Stayed at Varley House for three nights, as a base to explore the north coast of Devon and Exmoor. Rod and Helen make us feel at home right from the moment we arrived, with the traditional Varley House welcome of tea and biscuits. Our room was well appointed with modern fixtures and fittings, including a new bathroom. Rod mentioned that he has been a chef and his breakfasts are fit for a king, while his evening menu is of top restaurant quality. He's very knowledgeable about nearby tourist attractions and had plenty of suggestions for ways to spend each day. Helen is always busy behind the scenes, and between the two of them, the place runs like clockwork. Ilfracombe itself seemed a lively place with a busy restaurant centre down at the harbour (10 minutes walk from Varley House), and is ideally central for anyone who wants to take in the stunning north Devonshire costal scenes, including Lynton and Lynmouth to the east or Woolacombe and Clovelly to the west - and not forgetting the breathtaking walks on Exmoor. Ilfracombe is also the start point for trips to Lundy Island (something we intend to do on a future visit) to Varley House.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Varley House Ilfracombe, Devon