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The Mole Resort, Umberleigh

Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX379HD, UK
The Mole Resort, Umberleigh The Mole Resort, Umberleigh 01769 540561 Chittlehamholt Umberleigh
93 out of 100% 5 votes


Facilities: swipe to see more
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Car Park
  • Pets Allowed
  • Leisure with pool
  • Spa
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym
  • Activities
  • Self Catering
  • Hot Tub In Lodge

Under new management the Highbullen Hotel has rebranded as The Mole Resort. The Mole Resort offers the perfect getaway for fabulous stays and active days in the heart of the beautiful North Devonshire countryside. 

Rooms & Facilities
Facilities: swipe to see more
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Car Park
  • Pets Allowed
  • Leisure with pool
  • Spa
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym
  • Activities
  • Self Catering
  • Hot Tub In Lodge

Number of Bedrooms: 82

Parking Spaces: 100

Steps into Hotel: 0

Check In Time: from 3pm

Check Out Time: 11am

The Mole Resort offers the perfect countryside getaway, nestled near the village of Umberleigh in North Devon. Built in 1879 this country resort in Devon not only features an impressive Victorian Gothic façade which commands quite the presence, it also boasts stunning views down the Mole Valley and across to Exmoor. Whether you're seeking a romantic break or a fun-filled family holiday, this dog-friendly historic manor house has been designed so that you can relax from the moment you arrive. From hot tubs with breath taking views allowing you to reconnect with nature, to jam-packed days filled with over 40 activities you’re certain to make unforgettable moments at the Mole Resort.

The historic Manor House is home to 12 spacious bedrooms that have been individually designed to find furniture, fittings, colour schemes and unique design to match the atmosphere of the room. Step into one of these rooms and feel at home with hints of luxury and beautiful countryside views. The 30 Estate Rooms offer comfort and elegance in the plentiful surroundings of the Estate. Each room has Smart TVs and internet access throughout.

Escapes don’t get much more special than a few lazy lodge days at The Mole Resort; 58 grass-roofed, sustainably sourced timber clad, self-catering spaces from 4 to eight people, nestled in 125 acres of heavenly Devon. Bifold doors open up from the sociable entertaining space onto a large deck featuring a hot tub, so you can take in views across the grounds from both indoors and out.

At The Mole Resort there’s a range of dining options to choose from. Enjoy a leisurely cream tea or light lunch, be wowed by creative cuisine from the Executive Head Chef and their brigade or relax with a bite to eat in the Cellars Bar & Restaurant. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner the finest ingredients Devon has to offer is always used to created exciting and tasty dishes. After a busy day of activities or exploring Devonshire, you may well be ready to sit back and relax with your favourite tipple; The Cellars Bar offers a relaxed and comfortable spot to do just that.

Make your stay at the Mole Resort the best Devonshire hotel break by bringing together a jam-packed itinerary of things to do to keep everyone entertained. Partake in a whole host of exciting indoor and outdoor activities, including the resort’s indoor swimming pool. Try your hand at some archery, go fishing on Mole River or channel your inner Wimbledon hero with a round of tennis.

The Mole Resort offers great late deals and special offers on short breaks throughout the year. Book online with My Hotel Break.



tick TV
tick Tea/Coffee
tick Iron/Board
tick Toiletries
tick Hairdryer
tick Telephone
tick Room Service
tick Cots Supplied
tick Ground Floor Rooms
tick Wifi
tick Family Room for 5
tick Family Room for 3
tick Family Room for 4

Settle in and burrow down in this picturesque location and experience a truly remarkable Devon holiday hotel break. 

Each of the Mole Resort bedrooms have been fully refurbished and offer guests luxury accommodation in a perfect North Devonshire setting.

In The Manor House, the 12 rooms have been individually designed, with colour schemes, furniture and fittings designed to match the atmosphere of each room. These rooms offer a luxurious stay with many individual stylish touches.

The 30 Estate Rooms have all seen a significant modernisation and offer comfort and elegance in the peaceful surroundings around the Estate. All the rooms have Smart TVs and internet access throughout.

Nestled within the heart of the Manor House, this room is perfect for travellers looking to get outdoors and explore all that Devon has to offer. The cosiest room on the resort, traditional comfort combined with the history and charm of architecture from the 1800's.

