Fox and Hounds Country Hotel

Chulmleigh, Devon

Located in the heart of the beautiful North Devon Countryside and surrounded by woodland on the River Taw, the Fox & Hounds Country Hotel boasts 20 individual and comfortable rooms and 6 miles of fly fishing nearby. Rated 3 stars with an AA Rosette for culinary excellence this former Victorian coaching inn is renowned for its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. The 6 acres of gardens are truly stunning and the Tarka Trail footpath, to name but one of many nearby walks begins at Eggesford Church close by.

Family run and very family friendly, everyone is made to feel welcome and dogs are permitted in various bedrooms and in the bar. Riding, walking, shooting are all on the doorstep and the hotel boasts an angling school on site to really enhance the fishing experience.

Licensed for civil weddings (indoors and outdoors) and proud finalist of the Best Wedding Venue in Devon 9 times, runner up once and winner 3 times in the last 10 years!

Hotel Details

A relaxing retreat in an undiscovered part of the wonderful Devonshire countryside. Situated on the River Taw and surrounded by forest. A real country hotel feel where all are welcome. Friendly service with excellent food.

Room Types

Standard Rooms have king size beds or twin single beds and are all en-suite

Superior Rooms are larger floor space and 4-poster beds are available. Suitable for families

Cosy Double: Standard double bed, compact & Cosy - great for 1 or short stays

Eggesford Suite: Boasting Devons' Largest four poster bed (7 foot wide) and beautiful furnishings, a bath big enough for two! Enjoy his and hers sinks, drinks trolley and huge TV

Accessible Rooms: These are three ground floor rooms, that all face onto the garden. All complete with amenities and fully en-suite. The superior garden room, comes complete with its own garden terrace and has a shower over a bath. Room 20, again boasting its own private patio, has a small walk in shower (70cm) and is particularly suited to partially mobile guests. Room 21 is fully accessible, including a wet room bathroom, low level units, laid out to suit wheel chairs.

Room Amenities

All of the 20 bedrooms are fully en-suite and boast a fine selection of antique furnishings and have been recently renovated and improved. All rooms feature flat screen TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities and Sea Kelp toiletries.

Superior rooms come with fluffy bathrobes, upgraded toiletries and are more spacious with king size beds (sleigh or 4 poster style).

Family rooms available also in a variety of configurations to suit all sizes! Available for up to 6 guests maximum, some with interconnecting rooms, cots and highchairs.

Some rooms are dog friendly.

Free WiFi available throughout the hotel.

Free on site parking

Hotel amenities

Fly Fishing School onsite, Free WiFi access, Hair Salon, Free car parking, 300m to Eggesford station linking north and south coasts & cities. Baby sitting and listening available (book in advance).

Hotel Policies

No Smoking throughout the hotel. Dogs welcome in some rooms and public areas but must remain on leads at all times. Children welcome.

Establishment Features
Available for wedding receptions

Central heating throughout

Conference facilities

Event venue

Garden patio for guests use

Licensed for civil marriages

Pets accepted

Separate guests lounge

Non smoking establishment

Specialist Features
Special provisions for cyclists

Christmas / New Year Programme

Honeymoon Breaks

Pets on premises

Languages spoken
French spoken
Spanish spoken

Facilities for the Disabled

Payment Methods                        

  • Accept Bank Transfers Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN           
  • All major credit cards accepted                                    
  • American Express accepted                                                                        
  • Master Card accepted                                                
  • Visa accepted            

Fox and Hounds Country Hotel Restaurant

Fox and Hounds Country Hotel Restaurant

Boasting an AA Rosette, the kitchen team, headed by the winner of the Publican Chef of the Year National awards 2010, use the finest West Country produce to deliver simple yet beautiful meals. The portions are hearty (fit even for the Devon Farmers appetites) with a seasonal menu and daily specials which change constantly. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal with children welcome and the roaring fire will roast your toes during the dark winter months.


  • Bar            
  • Cater for vegetarians           
  • Half board supplement           
  • Room service           
  • Serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals     
  • Local Produce English Breakfast                     
  • Packed lunches available          

Sample menus are on the hotel website. 


