The Henley

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

It's partly the lovely situation, with a 'stunning panorama' across the Avon estuary to Burgh Island, partly the warmth of the welcome that bring some of our readers back to this beachside bolt-hole time and again. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

It’s partly the lovely situation, with a ‘stunning panorama’ across the Avon estuary to Burgh Island, partly the warmth of the welcome that bring some of our readers back to this beachside bolt-hole time and again. Petra Lampe and Martyn Scarterfield’s former Edwardian holiday cottage has seaside views from the dining room, the decked sun terrace and from each of its four bedrooms. Readers praise the wonderful beach, the ‘relaxing, comfortable ambience’, and not least the ‘outstanding’ food. From Monday to Saturday, Martyn cooks a restaurant-quality three-course dinner – maybe crab salad, asparagus ravioli, steak or sea bass with fennel sauce, served in a conservatory with Lloyd Loom chairs and potted palms. If you want to eat in, you must give three days’ notice. Breakfast is of a similarly high standard – try the full Devon with Aune Valley bacon – setting you up for a round at Bigbury Golf Club, or to walk the South West Coast Path. On Sunday night you might push the boat out or, rather, take the world’s only hydraulic sea tractor across to Burgh Island (see previous entry) for a black-tie affair in the Grand Ballroom.

Hotel details

Address

Folly Hill
Bigbury-on-Sea
Devon
TQ7 4AR
England

Telephone

01548 810240

Bedrooms

4.

Open

Mar–end Oct, restaurant closed Sun eve.

Facilities

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

Background music

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

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £150, singles from £110. Set dinner £36. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

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Comments about The Henley

As super and lovely as ever. Standards so high. Martyn and Petra so welcoming. Martyn's food is outstanding. The views are stunning, and it is all so relaxing and comfortable. - Simon Rodway - April 2018
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

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide