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Drenched in the kind of old-worldly decadence that transports you to a bygone era, the Imperial Hotel provides a memorable stay, where you can relax in luxury with river views, enjoying personable and warm service. Soak up the old-school grandeur of this Grade II-listed Edwardian building and allow the friendly staff to look after your needs. The service is excellent, and dining is an elegant treat. Stay in the heart of north Devon in a luxurious, characterful and calm space, with plenty of historical charm.

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Natalie Millar-Partridge
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For over 15-years, Natalie has written extensively for regional, national and global publications, offering an inside track on unusual and exciting destinations; a highly curated approach to the most groundbreaking places to stay – from the super-luxe to the quirky, curiously different and considered properties to have on your radar. Natalie is based in South West England.



Venturing into the small coastal town of Lynton and the harbour village of Lynmouth - connected to Lynton by the cliff railway - is an absolute must.

The hotel is a short walk from Barnstaple town centre, by the river and the Barnstaple Long Bridge. Woolacombe Beach is 30 minutes' drive away.
By car: The Imperial Hotel is 1 hour from Exeter, 1 hour 50 mins from Bristol and 3 hours 45 mins from London. Free parking is available at the hotel.
By train: London Paddington to Barnstaple (via Exeter St. David's) takes around 4 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the station.
By plane: Exeter airport (46 miles)

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Style & Character

The Imperial is ideal for couples and families wanting a staycation during the seasonal months, as well as business travellers in need of a comfortable base. The foyer, with its bold colours and feature staircase, steals the show, adding to the elegant country house vibe.

Service & Facilities

An indulgent afternoon tea - with homemade scones, jam and clotted cream - is heavenly, enjoyed on the sun terrace with views over the river Taw. Dogs can join you in one of the eight dog-friendly rooms in the River Court building - a separate annex that welcomes well behaved dogs year-round.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Room service
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


The State Suite offers an indulgent stay with a hint of glamour; think king-size bed, spacious sitting area, plush fabrics and river views. We love the sheer decadence, in keeping with the traditional country house atmosphere.

Single, Standard, Imperial, Superior, Superior River View, Deluxe River View, State Suite, Family Rooms, Accessible Rooms, Dog-friendly Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite with bath or shower, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, dressing table, chair, armchair, TV , bottled water, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Breakfast fuses attention to detail with impeccable service. Start the day with eggs any way and side orders of toast, local preserves and freshly baked croissants. The seasonal dishes wow: fillet of sea bass, stem broccoli purée with king prawns in citrus butter - it all comes beautifully presented with well thought-out accompaniments.

The Arlington Restaurant: AA Rosette, fine dining, seasonal specials, vegetarian and vegan menu. Open every day for lunch and dinner. One course £19, two courses £30, three courses £35, four courses £40.
Colours Bar & Bistro: informal, sandwiches, light bites, pub classics. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Mains from £15.25.
Lounge & Terrace: al fresco dining, afternoon tea. Cold food served all day, hot food 12-2pm.

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