The fox and hounds hotel is THE BEST - they have been voted The Best Wedding Venue in Devon three times at the South West Wedding Awards and Runner Up twice. The votes are cast by previous brides and grooms to reflect service, value for money and overall excellence in event management.

The hotel is licensed for civil weddings and boast one of the prettiest rooms to get married in in the South West. The stunning summer house is licensed for outdoor weddings and the luxury garden canopies provide a bit of shelter if the weather is not co-operating or the sun is too hot. The luxury tree house is also licensed for small (up to 12 people) wedding ceremonies with a truly unique feel.

The hotel only undertakes one wedding per day and can help with any of the arrangements you need. The dedicated wedding planner will guide you through the planning stage and be present on the day to ensure your special day runs effortlessly. Brides consistently comment on how much more flexible and friendly this venue is compared to chain hotels and stuffy stately homes.

The 6 acres of grounds are beautiful with the gazebo blooming with roses and clematis offering a lovely centrepiece for your photos and the lakes and River Taw are perfect scene setters for amazing pictures. The Bridal Suite with enormous white 7 foot four poster bed is truly stunning and perfect for the occasion!

Licensed for civil ceremonies for 4-130 guests and receptions for up to 250 guests.

Packages start from £1500.


The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel offers a peaceful and individual surrounding to provide the perfect setting for business meetings and conferences of various sizes.

The newly refurbished conference room can seat up to 80 (theatre style) and they also have a private function room with seating for up to 30 people theatre or 16 boardroom style ideal for smaller meetings. Along with hire of the room they can offer the use of the conference equipment such as projectors, flip charts, videos, FREE WiFi access and microphones.

They offer varied meeting spaces from 4 to 100 delegates and the main conference suite allows presentations for the following number:

  • 80 theatre style
  • cabaret style
  • 50 classroom style
  • breakout room for up to 30 theatre style also available


Daily Delegate Standard

Up to 8 Hours


  • Morning Coffee & Tea/Biscuits
  • Jugs of iced Water & Cordials
  • Pen & Paper
  • Flipchart & Pens available
  • 2 Course Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Coffee & Tea/Biscuits.
  • Data Projector & Screen additional £40 per day

£26.95 per person

Half Day Delegate Standard (as above)

Up to 4 hours

Includes Room Hire, Jugs of Water, Pad and Pencil, Morning Coffee Break with Pastries

£13.75 per person

Room Hire only of conference room £50 per day

24 Hour Delegate Standard


  • Day delegate package for 1 day as above
  • 3 Course Evening Meal
  • En suite hotel room
  • Continental or Full English Breakfast

£105 per person

For bookings & enquiries, please contact the Events Team at the hotel on 01769 580345.

Prices correct for 2013. All prices are inclusive of VAT. Please confirm all prices directly with hotel. Prices stated are per person.

Team Building Days

Looking for something different? Why not combine a half or full day package with a new and interesting activity on site? They can arrange for AAPGAI trained instructors to introduce the basics of fly casting and fly fishing on the river behind the hotel. Suitable for groups up to 25 guests the instructors will train the group in an afternoon to cast a fly and a friendly competition ensues for a bit of team camaraderie. A 3 hour session minimum is recommended and all equipment is provided. Costs from £28 per person plus our half or full day delegate rates.


Eggesford and Heywood forest surround the landscape with the massive Tarka Trail walking route accessed just a few hundred metres away.

Exmoor, Dartmoor, The coast and local large attractions are all within 45 minutes of the hotel by car. RHS Rosemoor is 25 minutes away.

The Tarka trainline runs every hour connecting the market town of Barnstaple with the city of Exeter and south coast


6 miles of fly fishing available with beats within walking distance to the hotel,

Fly fishing school available for lessons and guiding (must be pre-booked),

Clay pigeon shooting available on site for insured shooters,

Walking trails and local historic houses,

Treasure trail through the grounds to spot various wildlife carvings and Bob the horse,

Crealy Adventure Park, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way and the Waie Inn all less than an hour away,

Great forest geocaching options.

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