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Our History

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Four Generations

A success story for more than 50 years.

Although each and every hotel, restaurant, spa and golf course has its own story to tell, it’s often the story of how it all began for the Brend Collection that many of our guests are curious about. Take a look below at the key dates of acquisition, awards and more, or visit individual hotel websites for more information on its specific history.


Brend Timeline


Butchers Shop

Percy Brend opens a Butchers Shop in Butchers Row, Barnstaple.


The Exeter Motel

Mr & Mrs Percy Brend purchase The Exeter Motel. This was the beginning of a passion for hospitality.


Taw Garages

John Brend opens the Fryary Restaurant and Taw Garages is purchased with Richard Brend taking overall control of these businesses. 


The Royal Hotel, Bideford

The Royal Hotel in Bideford is purchased and the company Percy R Brend & Sons (Hoteliers) is formed. 


The North Devon Motel

The Brend family built and opened The North Devon Motel in Barnstaple.


The Royal and Fortescue, Barnstaple

The Royal & Fortescue Hotel was purchased from Watney Mann.

The Devon Hotel, Exeter

The Devon Motel in Matford Exeter was purchased from Grand Metropolitan Hotels. Five restaurants were also purchased from the Milk Marketing Board.


The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

The Royal Duchy Hotel was purchased.


Saunton Sands Hotel, Braunton

After several years of negotiations, Mr Percy Brend achieves one of his ambitions and purchases Saunton Sands Hotel.


The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth 

The Victoria Hotel was purchased. 


Brend Tours 

Brend Tours is launched. 


The Carlyon Bay Hotel and Golf Course, St Austell

The Carlyon Bay Hotel and Golf Course was purchased and later achieved 4 star status in 1985.


Petrol Service Station

A new petrol service station is opened. 


The Belmont Hotel, Sidmouth 

The Belmont Hotel was purchased and achieved 4 star status the following year in 1988. 


North Devon Motel 

The North Devon Motel is extended following the purchase of Drake House and Fortescue House. 


The Park Hotel, Barnstaple

The North Devon Motel is refurbished and renamed as The Park Hotel.


The Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple  

The Barnstaple Motel is purchased and refurbished, also the name is changed to The Barnstaple Hotel.


The Royal Duchy, Falmouth

The Royal Duchy Hotel achieves 4-star status.


The Royal & Fortescue Hotel, Barnstaple

The remaining part of the building at The Royal & Fortescue Hotel is purchased for future expansion.


The Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple

The Barnstaple Hotel opens a new outdoor pool and a gym is built. The Leisure Club is also refurbished.


62 the Bank, Barnstaple

62 the Bank is opened on the site of the old Woolwich Building Society.


The Devon Hotel, Exeter

The Devon Hotel is refurbished and ‘Carriages Brassiere’ is created.


The Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple

The Imperial Hotel is purchased from the Regal Group and extensive refurbishment begins. It gained 4 star status the same year. 


Head Office

Brend Group Head office moves to its newly refurbished offices next to The Park Hotel.


Taw Garages

Taw Garages moves to its new premises in Victoria Road in December 2005. 


Brend Hotels is awarded 'RAC Hotel Group of the Year' 2005/06


The Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell

The Carlyon Bay Hotel opens a new spa, complete with a steam room, sauna, therapy pool, gym and hot stone beds.


Brend Group Fabric Design

Brend Group Fabric Design Workshop opens at The Park Hotel.


Brend Academy

Brend Academy, offering a range of apprenticeship programmes for young people, is launched. 


Brend Hotels is awarded 'AA Hotel Group of the Year 2015-2016'. 


Bar 62, Barnstaple

Bar 62 is opened, our new unique cocktail bar, attached to 62 The Bank at the Royal & Fortescue Hotel.


The refurbishment and extension at The Park Hotel is completed. Its brand new facilities include 10 more state-of-the-art bedrooms, two of which are fully accessible for disabled guests, the all-new 'Seasons' Bar & Brasserie, high-speed WiFi, electronic check-in, Tesla electronic charge points, landscaped gardens, and a modern lift. We also moved to our newly refurbished office. 


The Park Hotel, Barnstaple

The Park Hotel receives 4-star status.


Source Spa and Wellness, Saunton Sands

Source Spa & Wellness, a brand new luxury spa, is created at Saunton Sands Hotel.


Taw Motor Centre

Taw Garages launches Taw Motor Centre, a premium used-card dealership in Barnstaple. 


Brend Hotels rebrands to become the 'Brend Collection'. 

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