The Henley

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

‘The views are stunning’ from Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s Edwardian holiday cottage-turned-B&B, which gazes over the Avon estuary to Burgh Island. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The views are stunning’ from Martyn Scarterfield and Petra Lampe’s Edwardian holiday cottage-turned-B&B, which gazes over the Avon estuary to Burgh Island. As well as a ‘gorgeous’ outlook from the dining room and the decked sun terrace, guest bedrooms are all sea facing. They are traditionally furnished and homely, with ‘thoughtful touches’ including sherry and biscuits. Throughout, the atmosphere is ‘relaxing and informal’, with a wood-burning stove in the lounge. Dogs are welcomed. After a full Devon breakfast with Aune Valley bacon and sausages, kippers, eggs Benedict or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, you might play a round at Bigbury Golf Club, take the steps down to the beach, or walk the South West Coast Path. Then hitch a ride on the sea tractor across the sands to the island for lunch at the 700-year-old Pilchard Inn. Give three days’ notice if you want to dine in. Martyn’s home cooking could give London chefs a run for their money, says one regular visitor. A typical meal might be pea soup with asparagus and pea girasole, pan-fried John Dory, and Rote Gruetze, a red berry pudding.

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), lounges, not in dining room 
(£7 per dog per night).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £106, double £145–£175, D,B&B (2-night min.) single £134, double £200–£233. 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