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“A uniquely special haven”
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Grey Cottage
Ranked #1 of 1 Lee B&B and Inns
Stroud
1 review
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“A uniquely special haven”
Reviewed November 4, 2009

We have delighted in staying at Grey Cottage so many times now over the last 5 years or so that we have lost count. We stumbled serendipitously upon Grey Cottage and Lee when seeking somewhere to stay for a short getaway with friends one summer weekend. We were blown away by it: the breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful location, the warm welcome, the gourmet food, the sumptuous roll top bathroom, the delightful cottage interior bursting with laid back charm.

During this stay and on each subsequent one we have left feeling refreshed, nourished and pampered with a new collection of happy memories. Julia is a wonderful host and Grey Cottage is so much more than just a B&B - it is a uniquely special haven.

We have almost always stayed at Grey Cottage with a group of friends, taking all the rooms. This adds an extra special dimension to the stay in that it is akin to hiring out a cottage with your friends but not having to do any cooking. This arrangement is also wonderful if you have young kids as you can be enjoying a gourmet dinner in the dining room while they are asleep upstairs as if you were in your own home. We can't praise Julia's food enough, and it is worth noting that it is often locally sourced.

The abundance of special little touches are one of the things that we love so much about Grey Cottage. Within a day's stay you could well enjoy home laid eggs at breakfast from the chickens, afternoon tea and homemade cake on return from an invigorating walk, relaxing in the rocking chair in the bay window looking out over the lush valley, pampering spa treatments during a soak in the tub, four/five course dinner by candle light, after dinner coffee in front of the log fire, and finally sinking into super soft duvets and pillows at bedtime.

The location is idyllic and remarkably unspoilt. There is a lovely walk from the cottage down to the bay, as well as numerous others breaking off from there in one direction or another. Other well known North Devon spots are within an easy drive away e.g. Woolacombe, Saunton Sands, and favourite spots for us - Putsborough and Croyde beaches. We would unreservedly recommend Grey Cottage - the only bad thing is having to leave at the end of the stay.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Ely
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

My husband and I spent a few blissful days at Grey Cottage on our honeymoon. What a wonderful find it was! The pretty cottage is set above the bay and you are offered tea and cake on the lawn when you arrive. Julia is an amazing baker and cook (she used to run an organic bakery in London), so you will eat incredibly well. The setting on the north Devon coast is stunning, so you'll work up a good appetite with the coastal walks. The most wonderful B&B for a blissfully peaceful stay.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

As soon as you arrive at this B&B you feel at home. A huge pot of tea and homemade biscuits are waiting in the cosy sitting room overlooking the woodland valley leading to Lee Bay. The rooms are light and airy and prettily furnished with a lovely mix of antique and contemporary furnishings and are en suite, but you can also use the main bathroom with its 6ft long roll top bath. This is the most relaxing bath I've had! Lots of hot water, plenty of towels, candles, and a choice of magazines, fantastic! Topped off with one of Julia's delicious evening meals which more than catered for my vegetarian needs. Grey Cottage is well placed for exploring the village of Lee Bay and the coastal paths and accessible by public transport (I took the National Express to Ilfracombe and the local bus dropped me at the top of the drive). Julia is a generous and welcoming host and her professional catering experience shows in the breakfast (lots of choice) and dinner and yummy snacks in between. The only trouble is making room for a cream tea in the local pub!

  • Liked — The warm welcome, comfortable, relaxed atmposphere, location and great food
  • Disliked — Having to come home!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 28, 2008

We were looking for somewhere nice on the Devon coast for a weekend break. I booked Grey Cottage because it looked like a lovely house in an area close to the coast but not in a busy resort, as indeed it turned out to be. The cottage is run by Julia, a delightful, lady who makes you feel very welcome. We were offered tea and delicious homemade shortbread and tea-bread on arrival, which was much appreciated after the journey.
The rooms are charming with a mix of furniture and furnishings which all come together to make it very comfortable and relaxing. Breakfast is served in the conservatory at the side of the cottage. I have never before seen quite so much choice of cereals and fruit to begin breakfast with, followed by a delicious full english, the eggs for which come from the hens you can see pecking around the garden. We also had large jugs of orange juice and milk - no stingy portions here! For people that don't like a full english breakfast, there are a wide range of alternative breakfasts on offer, from kippers to kedgeree. On one evening we took advantage of the evening meal option and had a wonderful three course meal, again with generous portions.
If you are looking for a place to stay where you can chill out and relax in lovely surroundings and have lovely food, but still be near to the sea and holiday resorts of north Devon then I would recommend this place unreservedly.

Stayed July 2008
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Dublin
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Reviewed June 20, 2008

This place is good for the soul. Set in the valley leading to the quiet seaside village of Lee on the stunning North Devon Coast, you will be welcomed by the proprietor Julia. She was a professional chef in London before moving to set up this inviting and homely B&B. The rooms are small but elegantly furnished with a welcome tray in every room. You will be back. Perfect in summer and great in winter with the open fire in the living room. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Liked — The welcome and comfort
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 19, 2006

My young son and I have stayed at many B&Bs across the UK, but Grey Cottage has just become our favourite! Julia, the owner, is a warm, welcoming and generous host, and a marvellous cook. Definitely the ideal B&B for food-lovers! Our room was charming, and the view across the wooded valley to the fields beyond was stunning. Lee village, with its rocky beach (there is sand at low tide) is a short (although rather steep!) walk away. Woolacombe beach and Ilfracombe are both within easy reach, and Grey Cottage is a wonderfully peaceful retreat at the end of each day, away from the tourist traps. We can't wait to go back!

  • Liked — Attention to detail and personalised service
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure you have an evening meal - not just breakfast!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Grey Cottage

Property: Grey Cottage
Address: Lee, Lee EX34 8LN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Lee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lee
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grey Cottage is a Georgian family house on the edge of the seaside village of Lee in North Devon. We make the Cottage available as a holiday let during school holidays and offer B&B during the quieter season. We have three guest rooms, a double with en-suite shower and toilet, a zip-link king-size with en-suite and a zip-link double which shares the main bathroom. The main bathroom has a 6ft Victorian roll top bath and is available for all guests to use. Guests have the use of the sitting room with log burner. There is a free sat Tv with dvd player and broadband in most parts of the house. Breakfast is served in he conservatory and we make the most of local produce cooked by Julia. Evening meals are served, subject to availability. Please ask. We welcome children and well behaved dogs ( but we do have a small dog of our own) We welcome walkers from the South West Coast Path and are happy to do luggage transfers or collect you from your stop off point. Please ask for details. We are only available for a minimum of two nights for a double room ... more   less 
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