Beautifully sited overlooking Summerleaze Beach, the award winning Hartland Hotel has been owned and managed by the Barker family for nearly half a century and prides itself on quality of service and attention to detail. The Hartland Hotel occupies an unrivaled position, situated at the seaward end of a level private road, within 200 yards of both the beach and main shopping area. The hotel has become very popular with holiday makers from the UK and abroad alike, groups and a large number of returning guests.
Originally dating from the 1800’s, Hartland House as it was then known, stood alone on the cliffs overlooking Bude, or Bede Haven as it was then called. With the building of the canal in the 1820’s and the emergence of Bude as a thriving port, the town began to expand and Hartland Terrace was built on to Hartland House to provide homes for wealthy ship owners.
The arrival of the railway in the 1890’s brought another chapter to Bude, when it quickly became a tourist resort renowned for its miles of beaches and majestic cliffs. At this time Hartland House was owned by the wife of a South American mining engineer, and upon her death at the turn of the century, the house was purchased by the chocolate factory magnates, the Fry family. Used as their holiday home for more than 30 years, the Fry family visited Bude every summer sailing from Bristol to Bude upon their yacht ‘The Firelash’ which they moored on the Bude Canal.
In 1933 the house was sold again and the new owner, Charles Abbott extended the house and opened it as a hotel retaining the Hartland name. During the Second World War, Hartland Hotel was requisitioned by the government, the first floor providing accommodation for the officers of the nearby gunnery range of Cleeve Camp, while the other floors were used by the evacuated Clifton College as classrooms and accommodation for the boarders.
In 1966 the present owners, the Barker family, purchased the hotel and further extensions and developments have culminated in the hotel as seen today.
The Hartland Hotel
Tel: 01288 355 661
Map & Directions:
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