The Henley

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

‘An idyllic place. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

An idyllic place… absolute heaven.’ So say regular visitors to Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s dog-friendly B&B with ‘fabulous views’ over Bigbury Bay. New arrivals receive ‘a really warm welcome’ from the ‘charming and friendly’ hosts, Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe. There is a Three Bears choice of bedrooms – small, medium and a large, each just right in its way. A dual-aspect room has ‘stunning panoramic coastal views’. All are homely in the best sense, supplied with biscuits and sherry. In an Edwardian house built as a holiday home, rattan chairs and potted palms abound, especially in the light-filled breakfast room overlooking the Avon estuary. You can sit out on the decking – or by a wood-burning stove in a lounge. Dogs are welcomed by the owner’s Labrador, Caspar. At night, with three days’ notice, residents can dine in. Martyn’s limited but ‘tasty, generously portioned’ three-course menus might include melon with Parma ham and figs, a steak or fresh fish, pear and frangipane pudding. Breakfast choices include an ‘excellently cooked’ full Devon, eggs Benedict, kippers, smoked salmon. Steps lead to the beach; the South-West Coastal Path runs right by. ‘No doubt we will be back once again!’ (SR, SH)

Hotel details


Folly Hill


01548 810240




Mar–end Oct, restaurant closed Sun eve.


2 lounges, dining room, reception, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small terraced garden (steps to beach, golf, sailing, fishing), Coastal Path nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

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


not under 12.


allowed in bedrooms (not on bed), lounges, not in dining room (£7 per dog per night).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £103, double £140–£170, D,B&B (2-night min.) single £134, double £195–£225. Set dinner £36. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

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