This guest room offers a snug relaxing retreat for up to 2 guests. Get closer to nature, with all of the traditional comforts, the perfect bolthole from which to explore Devon. Please note that this accommodation is not located within the Manor House.

The largest room available on the estate, complete with sumptuous sofa, perfect for sinking into after a long day of activities or entertaining. Take advantage of breath-taking views over the estate and hunker down for a true countryside retreat.

A fine example of architecture that emerged from the arts and crafts movement of the 1800's, the Manor Deluxe offers the convenience of being located within the Manor House with the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area.

Situated within the Manor House, the Manor Suite is spread across 2 floors and includes a separate living area and added personal steam and sauna room for your comfort. The beautiful en-suite has a roll top bath and beautiful views over the estate.

The suite has a sofa bed that can accommodate 1 adult or 2 children, please contact the myhotelbreak reservations team prior to booking to arrange this. 

Luxury Lodges with Hot Tubs at The Mole Resort
Bifold doors open up from the sociable entertaining space onto a large deck featuring a hot tub, so you can take in views across the grounds from both indoors and out. The 3 bed lodges sleep up to 6 people and 4 beds sleep up to 8, so there's room for everyone to kick back and relax. On sunny days enjoy lazy breakfasts and evenings on the decking, and on cooler days curl up and nature watch from the comfort of the sofa. 

Bar & Restaurant

tick TV with Sky Channels
tick Games Room
tick Outdoor Dining Terrace

At The Mole Resort there’s a range of options to choose from; enjoy an afternoon cream tea or a relaxed lunch or dinner in the Cellars Bar and Restaurant.

After spending the last 30 years cooking throughout the British Isles, executive head chef Stephen Walker brings with him a wealth of experience. The menus are full of ‘honest food using honest ingredients’ using fantastic local produce wherever possible - created by an expert team of chefs.

As the Resort develops, the restaurant offering will be even further enhanced. An all day café concept will be launched, plus an onsite farm shop showcasing the best of locally sourced produce.

After a busy day of activities, you may well be ready to sit back and relax with your favourite tipple; The Cellars Bar offers a relaxed and comfortable spot to do just that. It’s next door to the Cellars Restaurant (open 11-2pm and 6.30-8.30pm) should you then fancy a bite to eat…

When you’re in Devon, a delicious cream tea has to be on the to-do list - and just so you know, here it's cream first and jam on top.

The Mole cream tea features homemade scones (plain and fruit) with cream and jam (we promise to let you decide which order to add them!); baby loaf sandwiches and a selection of teas and coffees.



tick Fitness Suite
tick Sauna
tick Steam Room
tick Beauty Treatments
tick Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
tick Jacuzzi
tick Aerobics Suite
tick Outdoor Swimming Pool

At The Mole Resort you can enjoy a complete workout or take time to restore, relax and refresh yourself.

Whether you want to keep fit or simply wallow and relax, we think you’ll really dig the outdoor pool and beautiful 20m heated indoor pool.
When you’re not perfecting your strokes, enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Exmoor, or take time out to relax and recharge your batteries in the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

The well-equipped gym has all the equipment you need to tone, lift and break a sweat - however much or little you want to do. As well as treadmills, rowing machines, cross trainers and bikes, there is also a full range of resistance machines and free weights, squat rack, a functional exercise area with gym balls, medicine balls and stretching mats. That should keep you busy!

When you stay at The Mole Resort, prepare yourself for a jam-packed schedule of memory-making fun and frolics, whatever the season.

Location & Directions

Directions to The Mole Resort near Umberleigh

It is easy to find our hotel near Barnstaple, at the very heart of North Devon. From the M5, leave at junction 27 and take the A361 towards Barnstaple. After about 20 miles of lovely driving across Exmoor, at the Bish Mill roundabout, turn left onto the B3227 towards South Molton.

Progress through South Molton and towards the end of the High Street bear left onto the B3226. Follow this road along the Mole Valley for about 5 miles until you see the brown sign for The Mole Resort, taking the right turn, up the valley.

At the top of the hill, turn left following the brown sign to the hotel and the signpost to Chittlehamholt. Go carefully through the village of Chittlehamholt and you will find the entrance to The Mole Resort on the left just after you leave the village.

