The area abounds in the legend and romance of the days of the wreckers and smugglers. The hotel is twenty-five miles from a railway and although it is served by good roads, it remains secluded and unspoilt, which in modern times is becoming so rare. The small gift shop opposite the hotel sells a wide variety of local gifts and souvenirs as well as perhaps the best local ice cream.
The local area is abundant with fascinating wildlife, attractions and places to visit, ideal for all ages. The South West Coastal Path offers great walking and stunning views for many miles. Lundy Island, off the North Devon coast offers a diverse variety of seabirds, wildlife, flora and fauna for nature lovers and the seas surrounding the island are designated a marine nature reserve. Day trips to Lundy Island are available locally.
The fascinating museum at Hartland Quay displays some amazing artefacts and reports of the shipwrecks and history of the local area.
Hartland Abbey was built in 1169 and originally housed the monks who worshiped at the beautiful church of St Nectan’s in Stoke. It was dissolved in 1539 and was given as a gift to William Abbot, Henry VIII’s chief butler seven years later.
It has passed through the family and is now owned by Sir Hugh Stucley and is open to the public. Not only is there the historic house to see but also the astonishing gardens. There are some beautiful walks down to the sea and teas to refresh you afterward.
More information is available at Atlantic Highway.
There is also a whole host of local information at www.thenorthdevonfocus.co.uk
Twenty minutes walk South of Hartland Quay is the famous and most beautiful waterfall on the north Devon coast is that of Spekes Mill Mouth.
The two streams that rise on the high ground of Bursdon Moor meet near Lymebridge and wind their way through the secluded Spekes Valley before cascading down a shear rock face sixty feet, through a series of four smaller falls before finely reaching the sea.
At low tide there are often sandy stretches running down to the shore. Surfers like to visit Spekes Mill for it’s renowned reef brake, yet it remains peaceful and quiet even at the height of summer.
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Take the M4 from London, joining the M5 South West at Bristol. Come off the motorway at junction 27 ( tiverton ) and follow the A39/A361 for about 90 minutes until you reach the right hand turn for Hartland, just past Clovelly.
Drive through the village of Hartland following signs for Hartland Quay and Stoke. Once you reach the sea, you are here! The entire journey should take approximately 4 hours. Our postcode, should you have sat nav, is EX39 6DU. This will bring you to the church in Stoke, just continue on the road from there.
Please be advised that we are approximately 15 miles from the nearest petrol station, so please fill up on your way here!