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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.


"My wife and i have just returned from a stay at the hoops for two nights hoping to find a comfortable characterful place to stay in to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and to use as a base to explore the coastline of the region. well the hoops certainly delivered exceeding our expectations. our room for the first night was a standard room which was spacious enough to suit our needs, very comfortable, clean, quiet and with a modern en-suite. we originally wanted to book the more luxurious mallow suite which was not available for our first night but, the owner upgraded us to this room for our second night at no extra charge. our second night in the mallow suite was truly wonderful with its very comfortable four-poster bed, settee and large modern bathroom containing a jacuzzi as well as a large walk in shower. the bar area is cosy with a country pub atmosphere serving three different real ales straight from the barrel. you can dine in the bar choosing from either the bar or restaurant menu, both offering a wide selection of dishes. the restaurant is also comfortable and inviting to dine in. we ate dinner in the hoops both evenings of our stay and found the quality of food to be of a high standard and the service prompt from friendly helpful staff. the hotel has the advantage of a large car park providing plenty of space to park your car, particularly if you have a long estate car like ours. we would thoroughly recommend the hoops as an idyllic place to stay, providing all the comforts you would hope to find in a country inn and a good base to explore this part of devon at an affordable cost. we will certainly stay here again" Sept 2012

- via Tripadvisor