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“Pleasant stay in a lovely Arts & Crafts B&B”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Barn Hotel

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Barn Hotel
Ranked #11 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Swindon, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay in a lovely Arts & Crafts B&B”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

We enjoyed staying in our room at the top of the hotel with its lovely sea views. The room was comfortable & had all that we needed. The bathroom was adequate, but old fashioned. It was great to be able to bring our dog. The garden appeared somewhat neglected & the pool, we were told, not usable (what a shame in this lovely weather). Breakfast was fine, the usual Full English with variations. Staff were friendly & polite.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for a superior room with its great sea views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Very nice house with lovely gardens . An Arts and Crafts House unusually shaped , very lovely although not Arts and Crafts stye internally still nicely done. Rooms and garden had views of the sea and just a short walk to the beach.. Nice swimming pool (Although small) which was very welcome in the heat (so good to be able to write that) . Good breakfast , I thought of it more like an up market bed and breakfast than a hotel as there was no evening meal or room service and the bar was an honesty bar ( very relaxed). Would stay again without hesitation

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

A great find, fab quirky building, great location, comfy bed, friendly staff and great breakfast. Would definitely recommend to others - but agree feels more like an upmarket B&B xxx Amazing views across the estuary, a really ealxing stay - I didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Salford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

We stayed at The Barn for the sixth time this week, if you ar looking for a B&B in Exmouth area this will fit your bill. Clean, excellent surroundings, good breakfasts.Diffierent rooms with great views. Well worth a stay!

Room Tip: Number six would be the one,even though we missed out this time!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

We stayed in January 2012 (despite what it says below) and we chose this hotel due to its great location and large room and it did not disappoint. The hotel and grounds are very quirky which adds to its character, the room we had was large with a sofa and overlooked the garden. It was quiet and we found the staff very welcoming and friendly. They recommended the restaurant Les Saveurs to eat at and it was amazing so I recommend also. The beech is a 5 minute walk away and the town a quick taxi ride. The breakfast is basic but good all the same and yes a little tlc would help but it shouldn't put you off staying there as it was well we equipped and clean. I recommend.

Room Tip: Go for the biggest room!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

The building and gardens are lovely but all is in need of some TLC. The pool was clean and recently re-lined, but the path and gardens were covered in weeds which was such a shame as the garden could really be amazing!
The room was named superior, but the bathroom was VERY disappointing. The corner of our bath panel was cracked and the tile near the sink/pipes was broken. I can tell the new owners are attempting to do it up, but for the £129 per night it's not cutting it yet.
The 1 hour window for breakfast between 8 and 9 is a huge disappointment and smacks of B & B not hotel. The staff were all very friendly and the waitress was lovely but she was clearly rushed off her feet to serve all tables in the hour.
I think this hotel will be the best in Exmouth one day, but for now... view it as a 3 star B & B with lovely staff and the potential to be amazing.
PS The crisp white bedlinen was spotless, as were the towels.

Room Tip: Sea view a must!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

This is our 2nd or 3rd stay at the Barn over the years and its always OK and Convenient. Its a B&B , not a hotel and as a B&B its perfectly OK ... although it sits at the top end of the price range for me. Good points - Room was fine , might be a bit chilly in the winter as the windows are single glazed and pretty old. Beds, 2 small singles - quite comfy , duvet and duvet cover have cetrainly seen some wear.
Breakfast is pretty good / adequate ... Juices are all out of Cartons, Grapfruit and prunes from a tin (nothing fresh) Cooked food was to order and done quite well. Biggest problem was that breakfast was only between 8 am and 9 am ... which is not very welcoming nor convenient if your on holiday and want to lie in.

On the downside - the hotel needs investment and upgrading .. the bathrooms especially are just not 4 star .. in fact they struggle to make 3 star rating -- Tired and in need of redoing. An Incredibily noisy fan in the bathroom was dreadful and ran on after the light was switched off ..Put that on in the middle of the night and you'd wake the whole hotel !!

Garden is begining to look a bit uncared for and the swimming pool does not look even vaguely enticing.

One area of slight discontent was that the owners have created their own garden area now .. a fenced off "Private" .. a main lawn with wooden raised deck equipped with top quality sunloungers, swings and tables etc .. all very impressive looking .....But its not for guests ! :-(
Compare this with the equipment left out for guests and it feels a bit "Us and them" .. I would have thought that the business and the guests came 1st

When the rooms and the general ambiance recieve some TLC .. This could be a really decent "Hotel" and could attain 4stars .. But to do so it will need to focus on the guests and their needs, at the moment it feels as if its being run with minimum effort from the Owners and run to suit them ... not the paying guest.... So , as it is ... Its a convenient , but overpriced, 2-3 star B&B

Room Tip: Ask for a Superior room with Sea view and make sure it does have a shower - some rooms dor not
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Barn Hotel

Property: Barn Hotel
Address: Foxholes Hill, Exmouth EX8 2DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 11 Hotels in Exmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Barn Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Barn Hotel Exmouth, Devon

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