Fingals

‘In an utterly peaceful valley, Richard Johnston’s quirky B&B is a cross between a 1930s rural escape and an eccentric aristocrat’s home, with a bit of adventure at every turn, and lots to keep you entertained. More

Contact details

Fingals
Old Coombe Manor Farm
Dittisham
Devon
TQ6 0JA
England
01803 722398

Hotel information

Bedrooms

3.

Open

Easter–New Year, self-catering only at Christmas, restaurant closed mid-week unless by arrangement.

Facilities

dining room, honesty bar, sitting room, games room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), indoor swimming pool (8 by 4 metres), 2-acre garden, grass tennis court, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

classical in bar and breakfast room.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2018] per room B&B £110–£235. Set dinner £36.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘In an utterly peaceful valley, Richard Johnston’s quirky B&B is a cross between a 1930s rural escape and an eccentric aristocrat’s home, with a bit of adventure at every turn, and lots to keep you entertained.’ Guide inspectors were beguiled by this ‘artistically extended’, dog- and family-friendly 17th-century manor house close to the River Dart. ‘The charm comes from Richard himself, the beautiful gardens, the sense of escapism, the intention behind it all. And children have a lovely time.’ Casually run and maintained, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea: ‘Some rooms have a slightly haphazard grandeur to them, and a tidy-up would help, but details like mattresses and linens are second to none.’ ‘There’s no such thing as a standard room’ – one has a balcony overlooking a wild brook, another a four-poster bed so high you need to climb into it – so ring ahead to discuss options. Guests gather in the lounge and bar or around the greenhouse pool; about twice a week, the host cooks a three-course dinner using organic local ingredients. ‘Old-fashioned in a lovely way; a very different experience.’ (AN, and others)

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Fingals
Old Coombe Manor Farm
Dittisham
Devon
TQ6 0JA

Guest comments

'Eccentric and quirky. It is not your standard hotel experience. The main house is quite old-fashioned but lovely. lots of details to keep you entertained. No such thing as a standard bedroom. ' - Bonnie Friend - May, 2016
'It seduced us the first time we went, and two decades on it is still a favourite. Its aficionados like the combination of boho chic with regard for comfort, and proprietors who behave like friends. The bar is a world of relaxed conviviality; the sitting room is the beating heart od FIngals. Dinners are three imaginative courses. ' - Angela Neustatter - August, 2015
'A green gem, in its own secluded little valley. Abundant in quiet and calm, in glorious plants and sculpture in the garden and mural-decorated pool room, in character and general bonhomie and a generous spirit. Timings are relaxed, so breakfast may not be ready on the dot of 9am, but Richard and Sheila look after you very well, without pretension. Children can be given ample and appropriate high tea. Breakfast is delicious. For rainy days, plenty of games, table football, a piano and pool, excellent indoor swimming pool. When the sun is out, it is simply perfect, with lawn tennis, boules, and the most relaxing ambiance. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but do not dominate. We enjoy a mix of self-catering and booking in for the odd meal. It is country, not glitzy, and you may find the occasional cobweb or spot of peeling wallpaper, but this is partly its appeal, and comfort, beauty and charm far outshine any small blemishes. ' - Rowena Moore - July, 2014

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