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“Great brekkie”
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Orchard Hill Hotel
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Great brekkie”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Stayed here on business, had the superior twin downstairs, lovely big room and bathroom, had a great nights sleep. All very clean maybe a little tired. The hotel which is really a large B&B is a 10 minute walk into the town through a pleasant estate and along the river.
The breakfast was very good I had te smoked salmon and scrambled egg, lovely. Would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed here for three nights with my uncle and aunt. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful, but the building in general and my room in particular was rather old fashioned - no ceiling rose for my room light so bare wires, cobwebs round the bathroom window, peeling paint round the window frames and holes in the bathroom door. No outdoor lights and my uncle fell in a hole aty the foot of the steps! However the sitting room and dining room were very pleasant. Breakfast was delicious. The location was fine.
Because of the general shabbiness of my room I have reduced my overall rating accordingly but the hosts were very friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We have just returned from a week at Orchard Hill, rested and relaxed and can recommend a stay there if you are feeling stressed out.
The hotel is on the outskirts of Bideford and the walk into town along the river or through the park is very pleasant. The town is still a trading and fishing port, so their are interesting activities to watch too.
Short journeys by car open up the North Devon coast and visits to great surfing beaches or historic trading coves.The towns of Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington are well-worth exploring.
The Tarka Trail cycling and walkway is about a mile away over the long bridge with trips to Braunton in one direction and Meeth, deep in the leafy Devon interior, in the other and lots of lovely stops along the way.
The hotel itself is in a quiet setting with well appointed and spacious rooms and you will love the breakfasts and the friendly welcome from hosts Annie and Jonathan!

Room Tip: A room at the front will give you a lovely view of the River and a sunny place to rest in the aftern...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2012

18 August for 1 week. Lovely and clean, breakfast was first class. The hosts Annie and Jonathon will go out of their way to help you. They were very helpful indeed.

Fantastic location. A visit to the Orchard Hill will not disappoint.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Bideford
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had family visiting and booked them into Orchard Hill Hotel, they raved about how lovely and clean and comfortable it was. Scrummy breakfast and nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely book family in again and most certainly recommend it. Well done Orchard Hill Hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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ruislip
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Lovely stay. Comfortable and clean room. Very quiet. No noise from other rooms. Host was lovely and friendly. Breakfast delicious. Very convenient location for walking into Bideford. After living in London very relaxing and could feel the stress fall away. Have booked to come down again end of August as my stay wasn't long enough!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

A lovely location, nicely decorated (downstairs), great breakfast and friendly service.
However: the single room furniture and carpet looked very tired, the traffic on the bridge right behind the house is pretty noisy and I was mischarged on my debit card. This might happen, and I got refunded most of it immediately but £5 were outstanding. It took me two phonecalls and an email to receive a cheque for £5 in the post, weeks later, with no comment or apology. It's really not up to the guest to have to chase outstanding money.

Room Tip: Out front should be quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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BidefordSpringer, Owner at Orchard Hill Hotel, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
The reservation for this guest was made in April of this year - and it was therefore a surprise to read a review expressing such displeasure and discontentment 4 months after the actual booking.
The guest made a request for a very late check in - which was readily agreed to as with all guests who do not arrive by car and have to take public transport. The guest also asked for an extremely early breakfast the following morning, as her boat was leaving for Lundy Isle at 8am and those boarding ship are asked to embark an hour before sailing. Again the request was met with consideration and understanding.
It is the custom to ask all guests if they are happy with their rooms, the service, breakfast - in fact every aspect of their stay. In such cases strenuous efforts are made to make alternative arrangements. The guest made no comment to suggest that there was anything wrong during her stay and even at check out thanked the management for a lovely stay.
At check out the card machine did play up which meant a prolonged check out for the guest. The guest contacted the hotel 3 months after the reservation, asking for an outstanding sum of £5.00 to be paid. The management had no knowledge of this sum which would have been repaid immediately if realised. A period of a week passed during which the accounts were examined thoroughly. It was decided that in order to avoid adverse effects it would be better to refund the guest the £5.00 which was done. The payment was sent by 1st class post together with a business card and complimentary slip.
The single room to which the guest refers has a brand new shower room with shower wall. The bed and sprung mattress was purchased from a local company in February of this year. Another local company which makes its own furniture has supplied the dressing table and so on. The room is deep cleaned regularly and the hotel has been awarded a certificate of excellence by the local tourist board.
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Property: Orchard Hill Hotel
Address: Orchard Hill, Bideford EX39 2QY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Torridge > Bideford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Bideford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Orchard Hill Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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