Win a Honiton hotel stay and cookery course

PUBLISHED: 13:23 06 June 2016

Deer Park hotel

Deer Park hotel


Devon Life is partnering with Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association in a year-long celebration of the best of the county’s accommodation. This month we focus on Honiton

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Take a trip to the East Devon town of Honiton and find a mix of heritage, arts and crafts, a celebration of traditional rural life, glorious country views and exciting country house hotels. The town’s high street is predominantly Georgian in architectural style after it was rebuilt following two fires in 1747 and 1765. The wide main street is perfect for a promenade to take in the many independent shops, boutiques and cafes.

Honiton is probably most famous for its contribution to the textile industry. The town was once an important regional centre for cloth and the town made a name for itself with the production of its very own hand-made bobbin lace. Lace making began in Honiton over 400 years ago and was a thriving cottage industry for the town. When Queen Victoria ordered Honiton lace for her bridal gown, handmade lacework saw a surge in popularity. More recently Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George were christened in a gown incorporating Honiton lace – a replica of the gown originally made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and used up until 2004. The Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities which is based in the High Street gives visitors an insight into this beautiful and intricate craft.

Art lovers will relish a visit to The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, an award winning public space based in the Grade II-listed Elmfield House. Named after the artist who used the house as her home and studio, the gallery places emphasis on promoting the practice of contemporary art and craft. Take in the latest exhibition, pick up a piece of art in the gallery shop, stop off for refreshment or book a workshop to discover a new hobby. The Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open exhibition for 2016 is on until 27 August and showcases talented south west based artists.

Honiton lies next to the River Otter in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and adjacent to the Blackdown Hills. It is the perfect launch pad for a joyous countryside walk. Head up to the National Trust owned Combe Wood to enjoy a dog-friendly circular route.

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Reflecting the large agricultural community, the Honiton Agricultural Show has been an annual event since 1890. Hosted by the Honiton showground near Gittisham, this year’s event will be held on Thursday 4 August and is a celebration of farming, produce, crafts and rural skills.

The Devon Hotels Association has two members near Honiton offering exceptional standards in accommodation, food and fun.

Deer Park Country House Hotel is located in the pretty hamlet of Weston, just outside Honiton. Built in 1721 for a Georgian Squire, the handsome house and surrounding 80 acres have been lovingly restored to their former glory with the modern comforts and twists that all visitors expect. The hotel is a pleasure ground for guests whether their stay lasts a few hours or a few days with plenty of fun activities on offer from 4x4 experiences, clay pigeon shooting, cookery courses making use of the estate’s very own outdoor wood fired oven and taking inspiration from the Deer Park’s fully restored Victorian walled kitchen garden. The hotel also specialises in weddings, offering couples the chance to piece together their perfect day within beautiful surroundings and in quintessentially English style – complete with a fleet of classic cars to arrive at the nuptials with just the right amount of panache. The impressive line-up of beautiful motors includes a rare Rolls-Royce Phantom I which (almost) shares its birthday with Queen Elizabeth II.

New to the Devon hotel scene, Combe House re-opens its doors as The Pig-at Combe in July. The team at The Pig have spent months carefully and tastefully bringing this honey-coloured Grade II listed house into The Pig fold. Respecting original features, throwing out formality and bringing in their much loved take on relaxed hospitality, the process has even lead to the restoration of a principle double-height window in the dining room which had previously been bricked up. Diners can now soak up even more light and charming bucolic views. The 27 room hotel, nestled in the Otter Valley makes the most of the historic and luxurious interiors of the 450 year old Elizabethan Manor house - not to mention those wonderful views. Guests can enjoy glorious seclusion within the estate’s 3,500 acres of gorgeous East Devon countryside alongside utterly scrumptious home grown food, sumptuous drinks and excellent service. w

Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association represents more than 50 of the area’s best quality establishments. To choose your favourite visit

Win a hotel stay and cookery course

Win a night’s stay with breakfast at Deer Park Country House Hotel, member of the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association. The lucky winner and a guest will also receive a cookery course with Manna from Devon, held at Deer Park during their stay.

To enter, answer this question correctly: ‘What model of Rolls-Royce can visitors hire at Deer Park Country House Hotel? Is it: Phantom I, Phantom II or Silver Ghost? Enter here: or email with the subject line ‘Honiton’ or post your entry to Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association, c/o One Voice Media, 31-32 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NS giving us your name and a contact telephone number.

The deadline for entries is 1st August 2016.

Terms and conditions:

Accommodation is one double or twin room with breakfast.

Must be booked in advance

Transport, additional food and drinks are not included

Prize is non-transferable

Subject to availability, excludes certain dates, please confirm with the hotel when booking.

Cookery course is with Manna from Devon and will be held at Deer Park Country House Hotel. The night’s stay must be taken either the night before or after the course.

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