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A traditional country hotel and long-established fishing school attracting country sports enthusiasts. Shooting, hiking, horseriding and cycling can all be organised. It lies in the centre of the village of Lifton, within easy reach of Dartmoor and the Cornish coast. Expect rooms with old-school charm and an excellent restaurant.

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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



The hotel lies in the centre of the village of Lifton on the Cornwall/Devon border. As a former coaching inn, it's on the main road through the village, which means rooms at the back are quieter. It's between two of the region's greatest attractions: Dartmoor and the Cornish Coast. Idyllic Lydford Gorge, a National Trust woodland and 30m-high waterfall, is worth a visit for the scenery and fresh air.

By car: around 4 hours from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 5 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.

By train: Trains from London to Exeter take 3 hours. The hotel is 45 minutes' drive. Book trains to Exeter.

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This former coaching inn has plenty of old-school charm; refreshingly, it keeps things traditional and homely instead of trying to keep up with the latest design fads. Antiques, copies of The Field, and fishing rods on the wall make it feel as if you're visiting a friend's country pad.


The Arundell has 20 miles of river, where you can learn fly fishing, a trout lake and a tackle shop. The deli is a great idea - stock up on treats made in-house, grab something delicious for a picnic or settle in for coffee and cake. Tesla charging points are available.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Deli
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms vary in size from cosy doubles to spacious suites, and there's also a two-bedroom self-catering cottage. The décor is traditional but clean and fresh. The carefully chosen antiques and neutral colour palette are entirely fitting for these historic surroundings.

Room types: Old Inn Room, Old Inn Suite, Coach House Room, Fisherman's Cottage, Church Cottage

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, Roberts radio, free Wi-Fi


One of the delights of staying here is having whatever you've caught or shot cooked by the chef for dinner. The menu has everything you'd hope for from a country sports hotel - plenty of game, good local meat and fresh veg from the hotel's kitchen garden.

The Restaurant: Locally sourced ingredients, including wild game and fresh fish. All-day menu and afternoon tea, open daily. Lunch set menu from £16.

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