It took us a long time but it was worth it. Once we had left our car in a mainland garage, a Landrover took us across the tidal sands (it's a tidal island) towards the hotel. The friendly staff, some of them Eastern Europeans and some British, looked after us so well!
The entire hotel is decorated in genuine art deco style ---wow!
Our suite, The Edystone, consisted of a bedroom, bathroom without shower, a lounge and a balcony. The furniture was amazingly elegant. From our French windows we could see the natural pool (great in the Summer) and beyond to the bay. There are no TVs except in the TV room downstairs.
Downstairs there are two large restaurants/function rooms, one for dinner and the other for breakfast & lunch. There is also a two tier bar with a grand piano, pool and swirling stairs.
A games corridor is open to guests: a very small gym, a large TV room/library, a billiards room with a full sized table and a beauty therapy suite.
For those who want to get just a little closer to the see there is the Pilchard Inn. This pub actually belongs to the hotel and one of the bars of this olde worlde place is for residence of the hotel. If you eat food in the inn it will have been sent down from the hotel, only 50 metres away.
We went at Christmas, for 5 nights. It cost us a lot ---about £3000 but a lot was included! There were pianists, singers, Carol singing, a visit from the Absinthe Fairy (Gary the fantastic bar man), b/w films, a bottle of bubbly upon arrival, our food and drink, an adults panto in which we participated (to a very limited extent) and costumes for the panto.
The food was good but the wine list disappointing.
Serice was excellent ---especially from Gary the barman from Scotland. He was chat away, with humour, about any subject.
Was it worth the money? Mmm... well the three grand included a £500 Christmas surcharge ---but then we did get lots of extras from that surcharge...
Would we go again? Yes...but we'd try it in the Spring or Autumn.
The photos will occupy several pages ---so watch out for them!
I had imagined that my first health spa experience would encompass lots of pampering, professional spa treatments, impeccable service and beautiful surroundings. It was also important for me to find an opportunity for some peaceful relaxation, good healthy eating options and to gain an overall sense of reward for my hard-earned break. I stayed at Cedar Falls Health Farm in Somerset for a full day and night. I wasn’t disappointed and loved it from the very moment I arrived. Friendly, helpful reception staff checked me in and I quickly found myself in my large en-suite room, with a fresh bowl of fruit and open views across the vast lawns and gardens that surround the impressive red stone building. On with the obligatory dressing gown, and my treatment itinerary would dictate the course of events during the rest my stay. These included a dry floatation table, and the Men’s Clarins Treatment incorporating a full body, face and head massage – exceptional value and highly recommended. The pool, sauna and sun lounge areas were very popular amongst other guests, resting in-between the comprehensive range of treatments and therapies that are available. Feeling completely soothed, relaxed and rested, I took a short stroll around the extensive grounds, scattering the wild rabbits back into their burrows, before dining on a perfect gourmet menu of fresh produce, all beautifully prepared, cooked and served with equal care and attention.
The next morning I woke up slowly to the tranquil sound of bird song. After being served an equally good breakfast, my pampering break was unfortunately over and it was time for me to check out but as a much calmer, more relaxed and centred person. It’s true to say that I really did feel the difference. The service, the professional staff and the setting made for a very special health spa break.
If you have the means, a silk liner is the way to go, otherwise a cotton or polycotton (stronger) liner is next best. These will add a fraction more warmth but the real advantage is to keep the sleeping bag cleaner for longer on extended trips and to use on its own when the climate is hot. I used a fleece liner when trekking at altitude which is much warmer but very bulky.
Lightweight self inflating sleeping mats are a fairly new innovation and give added insulation against the cold ground and more comfort for longer trips, though for weekends etc. I would probably stick to the cheaper foam sleeping mats. They self inflate about 80 % and a few puffs finish them off.
A four season tent with a very large porch for panniers and can accomodate a touring bike if laid down. If money was no object I would have gone for the Hilleberg range of tents, but this one was a more affordable alternative.
We wanted to stay in the Woolacoombe area and found this place on-line. Woolacoombe gets incredibly busy during the summer months because of its amazing beaches of beautiful golden sand. The site is in a small village called Mortehoe, about 1 to1.5 miles from the centre of Woolacombe. The scenery is awesome, the view you get as soon as you unzip your tent in the morning is absolutely delightful. There is a shower block and toilets, a laundry room and a small shop on the site. There is also a village shop and a lovely pub just a few minutes walk from the site. The walk to Woolacombe is a very easy and level stroll and you will be rewarded with some stunning views along the way.
The views, simply fantastic.
If you are at all interested in art, and sculpture in particular, stay at Broomhill. You'll have a comfortable room, a fabulous breakfast and acres of a Devon valley to explore. We loved the sculpture garden, I lost count of the number of varied pieces , some almost hidden amongst foliage. There's a river runningthrough the grounds, which have been beautifully restored in the last 10 years. Service very friendly, complimentary bottle of bubbly in our room overlooking the gardens.
Would definitely recommend this hotel.
HAs to be the very tall red stiletto in the front of the building! See their web site for picture.
Along the Devon coast, 7 miles east of Sidmouth and 2 miles east of Branscombe, in a narrow cove is the small fishing port of Beer - had never heard of it and hadn't known anything about it other than it had an excellent and bargain sounding youth hostel
I was driving a dear friend, also travel mad, around Devon on a trip from her place in Dorset.
