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“A great stay”
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Lyme Bay House
Ranked #4 of 12 Dawlish B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“A great stay”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Nice comfortable and clean room for mother and adult daughter to share for a week while visiting relatives in Dawlish and Teignmouth. Great location, parking available and very close to railway station. Nicky and Ian are friendly and welcoming hosts. Very obliging when having to check out early hours to catch flight at Exeter - continental breakfast delivered the night before in thermos flasks. Excellent breakfasts served in downstairs breakfast room with wide range of choices. Very nice plunger coffee and huge assortment of gourmet jams etc. All round very good experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you so much for your compliments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you say we are ideally situated for exploring the area, not only Dawlish itself but also a wide area around us. Buses to Exeter and Newton Abbot stop right outside and the railway station is only 5 minutes walk away.

Exeter Airport is only 30 minutes away and we can arrange taxis if required.

We try to keep a good selection of jams and preserves, including reduced sugar ones, so we are very pleased that you enjoyed them so much.

Hopefully, we will see you again when you next come to the UK from Sydney, Australia.

Regards Nikki & Ian
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Excellent place to stay. we booked room 2, lovely room, super clean, beautiful view and superb breakfast. Nicky recommended two restaurants, the Gurkha and Jack Sprats, great advice I would recommend these myself.
The hotel itself is situated close to the town centre, 3/4 minute walk, the views from our room and the terrace area are lovely. We made good use the local train station, the rail journey to Torquay is worth every penny as you wind along the coast enjoying the Devon coast.

Great stay top class

mark and Ali

Room Tip: Room 2, lovely view, four poster and plenty room to relax. Some appreciated extras like toiletries a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Yes Gurkha and Jack Spratt's are both well worth a visit.

You are right about the train ride from Exeter all the way to Newton Abbot and then on to Torquay. The ride firstly along the bank of the River Exe, then along the sea wall from Starcross to Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth followed by the last leg inland on the bank of the River Teign.

The short tunnels between Dawlish and Teignmouth are also part of the experience.

It is worth seeking-out the episode of Michael Portillo's TV program coast that featured this special railway journey created in the mid-19th C by Brunel and still well worth doing today.

As for Lyme Bay House, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us - many thanks for your complimentary remarks - we hope to see you again soon.

Nikki & Ian
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Nikki welcomed us with a beaming smile as she helped us park! Splendid room, clean and loads of room (massive television) with a large bathroom. Nice to have a choice of drinks at hand in our room and the use of a fridge. Breakfasts were great, plenty of cereal and juices to choose from and a choice of cooked. Ian and Nikki always at hand to give advice on where to eat and what to do, with some useful directions/short cuts! The Smugglers Inn is a great place to eat if you fancy a stroll up the road, although some may find it a little too far, you won't be disappointed! Great to have the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the bar or chat to other guests in the very welcoming lounge area.
Lovely coastal walk to Dawlish Warren.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 2 with 4 poster bed! Nice sea view and loads of room! Although our room was on the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
You are absolutely right about Smuggler's Inn - many of our guests go there at least once whilst they are with us. The good thing is the 1 mile walk is mostly downhill coming back. There are of course several other very good eating places a shorter walk near by. We are always pleased to offer advice if required.

The Four Poster Room is quite special and the bed very comfortable.

Guests are welcome to stock the mini-bar fridge with their own drinks if they prefer.

Thank you for participating in our lounge bar in the evening - it really does add something to the experience getting to chat to other guests. You can get to meet all sorts of interesting people.

We are so glad that everything was to your satisfaction and hope to see you again soon.

Nikki & Ian
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Stayed here for one night whilst walking part of the South West Coastal Path. Nikki is an excellent hostess, very friendly and helpful. My room was adequate for my needs, the en-suite bathroom would have benefited from a new shower rail and head but otherwise it was fine. The railway station is only a short distance away and it is close to the various other amenities in the town. I would definitely stay here again if I was in the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Dawlish at Lyme Bay House.

Thanks for drawing our attention to the shower rail and head. This has of course been rectified without delay.

Yes we are lucky to be so close to the town centre and its amenities. Both the railway station and bus stops for Newton and Exeter directions are very close by.

We have at least 6 good places to eat within walking distance. If you need some advice please just call or email us and we would be very pleased to make a few recommendations.

