We were able to book a triple family room, and view was absolutely amazing! It's definitely worth paying the bit extra for a 'sea view' room - you not only get the sea, you get the beautiful North Devon hills and amazing sunrises too!
The parking is adequate and the gardens are beautifully kept. The room and bathroom were spacious and immaculately clean, and the power shower was brilliant (I gather not all rooms have a power shower yet, so ask when you book). We loved the automatic movement-sensing nightlight in the bathroom, so you didn't need to wake anyone with the main light and extractor noise. The beds were wonderfully comfortable.
The food was a bit hit-and-miss, but mostly good. There were some apparent staffing problems whilst we were there, resulting in one disappointing evening meal with long delays and inferior food, and one disappointing breakfast with several items 'run out'. It would have been nice to have been given an explanation and apology, instead of being left to guess what was going on! But we can see that the 'normal' standard of food is very good, so would judge by our better experiences. The 'sticky toffee pudding' and the cooked breakfasts are particularly good.
The hotel is right near the coast path, so you can have some lovely walks without using the car to get anywhere. The 'secret' cove, 5 minutes walk from the hotel (and 238 steps down!) is worth the effort - it was just lovely.
Now the niggles that prevented an 'excellent' rating... No biscuits were provided on tea tray in the room, and no complimentary bottled water (we've always had these in similar rated hotels). No fresh fruit at breakfast (only prunes and grapefruit segments), and not much choice of 'continental' breakfast items. The steam room and sauna in the swimming pool complex weren't working properly when we tried.
It seems like a few small economies are being made by the hotel, but I wonder if it's worth it when the overall impression could be amazing with those special touches included.
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- Also Known As:
- Sandy Cove Ilfracombe
- Hotel Sandy Cove
- Sandy Cove Hotel Berrynarbor, Devon