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Reviews - Arundell Arms Hotel

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Fore Street , Lifton, PL16 0AA
One of England's finest hotels located in the heart of Devon, with close links to all major attractions. The hotel offers fishing, shooting, AA 2 rosette restaurant and free parking. People come to Arundell Arms to go riding, walking, play golf, go bird watching and to enjoy some of the loveliest country in England. The hotel, an old coaching inn on a site which dates back to Saxon times, is in a valley of five rivers close to the uplands of Dartmoor, and not far away are the wonderful surfing beaches of the north Cornish coast. This is old England, miles away from civilisation where buzzards float effortlessly in the up draughts of air from woods and hills, where kingfishers and herons haunt rivers or where you may see an otter. This is a place where people come to relax, get away from it all and to enjoy true Devon hospitality in warmth and comfort. A place referred to by Fiona Duncan of the Telegraph as "One of the few remaining dedicated angling hotels in the country, responsible for teaching thousands of people to fish...Like it's food this hotel is the real deal. Long may it last".

Bedrooms are decorated throughout in a warm traditional style using decorative wallpapers, antique furniture and tasteful upholstery. The hotel comprises of superior double, standard double/twins and single rooms which are either located in the main hotel or the former stables which have been lovingly converted to provide additional accommodation. Many rooms have views over the pretty terraced garden with a 300 year-old cockpit, one of the few remaining in England, which is now the hotels fishing tackle shop.
Created by the resident Head Chef, who has the rare honour of being elected one of only 80 Master Chefs of Great Britain. Food is always meticulously prepared and beautifully presented, using only the finest quality produce which is sourced from local suppliers, the hotel has gained an excellent reputation both locally and nationally for creating outstanding modern British cuisine. The AA 2 Rosette restaurant attracts many who not only come to enjoy the quality of the food but also the elegant surroundings. Complemented by fine wines and attentive, friendly service this offers the perfect dining experience.

This has been one of England's premier fishing hotels for more than half a century and has 20 miles of exclusive fishing rights on the Tamar and six of its tributaries. Here you are alone all day, fishing a mile of river for wild brown trout, in the late spring the first salmon arrive and by mid-summer shoals of sea trout bring out the night fishers. The hotel has experts on hand who run courses for beginners and give friendly help and advice.

Devon and Cornwall can offer you a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. Discover green rolling hills, coloured patchwork fields, high sided lanes and bustling market towns. Venture into Cornwall and find yourself on sandy beaches, coastal paths and in picturesque fishing villages. Wherever you go in the South West there is not only spectacular scenery but also an array of places of interest to visit. The Eden Project which is known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ along with the regions famous national Trust properties such as Lanhydrock & Cotehele are only a half hour drive away. If you are interested in more energetic activities then visit Cornwall’s famous beaches such as Polzeath which is the ideal location for surfing and within easy striking distance. Or if you would like to stay closer to the hotel there is horse riding at St Leonards Equitation Centre or the spectacular Dartmoor National Park to explore. Whatever your interests The Arundell Arms is the perfect holiday location.
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92% recommended this accommodation to a friend 92% would stay again
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A great place, wish we'd stayed here before
From the warmth of the welcome we knew right away that we'd made the right choice for a much needed night away. The room was huge and spotlessly clean, all the bits worked as they should, the bed huge and comfortable and even though it was nearly the hottest day of 2013, there was jenough draught to be comfortable. Our room was at the back of the hotel, overlooking the garden and even though there were several people enjoying the sunshine there wasn't any intrusive noise. We were also pleasantly surprised that there was very little traffic noise, even with all the windows open, considering most of the hotel is on the main road.
The three choices of restaurant - the main dining room, the bar and the CourtHouse, the pub on the end of the main building, looked to be able to provide food fo all tastes and pockets. We ate dinner in the hotel bar and very good it was too, great quality and value. Next time we've promised ourselves that we'll try the main dining room! We breakfasted in the main dining room and were impressed by how lovely the rom was - not huge but beautifully decorated, light and airy and opening right out onto the garden. A good range of local produce was also a plus point and was used across all menus. We only had a glance at the wine menu as we enjoyed the draught Peroni with dinner, but it looked very tempting. All in all, our one night stay wasn't long enough and we aim to return, maybe even take advantage of the fly fishing lessons!

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Phil Ovey

From Saltash, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

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excellence
friendly, welcoming, helpful staff, excellent food available at the right times

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Tim Hibbett

From Bridport, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

Travelling alone

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Excellent hotel and service, highly recommend
Booked this hotel last minute and believe me i was so so happy, it was exactly how it said on the advert when i got there, and to be honest it was even better in reality.
The location and surroundings was amazing, the room setting was perfect, clean and had all usual stuff, but the main plus was the service they hotel team provided, the staff were all very friendly and superb, they made our special occasion such a memorable one, thanks, would highly recommend to hotel anyone visiting Cornwall or Devon area,
AL

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Alamin L

From London, England
Who stayed in July 2013

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Staying in Devon?
I recently stayed in the excellent Arundell Arms in Lifton, Devon. The hotel is set at the end of a quiet street in the beautiful village of Lifton and the total experience from drawing into the car park to leaving the following morning was a truly pleasant and relaxing experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful, my room had recently been refurbished to a very high standard and importantly for me being on a business trip, the WiFi is complimentary. My only criticism is that whilst the food was excellent, this is reflected in the price!

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Pete H

From Chorley, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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Lovely hotel - would recommend

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Tracey S

From UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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a real find
excellent good value accommodation and food, very helpful staff. will go again if possible

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Tim B

From Moreton in Marsh, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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Got no answer when I sent a question to the reception.

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U Larsson

From 44144 Alingsås, Sweden
Who stayed in April 2013

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Fantastic place
Myself and my husband enjoyed the Arundel Arms Hotel very much, it is steeped in history and set in a lovely setting. The food that we ate in the bar area was superb and the service that we experienced was fantastic. We are already looking to go back very soon. A delightful place we loved it.

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I Bartlett

From UK
Who stayed in March 2013

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lovely hotel
our standard room was very pleasant and well decorated, could do with a bigger television, but very fast wifi connection, in all a very enjoyable stay.

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c brooks

From Clevedon, UK
Who stayed in January 2013

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This could have been a so much better experience.
Why when a hotel is half empty why are the best available rooms not allocated? A particular annoyance to a single traveller.
Food prices are high and when asked how my meal was I replied that the duck was delicious but the fried potato balls which accompanied it were not at all good. Much to my surprise I was given no feedback on this but ignored. It could be argued that it was my fault for not specifying which size glass of wine but I was brought a large glass instead of a standard.
Finally, having had to use the phone in my room as there was no mobile phone signal, the charge was £10.60 for a six minute call! Outrageous! This was reduced when I complained.
The ambience of the hotel is good but overall I felt that this should and could very nearly have been a good experience but was not. Sad as I was looking for somewhere to stay on regular visits to this area.

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CHRISTINE D

From UK
Who stayed in January 2013

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