According to Mommpessons Directory the hotel was first known as 'The Rose and Crown' as far back as 1619. We feel confident in saying that the 'Rose' part must have been dropped as a result of the battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. The Sign of a Rose on any Inn denoted allegiance with the Crown - and Sedgemoor was the last battle in England where the 'Commoners' had an uprising against 'Royalty'. Back in those days because of the business of the yard in general, with over forty horses stabled, the need arose for a resting place for travellers as well, however, we are uncertain of the actual date when the Inn was built.
The Crown Hotel was known in 1892 as Tarr's coaching Inn and posting house, the first purpose built coaching Inn on the moors. Its main job was to act as a "halfway staging house" for changing horses for the Taunton to Barnstaple run. Barnstaple, in days gone by, was the main centre in this area for pilgrims!
The building was originally in the style of an old long house, with the back part and top floor added in later years. The appearance of the building is unusual for an Exmoor dwelling because of the angled eaves and peaking roof. We believe the name of the hotel was changed back to the Crown when the top floor was added, as looking up from the front of the building it does look like a Crown.
The warmest of welcomes awaits everyone who steps over the threshold. Situated amongst 3 acres of gardens in the middle of Exford, one of Exmoor’s prettiest villages, surrounded by stunning countryside and moorland where Exmoor ponies, red deer and birds of prey roam free. It is the ideal place to return to after a day's touring, riding or fishing, either in the warmth of summer or on a crisp and frosty winter’s day.
For those guests who enjoy fishing the hotel owns its own stretch of salmon river and keen riders can take advantage of the hotel's excellent stabling and livery facilities. Dogs and horses are welcome to bring their well-behaved owners with them
With a growing reputation in the West Country, the Crown Hotel attracts lunch and dinner guests alike, eager to enjoy freshly prepared and imaginatively presented food. Our menu reflects seasonal variety and is complemented by a choice of carefully selected, interesting wines.
CROWN HOTEL EXFORD
FREE BOOKING ON 0845 4583775 (UK) or +44 1598 752225 (INTERNATIONALLY) or E-MAIL
£72 - £89 B&B pppn
Cots £20 pn
Z-Beds £30 2pn
Dogs £20 upto 5 days, £40 over 5 days
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