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The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple

Barnstaple , Devon

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Rooms  £120 - £360

Room rate includes full breakfast and VAT

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What we love about The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple

  • An amazing riverside location at the heart of Barnstaple
  • The elegant country house atmosphere throughout
  • Excellent fine dining and informal options
  • Drinks in Colours Bar

Elegance & Classic Style at this Devon Riverside Retreat

The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple Awards
AA [AA star][AA star][AA star][AA star] Hotel 75 %
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Situated on the lovely banks of the River Taw, The Imperial Hotel is at the heart of the historic market town of Barnstaple, yet retains the tranquil feeling of an elegant country house. The Imperial has been welcoming guests for over a hundred years, and the elegance, grandeur and luxury of a bygone age still flourish here. The grand oak staircase, comfy lounges and paintings by local artists all add to the atmosphere.

The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and many boast superb views of the river. Each bedroom has its own particular style – some are neutral in tone, others are inclined toward dramatic hints of turquoise, gold or silver.

The  Arlington Restaurant is equally elegant, with its refined chandeliers and paintings complementing the fine cuisine. North Devon is renowned for its produce, and the chefs here have formed close relationships with local suppliers, bringing the best and freshest ingredients right to your plate.

Another option is Colours Bar and Bistro for informal dining and light meals. An aperitif or nightcap in the newly refurbished Colours Bar is in fact a highlight of any stay. The deep armchairs and subtle lighting set the mood and there’s also an interesting collection of military memorabilia, including a bugle from the Charge of the Light Brigade. When the weather turns fine, it’s a pleasure to sit with drinks on the lovely sun terrace overlooking the river.  Guests are also invited to make use of the leisure facilities of The Imperial’s sister hotel, The Barnstaple, where you can sample the indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, hot stone bed and fitness suite.

Barnstaple is a delightful town for a stroll, including great boutique and High Street shopping options.  Just a bit further afield are the wonderful National Heritage property Arlington Hall, the beauty of Exmoor, a host of North Devon beaches, the Tarka Trail, the South West Coastal Path and much more.

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Best Loved Quotes
  • “As always, superb in every respect. Comfortable accommodation where every need is catered for. Friendly and helpful staff in all situations. Wonderful food with a very wide menu selection and a welcoming atmosphere. ”
    Richard, Exeter
  • “This was our second stay in two years and we enjoyed it as much as our first! The area is so scenic, seascapes, beaches, little villages, woodland, moorland - it has it all!”
    Jill, Huntingdon
  • “This hotel is the best I have stayed at. Was there for five days and nights. The staff were ultra efficient, the food was of the highest quality served with elegance by extremely well trained staff.”
    Barrie, Farnham


The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple
Taw Vale
Imperial Hotel Barnstaple - map EX32 8NB
England, UK

Latitude: 52.141166207178344
Longitude: -10.285724401473999

Phone: +44(0)1271 345861
Fax: 01271 324448


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62 Rooms£120 - £360

Room rate includes full breakfast and VAT

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Nearest to the hotel

Exeter - 45 mins/1 hr 15 mins
Rail Station:
Barnstaple - 0.8 miles/2 mins
Exeter - 52 min/1 hr 9 mins
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