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Varley House
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

Arrived around 4pm and greeted by Rod and as with many others welcomed with a personal hot pot of fresh ground coffee and biscuits.Shown to my room which was large and very very clean,comfortable nights sleep and a nice hot breakfast.
I was staying before a week long trip over to Lundy Island and was also kindly offered the facility of leaving my car for the week on the premises at no extra cost-a great little bonus,a short 10 minute (though moderately steep) walk to the harbour from the hotel and no problems on return getting car back even though I wasn't staying the following the day of return.
All in all great service and a lovely hotel,highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2011

Thank you for your excellent review, and we look forward to seeing you possibly again next year

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Reviewed October 8, 2011

This is by far the best guest house I have experienced in Ilfracombe. I stayed here the night before the wedding (at Tunnels Beaches) and got ready here on the day, along with several family members (age range from 18-78!). I was originally recommended Varley House by a work colleague, and i'm so glad I took note. Ilfracombe is a very quiet place but Varley House is located in a very peaceful area. It is about 4/5 mins drive to Tunnels beaches (perfect if you have a wedding to go to) and probably about 10-15 minute walk to the harbour and town although up hill on the way back, but a taxi only costs a few pounds from the town so not a problem if you don't fancy it. The rooms are spotlessly clean and the breakfast was lovely. The views from some of the rooms are stunning! Rod and Helen, are very friendly and accommodating. The single room I stayed in was perfect, plenty of space for one and the mattress was so comfy I even got a good nights sleep the night before my wedding! The building itself is really attractive and of good size which pictures do not do justice, it also has a very relaxed homely feel inside. The night of the wedding, myself and the groom stayed in a very expensive guest house in Ilfracombe and honestly, I would have preferred to have come back to Varley House. No complaints from any of the family and we look forward to returning. Would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2011

Thanks for the great comments, and we look forward to seeing you and your betrothed again

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Reviewed October 2, 2011

having arrived early we were still shown the room and we were given a key for when the room was ready,the hotel is set in a peaceful location with great views and a short distance to some great walks along the coastal path,rooms were clean and the breakfast was worth getting up for,if you want a hotel to relax in varley house is ideal we would definatley go back...

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2011

Thank you for your nice comments, and we would welcome you back if you come to stay this way again
Rod Chatfield

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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Our whole family stayed at Varley House for my eldest daughters wedding which was held at Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe.
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were treated like Royalty - nothing was too much trouble for Rod & Helen.
The place is completely spotless! We were relaxed from the minute we walked in the door (which is no mean feat when you have a family wedding the next day!) They even managed to accommodate an extra person on both nights (I think they have expanding walls!)
I would highyly highyly recommend this Hotel to anyone who was thinking of staying in Ilfracombe. In fact, we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else should we return to Ilfracombe.
Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for making our stay the most comfortable ever.
Roz & The Adams Family and The Lean Family

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2011

Roz
Thanks for the excellent comments, and we would quite happily welcome you all back.
Also if you have any pictures of Amy in her dress from here that would be nice to see
regards

Rod & Helen

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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Unlike some B&Bs the owners were happy for you to arrive any time from 3pm to 10pm; you didn't have to be more specific than that when booking. The welcome was very warm and we were offered tea and biscuits before being shown to our room. The room had a four poster bed, which was picturesque but slightly too big for it, not leaving much space to get around in. We had a deadline in the morning but this was not a problem as the cooked to order breakfast arrived very promptly. We made use of the offer of leaving our car there for the week while we went off to Lundy island and the owner was very helpful with these arrangements. Varley House is located outside of the centre of Ilfracombe but this makes it easy to get to by car but within 15 minutes walk you can be at the quayside.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2011

Sorry about the 4 Poster bed, but we are aware of the problem and at the end of the season we will be re-jigging the rooms and the 4 poster bed will be moved to a larger room.

If you would like to stay with us again while going to lundy let us know that you have been before and did not like the 4 poster room size

regards

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Reviewed July 6, 2011

Rod and Helen were good enough to offer us one of the nice seaview rooms (room 8) at short notice (no harm in asking!) and we enjoyed a fabulous sunset.
Breakfast very tasty too.
Helen told me they've only been the owners since November and they do make you feel very welcome with a pot of tea and biscuits on arrival.
Wish them every success!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Just a follow up to this review 2 years ago. We have done some updating in some of the rooms, so if you feel you would like to come back again, for a short stay then give us a call for our best deals

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Reviewed May 30, 2011

It's easy to find just of the main road into Ilfracombe in a nice quiet location.

It's a nice walk into town for plenty of restaurant choices but uphill on the way back!

Breakfast was very good with cereal choices, yogurt, fruit, juices, toast and full English cooked to order.

Couldn't really fault a thing!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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varley13, Owner at Varley House, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Thank you for your good comments and it will be good to see you all again

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Address: 13 Chambercombe Park Terrace, Ilfracombe EX34 9QW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Ilfracombe
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ilfracombe
#2 Best Value Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price Range: $105 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Varley House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Varley House was built at the turn of the 20th Century for Officers recuperating from the Boer War. Hence we have grand rooms with high ceilings which make your stay even more pleasant than you expected. We have a spacious lounge where you can sit and chat, play games, or just read whilst enjoying a drink purchased from our bar.This is a nice quiet establishment ideally suited for the coastal path for walkers, opposite Hillsborough Nature reserve, and a good stopping point for those wanting to travel to Lundy island. Also all of our rooms have a stunning view of our local scenery. ... more   less 
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