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“Reasonable accommodation for the price.”
Review of Chambercombe Manor

Chambercombe Manor
Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Ilfracombe
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We stayed for 3 nights at Rose Cottage on the Chambercombe Manor estate. The estate itself is beautiful, lovely manor house in wonderful gardens and the whole setting is very picturesque. The café looked very nice, with a good selection of food, however the opening hours were so short that it was never open when we were on the estate, so unfortunately we did not get to try a cream tea which I understand are meant to be very good!

The cottage we stayed in was reasonably well equipped, and a travel cot and highchair were provided for our daughter which we appreciated. Unfortunately, the accommodation was missing some important items, notably towels, and hand soap in the bathroom and kitchen. I should make clear that Chambercombe Manor do mention on their website that they do not provide towels, however we have stayed in many self catering cottages and have never come across this before, so it never occurred to us to check! In addition, the heater in the lounge did not work, and had been broken for so long that it was actually mentioned in the information folder in the cottage! A replacement portable heater was provided, but was not very efficient.

Considering the character and charm of the outside of the Manor House and cottages, we were disappointed to find that the interior of the cottage had no character whatsoever.

Rose Cottage supposedly sleeps up to 5 people, with 3 in the bedroom upstairs and 2 on a sofabed downstairs. Considering there is a very small kitchen and only one bathroom, I would think that no more than 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 small children could stay there comfortably.

However, we were very happy with the cost of the accommodation especially as it was over a May bank holiday, and thought that the estate in general was very child friendly.

1  Thank Joanna C
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"guided tour"
in 65 reviews
"ghost stories"
in 26 reviews
"tea room"
in 31 reviews
"haunted house"
in 11 reviews
"the cottages"
in 10 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 34 reviews
"interesting house"
in 5 reviews
"informative guide"
in 8 reviews
"cream tea"
in 26 reviews
"old house"
in 9 reviews
"rose cottage"
in 4 reviews
"steeped in history"
in 10 reviews
"holiday cottage"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful gardens"
in 10 reviews
"amazing history"
in 3 reviews
"take photos"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 10 reviews

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

If you are looking for the best Cream Tea the look no further also lovely gardens and old house to view with tour on selected days.

Thank RustingtonRickyLorna
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The manor itself is very interesting, and the gardens are lovely to walk in. I spent several happy hours there. The staff are friendly.
I did not see any of the ghosts who live there! I took the guided tour and I would recommend doing that as the stories are very interesting

1  Thank Judyc_10
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Had a good cream tea at the picnic tables in front of the tea rooms. Wonderful sunny day, with trees all just in leaf. The valley is very peaceful and a glorious sun trap. Blackbirds were singing their heads off and it was all very relaxing. Went for a walk around the gardens and the woodland. Some very fine trees and vistas. All with the background sound of water running in the boundary stream and of course the blackbirds. Didn't go round the house as we arrived with an hour until closing - chose to have tea rather than tour as not time for both, hope to go back one day and see the interior. The holiday cottages looked great from the exterior, would love to be able to stay there and chill out in the gardens all day.

Thank CarolineB999999
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Walked here from our accomodation through lovely woods full of blue bells and found the Manor set in a valley. It is very peaceful here. Very helpful gentleman in the shop and also very nice assistant in the house, who kindly shared with us all sorts of ghostly tips about the house. Would love to return for a physchic evening later in the year. Tea Room also very good with plenty of seating inside and out and a good selection on the menu. Enjoyed the food very much. Gardens are also lovely to wander through. Well worth a visit.

Thank Linda G
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