If you are seeking the authentic flavour of the West Country then look no further. This picture-book thatched-roof inn is nestled in one of England's most unspoiled landscapes.
This lovingly cared for Grade 2 historical registry-listed Heritage Hotel combines character, charm, courtesy and cuisine with the warmest of welcomes and generous hospitality.
Set on the Atlantic Highway (A39), this romantic oasis is easy to find and the perfect base for both relaxation and recreation. The picturesque village of Clovelly, the jewel of the West Country, is a short drive or a delightful coastal walk from the inn, while Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are within easy reach.
The Hoops Inn & Country Hotel is proud of its extensive range and high quality food provided. The menu is varied to accommodate seasonal specialties and is freshly prepared in our own kitchens using the best of garden and local produce. Guests can choose to dine in the candlelit restaurant, in the relaxed bars or, on balmy summer days, outdoors on the covered courtyard.
There are a vast array of activities on the inn's doorstep which can be enjoyed throughout the year such as golf, fishing, sailing, hiking, surfing and biking. In addition to the many historic houses, beautiful garden, quaint coves and villages, The Hoops Inn has more than 8 acres of landscaped grounds for your enjoyment. More energetic walkers and birdwatchers can follow the steps of Henry Williamsons Otter on the Tarka Trail, take a trip to Lundy Island or ramble along the North Devon Coastal Path.
This 13th century inn is one of England's most famous, being notorious as the haunt of smugglers and a meeting place for seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Richard Grenville. In winter, relax by one of the inglenook fireplaces, warming yourself next to a blazing log fire, where you can imagine being transported back in time to a less complicated age.
Today The Hoops welcomes travellers from around the world and seeks to provide an enchanting experience for guests and warm memories when they leave.
Needing a getaway to recover from a really pressurized winter, we opted to stay at the Hoops for three nights in March. The weather was wonderful, but it was tempting to stay in - our room was under the thatch in the oldest part of the hotel and featured fireplace, panelling, stained glass and a very comfy half-tester bed with tapestry hangings. Window seats and a top-notch en-suite completed the picture. It's very quiet, despite fronting the road.? The inn itself had very friendly staff for whom nothing was too much trouble, a cosy bar and a restaurant, both with lots of nooks for a secluded meal. The bar menu was comprehensive and the restaurant fare stylish - but we found we could mix and match from both menus no matter where we decided to eat. There is a characterful 'snug' and a library space too. Breakfast was gargantuan - a huge choice of dishes including local kippers and smoked haddock with poached eggs, and as a touch of luxury at no extra cost smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
?We loved it all and would go back again any time!? A stream runs through the garden, and wild birds keep you entertained. It's a great place to tour from, coast and moor and historic towns all within easy reach.?It's not cheap as a one-off at a published rate around £200 a room per night with breakfast, but there are often good deals to be had for three night stays: we paid a total of £195 B&B for three nights in a 'best' room.
- via Tripadvisor