My husband and myself stayed at The Hamptons for 5 nights from 29th April in the Chantilly room - this was our first trip to North Devon, and our plan was to take advantage of the numerous walking options in the area.
The room was spacious and very well presented, with a good sized ensuite and excellent views over the town and to the sea from the large bay window, which was well set-up for sitting in with a nice drink. The linens were all excellent quality, and it is so nice to be able to dry yourself properly with a decent towel, and much more restfull sleeping under good quality sheets!
The breakfasts were excellent, with lots of choice, and really set us up for each day's walking, which Paul was able to give some advice about - there are also a couple of guide books and maps in the hallway which you can borrow and return.
The hotel is close to the town but seemed to be far enough out to avoid the hubbub (although as it was a wetish week in early season, Ilfracombe town was far from busy while we were there).
5-10 minutes walk gets you either to the lower 'harbour' end of town or to the top of the main high street, and it's only 5 minutes to access the Torrs for walking, and around 15-20 minutes to access the old railway line, which is a slightly easier way to walk from Ilfracombe to Wollacombe if you are interested. One word of warning - the area is very hilly and unless you are reasonably fit you may find the walking a little challenging if you like to go a distance, including the driveway leading to the hotel itself (which looked to be the case for all of the hotels on Torrs Park - but it does mean you benefit from a good view)!
The town was quite quiet at night - we prefer to eat later (around 9:30pm), which did prove to be quite difficult to do, and some of the restaurants were closed for the first part of the week - as a result we ended up in bed much earlier than we would normally - probably a good thing as it meant we got a good rest after all that walking!
It is also an easy drive (with some narrow lanes and steep climbs) to visit neighbouring towns and villages - we were quite impressed with Barnstaple and had a bit of retail therapy there on one of the wetter days.
My only less positive comments would be that the shower in the room really isn't a power shower (we tend not to have baths but the large roll-top did look tempting), and it would have been nice to have biscuits with the tea making facilities in the room (we did get very nice ones but only on the first day) ... OK so the last one is a bit petty and didn't really spoil our stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We’re a unique boutique, offering chic, sumptuous accommodation that’s been designed to provide our guests with the ultimate in comfort and indulgence, at B&B prices.The Hampton’s is an imposing Victorian villa, located in an elevated position, which delivers commanding views of the town and coastline. The house has recently been renovated by an award winning interior designer and promises to deliver exceptional accommodation, food and service, always with you in mind. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hamptons Hotel Ilfracombe
- The Hampton's Hotel Ilfracombe, Devon