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“DEVONS HIDDEN GEM”
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West Colwell Farm
Ranked #1 of 1 Offwell B&B and Inns
Preston, United Kingdom
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“DEVONS HIDDEN GEM”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

What a find ,another Alastair Sawday delight. Carol and Frank the perfect hosts. , and would recommend Franks speciality blueberry pancakes with maple syrup a treat not to be missed , if you want to be spoilt then this is the one, nothing to much trouble, attention to detail and comfort certainly 1st class , we will hopefully be visiting again THANKS VERY MUCH ANN & MIKE THOMPSON

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

Frank & Carol have manage to establish this peace oasis in the middle of the forest.
it is a 3 bedrooms B&B in a very quite location that is ideal for a very good city break or a holiday..we stayed in the Capitan room and it was spotless clean with a nice elegant toughes.the award wining breakfast made by Frank is out of this world ( try the blueperry pancakes ).
thanks Frank and Carol for the special care and all the valuable informations about the area that made our stay pleasant.

Room Tip: Spare enough time for breakfast as it is the best.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

First, a warning: the drive to West Colwell Farm isn't for the faint-hearted. It is set on one of the narrowest lanes you've ever seen, which bends and twists its way through tall hedges. At one point the road became so narrow that we thought we might have mistakenly driven onto a footpath! But don't despair. The lane is definitely passable (even by trucks), and the destination is well worth the effort.

Even in a beautiful part of Devon, West Colwell Farm's setting is exceptional. The farm is tucked into a hidden valley surrounded by rolling green hills and trees, in a genuinely picturebook setting. Young cattle amble down the wooded lane, and swallows dart across the fields. This is rural bliss.

Carol and Frank Hayes have turned an old barn into a welcoming haven. Each of the three rooms has a terrace with a stunning view. I particularly liked Captain, which is decorated in a nautical style. The member of our party who stayed there loved it - he felt that it had everything he needed and more, and he was sorry to leave. I stayed in Blossom, which was charming and very well appointed, although I must admit that I would have preferred a room with "real" windows rather than skylights.

Carol and Frank are wonderful hosts. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome, and their close attention to detail makes all the difference. They spent a very long time, for example, sourcing just the right bacon for breakfast, and that effort has definitely paid off. It was, quite simply, the best bacon I've ever had. Frank's superb homemade bread was also outstanding.

We only stayed one night at the farm, and unfortunately, the weather was too wet to allow us to enjoy the terrace. But we are hoping to return to this idyllic spot, next time with our walking boots...

Room Tip: Captain is lovely, Farmer a bit more private
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

This was our second trip to this B&B - after getting engaged there the previous year . We were so delighted to find such a lovely place that Iwe couldn't resist another trip and can see this becoming an annual event.

To call it a B&B is like calling a diamond a chunk of coal, technically correct but rather an understatement - this is more like a very select and small boutique hotel. We've stayed in two of the rooms now and both were beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and thoughtfully equipped. Both had enormous comfortable beds, seating areas and vast and powerful showers. Best of all, two of their three rooms open onto private terraces overlooking a beautiful valley.

They won Alistair Sawday's best breakfast award - and well deserved too. I actually couldn't bear not to have the blueberry pancakes every day but my fiance enjoyed the cooked breakfast and other guests had scrambled egg on toast which looked great . If I were less addicted to the pancakes, I would have liked to have tried the omelette but those pancakes were just too damn delicious. It's lovely to have such a choice - often it's a cooked breakfast and that's it. There are also cereals (including a locally made granola), fruit, yoghurt and juice. Special mention goes to the homemade sunflower seed bread which was so delicious that we two non-bread eaters ate every scrap every day - and even the award-winning local restaurant could not better it.

Lots of beautiful walking around to try and mititgate the pancakes (hmmm) and the owners gave good advice on places to visit so we have a list for next year already! A guide to local restaurants was really useful and the owners managed to get us a table at a great local pub which was really full up.

Do visit - but not too many of you, we want to be able to get there ourselves!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

the rooms were excellent, well appointed and in person were just as good as they looked on the website. They were spacious, well appointed and immaculate
Frank and Clare were excellent hosts and we spend a good couple of hours chatting on the Sunday morning. They are very knowledgeable about the area and were able to make suggestions on how to fill or spare couple of hours. Their list of restaurants and eating places was very useful.

The quality of breakfast was very good but it was a bit limiting. The cooked breakfast was very exact and you could not have more of one thing and less of another. The homemade bread was a nice idea but I was not keen on it.

Nearby on the Sunday and Monday evenings it was difficult to find anywhere open to eat which was a bit of an issue.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

Our second stay at West Colwell Farm-tempted back by Frank's delicious blueberry pancakes! Lovely peaceful place with good suggestions for eating and run by a couple who obviously enjoy what they are doing! Very comfortable accommodation and lovely decor.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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sussex
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

West Colwell Farm B&B is in an idyllic setting. The room we had was just lovely and having access to a seating terrace outside of the bedroom an added bonus, especially as the weather was warm and sunny. To sit outside with the beautiful view across the peaceful valley created the iceing on the cake. The hosts were so hospitable and the breakfasts excellent.

Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: West Colwell Farm
Address: Offwell, Honiton EX14 9SL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Honiton > Offwell
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Offwell
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Number of rooms: 3

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