With summer disappearing at the speed of light, now is the time to plan ahead and make sure there’s something to look forward to when those shorter days roll in. For fresh air and outdoor pursuits, look no further than Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club, part of the Bespoke Hotels collection, which offers an array of autumnal activities, in the heart of the North Devon countryside.
Providing a cosy bolt-hole in one of the UK’s most stunning locations, Highbullen is set within a sprawling 127-acre Estate with a variety of accommodation options to choose from, from beautiful bedrooms in the Manor House to stylish estate rooms, formally stone farmhouses and byres. Those looking for the best of both worlds can make the most of the hotel’s luxurious self-catering cottages, sleeping up to eight.
Nearby to Highbullen, guests can enjoy exclusive access to some of the best shooting in the UK. Whilst North Devon Stalking is also on offer as part of the Deer Management Programme with the hotel able to arrange an accompanied stalking throughout North Devon.
The Exmoor is renowned for its abundance of autumn wildlife. Highbullen’s wildlife and deer hide is an incredible spot to watch the wildlife and record the experience. With the red deer on the move in September before the October to November rut, autumn is the perfect time to experience an intimate and personal encounter at Highbullen. Early in the morning or at dusk, guests can also catch a glimpse of foxes and badgers that reside on the Estate. A walk along the River Mole can also result in sightings of Kingfishers, Dippers or sometimes an Otter.
Following an action-packed day in the countryside, guests can make the most of Highbullen’s indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam-room or simply relax and unwind in front of a roaring fire with a good book and a glass of warming red.
During the shooting season from September to end of January, Highbullen offers shooting parties dinner each evening at the AA Rosette Devon View restaurant, as well as a hearty full English each morning to get set for the day ahead. Highbullen can provide dog friendly bedrooms, four dog kennels and secure gun storage for guests use.
Highbullen offers a shooting break from £179 per room per night single occupancy in a Manor House Room or from £159 per room per night, single occupancy in an Estate Room, including dinner, bed and breakfast. For teams of eight or more, guns, bed and Breakfast rates start from £119. Clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged, with Guns, cartridges, insurances and expert tuition.
Highbullen is part of the Bespoke Hotels collection. Formed in 2000, Bespoke Hotels has grown to represent over 200 properties worldwide, and now stands as the UK’s Largest Independent Hotel Group. Ranging from specialist golfing hotels, to award-winning spa resorts and chic city centre properties, the group prides itself on a diverse roster and a unique, individualised management style.