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Royal Hotel Exterior Over Bideford Bridge

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The historic Royal Hotel offers Regency Charm and riverside views, making it the perfect setting for an escape to North Devon. 

With parts of the hotel dating back to the 17th century, not only is it rich in history but has an atmosphere and character that is unique and memorable. 
Many of the original features have been carefully preserved; the sensational Kinglsey Lounge still has its original pine paneling and a magnificent ornate ceiling, something that can also be found in our honeymoon suite The Kingsley Suite.

Situated just second from the Tarka Trail and with Instow, Westward Ho!, The Big Sheep and the coast path just a stone's throw away, there are plenty of things to keep you busy during your stay in Bideford. 

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The History

The Royal Hotel is known for its incredible history from starting as a Colonial House in 1688 to becoming Bideford's Jail in 1830 with parts of the prison cells that still stand today.  

The hotel has preserved as much of the history as possible from unveiling the wooden parquet flooring in Palm Court to the incredible 335-year-old oak staircase. 

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A proud member of the Brend Collection

The Brend Collection is a family-run hospitality business that has been a leader in the West Country for over fifty years. We have a passion for excellence and we pour our hearts and souls into making sure we always exceed your expectations - every time you visit us, in every location. With generations of hands-on experience, we know what matters to you and we’ll pull out all the stops to ensure you have an amazing time when you join us; whether you’re staying at one of our hotels, dining in our restaurants, or relaxing in one of our spas. 

Our portfolio of hotels in Devon and Cornwall exudes luxury, and our dedicated staff will always go the extra mile to ensure your experience is truly memorable. From our team of highly experienced chefs to our talented spa therapists and welcoming reception teams, we pride ourselves on offering warm hospitality and exceptional service at every one of our venues.

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