We stayed at the Ashleigh Guest House in July 2014 and if I am honest I cannot fault the premises whatsoever.
The room we stayed in was very clean, tidy and spotless. The beds were comfortable and the bed linen clean and pressed. Facilities in the room were also excellent with an alarm clock, plenty of lights, a ceiling fan, which was very useful as the weather was very warm.
The windows and shades were clean despite the best efforts of seagulls, which is a hazard anywhere near the beach.
The room had a wash basin and an en-suite shower and toilet, all of which were very clean down to spotless sealant around the shower. One relished having a shower without being "afraid" to touch anything in the bathroom. The room also featured a cool box to cool, but not refrigerate water or whatever.
The room we stayed in was a twin and was very quiet with no noise emanating from other rooms in the guest house.
Tea/coffee, cocoa facilities were always replenished daily and we were never short of these. Biscuits were also supplied free and again, were replenished daily.
The breakfast menu was exhaustive and one filled out one's preferences on a sheet the night before and it was all taken care of so that your breakfast was also a treat. As much produce as possible was sourced locally, which was nice to know that they owners supported the local businesses.
The view out of our window was across a cricket / rugby pitch which gave a pleasant vista. At the far side of the pitch one could see the Dartmouth to Paignton steam railway and could see and hear the locomotive pulling away. The trains do not run before 1000 so there was no reason to worry about any noise from that source.
For those of you that smoke, there is a dedicated "smoking area" on a pleasant veranda looking out over the pitch as mentioned above. There is also a sun lounge to sit and relax in should the weather turn inclement.
The owners, Mick and Hazel are a very nice couple who do not overbear, but nevertheless cater for their guests every need are friendly, approachable and on leaving, one feels as though one is leaving the company of good friends known for years.
Paignton centre is only five minutes walk as the Steam railway about six minutes walk. There are plenty of restaurants within five to ten minutes walk so one should never go hungry. There is plenty of information at the guest house should one want to venture further afield for food, entertainment or outdoor activities. As you can imagine, most of the attractions are child friendly
Overall, we had a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable time staying at the Ashleigh and would definitely return without hesitation. I really cannot praise Mick and Hazel enough for making the holiday such a great one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Victorian building overlooking Queens Park and Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway situated close to beach, town centre, rail & bus terminals, 3D cinema, pubs, resturants, harbour, boat trips, pier, children's free Geo-Park Play area, gardens, parks & coastal walks. A family run guesthouse with 9 en-suite bedrooms consisting of 1 single, 2 twin, 3 doubles and 3 king rooms each having hospitality trays, flat screen TV with free-view, small fridge, fan, free WiFi, hair drier, towels and complimentry toiletries. Award winning breakfast is included in the price and a wide choice is offered on the menu. Limited free private parking at rear of property with free on street parking available. Mick and Hazel offer you a very warm welcome, a friendly and homely atmosphere and a nice cup of tea/coffee on arrival. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ashleigh Guesthouse Paignton, Devon