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There are ‘fantastic’ views across the bay to Lundy Island from Amanda James’s ‘relaxed’ traditional hotel above Woolacombe Bay. More

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Good Hotel Guide Review

There are ‘fantastic’ views across the bay to Lundy Island from Amanda James’s ‘relaxed’ traditional hotel above Woolacombe Bay. Once an Edwardian gentleman’s retreat, the ‘comfortable’ hotel today welcomes guests who come for the ‘well-cooked’ food and the ‘excellent’ walks to be had along the Coastal Path. All but three bedrooms look out to sea; some have a wooden balcony or a garden terrace. Each room is supplied with bottled water, upmarket toiletries, bathrobes and a season-appropriate duvet, though some guests think ‘the lighting could be better’. Take afternoon tea in the ‘spacious’ lounge, or on the terrace in good weather; come evening, dine on classic British dishes in the restaurant overlooking the bay. Simpler meals may be taken in the airy bistro. Lounge, bar, restaurant, bistro; terrace (alfresco meals and drinks). Function room. Lift. Free Wi-Fi, ‘weak’ mobile phone reception, in-room TV (Freeview). Background music. Room service. Civil wedding licence. ½-acre garden. Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Treatment room. Sandy beach below. Children welcomed (early dinners). 29 bedrooms (3 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled). Per room B&B £160–£300, D,B&B £230–£370.

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Friday 3rd Feb – Friday 31st March 2017. Treat yourself to a luxury short break in a LUXURY SUITE or FOUR POSTER room. The special promotional rate of £250 per room per night will include a four course dinner and a complimentary bottle of champagne in your room on arrival. That’s a saving of over 20% not including the fizz. Offer excludes Friday and Saturday nights, and is subject to availability. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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Guest comments

'A relaxing stay. Our room, recently rejuvenated, had beautiful view of the small cove. The standards of cooking and service in the restaurant were excellent ' - Alice and John Sennett - June, 2017
'A really excellent hotel in a stunning setting with Atlantic views to Lundy Island on the horizon. Extremely well managed, most comfortable, and a gentle,relaxed atmosphere with first class helpful staff. Good food plus a dining room with views and sunsets to die for. ' - Richard & Pam James - March, 2014
'The most glorious setting imaginable. The loveliness of the views is matched by the graciousness of the accommodation. The public areas look well kept but the decor in the restaurant was a bit odd, with competing patterns on the chairs and the carpet. The only really jarring note in the public areas is the piped music, totally out of keeping with the mood the proprietor seems to be trying to create. Staff were a mix of old and new. One of the friendliest receptionists I have encountered. Dinner was a little bit of a let down. Whilst there was clearly some flair and skill at work in the kitchen, the food did not really deliver in terms of flavour. ' - SH - March, 2013

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