Helicopters can land on site at The Mole Resort with at least 24 hours prior notice and conditions permitting. Or landing is possible at Eaglescott Airfield for helicopters and light aircraft, about 6 miles away from the resort. 

Notice Board

Hotel Notice Board

Hotel - Children’s rates:
On hotel rooms, the rate quoted is the cost for 2 adults only. There are additional charges for bed and meals per child, these charges will be added to your reservation for payment on arrival/departure. 

Family / Pet Friendly
The Mole Resort is a family-friendly resort, certain hotel rooms are able to accommodate additional beds. Don’t forget your four-legged family member as they are more than welcome too. Please note that additional charges will apply to bring your dogs and these rooms are subject to availability so please check with the My Hotel Break prior to booking. Pet's are welcome in Estate Rooms and Lodges Only. 

Things to See and Do
tick Walking
tick Tennis
tick Clay Pigeon Shooting
tick Nature Reserves
tick Cycling
tick Fishing
tick Shooting
tick Childrens Play Area
tick Horse Racing
tick Wildlife Watching
tick Archery
tick Putting Green
tick Croquet Lawn
tick Mini-Golf
tick Foot Golf
tick Axe Throwing
tick Disc Golf
tick Pickleball
tick Arts & Crafts

Choose from over 40 activities from archery to footgolf, croquet to countryside walks, you’ve no excuse to be burrow yourself away when you visit the countryside playground.

You don’t have to be the next Andy Murray or Emma Raducanu to enjoy tennis at The Mole Resort. There are seven all-weather courts (four full size and three half size), perfect for both tennis and pickleball, as well as a lovely Tennis Pavilion where you can refresh and relax, or simply shelter from the elements if there’s an enforced break in play. Memberships are available, or simply pay and play.

As well as the more traditional pursuits, the resort has a few unusual distractions to fill you day, including the fun sport of footgolf and disc golf. As the name suggests, footgolf combines the very best of golf and football; the object of the game is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest possible shots - using feet only, of course. So you’ve played both traditional golf and footgolf but still yearn for more? Do not fret - we can feed that appetite with a game of disc golf, in which you throw a frisbee at a target, with rules similar to golf. Both testing and terrific fun, it’s yet another fantastic distraction we can offer guests.

One of the best things about a stay at The Mole Resort is the number of great walking and cycling trails on the doorstep and running through the site. The beautiful corner of North Devon is rich in rolling hills, rivers and woods which are perfect for countryside adventures; there is also a wonderful stretch of the South West Coast Path within easy reach. Of course, feel free to explore under your own steam; if you’d like a little guidance, however, the team can provide written and mapped details for six local routes - from a gentle half hour around the village to an exploration of Exmoor.

If you’re seeking something a little more sedate, then how about a spot of croquet? The lawn is laid out ready for you to enjoy this teasingly tactical game which will help you while away an hour or so.

If you're looking for some space for a kick-around with your team, look no further than the 5-a-side football pitch - the perfect place to show off your ball skills.

Danger Zone
Campfire Hangout & BBQ Pits
Hub Activities
Laser Clay
Coarse Fishing
Adventure Golf
Natural Play Area
Leisure Acitivites
Axe Throwing 
Arts & Crafts

Exmoor, which became a National Park in 1954, has a great variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles. As you explore Exmoor you will find moorland and woodland, combes and farmland, and a stunning coastline with high cliffs plunging into the Bristol Channel with views across to South Wales.

North Devon has some excellent gardens to visit. RHS Rosemoor and Castle Hill are two great local gardens to explore, but you will also find Hartland Abbey and Gardens, Tapeley Park Gardens and Marwood Hill Gardens all in the local area.

The South West Coast Path offers 630 miles of coastline, with the chance to experience the heritage, wildlife, geology and breathtaking scenery.

Lundy Island, 18 km off the North Devon coast, is a three-and-a-half mile long, half-a-mile-wide, 400 feet high granite outcrop. The majority of Lundy Island is made up of hard granite, which has withstood a constant battering from the north Atlantic Ocean waves for many thousands of years.

For more information on things to see in and do in the area, check out our Destination Guide

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