Heddons Gate is superbly positioned on the slopes of the magnificently wooded Heddon Valley hidden at the end of a quarter-mile drive you will discover its tranquil country house atmosphere and only few places can match the enviable setting of this hotel. Heddon s Gate originally built dates back to 1890 s but only became a hotel in 1967 and has been sympathetically extended over the decades when the Victorian wealthy were choosing all the best sites for their country estates the hotel is now a charming fusion of different styles. There are so many places to relax and enjoy this fine old country house a cosy library with a wide choice of books a large lounge a TV room and a spacious bar all with fine views of the garden and the wooded hills beyond the main breakfast/dining room is in the new wing and also has beautiful views. Heddon s Gate has eleven distinctive bedrooms each with its own particular charm equipped with TV radio hair dryer direct dial telephone and hot drink facilities. The three rooms in the newer north wing are contemporary whereas the rooms in the original wing are mostly more traditional in style. All have attractive en suite bathrooms with WC basin and bath and/or shower most of the bathrooms in the original wing also have a bidet food and drink are an important part of the Heddon s Gate experience relax and unwind in the comfort of the hotel. All produce is locally sourced wherever possible outside the terraced garden faces west and is a real sun trap in the afternoon eight of the eleven guest bedrooms have spectacular views of the garden and the valley beyond. The variety of trees and plants is impressive acer wisteria fig rhododendron eucalyptus chestnut holm oak laurel bamboo. The trees behind the hotel form the perfect backdrop to this beautiful stage. Later on meet fellow guests in the bar enjoy an aperitif and browse the dinner menu and carefully chosen wine list. Eating at Heddons Gate is always an occasion start the day with a hearty English breakfast or a lighter option if preferred. The main event of the day is the excellent 4 course dinner Savour the very best local produce prepared to a high standard by the proprietors who are passionate about serving good food then retire to the bar or lounge where you will find coffee and tea with locally handmade chocolates. The natural beauty of Exmoor makes it a walkers paradise The Heddon Valley is at the western end of Exmoor National Park which makes it an ideal base for exploring both the Park and the charming Exmoor towns & villages of Lynton Lynmouth Porlock & Selworthy to the east and the traditional family & surfer seaside towns of Ilfracombe Woolacombe Croyde & Braunton to the west. Explore dramatic coastal scenery spectacular moorlands wooded combes and varied wildlife. Many favourite walks start directly from the hotel. Much of the unspoilt countryside is equally accessible by car you can also explore the stately old houses gardens castles museums fine churches markets and craft centres that abound in North Devon experience the best of Exmoor hospitality at Heddons Gate. If you love peace and tranquillity wooded hillsides beautiful scenery and coastal walks Heddon s Gate Hotel is the place for you.
- Pets allowed