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“A place to chill +++” 4 of 5 stars
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Fingals Boutique B&B
Coombe Manor Farm, Dittisham, Dartmouth TQ6 0JA, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dittisham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A place to chill +++”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We last stayed here 12 years ago. We loved it then for its informality. Fortunately little has changed. It is more like staying in someone else's home than most hotels. No fawning staff here! Our room was very comfortable. The evening meal on the one night available offered several choices of starter, but only one main course, so seemed slightly over-priced.
We have already booked to come back later in the year with a group of friends as it is ideal for such.

Room Tip: We had the four poster room at the front of the house which overlooks the garden.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Hello David, How lovely it was to see you both again and we're so pleased that you've chosen Fingals for your walking holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in November and hope that you get some good weather - but better bring your wellies just in case!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Hotel in an out of the way location. Very casual approach which makes for a relaxing stay but fraught booking experience.
Rooms were large, clean, interesting and comfortable. The hotel tries for a country house party approach and this works well but obviously includes shared tables, young children and dogs running around. If you don't like this or want more privacy then there are other options. Despite this, service is extremely good.
Good choice of wine, beer is bottled with no knowledge about how to keep it, what to chill etc. Food is sometimes excellent but at the same time we had cold mashed potato and raw broccoli - so best described as variable.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Fingals. You are quite right, we do try for a casual rather than a formal approach to our guests and therefore there is generally a fairly relaxed atmosphere here. I will pass on your lovely remarks about service to our staff - they will be delighted and I hope that we can give you a smoother ride with your next booking.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This is not your average country house hotel; an extraordinary jumble of buildings and rooms with an old farm extended and re-extended, in lovely surroundings deep in the Devon countryside, the rooms all furnished with taste, all very comfortable. The owners, Richard and Sheila, make you feel you are guests in their private house. Dogs wander around, you help yourself from the bar, they light a fire on a May evening because it feels a bit chilly, the food is excellent fresh local produce very well cooked. This is a lovely relaxing experience - and we fortunately did not have any harridans on a hen party so very quiet. To be recommended.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Thank you for your lovely words and recommendation. There is nothing nicer than a cosy fire in winter but if spring demands the same we're happy to oblige! We would love to see you again if you are ever back in Devon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I and our 2 children (aged 6 and 3) spent 2 nights at Fingals. When booking Richard advised we stayed in The Folly as we said we wanted a restful time. What a choice! We not only LOVED the hotel for its unique charm and friendly vibe but we really appreciated the Folly. With the children in bed early it was lovely to be able to enjoy the self catering accommodation (as well as the multiple balconies in the Folly) Fingals is a truly beautiful Hotel in a magnifient location. The gardens are beautiful. The food (even the shortbread with afternoon tea) was fantastic, the breakfast enormous! The pool, the tennis court and the games room were all utilised by our family and were of a high standard. It's not a square sterile box of a Hotel for certain, and not for everyone BUT it is our kind of Hotel. We will definitely be back to Fingals.

Room Tip: The folly is amazing for families....
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Oh we're so pleased that you say you will be back we and look forward to it. We're also thrilled that The Folly fulfilled your expectations and gave you the escape you were seeking, you fitted right in!
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Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Fingals Hotel in Dittisham describes itself as ‘unusual.’ It certainly lives up to its description and its excellent reputation. Set in an ideal location just out of the village, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. The hotel itself exudes homeliness and friendliness from the cosy bar to the comfortable lounge and the various dining rooms. The food is first class and the furnishings are fascinating with all manner of intriguing pictures, ornaments, bric-a-brac, maps, guide books and magazines at hand. The bedrooms are excellent and have great character. The bedroom my wife and I stayed in was quite something. Situated above the gym, with a veranda overlooking an idyllic stream, the room was the equal of any I have stayed in anywhere in the world. The exposed beams, the bath in the corner and the shower room created a one-room en suite bedroom that was both unique and outstanding. There are all manner of different short-and-long-distance scenic walks from the hotel, and from Dittisham village you can take a water taxi downstream to the ancient and interesting town of Dartmouth. There’s also the intriguing old market town of Totnes within a short drive and the beaches of Blackpool, Torcross plus the sailing mecca of Salcombe on your doorstep. Fingals really does have everything for everyone but its greatest asset is its hoteliers, Richard and Sheila Johnston. They are both wonderful personalities with a mine of information about the local area. They couldn’t have made us more welcome. We highly recommend Fingals to anyone who enjoys something different and unusual. My wife and I will be back down to Fingals at Dittisham at the next available opportunity.
Mike Gallemore, Publisher and former Fleet Street Editor.

