Our mixed group of 19 people, aged between 22-75, stayed for a winter break. We had stayed several times in Torquay before, though not in this hotel.
Formerly a large mansion, the hotel has been converted and extended so you take pot luck with room size, but all were clean and well-heated. The owners were friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. In summer they take on more staff and are less hands-on which might explain some of the adverse comments elsewhere. Although located in a residential area slightly out of town there are useful shops and a pub with several real ales about 5 minutes walk away, and the regular 32 bus along the main road takes 10 minutes into Torquay. Babbacombe shops and cliffs are 15-20 minutes walk. Kents Cavern is less than 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
We all liked the food; it was plain, simple and there was plenty of it. Service was efficient and they kept some food by for one couple in our group who were due to arrive after the chef had finished. The pool was well-maintained though only a few of us found time to use it. Smokers won't like the lack of balconies in the rooms, though adequate arrangements were made under cover outside.
The hotel has free WiFi which was a big plus, although reception in rooms is inconsistent and was slow at the best of times.
Entertainment can be pre-arranged and the owners have a useful range of local contacts including an excellent singer / comedienne. Even the younger members of the team, who were ready to hit the clubs downtown, ended up staying to watch her!
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coppice is an elegant Victorian Mansion House set in beautiful award winning gardens. Ideally situated near both Torquay and Babbacombe beaches, it has long been a favorite with families, couples, private groups and the business traveler. All bedrooms are bath/shower en suite with digital colour television, in house phone, hair dryer and hospitality tray. Hotel facilities include private parking, large bar/lounge, complimentary WiFi, outdoor Mediterranean pool, indoor heated pool, spa pool, sauna and mini gym. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Coppice Hotel Torquay
- The Coppice Torquay, Devon