Located at the top of the headland between the two main beach areas in Paignton, Sonachan House is well positioned for those wanting the 'family' appeal of Paignton Sands, or the slightly slower atmosphere at Goodrington Sands. It's a great base for touring the area, but you need to be aware that if you want to tour west of Dartmouth then you'll have to either take the vehicle ferry across the River Dart at Dartmouth, or drive around the estuary via Totnes. Parking is in marked bays behind the house up a short, steepish driveway. Not a problem unless you are exceptionally nervous. (If you are a nervous driver then beware the very narrow twisty roads off every main road in this area!! Quite challenging if you are not used to them.) Adjacent to the car park was a very pleasant decked area which was illuminated at night.
We received a wonderfully warm welcome on our arrival and were offered tea or coffee and provided with hints and tips about where to go and where to eat before being shown to our room. Room 10 is on the top floor and may be a bit of a struggle for the infirm, but the view over Torbay from the large window was very impressive. (There are plenty of other rooms on lower floors.) The room was spotlessly clean and decorated in a light but traditional style. A flat-screen TV, two easy-chairs, tea/coffee making facilities, plenty of drawers, a wardrobe and complimentary fizzy and still mineral waters were all provided. The bed was soft, but comfortable, with all the linen and pillows smelling fresh and clean. The shower room was small, but more than adequate. It contained a modern electric shower in a pristine enclosure, basin and toilet. All were spotlessly clean. The shower took some time to drain when in use, but this was no inconvenience. Small bottles of shampoo, shower-gel and hand-cream were to hand. Breakfast is served only between 8.30am and 9.00am, but this limited time proved to be absolutely fine. All B & Bs have similar arrangements. The breakfast menu ran to two pages and included the standard 'Full English' which really set you up for the day. You could have all sorts of variations including an egg on toasted muffin with sauce, toast, cereals and home-made marmalades. This was all served in a light and airy dining room which was just starting to show signs of regular use in one or two places, although again it was very clean and tidy. Service was with a genuine smile! In the corner of the dining room was a small bar from which the owner served a range of drinks in the evening. There appeared to be a lounge area, but we were always out and never used it, so cannot comment. We ate at 'TJs' overlooking the harbour on two of our four evenings. This is 10/15 minutes walk from Sonachan House. They serve tapas and more substantial meals from a building which looks very plain indeed from the outside. However, the atmosphere was very friendly, the food was lovely and the view on a warm evening over the harbour from the veranda , with Torbay beyond, is very relaxing. In summary, you'd be hard-pushed to be disappointed with Sonachan House. The owners take real pride in what they are doing. Their Trip Advisor score is displayed prominently at Reception, along with a variety of awards. The rooms contain 'Feedback' forms for completion at the end of your stay. A lovely four days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small, friendly, licensed Guest House ideally situated for the numerous attractions of Paignton, including the beach, pier, multiplex cinema, crazy golf, harbour, the green, Torbay Leisure Centre and Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Goodrington beach is a short walk away where you will find Quaywest Water Park and many other water attractions. We have 9 en-suite bedrooms all of which have beverage tray, TV, clock radio & hairdryer. We have a bar where you can relax with a drink and/or join in the games and quizzes that we organize. Guests are welcome to enjoy our gardens where you can relax and take in the peace & quiet while you have a pot of tea or something stronger! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonachan House Paignton, Devon