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“The Groveside” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Groveside Guest House
Ranked #10 of 33 Sidmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reading, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The Groveside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

My Girlfriend and I spent two wondefull days in Sidmouth and the Guesthouse we stayed in was outstanding. The welcome was great with a cup of tea/coffee and a very tasty cake. After asking for the best things to do and places to eat we was given an extensive description of whats what and directions to the places to see. We was given a choice of what rooms we prefered because each one has a slightly different theme and decor and it was great. The shower took a little bit of working out because it had a something I've never seen before but my Girlfreind really enjoyed the massage part.
The Breakfast in the morning was another highlight to my day. The sausages was real meat and the tastiest I've had in a very long timeand the owners made sure we had everything we wanted. My girlfreind had a specific dietry requirement and it was met and we both really wished we could stay for longer. The only thing that let us down was the typical English weather but if Alan and Lin could of I am sure that they would of made the sun shine.

Room Tip: We stayed in number 10 because of the view of the gardens but number 6 also looked very nice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gary H
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gulsetahi, Owner at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Thank you so much for such a lovely review Gary, we also enjoyed you staying with us. Pleased you liked your room and the lovely views of the Byes and gardens and the breakfast of course!. We would be very pleased to see you again and like you hope you can make it more than two nights next time. Sidmouth has so much to offer (especially in the sunshine) Happy you enjoyed the cake even though it was still a little warm having just come out of the oven!! This was your first trip to Sidmouth and hope it will not be your last. Thank you again for taking the time out to write about your positive experience with us. Hope you had a good journey home
Lin and Alan
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights and was delighted with the service and amazing breakfast. The room was clean and comfortable and Alan, the owner, was polite, helpful and considerate. The breakfast was amazing each day from Full English to kippers. All in all, an excellent experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Steve M
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gulsetahi, Owner at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you so much for writing your review of the Groveside it was a pleasure to have you stay with us and are happy that you found the whole of your experience in Sidmouth as well as the Groveside a good one. We hope to see you again and of course the gentlemen from overseas! Thank you again for taking the time to write on Trip advisor.
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Devon, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

We had a lovely welcome from Lin and Alan with a much needed cup of tea and cakes fresh from the oven! Our room was spotless and very comfortable. The location is excellent for walking into town and carparking on site was available. The next morning we had a lovely full english breakfast and nothing was too much trouble. We would certainly recommend this guest house and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Carole C
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gulsetahi, Owner at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Carol thank you so much and I see you are booked in again next week. I shall get busy baking!! You were a great couple to have stay with us and looking forward to pampering you again best wishes Lin and Alan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed here while visiting friends. Sidmouth is a lovely town and this B&B was a great base; easy walking distance to the shops and seafront. Lovely food and welcome, lovely room décor and I love the fact that you can help yourself to chilled milk from the little fridge on the landing. We were allowed to leave our car in the car park after checking out which helped on our 'leaving day'. Many thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Debi T
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gulsetahi, Manager at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to write a review, Sidmouth is a lovely place to visit and so unspoilt. I am pleased you liked our decor, we have at last finished the redecorating of the last room just in time for the season! Hope you had a good journey home and of course we would be delighted for you to visit us again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I wrote a long review last year so this time I shall keep it short. Again we had family over to stay so on mass we made our way to our favourite Guest House in Sidmouth. We didn't think Alan and Lin could better our previous experiences but we realised why we keep returning. Having completely updated the whole of the inside and outside of the Groveside they have now introduced a soup and sandwich supper which was all home-made from organic ingredients. Breakfast are again worthy of an award and it is fresh and plentiful and very very tasty, The porridge is superb. This time we asked for not just non meat alternatives but breakfasts without dairy and wheat what a challenge but again we were served with brilliant and tasty alternatives, nothing is ever too much trouble. We would sum up the groveside as kindness in itself with fantastic service beautiful rooms which are spotlessly clean and fantastic food which was really tasty fresh and organic. Thanks Lin Alan and of course William we look forward to our next stay....soon I hope

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank shibby83
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gulsetahi, Manager at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Shibby thank you very much for your review, it has been a pleasure to have you stay with us over the years and it is so good to receive the appreciation. You have a lovely family and we always look forward to you returning. We are very happy that you liked the changes that we have made to the Groveside, it is always a bit of a challenge. We have finished the top rooms now so hopefully when you return in September you will like what you see!! Best wishes to your family.
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stayed at the Groveside for 2 nights for a friends wedding and we were really impressed. Space for cars, a yummy breakfast, short walk into town. The sheets were so soft that getting up was hard work!

Great spot for exploring Devon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rachelrlk
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gulsetahi, Owner at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us totally unexpected and so pleased that you felt comfortable staying with us, we would be delighted to see you again. We hope you had a pleasant journey home.
Thank you again
Lin and Alan and Wills
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Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a lovely B&B with themed rooms. Lin and Alan are very welcoming and the breakfast is fab! We will be visiting Sidmouth again this year to see family and this will the 4th time we have stayed in the B&B. The off road parking is a bonus as Parking in Sidmouth can be difficult or you have to pay high parking charges. The Groveside is located with a 5 minute walk into the centre of town.

I would highly recommend the Groveside.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Reviewer100889
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gulsetahi, Owner at The Groveside Guest House, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us totally unexpected and so pleased that you felt comfortable staying with us, we would be delighted to see you again. We hope you had a pleasant journey home.
Thank you again
Lin and Alan and Wills
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Property: The Groveside Guest House
Address: Vicarage Road, Sidmouth EX10 8UQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Sidmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Sidmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Groveside Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AA rated 4 Gold Star. The Groveside, a charming Edwardian Guest house, provides quality bed and breakfast accommodation within a few minutes level walk from the Regency town centre of Sidmouth and the intriguing views of the Jurassic coastline. A Guest house with a Contemporary charm etched with a traditional twist, the Groveside is all about comfort and flair combining attention to detail with a professional service; Alan and Lin are very proud of the restful, friendly atmosphere; Guests have access to their rooms at all times and we offer a comfortable elegant lounge in which to relax, peruse the morning paper, chat with friends, read a book or even have a little nod in front of the warming fire after a days activity exploring the wonderful coastline of Sidmouth, Devon. Our modern and spacious dining room is the setting for a leisurely traditional breakfast and the recently introduced soup and sandwich suppers. All our food is bought locally and combines the promise of organic, fair trade and fresh ingredients. Our breakfast are there to set you up for the day and we cater for most dietary needs including vegetarian/vegan, dairy free and non wheat. Our aim at the Groveside is to make your stay with us as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Last year saw the introduction of our guest garden and a BBQ is available for you to use for you and your friends. This year we refurbished our single room and upgraded other rooms with beds and linen. We have also introduced the ONO bag plus the use of dressing gowns and slippers. Ladies are given a personal welcome pack. ... more   less 
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