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“A special, unique gem of a B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Olivia House

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Olivia House
Ranked #2 of 20 Porthcawl B&B and Inns
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“A special, unique gem of a B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

What a welcome we had after whizzing down the M4 on a Friday afternoon - the wine and glasses were in the sitting room waiting for us! Our hostess Annette was so warm and generous and the place itself was fascinating, cosy and quirky and you were immediately put at ease. We stayed in the French room, which was very comfortable and I loved the roll top bath and the beautiful toile de jouy fabric.
The full Welsh breakfast was a meal to last the day and was absolutely delicious with an extraordinary array of food, including 'Welsh caviar'. Nothing quite like lavabread, which you either love or hate!
Nothing was too much for Annette and we can't recommend the experience highly enough!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

What a special place ! my husband and I unfortunately only stayed for one night we could have easily stayed for longer. The house itself is beautiful, full of character. We were welcomed very warmly by a lady called Lynne and a cat called Elliot ( the most beautiful cat ever!) we immediately felt at home! The room was very special, we stayed in the French room where I thoroughly enjoyed a nice hot soak in the rolled top bath whilst watching tv, what more would you want, pure relaxation! Breakfast was stunning, compliments to the chef! I can't recommend this place enough, if your planning to stay in porthcawl this is the place to stay!

Room Tip: The French room has a lovely relaxing bath in the corner of the room, nice touch!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

It is the second time we have stayed at Olivia House in the last two months and each time we found it to be the perfect little retreat for my girlfriend and I away from the hustle and bustle. The hosts Annette and Lynne were wonderful, so accommodating, they made our stay special each time. In the morning they will also serve you the perfect full English breakfast using the "best ingredients" and I am very fussy! I am also an interior designer and I loved the character of each room, it is very cosy, elegant, lots of character with the communal dining room, lounge and kitchen where you are able to play chess or simply have a few Grey Goose or coffee before leaving for dinner.

Our first stay was in The French Room, where after dining at a local restaurant with a few glasses of vino it was back to the hotel for a night cap and a chat with our host then retired to our room with a bottle of champagne and chocolates, ran a big bubble bath which is situated within the room and watched a few DVD's provided by the hotel!

Our second stay was in The Balcony Room which boasts the largest bed i've ever seen or slept in, so comfortable! The hosts were also more than happy, as one of our couples is a chef (if we didn't make too much of a mess of course!) for us to purchase some local scallops, fish and prepare a beautiful dinner which we had in the dining room along with a few bottles of wine, Annette and a friend joined us later on, it was a fabulous evening of food, conversation and laughter! The following morning after breakfast, a coffee and newspaper reading session on the balcony, Lily and I took a walk along the beach for a little fresh air and watched the waves crashing on the rocks, beautiful! (Picture attached).

I would urge anyone who was looking for a relaxing weekend away to pay this quaint establishment a visit! I would also like to thank you guys once again for making our stay a very special one and look forward to seeing you again very soon x

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Penarth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed at the hospitality of the Olivia House team and we're treated like royalty. The use of house including the dining room for a dinner party was an amazing treat. Annette made this a home from home and Lynne fed us until we smiled. Will put this on my must visit again list! Thank you OH!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

We had such a lovely weekend at Olivia house. The rooms were beautifully and individually decorated, i had a brilliant couple of nights sleep in the extremely comfortable bed, and was treated to a delicious welsh breakfast in the morning, which was definitely needed! Annette and co were absolute stars too. Thank you for a great weekend, there's nowhere else in porthcawl that I would rather stay!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

I've stayed in many Hotels, Guest Houses and B&B's all around the World but never in one where I have been made so welcome.
Nothing was too much trouble and the level of comfort was incredible. This is certainly on my list of places to visit again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Bodrum City, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

We traveled from Turkey for a family party in Porthcawl in November and booked 5 rooms at the Olivia.
It is a wonderful place, very quirky and the hostess Annette was an amazing character full of life.
The rooms were very clean and warm, having a nice sitting room to use was also a great bonus when with a big group as we were.

Fantastic breakfast cooked by Annette and also Linda, you wont need to eat again all day.
We were the only guests there at the time and had a party one evening and this was perfectly acceptable and I think we used every glass in the house nothing was too much trouble for the hostess.

Definitely will stay again and recommend this wonderful house. Not just a B and B you felt like it was home.

5 stars are not enough this place gets many more than that
Merina, Simon and inci Phillips

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Olivia House

Property: Olivia House
Address: 44 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Porthcawl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Porthcawl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Olivia House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Olivia House, Porthcawl's only Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Indulge yourself in the splendor of our magnificent surrounds and awaken to our fantastic, locally sourced full Welsh breakfast ... more   less 
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Olivia House Porthcawl, Wales

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