I've feel reluctant to leave this 'only average' review because I know the owner was very upset about their negative one...but tripadvisor will only be effective if users don't bottle out of the tricky ones, so...here goes: this isn't a beach house - it's a converted pvc home office - a very nice one and one with lovely views...but the website doesn't make it clear that it's not on the beach (I stupidly didn't look at Tripadvisor until we got back!). Having read the reviews I think to their credit that the owners have addressed some of the issues, but like others we found the policy of having to choose your breakfast the night before anything but relaxing. On the second morning we said 8.30 to 9.00 on the note and arrived dead on 8.30 to be greeted with a grumpy "I wasn't expecting you this early".
There were lovely touches - beautiful towels and bathrobes and Clarins toiletries and a gorgeous array of teas and coffee and yummy biscuits, and the view is absoloutely fantastic - but as others have commented, the blue vinyl floor is dated and tatty and the shower is minute - it simply isn't worth £115 a night for an off peak midweek.
There are notices and rules everywhere - don't leave the TV on stand by, Knock and wait (hardly welcoming), and by the second day we both felt we were a nuisance. I had arranged non feather pillows and found feather ones - they were changed but I was definately made to feel I was being a pain. We felt overlooked by the kitchen window -presumably the owners don't want to screen the deck because they would lose their view but even a simple moveable screen (one of those planters with trellice) would stop you feeling like you are 'on view'. The outside day bed and furniture were draped in covers weighed down by heavy stones - it all looked very unwelcoming.
If you do book, the Kings Arms in Georgham about 3 miles away is fantastic, great food, great welcome and great atmosphere - the recommended Chichester was dreary, expensive and serves very average food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning sea views fill every window of this small, family run B&B on the dramatic North Devon coast. A special place for honeymoons as well as a relaxing environment for all guests. Recommended as a Special Place to stay by Alastair Sawday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Victoria House Mortehoe, Devon