My partner and I stayed Collaven for 3 nights a few weeks ago, and we couldn't have had a lovelier stay. We'd chosen the room to stay in after viewing the pictures on line, and it was even nicer than the picture showed. We had thought we would find local pubs to eat at in the evenings, however after eating in the hotel on our first night (at short notice to them after telling them we wouldn't be dining in) we decided to eat in for all 3 evenings of our stay. The food was delicious, all cooked in-house by Jane. A different menu each evening, but all with enough variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian food, for all courses. The best food I've had in a hotel ever. As this is a small hotel (just 8 guest rooms) and our stay was mid week outside of summer holidays, the dining room only had 1 or 2 other guests dining, which meant very little atmosphere, so not ideal for guests who want more than a quiet dinner. The background music was the perfect choice for such a setting, but could have been played slightly louder as we did find ourselves talking at almost a whisper so that the other diners wouldn't hear our conversations. The lights could also have been dimmed more, which we took the liberty to do ourselves one night! Prices weren't cheap, but the quality and taste of the food made it worth paying more than a local pub would possibly have cost. Breakfasts (included in the cost of the nights stay) were very good too, good portions and perfectly cooked. My only moan here would be about the coffee - filter coffee, which wasn't hot enough for the first cup from the pot we were given, let alone a second. Service from Jeff and Jane (who wasn't Jeff's wife but we think an employee) was first class at all times, very friendly and accommodating. The house was beatifully kept, and again the pictures online didn't do it justice, it was more charming than the picures showed. The room and bathroom were clean, spacious, and looked after. Excellent location for a base stay, we visited several other towns / villages over the 4 days (Bude, Clovelly, Dartmoor, Woolocombe plus others). Overall a wonderful stay, and highly recommended for couples wanting to stay in a country-house hotel.
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