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Fingals Boutique B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Dittisham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ealing, London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“quirky but overpriced”
Reviewed 24 April 2009

Overpriced but quite nice. Room was good, bed was very comfortable but the bathroom very small and generally, could have been cleaner. No good toiletries as stated in brochure. 3 course dinner and not 4 as stated and food whilst the mains were good, (venison, duck) the puds were average. Didn't taste home made, they were tarts on both evenings eg: pear, treacle which could have been shop bought I am not sure about this.
Sheila snd Richard very nice people. The house could definitely do with some work (and cleaning). Location beautiful. Very nice overall but too expensive for what it is.
Would recommend to friends if they could do a deal on the price £150per night is steep.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Devon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2008

My partner and I stayed at Fingals recently and I just wanted to share with others our experience of this unique hotel near the pretty village of Dittisham, Devon. We found the owners, Richard and Sheila, very welcoming Our food was excellent, all locally sourced and organic the seabass was particularly good. The staff were friendly and attentive. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed lovely walks from the hotel. I was surprised to read a rather unpleasant personal review on this site and disagree with those comments. We enjoyed our stay and hope to go back

Stayed November 2008
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2 Thank dittisham
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 December 2008

I've been staying at Fingals every year since 1984. It's the best place I know in the UK to unwind and re-charge your batteries which is why, like many others, I return again and again. The setting is idyllic, the rooms comfortable, the owners charming and personable, the staff friendly, the dogs entertaining and the other guests, with whom you can choose to spend time if you like, almost always interesting. Over the years I've slept in every single room, each with it's own character. On one over-booked summer weekend I ended up in a delightfully converted chicken shed with quacking racing ducks and hens chasing each other under the floor beneath my bed and loved it. The Fingals style is laid back and not for the clock-driven or stuffy perfectionists. It's for people who work hard all week and want to relax, enjoy good food, convivial drinks, lively conversation, walks in the beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel, excursions to nearby Totnes and Dartmouth, a swim in the pool and a good night's sleep. I'm always delighted to re-meet other returning guests who happen to have booked the same weekend. Some of them were children when I first met them and are now adults with their own families. No two visits are ever the same and many are truly memorable. I would feel bereft if Fingals ever changed hands or closed - it has become like a second home.

  • Liked — relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous setting, delightful people
  • Disliked — mud when it rains
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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1 Thank FennelDog
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kent
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2008

Fingals Hotel is in a wonderful situation, the staff are fabulous and quirky as is the whole place, and the food wonderful.
We really enjoyed the communal dining and met some charming and interesting people.
The whole place is a bit mucky but thats part of its charm,.Whilst I was there Sheila had the hump,possibly because Richard spent far to much time trying to ingratiate himself with a resident minor celebrity of the pneumatic variety, totally ignoring all the other guests which did not go unnoticed by all concerned.
Fingals could be a truly wonderful hotel,but to achieve this the owners would need to have some retraining in customer service skills.

  • Liked — location and general ambiance
  • Disliked — arrogant and disinterested owners
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank swimmerKent
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Worcester, UK
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2008

After some very helpful initial contacts and a mystery trip through some South Devon lanes, by following the directions we found Fingals without a hitch. It is hidden away in a peaceful valley some way from the nearest village.

First impressions were of a property being managed on a shoe-string. It first opened 28 years ago and is still not finished. Building work was continuing while we were there and there is still plenty to do. However the atmosphere was warm and friendly and we were treated well and considerately by all the staff.

A choice of rooms was offered and we settled on the newly, nearly finished 'Stream Room'. It was very well appointed with a luxury bed, a very comfortable sofa, a high quality sound system that ran from an iPod and a 28 or 32" flat screen Sony TV. Unfortunately the room suffered from cluster flies. Now the fact that we have these at home and know how hard they are to eliminate made us tolerant of their presence, others may nor be so understanding. The room was large, large enough for the double ended bath to be situated against some little windows with a view out to the stream below. Very romantic. Unfortunately, being stuck under the eaves with both managed to bash our heads when turning the taps on and when standing up to get out of the bath. The double ended style was an invitation to bathe together. It was only as I attempted to join my wife that we realised it was rather too small and that the side mounted tap projected so far over the bath that we needed to contort like a pair of circus performers just to share the experience - once was enough. Still, it was possible to watch the TV from the bath and with a glass of champagne it was an unusual luxury. The floor around the bath was warmed by underfloor heating, a welcome touch of luxury which unfortunately was not installed in the separate, unheated shower room and w.c. The shower had a huge overhead spray that threatened to wash one away, what a pity then that it seemed impossible to get any hot water through it and no shower caps were provided. It was also a shame that we had to pick a path through the cobbled, poorly lit and rather muddy ( it was a very wet weekend) back yard to gain access to this room.

The public rooms were equally mixed. The two dining rooms were comfortable furnished with a mixture of 'veteran' and semi antique furniture, there was plenty of space although the promised, extended table for communal dining appeared to have been booked by another group. The food was unadorned but of high quality, my fillet steak was beautifully cooked as was my wife's duck breast. Cooked English breakfast was equally good. Even the hotel dog wanted to come and share it. The lounge was comfortably furnished with three good sofas and a huge log fire. What a pity that the fire didn't seem to have been dusted in a month - a two minute job that would have created a better impression as would having filled in the three holes between the slate(?) slabs on the lounge floor. One of them was almost large enough to twist an ankle in. We didn't use the library or the 'Home Cinema' (which could have seated seven at a pinch). Both looked comfortable and well furnished.

Neither did we make use of the swimming pool having forgotten to pack swimming gear. However, with a water temperature of 30C we would have been in like a shot. The pool room was a bit restricted, a good deal of the space being taking by a huge climbing plant, walking round the pool one was in constant danger of missed footing and tumbling in.

All in all, as the owners claim, the atmosphere is more like visiting friends in their remote country house than staying in a classy , country house hotel. The staff were great, the atmosphere relaxed and casual, the facilities 'interesting' and the situation delightful. Take your choice, some people will hate it and consider in excessively expensive, for others (including us) it provided the refreshing, relaxing break we craved.

  • Liked — Staff, food, the eclectic, eccentric atmosphere
  • Disliked — The unfinished nature of just about everything.
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank RonShav
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Dartmouth
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2008

My 70th birthday lunch and stay for me and family was made memorable by the owners Richard and Sheila and the staff of the hotel. The perfect sunny day helped to make the al fresco lunch even more special.
Andras Kaldor

  • Liked — the room furnishings are all different, unique
  • Disliked — the old floorboard in the passage creek
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank Bandikam
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Weeford
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2008

Booked room 5 back in May for our wedding anniversary at the end of August. Upon arrival hotel was full with apparently, regulars who must have been given our room as we were placed in room 10. The room was smelly, dark and in desperate need of redecoration. Yes this place is relaxing if your not surrounded by obnoxious kids from London, but its not an excuse to charge top rates for what is a very scruffy, rundown hotel. Will and staff were helpful and food was great, but those are the only good points.

Stayed August 2008
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2 Thank Taylor138
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 30 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. ... more   less 
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Fingals Boutique B&B Dittisham, Devon

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