Highbullen Hotel – The Ultimate Leisure Hotel in North Devon

March 3, 2020


Located in North Devon, Highbullen Hotel offers all manner of leisure activities to entice groups including families, friends and business away days. The sprawling 127-acre estate with magnificent views across the Mole Valley and Exmoor National Park is home to an award-winning restaurant and Laura Ashley Tea Room for recharging moments after all that activity.


There is plenty to explore surrounding the hotel, before heading back and enjoying the extensive leisure facilities. The local area 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.


Back at Highbullen Hotel, many leisure options are available including tennis, swimming, golf, snooker and a Spa to relax in after. Highbullen Hotel’s chosen brand is ELEMIS who provide a wide range of wonderful spa treatments. Facials, massages and holistic therapies are available.



At Highbullen Hotel there are 7 all-weather courts, 4 full size and 3 half size. A Tennis Pavilion offers non-playing guests an opportunity to sit and relax on the veranda as well as offering refreshments.



The Pool Hall at Highbullen Hotel offers guests a relaxing experience with some of the best views on the estate. Facilities include a Heated Indoor Swimming Pool with Panoramic views. Throughout the summer an outdoor pool is also available.



An 18-hole USGA specification golf course is set in wooded parkland with breath-taking views across both Dartmoor and Exmoor.



The Billiard Room adjoining The Bar, with full size snooker table is an ideal place to relax, enjoy good company and perhaps a few traditional games. The Bar is open throughout the day.



Fishing can be organised in and around the River Mole and River Taw with pre-arranged access. Highbullen is ideally situated on a spur of land between two of the best fishing rivers in Devon.



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. A walk is available to suit all abilities. These include:


  • Walk 1 - 30 to 45 minutes

Departing from the hotel, an easy stroll around the village of Chittlehamholt will familiarise guests with this typically pretty English village.

  • 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. The walk includes climbs.

  • Walk 5 - 3 to 4 hours

A circular walk taking in superb North Devon woodland, streams, open farmland and beautiful views of the ancient Devon landscapes and villages.

  • Walk 6 - 3+ hours

A circular walk taking in cliffs, coastline, wooded combes and open Exmoor moorland.


As the days get longer, get active in North Devon at Highbullen Hotel.


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


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

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