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“Perfect getaway”
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Briars
Ranked #14 of 96 Paignton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rhymney
2 reviews
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“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Booked a stay here for a long weekend break and I must say we were not disappointed what a lovely clean and friendly place in a great location Malcolm and Mandy were the perfect hosts nothing was too much trouble even the young girls serving breakfasts (which was lush) always greeted you with a smile will definitely return next time we need a break.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thank you for your review and your kind comments we are glad you enjoyed your short stay with us and we look forward to seeing you both again when you next visit Paignton.
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I mixed business with pleasure, having to work nearby, but staying on with my teenage daughter for a few more nights.

Malcolm and Mandy could not have been more hospitable - from a phone call the day before, checking when we were arriving, to Malcolm carrying my EXTREMELY large paperwork-heavy suitcase up to our room and just generally being available, helpful and friendly!

We booked quite late via a website, so our room wasn't the largest by any stretch of the imagination - but there was everything that we needed and it was bright and clean.

The communal areas were more welcoming than many, and there was WiFi throughout (even though there had been a bit of an issue, Malcolm showed us where the router was so that we could restart it if needed!).

The full English breakfast was freshly cooked to order, filling & tasty, and we were always asked if we wanted more drinks or toast. Together with the extensive buffet, we were sorted for most of the day!

On top of all of that, Briars is right on the seafront, next to the harbour - an excellent location.

What more could you ask for? We will definitely be staying again, Paignton & Briars have won a place in our hearts :)

Room Tip: Room 3 was slightly small and didn't have a sea view - although the courtyard garden is VERY pre...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments it was a pleasure having you and your daughter stay with us and it would be lovely to see you both again in the future.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Booked Briars last minute as our son had broken his leg and could not fly to Majorca as planned. Could not have made a better choice . Malcolm and Mandy were welcoming and helpful and Malcolm carried all our bags to our room. Stayed for 7 nights from 26th July and really enjoyed our time in Paignton. Room immaculate and breakfast excellent. Would definitely stay here again if holidaying in Devon.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for your kind review. It was a shame about your planned holiday but we are pleased that you had a nice stay with us. If you should holiday in Paignton in the future you would be more than welcome at The Briars.
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Frimley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Very enjoyable stay at the Briars, the room was comfortable and the facilities were a good. The owners were very welcoming. The Briars is well located, near the harbour but away from the busy town. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are pleased you had a comfortable stay at The Briars and found its location perfect for the harbour and town. It was a pleasure meeting you both.
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Romford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Having read a lot of reviews for this Bed and Breakfast, my wife, her father and I were not disappointed. We have stayed in Paignton before but not at this B & B. The first nice touch was a phone call we received a couple of days before our arrival - to establish what time we were to arrive, so they could be ready to meet us. True to their word, when we arrived on Saturday both Malcolm and Mandy were there to meet us and go through the booking procedure. Mandy also offered to show us to our rooms and Malcolm assisted in bringing up our luggage ( something very often missed by outher hoteliers ). This B & B lived up to the fine reputation it has.The room was very clean and well furnished with a comfortable bed, tea making facilities, hair-dryer, clock radio and digital TV -to name but a few things. The breakfast was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Malcolm is the front of house, being an ex-publican and Mandy does the cooking ( all breakfasts are cooked fresh ) and also assists with the cleaning. There were two young ladies ( Daniel and Tasha ) who served breakfast on some of the days. There was a great choice of cereals and other options before the main course - which you can also choose what to have. We had room 3 ( which is a small double treated as a single ) which has a rear facing view. The other room was 9, which has spectacular views of the sea front. One small issue with room 9, which Malcolm and Mandy full acknowledge, is the very small bathroom. However this room will be refurbished in the Autumn. Car Parking is provided and it is only a brief walk to the harbour, sea front and town centre. My father-in-law is 83 and could do these walks - so they really are that close. The web site offers the option to look at all the rooms before booking and there are superior rooms on the first floor. The hospitality was excellent and we would definitely stay here again. Great B & B.

Room Tip: Room 9 has a very small bathroom but an excellent view of sea front
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at The Briars and would like to thank you for your lovely comments it is appreciated. It would be great to see you all again next time you holiday in Paignton.
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

From the moment of arrival, when Mandy came out to help me and greeted me by name to the moment we left we were made to feel welcome.

The Briars hotel is in a lovely position looking along the esplanade. Lovely sea views over towards the pier and Torquay beyond. It was an easy walk to the beautiful harbour, town, bus and railway stations.

The breakfasts were excellent. The selection catered for all tastes - can definitely recommend the cooked breakfast which is all made fresh. Having a choice of cereals and fresh fruit too. (The dining room is down stairs below entrance level).

Everything in the hotel was spotlessly clean.

Little touches like being able to help yourself to cold filtered water was great - especially when it had been so hot.

The hotel has parking (front and back) which was great.

There is also a lounge area, bar and patio seating.

When I first saw my room and bathroom I thought it was really small, however it worked and I was perfectly comfortable. (Not totally sure there would have been enough room in that particular room if there were 2 of us).

There is wifi but it was intermittent - not a huge problem though.

Would I stay there again - yes - the position and warm, friendly relaxed feeling make it a must to stay in.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for all you lovely comments especially about the breakfast. We agree that the room you stayed in(room 10) is on the small side however it is very popular with returning couples due to its fantastic sea view across the bay but we only use it as a double if we have to. We are pleased you and your family had a lovely time and it was nice meeting you and we will look forward to seeing you all in the future.
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This was our first time at the Briars, staying for one week in July) and we hadn't been to Paignton in years. We were made very welcome by Malcolm and Mandy. We booked late, so room availability was limited. Our room was on the 2nd floor (Room 09) and we weren't disappointed. Although the bathroom was smaller than in the other rooms, it was very clean, as was the room which was also very comfortable with 2 large windows with a fantastic seaview. The breakfasts were great with a large choice of cereals, fruit etc and Mandy cooks a fantastic full English.

The location of the Briars is perfect. Parking can be a problem in Paignton, but there is ample on site parking at the front/rear of the Briars. We didn't need to use the car all week. The train and bus stations were within easy walking distance, as was the steam railway.

We had a brilliant holiday and recommend the Briars as the perfect place to stay in Paignton.

There are plenty of eating places close by. We also found a great pub called The Half Moon which is located on Torquay Road, Preston. It has been renovated, is very friendly and do fantastic home cooked food day/evening. Although only 5 minutes away by car, we took a leisurely walk and made an evening of it.

Carolyn & Terry G from Doncaster

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Briars248, Owner at Briars, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your weeks holiday with us and enjoyed the fantastic view from your room. It was a real pleasure meeting you both and it would be lovely to see you both again should you holiday in the area in the future.
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Property: Briars
Address: 26 Sands Road, Paignton TQ4 6EJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Paignton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Paignton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Briars 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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