Written by Christina Chrysostomou

Postcard from Devon: a Laura Ashley-inspired stay perfect for Mother’s Day

Treat mum to afternoon-tea Laura Ashley style, a spa treatment or a luxe overnight stay at the Highbullen Hotel.

 Laura Ashley Tea Room - Credit: Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

Stuck on ideas for Mother’s Day? Show gratutide to the greatest woman in your life with spa treatments, scones and Champagne with serene surroundings.

Indulge in Champagne afternoon tea at the Laura Ashley tea room

Laura Ashley Afternoon tea - Credit: Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

If you’re looking for a quintessential cream tea for your VIP (Very Important Parent), you’ve come to the right place! The tearoom is designed in the distinctive signature Laura Ashley style including floral soft furnishings, wallpaper and distinctive lighting.

Ideal for a girly weekend or Mother’s Day treat, choose from the full afternoon tea, savoury afternoon tea or traditional tea – all served with warm handmade buttermilk scones, lashings of locally sourced Devon clotted cream and Laura Ashley loose-leaf tea, served in the namesake’s signature crockery, whilst sat gazing at the lustworthy decor.

Younger children can also join in the fun with a dedicated children’s afternoon tea including chocolate sweet treats, afternoon tea tasties, served in cute wooden drawers, and even a candyfloss stick!

Children's afternoon tea - Credit: Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

Book your afternoon tea experience.

Unwind with mum at the ELEMIS Spa and leisure facilities

Spa at Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

Treat mum and yourself to a facial and/or massage at the ELEMIS Spa.

There’s something for everyone including an ELEMIS Superfood Pro-Radiance facial and more targeted anti-ageing treatments.

Alternatively, after exploring the 125 acre estate, take a walk in an English Rose garden with a lavishly hydrating body massage. The Elemis Garden of England Rose Restore treatment uses a unique trio of rose, camellia and poppy seed oils maintain and restore elasticity whilst encouraging skin renewal.

Plus, for expectant mums, the ELEMIS mum-to-be massage will relieve the strains of pregnancy and alleviate disturbed sleep, aches, pains and puffiness.

Book your ELEMIS Spa treatments

Explore the beauty of North Devon

Loft Room - Credit: Highbullen Hotel#

Image: Highbullen Hotel

Explore the 125-acre estate in the heart of North Devon with far-reaching views across to Exmoor whilst staying in the award-winning Loft suite. Relax in a sauna, steam room, monsoon shower and roll-top bath, all without leaving your room.

Feast on fine dining using Devon’s local produce

North Devon View Hotel - Credit: Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

The North Devon View Restaurant is the Highbullen Hotel’s fine dining restaurant with panoramic windows that offer stunning views across the rolling Devon hills, down the Mole Valley and towards Exmoor, creating an unrivalled setting to enjoy the best of Devon’s local produce in meat and dairy sourced practically on its doorstep.

Lamb and garden pea course - Credit: Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

Book your dinner reservation for The North View Restaurant.

Get close to wildlife

Deer at Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. The grounds are home to a plethora of natural fauna, flora and wildlife including red and roe deer retreating from the lush golf course grasses to the surroundings woods for daytime solitude. Kids will love spotting wild Exmoor ponies en route to the hotel too.

How to get to the hotel

Highbullen Hotel

Image: Highbullen Hotel

By car: Highbullen can be approached from all points of the compass and your Sat Nav will not necessarily bring you the best route. So, to avoid the steepest hill and the narrow roads, follow the routes below as you get closer.

From the East and South Molton. Leave South Molton on the B3227 signed to Torrington. After 3.8 miles turn off left at Four White Gates signed to Warkleigh 2.5 miles. At the next cross roads, Hilltown Cross, turn right signed to Warleigh and Chittlehamholt. After 200M take next right signed to Warkleigh Church. At the next cross roads, Swing Gate Cross, turn left towards Chittlehamholt and drive straight through the village and Highbullen is found on the left. (7.5 miles total)

If coming from the West and Torrington: Follow the B3227 from Umberleigh towards South Molton and turn right 2 miles from Umberleigh at Homedown Cross, signed 4 miles to Chittlehamholt. Drive straight through the village and Highbullen is found on the left.

If coming from the South and Exeter: Follow the A377 and turn right to South Molton at Fortescue Cross onto the B3226. Follow this road for 1.5 miles and take the first turning left to Chittlehamholt. Highbullen is on the right just after the Chittlehamholt village sign.

From the North: head to either Umberleigh or South Molton and follow the routes above.

 

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