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Henley Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bigbury-on-Sea
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Cannot be faulted”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Once again Petra, and Martin, have delivered exceptional accommodation, food and atmosphere.
This was our forth stay and still remains the best in the area. All other guests had stayed on numerous occasions, this in itself speaks volumes. Such a peaceful Oasis rounded off each evening by wonderful food cooked by Martin. I will be staying again and again. Thanks to you both.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Crewe
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Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

I was looking for a place to stay near the "Peninsular apartments" and just happened to find this place on the Internet. I did not check it out on T.A. before booking my stay, had I done so I would probably have checked in with a fixed idea of what I was about to get. Instead I was totally ignorant, and didn't even know where it was. Wow what a delightful surprise, what a find!

The Henley is a small hotel with fantastic views over to the beach at Bantham and side views to Burgh Island. The owners are delightful people, nothing was too much trouble. The room was spotlessly clean. The towels and bath robes were thick and face cloths were provided. The toiletries in the bathroom were "duck Island" - 'orange and bergamot', a notch above the usual and better than most four star hotels. The bed was comfortable and the linen like my own at home.

The guest lounges were spacious with ample room to sit and chill reading one's paper or a book. There was Wi Fi connectivity but only in the dining room and one table at the back entrance. It didn't connect my iPad in the room. There were a couple of tables in the garden. The view from the lounge and garden was truly spectacular.

Breakfast was individually cooked and served, excellent. The sort of breakfast that I cherish, unlike the Americanised self service jobs where you serve yourself and have to cook your own toast and where gluttony abounds. I've seen hotel guests in the USA, and sadly the UK, pile their plates high with cooked food, from a self service station, and then go back 2 or 3 times, for similar massive platefuls. The breakfasts here were what a reasonable healthy person should eat, continental or full English delicious.

I didn't eat here for dinner, but another guest told me that dinners were very good. Being a small hotel, the owners need a day or two's notice to provide dinner.

The decor was individual to the Henley. In particular, the reception which, doubles up as a bar, and had a Germanic feel with an amazing reception desk, which was a large, carved Bavarian sideboard, with old tapestries on the wall behind.

I would recommend The Henley to anyone who is looking for somewhere to stay that has old fashioned hospitality, a smiling welcome and who simply want a retreat where peace and quiet prevails.

I'm not surprised that all of the 40+ reviews on T.A. praise the Henley and that all rate them 5/5 or 4/5. It is the highest T.A. rated establishment that I have frequented.....deservedly so. Fabulous. I could not fault it

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We had three nights dinner, bed and breakfast in August and were charmed by this unique family run hotel. Martyn and Petra do their absolute utmost to make you feel welcome and cared for. The hotel has an amazing cliff top location - you can sit and watch the sea for hours! Food is very fresh, creative and delicious, great wine list and fantastic breakfasts. Lots of lovely walking nearby. We especially loved the little pathway down to the very private beach and had some great swims despite the chilly water!
The Henley is ideal if you don't like corporate, faceless hotels and prefer a really excellent standard of personal service.
WE will be back!

Room Tip: We had room 6 which is double aspect facing Burgh Island to the south and the lovely estuary and bea...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Staffordshire
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77 reviews
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We visited the Henley and found a real gem of a hotel. ,mine hosts Martin and Petra were a wonderful couple who go out of their way to make their guests welcome with a complimentary pot of tea and cake on arrival, and nothing too much trouble. Martin is an excellent cook and i would recommend his evening meals. The views from the hotel are stunning, overlooking the mouth of the river Avon and the estuary. Plenty of visual entertainment with the wind surfers, canoeists and sea surfers. Rooms are clean and well maintained, and the many steep garden steps wind their way down through a beautiful garden to the beach below. Martin and Petra were known well and well respected by the locals we came I to contact with, including those on the nearby Burgh Island. This was a 5 and half hour drive from our home, but well worth the trip.

Room Tip: Room 2 is a larger room with more space to move about, and feels more like a suite. The views from h...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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lancs
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We returned at the end of May for two nights at the wonderful Henley, following an absence of eight years. It left us wondering why on earth it had taken us so long! The best way to describe it is like staying as a very welcome guest in the home of a friend but at the same time, Petra and Martyn are very unobtrusive. We have decided that we do not like faceless, pretentious establishments and could easily now return time and time again. Martyn's outstanding food is still 'to die for' and we really enjoyed the steak and fresh fish. He keeps the choices small so that it is perfection at all times. The view must be one of the most outstanding in the country and the bedrooms share this view. They have been beautifully updated. We had our dog with us and he was made very welcome and we loved meeting little Marika and Caspar the labrador.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2013

Hotels with fantastic views are often tempted to skimp on the rest. Not at the Henley Hotel! The attention to detail is superb, from the heated towel rack, comfy chairs that actually have a reading light next to them, thoughtfully chosen array of books in the room, binoculars to enjoy the views close up, small jug of cold milk for tea or coffee in the morning, magnifying mirror for make-up, I could go on. The food alone is worth the stay. Perfectly prepared delicious meals with a focus on local ingredients where possible. The common rooms are charmingly decorated with lots of nooks and crannies where you can enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine while you enjoy the view or one of the many many books and recent magazines piled around. The hosts Petra and Martyn are lovely - charming and friendly without being intrusive. The bottle of wine that we ordered was not cold enough, and rather than leave us wine-less for the 10 mins or so that it would take to chill it, Petra insisted that we have a glass of another white wine on the house while we waited. Bliss.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

If you want 5 star , ultramodern, brand new- try a city break instead or go 5 star elsewhere.
This little 5 room Hotel is like staying in someones home with luxury comfort. Some would find it quirky -we certainly visited prior to our stay as some of the photos on the internet made it look a bit 'old lady'.In reality it has lovely rural charm and comfort.
It is a wonderful relaxed place , with thoughtful comforts everywhere . In our room (6) a huge comfortable bed ,views over the bay and Burgh Island. Each room has desk/table, comfy seating and views . Thought has gone into everything including a flask of fresh milk to have with tea and coffee in our room and after asking on day 1 for fresh tap water for the room, a jug was left for us each day.
Some of the other visitors hadn't stayed for dinner- big mistake . Each evening we had an excellent 3 course meal -small choice but all excellent for us, cooked to order. Main courses 1 choice fish, 1 of meat.
Despite poor weather our stay was wonderful and relaxed , with the ever changing views with changes of tide and clouds.
Petra and Martyn are very thoughtful hosts. I understand from other guests (who have been coming for 14 years ) that Martyn is self taught- you would never guess.
We are planning our return , to book at check out.
Would not suit those with disability -stairs and local hilly terrain, or those with a dog allergy due to their welcome policy and own lovely black lab.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Henley Hotel
Address: Folly Hill, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4AR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Bigbury-on-Sea
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