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Yeoldon House Hotel, Northam

Yeoldon House, originally a Victorian gentleman's residence, situated on the banks of the River Torridge

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  • 19th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access
  • Shared gardens
  • Children's cots
  • Children's games
  • Children's highchairs

Food and Drinks

  • Restaurant
  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • English breakfast (included)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar
  • Picnic area

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Beach (a short drive)
  • Pub (a short drive)
  • Museums (a short drive)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Tennis courts (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (a short drive)
  • Theatre (a short drive)


Situated on the banks of the River Torridge, Yeoldon House Hotel boasts glorious North Devon views and is perfectly located for exploring the delights of the unspoilt countryside. The hotel is maintained with great attention to detail. Considerable refurbishment has taken place in recent years with the owners seeking to create a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere where comfort is a priority and excellent service the norm. 

North Devon has a wealth of gardens open to the public and twenty minutes drive away the fishing village of Clovelly lies nestled in the cliffs not far from the rugged terrain of the Hartland Penninsula. For those who wish to venture further a field Tintagel Castle and the delights of Cornwall are only an hour’s drive away.

We offer discounted rates for longer stays as well as single occupancy rates. Please see Available Rooms for the promotion codes.

History to the present day

Little is known about Yeoldon House until the late eighteenth century. Between 1860 and 1880 a Colonel Pierce bought the property. At this time it is thought that the house was an old cottage or farmhouse which today makes up the old part of the hotel. Colonel Pierce built the house to the shape it is now with the exception of the balconies outside “Hubbastone” (built in 1907) and “Kingsley”, added in the 1990s. Colonel Pierce was a philanthropist who kept an old ship, The Iron King, in the dock by the quay. It was here that 30 orphans, from Bideford and Appledore, were educated. Each day an old ship's captain would walk up the river path in order to teach the three ‘r’s - reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic as well as knots, splices and seamanship. Each month The Iron King would leave the dock for 4 or 5 days, on the spring tides, to give these children practical seamanship.

In 1948, CDR Mansell, whose family had been official photographers and owned the Mansell Collection, bought the house on his retirement from the Navy. He ran the house as a retirement home for 25 years, one resident living here for 23 years. A seat in the garden commemorates his time at Yeoldon.

The house was finally turned into a hotel in 1972 and changed ownership several times before it was purchased by Brian and Jennifer, the current resident owners.

Food and Drinks

A traditional full English breakfast is served in the restaurant with views over the River Torridge.

The Yeoldon House Restaurant is named after the famous Victorian chef Alexis Soyer - source of inspiration to proprietor-chef Brian Steele who takes great pride in cooking and presenting excellent food. Enjoy imaginative cuisine from a daily changing menu that incorporates fresh fish, meat and vegetables from the locality.

Please note that dinner reservations will need to be made prior to arrival by request in the Additional Information section of the booking form.

Grounds and gardens

Yeoldon House is situated at the end of a private drive ensuring peace and privacy at all times. The gently sloping gardens provide delightful areas to sit and enjoy the scenery either in front of the hotel with a pot of tea or a glass of wine, or down beside the waterfall watching the fish gliding through the pond.

Other facilities

Support for the Mobility Impaired. Yeoldon House is a Victorian building with limited access for guests in wheelchairs. The entrance from the car park is level so access can be gained to the lounge and dining room but we do not have toilet facilities for the disabled. However, the cloakrooms are also on a level. Our staff are trained to help guests with any disabilities as far as possible. All our bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors but, due to the nature of the building, we are unable to install a lift. 

There is private free parking on-site.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Jennifer Steele, Yeoldon House Hotel, Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2RL, United Kingdom

Check In: from 2pm Check Out: 10.30am

Directions: Leave the M5 at J27 and follow the A361 to Barnstaple & then the A39 to Bideford. Over the Torridge Bridge to a roundabout where you take the 3rd exit towards Westward Ho! Then take the 3rd turning on the right immediately past The Durrant House Hotel. This is called Durrant Lane. Drive over 3 sleeping policemen and bear left where the road forks. Follow the private drive down towards the river and you will find Yeoldon House at the bottom, overlooking the river.

By Train: Main line trains from Paddington run to Exeter where you change for Barnstaple (approx. 8 miles). From Barnstaple you can catch a bus to Appledore or Westward Ho! Get off the bus at The Durrant and walk down the lane to the hotel, appoximately a third of a mile.

Taxis are also available at Barnstaple station.

By Coach: National Express coaches stop at Bideford Quay (1 mile) or Westward Ho! (1.5 miles).

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