Our room was fine- bed was comfortable and once the cockatoos had settled down for the night (which wasn't late or anything) we had a restful sleep. There was a handy little sofa in the room and pleasent views out of the window. Our bathroom, similarly, was clean and functional, although surprisingly hard for 2 people to shower together despite the massive cubicle. As for the 'huge, fluffy towels', I can only guess that the washing machine and tumble dryer were on the blink- our towels were normal size and distinctly unfluffy. Maybe its an energy-saving measure.
Claire was welcoming and helpful in giving us directions to a great place for supper (5 miles down the road- @ the Halfway Inn). The star of breakfast was the home-mixed muesli, which was great.
The rest of the house felt like a work in progress- outside was being dug up, inside were unfitted carpets and we weren't made to feel welcome to relax in the surroundings at all. Perhaps its just our tastes, but the restoration was only sympathetic in places- a beatiful stripped bannister rail, and lovely original doors but a place crying out for fab chandeliers was fitted with downlights all over. The free WiFi is great, but gave us the chance to check the Sir Walter Raleigh birthplace assertion which was a fact we were unable to verify (according to a number of sources we found, he was born about a mile away in Hayes Barton)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Syon Houe is a sympathetically restore Georgian house situated on a plateau on the edge of the picturesque village of East Budleigh near the coast in East Devon. It has unrivaled views down the Otter valley with distant sea views over Lyme Bay and Budleigh Salterton. It's 6 luxury bedrooms are all ensuite with the best quality bed linen and towels, toiletries and hot drink facilities. Syon is just 10 miles from the centre of Exeter and 8 miles from the M5. There are three beautiful golf courses within a few miles, Budleigh, Sidmouth and Woodbury Salterton. A set gourmet dinner is available as is tea. Pets are welcome at the owners disretion. Woodbury Common and the Otter valley is renowned for walking and bird watching. There are many attrations and beautiful shopping centres within close proximinity, namely, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Exeter and Exmouth. Sandy Park conference centre is 8 miles and Bicton Arena is 1 mile ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Syon House Hotel Budleigh Salterton, Devon