ABOUT OUR BARNSTAPLE B&BThe Telegraph voted our rooms "the best rooms in Barnstaple"
which we are very proud. We have spent a lot of fun times designing our rooms to be delightful and unique.
No 2 Broadgate, which is now our gorgeous B&B, forms part of Broadgate House. It has dominated the Barnstaple town skyline for over 400 years. The house was originally built in 1611 by Lord Parminter. He was a wealthy shipping merchant of local heritage and widely well-liked and respected. Furthermore, Broadgate House was a splendid example of a gentleman’s residence. It owned much of the land surrounding the house including most of the houses you see today on Bellaire, and the grounds extended all the way down to the historic harbour.
CHARACTER AND CHARM
We bought the house in 2010 and from that point became the guardians of this stunning Georgian home. We have poured our creativity and love into this rather grand old house. An easy task: when given such a charismatic building. The house is full of stunning period features including, extraordinary high ceilings and beautiful sash windows. These can be seen at their finest in the Provencale Room.
Broadgate House is grade II listed so it retains most of the quirky original architecture. The house faces due south with uninterrupted views of the town and the North Devon countryside beyond. Its position allows the house to be flooded with natural light and warmth all year round.
PILTONPilton Village lies just half a mile north east of Barnstaple.
This historic settlement dates back to the 9th Century. Some evidence shows that it was one of four Saxon Burh's set up by King Alfred. There is a reference to Pilton in the 1066 Domesday Survey, being owned by a Norman called Drogo. The Benedictine Priory in Pilton was founded at some point in the 12th Century. There are some truly beautiful houses and historic architecture to be seen throughout Pilton.
The Parish church which dates back to the 1600's is still used and a wonderful focal point of the village. You will hear the bells ringing out over the village every Tuesday evening and Sunday mornings. It never ceases to delight us as the sound wafts through the gardens on balmy Tuesday evenings in the summer. it is a wonderful walk through Pilton from the B&B to reach Barnstaple. We thoroughly recommend it.
We have always been peoples people. Recently, both of us come from strong hospitality backgrounds. We owned a successful Modern European dining room in Braunton for ten years. Selling just two years ago we decided to continue in the same ilk. Doing what we both love to do - looking after people and feeding them delicious food. In this case breakfast. We do sometimes offer evening meals when booked in advance. Mostly in the winter months when we are quieter and our guests don't want to leave the cosiness and warmth of the house.
Neither of us is locally born and bred. I am originally from the home counties and Ivan is from North Wales. We have both spent much of our lives abroad. Between us, we have lived in a fair few countries around the globe, Brazil, America, Italy, France and Switzerland. However, this is now where we have decided to call home. Ivan is a keen surfer and has been all his life. I am more of a country girl - horses have played an important part in my life for many years.
We are both active people and have explored most of the outdoor activities that North Devon has to offer.
We have an extensive knowledge of the area and we are very happy to point you in the right direction. From No2 Broadgate, you are only a maximum of 30 minutes drive away from all of the stunning places to visit.