A historic luxury hotel in a class all of its own

Once an ancient coaching inn, this hotel retains its historic charm whilst offering all the modern comforts you expect. Bang in the centre of Barnstaple, the Royal & Fortescue Hotel is a gem, ideally located for exploring Barnstaple and the surrounding North Devon area. You are just a few steps away from tempting designer shops, the ancient pannier market and the theatre. The welcoming public areas are buzzing with atmosphere, whilst the luxury accommodation is blissfully serene. With a choice of function rooms, the Royal & Fortescue is also perfect for a business event, wedding reception or a special celebration.

A luxury hotel in Barnstaple with real style and character

This Georgian luxury hotel was originally a coaching inn and gained the right to add the word ‘Royal’ to its name after a visit in 1856 from the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII.) Today, the Royal & Fortescue is part of Brend Hotels, a collection of eleven privately owned luxury hotels as well as a number of fine restaurants.

In fact, flagship restaurant 62 The Bank adjoins the hotel. Now a contemporary bistro, 62 The Bank boasts a breathtaking Jacobean ceiling dating back to 1620. Yet another reason to stay at Royal & Fortescue Hotel.

Part of the AA Hotel Group of the Year

The Royal & Fortescue Hotel is part of the Brend Hotels group, winner of 'Hotel Group of the Year' in the AA Hospitality Awards 2015-2016.

We are delighted that these prestigious awards have recognised our warm welcome and passion for excellence. Brend Hotels is a family run company that has been a leader in West Country hospitality for over 50 years.

The group has steadily built up a collection of fabulous hotels and restaurants across Devon and Cornwall that now features 11 luxury hotels and 18 restaurants. We see generation upon generation returning to Brend Hotels, drawn by our winning combination of luxurious facilities, stunning locations and outstanding customer service.