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The Somerville

515 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HJ England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 19/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 19/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
Travellers' Choice
The Somerville has many accolades including Devon B&B of the year and recently received "Silver award " in Best B&B in visit South -West Awards 2019. Centrally located with its own private car park and grounds. Choose from a standard room or lovely Deluxe rooms and spacious Suites; it's the ideal choice for both business travellers and leisure guests wanting a relaxing luxury break. The Somerville offers guests free parking and free wifi and extended breakfast times at weekends.Recently voted In Trivagos top 10 B&B`s in UK for value for money in 2017
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Car park
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Mini golf
Bicycle tours
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Additional bathroom
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
On-demand films
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Reba wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
I took my two boys to Torquay for the first time at the end of August/early September and stayed at Somerville. We were lucky to get the booking at Sommervill as someone cancelled last minute. We absolutely enjoyed our stay. Peter and Helen were very warm hosts, especially Peter, who went out his way to help us charing our electric car and providing lots of local info and restaurant recommendations. Helen cooked the most amazing breakfast every morning, which she used very fresh and all local produce. The breakfast were very nutritious and truly mouth-watering. The Torque Suite we stayed in was gorgeous, beautifully decorated and cleaned to a very high standard. The location of the hotel is nice and quiet but very convenient. It took us only 5-10 min to walk to all the shops and restaurants. Also it is a good points to explore the surrounding areas. We did caastering, sea fishing and kayaking. We had such a wonderful time that my boys really want to return at next break (finger crossed the second lockdown will end soon).
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 19 Nov 2020
Thank-you for your kind words about The Somerville , we enjoyed hearing what your boys had been up every day and managed to keep them away from their mobile phones although with so many water sport activities I`m sure they were tired every night ! We are just in the process of refurbishing the Torwood Suite so you will have to come back and have another visit , oh and the new Tv`s have You Tube for the boys !!! Best Regards Peter & Helen
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BoardingPass474166 wrote a review Nov 2020
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Lovely Bijou guest house with charming hosts, particularly Peter, who went to the nth degree to make sure his guests were comfortable and happy Room was delightful fashioned in an Art Nouveau style with a lovely bed and bathroom, all cleaned to a high standard Lovely breakfast menu, was extensive, making it difficult to make a decision The walk down the hill to the Marina took us ten minutes, walking quite slowly, where numerous restaurants and cafes were found for our evening meal. Peter recommended No.7 fish bistro, which proved to be fantastic serving locally caught fish...amazing food and service If there was a negative I'd have to say the televisions need updating, perhaps an Amazon Fire Stick would give more selection of programs, especially in the winter months when you return to your room earlier.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: Very quiet hotel away from the main thoroughfare
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Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 9 Nov 2020
Thank-you for your kind words and also the constructive criticism which is always invaluable to us as we have taken your advice and now replaced with smart TV in that particular room as we are doing in all the rooms Thank-you Peter & Helen
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neiandjoy wrote a review Oct 2020
Kidderminster, United Kingdom24 contributions4 helpful votes
We recently spent two nights at The Somerville, and we can only echo what others have written. Our room was first class, with a very comfortable bed and tasteful decoration. The breakfast on both mornings was superb, it's very evident that Helen only uses the very best produce in her cooking. Peter is a superb host, when we arrived he immediately made us feel very welcome, and when we returned from dinner at a local restaurant, spent a lot of time with us in the lounge. All in all, we cannot recommend The Somerville highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 9 Nov 2020
Thank-you for spending the time reviewing us , we enjoyed your company and hope to see you back on the English Riviera for another staycation Regards Peter & Helen
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Neil Peacock wrote a review Oct 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom11 contributions8 helpful votes
This was the first time for 25 years having our main holiday in the uk . The Somerville in Torquay was an excellent place to stay. Beautiful rooms with all the facilities you need. Peter and Helen the owners were fantastic, most welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us. Gave lots of advice on where to go and what to do. The breakfast was absolutely delicious, all fresh cooked to order and local produce. Will be definitely staying here again, a wonderful experience. As expected all the Covid procedures were in place to make you feel safe. Thank you Peter and Helen for making our holiday so enjoyable. Neil & Hayley Leeds United 😉
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 19 Nov 2020
Hi Neil & Hayley We thoroughly enjoyed your company and appreciate you would normally be sunning yourself on a beach somewhere but delighted you enjoyed a small part of South Devon which has so many places to explore , We look forward to discussing the premiership with you next year !! Regards Peter & Helen
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LizBaguley wrote a review Oct 2020
Worthing, United Kingdom55 contributions15 helpful votes
Amazing find in Torquay. This 5 * Boutique B&B is a beauty. We had a suite which was lovely. Bed was very comfy and the room was luxuriously decorated. Peter and Helen are very friendly and knowledgable about the area. Food was superb! Best EggsBenedict I’ve ever had. We will definitely be returning to this wonderful place.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 19 Nov 2020
Thanks Liz for your lovely review , appreciate Worthing is a long way but would love to see you back at The Somerville & Helens Eggs Benedict !!! Regards Peter & Helen
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US$119 - US$165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Somerville
Which popular attractions are close to The Somerville?
Nearby attractions include Torquay Museum (0.09 miles), Riviera Life Church (0.08 miles), and Prestige Cocktail Club (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Somerville?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Somerville?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at The Somerville?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Somerville?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Somerville?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old Vienna Restaurant, The Shack, and Ephesus Torquay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Somerville?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Torre Abbey (1.1 miles), Oldway Mansion (2.4 miles), and English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark (0.4 miles).