I've just returned from a wonderful 3 night Christmas break with my Husband, Mother-in Law, 4 kids and 2 Bedlington Terriers. Me & Hubby had the best deal with a dog friendly room (No 11) in the basement that was large, warm and clean. Despite the windows being at ground level it felt very bright and airy during the day and warm and snug at night. My Mum in law didn't do so well being landed with the 4 kids.........but she did volunteer! They had room 3 on the first floor that again had big windows but these overlooked the park and the beach so it's got the view. It had a double bed, bunk beds and an extra z bed to accommodate all 5 of them but there was still plenty of room for them all to move around so she was well happy after all!!
Steve and Ellie where really welcoming and gave us all drinks and mince pies on our arrival. I'd also phoned ahead and asked for recommendations for somewhere to go for Christmas dinner but they offered to provide us with that at a very reasonable price so we took them up on that and weren't disapponted. They dished up enough to feed an army so after joking about bubble and squeak for a month we arranged to have just that with fried egg, spaghetti hoops for the kids, ice cream etc for boxing day tea. And that was after an impromptu phone call at about 4:00pm on Boxing day itself. They had planned to use all the veg in a soup for their boys that were due so......Sorry boys but the Bubble & Squeak was lush!
There were a few other people staying when we were there but as they were out and about most of the time we took over the lounge, opened our presents there on Christmas day morning, congregated there in the eve etc. We really did feel like a family at home. We completely understood and respected the no take aways in the rooms policy.............who would want smelly Indian/Chinese food permeating through the building anyway? We did ask and were told it was no probs to let the kids have their stocking filler snacks, chocs etc in the lounge though. Plus Steve and Ellie left us with Coffee and mince pies in there anyway so it really was a case of feet up and watching the Christmas specials. There's also a wii, games, toys and videos so Christmas or not you've got entertainment for the kids if there's nothing on tele.
I think the thing that made it so special was that we were all given a gift just before our Christmas dinner was served. This was totally unexpected and so thoughtful it almost made me and my Mum in law cry. We both looked at each other and went Aw. How lovely is that and it will always be a beautiful memory. OK we might be special but I doubt it somehow. I think it's just Stev & Ellies way. Thank you both so much............Oh and letting us fill up the dog bowls with the scraps for Carking and Stella made it 'home from home' for them as well.
The kids are begging to came back in the summer when it's not raining which we'll definately do if we can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super family run Guest House catering for all ages - Goodrington Park opposite and on level walking to the beach which is 80 metres,Paignton Town centre only 8 minutes walk. Splashdown water park just across the park (100 metres).We are one of the closest Guest House to Paignton Zoo approx 1 mile away. Steam railway and sea can be seen from the Guest House. All rooms have digital flat screen TV's. Under no circumstances can a cot be added to a double room. Min of two night stay over weekends and during summer months. 100% non-smoking Single night supplement is applicable to all rooms. Dogs sometimes accepted subject to breed at an additional fee.Wi-Fi available. We are very close for all Paignton Language schools. ... more less
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