A bit like sitting in a lukewarm bath - someone else's.
The hotel smells of fried bread throughout. Not entirely unpleasant. It's cosy.
My room was over the kitchens. Stuffy and past its sell-by with faded prints on the walls. The decor throughout is dated and a touch tatty, the carpets well trod. The staff were pleasant if a little indifferent and a bit put out when it came to changes in breakfast numbers. The clientele were jolly, older, and seemed to enjoy the 1950's style taciturn breakfast room and playing by the rules (with a brandy and ginger before supper - strictly 7.30 to 8.30pm!). One funny moments:
'Hello, how do I dial another room?'
'It's in the guide book to the hotel.'
'Yes, I've read that carefully and it says 'lift the handset and dial the room number' but that doesn't work.'
'Well it is all explained in there.'
'Ok, but could you just perhaps maybe tell me?'
'Put a 2 before the room number.'
It's charming in a way, as a trip down memory lane and comparisons to Fawlty Towers are fair, in terms of feel but the staff were certainly competent!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Lantern Lodge, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge. The Lantern Lodge is a small privately run B&B situated on the cliff top right next to the South Devon Coastal path and overlooking the secluded fishing village of Hope Cove with its Devon thatch cottages, clean, sandy and safe beaches. Nearby are the old traditional towns of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth all offering their own individual character and all offering that little extra to make your stay in the South Hams that extra special and unique. Also close by are Thurlestone, Bigbury and Dartmouth golf courses all with stunning views of the area and fantastic and challenging courses. The Lantern Lodge has its own special extras to offer including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, double, twin and four poster rooms all with en-suite facilities and some with sea views. 9 hole putting green and plenty of car parking. There is a dining room where breakfast is served. The Lantern Lodge is so named after its attractive leafily-clad 'Lantern window.' Local folklore would have us believe that this type of window was specially designed to hold and display an illuminated lantern which could be seen from all three aspects far out to sea, acting as a beacon to safely guide home all their boats. Nowadays, our Lantern window serves very much the same purpose in welcoming back our contented guests year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lantern Hotel Hope Cove
- Lantern Lodge Hope Cove, Devon