Soar Mill Cove Hotel

‘We couldn’t have enjoyed it more or been more welcome,’ write trusted Guide correspondents this year, after dropping by at Keith Makepeace’s long-established, family-run hotel with views across National Trust coastline to the open sea. More

Contact details

Soar Mill Cove
01548 561566

Hotel information


22. 21 on ground floor, suitable for disabled.


all year, except Jan (open Christmas/New Year).


lounge, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, free Wi-Fi in reception, in-room TV (Freeview), indoor spring-fed swimming pool (15 by 10 metres), spa, gym, civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds (tennis, play area), public rooms wheelchair accessible with adapted toilet.

Background music

in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in all but one bedroom, bar, coffee shop.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £199–£329, D,B&B £269–£409. 
A la carte £39. 1-night bookings refused holiday weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We couldn’t have enjoyed it more or been more welcome,’ write trusted Guide correspondents this year, after dropping by at Keith Makepeace’s long-established, family-run hotel overlooking National Trust coastline and sea. ‘Excellent in almost every respect,’ agreed a Guide regular in 2018. ‘The staff were well trained, pleasant and helpful.’ Bedrooms (‘comfortable and well appointed’) look over cove or countryside, with glass doors on to a private furnished patio. ‘The setting is gorgeous, and the building well maintained, old-fashioned in the best possible way.’ By day, a café offers the likes of crab baguette, Soar Bay lobster. ‘The delicious seafood chowder was packed with the freshest shellfish.’ By night, in the restaurant, long-standing chef Ian MacDonald creates such dishes as heritage beetroot tarte Tatin; day-boat bream with Provençal mussels, clams, basil oil. Readers had some niggles, however, including the ‘high mark-up on wine by the glass’. Breakfast brings Salcombe mackerel smokies, Aune Valley pork sausages, gammon, sauté potatoes – fuel for walking the South West Coastal Path. (Desmond and Jenny Balmer)

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Special offers

Summer Family Staycation Saver Special Offer

This ‘stay longer – save more’ break now includes all the school holiday times – apart from Christmas. So, here’s your chance to enjoy all that you love about the cove, whilst saving some holiday pennies to spend while you’re soaking up the summer sun (buckets and spades at the ready!). Stay a little longer. And enjoy more of what you love. Stay 3 nights and save 10%. Stay 4 nights and save 15%. Stay 5 nights+ and save 20%. Plus complimentary Devon Cream Tea on arrival, and over Easter all ‘young ones’ receive their very own Cove Explorers Pack* when staying 5 nights+. *Cove Explorers Pack includes: Buckets, spades, wildlife guide, colouring pad and Café tokens for East Soar Farm. *Applies to new reservations from the 6th April to and including the 22nd April. To book your family staycation and to check availability call 01548 561566 or email To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Soar Mill Cove Hotel
Soar Mill Cove

Guest comments

'With its wide views over sloping lawns to the sea this is a pleasant lunch place. In fine weather we sit on a terrace under parasols, on cool days we sit in the lovely larger lounge with panoramic views. There is always something interesting on the menu – fish soup, risotto, goujons, etc. Cream teas are good too. A walk down though National Trust land leads to a lovely uncrowded beach with craggy rocks, and also to the coastal path. Many senior staff have been there for years. ' - CR - July, 2019
'Excellent in almost every respect. The room was well appointed, the lounge was a beautiful room enhanced by interesting abstract paintings, and the heated indoor saltwater swimming pool was much appreciated. The staff were well trained and without exception pleasant and helpful. The cooking was imaginative. ' - John Saul - June, 2018
'A welcoming, family-friendly place. Great views and good food. We enjoyed the walk down to the beach with its magnificent rocks. ' - CR - January, 2018
'We couldn't have enjoyed it more or been made more welcome. he setting is gorgeous and the building well maintained. Chowder was delicious and well balanced. ' - Desmond and Jenny Balmer - August, 2017

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide