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“Probably the best B&B we've stayed in” 5 of 5 stars
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Westwood
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Torrs Park, Ilfracombe EX34 8AZ, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 48 Ilfracombe B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
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“Probably the best B&B we've stayed in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

We were booked into the Westwood when the ceiling in our bathroom at the Elmfield fell through and I didn't believe that a B&B could match up to a boutique hotel. How wrong i was! The Westwood is a gem, Beautifully decorated, with amazing art and carefully chosen furniture. We had a Corbusier chaise and a Barcelona chair in our room, from which we could overlook the whole town through a massive bay window. The bed was a dream, it felt like we were floating off to sleep and the bathroom was enormous, topped off with a roll-top bath. Helen kindly booked La Gendarmerie which was an easy 15 minute walk away and very lovely food. The next morning we still demolished a lovely breakfast as we watched horizontal rain and gale force 7 winds zip past the windows. We had been booked on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy, but became evacuees for the second time this weekend. Helen came to the rescue once again, lending us her lovely labs, Oswald and Charlie to walk on the cliff tops. We're definitely looking forward to coming back again soon.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham
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17 hotel reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Staying here is a truly delightful experience. Helen’s friendly welcome (and pot of tea!) makes you feel at home straight away.

The rooms have a unique contemporary elegance and every effort is made to make them as comfortable as possible. The real difference is in the small details, whether it’s the L’Occitane toiletries, cafetiere coffee or DVD player in the rooms.

The delicious cooked-to-order breakfasts, served in the stylish dining room, will set you up perfectly for the day. And the Westwood is perfectly located for whatever you want to do in and around Ilfracombe. An added bonus is the easy access to the coastal path behind the guest house: within a matter of minutes you’ll discover glorious sea views.

What makes the Westwood so special is Helen’s wonderful hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble and she happily recommends things to do that I’m sure you won’t find in the guidebooks.

I tried to think of something negative to say about our stay. The only thing I could come up with was that we didn’t stay an extra day. Definitely worth a return visit.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

I booked a night away as a surprise for my boyfriend. Helen was absolutely great -she was welcoming yet discrete, allowing us to have time to ourselves but always available to make suggestions. She has thought of everything -and it shows. The fluffy white towels and white robes made this B&B feel like a cosy luxury hotel: the best of all worlds! We stayed in Room One as it had been recommended and it did not disappoint. We will be back! Many thanks Helen!

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

We had a most enjoyable stay at the Westwood. We had the largest room in the bed and breakfast which was exceptional and tastefully decorated with some lovely pieces of furniture. Luxuriously comfortable with great views over Ilfracombe and we didn't want to leave! Helen made us very welcome and served a great breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Even before we arrived we knew we had made the right choice - Helen was very helpful in recommending a nearby Spa and making a restaurant booking for the night of our arrival. Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted, when we got to the master bedroom (Room 1) it was absolutely massive (the pictures don't do it justice).

The hotel itself is ideally located on the West side of Ilfracombe - 5 minutes walk from costal paths with stunning views but still within a 10 minute stroll to the town centre and some excellent restaurants (highly recommend La Gendarmerie).

Breakfast was quite flexible, served up until 9:30am on weekends, with around 6 hot choices (including vegetarian options) in addition to cereal and fresh fruit. We found them to be very tasty.

Overall excellent all round, would definately recommend.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

This B&B is lovely, with good decor and welcoming owners. You are a short walk to the coast line which can take you all the way round the Devon coast, including Woolacombe and others. You are also a short walk from the town of Illfracombe which has some nice restaurants. The town is especially nice out of season.
On arrival, we were given champagne to apologise for scaffolding on the outside of the premises, which wasn't even noticeable within the rooms. There is also a nice roll top bathroom available to relax in after a busy day walking. Also, breakfast was delicious with locally sourced meat.
I would really recommend this B&B

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London
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7 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

Westwood is a fantastic place to stay. The house is stunning and has been showered with genuine style and affection. The location is perfect for coastal walks and only a short hop from the town. Helen is an excellent host and cooks a smashing breakfast.

100% recommended - we shall return !

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Additional Information about Westwood

Address: Torrs Park, Ilfracombe EX34 8AZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westwood 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Victorian Splendor with a modern luxurious and contemporary feel. ... more   less 
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