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Fox & Hounds Country Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We came here as part of a Groupon deal which includes 2 nights, breakfast and dinner one night. It was perfect. We stayed in room 9 and was lovely and comfortable. Only little thing was in the bathroom the shower head needs a really good clean. Bed was lovely and comfortable. The breakfast in the morning was lovy. Not much choice but perfect for what we wanted. The ham omelette was lovely. Dinner the first night was truly delicious and we were well looked after. All in all a lovely lovely hotel with friend people working. Really enjoyed a lovely stay 😀

We stayed in the treehouse at the Fox and Hounds and have nothing but praise for the Hotel. The treehouse is perfectly built with a luxurious finish and has that wow factor which really offers true escapism and the chance to be one with nature. The grounds of the hotel are teaming with wildlife and we loved watching the owls and bats as dusk from our balcony. The hotel and treehouse is located just on the edge of a Forest next to the River Taw so scenery is amazing. The treehouse at the Fox and Hounds is called "Treetops" and is secluded, private and overlooks a wonderful lake. Whilst the treehouse is self catering you can use the hotel amenities at a separate cost if you so wish to which was about a 5 minute walk away. We ate in the hotel on several occasions and found the food to be of a high standard. I can highly recommend the Full Devonshire breakfast and for someone who is a pretty fussy eater nothing was too much trouble. The Hotel is in a great location for exploring and relaxing with a train station a short walk away if you want to explore further and leave the car behind. We had some amazing days out one of which was at Ilfracombe exploring tunnel beach and doing the RIB Sea Safari. The treehouse is popular and not cheap but in my opinion it's worth the money. It bought back great memories from mine and my husband's childhood that when you climb a tree it really does takes you off to another world! We can't wait to come back and it's got us dreaming of building our own little treehouse :). I had read some of the constructive criticism contained in some of the reviews for the Hotel and had to smile at the comment from the Hotel at "sadly we are not a castle or a 5 star hotel" in my opinion "Treetops" and the service we received at the hotel is better.........don't change a thing it's perfect.

My wife and myself stayed at the Fox and Hounds for three nights (a long weekend) and as always I will give you the plus and minus points as I honestly see them. So lets list the plus points first. 1/ Its set in rural surroundings, with good front and rear gardens which are kept in good order. 2/ The staff are all very friendly and helpful and will do their best to please. 3/ The Food especially the breakfasts was plentiful, hot and tasty. 4/ Our superior room was large, airy, and had a 6 foot bed. It was clean and had a bathroom and shower cubicle. Now for the negative points: 1/ The main downstairs restaurant was closed as the room was being used by a wedding party. 2/ Evening meals for residents were being served in an upstairs room. I am not certain how many flights of stairs it took to reach it because being disabled I did not go up there. I could however see at least three flights of 10 steps, and as there was no lift we declined a restaurant table and ate out instead, 3/ As I have already indicated there was a shower cubicle in our bathroom, however I just could not fit through the door! It measured about 24" and being a rather large guy myself found that I had to have strip washes, or go without a decent wash at all. 4/Upon arrival, even though I had asked for a downstairs room when booking. I was told that we had a upstairs room, and since there was no lift this would mean climbing the stairs. This was impossible for me as I have the use of a stair lift at home, but this seemed to create a major problem. 5/ Our room was in an annex and could be accessed from hotel reception, through the large dinning room, but because the dining room was being used for the wedding we were told to walk outside, down the edge of the building to go to and return from our room. This was so "We would not disturb the people in the function!". So in effect if it was pouring with rain you had to go outside and get wet just to keep everyone else happy. What a complete and utter farce! 6/ When booking our room through we were given a price of £408 for bed and breakfast. luckily I had a copy of the booking receipt because when I was given the bill at checkout it was some £130 higher. When I pointed this out I was told "its a computer error because you were originally booked in an upstairs room and then changed it to be downstairs!". Well what a load of Bunk!

I stayed when looking at a house in nearby Chulmleigh. That stay was blighted by the wedding from hell that took over the hotel to the later embarrassment of the management. Having moved to the area another visit was made. The hotel is situated in pleasant grounds. Dogs are welcome and the evidence is from many dog paintings in the bar. Breakfast was fine. I am told that other meals are good. The staff were helpful. In conclusion, you get what you see. I had a pleasant experience others might be more demanding.

What a great place to stay. The hotel and grounds are immaculate. Our room was spacious, smart and spotless and there was a welcome bottle of bubbly and chocolates on arrival. A big and very comfortable 4-poster bed ensured a great night's sleep. Food was superb. Everything we tried was tasty and I can particularly recommend the delicious pork and apple scotch egg starter, the amazing West Country Trencher main, and as for the Black Forest Chocolate Fondant, oh wow! This hotel specialises in being dog friendly and it makes for a very happy atmosphere. As a keen fly fisher, I particularly enjoyed the hotel's private stretch of the river Taw and had some lovely sport in challenging conditions. Finally, the whole experience is pulled together by the people. Both managers and staff achieve a perfect combination of genuine warmth and total efficiency. In summary, impossible to fault.

