Sidholme is probably notwhat you would expect from a normal hotel - many of the rooms are non- ensuite and located in an annexe, there are no tvs in rooms - only a communal tv room (not great if it is filled with kids!), and for dinner everyone sits down together on communal tables - don't be late or you will miss grace!
A lot of the rooms could do with updating/modernising, and I don't feel they make the most of their beautiful music room
Food in the hotel was ok - although more vegetarian stuff would be good.
The staff do try to help if there are problems, but many don't have english as their first language so it can be a problem.
Having stayed at the other Chrsitan guild hotels I was let down in comparison to the others. The swimming pool was a lot colder than it had been at Lindors, and seemed to be pretty poorly looked after and cleaned - the changing rooms where covered in water (making them slippy) One incident stuck with me from my trip - I was at the pool and the poor caretaker had a go at another paying customer for using 2 towels in stead of just one. the poor girl was reduced to tears and I feel that sort of thing from staff towards customers is unfair - maybe it was just a problem with the pool caretaker or a bigger problem with the staff in general. But whatever, it was that incident of the poor girl in tears just for using and extra towel (the towels are pretty small anyway!) The pool area also was distinctly draughty - there are big glass doors/windows which are fine in summer, but in the autumn/winter they let out a lot of heat from inside.
The food was average - portions were big but the quality wasn't great, and the lack of flexibility in time meant you couldn't do stuff like go out to the threatre.
I will definitley be returning to sidmouth, but doubt I will go back to sidholme - I felt let down by the cold pool (the pool being advertised as one of it's best assets), and the incident of the caretaker reducing the paying member to tears - that makes me wonder about the rest of the staff or was it just him?
Also, when you book, check that there are no large parties - of either adults or kids - staying at the same time - as if so avoid it - the large groups tend to dominated the hotel when they are there even for a weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 72 bedroom Hotel and can accommodate up to 133 guests, including a number of ground floor rooms and 2 disabled rooms. All the bedrooms at Sidholme Hotel include Fair-Trade tea and coffee making facilities and hair-dryers. Bedrooms do not have televisions, however a comfortable television room is easily located within the Hotel. Parking is free for Guests of the Hotel.This gracious Georgian mansion has been welcoming guests for 80 years with a Christian ethos. It was originally built for the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire and was known as Richmond Lodge. It is particularly noted for its magnificent Music Room, complete with fine chandeliers and Gothic-style organ.Well suited to the holiday maker and conference delegate alike, who can work, rest or play in its peaceful and relaxing surroundings.The hotel is located in nine acres of delightful grounds and when staying you have complimentary use of our Indoor Heated Swimming PoolThe hotel is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the town of Sidmouth with its splendid coastline, newly appointed as part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Please be informed that the hotel does not have lift facilities.Sidholme Hotel is part of Christian Guild group of Hotels and we welcome everyone, guests are free to take part with as much or as little of the daily activities as they wish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sidholme Hotel Sidmouth, Devon