Henley Hotel

Henley Hotel

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#2 of 2 hotels in Bigbury-on-Sea
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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
Value
4.8
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HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, German
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Beach
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Room features
Bathrobes
Private beach
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms

Location

Folly Hill, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4AR England
Getting there
Car recommended
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Catherine Blake wrote a review Jul 2020
36 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just had the loveliest stay in this magical spot. The Henley is a comfortable and light filled Edwardian house sited on a cliff top overlooking Bigbury sands and the delta of the river Avon. The sea views are spectacular from every room. The bedrooms are all spacious and the beds are feather filled with crisp white linens. The hotel is run by a very hard working couple called Petra and Martin who manage to be about when you need help but never intrusive. Quite the magic trick ! Beach towels and dressing gowns were offered for a morning dip. There is a private beach just below the house which is a bit of a scramble down rocky steps but the work out helps you feel less guilty about scoffing a delicious full Devon breakfast. We had booked in for dinner and I can confirm that Martin is a very good chef. The menu was short and seasonal and everything we tried was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the crab salad and the sea bass. Portions were generous and puddings were a happy mix of fresh fruit salads or steamed puddings with custard. We were a group of four and all felt like the menu worked for all tastes and levels of greed !. It’s a complicated time for the hospitality industry but The Henley seem to be handling the new rules with style and grace. There were Perspex screens between dining tables and the choice to take breakfast outdoors on the sun terrace - which was lovely. The house is immaculately clean throughout ( all bathrooms and shared upholstery were steam cleaned daily) social distancing was handled elegantly and responsibly with a one way traffic system operating in and out of the house. I really wanted to write a review to reassure anyone who might be debating about whether or not to travel. Be reassured you will be safe, well looked after and happy at The Henley. It’s pretty perfect there !
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Jeremy A wrote a review Jun 2022
Bath16 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This small friendly hotel is an absolute gem and its hosts Martin and Petra go out of their way to provide their guests with an unforgettable experience. Upon arrival, you are greeted by Petra who immediately makes you feel at home by showing you to your room and offering you tea or coffee and homemade cake to be eaten out on the terrace overlooking the sea. The atmosphere is most relaxed with Casper, the family’s docile Labrador, wandering around the place. Our dual-aspect room was enormous having originally been two rooms which were converted by Martin into just one in order to provide every room with a sea view. One of the highlights of our stay were the excellent dinners and breakfasts. The meals cooked by Martin were consistently of the highest quality and beautifully presented with notable examples being a large monkfish fillet with a lobster sauce, a succulent fillet steak with a peppercorn sauce and three tender lamb cutlets with a perfect fondant potato. All the ingredients were sourced locally and the substantial breakfasts were equally as good. Our bedroom and bathroom were both very well-equipped and fresh milk was also provided as were a pair of binoculars and an interesting selection of books. It was virtually impossible to find anything negative to say about this most delightful hotel and it certainly exceeded our expectations in every way.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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T&G wrote a review Jul 2020
Sidcup, United Kingdom4 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a place ! Having recently stayed for 3 nights, my husband and I have only praise for this hotel. The welcome we received from Petra was warm and friendly and we were shown to a room with an amazing sea view. Every meal was delicious ( Martin is great Chef) and there is a good drinks selection. The hotel is close to the beach at Bigbury and there are some great walks nearby. During these Covid times all precautions are being used and we felt safe and at home. Sitting in the garden with a gin and tonic overlooking the tide coming into Bantham will live long in our memories. Brilliant!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Mandt1 wrote a review Sep 2020
Canterbury, United Kingdom58 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at The Henley Hotel 28 years ago and loved it so much we’ve always wanted to return. We were delighted to have this opportunity this year and loved it just as much. The hospitality offered by Petra and Martin is wonderful and breakfast is delicious. Evening meals are fantastic and not to be missed!!
They are very conscious of the Covid virus and have taken every precaution possible to make you feel relaxed and safe. The bedrooms are very comfortable with stunning sea views to wake up to. We look forward to the next opportunity to return.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms have beautiful sea views
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maisie80 wrote a review Sep 2020
West Sussex, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is such a special place. The stunning home, unbelievable location and incredible food would be enough to warrant a 5* review. What stands it apart even more are the personal touches and extra effort put in to make your stay extra special. There for my mums birthday, it was nothing at all for the owner Pitra to arrange a cake, decorated by her and her daughter to make my mum feel as special as possible. It really is a family affair here that strives to make you feel like an extended member of their family. Just beautiful, with lovely rooms, a private beach on bantham, and stunning views across to Burgh island. Just wonderful!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Barbara R wrote a review Sep 2020
18 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was recommended to us as we wanted to get away, somewhere not too far,(we live in West Dorset), during this Pandemic. It ticked every box.
Spotless rooms, magnificent views, exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts were amazing, (especially my porridge with a shot of Amaretto to start my day!) Sitting out on their terrace after a day of walking, with a pot of tea and slices of lemon cake, watching the sea and the paddle boarders, was a real tonic. The evening meal that Martin cooked was top class. This is a place we would not hesitate to recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: As far as we know, all rooms were excellent
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KirstinV0807 wrote a review Apr 2022
Haverhill, United Kingdom9 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent 2 fabulous nights on a DB&B basis. Everything about this stay was perfect! The accommodation is gorgeous with lots of thoughtful touches, examples being bath robes and heated towel rails. Martyn is an exceptional chef and the food was not only delicious but of a very high standard. Petra made us feel very spoilt and was always going out of her way to make sure that we were looked after.
Martyn, Petra and their team run this delightful establishment with warmth and hospitality that is often lacking in many places. We would thoroughly recommend that anyone staying in this area consider staying here- oh and the views are to die for!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are amazing !
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Mel and Lesley E wrote a review Mar 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from our second visit to the wonderful Henley Hotel. Our first was in swelteringly hot July 2022 and our second in wild and windy March 2023. The weather does not matter, what matters is the warm welcome and stunning location and comfortable rooms with spectacular views. The bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms look out over the beach and estuary and a short walk takes you onto the beach and over to Burgh Island when the tide is out. But none of that matters, we would stay in a dungeon if we were looked after by Petra and cooked for by Martyn, the only cook I would trust to cook fish apart from my husband. The food is 5* expertly cooked and beautifully presented. As we left we heard what was on the menu for that night and didn’t want to go home.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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StanNorthants wrote a review Jul 2021
Harringworth, United Kingdom134 contributions98 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Normally somewhere in the med for our holidays but for obvious reasons decided to stay in the U.K. this year.
Thank goodness because otherwise we would never have discovered this absolute gem of a small hotel.
The lovely greeting from Petra, our room with fantastic views and so well serviced everyday, the gourmet dinner dishes served up by Martyn (accompanied by Petras’ excellent home made rolls!) , the views from the decking and the garden…. I could go on but this should give you the idea that we couldn’t fault the place.
If there’s a better place to stay than this for a relaxing holiday in the U.K. we have yet to find it.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Keeping it a secret but our room had wonderful dual aspect views.
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rob_noble wrote a review Jun 2021
Surrey, United Kingdom17 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had our first post lockdown break at The Henley Hotel last week; what a gem! Petra's warm welcome started things well and it only got better; the room had a spectacular view across the estuary towards Bantham, then dinner was cooked by Martyn and was thoroughly delicious.

