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Swan Hill House
Ranked #2 of 4 Colyford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“What a find!”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We stayed there in August for 3 days, and I wish it had been a bit longer. The welcome was very warm from the start with tea and home-made cakes in the lounge to unwind after the journey. The whole house is beautifully decorated and welcoming. Our room on the ground floor was very bright, the bed very comfortable which made it difficult to get up in the morning, but it was worth it if only for the lovely breakfast which followed. The "specials" were very much appreciated. And I must also mention Elemis toileteries in the bathroom. I am sure we will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thank you so much for the review, so very kind! It was lovely to meet you and we do hope you will visit again.....how was the jam??? Simon and Libby
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We visited with friends in July and stayed two nights. They had stayed twice before and spoke highly of Swan Hill House and it definitely exceeded our expectations. From the warm welcome by Simon to saying goodbye the experience was first class. The food (homemade cookies and cake, and breakfast) was gorgeous and the rooms clean and pleasant. Each room also had some nice touches - wine glasses and a corkscrew, proper filter coffee and a fridge that was replenished with soft drinks and fresh milk. Simon and Libby were excellent hosts and Swan Hill House is a jewel in the B&B crown.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Very glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you liked your friends reccommendation of staying with us! Hope you can make it down again to east devon. Simon and Libby
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Beautifully decorated & well equipped rooms in a quiet village well located for touring the area. We stayed 3 nights (wedding at River Cottage HQ) & loved it. The breakfast specials were particularly good- cheese & herb cornbread, eggs benedict, smoked cheese rarebit - and Libby remembered my preference for green tea every morning (& put extra tea bags in the room for me, unasked, which was much appreciated!)

She & Simon also booked taxis & tables at local restaurants for us & were cheerful & charming at all times.

Rooms are stocked with Elemis products, & also a mini fridge with local juices & homemade treats (almond & lemon curd biscuits!). Simon made us a cuppa & chocolate brownies in the lounge when we arrived. There's also an attractive garden out the back, though the weather wasn't on our side for that.

Beds very comfortable (we stayed in room 7- King sized, en suite). The pub down the street did good food & Badger ales, & there's a post office opposite the B & B.

  • Stayed August 2013
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Hello and thank you for such a prompt review! Glad you all had a good weekend and such good weather on the wedding day at River Cottage HQ. Thanks for the comments on the little touches, we enjoy doing them. Maybe see you down this way in the future. Simon and Libby
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Hemel Hempstead
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed here for three nights in June and can only echo the well deserved excellent reviews from other guests.

The house, rooms, breakfast and service are wonderful - all organised by Simon and Libby who are lovely hosts. Faultless. We will be back - for a third visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Thank you P for the review and it was lovely to see you both again, its always nice when guests return!! Hope to see you next year. Simon and Libby
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We absolutely loved it here! A lovely welcome from the owner set us up for a lovely weekend.

Everything is so well thought out, there are wonderful touches in the bedroom like lovely local drinks & home made short bread. Beautiful products in the bathroom, lovely towels. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, it's all very tastefully done.

The breakfast was absolutely beautiful. One of best breakfasts I've ever had in the UK.
I love the local products & that they tell you where everything has come from. The granola is incredible! And they offered me the recipe and put it in our room ready for us after our day out. I had the specials both days, smoked haddock rarebit & ham with eggs and home made baked beans. All the other breakfasts were so good. I can't recommend this b&b enough. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, this place is perfect!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Thank you very much for the review and the time to write it. We are really happy that you like our local produce and that the breakfasts met your tastes! Simon and Libby
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

First time here and from the moment we arrived ( what a pleasant personal welcome) until we left after two nightsthe service was impeccable.
Room was of the highest standard and breakfast was just delicious.
Ome small point is that the rooms at the front suffer from a little traffic noise but Ok after10 pm and there are rooms at the side and back.
We will definitely return.
Well done !!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 31 July 2013
Thank you for your review and we both hope you are feeling better, did you get your round of golf in? Maybe see you next year!! Simon and Libby
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We spent three nights here last week and from the minute we arrived the hospitality was exceptional. It was really lovely that we were met on arrival (it may seem a small thing but we have stayed in places where you wonder which door to use, or even if there's anyone in!). Then we were bowled over by the room and the facilities. It is difficult to add anything different to all the other excellent reviews so we would just echo every single thing the others have said. We must comment on the breakfast though because it was amazing, with so much choice; the best we've ever had anywhere. We would recommend Swan Hill House to anyone, but don't want to in case we can't get booked in again! (Seriously though we haven't stopped talking about it to everyone!) Rob and Lorraine, North Yorkshire

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, 21 July 2013
Hello L and R and thank you so much for the review! We are so happy that you both enjoyed your stay and had a some great weather at the same time. Say hello to York for me and hope to see you down this way again in the future. Simon and Libby
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Property: Swan Hill House
Address: Swan Hill House Swan Hill Road, Colyford EX24 6QQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Colyford
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Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Colyford
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Number of rooms: 6
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