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“Excellent night's sleep and a warm and friendly welcome”
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Varley House
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

A group of three of us stayed at Varley House prior to travelling to Lundy and on the evening of our return. One of the reasons for choosing Varley House was that we were able to leave our car there for the duration of our stay on Lundy. On arriving at the house we were greeted by Rod and a tray of tea and biscuits and a friendly chat. The room had excellent views and the bathroom was bright and modern. The mattress provided an excellent nights sleep as it was very comfortable. The house it located on a hill and the walk to the town takes about 15mins. The pictures on the website do not give the accomodation justice. There was a good choice of hot or cold food for breakfast. I would definately stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front of the house for those incredible views.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2012

Thank you for the lovely comments that you have made of our establishment, and if you are looking to return to Lundy Island, we would love to see you again

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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Stayed here for one night whilst on our way to a surprise 50th party in nearby Georgeham. We found the owners very friendly and welcoming, they had no issue putting three of us up in one room at a very reasonable price. The views were lovely from our sttic room and just a short walk down to a nice local pub. Breakfast was very nice and I think one of the healthiest looking fry-ups I've ever had! Would thoroughly recommend!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2012

Thank you for the great comments you made earlier this year. We are now in the process of upgrading the room that you were in, so if you come back again next year you will see quite a difference
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Following the warm welcome and apparently custom hot drink and biscuits, I was given a brief tour of the facilities before being shown to my room.
The owners couldn't do enough, ensuring my stay was comfortable and relaxing.
The food was excellent along with the whole ambience and location.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2012

Thank you for your very good comments and if ever you are in the area again we would love to see you

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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Arrived around 4pm and greeted by Rod and as with many others welcomed with a personal hot pot of fresh ground coffee and biscuits.Shown to my room which was large and very very clean,comfortable nights sleep and a nice hot breakfast.
I was staying before a week long trip over to Lundy Island and was also kindly offered the facility of leaving my car for the week on the premises at no extra cost-a great little bonus,a short 10 minute (though moderately steep) walk to the harbour from the hotel and no problems on return getting car back even though I wasn't staying the following the day of return.
All in all great service and a lovely hotel,highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2011

Thank you for your excellent review, and we look forward to seeing you possibly again next year

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Reviewed 8 October 2011

This is by far the best guest house I have experienced in Ilfracombe. I stayed here the night before the wedding (at Tunnels Beaches) and got ready here on the day, along with several family members (age range from 18-78!). I was originally recommended Varley House by a work colleague, and i'm so glad I took note. Ilfracombe is a very quiet place but Varley House is located in a very peaceful area. It is about 4/5 mins drive to Tunnels beaches (perfect if you have a wedding to go to) and probably about 10-15 minute walk to the harbour and town although up hill on the way back, but a taxi only costs a few pounds from the town so not a problem if you don't fancy it. The rooms are spotlessly clean and the breakfast was lovely. The views from some of the rooms are stunning! Rod and Helen, are very friendly and accommodating. The single room I stayed in was perfect, plenty of space for one and the mattress was so comfy I even got a good nights sleep the night before my wedding! The building itself is really attractive and of good size which pictures do not do justice, it also has a very relaxed homely feel inside. The night of the wedding, myself and the groom stayed in a very expensive guest house in Ilfracombe and honestly, I would have preferred to have come back to Varley House. No complaints from any of the family and we look forward to returning. Would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: The front of the house has the bets views.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2011

Thanks for the great comments, and we look forward to seeing you and your betrothed again

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Reviewed 2 October 2011

having arrived early we were still shown the room and we were given a key for when the room was ready,the hotel is set in a peaceful location with great views and a short distance to some great walks along the coastal path,rooms were clean and the breakfast was worth getting up for,if you want a hotel to relax in varley house is ideal we would definatley go back...

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2011

Thank you for your nice comments, and we would welcome you back if you come to stay this way again
Rod Chatfield

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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Our whole family stayed at Varley House for my eldest daughters wedding which was held at Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe.
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were treated like Royalty - nothing was too much trouble for Rod & Helen.
The place is completely spotless! We were relaxed from the minute we walked in the door (which is no mean feat when you have a family wedding the next day!) They even managed to accommodate an extra person on both nights (I think they have expanding walls!)
I would highyly highyly recommend this Hotel to anyone who was thinking of staying in Ilfracombe. In fact, we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else should we return to Ilfracombe.
Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for making our stay the most comfortable ever.
Roz & The Adams Family and The Lean Family

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2011

Roz
Thanks for the excellent comments, and we would quite happily welcome you all back.
Also if you have any pictures of Amy in her dress from here that would be nice to see
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Rod & Helen

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Address: 13 Chambercombe Park Terrace, Ilfracombe EX34 9QW, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ilfracombe
#1 Green Hotel in Ilfracombe
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price Range: £73 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Varley House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varley House was built at the turn of the 20th Century for Officers recuperating from the Boer War. Hence we have grand rooms with high ceilings which make your stay even more pleasant than you expected. We have a spacious lounge where you can sit and chat, play games, or just read whilst enjoying a drink purchased from our bar.This is a nice quiet establishment ideally suited for the coastal path for walkers, opposite Hillsborough Nature reserve, and a good stopping point for those wanting to travel to Lundy island. Also all of our rooms have a stunning view of our local scenery. ... more   less 
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