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Tuesday the 17th of
September – The night had
been a little rainy with some wind but no where near as strong as the
wind we experienced when we stopped to take photos on a cliff top the
previous day. The day became wetter as we drove towards Whimple
where Ali was staying with her parents. We stopped a couple of
times, both very pretty towns but hard to appreciate in the rain. I
finally found a fascinater to go with my ...
This morning we did some exploring of the countryside around us. Pete went of for a short run as directed by Cary - he missed the first turn he was meant to take as it looked like a farm track. Consequently, he ended up with a longer than intended run! The kids and I went for a walk around the lanes with Cary, Eddie and their Emily. Still no sign of any wildlife though. After lunch, we headed off ...
... causing a great deal of stress to many friends, about how quickly my departure time was approaching and how much I had to do still, I slowly, with much procrastination, ploughed through my checklist of tasks! With only an hour sleep last night, my emotions have undoubtedly been all over the place! Never did I realise how difficult saying goodbye would be to family ...
The next morning Shane went into work and we got up late. After lunch Shane took us up to a part of his old farm where he still owned a game reserve. About 2000 acres set aside solely for animals. This used to be a good business as hunters would pay large amounts of money to go on hunting camps. Now lots of the game had been poached, the fence has been pulled down and stolen.
Day 1 at the falls
We had breakfast at the Ilala Hotel. A beautifully thatched building, very colonial and offering a huge variety of breakfast. After breakfast we went on a Helicopter ride over the waterfall. The helicopter was a 4 man plus pilot, quite small. We had to be weighed and and positioned in the helicopter accordingly.
The view was amazing, we could see elephant, hippos buffalo all on the outskirts of the town. Although expensive we would ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Haytor Hotel Torquay
My husband and I stayed for one night at the Haytor and was absolutely enchanted with the whole experience. We were offered tea/coffee on arrival by a warm welcoming and friendly face.
We stayed in the four poster bedroom; excellent decor with a double aspect window - very pretty and more importantly spotlessly clean. Complimentary tea/coffee/biscuits plus bottled water also in our room and greatly appreciated.
In fact the whole hotel was spotless and a huge credit to the owners. Breakfast the following morning was freshly cooked - perfect. We will certainly make this our first port of call next time we visit Torquay.
On arriving at the Haytor my daughter and I were immediately struck by the quiet elegance and style of the hotel and gardens. The warm welcome by the owners made us feel immediately at home and we were delighted with our large bedroom and immaculate en-suite bathroom. All the rooms we saw in the hotel were spotlessly clean and the decor appeared to be have been painted yesterday! It is obvious that much care and thought has gone into making this a very lovely and special "home" for all the guests.
The breakfasts were beautifully cooked and 'set us up' for the day.
We will have no hesitation in returning to this little jewel in the heart of Torquay, and in recommending it to all our friends and family.
Comfy and clean
we found this hotel to be friendly, clean and did a decent breakfast. The shower caused a few problems and we had no electric when we got back one night. But apart from that we enjoyed our short stay!.
Immaculate, Outstanding - Highly Recommend!
I booked this hotel as accommodation for a team of Managers & two Managing Directors from our company.
Shortly after checking into the hotel, I received calls from two members of the party informing me of how wonderful the hotel was! The next day I had other reports of how good the breakfast, service, cleanliness and location was and upon their return to the office each and every individual that had stayed at the Haytor, came and thanked me personally for choosing and booking the Haytor.
A truely wonderful place and somewhere we will definitely be staying again. We quite regulary book hotels and never have I received such fantastic positive feedback.
Very pleasant Easter stay 2005
My husband and I stayed at the Haytor Hotel this Easter (2005) and found it excellent value for money. We were made welcome on our arrival and our room, although the en-suite bathroom was quite small, was clean and very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and staff friendly. Will definately return.
Stayed here on the 3rd/ 4th April 2004. A clean and pleasant hotel.
Commendation for the Haytor Hotel
The Hotel is located a short walk from the Harbour with a number of local restaurants nearby. My wife enjoyed the shopping centre and facilities of Torquay and there are a number of beaches in close proximity to the east of the Harbour.The Hotel staff were always friendly and courteous and the rooms were clean and well furnished. I particularly liked the welcoming chocolate/flowers left in the room each day!!I would thoroughly recommend the Hotel and look forward to visiting on my next journey to the West Country.
We'll certainly return
An exceptionally pleasant hotel with decent service and accommodating proprietors. Well certainly return to return during our next visit to the West Country.