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Fingals Boutique B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Dittisham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2013

In a way I feel that I am being unfair in assessing Fingals as average, because it offers many activities, the rooms, or our rooms, were spacious and comfortable and they do strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. But there were so many little things that they could and should do, or should have done, that took it from superb down to average/good. One small example was that in our room, the bathroom had been recently refurbished, but there was no shower and unfortunately one of the problems of ageing can be the inability to get out of a bath easily.

If you want to get away from it all, then Fingals may well be the place for you. Located after a series of tiny, narrow lanes some of them only slightly better than a dirt track, this hotel is surrounded by gentle hills on which sheep and cows peacefully graze. For good or ill, it is doubtful that you will get a mobile signal here.
The place is run by a couple, Richard & Sheila, who appear to make a virtue out of being laid back, but for me they were so far laid back that their guests' well being and general happiness was of secondary importance. We were there when the place was full, but Richard's Jeep took up one of the very limited parking places, which resulted in one guest having to park in a neighbouring property. They also have two dogs, which on two of the nights we were there, were put outside so that they barked regularly for about an hour around 10.00 pm when children were trying to sleep.
The hotel is so isolated that ideally one would eat in at night, but the dinner option only allowed for a three course meal at a cost of £32.00 a person (the Gordon Ramsay three course lunch at Claridges costs £30.00) . We thought that this was expensive, particularly as you were asked a breakfast whether you would be eating in and, I understood that you had to tell them in advance what you wanted from the menu.
We did not try their dinner for three main reasons. The first was that we thought it over priced. The second was that we do not like dogs around us when we are eating nor do we frequent restaurants that allow dogs into their kitchens, but at Fingals their dogs are allowed into the restaurant and the kitchen, while dogs belonging to other guests are permitted to roam untethered in the restaurant. The third and final reason was that of the three mornings we had breakfast there, not once did they manage to provide our party with what we had ordered and on two of those three mornings the croissants and the sausages were burnt. If they were incapable of cooking breakfast correctly why did they expect us to dine there?

Clearly I am in a minority in that the majority of reviews put it in the 'Excellent' category, so try it for yourself I am sure you will enjoy your stay as, indeed, we did. Nevertheless, for £190.00 a night B & B my wife and I expected more.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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FenSouthWest, Owner at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2013

As this review and the one above are from the same family we would like to take the time to thank you for your review of Fingals and for the lovely comments you make about the gardens and all our facilities.
We are sorry you did not feel that we spent enough time looking after the guests but we can assure you that in fact we spend every minute of our working day which is from 7.30am until midnight or later looking after the hotel, the guests, the office, the restaurant and everything else!
With regard to the kitchen – animals are NEVER allowed in; from the front door they go through the little lobby into the sitting room, or from the bar into the office and NOT through the kitchen, you may have thought you saw them near the kitchen but you would NOT have seen them in there. Our dogs do bark occasionally and we are sorry for that but they never bark at night.
I am sure you would have enjoyed a dinner here – referring to a previous review “The evenings were spent sitting in front of the fire and we had two truly outstanding meals cooked by Richard which were 'second to none'. We will be back.” The other three-generation family staying at the same time as yourselves ate in every night for a week as they were so impressed with the menus. We are happy for our guests to use the very good local restaurants, as the dinner at £30 + VAT including 3 courses coffee and service is, contrary to your remarks, a loss leader where we provide the service for our guests who do not wish to drive. You only have to look at the cost of premium food like fillet steaks and turbot which we use and the cost of staff (a chef is minimum £10 per hour) and the fact that ALL of the VAT goes to the Exchequer.
I do trust that you all enjoyed your break here and wish you all the best for your future holidays together.

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Reviewed 20 May 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want to relax. The place is very laid back and the owners are happy for you to treat it as your own home from home. Breakfast starts at 9am! There's nothing formal about this place, just a great location, relaxed atmosphere and nice place to stay.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2013

Karen we're delighted that we hit the spot and would love to have you back to stay at Fingals any time.

