It was a sudden opportunity with two incentives: our great enjoyment - especially of the food - at Classic Lodges Hotels and here was their latest project; secondly, a very attractive discounted rate offered in their settling-in phase! It also suited us to be in the area for business.
Clearly the emphasis is upon Golf! Other attractions are plentiful: the spa and beautiful pool, the location so close to the sea and the pleasures of Lyme Regis and Sidmouth; there is a dedicated "museum" to Mansell and F1 within the hotel and a range of sports' facilities and Exeter is nearby. Club touring parties can be quite loud and lively in the dining area and that does not sit well with all guests but it made for a lively atmosphere and could be mitigated by timing when to dine. The 18-hole is barred to hackers and handicaps are required but the 9-hole is open to all. The lanscape/views make for a superb setting!
For us the service was first-rate and the food really excellent; the room was well appointed and comfortable and quiet but I thought the fee for wi-fi was excessive and did not choose to pay £5 for one hour! The gymn and pool area looked very up-to-date and well staffed but alas our stay was too short to sample it!
The only glitch - clearly unusual so I hesitate to make much of it beyond denting an otherwise excellent rating for staff services - was our disappointment to find that the promised early breakfast set for 7.00 a.m. to enable us to travel by 7.30 and which, we were assured, would be supported by accelerated check-out - was totally spoiled by the late arrival of the cook and a consequent departure at 8.05 leading to lateness for our first appointment of the day!
We are always impressed by Classic Lodges and this will, we feel, soon measure up to the others but if you are a competent golfer, this will be an excellent choice for weekend or even a longer holiday. My golf is not "there" yet, but we are keen to go again for all the other good things this hotel offers!
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