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“Utterly idyllic place to stay. And promising to get better still!”
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The Hunters Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Martinhoe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

We love Hunters Inn. It is in idyllic surroundings and the building itself is beautiful. This is the first time we've stayed: a special treat for us, a break on our journey from Yorkshire to Cornwall.
We will almost certainly come back again, by which time the renovation work will be completed.
The owner, a very pleasant man, very quickly and without fuss transferred us to a different room when we expressed our dismay at the scaffolding outside the window of the (lovely) room we'd originally been allocated. And, in truth, the building work didn't otherwise intrude on our stay.
A few little touches would make a real difference to this great inn: bar staff who acknowledge your arrival at reception - 'just ignore them' is not a great welcoming policy. We are reasonable folk and would have accepted 'someone will be with you shortly'. We were early, the staff were busy, but that doesn't render us invisible.
Can anything be done about the flies in the dining room? We had a fantastic table overlooking the garden but were fending off flies which rather took the edge off.
The B and B deal was £100. And the fantastic location, comfy bed and the all round friendliness of staff and owner mean we feel it was money well spent. But in that price bracket a few nice extra touches would be good: for example we've been greeted with homemade biscuits and nice bathroom extras etc in similarly priced and situated establishments. It makes a difference.
And finally, the building has history - once the work is done it will be great to have a folder of info, including perhaps a typical menu, in the room.
But, as I said, we'll be back. It's a heavenly spot.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Jan S
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The hotel is in a fabulous position and although a little dated is comfortable and clean. The food however was a disappointment. The advertised fruit salad never appeared at breakfast and croissants only occasionally, the delightful and efficient young waitress had to make repeated apologies for brown bread not being available for toast. Our evening meal was only adequate, the beef burgers were advertised as homemade but really didn't taste as though they were and the salad was limp and uninspiring. However the young staff were all friendly if inexperienced. The manager too was very friendly and made a great effort to chat to his guests.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Hunters Inn is located in a wonderful, rural location. It has a large and secluded garden, which proved to be an ideal spot in which to relax, with a good book and a drink in the warm sunshine. However, whilst the staff were friendly and helpful, we came away feeling there was a general air of malaise and that the Inn was resting its laurels on its location and the lack of competition in the immediate vicinity. Doors to the kitchen areas were being left open to the view of those dining in the evening or having breakfast in the morning, the meals were a little disappointing, and whilst the main public areas seem to have been updated recently, our bedroom certainly required a major overhaul. Overall, room for improvement.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Yes the drive to hunters inn is pretty tricky no matter which way you go. When you get there however it is worth it. Lovely gardens and a friendly bunch of young enthusiastic staff. The management were really nice too Whilst the bathroom was poor the four poster bed was fun and we had a side window as well as view out back to the garden from room 1. We enjoyed great weather and worked our way through the beer and ciders on return from our hot hot hikes. The quiz night was fun too although the locals were too brainy for us to have a chance. "Paxo" only gave us 4 points as we were a two person team, miserable sod ! You get an eclectic bunch of customers which is good. So with a bit of tlc in the bathrooms its sure to be on our return list. O i just remebered. They "always run out of bread" .. on Sunday /Monday according to the chef. On the plus side the chips are fantastic as are the portions. There is no mobile signal till you hike up 500 feet or so best let you family and friends know that before you go.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Stopped here for a meal on a balmy summer's night, and while it could have been a delight, it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. The beer was good, and the food, what there was of it, was fine, but for the amount we paid we expected a bit more. A vegetable, or two, for example. When my meat and potatoes arrived, I asked the young person serving us whether we'd be getting any veg, but she just said "no, that's it" and stomped off. Later, clearing our table, she said we could have ordered side dishes. There was nothing about this on the menu, and she didn't say anything about it earlier. My kids and my wife left feeling a little hungry, and our experience of this place was really spoiled by the sloppy way this person dealt with us. It's a real shame, because I really wanted to like it.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The Hunters Inn is in a very lovely bucolic setting in the Heddon Valley. The sun rises late and sets early behind the steep sides of the valley. We had a room on the second floor (through plenty of fire doors!), with plenty of space both in the bedroom and the enormous bathroom. The room six bathroom is as big as some other hotels' actual bedrooms - with a fabulous view over the lovely garden. A shower attachment to the taps would have been useful (we liked the humour of leaving out shower caps, even though there was no shower!)! The windows in the bedroom and bathroom could probably do with being replaced difficult to close and rotten in places.

The pub was good, a mix of locals and tourists. And a table was reserved for us for the evening meal, again overlooking the garden. Food was quite good, reasonably priced and plentiful. Breakfast was ok, although one morning we were told that there were no eggs for scrambled eggs. Then the waitress came back and said we could however have a poached egg. Me no understand! Whatever, this is a nice place to stay for a couple of nights, and our small dog was welcome everywhere.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Scorchy
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I have visited this pub many times over the years whilst visiting this area and have always intended to come back and stay so when I decided to undertake part of the South West Coast Path walk I just had to organise a stay here and I was not disappointed.
I arrived about 2pm and the pub was quite busy but checking in was not a problem so I enjoyed a pint from their good selection of local beers and was then showed to my room. I had booked a twin room as I intended to be walking with a friend but as I was alone I was given a discount on the agreed price. I came down to the bar in the evening and decided not to eat as I had eaten during the day so I sat and chatted with some locals in the bar and had a good night. The bar person (Linda) was very good and kept my glass well filled.
The room was excellent with a large bathroom and a welcome bath.
Breakfast was very good and although they were busy the service was no problem.
Jen was good enough to keep my bag until I had completed the walk and returned later in the day to have some lunch and collect it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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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: $90 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Hunters Inn 3*
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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