Nikki & Ian
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

Having ready previous reviews I decided to take a chance on Lyme Bay House & I would honestly recommend this B&B to anyone.
Nikki made us feel welcomed from the moment we entered the building, the breakfast truly was delicious and the location is perfect.
100% recommend Lyme Bay House to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Thanks very much for your kind comments. We really appreciate it when our guests are satisfied and glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Please do recommend us to your friends!

We hope to see you again soon.

Nikki & Ian
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is a very welcoming hotel thanks to Ian and Nikki. The room was very clean and comfortable and the bathroom palatial. The breakfasts were excellent and kept us going until evening. The situation is good being away from the possible noise of the town but near enough to be a short walk in to town and station. If you want the bus the stop is outside.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 13 September 2013
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Yes we are ideally situated for getting around the area by both bus and train. Bus stops are right outside our entrance for trips in both the Starcross & Exeter direction one way and Teignmouth & Newton Abbot the other.

Also, the railway station is only 5 minutes walk for train travel to Exeter, Barnstaple (the Tarka Line), Exmouth, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Totnes, Plymouth and Penzance. If you feel like a scenic train ride followed by some exploration of other nearby towns then we offer a good base to do so. Many of our guests travel around quite a lot once they are with us.

We have several good places to eat within a few minutes walk and more a short journey away some in the countryside. We are always pleased to offer advice on good places to eat - so please ask if this helps.

Regards Nikki & Ian
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Lyme bay house is a real home from home place. Thankyou nikki and Ian for making our weekend so perfect, we couldn't have asked for more. Your hospitality is lovely and nikki is so funny, and baby Oscar loved it too. You make us feel so welcome and go out your way to make the stay special. You have such a special place with Lyme bay house its truly unique. Room was beautiful and clean. Breakfast is made to perfection with lots to choose from, sets you up nicely for the day. We came away not wanting to leave. Once again Thank you!! nikki & Ian for a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Anthony, Caroline, Oscar

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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ianjohnscott, Owner at Lyme Bay House, responded to this review, 13 September 2013
You are so kind and it was great to see you again with your gorgeous new baby Oscar. He's certainly got a lovely cheeky smile!

We know how much you enjoy coming to Dawlish and really appreciate you supporting us at Lyme Bay House. It is always very satisfying for us and a reward for our efforts when guests are so complimentary.

We hope to see you in the Autumn and please remember our 3 for 2 Special Offers if you can get away for a little longer next time.

Bye for now Nikki & Ian
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Property: Lyme Bay House
Address: 34 West Cliff, Dawlish EX7 9DN, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dawlish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Dawlish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lyme Bay House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lyme Bay House is quality family run Bed and Breakfast. It is a 4 Star Visit England Guest House located in the picturesque South Devon resort of Dawlish. We are renowned for our hospitality and sumptuous freshly cooked breakfasts, tastefully appointed spotlessly clean rooms and extremely comfortable beds.All rooms are En-Suite and have Flat Screen TVs with Freeview. Lyme Bay House is situated within a very short walk to Dawlish Town Centre, Dawlish Railway Station, a National Express bus stop and Stagecoach bus stops. We are within a few minutes walk from Dawlish Beach, Brunel’s famous sea-front railway viaduct, the Black Swans of Dawlish and The Lawn & Gardens. The same Dawlish that was much loved by amongst others, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and the poet John Keats. Just a short stroll away there are shops, Tea Rooms, Coffee Shops, the famous Gay’s Creamery and several pubs. Lyme Bay House is an ideal location for train-spotting, golf, cycling, walking and bird watching. It is also very central for exploring the area by car, train or bus including Exeter, Powderham, Starcross, Cockwood, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Holcombe, Teignmouth, Shaldon, Newton Abbot, The Teign Valley and Dartmoor. Alternatively, you may be on business and welcome an alternative to the national hotel chains.Alternatively, you may be on business and welcome an alternative to the national hotel chains. We are only 25 minutes by car and even less by train from Exeter. If you want to simply get away for a while and relax Lyme Bay House has a comfortable Lounge and Reception area where you are welcome to relax and read or watch the 42” Flat Screen TV. We also have a Fully Licensed Bar. Lyme Bay House has its own on-site Car Park with a space for every room at no additional charge. We also offer free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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