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“OK” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chambercombe Manor

Chambercombe Manor
Ranked #9 of 35 things to do in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Good historical interest in the building with the guides having a lot ok Knowledge, but to keep harping on the supposed paranormal is tedious and boring and of little interest

Visited April 2011
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Suprising interesting!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2011

Our guest house owers recommended a visit and we were really suprised by how much we enjoyed it.
We went on a very rainy day so couldnt enjoy all the grounds but can imagine that its stunning in the glory of a sunny day.
Our guide was a fantastic...she was very captivating and really brought the place to life.
We dont usually visit historic houses as they're not usually our thing but we would recommend this trip to anyone...young or old!
Great day! Intresting, informative and haunting!

Thank TheNichs
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hauntingly Beautiful House & Gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

We have been regular visitors to Chambercombe Manor for the last five years and have frequently recommended it to tourists to Ilfracombe, though we hadn't been for a few months until we took friends of ours yesterday who were keen to revisit because of the fabulous cream teas............(We used to enjoy lovely fresh salad lunches there too).So it was a real disappointment to find the tea rooms devoid of it's usual charm and panache(by way of the usual lively ladies) and indeed lacking in decent food, beverage, crockery and parasols.
This gem of a house deserves better! What has happened? The tables were coated in horrid diarrhoea coloured wood stain,(perhaps this was more noticable because there were no parasols) there were none of the usual sun shades and in prime position was a grey plastic waste bin and a Walls ice cream sign, both would have been better suited to a road side hamburger van. Speaking of food, my husband and one of our friends went to the counter and with disbelief were sold ham rolls in cling film, no plate and the actual food had no taste at all. The coffee smelled and tasted of chicory. The scones were insignificant by comparison with past experience, though they were on a plate. But tasteless rubbish rolls in cling film........totally unnesessary no matter how busy! Chambercombe is a gentle, timeless place and should be selling quality local produce not 'profit over taste cheap stuff'. Disapointed we went into the Rose Garden and the first thing we saw was a black plastic dust bin with a card board sign saying 'dog waste'.
Necessary but in the wrong place.
We were really sad because Chambercombe is beautiful and well worth the visit not least for a tour of the house and a walk around the gardens. We have stayed there too and when we did it was really good. The house and grounds would make a fabulous wedding venue. Also the psychic fair held there when we visited yesterday could not have been held in a better place. It was really good.
The holiday cottages wood work could do with a bit of attention at the moment as some of the woodwork that is in prime position resembles thick melted Cadbury flake. Non the less please visit you'll find Chambercombe hauntingly beautiful, both house and gardens.
I hope the tea room improves there is certainly plenty of room for it as standards seem to have totally dropped. At the moment I'd say eat before you go and you can buy local ice cream in Ilfracombe Harbour!.

Visited August 2011
Thank CoArchieCo
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Grounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

Lovely grounds and tea room. Look forward to going back for the full tour. Peaceful and relaxing afternnon in the sunshine.

Visited July 2011
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Steeped in History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

Quaint Oldie Worldy and Wonderful. At £7 per adult Tour of the Manor and a walk around gardens & grounds by donation to charity this is a must for visiting the area. Lovely tea room/outside seating area, small shop/items to purchase in tea room the main attraction being the 11th Century Manor House. A guide will take you around at specific times of the day. For those who like a spooky past then this is the place. Weird and wonderful stories of bygone years, families who owned, lived and worked there and of the property itself - an uncovered sealed room and a feeling of being watched and followed - maybe those playful little children of the past or maybe something a bit more spooky. A very knowledgeable and friendly guide educates you around the Manor just like walking through the past and thinking what it must have been like to have lived and worked there. Lovely courtyard garden with a pond and a wishing well. May it last forever.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank Phil D
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