Originally a thatched cottage, the building was reconstructed in the "Swiss Style" at the height of the Victorian Era and set within four acres of landscaped grounds. It features 10 en-suite bedrooms, an adjacent two-bedroom self-catering apartment, a bar, restaurant, and weddings and events facilities.
With more than 20 acquisitions of land in West Exmoor since 1963, the National Trust has campaigned and raised funds to protect both the region and its coastline in recent decades.
Hunter's Inn lies in the Heddon Valley, at the heart of 2,000 acres of land that the Trust already cares for. The property will sit alongside its growing collection of 39 pubs and restaurants across the country, many of which have been designated historically significant.
"We are thrilled to be working alongside the National Trust as they invest in this important property," said Graham Marskell, managing director of Bespoke Hotels. "Hunter's Inn boasts a truly spectacular location in the heart of Exmoor, as well as a fine culinary tradition, and we are excited to be welcoming a property with such character and heritage to the Bespoke portfolio."
"I have really enjoyed owning Hunter's Inn over the last twelve years and to have been part of the Inn's rich history," added David Orton, the departing owner of the business. "I'm delighted that the National Trust is taking over as guardians, I know they will look after the Inn and it will continue to be the heart of the magical Heddon valley, somewhere I'll always call home."