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Reviewed 13 May 2013

we stayed here with another family three years ago, and i'm STILL thinking about it and wondering if i will ever find another hotel quite like it. such a memorable experience. the ethos is totally laid back... excellent food, cool swimming pool, honesty bar, fantastic location. everything about it was perfect. the rooms strike just the right balance between luxury and comfortable (antiques and perfectly white crisp sheets). staff was friendly and accommodating. simply superb. i've stayed in a range of hotels, from the four seasons to holiday inn, from huge resorts to intimate B&B's... but something about this place sets it apart. it's really magical and genuinely laissez-faire but still manages to be top quality. i don't know how they do it.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2013

Hello - what a wonderful review - thank you so much - you have described exactly what we try to provide for our guests. Very best wishes and look forward to seeing you again any time.

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We stayed in December, a group of us of all ages and had a brilliant time. The owners are naturally welcoming and create a homely atmosphere in a very pretty little hotel. There are fires going, books and magazines to read, lots of sofas, sweet little bar and so much of interest, including some great art on the walls. Super-comfy beds - ours was ViSpring - tons of hot water, all v cosy and warm. It's a place to meet people, to mix, to hang out, a place for all weathers and for all ages. Thank you Richard and Sheila - you do a brilliant job and I know why so many people love it here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

We stayed here in late September for a weekend and had a wonderful time. we had an incredibly warm welcome and were very well looked after. The breakfast was huge and delicious. The atmosphere enormously relaxing and totally un-corporate and hence very refreshing. If you are expecting branded goods and slick PR led "hospitality" this may not be the place for you. If you want to stay somewhere welcoming and relaxing here it is..

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

Given that Fingals is described as a peaceful haven of relaxation we were rather shocked and quite upset to discover a building site directly on the doorstep of our self-catering accommodation.

A roof construction was being carried out directly opposite which meant that we were subjected to drilling, banging and sawing on a daily basis, not conducive to the relaxation and peace we were seeking and expecting,or how the ambience is described on the website. We did voice our concerns and said we were not happy and the owners did apologise and agree to start at 10:00am instead of 9:00am. However the apology did not detract from the fact that not only did we have look out on to an eyesore, but we had three men on a roof who could look directly into our barn,whilst making one hell of a racket !!

Am I missing something here or would it not have been common courtesy to have warned us prior to our arrival, so we could have at least had the choice to find a more peaceful alternative??? I can't comprehend how this lack of consideration towards our comfort was deemed acceptable.

The builders appeared to also be staying at Fingals so clearly this project had been in the planning for a while. Surely it would be wise to close the establishment whilst building work is being carried out rather then take guest's money under false pretences.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

We have just returned from a perfect weekend at Fingals with friends. Everything from the gorgeous chocolate brownies on arrival to breakfast as we left was perfect, it all lived up to the promise of a home away from home, we will definitely be back. Thank you Richard & Sheila and Leaf the dog!!

Stayed: November 2012
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Additional Information about Fingals Boutique B&B

Address: Coombe Manor Farm, Dittisham, Dartmouth TQ6 0JA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmouth > Dittisham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Dittisham
Price Range: £93 - £253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eccentric, quirky, unique, relaxed, different - Fingals is all of these and much, much more! A handsome Grade 2 listed Devon farmhouse which is mentioned in the Doomesday Book, Fingals has been family owned and run by Richard Johnston for the past 34 years. Richard has lovingly transformed the farmhouse into a luxurious country house bed and breakfast with self-catering cottages nestling in a tranquil Devon valley set back from the River Dart. As soon as you step through the front door you experience the warmth, relaxation and comfort which seems to hug you as you arrive! It is a home away from home. Fingals offers 5 self catering units and 3 bed and breakfast rooms which share the facilities yet are all completely private. There is a heated swimming pool, grass tennis court, Games Room and Gym for all our guests to enjoy. ... more   less 
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