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Above Woolacombe Bay, this former Edwardian gentleman’s retreat is today a ‘comfortable, relaxed’ hotel owned by Amanda James. More

Contact details

EX34 7EB.
Tel 01271 870333,

Hotel information


29. 3 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


All year.


Lift, lounge, snug, bar, restaurant, bistro, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace (alfresco meals and drinks), civil wedding licence, function facilities, room service, ½-acre garden, heated outdoor swimming pool, treatment room.

Background music

In public areas.


All ages welcomed.


Allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in restaurant (£7.50 per night).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa (3% surcharge on credit cards).


Per room B&B from £125, D,B&B from £220. Set dinner (restaurant) £37–£45, à la carte (bistro) £30.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Above Woolacombe Bay, this former Edwardian gentleman’s retreat is today a ‘comfortable, relaxed’ hotel owned by Amanda James. The ‘professional staff’ are ‘friendly and helpful at all times’. Recently refurbished bedrooms are supplied with bottled water, upmarket toiletries, bathrobes and a season-appropriate duvet; all but three have ‘fantastic’ sea views; some have a balcony or garden terrace. (‘A grumble: our bathroom didn’t reflect the quality of the handsome bedroom.’) Afternoon tea, with a cake of the day, may be taken on the sea-facing terrace in good weather. When the evening draws in, ‘well-cooked’ British dishes are served in the informal bistro and candlelit restaurant. ‘Excellent’ walks on the Coastal Path nearby; private steps lead to the sandy beach.

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EX34 7EB.

Guest comments

'A relaxing stay. Our room, recently rejuvenated, had beautiful view of the small cove. The standards of cooking and service in the restaurant were excellent ' - Alice and John Sennett - June, 2017
'A really excellent hotel in a stunning setting with Atlantic views to Lundy Island on the horizon. Extremely well managed, most comfortable, and a gentle,relaxed atmosphere with first class helpful staff. Good food plus a dining room with views and sunsets to die for. ' - Richard & Pam James - March, 2014

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