I knew the Hartnoll many years ago, so to go back after such a long time was always going to be interesting for me. What I didn't imagine was what a superbly restored, friendly, high-quality (but reasonable priced) boutique hotel the Hartnoll has become. This small country house hotel only has 18 double rooms, but you are going to feel more at home than you can possibly imagine.
I was greeted by the owner herself, Claire Carter, who was on reception duty the evening that I arrived and personally shown to my room. Claire has placed her personal imprint on everything within the hotel, but unlike some owners who go overboard with their self-indulgence, Claire has just managed to strike the right balance in terms of taste and quality.
I didn't have dinner there, but I did have breakfast and I can honestly say that it was one of the very finest "Full English" breakfasts I have ever had - anywhere. Fried eggs, fried bread, baked beans, tomato, hash brown, mushroom, black pudding, sumptuous sausage and the finest possible cuts of British bacon. All perfectly cooked, piping hot and beautifully presented. I recommend having breakfast in the light and airy conservatory.
My room included a proper "wet room"/walk-in open shower and plenty of soft white towels. The beds are not only supremely comfortable but the fresh white duvets (continental quilts) are like wrapping yourself in fluffy clouds. Exceptional comfort.
I am lucky enough to be able to stay in some of the top hotels around the world, but for sheer comfort, friendliness and quality, I cannot praise the Hartnoll highly enough. Quite simply, this is an outstanding boutique hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. With stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics, plenty of space to relax, eat and drink and exemplary customer service, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and family or meet with colleagues Each of the Hartnoll Hotel's 18 superior double rooms offers elegance and comfort. Our comfortable and spacious bedroom's have en-suite bathroom facilities and are fully equipped to the highest modern standards. Many enjoy spectacular countryside views. Attention to detail is the key at the Hartnoll Hotel, with Egyptian cotton sheets, plush duvets, plump fluffy towels, complimentary toiletries and luxurious toweling dressing gowns are perfect for an indulgent night of pampering. We offer a full breakfast with all our room rates, which can be taken in the conservatory, so you can sip freshly ground coffee in the warmth of Devon sunshine. Why not end your day with a glass of wine in the sitting room, where guests can sit back, relax and enjoy Devon hospitality at its best - Hartnoll style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton, UK - Devon