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Tarr Farm Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Tarr Steps B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
exmoor
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Can't understand why after living in North Devon for over 30 years we have never eaten here ....... all I can say our lunch was worth the wait .
Walks are beautiful as always ......the walking is easy and there is a great round walk up one side ... over the bridge and back the the other side . Perfect .

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Just got back from a last minute break at Tarr Farm Inn. Everywhere was full up until I grabbed the last room at this wonderful B&B.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, even to the extent that when we found the only taxi in the area wasn't available on Bank holiday Monday they offered to drive us themselves.
The room was really comfortable with everything you would expect a high class hotel to provide and even more. Large bottles of quality toiletries, toothbrushes, a shaving kit, comb, paracetemol and rennie should you over-indulge!, dressing gowns, it was all there. Fruit bowl, homemade cookies, still and sparkling water in the fridge. They'll even stock the fridge with wine and beer for you but I'm afraid you'll have to pay for that!
Without doubt the cooked breakfast was the biggest I have ever come across and all sourced from local farms. If that is not your thing then there are so many other choices at no extra cost including an excellent smoked salmon and scrambled egg dish.The afternoon cream teas come with scones the size of mountains and taste delicious. Evening meals are high quality and can be taken in a more formal dining room setting or casually in the bar. Just bear in mind that if you indulge in all the offerings during the day you won't feel like eating at all in the evening.
The location is right next to Tarr Steps so expect a significant number of visitors during the day in the peak holiday season but by 6pm they will have all gone leaving everything in a tranquil state. Later in the evening the magnificent array of stars are so bright due to the absence of artificial lighting anywhere near and you can hear the owls hooting throughout the valley. Standing on Tarr Steps alone at night or early in the morning is a magical experience and yes, we did both and paddled in the river Barle before breakfast.
The price may put you off as it is "only" a B&B/Inn but it really is worth it. The AA 5* B&B rating doesn't do it justice. It's worth much more.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kalo_Chorio
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ashford kent
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

we book the tarr farm inn on exmoor for break as we had just got back from germany after we found the place it look so peaceful we new it was just the place for us staff and service good room was beautiful tarr steps great and the walks amazing food good if you want somewhere to relax this is the place and let the world go by

Room Tip: all rooms are good
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank blowerAshfordKent
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

We recently held our wedding reception at Tarr Steps following a delightful stay we had previously in the Winter months. Its great here anytime of year, cozy in the winter and lovely colours and full and blooming in the summer. Beautiful !! It was truly amazing and everything was just perfect down to the finest detail.

The staff are friendly, helpful and go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The food, in my opinion, should be Michelin star rated and there is plenty to chose from on the menu.

The rooms are very clean and up to todays modern standards and even the little finishing touch in the bathroom and rooms are fab. Let alone its stunning and tranquil position. This really is an A+++++ B&B, and we have stayed and travelled to many places. The walks are delightful along the river, and make sure you have the breakfast, its also delicious and plentiful.

We drove 3 and a half hours from were we had our church wedding service just to bring our guests here, to show them this place. Tarr Steps really went above and beyond to make our day special, it was faultless. Considering the numbers they had to cater for, the food was perfect. The staff were brilliant too and the service was 5 *. I would highly recommend Tarr steps for any occasion, whether its a weekend break, a holiday (there is plenty to do if you like the outdoors) or for a special occasion such as a wedding.

These guys have seriously got it right !!

Thank you Tarr Steps :-) we will certainly be back and I'm certain our guests will too! - Celeste, Lee and Harry

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank celeste H
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stayed at Tarr Farm Inn for 3 nights in August 2013 to celebrate our anniversary. This was our second stay, the first being in 2010. We got a good deal by booking a few days before arriving. This is very much pot luck but we noticed before that there were often some deals to be had in the summer months. You probably won’t find deals in autumn or winter as the Inn is very popular with shooting parties and is usually fully booked over the shooting season.
The rooms are compact but comfortable and well equipped with double or twin beds, television, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk and homemade cookies daily, bottled water – still and carbonated, iron and ironing board, lockable gun safe, hairdryer, large bottles of toiletries and an emergency items kit (sewing kit, pen, toothbrush, shower cap, comb etc). The only slight niggle is that the walls are very thin! We much preferred our upstairs room this visit as it was more private.
As a resident you automatically have a table reserved for you for the evening in the Inn’s residents’ dining room which doubles as the residents lounge with 4 large sofas – ideal for relaxing with an after dinner coffee and chocolate. This is also where you take breakfast. The main evening menu is on the Inn’s website and is supplemented each night by a shorter specials menu. Some of the dishes we had were Salmon Gravlax, Pan Fried Fois Gras, Baked Mozzarella in Parma Ham, Pigeon Breasts, Smoked Trout Salad, Braised Belly Pork, Mussels in Cream sauce, Moroccan Lamb, half a lobster – we only managed it to the sweet course once and shared a platter of 8 cheeses, biscuits and grapes. But the biggest treat was venison. We had noticed this wasn’t on the menu so we asked on our booking form if it was possible. The Inn responded very quickly advising that although it wasn’t usually on offer they would see what they could do/ no promises. When we arrived for dinner on our anniversary we were greeted with “We’ve got something special for you!” What a great treat – Thank you to all the staff for making this special!
Breakfast was just as delicious – Cereals, Fruit Juices, Fresh Berry Compote and the creamiest yoghurt I have tasted outside Greece, Full cooked English, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon, Porridge with cream, Smoked Haddock with Poached Eggs, Toast – enough to see you through until the evening. We also had a Cream Tea with some of the largest scones I have ever had (it doesn’t come with butter) and a snack lunch of Ciabattas.
The Inn is in a beautiful part of Exmoor but be aware it is very popular in summer with day-trippers and families setting up for a day beside the river so it gets very busy. There is residents parking but it is limited. However, after 7pm when everyone has gone serenity returns. There is little light pollution here so on a clear night the sky is stunning – both our visits have coincided with the Perseid meteorite showers and we have been lucky enough to see some fantastic shooting stars as well as satellites hurtling across the night sky. And it’s lovely falling asleep to the sound of owls hooting to each other!
Tarr Farm Inn isn’t cheap. The full price for the rooms is perhaps a little expensive as are some of the bottles of wine on offer. Our food and drink bill for 3 nights came to around £300 but then we didn’t stint, having pre dinner drinks, and a bottle of wine each night. For us it was a special treat and well worth it.

Room Tip: Upper floor rooms have more privacy, paticularly in summer when there many day trippers.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Hemyock, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Have previously stayed as part of a wedding party, enjoyed it so much Stayed again this Friday night with relatives. Arrived early so had a cream tea, wow! the scones were good! Our room was comfortable and the evening meal and breakfast the following day were really good. Would recommend it to others. Thanks

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We were looking for a late booking in Devon that was very dog friendly. Having found a vacancy at Tarr Steps Inn on-line and then told no vacancy we rang them. The staff, in particular Stacey and Hilary were brilliant in sorting a room out for three nights. When we arrived with large dog trailer the staff again did everything to ensure trailer had a shady spot and dogs had all they needed. Throughout our stay we had fabulous food, really well appointed room, stunning walks and attended too by cheerful helpful staff. Probably the best b&b/Inn we have ever stayed at. Tracey, Hilary and all the staff thank you.

Room Tip: Go for the ground floor rooms
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charles-Joint
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Property: Tarr Farm Inn
Address: Tarr Steps | Dulverton, Tarr Steps, Exmoor National Park TA22 9PY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Tarr Steps
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Tarr Steps
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Tarr Farm Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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