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Nichols Nymet House
Ranked #1 of 1 North Tawton B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 10, 2010

After a week living with the Goodman family, one feels cosseted and thoroughly spoilt. Staying in their lovely period house provides an ideal base for a holiday with the intention of enjoying the many interesting sites in Devon and the surrounding counties. We loved having large comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms overlooking the idyllic countryside. An extremely civilised way of discovering English country life.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

I have stayed at Nichols Nymet House several times, and it is has been a pleasure getting to know the owners Paul & Muriel Goodman. You are assured of a warm welcome as well as a cosy room. I have stayed in all the rooms and while Room one with the four poster bed has a fantastic view, Room 3 at the back is very comfortable with a super and firm bed, antique bath with modern shower. There is even a butlers bell push!

Breakfast is served either in the main dining room with lovely views or in this case in the large kitchen, where breakfast is cooked on the Aga during the colder months.

A tip would be to find out availability especially in the winter because the owners sometimes close. Also they cannot take credit cards but accept personal cheques.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank stephentopps
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Reviewed August 11, 2009

Just come back from our 6th stay at Nichols Nymet cottages. The cottages are situated in a lovely peaceful area with stunning views across Dartmoor.
We have stayed in all the cottages now....not sure which one is my favourite...as each has different things going for it.
This time we stayed in the middle cottage, where we were very comfortable and had in some ways one of our best holidays. We came home really refreshed. The kitchen has been recently re-fitted and looks very smart. We spent more time than usual in the cottage as the weather was not very good. The beds are very comfortable...

Two or three times we have also stayed in the main (Manor) house at Nichols Nymet, which is a completely different experience from the self catering cottages. We had a wonderful time with the scrummy, yummy breakfasts!! The huge Georgian house has a magnificent hallway and staircase, stunning Dartmoor views, and large breakfast room. With the four poster bed and ensuite bath and shower, Bed and Breakfast here is truly an experience to be remembered!

All in all, the accomodation at Nichols Nymet has all you need to enjoy a restful and idylic weekend or longer holiday.

We'll be back!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2009

I stayed in the Stables at Nichols Nymet House for a week in August with my family. We used the property as a base whilst we toured Devon and Cornwall We booked though a web site called HolidayCottages.co.uk and they were very efficient, sending us details promptly.

I have uploaded plenty of photos to show the problem areas with this property. I’ve tried to be as honest and straight with this review, the facts are below.

Our party consisted of five adults and one child (9 years).

Good points:
Location – scenic
Peace and quiet
Well to do kitchen
WiFi Internet available from the top bedrooms, although it’s slow and patchy
Most of the house was cleaned to a good standard

Bad points:
Damp – mould behind most curtains
Flies (blue bottles) – Killed twenty in our first hour, they kept returning though open windows
Two mirrors in entire house (one in bathroom, one in bedroom)
Main bedroom very dusty due to drapes over four poster bed
Balcony/Veranda mossy, green, dirty and slippery
Electricity (including hot water heating) not included in price
Fire extinguisher out of date
Ground floor bedroom door unable to open properly
Nothing provided. I understand this is self catering but not even one toilet roll or bin bags was provided.

The weather wasn’t great during our stay but we made the best of it, going out for meals all but one night. We literally slept at the house and then went out to enjoy the surrounding area.

Arriving in North Tawton a little bit early at Nichols Nymet Hotel so went for a cream tea and walk to burn some time. We returned and the hotel owner met us, allowing us into the property an hour or so early.

The owner briefed us on the area, showed us how the TV worked and made sure we were settled in. He also ran though the slightly unorthodox method of topping up the electricity. We had to feed the meter with pound coins, yet the pound fell out of the meter so we assumed the owner just hadn’t taken the pay meter out. We lost electricity several times due to this arrangement. This was a point of dispute when we checked out (more about this later).

Downstairs the property had a kitchen, lounge area, twin bedroom and large under stairs storage area. Upstairs there is a landing area with two bedrooms (one double and one twin), a toilet (with sink) and bathroom (toilet, shower and bath). Outside there was a veranda area and parking for one car, or two if you don’t mind running your car up against a hedge (it scratches your car).

The kitchen was well to do with all mod cons, washing machine, microwave, hob, oven and kettle etc.. There is lots of pots and pans, cutlery, mugs, plates, bowls etc – we didn’t want for anything. There’s a large fridge freezer there too. There was a fire blanket there but the fire extinguisher was over five years out of date and that was the only one in the propety!

The lounge had a 21” (approx) none-widescreen tube television with integral DVD player. There is also a free view digital television box with plenty of channels. The sound of the TV travels though the very thin walls and ceiling of the property so keep the volume down if you’ve got kids. The curtains that cover the entrance (French doors) cannot be fully closed due to the curtain rail mounting that prevents you closing them! Photo uploaded.

The downstairs twin bedroom has a small wardrobe, one light as the other wall light was missing a bulb so wasn’t able to be used. The other problem with this room was the door didn’t open more than half a meter, this room isn’t suitable for disabled (fully or partially) people due to access. It’s also questionable if the door served as a suitable fire exit.

