From small local business to one of the country’s leading hotel groups
The Brend Family have played a prominent role in the life of the West Country for nearly a century. Having run a successful butcher’s shop in Barnstaple since the 1920’s, Mr and Mrs Percy Brend built the Exeter Motel in 1955. This was the beginning of a passion for hospitality and for delighting customers that would last for generations to come.
In 1969, the historic Royal Hotel at Bideford was purchased and the company of Percy R Brend (Hoteliers) was formed. Such was the success of the company that the Brend family went on to build the Park Hotel in Barnstaple the following year. The Royal and Fortescue in Barnstaple was purchased in 1971, followed by the Devon Hotel in Exeter in 1975 and the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth in 1977.
Percy Brend had always loved the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon, with its stunning beachside location. He and his wife, Florence, would visit it when they were courting and he promised her that he would buy that hotel one day. In 1977, he finally fulfilled that dream.