In a peaceful valley, Richard Johnston’s quirky B&B is ‘a blend of rural escape and aristocratic eccentricity’. More

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Old Coombe
01803 722 398

Hotel information




Easter–New Year, self-catering only at Christmas.


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

Background music

classical in bar and breakfast room.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms and in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £110–£235.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

In a peaceful valley, Richard Johnston’s quirky B&B is ‘a blend of rural escape and aristocratic eccentricity’. The dog- and family-friendly 17th-century manor house has been ‘artistically extended’. The casual approach may not be for everyone. There is ‘a slightly haphazard grandeur’ to bedrooms, ‘but the mattresses and linens are top notch’. Each room is different: a favourite has a tall four-poster bed. Telephoning ahead to discuss options is a good idea. There is a comfortable lounge, bar and greenhouse pool. There are also six self-catering apartments, one of which has a wild brook running past it.

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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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