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The 12 Best Hotels in Exmoor

Kentisbury Grange

With its rugged moors, winding rivers, and wild ponies, Exmoor National Park makes the perfect destination for a rural break. Those in search of outdoor pursuits will find endless opportunities from hiking, to fishing or horse riding. There's a good selection of accommodation across the national park and on the outskirts too. From quaint B&Bs offering a quintessentially British stay to boutique options with that little extra luxury. To narrow down the options to just the best few, our Hotel Gurus have done all the leg work and compiled a list of the best hotels in Exmoor. So why not browse through the options and start planning your next trip?

For a traditional stay

Luttrell Arms

  • Picturesque and quaint, Cross Lane House is a charming hotel set amidst the rolling countryside of Exmoor National Park. Individually decorated rooms have a homely, welcoming feel with comfortable beds and elegant decor, plus you'll be able to sample delicious seasonal recipes in the restaurant.
  • Found in the picturesque village of Dunster, the Luttrell Arms is a superb hotel. Elegant and effortless, the hotel offers delightful rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. Surrounded by the beauty of Exmoor National Park, it's a great option for a weekend escape.
  • Beachborough Country House is a charming small B&B located on the edge of the national park. Owner managed, the house is filled with antiques and family heirlooms giving is a homely and welcoming feel. With just three rooms this is a great option to rent out in its entirety.

For the walks

The Old Rectory

  • Tarr Farm Inn is another property located inside the national park itself making it an ideal base for ramblers. With charmingly simple and traditional interiors and a lovely small restaurant, this is an intimate and homely stay.
  • The Old Rectory Hotel is a small relaxed hotel boasting a secluded spot surrounded by National Trust land. The walking options, therefore, are endless and unsurprisingly scenic. What really makes this property though are the owners, whose attentive hospitality makes this a very welcoming stay.

For an inn

The Crown

  • The Crown is a charming 17th-century former coaching inn. The surprisingly grand rooms are decorated with antique pieces like Empire style armchairs, dark woods and ornate fabrics. The restaurant, serving real ales and traditional pub grub is a real highlight.
  • The Rising Sun offers a picturesque setting overlooking Lynmouth harbour. The 14th-century thatched building offers cosy traditional, rooms. The restaurant with its wood-burning stove, which serves classic British pub fare, is the perfect spot to return to after a day spent outdoors.

For a boutique

The Lodge at Loyton

  • The Lodge at Loyton is a property that exudes class and charm. Lovely boutique rooms mix traditional and contemporary styles, delicious food in the restaurant and beautiful grounds all come together to create a perfect a rural retreat.

For foodies

The Ginger Peanut

  • The Ginger Peanut is an excellent restaurant and bar with five boutique and elegant rooms, each with smart en suite shower room and all with access to a complimentary guest pantry. The restaurant is run by award-winning chef Peter Mundy and serves dishes from the finest local produce. A superb find close to Exmoor.
  • Kentisbury Grange is a picturesque converted manor house set on the edge of the national park. Interiors are chic and contemporary and rooms boast luxuries such as roll-top baths. However, the restaurant is the real draw where superb dishes are crafted using local produce.

Still not sure where to book?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Somerset?
  • Or you could refine your search to our recommendations for 12 of Somerset's Most Romantic Hotels, or the best hotels on Dartmoor?
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • Cross Lane House Somerset 3 rooms from £150

      Country Escape  -  Escape to Exmoor National Park - a place of natural beauty
      Local exploring  -  Plenty of areas to explore within driving distance
      Great walks  -  Excellent walking in the surrounding Exmoor National Park.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Dunster Castle.
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      Picturesque and quaint, Cross Lane House is a charming B&B amidst the rolling beauty of Exmoor National Park. Individually decorated rooms have a homely, welcoming feel with comfortable beds and elegant decor. Sample delicious seasonal recipes in the hotel's restaurant. A stellar Somerset stay. See More

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    • Luttrell Arms Minehead, Somerset 28 rooms from £80

      Great walks  -  Surrounding Exmoor is full of wonderful walking routes.
      Surfing  -  There are some great surf spots along the Exmoor coast.
      Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Dunster Castle.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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      Found in the picturesque Somerset village of Dunster, the Luttrell Arms is a superb hotel. Elegant and effortless, the hotel offers delightful rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant. Surrounded by the beauty of Exmoor National Park, it's a great option for a weekend escape. See More

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    • The Crown, Somerset Exford, Somerset 16 rooms from £105

