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The Arundell, Lifton, Devon
If you've always wanted to learn to fly fish, this is the place to do it. The Arundell has one of the best fishing schools in the country and is popular for its shooting too, so the focus really is on enjoying the outdoors. It lies on the Devon/Cornwall border, an area known for its incredible food which is showcased in the excellent restaurant. Look forward to homemade jams, home-smoked trout and fresh Cornish fish. There's even a deli so you can stock up before you head home. Dartmoor and the Cornish Coast make great day trips. Top Cornish holiday spots Bude, Tintagel and Port Isaac are the first places you'll come to if you head to the coast.
This hotel is within easy reach of some of the best bits of the Cornish Coast - Bude, Tintagel and Port Isaac.
Perfectly placed for exploring both Cornwall and Devon. Dartmoor National Park is a short drive away.
By car: around 4 hours from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 5 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: Trains from London to Exeter take 3 hours. The hotel is 45 minutes' drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The emphasis is on the outdoors and country sports, so the hotel is loved by fishing and shooting enthusiasts. It has unmistakable English-country-house style - tartan carpets, squishy sofas, paintings of pheasants and fish, and even a fishing and shooting library.
Service & Facilities
A rare 300-year-old cockfighting pit in the grounds has been converted into a smart fishing tackle shop. Dogs can stay in the coach house rooms and there are even secure, heated kennels.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room Eight in the Old Inn is spacious, has a super-king bed and lovely views over the garden. No television in the rooms may seem odd but it's actually refreshing - a chance for a digital detox.
Old Inn Room, Old Inn Suite, Coach House Room, Fisherman's Cottage, Church Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, Roberts radio, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
With high ceilings and quality tableware, the main restaurant is an elegant setting for a beautifully cooked meal. We loved the local wild venison loin, suet pudding, celeriac, kale and chocolate jus.
The Restaurant: elegant dining room. Locally sourced ingredients, including wild game and fresh fish. All-day menu and afternoon tea, open daily. Lunch set menu from £16.