We stayed at the Blue Ball Inn at Sidford for two nights in early June. It was a short break holiday for my husband and me. Before booking we tried to find a review on this website but drew a blank which I found surprising.
On entering Sidford, we spotted a pub where we had eaten on a previous visit, this turned out to be the Blue Ball Inn where we were staying. That previous meal, a Sunday roast, was enjoyable so we were off to a promising start.
It was around midday when we arrived and the inn was open. We parked our car in the large car park across the road from the inn and went in to register not expecting our room to be available. The original inn burnt down around five years ago and has been rebuilt at a cost of over two million pounds.
The inn is on a busy main road so traffic noise must be expected although the bedrooms have secondary double glazing. As our room was ready a member of staff showed us up the stairs to our bedroom. We were in Trow View room number 1. As it was double aspect it was beautifully light, decorated in complimentary colours of beige and brown, individual dark wood wardrobe and chest of drawers, a large metal bedstead, the usual tv and hostess tray, a spare blanket, arm chair and table. The en suite shower room was, like the bedroom, spotlessly clean, a range of complimentary products, endless supply of hot water, pleasantly tiled and the chrome furnishing sparkled. Both bedroom and shower room were decorated in empathy with an old inn using individual pieces of furniture not the typical hotel offerings but with a modern touch and high standard.
We were shown the residents lounge, a nice touch as it had a fridge containing fresh milk and bottles of sparkling and still water. A number of small jugs were available to take milk to your room.
We ate in the inn on both evenings and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Unusually in today’s economic climate the restaurant was very busy on both evenings and booking a table is advisable to avoid disappointment.
Breakfast both mornings was excellent with a range of fresh fruit, yogurts, fruit juice, cereals and a cooked offering. The toast was hand cut not pre-sliced bread. Although we did not partake in the cooked breakfast it looked and smelt very appealing and we heard other guests commenting favourably. Daily papers were also available for guests to read.
There is a large garden with seating areas which can be accessed through the bar.
We have recently started staying in local inns and non-chain hotels if possible to enjoy the individuality they offer, some have been successful others have not, the Blue Ball at Sidford is the best we have stayed at so far. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we thought the Blue Ball was fantastic and will most definitely return.
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