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Henley Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bigbury-on-Sea
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Wonderful family run hotel with stunning sea and coastal views. Pet friendly. Stayed as a couple with our dog for 2 nights for bed and breakfast and received a very warm welcome throughout the stay. Very clean and cosy hotel with lots of character - all rooms very homely. Food was very good freshly cooked with lots of choice. Lovely garden with a path down to a private beach and more of those stunning views. A real gem and looking forward to returning!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed here at the end of a week celebrating our silver wedding anniversary having eaten /stayed at wonderful places including Lime Wood, Le Manoir and the Lygon Arms and the Henley compares very favourably with all of them! Petra is a hostess par excellence and Martin's cooking would be hard to beat - what a combination! add in the delightful Marieka and wonderful dog Caspar for a lovely homely feel and this is just heaven on
earth!
When we arrived Petra treated us to lovely tea and delicious cakes in the garden, - the food was as wonderful as the warm welcome, but both were surpassed by the view, - truly breath-taking! Although the house looked a bit unprepossessing from outside, we were stunned by the interior - a beautifully eclectic mix including Lloyd loom chairs and our bedroom - number 5 - was just beautiful. Such a huge comfortable bed, a lovely sitting area and such a great bathroom. However I think that it is the attention to detail which really singles out the Henley - every window has binoculars and our room included so many extras including a brilliant selection of teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits plus fresh milk and even shoe cleaning materials. Lovely fluffy towels and even bathrobes.
Petra encouraged us to treat the Henley as our home and assured us that nothing was too much trouble, She even went out to buy us a newspaper in the morning!
Luckily we had booked for an evening meal before we arrived - understandably Martin likes a couple of days notice to cook an evening meal for guests so do this if you are staying as his food is truly superb. We also think that Martin must be psychic as he managed to put absolutely everything we love onto his menu and my husband says that his steak was cooked to perfection. Add in delicious wine including a dessert wine wonderful coffee, superb service and sitting in the window admiring that incredible view and you might think you'd gone to heaven...
The bed was so comfortable. that we slept very well and our only disappointment the next morning was that mist was hiding the view. However Martin's full English breakfast helped to make up for this! The Henley breakfast is very generous so much choice and all superbly served by the ever-smiling Petra.
We were so pleased that Martin didn't want us to book for only one night so we had a whole day to relax at the hotel and to explore Bigbury-on-sea -- we were only sorry that we had only booked for two nights! If the weather had been nicer we would probably have lounged around the garden and maybe even ventured down the steep strips to the almost private beach but we walked down the hill to the wonderfully sandy beach and walked across to the fascinating Burgh Island. We had initially considered booking into the Burgh Island Hotel but were put off by some of the reviews - we are so pleased as it enabled us to discover the Henley and I really don't think that the Henley could be bettered. As well as walking across the sand to the Island - or getting there via sea-tractor at high tide - there are brilliant walks along the sand up the Avon estuary - so many fascinating rocks, rock-pools, views, etc. all very relaxing and fun.
There is plenty of parking at the Henley too.
When you get to the Henley you really don't want to leave. We already want to return and have recommended it to several people.
Thank you Martin and Petra for creating a piece of heaven on earth and letting us share it.

Room Tip: Room 5 has amazing estuary views
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

This was our first stay at The Henley Hotel and we will be back. This is a small hotel set up above the estuary of the river Avon with wonderful views from the lounge and restaurant. There is a sense of period in this hotel with the Lloyd Loom furniture. There are plenty of books, binoculars, tea & coffee making facilities in bedroom with fresh milk, nice toiletries, fluffy towels and bathrobes provided. Martin is a very accomplished chef and Petra is delightful on front of house.

Room Tip: Room 6 has lovely views over estuary and also toward Burgh Island.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sue T
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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.

Room Tip: All rooms have sea views with binoculars supplied. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, you don...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Graham C
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

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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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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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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Address: Folly Hill, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4AR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Bigbury-on-Sea
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bigbury-on-Sea
Price Range: £43 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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