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.
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.
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 is launched.
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.
62 the Bank, Barnstaple
62 the Bank is opened on the site of the old Woolwich Building Society.
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.
Brend Group Head office moves to its newly refurbished offices next to The Park Hotel.
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
Brend Group Fabric Design
Brend Group Fabric Design Workshop opens at The Park Hotel.
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'.
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.
Taw Motor Centre
Taw Garages launches Taw Motor Centre, a premium used-card dealership in Barnstaple.
Brend Hotels rebrands to become the 'Brend Collection'.