Arundel Arms – Lifton, Devon, England, United Kingdom

To The Sporting Life Born

This old coach inn has been one of England’s premier fishing hotels for more than half a century, with 20 miles of its own fish-rich water on the Tamar River and five of its tributaries that are home to wild brown trout, sea trout, and salmon.

With exclusive rights to private beats, gorgeous natural surroundings, excellent cuisine, and top-notch accommodations in an area of Old England where timeless rhythms rule and country customs are honored, the Arundell Arms is a standout among a vanishing breed of well-heeled sporting hotels.

Four wild rivers—the Lyd, the Carey, the Wolf, and the Thrushel—descend from Dartmoor’s granite peaks, becoming deep pools, gravelly runs, fast shallows, and open glides.

Within a mile or so of the hotel, all these rivers join the Tamar, one of the best salmon rivers in England. Book in advance and fish alone all day on these private beats, where salmon average 10 pounds and your day’s catch will be tonight’s perfectly prepared dinner.

With a head bailiff who is a former Welsh Open fly-fishing champion, daily challenges offered for advanced fishermen, and beginners’ courses for the Johnny-come-latelys, the Arundell Arms is a real fisherman’s hotel.

But countless other outdoor pastimes call: there is the neighboring National Park of Dartmoor with 400 square miles of moors to wander; Daphne du Maurier country to experience (the actual Jamaica Inn that inspired the eponymous novel is a half hour’s drive away), famous country houses and gardens to visit, and inviting bridal paths to explore.

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