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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on Good Friday and absolutely loved it!

Despite turning up unannounced we were given a very warm welcome & were delighted to hear there had been a cancellation which we were able to take.

The owners were lovely & obviously take a lot of pride in the business they have created.

There were lots of little extras like Easter biscuits & Easter egg nest cakes when we arrived and a bag of Easter egg fudge was given to us as we checked out for our journey home...all delicious (I'd love to know the recipe for the fudge as it was dreamy!).

The bedroom & bathroom were spotless & fitted to a very high standard.

The bed was very comfortable with clean linen & pillows as well as a selection of pillow choices.

Everything you could possibly need during your stay was provided including a corkscrew, wine glasses and even a hot water bottle.

Breakfast was delicious - there was a selection of very tasty fruit compotes, homemade granola and fruit smoothies. Then a choice of about 7 hot dishes as well as a daily special.

We plan to run our own B & B one day...and I hope it will be as good as Swan Hill House as it was perfect...thank you Simon & Libby for setting the standard we would expect from a B & B.

We would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Hi and thank you very much for your review! We were so glad we could accommodate you both and sorry it was not for the two nights but maybe next time? Hope you had a good Easter break and good luck in the future with the B&B side of things, I'm sure you will do really well....Kind regards Simon and Libby.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed here while my partner Dawn attended a two day river cottage cookery event and I rambled around the beautiful Dorset / Devon countryside with my camera.
On our arrival we were greeted by Simon who took our case and guided us to our room (no.5)
WOW ! what a beautiful room, nicely decorated and furnished with a fabulous en-suite shower/toilet. The bed was enormous and very comfortable, with its quality pure white linen sheets pristine in appearance, touch and fragrance. I almost wanted to jump right in !
In your room you will find a very good selection of tea's and coffee's with the lovely gesture of fresh homemade biscuits and macaroons. There is a small mini fridge with some bottled waters and a lovely decanted unit of fresh milk in a great little container (see photos).
After Simon had given us all the info (including the FREE WI-FI number) we needed for our stay he invited us to meet him downstairs where he had prepared us tea/coffee and some cake. (very nice indeed).
That evening we ate at 'The Wheelwright pub'' the food was lovely just as recommended by Simon earlier.
Our first breakfast was another treat, a full range of the usual suspects together with freshly squeezed fruit juices, natural yoghurts, homemade fruit compotes (rhubarb and ginger being particularly nice) and various other delights. Each day as well as the menu options there is a daily special, again these add to the overall bespoke experience. I had a full English and I can tell you that nothing was processed at all. every morsel was fresh and locally sourced and it tasted like heaven.
It was at breakfast that we first met the lovely Libby, I found her to be a breath of fresh air, pleasant, chatty and incredibly attentive but without being intrusive during breakfast and really complements Simon's culinary skills.
The whole experience for us both was fantastic and I would highly recommend you trying this lovely guest house if you are ever planing to visit the area or particularly if you have booked in at ''river cottage'' for any of its events or courses, as this is a about a 7-10 min drive away with only 1 turning ! fabulous !!
In summary a brilliant little place to stay and we would stay here again without question :-)

Room Tip: If your a light sleeper then maybe room 5 wouldn't be for you as the road outside is a main thoroughfare. We loved it though :-)
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Wow, thank you so much for the review and so glad you both enjoyed the few days you were down in east devon. Hope the course at River Cottage has spurned you on to cook new things and try different methods. If you are ever down this way again please look us up!! Kind regards Simon & Libby.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

My girlfriend and I have stayed at Swan Hill House for the last three years. I come down to Seaton to run in "The Grizzly" and my girlfriend does a fantastic job supporting me. The best part of the weekend is having such a fantastic place to come back to. Simon and Libby are the best hosts you could wish for. The rooms are excellent, lovely comfortable beds, great shower and there is a wide choice of breakfast options (Eggs Benedict this year was particularly good!). Simon and Libby generate such a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Swan Hill that really sets the tone for the place and all visitors seem to be in high spirits!
I would highly recommend Swan Hill House to anyone visiting the area.

Room Tip: All rooms are very good, rooms to the rear of the property are quieter
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Hi guys, hope you were not aching too much after the Grizzly!!! We don't know how you do it every year...Many thanks for the review and flattering it was too. We do hope to see you next March so keep the training up. Have a great year. Simon and Libby

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here in August 2011 for our River Cottage Saturday Night event. Rooms were clean and well kept. Breakfast was great. Owners arranged a cab for us that Saturday night. Going back again in August this year for a second meal at River Cottage. Car parking round the back.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lauren6166
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thank you very much for the review and look forward to seeing you in the summer!

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband I stayed here whilst he was attending a River Cottage course and after having seen the glowing reviews on trip advisor. After searching for a few hours rather despondently on the internet, trying to find a half decent B&B near River Cottage HQ, we were thrilled to stumble upon this little gem! Libby and Simon were very welcoming, even offering us tea and cake on arrival (which sadly we couldn't fit in after a big lunch!!) and the rooms were beautifully decorated with lovely bedding - perhaps most importantly, they were spotlessly clean with great quality bathrooms. There is lots of lovely artwork around the house and gorgeous finishing touches such as handmade macaroons in the rooms. The breakfast was amazing - truly delicious, with gorgeous homemade granola and fruit compotes, as well as an impressive choice of cooked food (which was yummy!) Also a great location for River cottage - it only took us about 5-10 mins to get there. Really felt like we'd had a lovely break afterwards. Can't recommend Swan Hill House highly enough, offers exceptional value for money. If only all B&Bs were like this one. We also had a lovely meal at the Wheelwrights pub just minutes walk down the road - very handy!

Room Tip: Our room was lovely - very quiet towards the back of the house.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Darcyhels
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swanhillhouse, Owner at Swan Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

Hi and thanks for the great review! We are so glad your stay was a good one and hope the course at River Cottage went well. Sorry the weather was wet and gloomy, hopefully we'll have a hot summer. Simon and Libby

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