8th September 2017

Park Hotel gains 4-star status

We are thrilled to become a 4-star hotel in Barnstaple! We've been awarded the prestigious AA 4-star status following the multi-million redevelopment that enhanced facilities, gave an elegant redesign and brought a contemporary new look for the Park Hotel.

The AA award is a major boost for the hospitality sector in Barnstaple with The Park Hotel joining our sister hotel, Imperial Hotel on the River Taw, which has held this status since 1999.

The Park Hotel holds a special place for the Directors and staff. The hotel built by the Brend family was the second hotel in the portfolio and is Brend Hotels' headquarters. The development and 4-star status was also always a dream of Percy Brend, founder of Brend Hotels.

Scroll down further for more about the history of The Park Hotel.

Why it’s great news for locals...


“We are delighted to see people coming here for drinks after work, mums with young children meeting up over morning coffee, couples coming for cocktails or a relaxed meal in great surroundings. The place is buzzing.” 

– Justin Brend, Park Hotel Director


Park-side rest spot for mums and kids 
Rest & recuperate with a glass of wine and an ice cream after an afternoon tearing around Rock Park!

Gathering spot for occasions
Seasons Bar offers an impressive venue for a party or celebration; we’re becoming very popular for baby showers and birthday lunches & afternoon teas!

Unique location by the park
Seasons Bar, Brasserie and Sun Terrace is the only place to dine, drink and sit and watch the seasons unfold in Rock Park.

Exquisite dining option for Barnstaple  
Seasons Brasserie is a contemporary stylish restaurant, a new great place to eat, great for a romantic meal for two, family dinner or a large party wishing to celebrate!

Cocktails by the park
Is there a better way to unwind after work than cocktails in the sun or on comfy couches?

Sun trap
The terrace gets the sun all afternoon into the evening.

Peaceful alfresco dining and drinking
There aren’t many places in Barnstaple that offer a peaceful outdoor experience with glorious views whilst still be able to take part in everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure of ‘people watching’!

Elegant wedding venue
Barnstaple’s newest 4-star wedding venue, a great backdrop to photos: In Rock Park and in front of the hotel and on manicured lawns plus quality food and service.

Legendary Sunday carvery
This local favourite is still running and at just £10.95

Business hub
Impress work associates with outstanding conferencing facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi and stylish surroundings accompanied by great food (banqueting/buffet options for larger gatherings).

Party venue
Already known as a first-rate party venue locally, but now in finer surroundings! Whether for a work Christmas party or a special occasion; we’ve got a dance floor, DJ, an epic carvery plus special discounted room rates to stay over on the night of your party, make a night of it and stay 4-star style!

Why it’s great news for guests...


“Barnstaple is a fantastic destination in its own right but also an ideal base from which to explore the whole of North Devon. These new quality facilities will act as a magnet for the region. The new hotel design has been inspired by the ambience of top luxury hotels in Mayfair and Manhattan and we are really excited to bring this new dimension to the West Country.”

- John Brend, Managing Director, Brend Hotels


Family friendly 4-star hotel in Barnstaple
The new luxury rooms have comfortable sofa beds, an ideal and affordable solution to a ‘family room’, we also have Family Rooms, interconnecting rooms and our Park View Rooms are large enough for cots or extra beds.

High-speed WiFi, electronic check-in and a new lift, state of the art air conditioning, laptop safes, 40-inch Smart TV’s with Sky, power showers, smartphone entry and the latest in-room technology; ideal for the executive business traveller and handy to keep all the family entertained!

Room service, intimate dining and strolls around the Rock Park and along the river; you’ll earn great brownie points whisking your partner away to The Park!

Barnstaple collection discounts
Dine at our other hotels, restaurants and bars in Barnstaple with exclusive discounts as well as free use of leisure facilities at the Barnstaple Hotel.

So close to all North Devon family & sporting attractions, cycle trails, beaches and moorlands. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive local attractions discount card.

Location, location, location
Overlooking Rock Park yet close to town and easy to get to from link road.

An outstanding dining experience in the Brasserie and then lunches, bar snacks, afternoon tea and a well-stocked bar in Seasons Bar.

Wheel-chair friendly
The new design has adapted rooms, a lift and facilities that are all wheelchair accessible.

A bit of history…

The building and opening of the Park Hotel (originally named The North Devon Motel) in 1970 was the start of ‘Brend Hotels’ as we know it, being the 2nd hotel to open; giving birth to our collection and obsession for operating luxury hotels with exceptional service and creating ‘homes from home’ - the very cornerstone of our ethos.

The original founder of Brend Hotels, Percy Brend, long held a cherished dream to turn The Park into an exceptional first class 4 star hotel. Our current Directors, his sons and grandchildren, are thrilled to now be able to deliver this after many years of planning and development and are elated that the AA has recognised our achievement by awarding the hotel 4 stars.