Broomhill Estate, Muddiford nr Barnstaple
Devon's unique art hotel and sculpture garden is fun for art lovers and families alike, and the slow food menu deserves a Turner Prize too.
You know when you’re scratching your head thinking, where can we go that’s a bit different, somewhere a bit quirky? Well, you can stop right there because Broomhill will scratch that itch. A unique boutique hotel with an Arts & Crafts vibe set in 12 acres of leafy North Devon valley, it boasts the biggest collection of cool outdoor sculpture in the south-west, with well-known names like Saatchi-approved Dutch sculptor Ronald A. Westerhuis and British painter and sculptor Giles Penny among the artists. A stay comes with free entry to the sculpture park, and when you’re not surveying the artwork, you can sit back with a Wicked Wolf in the bar-come-library and brush up on your culture.
It’s peaceful and invigorating, playful and serious all at the same time. I never get bored of this place – it’s a defrazzling, romantic and wild in equal measure though – and it’s just a teeny though – if you’ve got teeny terrors you might want to book the babysitter with all those covetable breakables about.
Previously run by owner and chef Rinus and Aniet van de Sande, it has recently been taken over by new owners who have already upgraded the website, and announced exciting new 2021 events for the venue, including a food fair. So, watch this space.
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