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Lower Thornton Farm
Ranked #22 of 68 Exeter B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I'd higly recommend Lower Thornton Farm and have given it "excellent" in all areas. My partner and I stayed one night, visiting my parents who live close by in Teignmouth, and taking them to an Exeter Chiefs rugby match. My dad's health was, at the time, very variable and uncertain which meant I couldn't be sure if we'd be able to stay - Alison was extremely helpful not only in providing information and ideas for our practical arrangements, but also in kindly and generously reducing the cancellation period to a bare minimum. The room was spotless, spacious, well equipped, warm, with beautiful views and comfortable bed (coming from someone who often find beds aren't comforatble!), and a strong, hot power shower in the en-suite bathroom plus good hand and bath towels of a decent size and thickness.

Breakfast was generous, healthy and delicious with plenty of choice.
Alison's clear, straightforward travel directions meant we didn't fall foul of our wayward Sat Nav.
I'd definitely stay there again, and hope do so quite soon!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a very enjoyable stay at Lower Thornton Farm. We stayed in the chicken barn which was just fab I can't fault it in any way . We liked the privacy of being away from the main building and the view was beautiful across open fields & countryside . I'd say you'd def need sat nav as down many rural lanes but it was no problem . We found the location a great base to visit lots of Devon attractions . We went to Torquay , dawlish , exmouth & of course the weather helps. We were brought a cooked breakfast each morning & fridge stocked with fresh juices , jams , butter etc Alison was so friendly & couldn't do enough for us . The chicken barn is a little self contained bungalow . It's very comfortable . We loved it .

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We have been several times to Lower Thornton Farm B&B and the reason we keep going back is that it is in the middle of the country with all that that brings; quiet, calm, beautiful scenery and wildlife. Whilst you get all this at Lower Thornton you also get a modern built block with spotlessly clean rooms and impeccable service. The breakfast is everything you could hope for - full English, choice of cereals, jams etc.
I can't fault it - thanks to Mrs Clack who runs a very efficient B&B here.
It is a short drive to Exeter, close to Dartmoor and with ample parking but you definitely need a car to stay here if you mean to explore Devon.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Beautiful, away from it all quiet location! We needed a late check-in on the Friday night and this was easily arranged by a quick call to the owner (the website we looked at is too vague on this point!) plus we saved a small amount of money by booking direct. Although credit card details were taken, the transaction wasn't done until we checked out on the Sunday. We opted for the Continental breakfast for the Saturday due to our late arrival and the fridge was stocked with choices of juice in jugs, eggs, yoghurt, bread, butter, jams. Tea and coffee plentiful, although I rarely travel without my Earl Grey tea! Sunday, we trotted up to the house for a cooked breakfast, although they would have brought it to us if we wanted but I was curious to see the house. Lovely dining room, very friendly with lots of choice of cereals etc in addition to the cooked breakfast. The Chicken Barn was very clean and tastefully decorated and accessorized. Good size towels with shower gel etc provided. It is incredibly quiet, no farm noise and somewhat disappointingly, no clucking or cock-a-doodling!
Tip - If you do arrive in the dark, when you drive onto the farm, you will need to descend straight ahead of you where you will see the open side of a big barn that has corrugated iron roof and sides. To the immediate left, is an open gate which you drive through with this big barn immediately on your right. At the end of this long barn, you will find the chicken barn (see photo).
My only regret, is that I didn't attempt to find out where an early morning group of deer went when they disappeared in to the woods by the barley field!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

I'm not sure what to say that hasn't already been said by everyone else - Lower Thornton Farm is just fantastic.

We ended up here in a last minute rush to find somewhere to spend the night near Exeter. I called Alison to confirm availability and we had a fabulous room even though she only had about 2 hours of warning before we arrived. We were very surprised by the size of the room and ensuite: these two rooms were about the size of our entire flat in London! The breakfast in the morning was filling and delicious, with different options if a full English isn't your thing.

Alison was so friendly and inviting, and I'm so glad she was able to accommodate us on such short notice. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend Lower Thornton Farm to anyone and everyone. Thank you so much Alison!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This was a laterooms suggestion as we needed to have a one night stay to visit friends in Exeter before heading off to Butlins Minehead for a short break. Our sat nav managed to take us straight to the front door, even though it seems like the road to nowhere when you leave the main road. We arrived earlier than anticipated but were warmly greeted and shown our room. Afterwards we were offered tea and biscuits in the living room, which after driving for over 200 miles was well received by both of us. We were given our own key to our room and front door which meant we wouldn't disturb anyone on our return much later that evening/early morning! The room was perfect for us, shower and toilet en-suite, tea making facilities in the bedroom. The bed was perfect and we both slept well, albeit without covers as it was so hot.
Breakfast in the morning was a cooked breakfast (our host asking the day before if we had any special dietary requirements) Awesome value for money, a perfect place to stay, and will definitely be revisiting next year when we go back to Exeter.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Teejayh
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

Had a wonderful stay at this lovely B/B Alison is so
warm and friendly the cooked breakfast was excellent
and a lovely clean room with great views over the country side!
Would highly recommend this B/B...
Also the pub up the lane is around 1 1/4 miles away called the Ley Arms
The food was excellent and a good choice of ales and wine.
We were told the pub had just been taken over by new management who were
very welcoming too!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lower Thornton Farm EX6 7XH Mamhead Rd, Exeter EX6 7XH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #22 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in Exeter
Price Range: £66 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lower Thornton Farm 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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