to the family, we sighted the majestic rear elevation as we came down the hill from the moor. Sadly, that was as good as it got. The setting is simply fantastic, as is the building - a great pallette to establish a great venue. How can it have all gone so wrong? The interior has been sanitised, indeed it looks like a premier inn on the inside, featureless, including a wholly out of character internal staircase down to the toilets. The furniture is habitat(ish), the bar area decorated by beer mats (ouch) and scruffy tables, and devoid of any personal touches. Akin to other reviews, the barman was offhand - I nearly walked out when having requested a menu, he pointed somewhat offhandedly at the end of the bar and said 'they're at the end of the bar' without a slightest hint of either fetching one for me or any apparent idea of 'service'. We put it down to him being in training (such was his apparent ignorance of how the place functioned (or should function)) but seeing the other reviews makes me wonder. The owner was seemingly at the bar but ignored us, favouring a few locals, and the waitress whilst efficient, then smooched with her beau in between courses at the bar...urgh. The front used to have little gardens and tables scattered throughout. Now it is a bland open area with a large ugly awning and wooden tables from a DIY store. The food was OK although asking for cheese on the burger required a visit to the kitchen to check with the chef. It wasn't that expensive by modern standards but given the above, felt it. Such a shame - all that potential lost in a mist of bland uninterested complacency. We won't be hurrying back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Such a shame that this fabulous place did not live up to expectations in as much as after driving such a long way to get to it we found the food very overpriced. We both had fish, chips and peas (could have had the same in the local chip shop). It was very over priced at £24.00 for two and the bill far exceeded our expectations, our own fault because we could not resist sharing a pudding which was only average (after driving all the way). That was £5.95! Having said this the location was fabulous but there are other places that are equally as nice. Maybe we paid for the privalege?

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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259 reviews 259 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 101 cities Reviews in 101 cities
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Excellent location and breakfast but not a very welcoming establishment and service slow in bar and check-in areas. Room was average and wifi did not seem to work - in need of refurbishment but seemed busy and clearly a good starting point for some good walking

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
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75 reviews 75 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Had an excellent steak, with vegetables that were correctly cooked, lovely. Very friendly owner who was very helpful and knowledgeable about the Inn
The Hunters Inn is very picturesque and there are fantastic walks along the coast, you need your walking shoes though.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gunnislake, England, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We chose this place for its location and that was as far as it went. On arrival, I asked how to log on to the advertised wi-fi and was told it was "broken and wasn't going to be fixed". The staircase to our top floor room was smelly to the extent of holding your breath if you could - difficult with such steep stairs. Our room looked out over the valley, lovely view. There was no book or guide on where and how things worked and a lack of general cleanliness.

The bathroom, although probably refurbished, had a leaky tap in the basin, ran out of hot water at 7pm, had a chipped enamel in the bath, a toilet flush that frequently got stuck and a wonky basin pedestal that obligingly "clonked" to let you know when you passed by.

The place was clearly understaffed and although the folk we met were charming, there were simply not enough of them to provide a proper service. The food was no more than adequate. The breakfast room was OK but there were not enough tables for all the guests. The poor old (ex) spider plant on the fireplace had long since given up and its remaining brown leaves bore testimony to the sad overall state of this place. The party in the car park opposite, that kept us awake until 3am, clearly had a better time than we did!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Heddon Valley, Martinhoe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4PY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Martinhoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Martinhoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hunters Inn pub is blessed with the most magical setting, tucked at the bottom of the exquisitely beautiful Heddon Valley on Exmoor. The narrow road from the moor descends beneath a canopy of ancient trees. Sun-dappled leaves glitter and gleam. The river runs past the inn and a short walk takes you to the beach. ... more   less 
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The Hunters` Hotel Exmoor National Park
The Hunters Inn Martinhoe, Devon

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