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Combine Walking & Dining in North Devon staying at Highbullen Hotel

July 3, 2019


Highbullen Hotel’s location in North Devon is the ideal base for exploring Exmoor and beyond. The walks in this area are particularly spectacular in the warmer months with the sun setting later allowing more time to discover this magical part of Devon.


There is an intimate green charm to walks around Exmoor. The Moors also provide plenty of myth and legend to explore. But walking here is a joy and walkers will encounter subtle blends of prehistoric past and wilderness present. Highbullen can provide written and mapped walk details for 6 walks local to the hotel.  The shortest is a half hour route around the hotel and village, the longest a walk on Exmoor, taking in the highest cliffs in England with views over the Bristol Channel to South Wales, as well as Exmoor’s famous wooded combes and heather covered moorland, with its wealth of wildlife.


  • Walk 1 - 30 to 45 minutes, departing from the hotel, an easy stroll around the village of Chittlehamholt.

  • Walk 2 - 60 to 90 minutes, departing from the hotel, a demanding circular walk across countryside and through woods.

  • Walk 3 - 90+ minutes, departing from the hotel, a woodland walk ideal for those keen on flora and fauna.  Can be extended to take in a section along the River Mole.

  • Walk 4 - 2 to 3 hours, departing from the hotel, a circular walk taking in great local views.

  • Walk 5 - 3 to 4 hours, a circular walk taking in superb North Devon woodland, streams, open farmland and superb views or the ancient Devon landscapes and villages.

  • Walk 6 - 3+ hours, a circular walk taking in cliffs, coastline, wooded combes and open Exmoor moorland.


Golden sandy beaches perfect for rock-pooling, swimming and surfing, dramatic coastlines, rugged moors and verdant valleys all demand to be explored. Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Putsborough are all good for surfing or family days out and within quick driving distance from the hotel.


Highbullen Hotel combines an interesting history dating back to 1879 enhanced with contemporary touches and modern luxuries, set within a sprawling 127-acre estate with magnificent views across the Mole Valley and Exmoor National Park. This really is the hotel to explore North Devon.


There are plenty of dining options at Highbullen. Formal dining takes place 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 menu showcases seasonal and local produce with a modern British theme across all dishes. An extensive wine list offers wines from the old and new worlds and staff can suggest wine pairings.


Highbullen recently opened Laura Ashley The Tea Room. 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. This space is converted into The Supper Room between 6pm and 10pm daily. The casual dining menu here includes a wide style of dining options that will entice everyone including; ‘small plates and sharing platters’ priced from £4.50, ‘big eats’ priced from £12.50, ‘pizza and pasta’ priced from £11.00, ‘salads’ and ‘desserts’ priced from £6.50.


For leisure fans, Highbullen Hotel is a dream especially in the warmer months with plenty of outdoor possibilities. Facilities include 7 all-weather tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and an 18-hole USGA specification golf course set in wooded parkland. Indoors guests can make use of a 20-metre indoor swimming pool with sauna, steam-room and Jacuzzi. Highbullen Hotel has partnered with leading skincare brand, ELEMIS to provide a wide range of wonderful spa treatments. Facials, massages and holistic therapies are available.


At Highbullen Hotel, the main building 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 stunning views across to Exmoor. Highbullen also offers four luxurious self-catering cottages.


B&B is priced from £110 per room per night


Highbullen Hotel, Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9HD 01769 540561

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