Room Tip: Ask to stay in the bedroom above the gym, next to the stream. It's unique and outstanding
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
What a delightful weekend that was - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about it here. We'd love to continue our rambling conversations and ideas just as soon as you can escape the real world again!
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My family organised a trip away to Fingals for my recent birthday celebrations, we first came here about 17 years ago with our then small children, so it was wonderful to return with my grand children who were welcomed with open arms, as were the dogs.
The hotel is unique, we spent two afternoons in the garden with no one else around, and the dogs and children had a wonderful time chasing each other round the lawns.
The self catering barn gave us space to relax in the evening and we always felt hugely at home and consequently felt completely chilled.
The two dinners that we ate in the restaurant were absolutely delicious and fantastic value for money, and very importantly the bed was huge and very comfortable.
This place is like no other i've visited, it is so calm and relaxed, it is hidden away in a deep valley adjacent to a tumbling steam with beautiful gardens. Please don't expect waiters on the terrace serving drinks you are trusted to serve yourself. This is no place for a hen party,it is where you come after a hen party to recover.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Fingals just loves celebrating - and when people remember us and bring their families for the occasion it is wonderful. The younger element seemed to think they were on an adventure the whole time and that was a joy to see! Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to the next birthday!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Anne and I spent 3 nights at Fingals to celebrate her birthday towards the end of April along with our two Cavalier King Charles who were made so welcome. Our dogs were able to sit by our chairs at breakfast and dinner - thank you. Upon arrival at 5.30pm, we were warmly welcomed by Richard and Sheila and provided with complimentary tea and cakes. We stayed in the Stream Room for 2 nights which was outstanding with a balcony overlooking the stream. You could relax in the bath in the bedroom with the windows open listening to the stream. The mattress was the most comfortable we have ever encountered. The room was spotlessly clean. Bathrobes were provided.Breakfast was lovely and kept us going until the afternoon.

Fingals is a delightful place to unwind, put your feet up and read a book. There are many places to sit in such as the lounge, library and even the reception area never mind various spots in the gardens. On the third night we moved into one of the family rooms as we were joined by our two sons on the day of Anne's birthday. We had dinner at Fingals on the evening of Anne's birthday and at the end they brought out a piece of cake with what can be best described as a firework - fantastic!

Whilst their we were shown around The Folly which is a self catering unit - wow!

The whole place is quintessentially English and we will definitely return. Thank you to Richard, Sheila and your staff - don't change a thing.

Regards

Alan Hope

Room Tip: The Stream Room has to be experienced - perfection in every way
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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FenSouthWest, Public Relations Manager at Fingals Boutique B&B, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Thank you for these lovely words - we're always thrilled when people arrive and 'slow down' to Devon Time! Of course we had to celebrate the birthday with a bang! We look forward to your next visit - in The Folly this time?
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Address: Coombe Manor Farm, Dittisham, Dartmouth TQ6 0JA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmouth > Dittisham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dittisham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eccentric, quirky, unique, relaxed, different – Fingals is all of these and much, much more! A handsome Grade 2 listed Devon farmhouse which is mentioned in the Doomesday Book, Fingals has been family owned and run by Richard Johnston for the past 30 years. Richard has lovingly transformed the farmhouse into a luxurious country house hotel nestling in a tranquil Devon valley set back from the River Dart. As soon as you step through the front door you experience the warmth, relaxation and comfort which seems to hug you as you arrive! It is a home away from home. ... more   less 
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