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Bark House Hotel, Oakfordbridge

Bark House Hotel, Oakfordbridge
Southern England. Devon, EX16 9HZ.

Cottage style bed and breakfast with cosy lounge and restaurant, parking and natural garden, in the Exe Valley.

Price per night: from £80 to £100.

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The Bark House offers a warm, friendly welcome and a homely atmosphere where you can enjoy good food and wine. Melanie and Martin and have been proprietors of the Bark House since 2007, Martin from a background in hotels up and down the country and Melanie from the Scottish Borders. This cosy guest house offers a good base from which to explore North Devon and West Somerset, and an ideal retreat to get away from the pressures of everyday life. Even if you are visiting just for a night or visiting friends locally, the Bark House is a great stop over.

Originally this building was used for the storage of bark, in the Exe valley, used in the tanning industry throughout the local area and for export to Ireland. The building possibly had accommodation at one end with storage area being the main part of the building. It is probable that there was a structure on this site for some time prior to the stone building which has been added to over the years. The pan tile roof was possibly brought to the area as balast in Dutch boats during the 18th century when Tiverton was a major town in the district. It is unsure when the Bark House became a bed and breakfast but it was possibly in the 1940's. The Foxford Inn, which was near the bridge over the Exe was open in the early 1900's, then became the Oakford Hotel and closed during the first half of the 20th century leaving an opening for the Bark House to become accommodation. All dishes are home made. Meat, fish and vegetables are locally sourced. Melanie bakes bread and cakes as well as doing the desserts and starters. Martin cooks main courses and vegetables on the Aga, and also produces biscuits, ice creams and marmalade. Full English breakfast is served 8:30am to 9:00am Dinner is served 7:00pm to 7:30pm, three courses on Friday and Saturday, and two courses on Wednesday and Thursday and should be booked in advance. Dinner is not normally served on the other days of the week unless by prior arrangement. Lunch is available by prior arrangment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday is available for a traditional family lunch for bookings made three days prior and only for family groups of between 6 and 12 people. The Bark House is then closed to other guests and available as a private venue. Please make requests in the Additional Information on the booking form. Drinks can be served in the lounge, restaurant or garden. The wine list has a choice of some 20 wines from around the world including a local Exe Valley wine from Yealstone vineyard at a very good price. The wisteria is a prize feature and weather permitting flowers during May, and possibly again in July to a limited degree. It covers most of the front of the Building, white at one end and mauve at the other. The cottage alongside the Bark House is covered in roses which flower continuously from June. The garden is fairly natural with an abundance of flowers. There is a small lawn alongside the Bark House with a wildlife pond fed by a waterfall when it rains. Across the road, there is a small orchard where one can sit and enjoy the view across the meadow to the river Exe. Foxes are present, as are otters, both leave signs during the night. Birdlife this year includes lesser spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, barn owl, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, goosander, egret (although rarely this year), nuthatch, treecreeper, tawny owl, buzzard and many others. Good local knowledge and advice on the area can be given with places to walk, ancient sites to visit, historic houses and gardens to see, plus a variety of activities.


  • 18th century buildings
  • Breakfast Included
  • Parking (free)
  • No smoking
  • Historic Property
  • Shared gardens
  • Restaurant
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar
  • Pub (a short drive)
  • Museums (a short drive)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Arrival information

Check In: between 4.00pm and 9:30pm Check Out: 10:30am Earlier check in and out times available by arrangement. Directions: Located on the A396 six miles south of Dulverton and 9 miles north of Tiverton, in the Exe Valley. From Jct 27 on the M5 take the A361 (dual carriageway) signed to Barnstaple and Exmoor via Dulverton. At the first roundabout turn north signed for Dulverton and keep following the signs for Dulverton and Minehead. Keeping the river on your left for about 150 meters, the hotel is located after the village sign for Oakfordbridge.

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London, United Kingdom. 59 Devons road, E3 3DW. +44 7306809983