This married couple work as a great team to deliver a relaxing and delightful small hotel experience. Petra is on hand to make sure your every need is sorted and Martyn cooks with great, fresh, local produce to produce excellent meals (breakfast is fantastic and dinner is always a delight). He's particularly adept at cooking fish well, if crab tian or sea bream appear on the menu, grab it! The menu and wine list are both relatively short, but there's not a dud on either!

The only challenge is walking the beautiful coastal paths enough to work off breakfast and make room for dinner.

The Henley Hotel cannot be recommended highly enough. We'll be returning!
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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EJD84_13 asked a question Apr 2017
Halesowen, United Kingdom24 contributions25 helpful votes
Do you have any vacancies for a few days which include 9th June - our wrdding anniversary ?
Answer from EJD84_13
Halesowen, United Kingdom24 contributions25 helpful votes
Please let me know if a room is availabl
Answer from EJD84_13
Halesowen, United Kingdom24 contributions25 helpful votes
Hello I cannot get a reply to my question
minnytwo asked a question Sep 2014
Telford, United Kingdom47 contributions23 helpful votes
Are your bar and restaurant open to non-residents?
Answer from Martyn S
bideford1 helpful vote
Thank you for your enquiry, but we are not open to non-residents
Nicholas Gale wrote a tip May 4
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just come and enjoy"
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Hipposoft wrote a tip Sep 2023
12 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Local roads are rather narrow but that is normal for Devon. Fuel up as nearest petrol station is 6 miles away"
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sue s wrote a tip Oct 2022
Bridgwater, United Kingdom30 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you reserve your eve meals 48 hours before"
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georgegooders wrote a tip Jul 2022
Norwich, United Kingdom22 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early, to ensure you get in"
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KirstinV0807 wrote a tip Apr 2022
Haverhill, United Kingdom9 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are amazing !"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Henley Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Henley Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Bigbury-on-Sea Beach (0.5 miles), Hope Cove Beach (2.8 miles), and Challaborough Beach (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Henley Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Henley Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Henley Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Henley Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Twenty Seven, Maha-Bharat Indian Restaurant, and Valley View Cafe.
Is Henley Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Bigbury-on-Sea.
Are pets allowed at Henley Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Henley Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Henley Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kingsbridge Quay (4.9 miles) and St Edmund King and Martyr Church (4.8 miles).
Does Henley Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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