We were running late but you know how it is with the lovely long daylight hours of the english sumer...they were meant to close up but they didnt mind waiting for us to arrive in the dark after 1030Pm ! Finding our way up through the winding road to the hostel up on the hill above the village. Happy as Larry and very friendly.
The place was very clean - clean rooms for sleeping, clean beds and linen, and most importantly - clean bathrooms!! clean showers without hair to step around and clean loos.
Breakfast wasnt included but no problems as staying at the hostel was a bargain. We drove on down to the village for breakfast on the beach - and what a delight of a village. A bit like Clovelly but without the slope. Breakfast was interesting on yet another beach called a beach despite it being large round stones. with rubber walkways on top to various areas for lounging, eating and drinking.
Simple and easy - nice, clean, friendly establishment for a low price.
This is the best holiday i have been to, the facilities are clean, the service is good. it is a great holiday with the beach not far away.
the pools are excellent and the best is the nigth life they have a suburb entertainment and i am friends with all of them especially chris and derek!!! i love staying in caravans and they are nice and clean if there is a problem they willl deal with it soon as!!!
During a trip to Cornwall, we needed a place to stay not too far from Bristol Airport on the way back. We found this delightful B&B out in the country not far from Exeter. We only stayed one night, but everything was perfect. Very friendly owners, wonderful breakfast, just the best. After touring Cornwall and staying in different places, mostly in the same price-range or higher, this was definitely the winner.
Although we'd booked a standard room, we were given the big room as for some reason we were the only couple staying that week-end. Three rooms are available.
Big room, excellent BIG bed, everything finished to exacting standards - including the plumbing. Nice views over countryside, sheep in one field, rabbits scampering in the other.
Nice English decor, modern understated rather than flowery chintzy, but in keeping with the period house. Just perfect.
Bearing in mind our unfortunate experience of the previous night in 'Bradford-on-Avon' as we searched in the dark for 90 minutes to find lodgings, this time (with dusk falling), we pulled into the first B&B we saw on the outskirts of Barnstaple as we drove in from Exmoor National Park. This time we were in luck, the owners had no other guests staying there that evening so we had our choice of their four guest bedrooms. Rather than pay 56 GBP for an ensuite, we opted for a room with a double bed, shared bathroom and breakfast for 46 GBP (US$80).
The elegant Spinney building dates from about 1750 and was at one time the Rectory of the small community of Shirwell. Several additions and alterations have been made to the main building over the centuries enabling it today to provide unique, spacious and comfortable accommodation. Situated in over an acre of grounds, with extensive lawns and woodlands,The Spinney enjoys far reaching views over the typical Devon patchwork fields towards the heights of Exmoor only a few miles distant. This building was once part of the Chichester inheritance, with the famous solo-around-the-world sailor Sir Francis Chichester being buried nearby in the parish church.
The rooms are heated by natural gas and are very comfortably furnished (see my second photo). Even with a shared bathroom, our room came with it's own sink and mirror. It was also equipped with colour television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a separate lounge for guests use and ample parking within the grounds. Because the proprieter, Mr. Richard Pelling is also a chef, he also runs a licenced restaurant providing dinners to order using fresh local produce where possible.
In our case, after three straight mornings of 'The Full English Breakfast', we opted for a light breakfast of meusli and strawberry yoghurt, followed by scrambled eggs on toast with tea (see the third photo). It was just what we needed to start the day off!
The final photo shows a rear view of the B&B with a view out over the landscape.
Not a bad campsite,I`d love to get one thats a bit flatter next time,less of a hill...Poor Billy woke up one morning 10 feet further down the tent than when he went to bed !!!!
Lovely pool,outdoor,but no problem,they have a shallow area for small kids too.
A charming old Hotel, with one of the friendlest owners we met, a very clean room, a great English Breakfast. Peter the owner was a great guy!
Very Clean Room
25.00 Pounds per night
We stayed in timeshare accomodation known as Kingswear Park Club. It was located at the top of the hill and had great views over the neighbouring ocean.
It does have a tennis court, indoor pool, sauna, croquet lawn and golf course. although the golf course has 8 holes within a 40 meter area, thats right, 40 meter area! and the croquet is fairly rough.
Great view, good tennis court and indoor pool with sauna and spa.
We were warmly welcomed with coffee and biscuits and a pint in a comfy bar! We were shown to our rooms by the owners Daryl and Sharon Furmston, and were met by a cracking sea view. Rooms were clean with complimentry biscuits tea and coffee making facilities and BOTTLED WATER. The room itself had toilet, sink, shower, t.v, alarm-radio and a hair dryer. After a brief unpacking session we headed to the bar for a selection of drinks, draught and bottled then hit the town. After sampling various lagers in some fantastic pubs we staggerd to the hotel and awoke in the morning to the best breakfast i have ever tasted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then of course sampled some more fine ales!
This hotel offers some fantastic views of ilfracombe harbour and surounding hills. The hotel bar is welcoming and comfortable and even offers a selection of bar games! The living room of the hotel is very comfy with leather couches, chairs and a t.v. and the dinning area is even better with another fantastic view to look upon while tucking into bacon and eggs!
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