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“A real pearl in the harbour!”

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The Harbour Lights B&B
Ranked #16 of 53 Ilfracombe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A real pearl in the harbour!”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My husband and I were greatly impressed with the superb cuisine and warmth of the hosts. There is a real family feel and it felt like home from home. Highly recommended and will be returning next year.
Theresa

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

what a fab stay one of the best family run stays. 10/10
the food second to none
room lovely
people have complaint about NOISE dont go to bed at 19.00pm then ha no noise what so ever
will be here again
SPECIAL THANKS TO RUTH SHE IS SO SO SWEET AND KIND see you all again

from mike and jayne 19/0813-22/0813

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Lovely room and great food,nice family run guest house, breakfast was excellent and the resteruant food was really good very popular and very good quality we had the locally caught fish and was really excellent. Great location right at the heart of the harbour lots of local pubs. nice location as a base to visit local attractions, will certainly be back next year.

Room Tip: we had the familly room with a small sitting room it was excellent
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

A nice family run B&B in a great location. Made to feel very welcome and the beds were so comfortable. We stayed in a twin room which had everything we needed. The breakfast is excellent all cooked to order and delicious. Parking is a 2 minute walk round the corner and is through a permit scheme which costs a small amount payable through the hotel. It is well worth doing, no hunting for small change for pay and displays and you can come and go as you please. Local bus stops, shops and the harbour are all on the doorstep. The hotel does evening meals which were also rather tasty. Would really recommend staying here.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

A friendly family run business right by the harbour. We were made to feel very welcome. Plenty of choice at breakfast and the food was top quality. Also they do evening meals and this was delicious fayre and all locally sourced. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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wolverhampton
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

The hotel is ideally situated, the owners are very friendly and they make you feel welcome. The food service was excellent and the quality of food was very good. Our overall experience in this hotel was exceptional shall be looking forward to returning next year. Chris and Tina Wolverhampton.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Well, we don't know much about B&B's so thought we, along with our 6 year old son would have a holiday in one! We think we made a great choice, the personal service and environment are distinctly different than when in a hotel. The property itself has heaps of history and as you would expect is a bit quirky in places where things have changed over the years.

In terms of location one thing you have to realise about Ilfracombe is that it is very hilly, you can't go far without meeting an awesome incline! The great thing about Harbour Lights is that it is possible to walk straight out of the door and to the harbour, the beaches, museum and seafront attractions without having to consider a hill climb! The harbour area is very popular and up and coming, especially with local patron Damien Hirst (the famous artist) having his restaurant, shop and cafe there, along with the Ilfracome RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Our room was clean and tidy and perfect for our needs, yes the decor could do with a little updating but it didn't distract from our comfort as the bed and bathroom linens were good quality and pristine. The pub almost next door can get a bit noisy on a Saturday night for their karaoke but to be honest we found it hilarious rather than annoying and the windows did a good job of shutting them out anyway.

As for food, well breakfast was perfect everyday whatever we chose, and the bread they use is just lovely - we definitely over-carbed ourselves on it! Everything cooked just perfectly every day and just the right size. The dinner menu is somewhat limited but rather a refreshing change from page after page of options, definitely check out the specials and if lobster is on the menu, you will be unlikely to find a better deal. They cook it beautifully without a sauce, just a pot of melted clarified butter to dip in and really bring out the natural flavour. We know they are fresh local lobsters as on request Steve showed our son the live lobsters when the girl brought them in - I will post the picture on here!

The only recommendation we have would for there to be a little fridge in the family room we had, it really would be very useful for a family.

Overall, when you consider the location, time of year, service and that a table service cooked breakfast was included every day, Harbour Lights offers a great deal and we thoroughly enjoyed our week in Ilfracombe. Always important is that Steve, Ruth, Nick and all their staff made the holiday memorable for our son and it was such a nice gesture of them to give him a gift of clotted cream fudge when we left - naughty!

We would recommend calling Harbour Lights about a booking rather than using a booking website because they can help you out with things like parking and other advice ;-)

Room Tip: Give Harbour Lights a call before booking online :-)
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Harbour Lights B&B
Address: 26 Broad Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9BL, England (Formerly The Harbour Lights Coastal Guesthouse)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #16 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Harbour Lights B&B 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbour Lights is a family run B&B situated in the heart of Ilfracombe's Heritage Harbour on the spectacular North Devon Coast. Built in 1895 as a small Victorian hotel The Harbour Lights has nine en-suite letting rooms. The Harbour Lights is owned and operated by the resident proprietors so you are assured of a warm welcome and personal service at all times. ... more   less 
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