Highbullen Hotel in North Devon combines an interesting history dating back to 1879 enhanced with contemporary touches and modern luxuries, set within a sprawling 127-acre estate with views across the Mole Valley and Exmoor National Park. The Victorian Arts and Craft Manor House is home to 12 beautiful bedrooms, including the spectacular award-winning Loft Suite complete with its own steam room and infrared sauna, whilst a further 30 bedrooms can be found throughout the Estate in The Courtyard, Gardener’s Row, Golf View and Stable Cottage. Comfortable lounges to relax in can be found in the Manor House with large open fires and stunning views across to Exmoor. Highbullen also offers four luxurious self-catering cottages – Fairways East, Fairways West, Stable Cottage and Deer View – ideal for families or friends looking to benefit from the privacy and flexibility of self-catering whilst making the most of everything that Highbullen has to offer.
Facilities include an 18-hole USGA specification golf course set in wooded parkland with breath-taking views across both Dartmoor and Exmoor; a multi-functional golf simulator; seven LTA standard tennis courts with access to professional coaching and a tennis pavilion; an outdoor and 20-metre indoor swimming pool with sauna, steam-room and Jacuzzi. Highbullen last year teamed up with the British number one skincare brand, ELEMIS to providing a wide range of wonderful spa treatments.
In addition to providing a perfect base for some of the best shooting and fishing in the country, the local area also provides many attractions, from pretty Devon villages with cosy country pubs and old churches to lovely gardens such as Castle Hill and RHS Rosemoor, the latter being home to the largest rose garden in the southwest. Beaches nearby include Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe, all located along the spectacular North Devon coastline, they provide the perfect setting for a relaxing day on the beach, swimming or surfing. For walking enthusiasts, the South West Coast Path, Exmoor and Dartmoor are perfect for rambling walks, horse riding or simply taking in the wild and rugged scenery. Cyclists can enjoy the renowned and beautiful Tarka Trail. Visitors favourites in North Devon include the historic fishing village of Clovelly, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth linked by a Victorian water powered cliff railway, the Dartington Crystal Factory in Great Torrington, where visitors can see the handmade crystal being made, plus family visitor attractions such as The Big Sheep.
Fresh country air and outdoor pursuits call for delicious culinary experiences and Highbullen doesn’t disappoint. Whether it’s fine dining, a hearty Sunday roast with all the trimmings or a famous Devonshire cream tea, Highbullen prides itself on its locally sourced and inspired dishes. Formal dining takes places in the AA 2 Rosette Devon View Restaurant, under the careful watch of head chef Stephen Walker. The elegant dining room features floor to ceiling windows, granting spectacular panoramic views across the Devon countryside over to Exmoor. The Cellars offers a more laidback space for a drink and a light bite.
Embracing the nations love for afternoon teas, Highbullen opened Laura Ashley The Tea Room in the autumn of 2018. Designed in the distinctive Laura Ashley style, the room accommodates 74 covers, providing guests with unrivalled views bringing together the quintessence of England: the timelessness of afternoon tea, elegant country living and one of the most iconic English brands. Available is delicious homemade Devon Cream Tea, Full Afternoon Teas, Brunch and specifically designed afternoon teas for children.
Perfect for a range of celebrations, conferences, weddings or simply a special occasion, Highbullen’s Italian styled Palazzo is a flexible, state of the art venue with six diverse spaces to host up to 400 guests, whilst the hotel’s vast grounds provide a beautiful backdrop for marquees and dancing under the stars. In the summer months, the large outdoor terrace or the croquet lawn next to the Manor House are perfect for ceremonies and receptions.
Highbullen Hotel is ideal for the whole family. Make 2019 a year to explore this beautiful part of the United Kingdom with a stay to remember at North Devon’s finest hotel.
B&B is priced from £110 per room per night
Highbullen Hotel, Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9HD 01769 540561