We went down to Tiverton as my husband was doing the Exmoor Beast (bike ride that started about 1 miles from Hartnoll Hotel). I chose the hotel on the basis of being close to the start line and because it would allow me to take my labrador. (10 pounds/night charge - very reasonable).
We got the last room in the house (Room 18) which meant our friend who was coming with us had nowhere to stay but I was advised by the receptionist that the hotel next door (Bolham house) could take him. So that sealed the deal. Bolham has no restaurant so the three of us had all our meals at Hartnoll. The dinners and breakfasts were great. I had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs both mornings, with fruit and pastries from the buffet.
I highly recommend Hartnoll Hotel - it is a lovely, well furnished and decorated boutique hotel with good service and facilities. However, we had a little tour of Bolham House next door (where our friend was staying) and WOW, that is superb too.... its website does not do its grandeur any justice.
If you have a dog though, our Room (18) was a bit of a squeeze for a double bed and a dog bed. Also, I struggled to find anywhere to walk the dog off the lead which is a problem if they need to do their business. But then I found Knightshayes (National trust) which is a 3 min drive away with great walks for the dog and if you just need a 10 min run around, the gardens around the cricket grounds at the start of the drive are perfect.
Room 18 was in the Gate house, which was on the road. We were not particularly bothered by traffic, but the door sort of opens onto the car park which was a bit strange.
If I was the manager of the Hotel I would be tempted to landscape the area behind the Gate house a bit - couple of garden benches perhaps, and enclose the area for dogs to hang out in.
Otherwise, a great hotel, perfect for what we needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. With stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics, plenty of space to relax, eat and drink and exemplary customer service, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and family or meet with colleagues Each of the Hartnoll Hotel's 18 superior double rooms offers elegance and comfort. Our comfortable and spacious bedroom's have en-suite bathroom facilities and are fully equipped to the highest modern standards. Many enjoy spectacular countryside views. Attention to detail is the key at the Hartnoll Hotel, with Egyptian cotton sheets, plush duvets, plump fluffy towels, complimentary toiletries and luxurious toweling dressing gowns are perfect for an indulgent night of pampering. We offer a full breakfast with all our room rates, which can be taken in the conservatory, so you can sip freshly ground coffee in the warmth of Devon sunshine. Why not end your day with a glass of wine in the sitting room, where guests can sit back, relax and enjoy Devon hospitality at its best - Hartnoll style. ... more less
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- The Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton, Devon