This was our fourth stay at this hotel for a short break mid december. Last year we were snowed in.After booking out and having tried all exit roads from Teignmouth to no avail, had to return to the hotel and ask to stay another night. The staff could not have been kinder, and they were just as welcoming and kind this year. The rooms have been refurbished and are kept scrupulously clean although a little on the warm side.
The rate was actually reduced this year, a sign of the times perhaps but something has to go when the hotel is not receiving the same amount of money as it did last year. Unfortunately this was the quality of the food. The options for breakfast have been reduced over the years and similarly those of the evening meal. They are still acceptable but not quite as good as they used to be. The prices in the small bar are not excessive for an hotel but you may have to wait a little while to be served.
As the hotel caters for the blind you are likely to encounter lots of dogs in the dining room and lounge and so really need to like dogs.
The gardens are large, lovely, and very pleasant to walk in even in winter.
Teignmouth is a nice town but don't try to get an evening meal there after 4.00pm as the catering establishments are all closed.
The good points of the hotel outweigh any small disappointments and we will be back again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cliffden Hotel was built as a private House in 1815 for Sir John Strachan on 35 acres of grounds adjacent to the Dawlish Road. The original gardens were built in the Regency style gardens, with smooth lawns, shrubberies and trelliswork and wall-plants against the lower storey of the house. In 1988, the then current owner Dr Mules retired, he put Cliffden House up for sale with the understanding that it would be used for "greater good". The House was purchased by Guide Dogs for the blind and converted to a hotel which offer accommodation to both blind, sighted and partially sighted guests. The hotel now sits in 7 acres of landscaped gardens, and a short walk through these private grounds brings you to the glorious seafront at Teignmouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliffden Hotel Teignmouth, Devon