Our intention was to use this hotel as a base, visiting my son & his family who live a few miles away. Having booked, we had an e-mail saying it was their Halloween party, & did we mind? Not only did we not mind, we altered the booking so that my family could all stay; they put a z-bed in our room for one child, & the others in a family room upstairs; both rooms (7 & 12) had sea views. We arrived early with the children, checked in, & sat in the window seat cheering as the waves pounded over the sea wall & soaked passing people & cars! A bit later, we went down to get closer to the action.
The party was brilliant - serious latex make-up & costumes; clearly the place is run by an extended family, & many guests were obviously their friends, but everyone was made to feel most welcome. The food (with an imaginatively themed menu) was excellent, & the disco & dancing afterwards were great fun, especially for the children. Next morning was interesting, matching 'normal' faces to the costumes from the previous night!
The room was basic but comfortable; the howling gale outside was kept more or less at bay; everything worked. The best feature of the hotel was the warmth & relaxed friendliness of the staff - you really felt part of the family and its celebrations. We asked if we could come back next year (my birthday is actually Oct 31st) with more family & a dog. We were shown into the conservatory, where we would be able have the dog with us to eat - perfect!
On the second day we consulted the very useful map in reception, and did the short but exhilarating walk round the headland - delightful & varied. Next time we'll do the long one, along the coastal path to Salcombe, highly recommended by the staff.
Chris & Liz
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 14 bedroomed family run hotel 50 yds from the golden sandy beaches of Hope Cove. Dog friendly, we are on the world famous South West Coast path, the hotel was refurbished in 2009 and boasts a spacious sun terrace from which to enjoy breath taking views out to sea. Our restaurant is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for all those who love fresh locally produced fare and our speciality is locally caught sea food which is landed daily.We hope you will come and stay. ... more less
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