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Chittlehamholt EX37 9HD England
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Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club is set in a 125 acre estate in the heart of North Devon, with far reaching views down the Mole Valley and across to Exmoor. Here you will find a warm welcome, comfortable and luxurious surroundings and the opportunity to enjoy an unrivalled selection of activities on site and nearby. Highbullen has been fully refurbished in 2013, including all the rooms, restaurant and all public areas. There is an 18 hole USPGA specification golf course and a extensive leisure facilities, including swimming (indoor and outdoor), gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and tennis. Nestled between Dartmoor and Exmoor and within easy reach of Exeter in one direction and the Atlantic coast in the other. Guests can take their pick of accommodation - from a luxury room in the impressive Victorian "Arts and Crafts" manor house, to a selection of peaceful rooms located around the estate. Nearby you can walk on Exmoor or the South West Coast Path, with breathtaking views, or enjoy all the activities and attractions of this beautiful part of North Devon.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Golf course
Tennis court
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Flatscreen TV
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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MrsJLT wrote a review 16 May
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We visited the spa this Sunday as a couple as we were staying in lovely accomodation in the village. We loved chittlehamholt and found everyone to be friendly and warm and the pub was great. I had read up about the hotel and was looking forward to an afternoon using the facilities and was thinking of booking a spa treatment too and having a drink. I emailed the hotel beforehand to check that everything was open and that non residents could pay to use the spa for the day or book a package. I was told that we could so long as we arrived before 5pm. No mention of how to get there or the fact that there is a large building site on the grounds. It took us a while to find the spa and had to wait at the hotel reception first to just be told to go down the hill where the signs ran out. When we arrived the spa receptionist was very curt, didn't ask us if we needed robes or towels or anything and assumed we knew our way round initially but then gave us a brief description of where the changing rooms were. We were charged only £16 which we thought was very reasonable at first but we were surprised we weren't offered a spa treatment menu or any refreshments. When I went into the changing rooms I found it was dirty generally and that there was a pile of hair next to the showers and muddy floors in the toilets. We got changed and I met my husband in the pool. Unfortunately it became obvious immediately that it was not going to be a good swimming experience. There was a large group of young men running jumping splashing shouting and at times screaming. I got into the pool hoping they would tone it down when they realised they weren't the only ones there but instead they got louder, were saying inappropriate things and were being dangerous. One of them nearly hit my husband as he bombed into the pool. Is there no CCTV?! We got out not wanting a confrontation. We went into the sauna but found there we could still hear all of the shouting from the pool and that the sauna smelt horrible . I asked my husband what we should do and said that I wanted to go and speak to reception as there didn't seem to be any staff around at all and some young children were getting ready to go swimming in the changing room too and didn't want them to hear the bad language. As we had been offered no robes or anything we had to get changed to speak to the receptionist. I told him and he said that he could " have a word with them" which was too late for us as we had already had to get right out of the spa. He made no offer of a refund or any apology. We asked if we could use the outdoor pool he sounded surprised but said yes. He asked if we knew where it was and that was all the assistance we were offered. We went to the outdoor pool but realised that it hadn't been cleaned and was full of leaves and that there was no changing area or anything next to it. I went into the hotel to ask if there was somewhere we could have a quiet cup of tea atleast. Again the staff seemed surprised at this request and said that if we went out to the terrace ( no directions) we could sit there and that we should ring the bell if no-one was there. We couldn't see a bell or any staff on the terrace that we found and my husband went down to the bar in the hotel but there was no staff there either. There were more people waiting to check in and having already wasted so much of our time with all the wandering around and waiting to speak to staff we decided to abandon and leave.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Yorkshire Lad wrote a review 10 May
York, United Kingdom1486 contributions762 helpful votes
It's been a difficult time for the hotel, hospitality and events industry. Challenges in 2022 continue with increasing prices and the problems of staff recruitment and retention. Covid hit hard. Brexit (in my humble opinion) hasn't helped from a staffing point of view and the market is different. Clients now have ever increasing expectations and demands. It wasn't therefore a surprise to see extensive development and construction work going on in the grounds of the "Grand Old Lady" that is The Highbullen Hotel. New, upmarket, high quality lodges are springing up. Creative plans for a major upgrade to the "resort" are rapidly taking shape. Meanwhile sitting proudly above the sea of change is a majestic Victorian mansion that has seen numerous reincarnations over the years. But one thing remains intact. Critically all the staff that we came in to contact with are right on their game. Smiles, helfullness and a chef who is worthy of his two AA Rosettes. They are the constant in a turbulent World. The rooms in the old house are large, a harp back to days of splendid grandeur and are still of good, clean working order. They could do with a bit of a revamp, but these things don't come cheap in old buildings. One tip, check to ensure your request for a twin is actioned and if travelling with elderly people remember there are a limited number of walk in showers. A bit of a wobble here, but sorted out by a receptionist whose voice is calming, her actions impressive. We were in an outside building called the Courtyard. And this might not appeal to everyone, ie having a short walk/drive from the "Old Lady" down to estate houses that have been converted to good sized bedrooms. But this small inconvenience - a positive for some - isn't really a problem and the key thing, the Housekeepers are right on it. Cleanliness is next to Godliness in Yorkshire and clearly the same applies in Devon. Respect and very well done! But what about the food I hear you cry? Well it's good. No, it's very, very good. Fine Dining in the Devon View Restaurant was excellent, Georgia the waitress a delight. Next night the Cellars - a step down in the menu, but the quality equally as good. We had a very good stay. Made by the staff. Thank you.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Simon Bailey, Other at Highbullen Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear valued guest, Wow, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are truly proud of our committed team, and it is very rewarding when we receive such wonderful feedback, thank you. We are all very excited about the development, and believe that Highbullen will be the destination of choice when visiting North Devon. We are delighted that you had a very good stay. From all the staff, thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon again. Sincerely, Team Highbullen
