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“Unexpectedly gorgeous”
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The Olive Branch
Ranked #9 of 53 Ilfracombe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
merthyr tydfil
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly gorgeous”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

A really fabulous place to stay, a few minutes walk from the front.
Breakfast was great and we also ate in the restaurant one evening which was excellent value and scrummy. We will definitely return if only for the bath :)

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

2 night stay. Breakfast second to none to set you up for the day in a beautiful location. A 5 minute stroll from the sea front views from both windows, clean rooms and a roll top bath really set it off. We were welcomed and felt comfortable in our surroundings.
Due to this positive experience we hope to return to Ilfracombe and most certainly return to the Olive Branch. First class establishment!

Room Tip: Superior double with separate bathroom was a great choice as it gave us plenty of space, great views...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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York
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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

This guest house is truly superb and not your "typical" B and B. Firstly, the owners were more than accommodating to all of our needs and offered tips on the best places to go and made you feel really at home. The rooms were grand with picturesque sea views and had great on suite facilities. The rooms, service, breakfast and warm welcome made for a great trip and definitely worth a visit for next season. Booking a table to eat in the restaurant, on a evening, is a must do also.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I booked to stay with friends at the Olive Branch for just one night before travelling to Lundy Island in the morning, and wish I could have stayed longer! Carol knew we were catching the boat to Lundy and so had rung the Lundy Company to find out the time of the boat (it varies according to the weather / tides) so she could advise us on breakfast times. The rooms were lovely; spotlessly clean and comfortable, with lovely toiletries and a nice view of the harbour from my room. We had taken the double with the freestanding bath in it (lovely decoration), the single and the twin as a single, but having settled in I got a phone call from another friend who was suddenly stranded as the friends she was due to stay with had had a medical emergency. Everywhere in Ilfracombe seemed to be fully booked. So I went to speak to Carol, and she was fantastic; made up the spare bed in the twin so that my friend could share - no trouble at all. The breakfast in the morning was wonderful - lots of choice and served in the light and airy restaurant. And then Paul carried our bags down the stairs to help when checking out. This B&B wouldn't suit anyone who has a problem with stairs as there are lots of them, but apart from that can't be faulted. I was enchanted with Lundy so will definitely return - and I hope to stay at the Olive Branch the next time too!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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highworth
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Our son booked this bed and breakfast as a treat for us and what a treat it was
The rooms were modern and very very clean Nothing was to much trouble for the hosts we enjoyed so much we stayed another night great value great stay we will be back

Room Tip: Room 5 was the best room also room at top is a bit of treck
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

My new hubby and I stayed in the olive branch on our wedding weekend. We got married at tunnels beaches in July. The staff at the olive branch were so lovely! really accommodating and friendly, the sevice was amazing and the rooms were comfortable , clean and decorated beautifully. We ate in the restaurant downstairs too and it was delicious! we had such a nice stay here, even some free champers on our wedding night which was a lovely touch! Highly recommended! Thank you for making our wedding weekend so enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We spent our wedding night at the Olive Branch and couldn't have picked a more perfect place. The very kind owners Carol and Paul had decorated the room for us with Mr & Mrs chains and left a bottle of bubbly in the room which was very unexpected but greatly appreciated and made our stay even special. The room was spotless and spacious with a huge bathroom and is right in the middle of Ilfracombe so is a great location for seeing all the sights. The owners also provided breakfast a little later than usual for us and the food was excellent all cooked to order. It was a memorable stay and we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Olive Branch
Address: 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Olive Branch 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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