Good Hotel Guide Review
This ‘Edwardian gentleman’s residence perched at the top of a steep hillside’ is run as ‘a first-class small hotel’ by ‘perfect hosts’ Tim and Anne Riley. ‘As you walk into the house,’ write inspectors, ‘you are enveloped by warmth. The place oozes serenity, good taste.’ While Tim carried up the bags, Anne rustled up tea and cakes. A ‘large, pleasant, airy’ front bedroom afforded a ‘fabulous view’ over the hills and pretty village, where Exmoor national park meets the sea. It had ‘leafy William Morris wallpaper, a huge bed’, Portmeirion china on the tray, ground coffee, fresh milk. In a bathroom, with bath and shower, were Pecksniff’s toiletries, fluffy towels on a ‘piping hot’ rail. There is the same lovely view from the dining room, where Anne Riley’s menus include such dishes as cream of pear and watercress soup, hot smoked haddock mousse, Exmoor venison with port wine and redcurrant, a much-enjoyed raspberry sorbet with framboise. ‘The plate would look less elegant if you allowed Tim to serve all the vegetables, but there was no questioning the great taste.’ At night ‘the silence is palpable’. Breakfast brings home-made bread, ‘everything you could want’. (I and FW, M and JB)
2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre garden, patio, pebble beach 1 mile, unsuitable for disabled.
occasionally classical in the dining room.
not under 8.
per room D,B&B £260–£280.