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Graham T wrote a review Apr 2022
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My wife took me to dinner at Highbullen to celebrate a milestone birthday, our first visit since Covid and the hotel's change of ownership. When booking, she mentioned being dairy and gluten intolerant and was given a special menu, which was based on the one I had. We both chose a smoked salmon starter and rack of Exmoor lamb main course, which were excellent and beautifully presented, accompanied perfectly with a bottle of Sharpham English wine. A choice of two lovely dairy and gluten free desserts were offered to my wife, which makes a wonderful change from so many places that only offer sorbet! Thanks Highbullen, we had memorable evening and it's good to know standards are as high as ever.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Response from Simon Bailey, Other at Highbullen Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear W8743XFgrahamt, Many thanks for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to welcome you back, and we are naturally delighted that we were able to make your Milestone Birthday a memorable one. We will be sure to share your kind words with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon again. Sincerely, Team Highbullen
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anitacc2015 wrote a review Apr 2022
Swindon, United Kingdom13 contributions8 helpful votes
We stayed at the Highbullen Hotel for 3 nights in April. We were really impressed with the size of the room, it was clean, bright and comfortable. The bathroom was spotless although the shower could have done with being a power shower, but it wasn’t really an issue. We couldn’t fault the breakfast, there was plenty of choice and the food was really very good. On our first day we ate dinner in the Devon Views restaurant, the food was superb and so well presented, I can honestly say we’ve never had a meal like it before. On nights two & three we ate in the Cellers restaurant, the food here was equally as good just a little more standard, fish & chips, pizza etc. The staff throughout the hotel were wonderful, very friendly and helpful. The hotel grounds are undergoing some renovations which we weren’t made aware of but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the views and walks around the grounds. We’re planning on revisiting again next year to see the results!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
Response from Simon Bailey, Other at Highbullen Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear anitacc2015, Many thanks for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. We are naturally delighted with your positive feedback, thank you. Wow, our Chef and his team are thrilled to know that you found the food superb, and unlike anything you have experienced before. Our greatest reward is knowing that you will return next year to see the results of our development and we look forward to welcoming you back. Sincerely, Team Highbullen
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Fiona T wrote a review Apr 2022
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Just returned from a lovely 3 night stay at Highbullen Hotel. We were kindly given a room upgrade on arrival to the main part of the hotel. The room was lovely, the bed was really comfortable and as it was right at the top on the side, was also very quiet. We ate in the Devon view restaurant the first night and had a wonderful fine dining meal, every course was exceptional. The other 2 evenings we ate in the Cellars restaurant which again was really good food. The service from all the staff was excellent, they were all welcoming, friendly and efficient. The hotel was quieter than we thought it would be apart from Saturday when there was a wedding party staying, we believe this is because of the large amount of building work happening across the bottom end of the site. Plans are made available to view in the lounge and it shows 58 separate self catering lodges being built. The building work distracts from the lovely view across the valley and blocks off the front area of lawn and therefore you are not able to walk there or into the woodland to the right which is understandable but also a shame not to be able to go for a stroll. The hotel building is lovely and we were interested to read of its history dating back to 1879, we are worried how the new complex of lodges will affect the hotel and the lovely atmosphere of this Devon gem. Thank you to all the staff for making our break away so special, we had a really lovely time and we will watch with interest about the changes to Highbullen.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Simon Bailey, Other at Highbullen Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear fionat93, Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. Relaxing, peaceful, great - wow, it is truly heartwarming to read your feedback. Our entire team thanks you for you kind words. Our development has been carefully planned and our team are truly excited to be part of the growth of our wonderful hotel and resort. It was our pleasure for making your break away special and we look forward to welcoming you back soon again. Kind regards, Team Highbullen
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US$162 - US$208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Highbullen Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Highbullen Hotel?
Nearby attractions include South Molton Pannier Market (7.9 km), Cobbaton Combat Collection (7.4 km), and South Molton Museum (8.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Highbullen Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Highbullen Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Highbullen Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Highbullen Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grove Inn, The Bell Inn, and The Stags Head Inn Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Highbullen Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Highbullen Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Highbullen Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Highbullen Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Highbullen Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castle Hill Estate (8.5 km), Torrington 1646 (16.0 km), and St. Michael & All Angels Church (16.0 km).