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“Our ideal escape” 5 of 5 stars
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Fore Street, Beer, Seaton EX12 3JL, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Beer B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Our ideal escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

As Martin & Shelley know, there's 2 things we can count on, Beer and Durham House. This was probably at least our 4th visit to Durham House as we usually try to escape ther at least 2 weekends a year. We are never disappointed. All the rooms are lovely, we are working our way through all of them! Breakfast in the new dining room is a good as ever, love the decor ( we have similar great taste) and we always feel that we leave the world behind just for a few days. It is just perfect for us. Happy memories and more to come! The Stantons.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Lisa S
Thank you so much for your great review.
It is lovely that you keep coming back to stay with us and still enjoy your visits. You are working your way through our rooms and it lovely that you have enjoyed all of them so far!
We are also pleased you like the new dining room which is now being photographed daily!
Shelley and I look forward to seeing you back at Durham House again soon.
Thanks again
Kind regards
Martin
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bedford, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

No one there on arrival but very clear and easy to follow instructions left (not sure why others seem to struggle with this!) and Martin did pop up to introduce himself on their return. Our room, number 6, was very clean and well decorated, bed was very comfortable and plenty of wardrobe/drawer space. Tea/coffee and even the biscuits were replenished after the first night. Bathroom was very nice with a good shower in a cubicle. Breakfast was good with plenty of choice and as we were in Beer for the Grizzly Martin offered to start breakfast at 7.30am instead of the normal 8.30am which was much appreciated. Stay included free car parking at the local car park which had plenty of space in March but I imagine would get busy in summer although there is another larger car park further up the hill. We ate out in both the Dolphin and the Spice Merchant and can recommend both. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear PlodderPete
First of all congratulations to Sue for her Grizzly run. I still can't get over how anyone can run that far in such conditions over such terrain! It really is a great event and one which Shelley and I love being involved with (on a very sedentary level of course!).It was very mean to sit and eat a full breakfast in front of her on race day though!
Grizzly is always a great weekend with fantastic atmosphere, the guests we receive are always such fun to host and there is a real buzz in the dining room on the day and a real sense of relief the morning after!
Thank you so much for leaving us such a great review we hope to see you both back here and running next year.
Kind regards
Martin
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was a lovley B&B, the place is immaculate and very welcoming, our room was cosy and freshly decorated, The breakfast was great, with good quality ingredients, will certainly be back, to visit again, only stayed one night but we felt really relaxed and chilled out when we left,

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear HeathrAngel48
Thank you for your lovely review. It is great that you enjoyed your stay with us so much and that you left feeling chilled and relaxed - even after only one night!
We look forward to welcoming you back to Durham House again in the future.
Thanks again
Martin and Shelley
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

A wonderful warm B&B! The dining room was gorgeous, didnt want the the breakfast to end! Perfect location! Wonderful Hosts! Perfect all round! We will be booking very soon for my son and partner! Great location for Devon!

Room Tip: Lovely stained bedroom window at the front!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Emma W
Thank you for leaving us such a great review. We are so pleased that you like the new dining room - the responses we are getting for it certainly seem to indicate that guests love to dine there. In fact the other morning we had trouble getting some to leave!
Thanks so much for coming back to stay with us - it was lovely to see you again and we look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards
Martin & Shelley
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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Another lovely visit to Beer and Durham House. Lovely rooms, both spotlessly clean and bright. The dining room looks lovely after being re-decorated as did other rooms - the girls particularly loved their room - room 9. We have stayed in many of the rooms at Durham and they are constantly being updated and refreshed so if you haven't visited for a while - check it out! The breakfast menu is always varied and yummy! Shelley and Martin are always the perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble - even one of the girls wanting warmer milk for the cereal (thank you!) We return time and time again as Durham is wonderful and Beer is a lovely, chill out place that we really relax and enjoy - no matter how many times we visit.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Inspectorboo
Thank you for continuing to come back to Durham House time and again. Shelley and I really appreciate you choosing to stay with us - not only that we absolutely love catching up with you all again. Thank you also for your lovely comments not only on the new refurbishments to the dining room but also on all the other aspects DH that we are continually trying to maintain and improve on.
We look forward to seeing you again soon
Regards
Martin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Just stayed here for 2 nights - nice little B&B in the centre of a gorgeous fishing village. Martin and Shelley were pleasant and friendly whilst giving us you own space. All as expected.

Cards are not accepted so not liking to deal in cash for larger sums we paid by cheque which seemed fine

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Graham T
Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review.
We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Although we do not take card payments we do try to let guests know this fact prior to arrival and hope this didn't cause you too much of a problem.
Shelley and I hope to see you again at Durham House.
Kind regards
Martin
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Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We arrived to find the proprietors very welcoming and helpful. I was particularly impressed with the parking arrangements. The room was clean and bright, with pleasant decor. Tea and coffee was regularly re-stocked as well as laundry and cleaning. The breakfast was superb and was the highlight of each morning, as well as a great start to the day!

One always has expectations of what to get for your money and these were surely exceeded! We have recommended this place to friends and would definitely return again as Beer and it's attractions were very pleasant indeed!

Thank you again to the proprietors Martin & Shelley and may we visit you again in the future.

Best regards

Leon & Rachael

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartandShell, Owner at Durham House, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear LeonT
It was fantastic that you and Rachel chose Durham House for your honeymoon and Shelley and I are so pleased that we were able to live up to your expectations.
Breakfast is a high priority of ours - trying to offer a good variety of tasty options, so it was great you enjoyed yours so much!
We hope married life is going well and look forward to seeing you back here in the future.
Thanks again
Kind regards
Martin
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Address: Fore Street, Beer, Seaton EX12 3JL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Seaton > Beer
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Beer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of the idyllic fishing village of Beer. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Durham House Beer, Devon

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