We were very disappointed with this hotel and we ended up only staying one of the two nights which we had booked and paid for. Reading that this was a dog friendly hotel was what attracted us but the facilities for dogs weren't great. No water anywhere in reception or in the bar and you could only let your dog off in what was a very small fenced off area. Dogs also aren't allowed to swim in the river. The furniture is old and does not match and the bathroom we had was not appealing to the eye... clashing floral tiles and floral shower curtain yuck. We prefer a proper shower, not a shower over the bath with unhygienic shower curtains. All of the pipes behind the sink were on show which also showed how poor your painter and decorator was. We were woken up at the crack of dawn by a fish lorry who unloaded throwing boxes around for 45 minutes. The only good thing was the excellent food in the evening. But breakfast and the Sunday lunch were disgusting. The breakfast room needs a update... is it a room purely for weddings, is it a dining room? We didn't know. There were round wedding tables, trestle tables and then regular tables. Table linen on the tables is not needed, it makes the hotel look old fashioned. The crockery mismatched, the waiters wore waistcoats that were baggy and frankly a pair of jeans would have looked better and the food served for breakfast was inedible and unappealing. The staff didn't seem to know if they were coming or going and often there was nobody on reception. Yet staff stood outside the front of the hotel smoking... a huge no no for me... poor staff management if you ask me. The hallways smelt old and musty. Yet the exterior of the hotel was beautiful, shame about the insides. A real makeover is needed here. This could be the most amazing dog friendly hotel but sadly it didn't live up to our expectations. We'd rather go back to Bovey Castle and pay twice the price. Get Alex Polizzi here!

Stayed here for three nights on a midweek break with dinner as part of a group of 14 friends. Hotel is in a lovely setting with attractive grounds. Plenty of parking too. Our room on the first floor (room 1) was spacious and clean, in a more traditional style with a 4 poster bed and a nice view of the garden and the wedding gazebo. Robes and nice toiletries too. The staff all seemed friendly and there was a relaxed atmosphere about the hotel. We had three dinners here and the food was good but maybe not excellent. The feta cheese starter was very good and the desserts I had were also very good. I have no complaints about the mains I ate but they did not wow me. The main problem we seemed to have at dinner was a shortage of certain dishes. When the menus were brought to us at 7.30 there was always something that was either not on or there were only 5 or 6 or on the last night the special of plaice only 3, which seemed rather odd considering the there were only a handful of diners besides our party. Overall though we enjoyed our meals. Dogs were in the restaurant but caused us no trouble and obviously ideal if you bring your dog here. Breakfast was pretty good generally and the granola (homemade) was really nice. There were several options besides the full English on the menu. Weirdly on the last morning I had the poached eggs and smoked salmon on toasted English muffins. Eggs and salmon lovely but for some reason the muffin was not toasted at all. My husband,s was not either but as we had waited quite a long time for them we did not complain but how long does it take to toast a muffin? There was also a delivery problem it seemed with no fruit hardly in the fruit bowl or the fruit salad bowl. The day before the natural yoghurt ran out and we were told they were waiting for delivery too. This was a shame as breakfast otherwise was good. This hotel is good value for money especially with the dinner included deals. I do suspect however it is booked up quite a lot for weddings at weekends. We all enjoyed our break and had lovely sunny weather. We were able to sit out on the terrace for drinks which was very pleasant before dinner. Strolling round the grounds is a pleasure too and the tree house looks very nice. So I would recommend a stay here. We also went a circular walk from the hotel and visited Rosemoor RHS Gardens also excellent. Some of our party made use of the trains to Exeter and Barnstaple too and of course there are plenty of other options to drive to. In all a nice stay.

Booked here for Fathers Day and a meal with the family. Car park is a good size and the Hotel is an attractive mix of different buildings. Defo looks and feels well set up for weddings and fishing. Good outdoor space and a nice walk through to the amazing treehouse and lakes. Good bar with restaurant area. Well happy with the carvary and the service we received. Would recommend for families and couples, for food or just a drink and staying in to use as a base for North Devon.

We went back on our now annual break to the hotel which has undergone some refurbishment and despite its quiet location, still manages to attract good Chefs and achieve really good meals in the restaurant. I suspect in part this is due to the use of very fresh local produce. This included a quite stunning quality English wine. The game fishing is really excellent and the Hotel has great beats and close proximity to a number of places to visit. The dog welcoming policy is a huge plus. We just love it

Just returned from a weekend with my husband .What a lovely weekend it was.Choose to upgrade room and was not disappointed .Room was large comfortable and clean .From first arrival the booking in etc staff were lovely and friendly .My husband enquired about fishing and was given all details he needed.The grounds are lovely for walks along the river.We had an evening meal were we choose the trencher ,absolutely lovely food delicious best we have had in a long time ...and we have been to a few Country house hotels .Breakfast selection was good,I think there were two different chefs on Saturday /Sunday .Once again wonderful hotel .loved everything about it will definitely return .

1 Eggesford Country Estate Chulmleigh England

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel places you 15.8 mi (25.4 km) from Okehampton Castle and 20 mi (32.2 km) from Pannier Market. This 3-star hotel has 20 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Tiverton Castle is 20.1 mi (32.3 km) from the hotel, which is on a river.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast. This hotel has a restaurant that's perfect for a leisurely bite to eat.


Fox & Hounds Country Hotel's 20 rooms are individually decorated and provide coffee makers, phones, and desks. Guests can expect to find TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Fox & Hounds Country Hotel enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and spa treatment rooms. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with luggage storage, and offer sightseeing advice. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 488 reviews