Under the stairs you could store bikes if you brought them and there is the location of the electricity meters that must be fed pound coins daily. There was a basic BBQ and seats that could be used outside on the veranda.

Upstairs to the left was the only double bedroom, decor clashed terribly. The double bed is a four poster which hasn’t been dusted down in a long time. The drape over the top of the posts was terribly dusty. Behind the curtains was mould all over the lining. My partner and I stayed in this room, she is asthmatic and for our entire stay experienced breathing difficulty and ended up using her inhaler much more than normal.

The next bedroom had two beds, wardrobe and one of the two mirrors in the house. The bedroom had the same mould issues as the other bedroom. The net curtains had huge holes in the them (as per photos) but not so much dust.

The toilet had a power shower (it doesn’t heat water, just provides water pressure), bath, sink and toilet. There’s also a small airing cupboard with immersion water heater in. Hot water isn’t included in the price of the package; use of the immersion heater is extra – more about this later.

The toilet was fine, although the radiator (also a towel rail) was coming off the wall and when you leave the window open slugs seem to come in and sit on the window sill.

Finally the drive upto the property was up a dark muddy lane which had horse manure dumped along side it - maybe this is where the flies were coming from.

So after a overview of the property brings me to our checkout. We were due to leave at 10:00 as per the paperwork, we’d got out packing done and we’re having a cup of tea when the owner knocked at the door. He came in, read the electricity meter and presented us with a electricity bill for £17 and left.

We discussed this between ourselves, checked our paperwork and terms and conditions and we couldn’t find any reference to this. I went to ask the owner (who was next door cleaning) about this and he immediately took offence, offering the go and print off their website. I’d already taken a look at their website and nothing is mentioned as you’ll see if you look (at time of writing). He walked down to the hotel house and returned clutching the print out.

It read “Additional heating and electricity by meter reading” which we had never seen or been read as we booked by telephone.

We didn’t feel hot water was additional, this is 2009 in England. Nor did we request any additional heating – we used the provided heading in the house. The heating was turned on because it was a cold week and the damn in the house was considerable, with asthmatics and children in the house we needed to make it habitable.

The owners parting shot was he would have us black listed from HolidayCottages.co.uk which would be a shame. We’ll obviously pass our thoughts onto them.

To sum up, I would advise looking elsewhere – last year we stayed in a National Trust property and it was fantastic.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank wibbleman
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

We had a wonderful weekend staying at Nichols Nymet House. We were lucky enough to be there during a full moon, and the illuminated scenery was breathtaking. The views are gorgeous - fields with Dartmoor in the distance.
The hosts were very friendly and kind, and as Nichols Nymet is their home it has a lovely welcoming feel to it. The owner is an organ enthusiast and has two superb instruments which he demonstrated for us, to the delight of my husband who is also an organ enthusiast!
Breakfast was first class, including freshly laid eggs. The hosts don't provide evening meals, but they suggested a fantastic local pub with fabulous food which we very much enjoyed.
All in all a lovely place to stay which we would thoroughly recommend, and we intend to return soon!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Dorsetdingbats
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Reviewed June 18, 2009

I stayed at this place, as part of my leg for the cycle trip from John O'Groats to Land's End. The place is in effect a Manor / very large country estate just past Crediton and not too far away from the A30.

It is not very well advertised, partly because the owners are a nice down to earth couple who also live at the Manor and have full time jobs as well as catering for guests.

However, don't let that fool you that it isn't nice, because that is far from it. I found this place a hidden gem and was a very pleasant and different stay to the normal locations that you normally spend the night. This was off the beaten track, but not too far, had gorgeous scenery out the front of the Manor. Inside had a massive hallway with two sweeping stair cases leading up to the bedrooms.

The room that I stayed in had ensuite and was recently decorated and refurbished. The bathroom had a lovely corner bath and the beds were comfy, but a bit to soft for me. There was the usual TV, coffee/tea, clothes storage in the room, but I must add that the room was very spacious and felt really cosy. There was an alcove to the room which allowed you to view the front of the grounds.

There's not really anything to do there but taxi ride to the nearest town/ weddings/functions, etc it would provide a brilliant place to stay, but also for people who want to use it as a stop off while they explore Devon each day.

Unfortunately, the couple don't cook evening meals because of their hectic day time jobs, but when I spoke to them they both seemed very friendly and bent over backwards to be accommodating. Considering that I did 12 hours of cycling that evening, they were extremely hospitable and I have no complaints as to their generosity and friendliness.

Please bear in mind that with all listed buildings of this size, they take a lot of time, money and effort to update, modernise and maintain. For what the couple do, I was impressed with what they have done with the place and they have some interesting stories about it.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Woodsy79
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Address: Nichols Nymett Lane, North Tawton EX20 2BP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > North Tawton
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in North Tawton
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run Georgian Manor House offering Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of Devon with lovely views - close to Dartmoor. Peaceful location. 3 spacious rooms (including 4 Poster and family suite) all with full size en-suite bathrooms. Full English Manor House breakfast. Large Gardens with Georgian Summer House. Overlooking open fields and lakes - set well away from the road. Large driveway with ample parking ... more   less 

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