My wife and I chose The Hamptons from Trip Advisor for a short weekend break to attend a wedding. Here's what we found.
Location: The Hamptons is a large semi-detached Victorian house set into the side of a cliff in the picturesque Torrs Park section of Ilfracombe. It's a ten minute leisurely downhill stroll to the town centre. The house overlooks the town and the hills beyond with the sea visible on the left. There is a steep drive up to the house from the street with a sharp hairpin bend half-way, and this is mentioned on The Hamptons' web site. There is parking for 3 or 4 cars at the top of the drive, and ample on-street parking.
The House: The outside of the house is in good condition and both it and the gardens are well presented. To one side of the front door is a raised deck with a secure childrens' play area. Inside, the decoration of the common parts is to a very high standard with welcoming and relaxingly elegant Long Island/Cape Cod-type influences, blending well with the Victorian features. The air is mildly and pleasantly scented. The open plan guest lounge and breakfast room is light and airy, elegantly and comfortably furnished. There is a DVD collection for guest use, and a well-stocked honour bar. There is quiet chillout background music in the lounge from an iPod on a soundstation. Everything is in its place and spotlessly clean.
The room: We stayed in the Kashmir room, small, but light, well-appointed and comfortable overlooking the front of the house with a view to the town and hills. As the name implied the decorative theme was Indian and this was well carried through in the wallpaper, pictures and curtains. The double bed was comfortable, albeit somewhat hard for my liking. The furniture and bedstead were antique mahogany. There was a facility for making tea and coffee. There was free bottled water, a LCD TV and DVD player. The ensuite bathroom had a small handbasin, a bathtub with shower; there were complimentary toiletries. The whole room looked and smelled lovely. It was immaculately clean, the bathroom equally so.
The breakfast: The owners give you a menu to be filled in at night. The cooked breakfast was freshly prepared with organic ingredients, and was excellent. Although there is a timetable for breakfast, the morning we overslept the owners were quite happy to prepare something for us.
And finally: Friendly and passionate about their creation, nothing was too much trouble for owners Paul and Janine Powell. From arranging a hair appointment to pointing out good places to eat, we were well looked after and made to feel very welcome.
The Hamptons exceeded our expectations by a long way. The owners have lavished attention on the details as well as the overall guest experience, and created a bed and breakfast experience that left us relaxed, refreshed, and looking forward to a return visit.
- 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