We've got to be honest, this is one of our favourite places in the region. Not only for its location right on the edge of Exmoor, and its position close to the fabulous beaches of the north Devon coast. But also because it's the epitome of comfort, in a part of the world where to be honest genuinely stylish hotels with good restaurants are in rather short supply. From the outside, this grey-stoned Victorian manor house is nothing special, but inside it's very comfortable, with a mixture of elegant rooms furnished in a classic yet contemporary style and well-appointed, slick self-catering lodges located in the hotel's beautifully landscaped grounds. It's a rather chic place all in all – a vibe that's also manifest in the cool Coach House restaurant, which serves up a menu based solidly on local ingredients: fish and seafood from Lundy Island, pork and duck from Exmoor farms, local 'Weytown' beef, all flavoured with herbs from the restaurant garden. They have a lovely, well-priced bar menu too. To be honest, it's hard to think of a nicer place to finish the day after a walk on the moors or a day at the seaside.
Double rooms from £150 a night, suites from £170, self-catering lodges from £215.
Open all year.
Kentisbury Grange, Kentisbury Barnstaple Devon EX31 4NL
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