Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club
What We Love
- A luxurious golf and leisure resort in Devon, with gourmet restaurant, tennis courts and indoor poolTreating yourself to a Devon cream tea in the cosy morning room
- Swinging some winning shots on the par-68, 18-hole golf course
- Exploring the hills and woods of the vast country estate before tucking into a sumptuous dinner
What To Know
- The hotel is set on 125 acres of rolling North Devon countryside
- The 18-hole golf course has sweeping views of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks
- Fresh Atlantic fish is a must-try at the on-site Devon View Restaurant
Set in 125 acres of rolling North Devon countryside between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club is a Victorian estate and picturesque country retreat. Here you can relax in style among a green and peaceful setting, with a full range of outdoor and indoor country pursuits at hand for would-be lords and ladies, including a par-68, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool.
Highbullen Hotel has modern, luxurious and individually designed bedrooms in its manor house and beautifully converted outbuildings, each with their own unique character. Foodies will be spoilt for choice in the hotel’s fine-dining Devon View Restaurant or more casual spot The Cellars. Take time over the all-important Devon cream tea in the elegant drawing room. It’s no real surprise Highbullen Hotel garnered a coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
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Seven of us had the savoury afternoon tea which was very enjoyable.
The selection and quality of food was very good. Really enjoyed the duck & quail scotch egg, the fish goujon and the excellent scones. Also a very good selection of loose leaf tea to cover all tastes.
Service is friendly and efficient and the presentation of the food was good. A little too much food to eat in one sitting but we boxed some cakes and enjoyed them at home.
The decor is, as you would expect, very Laura Ashley, but that was good. They also have a small LA shop which the ladies in our group visited.
I agree with other reviewers that having spa guests walking through in their dressing gowns is weird and the hotel should work that out as it does take away from the ambience.
My wife used the toilets which she said were good but also felt that, as they are part of the spa, weren’t really in keeping with the tea room style.
We like an afternoon tea and in terms of quality this is among the best. A little pricey at £24.50 but good quality and quantity and worth it for a treat.
We have stayed at Highbullen on a number of occasions now including our wedding night.
On arrival we walked into reception where we (weren’t) greeted by the receptionist. When she did decide to acknowledge that we were there she was most unfriendly. She showed us on a map where to find our room despite us having a room in the Manor House itself. It would have been so much nicer if she had shown us the way.
The room itself was lovely and large but again some things to mention. We stayed in East room which is marketed as having the best views. It has as long as you peer through one of the few small panes of glass that haven’t blown and aren’t full of condensation.
There is no fridge in the room and only the very basic tea and coffee offerings that you would expect in a Travel Lodge type hotel.
The bathroom is large but far from spotless. The grout needs cleaning/replacing.
On a positive note, the dressing gowns are wonderfully white, soft and snuggly and the bed was comfortable and clean.
The carpets throughout the Manor House were grubby and needed a really good hoover and would benefit from a shampoo. There was a vase of dead flowers on the windowsill on the main staircase with at least 15 dead bodies of ginormous bluebottles.
We went down to the bar for a pre dinner drink and were going to have a friendly pool competition between the 2 of us but unfortunately the white ball was missing and the barman said he didn’t know where it was. We took our drinks to the lounge by reception which had a beautiful log fire burning and chatted with another couple instead.
Dinner in the Devon restaurant was amazing!!! The service was tops, food 100% delicious and the wine fairly priced. I can’t stress enough how tasty everything was. It was also great to know that all of the meat was sourced locally. The cheeseboard menu is also fabulous.
Breakfast was again, wonderful. Great food and great service.
I would love the owners of Highbullen to update the rooms and bring everything up to the standards that are widely expected now of Country House/Boutique style hotels. We would love to come back again to experience the great food and restaurant staff but not to stay unless some improvements were made.
We’ve taken afternoon tea twice before at Highbullen, both times in the rooms of the country manor hotel. Always been excellent food, views and the charm of an old manor.
The afternoon tea has now been moved to the Laura Ashley tea room, which while beautifully decorated is clinical in its feel and nothing like the magical surroundings of the rooms in the Manor House. We could take afternoon tea at many high street style cafes and the new tea rooms have this feel. You have taken away one of the main reasons people choose to have their afternoon tea in an old country manor.
There were people walking through in dressing gowns who were using the leisure facilities that the tea room is joined to which is not at all welcomed. And as others have noted you have to use the toilets of the leisure facilities, the floor of the ladies was covered in water from those who have come out of the swimming pool.
Really very poor compared to previous experiences and we will not be returning now.