We've just returned from spending three nights at the Henley Hotel. The hotel is exactly as described by other reviewers: peaceful, relaxing and comfortable with excellent hosts and a very friendly dog called Caspar.
The breakfast was probably the best breakfast we've had in this country - couldn't fault it. Unfortunately we didn't get to sample the evening meals as we hadn't booked far enough in advance. We had two meals at the Bay View Café down by the sea which were really good; the café looks out towards Burgh Island so great views. It does get busy in the evenings so best to book a table in advance if you can. We also went to Fryer Tucks at Challaborough (the next bay along - a short walk away) where Brummie Steve did us proud!
One tip worth mentioning is: Be wary of using your sat nav in that part of the country! We went via Dartmoor and relied on the sat nav to direct us to Bigbury-on-Sea - big mistake! We were taken down some extremely narrow lanes, some with grass in the middle, and the car's sensors were going nuts as the hedgerows were so close in places! I was very relieved to arrive at the hotel without mishap!
We were allocated Room 6 which had three windows; two looking towards Burgh Island and one towards the estuary. Binoculars are provided in bedrooms and lounges which are great for watching the boats going past and the stand-up paddlers. Leaflets and maps of the area are also available.
There is a steep path down to the beach through the garden - you need to be fairly fit to tackle it ... and a head for heights helps!! We only did it once but I'm sure it seems less challenging the more often you do it!
All in all, the Henley is an excellent hotel and I'm so glad I found it - thanks to Google! If you like home comforts along with peace, quiet and exceptional service, book the Henley - you won't be disappointed!
- Also Known As:
- Henley Hotel Bigbury-On-Sea, Devon