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The Barton Cross Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stoke Canon
Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quirky Yes! - But Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Fab food and personal service. Evening dinner excellent (all 3 courses equally good, homemade bread), breakfast was one of the best full English's we have had for ages. Room comfy with good facilities, even welcomed our dog and gave us a room with French windows so we had easy access to outside. The décor maybe dated and quirky and not at all like an executive hotel (if that is what you want perhaps a holiday Inn would suit you best), but we prefer hotels like this with character!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Bev M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Unfortunately we only stayed one night in this lovely hotel. Everything was very welcoming and the owner could not have been more helpful (organising early breakfast for us as it was my daughters graduation). The evening meal was a wonderful experience fabulous food and a great vegaterian menu as well. The family room we had (for 3 adults) was spacious and comfortable. Will definately try and return in the future hopefully for a longer stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank waggles2014
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London
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here September 2013 and had a fantastic time. The rooms do need a bit of cosmetic updating but they're quite retro and cosy feeling. The layout is brilliant for young families. My husband and I were able to enjoy a lovely meal in the restaurant and our bedroom was in plain view and so close we kept popping over to the window of our room to check on our sleeping baby. Definitely worth mentioning that the food was superb. We stayed for an evening meal (really delicious) and also breakfast in the morning which had lots of options and a highchair for bubs. The staff were all helpful and friendly and the place just feels very welcoming and safe. I left something in the room and the manager posted it back to me no fuss and without charge for which I was very grateful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bungalo8
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Torino
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

i stayed just for one night in summer 2013. we arrived late at night from cornwall but they were very friendly in waiting for us and giving us directions on the phone. the old wing is simply fabulous. in the morning a gorgeous breakfast and the good advice on some changes on our trip schedule. great

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SimonavTorino
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Wellington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

A fabulous meal with good old fashioned service.The service is not rushed and the food was pretty special. The finishing touches of the canapés and petit fours gave the evening class. I would recommend this hotel for a special occasion.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diana G
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exeter
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is an hotel located circa 30 mins from Exeter City Centre.

We booked the night before, ie the Friday and stayed the Saturday night so paid over the odds i would expect. £120 inc breakfast.

The hotel is a thatched former farmhouse it appears. The thatch is covered in moss and looks thoroughly uncared for and to be honest, looks like a place that has been seriously neglected.

Brian, the owner appeared welcoming but was a little short tempered whilst explaining the key set up. Not a good start.

The room (number 2) was spacious and had a relatively cheap mini bar which was great.

That was really where the good bits about the room ended.

It really is like walking into a 1980s museum. I imagine this looked very nice in 1985 but today it really is awful.

The kettle is at least 30 years old and takes 10 minutes to boil.

The shower belongs in a museum. It took a good 10 minutes to set the temperature. Then the shower head angles its spray 45 degrees away into the middle of the bathroom. How the cleaners/Brian have not discovered this is truly amazing. It stinks of an unwillingness to spend money to make guests comfortable.

The standard hairdryer provided is again an 80s throwback. Technology has moved on Brian. Spend some money and let your guests dry their hair. We were late for breakfast due to a combination of this and the shower. It added approx 30 mins to our morning. Truly awful. For £120, unacceptable.

Now we come to the bed. Forget 1980s here. Think 1960s. The mattress is so bowed in the middle it's incredible. It's like sleeping on cardboard. Truly awful. Once again Brian, get your hand in your pocket. Invest. Your customers deserve it. Especially when they are paying £120 per night.

The whole place stank of mould.

The breakfast was adequate.

If i could reserve a room near Exeter in hindsight i would have stayed at a Premier Inn or similar.

To be though fair, it was clean.

If this place was nearer £70 per night, i would stay again. To charge the £120 per night is simply daylight robbery.

We didn't eat here. The menu was priced at about £30 per head and other residents seem to have enjoyed it.

Overall, we felt a little ripped off. With a bit of investment it could be lovely but it just feels that the owner is trying to maximise his profits for himself without investing to make it comfortable for guests.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jon G
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Belfast
Level Contributor
52 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This hotel is tucked away a few miles from Exeter just off the road to Tiverton. The quality of the food at breakfast and dinner is exceptional and I believe it is well known locally for fine dining. The public rooms are well decorated and comfortable. The only criticism I have was the quality of the bathroom in the room I had was not in keeping with the rest of the hotel. It needs updating. Otherwise, I would recommend this as a place to stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ulster25
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Property: The Barton Cross Hotel
Address: Huxham, Stoke Canon, Exeter EX5 4EJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter > Stoke Canon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stoke Canon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Barton Cross Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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