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“nice hotel but beware room 3”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Woodlands

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The Woodlands
Ranked #14 of 55 Ilfracombe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“nice hotel but beware room 3”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Was a little worried when we booked and were given Room 3 which showed as being basic. Phoned to check that it wasn't how imagined but was told that they hadn't had any complaints. First nights deposit was paid so we decided to try it rather than lose a deposit. When we arrived we were asked to pay up front. When we got to the room, my worst fears were confirmed. The bathroom was too small to fit the washbasin in so it was in the main room and it felt as if we were in the servants quarters. The redeeming factor of the stay was having access to a lovely bathroom. We were booked in for 4 nights but had to leave after 3 because of the claustrophobic feeling of the room. The gardens are beautiful but,other than being in them, the only way to view was standing at a window. The owners are pleasant and breakfast enjoyable. Also, be aware that the parking is on a steep gradient - I was glad I had an automatic car.

Room Tip: As described Room 3 is not a pleasant room - views are very restriced
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris W
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed in this lovely B&B for five days. From the moment we arrived and Christine welcomed us, until the moment we left and got waved good bye by Chris (Christine's husband), we were completely satisfied with everything. The room was spacious, quiet and comfortable. The location of the B&B is very convenient and yet quiet. The breakfast was plentiful and of good quality and the owners were very helpful and charming. The garden is also very nice, although we didn't get to enjoy it a lot because of poor weather.
If I ever go back to Ilfracombe, I will be going back to the woodlands. Thank you specially to Chris for indulging us with our "special requirements" for breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Just got back from a wonderful weekend in ilfracombe.and this b and b made it even better.ilfracombes a lovely place and ghis is set close enough to the action,but out the way enough to be quiet and relaxing.

Christine,Christopher and Robin do a fantastic job keeping the rooms clean and cooking to a very high standard.Theyre also extremely friendly.very helpful and keen to keep you happy.

The room itself had everything you need for a short break away, and was very clean and tidy.

The gardens really are the gem of the building and surroundings.long garden with loads of trees and open spaces and plenty of pretty plants ,flowers and even a running stream at the bottom

.i actually think you could charge non-guests for garden use

thankyou all

we will see you again

Leah & leigh barrett (room 1)

  • Stayed July 2012
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Leicester
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at the Woodlands Hotel and had the most fantastic stay there. On arrival we were greeted by the welcoming smile of Christine (the lady of the house). We were shown to our room which was beautiful, spotlessly clean and had a stunning garden view.
Everything was so nicely arranged in our room with complementary tea, coffee and biscuits well stocked daily. At breakfast time we met Christopher (such a genuine guy) who again made us feel extremely welcome and relaxed with his friendly down to earth chats and had a genuine interest in what we had planned for the day. The choice at breakfast time was amazing and prepared by Robin (who I did ask to come home and live with us so that we could enjoy his cooking all year round). Sadly he declined. Nothing was to much trouble for the hosts and they were always happy to help. If you are looking for a friendly, clean and homely place to stay, then this is the place to be!!!! See you again very soon.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 4 with a bed the size of a tennis court.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Bonney_8
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HIGHLAND LAKES
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Lucked into this place after two nights up the street at a place that didn't have room for us to extend our stay for a night. Wandered in here and WOW! what a bit of luck. Friendly , helpful hosts. We were in room 8 and although smallish, it was so clean, nicely decorated and well appointed that we were very comfortable. Check the chest of drawers for a thoughtful selection of glassware in clouding wine glasses. Also, a nice selection of teas was appreciated. Loved the balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens. These were really special-- I could have happily spent a whole day or more just enjoying them. Clearly much loving work has been done here. A beautiful crystal clear steam runs through the bottom and there is a patio, seating area from which to enjoy it. Just exquisite. Garden is staffed by a VERY friendly cat - and I'm a dog person but this girl was so sweet! Breakfast was very good served in a lovely sunny room, again nicely appointed. Nice lounge with a balcony for reading and plenty of tourist info. Short easy walk (10 min?) to the tunnel beaches which are not to be missed. Another 10 down to the harbour area. I have only 2 small negative comments: 1) parking is challenging. I actually had a travel companion do it for me because I never could have done it myself. 2) i didnt care for the skeleton type keys for the rooms as this seems a bit of a safety issue for me in the unlikely event of getting out in an emergency. Aside from that great place highly recommend.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights from 19th July. We were made to feel extremely welcome on arrival and each morning a friendly chat. They were genuinely interested in what were up to and came up with suggestions to make to stay more enjoyable. We stayed in a de-luxe room (4) which has a large bed and fantastic views of the gardens. The whole area is so quiet at night that it is hard not to get a good night's sleep. Nice people working hard to give everyone a happy stay.

Room Tip: We chose the de-luxe room as it has a bigger bed and an all round larger room
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank SPM_63
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 19, 2012

a very nice, clean and tidy hotel,a warm welcome on arrival, very clean and tidy bedrooms.
good standard of breakfast. well worth a stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank andrew c
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Property: The Woodlands
Address: Torrs Park, Ilfracombe EX34 8AZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Ilfracombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Woodlands 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a friendly and helpful team here who are always ready to ensure that you enjoy your stay in our clean and peaceful Guest House. Whether for a romantic escape or an activity break you will find the Woodlands an ideal place to unwind. You can be sure of comfortable accommodation. The building was recently refurbished to a high standard and provides modern facilities without losing its Victorian charm. All bedrooms are en suite with television and tea and coffee making facilities, most have garden views and some have balconies. We have a range of accommodation to suit your needs: twin, standard, premium & deluxe doubles. ... more   less 
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