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An Interesting Reflection on 2020 so far from Anne Way

An Interesting Reflection on 2020 so far from Anne Way

The fact that this strange lockdown has coincided with the life changing decision that we made and led to us selling our two much loved hotels in South Devon earlier this year, makes life for me now seem even more dramatically different on a day to day basis than I ever  could have imagined! After 37 years of considering the Royal Castle and the team there  as so personal to us as a family...

Our Famous Scotch Egg Recipe!

Our Famous Scotch Egg Recipe!

400g smoked haddock, cooked 700g potatoes mashed 1 small bunch Dill, chopped 150g Strong Cheddar grated 1 egg 6 soft boiled eggs (boil for 5 minutes then refresh) 100g panko breadcrumbs, blitzed 100g plain flour, seasoned 3 eggs, beaten Veg oil for frying   Mix the fish with the potato, cheese, an egg, parsley and seasoning.  Divide into 6 even sized portions, flatten into...

The Joy of Walking in Exmoor

The Joy of Walking in Exmoor

Walking is intrinsically important for good health and wellbeing. Walking – especially in nature – engages nearly all major muscle groups, aids physiological systems including the immune system, floods the brain with sensory stimuli and endorphins, and answers a primal need to roam. We know that we are very lucky to be located in beautiful Exmoor and so want to share with you some of ...

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the famous festive lyrics proclaim. But alongside the joy, laughter and twinkling lights, Christmas can bring a high level of stress. The whirlwind of parties, cooking, decorating and present buying can be tiring and costly. Fraught parents race around during their lunchbreak trying to source the gifts for their children’s stockings, late nights...

How to Avoid Chronic Tiredness When the Clocks go Back

How to Avoid Chronic Tiredness When the Clocks go Back

It’s official, we’re a nation of yawners. Nearly one in two of us is getting by on just six hours of sleep a night, meaning, 50% of the UK population is suffering from chronic sleep deprivation—or close to it. Rewinding the clock to the first half of the 20th Century and it was wildly different. Back then it’s thought that over 90% of us were getting a proper night&rsquo...

How Do You Know If You're Getting Enough Vitamin D?

How Do You Know If You're Getting Enough Vitamin D?

There are lots of great reasons why enjoying the great outdoors enhances our health and happiness – from exercise to relaxation and being inspired by the beautiful natural world. But one vital health benefit of being outside that gets less attention is the need to boost our Vitamin D levels....

What our guests say...

"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’...

"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...

"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 ...

"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. ...

"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...

"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...

"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...

"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...
Our Awards and Suppliers

We are spoilt with an abundance of local suppliers and take great pride in hand selecting the best that the region has to offer. Here are just a few of our local suppliers and the awards we have won...

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The Royal Seven Stars Hotel

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel

Totnes is a vibrant centre for music, arts and natural health situated at the head of the River Dart estuary and in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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