We were impressed by this hotel in most every way, in spite of the fact that they were painting the stairway walls when we arrived. The smell of paint sometimes gives me severe headaches, but I avoided that by staying out of the common areas as much as possible; plus, the crew wrapped it up before dinner, so the smell had abated pretty much by then.
The staff was helpful, dinner and service was excellent, the glass-covered dining room was elegant with white table cloths and napkins, and they have a computer (however, it's old and slow) with web access which, nevertheless, was much appreciated. Trying to book further hotels on a 35 night trip is difficult on an iPhone.
We somehow ended up with the cozy bridal suite, happily, which was one of the nicer rooms we had on our 5-week trip. It's not actually a suite, by the way, just a room, but that's what they call it because, well, it would just sound a little funny calling it the "bridal room", wouldn't it? It was nice-sized and freshly decorated in contemporary furniture and colors, with a metal sculpture hanging on the wall and a very comfy king-sized bed. The elegant marble-tiled bathroom has a glass wall overlooking the room, but there are blinds for privacy and it has both a porcelain tub and very nice glassed-in shower. Thankfully, our room was on a corner of the building with windows on each of the two walls, as it was unusually hot that night and we were a little uncomfortable even with an electric fan on. A word of warning to Americans if you're traveling the UK in the summer: most private hotels (all B&Bs) do not have air-conditioning. Only the chain hotels do, but it's usually not needed. According to everyone we talked to, this was the driest and hottest summer in recent memory.
Tiverton is an odd location to be staying the night in. There's not a whole lot there except for the small Tiverton Castle, which we did not tour. It's really off the beaten track, but it sits underneath Exmoor National Park, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the drive from there north through the park to the channel is one of the most memorable things we did, stopping in very scenic Dunster and then on to the coast near Minehead.
- 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