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Back to Nature & Back to 'Normal'

Back to Nature & Back to 'Normal'
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What a year...

After Anne’s beautiful health and well-being blog comes my hard cold muddy and back to nature blog…

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we sold the Royal Castle and the Royal Seven Stars on the 11th February 2020. And hasn’t that year flown!! And how lucky are Anne and I. Our feeling of displacement at The Luttrell Arms and The Porlock Weir Hotel being closed is nothing compared to the suffering felt by so many people. 

It was the first time in over 30 years that I hadn’t worked a Christmas day  so a long walk and a quiet very late lunch in our family bubble was perfect.  

Signs of Spring

This slight feeling of gloom I put down to all the grey days and my inability to do even basic DIY around the house. Anne came back from her visit to The Luttrell Arms with a coat hook and asked  me to put it up…Two weeks later I have raw plugs, a drill borrowed from our son, but can’t find two screws…The vine eyes ( Hooks ) I put into the end wall of the house and stretched wires across to tie in our pyracanthas during the summer have somehow parted company with the wall and earlier in the week I was greeted with the pyracanthas arching onto the ground! The birds had eaten all the berries and it has had an early spring prune and doesn’t need any support!!!

Looking forward we have snowdrops out in the garden in mid Devon and some early blowsy bright yellow daffodils on the bank outside and lots of green shoots…I am so impressed with my gardening abilities I am thinking about a green house!!

Porlock Weir Terrace

The garden at The Luttrell Arms is shaping up for the summer with a new gardener in charge, and we are waiting for the weather to dry up before we can complete the landscaping at The Porlock Weir Hotel garden.  We are also trying to plan for reopening but I am not sure when that will be. I started a bit of a sweepstake on the Facebook page and we are tentatively taking bookings  from the 1st of April.  You can rest assured that if we are not able to open then we will happily move any bookings to new dates or you can cancel for free.

Whenever we do reopen we will be fielding a first class team, we have been keeping everyone engaged with personal phone calls, group chats and staff forums, and  we have been trying to communicate more with the wider group of our customers via social media.  If you don’t already follow us, please have a look next time you are scrolling through.  I know Michell’s cottage industry of Wicks and Anchor is going well. 

What our guests say...

"A Fantastic Find" - Lorraine via Booking.com

Stylish make-over, good staff, excellent food - breakfast was superb. We stumbled across the hotel by accident, a fantastic accident! Lovely little harbour with amazing views. The hotel was freshly made over, the staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Wood fired pizzas freshly made on the patio. Would highly recommend. ...

"Exceptional in Every Way!" - MJM48 via Tripadvisor.co.uk

From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice - such a warm, friendly welcome. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and with the lovely open fires made us feel festive. Our room overlooking the harbour was absolutely lovely, spacious and spotlessly clean. The bed was very comfortable, shower excellent. We had dinner both nights of our stay, good quality ingredients...

"Wonderfully Spoiling, Relaxing Break" - Penny V via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We have been coming to this hotel for many years and have seen it through many reincarnations. We are so happy that the current management has taken this much-loved treasure over and given it such a wonderful new lease of life. We stayed for 3 days with our dog. The staff were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we were all safe in a way that was so unobtrusive that we almost...

"Hotel Top Of It's Game" - Nocky-1975 - via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"Dog Friendly Birthday Break" - Ardel R via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Lovely hotel with wonderful views over Porlock Weir, food was great and staff lovely, friendly and dog fans too. So a perfect break all round. We stayed in October and had a room with views out over the sea. We took our golden retriever with us and the place is very dog friendly with towels to clean their muddy feet if needed....

"A Peaceful Relaxing Place to Chill Out" - Joanna via Booking.com

Stunning, peaceful setting alongside a quaint little harbour and pebble beach. The secluded hamlet down country lanes offered a couple of shops and a good pub next door. The small hotel did not disappoint! Undergoing extensive refurbishment, the overall ambiance was stylish but relaxed with a modern twist on traditional. The completed bedrooms were relaxing and comfortable and our bed provided a ...

"Just Like Home" - Justhadtosay via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Fabulous hotel which is hard to fault. As someone there said, you feel like the first person to use the room. Beautiful rooms and bathrooms and we had a view of the sea and bay which was just what we needed.We had a long walk one day which was such a tonic after working at home for so long. In our arrival back it was like getting home with a log fire, friendly welcome and home made cream tea.The staff...

"Wonderful Two Nights Stay" - HolidaychicLondon via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We had room 4 looking out to the harbour. The room was spacious and attractively decorated. The breakfast were very nice, a very long wait the first morning though but not the second one - so all good. We had dinner there one evening which was delicious and great service and everything about the hotel is Covid friendly. The staff and guests all wear masks when moving around the hotel, there’...

"Lovely Staycation Find" - Rob A via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...
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