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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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