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“Lovely B&B in Woolacombe”
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Downland House
Ranked #9 of 20 Woolacombe B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stayed in Downland House for two nights in July 2012.

Downland House is a lovely, large Edwardian House, just a very short walk from the centre of Woolacombe. It has 3 bedrooms, all with balconies, and all facing the sea.

The owners have previously run a larger hotel in Woolacombe and bought this house only a year or so ago. They have decorated the whole house to a very good standard and added a large conservatory on the side for breakfast.

The rooms are beautifully decorated and the furniture is a far higher "spec" than you would expect from a B&B.

There is parking for 3 visitor cars at the back of the house, and a rear "front door" to the house (of which you are given a key) so you have complete freedom to come and go as you wish.

The breakfasts in the conservatory are fine, without being anything extra special. This is not a critisism of them, and you will enjoy them, but they feature all that you would expect but no more (one choice of fruit juice, a couple of choices of cereal, some hot croissants, and of course a "full English" breakfast or I think salmon and scrambled egg on muffins).

The view from the balconies is towards Woolacombe and the beach, and the lovely rolling hills that lie behind the beach. On a fine sunny morning or evening it would be lovely to sit on the balcony and watch the day begin or end.

We stayed in room one, and the only slight critisism is that the bathroom is quite small. It juts out into the hall as I assume it was "added on" to the room. The shower, sink and toilet are all rather close together, making for little room to move.

I think the owners added a bedroom in the loft (their bedroom) and the stairs up to this bedroom (which are just outside our room) probably replaced a small "box bed room". So I assume our bathroom was added on during that project and there was not much space for a larger bathroom.

After years of running a larger hotel the owners are very relaxed about running this smaller B&B. By their own admission it is a sot of "retirement" project, and of course far less work than runing the larger hotel they owned previously, so there is a lovely relaxed atmosphere about the place. The owners will sometimes go out for the day, but as you have your own key to the "front door" you can leave or come back at any time you wish.

The location of Downland House is on Beach Road, one of the main roads out of Woolacombe, though it is pretty quiet. It is a short walk downhill in to the town (no more than 10 minutes) and of course a slight walk uphill when you return.

I had never been to Woolacombe before and it is a very small seaside town with a huge lovely beach (good for surfers), and quite a few shops and places to eat, but to be honest there is little else to do there.

For me the best thing about the area was the land owned by the National Trust (all along the coast between Mortehoe and Woolacombe), which has prevented the building of houses and hotels and apartments. Some of the land along the coast is crammed with buildings so it is nice to have places like Morte Point and Woolacombe Down still available to walk on.

If you like mild walking in lovely surroundings, or on dramatic coastlines, then this area is a lovely place to stay,

Best "secret" thing we found was Barricane Beach, just along from the main beach in Woolcombe (going towards Mortehoe). This lovely little beach has large rocks either side so is a long thin beach, but it has a small cafe that does lovely food in the evening (from 6pm but I am not sure if it is every night). Lovely to sit outside on the veranda of the cafe and eat your evening meal watching the sun go down.

Room Tip: Room one has a fairly small bathroom. One of the other roooms I believe has a separate bathroom.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We stayed here for one night following a wedding reception. What a great choice! Downland House is the best B&B we have ever stayed at! Clean, a lovely large, bright room, and all very tastefully done. It can't come more highly recommended. The couple that run Downland House were friendly and helpful and are clearly doing an excellent job. It was also the best breakfast we'd had on this particular five day trip!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Martin E
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

What a great place to stay. The service was friendly and polite, the breakfasts were tasty and filling (and held in a lovely conservatory each morning) and the room was fantastic. The room was clean, tidy and filled with bright sunshine. Not only did we have a great view directly onto the beach from the window, but we also a private balcony to enjoy the evenings on. The property is very close to the beach (about a 5 minute walk) and we will definitely come back :)

Room Tip: Room 1 has the best sea views
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andy_kd
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

stayed at the Downland House for a night just recently (would have loved to stay longer...) and loved it!! one of the most beautiful B&Bs I have ever stayed at, immaculately clean, a wonderful bright sunny room with lovely decor, two very friendly hosts, excellent breakfast and the best - a private balcony with the most stunning views over the bay, beach, ocean and countryside.
Will 100% go back there!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank julia w
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and we had a lovely stay. The bed was so comfy and I loved the decor of room 3 and the big fluffy towels were fab. The breakfast was really enjoyable, in fact I think it's one of the best I have had. We would definetly stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Thank hayleybelle
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Went on line Mon night when weather looked settled booked B&B arrived Wed morning excellent room with balcony overlooking hillside and beach amazing views. Very well decorated throughout. Cilla and Keith made us very welcome. There are some big pubs serving food all day but this was not for us we found a very good restaurant just around the corner from the main area The Brassieria, excellent food and wonderful surroundings we watched the sun go down on the balcony and then had a very good meal. We sat on lovely beach reading and chilling all in all excellent 3 days away.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

This B&B is finished to a very high standard with comfortable beds, sea view balconies in all rooms and generously sized bathrooms. Friendly hosts and excellent food. Good location, very peaceful. Off road parking. Wholly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Downland House

Address: Downland House Beach Road, Woolacombe EX34 7BT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Woolacombe
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Woolacombe
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated Edwardian residence offering stylish and comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation. All three rooms are king size doubles with their own private facilities and each has a balcony with sea, beach and countryside views. Ample parking and just a short stroll to the beach, local shops, pubs and restaurants. ... more   less 
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Downland House Woolacombe, Devon

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