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The Chapel at The Oratory
Ranked #4 of 6 Princetown B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We spend a lovely weekend in the beautiful Chapel Annexe. Very good value for money considering the quality of the room and the sheer amount of space. Other B&Bs cost the same but are nowhere near as luxurious.

The bathroom was stunning and the underfloor heating a real luxury. We really enjoyed having our own private entrance as well. The bedroom/living area was huge and very well equipped. Lots of books and maps.

The little kitchenette consisted of a fridge (with 4 pints of fresh milk!), microwave, kettle and toaster. Everything we needed to make breakfast and a small dinner. Lots of tea and coffee provided.

Overall, a lovely place for a short weekend trip. We will definitely be going back.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We stayed at the oratory in August in the chapel it was bright and clean and proved to be in a brilliant location, the owners were so welcoming. Information regarding tourist attractions and discount vouchers were supplied on our arrival along with tea and coffee provisions which were very welcome after a long drive. We were made to feel like nothing was too much trouble, very comfortable place to stay we will be visiting again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

We stayed for a couple of nights in July on a walking holiday. We normally camp but thought we'd treat ourselves!
It's at a great price - in keeping with other B&Bs in the area but much much nicer and more luxurious! The Chapel Annex is ENORMOUS as is the breakfast!There's an amazing and lovely bath, lots of books, boardgames and DVDs to keep you entertained too. Sally was very friendly and went out of her way to be helpful. Really couldn't recommend this highly enough. We will be back.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

We stayed at the Oratory in June for 2 nights as friends were getting married close by and Sally was incredibly helpful even before we arrived! She offered sound advice on how to get from Plymouth station via bus or taxi, the cost as well as local contact numbers. We arrived late at night to a spacious, modern room which had lovely little cakes, tea and coffee laid out for us. We both drink decaf and even this was accommodated for.

Breakfast was great the next morning with a wide selection of food including hot croissants, fresh bread and great big pots of tea and coffee each. Sally really went above and beyond the call of any B&B or hotel I have stayed in before. She dropped us off in her own vehicle to the wedding we were attending as it was just up the road but quite far to walk in the drizzle and heels! The following day it was torrential rain and she lent me her rain coat and an extra umbrella. She gave great advice about where to eat and walk. She was a perfect host and the family makes you feel very welcome.

This is truly a home away from home where you feel completely looked after. We would like to return and after having a look in the chapel may find this is where we stay on our second visit. The bath looks marvellous and under floor heating; what a treat!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

I have stayed in the Chapel on several occasions and each time I have found everything to be perfect. I love the continental breakfast, the fridge is always full of lots of goodies and there is always plenty of cereal and fresh bread too. Personally, I do not like full cooked english breakfast, so would much rather have the flexibility of eating fruit, yoghurt, cereal, pancakes, toast etc in the room at my leisure. I also love the bathroom with its heated under floor tiles and large bath, it's just perfect for a long soak after a day on the moors. There is also a sufficient heater in the room so you have the flexibility of controlling the temperature to suit you. The owners have thought of everything, there is even a bookcase full of maps and walking guides for you to borrow.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

You will recieve a wonderful warm welcome from Sally and her family. The rooms in "The Oratory" are spacious and clean, the bathroom in the "Chapel" is exquisite. We have also stayed in "The Beeches" (next door) which is lovely and comfortable.

We loved staying at "The Oratory", the wide range of continental breakfast goodies set us up very well for a long walk on the moor. While the self catering Beeches kitchen has all the mod-cons you need to look after yourself.

Can't recommend both properties highly enough.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

Not a place to stay for anyone who feels the cold - the heating is turned on twice a day - early in the morning which means we woke up hot, then got cold over breakfast when it went off. Then it comes on again at 5ish - not much good when we arrived back soaked and cold at 4pm on a miserable winter's day. By about 930 it was gone again.

Beds were hard and springy and breakfast was serve yourself from a fridge in the room.

Not my cup of tea at all, though the owner was friendly and the rooms nicely decorated. Great bathroom too with lovely bath - but so so cold.

Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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TheOratory, Owner at The Chapel at The Oratory, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2011

Really sorry that you were cold during your stay - I do advise guests on arrival to leave on the large oil filled radiator in the Chapel Annex, and this is also highlighted in the room notes. This then keeps the room at a pleasant temperature all day. Unfortunately this advice had not been followed and the radiator had been turned off. As soon as the problem was bought to our attention the house central heating was turned on. It was unfortunate that your stay coincided with the very cold snap over Xmas and outside day time temperatures didn’t rise above freezing, we are at 1400 feet and as such outside temperatures are colder than normal, if guests need to borrow extra layers or waterproofs to enjoy the outdoors during their stay we have a plentiful supply. We make it clear in all our advertising that breakfast is continental style and help yourself, and regularly receive praise for the quality of spread we offer. Should guests like a full English we can recommend local cafes withing a few hundred meters. The matresses used in our facility were new 6 months ago and are regularly changed, they are of a medium/firm rating as this is what most guests prefer.

We are dedicated to ensuring our guests enjoyment of their holiday on Dartmoor and are indeed sorry that we did not meet your expectations, we are pleased though that you enjoyed the lovely bathroom with underfloor heating. Kind Regards Sally

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Additional Information about The Chapel at The Oratory

Address: The Oratory Tavistock Road, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6RP, England (Formerly The Oratory B&B and The Beeches S/C)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Princetown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Princetown
Price Range: £69 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Chapel at The Oratory 3*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chapel at The Oratory - Lovely, private, comfortable accommodation in the heart of Dartmoor. A spacious ensuite room which sleeps up to four. Own entrance, large bathroom with underfloor heating, deluxe bath and separate shower. Family and Pet friendly. With cots, highchairs etc available for guest use. Ideal location on Dartmoor for walking/hiking and enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Delicious Continental breakfast available. Pubs and cafes nearby (200m). ... more   less 
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