      Great walks  -  Exmoor has some of the most beautiful moorlands in the country, the UK's highest cliffs and rugged coastlines - take your pick!
      Fishing  -  Hidden amongst this property's 3 acre grounds is a trout stream.
      Full of character
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      This 17th century former coaching inn is ideally situated for the rugged terrain of Exmoor. The surprisingly grand rooms are decorated with antique pieces like Empire style armchairs, dark woods and ornate fabrics. The restaurant, serving real ales and traditional pub grub is one of the highlights. See More

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    • Tarr Farm Inn EXMOOR, Devon 9 rooms from £150

      Back to Nature  -  A pretty farmhouse in the rugged landscapes of Exmoor.
      Birdwatching  -  With 243 species residing in the region bird watchers will be in paradise.
      Great walks  -  Discover the beautiful moorland on long walks.
      Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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      A quaint farmhouse in the picturesque moorlands of Exmoor. Simply designed rooms feature soft hues, large windows and chintz fabrics. Superb food is served in the small restaurant using produce of the region. A glorious spot for a countryside escape. See More

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    • The Lodge at Loyton Tiverton, Devon 10 rooms from £100

      Sights nearby  -  Dulverton is a delightful town nearby, full of charm and character.
      Great walks  -  Go out walking for the day in nearby Exmoor National Park.
      Full of character
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      Tucked away in rolling Devonshire countryside just to the south of Exmoor, The Lodge at Loyton is a place that exudes class and charm. Lovely rooms, delicious food in the restaurant and beautiful grounds all come together to create a place that's perfect for a rural retreat. See More

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    • The Ginger Peanut Bampton, Devon 5 rooms from £85

      Back to Nature  -  With nearby access to Exmoor National Park, nature lovers will be right at home.
      Restaurant  -  Menus are designed around the finest Devon produce by the award-winning chef.
      Sights nearby  -  The castles at Dunster and Tiverton make for a great day out.
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      An excellent restaurant and bar with five boutique and elegant rooms each with smart en suite shower room and all with access to a complimentary guest pantry. The restaurant is run by award wining chef Peter Mundy and serves dishes from the finest local produce. A superb find close to Exmoor. See More

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    • Kentisbury Grange North Devon 16 rooms from £130

      Foodies  -  Boasting an award winning restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
      Country Escape  -  A charming rural property in the pretty county of Devon.
      Great walks  -  Explore the miles of trails that run through Exmoor National Park.
      Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the pretty coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
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      Kentisbury Grange is a converted manor house, situated in pretty gardens on the edge of Exmouth National Park. Rooms are contemporary in style with crisp white linen, roll-top baths and soft hues. Plus there's an excellent restaurant. The ideal country escape. See More

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    • Beachborough Country House Barnstaple, Devon 3 rooms from £90

      Great walks  -  The Exmoor National Park is full of wonderful walking routes.
      Tennis  -  Enjoy a game of tennis on the house's court.
      Full of character
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      Situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park, Beachborough Country House is a characterful B&B in the village of Kentisbury. Rich with antique charm, the rooms are comfortable and elegant. A great base for exploring Exmoor. See More

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    • The Old Rectory Hotel Martinhoe, Devon 15 rooms from £180

      Restaurant  -  Seasonal menu serving classic dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients.
      Fishing  -  Woolacombe Beach is just a 30 minute drive away.
      Great walks  -  500 metres from the Exmoor coastal path.
      Surfing  -  On nearby Woolacombe Beach.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide, I Escape

      A very relaxed hotel nestled in the Devonshire countryside. A secluded escape with well-styled rooms and excellent, locally-sourced food. Guests can take many delightful walks to local beauty spots within Exmoor National Park. The perfect place for a quiet weekend away. See More

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    • The Rising Sun Lynmouth, Devon 16 rooms from £170

      Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore Exmoor National Park.
      Restaurant  -  Serving classic British cuisine with an emphasis on local produce including the fabulous fish from the harbour
      Great walks  -  There are countless beautiful walking routes in the Exmoor National Park and the South west coast path
      Fishing  -  Take sea fishing trips out from Lynmouth harbour or try your luck on the river Lyn
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      With a picturesque position overlooking Lynmouth harbour, The Rising Sun is a charming traditional inn. Set in a delightful 14th century thatched property, the hotel prides itself on delicious food in the restaurant and comfortable, relaxing accommodation in its sixteen individually designed rooms. See More

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Written by Katie Harris

posted Wednesday, 30th March 2022