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“Fantastic for foodies” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 5 Colyford B&B and Inns
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“Fantastic for foodies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Beautifully decorated & well equipped rooms in a quiet village well located for touring the area. We stayed 3 nights (wedding at River Cottage HQ) & loved it. The breakfast specials were particularly good- cheese & herb cornbread, eggs benedict, smoked cheese rarebit - and Libby remembered my preference for green tea every morning (& put extra tea bags in the room for me, unasked, which was much appreciated!)

She & Simon also booked taxis & tables at local restaurants for us & were cheerful & charming at all times.

Rooms are stocked with Elemis products, & also a mini fridge with local juices & homemade treats (almond & lemon curd biscuits!). Simon made us a cuppa & chocolate brownies in the lounge when we arrived. There's also an attractive garden out the back, though the weather wasn't on our side for that.

Beds very comfortable (we stayed in room 7- King sized, en suite). The pub down the street did good food & Badger ales, & there's a post office opposite the B & B.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Hello and thank you for such a prompt review! Glad you all had a good weekend and such good weather on the wedding day at River Cottage HQ. Thanks for the comments on the little touches, we enjoy doing them. Maybe see you down this way in the future. Simon and Libby
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Hemel Hempstead
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in June and can only echo the well deserved excellent reviews from other guests.

The house, rooms, breakfast and service are wonderful - all organised by Simon and Libby who are lovely hosts. Faultless. We will be back - for a third visit.

  • Stayed June 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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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you P for the review and it was lovely to see you both again, its always nice when guests return!! Hope to see you next year. Simon and Libby
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We absolutely loved it here! A lovely welcome from the owner set us up for a lovely weekend.

Everything is so well thought out, there are wonderful touches in the bedroom like lovely local drinks & home made short bread. Beautiful products in the bathroom, lovely towels. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated, it's all very tastefully done.

The breakfast was absolutely beautiful. One of best breakfasts I've ever had in the UK.
I love the local products & that they tell you where everything has come from. The granola is incredible! And they offered me the recipe and put it in our room ready for us after our day out. I had the specials both days, smoked haddock rarebit & ham with eggs and home made baked beans. All the other breakfasts were so good. I can't recommend this b&b enough. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, this place is perfect!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you very much for the review and the time to write it. We are really happy that you like our local produce and that the breakfasts met your tastes! Simon and Libby
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

First time here and from the moment we arrived ( what a pleasant personal welcome) until we left after two nightsthe service was impeccable.
Room was of the highest standard and breakfast was just delicious.
Ome small point is that the rooms at the front suffer from a little traffic noise but Ok after10 pm and there are rooms at the side and back.
We will definitely return.
Well done !!

Room Tip: See main text but rooms at side or back are quieter
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your review and we both hope you are feeling better, did you get your round of golf in? Maybe see you next year!! Simon and Libby
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York, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We spent three nights here last week and from the minute we arrived the hospitality was exceptional. It was really lovely that we were met on arrival (it may seem a small thing but we have stayed in places where you wonder which door to use, or even if there's anyone in!). Then we were bowled over by the room and the facilities. It is difficult to add anything different to all the other excellent reviews so we would just echo every single thing the others have said. We must comment on the breakfast though because it was amazing, with so much choice; the best we've ever had anywhere. We would recommend Swan Hill House to anyone, but don't want to in case we can't get booked in again! (Seriously though we haven't stopped talking about it to everyone!) Rob and Lorraine, North Yorkshire

  • Stayed July 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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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, July 21, 2013
Hello L and R and thank you so much for the review! We are so happy that you both enjoyed your stay and had a some great weather at the same time. Say hello to York for me and hope to see you down this way again in the future. Simon and Libby
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8 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I realised that our last review from a few months ago was not put in, but wanted to say, yet again, your b and b is faultless and we would always stay here in preference to anywhere else in the area, whatever the star rating. At some point we would like to stay for a good few days to properly relax in the wonderful hospitality Libby and Simon offer, they do everything perfectly, even catering for special dietary requirements above and beyond what one would expect.

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  • Stayed May 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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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Hello, how are you.....Thank you for the lovely review and hope to see you again at some stage! You did write a review and it was in 2009 and so we did recieve it but great to have another. Regards Simon and Libby
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Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Stayed for one night with friends and wished we had been staying longer. Beautifully decorated spacious room with attractive period features. Room also housed a fridge thoughtfully stocked with water, juices and proper milk for teas and coffees. Afternoon tea offered in the guest lounge on arrival with delicious home made cake. Breakfast was amazing and the breakfast special an excellent idea. Especially liked the use of local produce.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you and your friends had a good night at RC HQ. Simon and Libby
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Address: Swan Hill Road, Colyford EX24 6QQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Colyford
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Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Colyford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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Swan Hill House Colyford, Devon

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