Yeoldon House, originally a Victorian gentleman's residence, situated on the banks of the River Torridge with balcony bedrooms.


Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Torridge Bideford, North Devon, Yeoldon House Hotel boasts glorious views of the river and is a perfect base to explore North Devon. The hotel is also licenced for civil wedding ceremonies and partnerships where we welcome and value diversity.

Offering ten beautifully appointed bedrooms some with balconies overlooking the River Torridge Bideford Devon. All bedrooms are ensuite and are located on the first and second floors of the property.

North Devon has a wealth of attractions and places to visit including the charming Clovelly fishing village, clean and sandy beaches of Westward Ho, castles and beautiful gardens to explore. For those who wish to venture further a field Tintagel Castle and the delights of Cornwall are only an hour’s drive away.

History to the present day

Little is known about Yeoldon House until the late eighteenth century. Between 1860 and 1880 a Colonel Pierce bought the property. At this time it is thought that the house was an old cottage or farmhouse which today makes up the old part of the hotel. Colonel Pierce built the house to the shape it is now with the exception of the balconies outside “Hubbastone” (built in 1907) and “Kingsley”, added in the 1990s. Colonel Pierce was a philanthropist who kept an old ship, The Iron King, in the dock by the quay. It was here that 30 orphans, from Bideford and Appledore, were educated. Each day an old ship's captain would walk up the river path in order to teach the three ‘r’s - reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic as well as knots, splices and seamanship. Each month The Iron King would leave the dock for 4 or 5 days, on the spring tides, to give these children practical seamanship.

Food and Drinks

A traditional full English breakfast is served in the restaurant with views over the River Torridge. 

Grounds and gardens

Yeoldon House is situated at the end of a private drive ensuring peace and privacy at all times. The gently sloping gardens provide delightful areas to sit and enjoy the scenery either in front of the hotel with a pot of tea or a glass of wine, or down beside the waterfall watching the fish gliding through the pond.

Other facilities

 Yeoldon House is a Victorian building with limited access for guests in wheelchairs. The entrance from the car park is level so access can be gained to the lounge and dining room but we do not have toilet facilities for the disabled. However, the cloakrooms are also on a level. Our staff are trained to help guests with any disabilities as far as possible. All our bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors but, due to the nature of the building, we are unable to install a lift. There is private free parking on-site.

All bedrooms are equipped with the following facilities; broadband Internet,  tea/coffee making facilities, non-smoking, alarm clock, Ipod dock and television. 

Dogs are welcome to stay with you. Children over 10 years only.


19th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

Dog/Pet friendly

Minimum age 10

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture


Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Central heating

Food and Drinks


Tea room

Cooked breakfast (included)


Picnic area

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 10

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Travel Info

Address: Yeoldon House Hotel, Durrant Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2RL, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm Check Out: 10.30am

Directions: Leave the M5 at J27 and follow the A361 to Barnstaple & then the A39 to Bideford. Over the Torridge Bridge to a roundabout where you take the 3rd exit towards Westward Ho! Then take the 3rd turning on the right immediately past The Durrant House Hotel. This is called Durrant Lane. Drive over 3 sleeping policemen and bear left where the road forks. Follow the private drive down towards the river and you will find Yeoldon House at the bottom, overlooking the river.

By Train: Main line trains from Paddington run to Exeter where you change for Barnstaple (approx. 8 miles). From Barnstaple you can catch a bus to Appledore or Westward Ho! Get off the bus at The Durrant and walk down the lane to the hotel, appoximately a third of a mile.

Taxis are also available at Barnstaple station.

By Coach: National Express coaches stop at Bideford Quay (1 mile) or Westward Ho! (1.5 miles).