From a small local business to one of the country’s leading hotel groups

A reputation for top quality hospitality

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, this was only the beginning of a passion for hospitality and for delighting customers that would last for generations to come.

From when Percy Brend first purchased The Exeter Motel in 1955, to when he fulfilled his dream and purchased Saunton Sands Hotel (a hotel which he visited with his wife Florence when they were courting), to the latest investments and renovations of the hotels and restaurants - the Brend Family have gained a reputation for top quality hospitality with excellent attention to detail and this is something that that has stayed with the family business throughout the decades. 

Percy Brend
The Brend Directors sat together

Where did it all begin?

The story of Percy and Florence Brend
The name Brend is synonymous with hotels in Devon and Cornwall, but what's the family story behind the chain? Even today, the influence of Percy and Florence Brend is still felt strongly throughout the whole business and the values that it lives by, so take a look at their story and find out where it all began for the Brend Collection.

Percy and Florence are fondly remembered as an exceptional couple who set a wonderful example for the subsequent generations to follow and who, above all, were loving parents who did all that they could to support their children and grandchildren.

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Percy and Florence Brend

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. 


The Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell

The Carlyon Bay Hotel opens a new spa, complete with 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. 


Bar 62, Barnstaple

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


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 has rebranded to become the Brend Collection.