The Henley

‘What a wonderful hotel – more like a lovely home,’ writes a visitor this year to this Edwardian holiday cottage with ‘sea views to die for’. More

Contact details

The Henley
Folly Hill
Bigbury-on-Sea
Devon
TQ7 4AR
England
01548 810240
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

5.

Open

Mar–end Oct.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, conservatory dining room, free Wi-Fi (in some areas), small garden (steps to beach, golf, sailing, fishing), Coastal Path nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

jazz/classical in the evenings in lounge, dining room.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed in dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single £93, double £123–£155, D,B&B (2-night min.) single £120, double £182–£205. Set dinner £36. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What a wonderful hotel – more like a lovely home,’ writes a visitor this year to this Edwardian holiday cottage with ‘sea views to die for’. More praise: ‘We were mightily impressed, our expectations exceeded.’ Owners Martyn Scarterfield and his wife, Petra Lampe, serve up ‘hospitality and fab food’ in a ‘truly delightful’ situation overlooking the Avon estuary; their black Labrador, Caspar, is ‘well beloved’ by guests. Potted palms and Lloyd Loom chairs fill the public rooms; there are paintings, books and magazines, a wood-burning stove. Traditionally and amply furnished, bedrooms are equipped with binoculars to take in the ‘inspiring’ view. Guests gather at 7 pm for Martyn Scarterfield’s three-course dinner, served in the conservatory. A typical dish: pan-fried John Dory, lemongrass-marinated prawns. ‘Though limited in choice, dinner was splendid, and beautifully cooked.’ (Vegetarians are well catered for, by prior arrangement.) Breakfast is ‘super’. The sandy beach is approached by a private cliff path at the bottom of the terraced garden. Board the sea tractor to cross the causeway to Burgh Island. (Irene Kearney, Chris Savory, SR)

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The Henley
Folly Hill
Bigbury-on-Sea
Devon
TQ7 4AR

Guest comments

'We were given a warm welcome to this dog-friendly hotel by the charming owners. We had a large, comfortable dual-aspect room with stunning views. The intimacy of the hotel leas to friendly chats with other guests. The highlight is the beautifully cooked dinners provided by Martyn. Breakfasts were equally excellent. ' - Steve Hur - May, 2017
'What a joy to return to our favourite hotel. Relaxing and informal while professional, Martyn and Petra do all they can to help you. The rooms are all comfortable. Martyn’s cooking is outstanding. Breakfast is delicious and beautifully presented. ' - Simon Rodway - August, 2016
'Home from home with a warm welcome. The sea views are wonderful. Marty's evening meals were outstanding. Petrs's friendly attentiveness made us feel like house guests rather than hotel clients. A special place. ' - Geoffrey and Sue Bignell - June, 2016

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