Soar Mill Cove Hotel
Travel Blogs from Salcombe
... designed to keep wrecked sailors from drowning in the huge waves of a storm on the low-lying breakwater. It was a beautiful sunny day for our cruise. The cruise was an optional extra and a few of our fellow travellers didn't go, but Stuart and myself really enjoyed cruising down the sound. Stuart loved seeing the huge Naval ships and submarines docked at the base. The Americans on board were amazed how we were able to cruise right past the ships ...
... next 300 years. During the Roman occupation of Britain, and possibly on the instructions of Emperor Claudius, engineers drove oak piles to provide a stable foundation into the mud and surrounded the spring with an irregular stone chamber lined with lead. In the 2nd century it was enclosed within a wooden barrel-vaulted building, and included the caldarium (hot bath), tepidarium (warm bath), and frigidarium (cold bath). After the Roman withdrawal from ...
... And so into the wee hours with a bottle of Baileys to muddy their next day of Ji Gong and Tai Chi. us wese gotta head North.... Got a ferry to catch we have First to Deborah and Andy's in the Perigord, their garden burst forth garlic and cucumbers, gladioli and monster fragrant lilies, only have time for lunch, with a 12 hour drive ahead, but It's easy enough with glimpses of Chartres and Rouen en route, Forest here, farmland there, a night under giant pines ...
... She drew inspiration from the house and gardens and included them ina number of her "who-done-it"novels.
However, we think the jewel in Devon's crown is Dartmoor. Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon and is Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers some 954 sqkm. What a treat Dartmoor is where we saw lots of ponies in the wild, ...
... My other favorite thing was a beautifully executed frieze in the library, done by an American Lt. during the Coastguard occupation of the house. It was about 5 ft. in height at the top of 3 and 1/2 walls in the library, depicting the American war experience for this group of soldiers from their deployment to their return home.
When we got back to Dartmouth, Ron really wanted ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Soar Mill Cove Hotel Salcombe
Normal No Thank Goodness
Writing from the comfort of a complimentary laptop while staying at this charming hotel with my wife and baby. I would rarely been drawn to comment, but having followed the links from their website to yours I felt the need for clarity over the cost of a break at The Soar Mill Cove Hotel.
We will be paying £460 (note "the will be" - no give me your credit card as you arrive here!). For this we are enjoying 3 days and 2 nights of unashamed luxury, to be precise a very large and comfortable room with giant bed and spotlessly clean bathroom - not just clean but gleaming clean.
Then there's the view - a pure slice of heaven so dramatic that this cannot be understated. The previous reviewer seemed to think was a gift of nature, unfortunately these gifts actually require paying for otherwise I would have one too!
I can see the problem here though, its rather hard to describe, its a very unfussy sort of luxury totally unpretentious. I think its just that the same people have been doing it so long that its all so natural. It would not please a Golf Club mentality, where else would you find a wine list with a satisfaction guarantee that states (I guess a little tongue in cheek) that if you don't like the wine the proprietors wife will drink it! I don't think its ever going to appeal to bargain hunters, you see it only starts to register as a bargain when you realise all the good its done you and that's actually priceless to me.
Incidentally the wifi broadband service I am using is free of charge as is the cream tea that I am enjoying, local cream, homemade scones & even homemade jams - that's really the difference from the norm you see, everything's of a really good quality and they seem content not to try and sting you for all those little extras. You see I usually find bargains are never really that good when it comes down to detail.
Sorry to be leaving tomorrow, but great to have found a bolt hole so extraordinary.
I find it absolutely mind blowing that a small hotel in rural Devon (and its not the only one in this country) can charge £200 per night for bed and breakfast. I don't care how beautiful the sea is, that is nature's gift to us and it comes free. A 5 star hotel in London costs the same price as a rural bed and breakfast in rural England now and that cannot be right. As long as people are willing to pay these extortionate prices and getting duped into thinking this is value for money then i can't see the situation in the UK changing. May I add that elsewhere in Europe and the USA the cost (out of main cities) for this standard and BETTER is half the price. Mad dogs and Englishmen as they say.
We have just returned from a long weekend at the Soar Mill Cove and cannot recommend it highly enough. The hotel nestles into the hillside in synergy with its surroundings and the welcome you receive is very warm and friendly; we arrived late but there was no problem in providing a cooked children's meal. The rooms are very clean and spacious and the sea facing rooms have spectacular views. Every effort had been made to accommodate our unusual family (comprising triplets and a further child 1 yr older) which we much appreciated. There is a children's tea where a really good selection of quality food is offered with varying specials each day - children can even have a fresh fruit knickbocker glory! The evening meal is an adult only affair which gives parents a relaxing time; the food is exquisite and the service attentive and friendly. All the staff have been at the hotel for a long time and are friendly and knowledgable and the owners are also on hand to exchange anecdotes & funny stories. Breakfast is for the whole family and the choice and quality is superb. The strength of this hotel is that is accommodates both children and adults without comprising either. There is a small indoor heated pool, a large chess set, a games room with billiards and table tennis, some small outside toys for tots and a large climbing frame with swings. In addition there is and loads of open space to fly kites, models planes or just run around. The hotel is ideally situated for long family walks and seashell hunting on the beach and the cream teas at the end of all that fresh air have to be eaten to be believed. All in all - one of the best we have come across and our family take some accommodating!
We welcomed the New Year in at Soar Mill Cove Hotel in Devon in a fantastic three night break. We were warmly welcomed by the host Keith Makepeace and were extremely well looked after from that point on. The family accomodation was superb with every luxury you could wish for.
The National Trust land surrounding the hotel enticed us to go out exploring. Our first walk led us across the downs to the Port Light Public House for some well deserved refreshment.
The food throughout our stay was absolutely delicious culminating in the excellent gourmet New Year's Eve dinner. There was a friendly house party atmosphere and with music and dancing we welcomed the New Year in in style.
A great start to the year and we will be going back soon!
Remote - but worth it
Generally a very positive experience. Current roadworks made the journey to the ralatively remote location more complicated, but well worth the effort. Plus, the location is part of its charm. Excellent food; polite, friendly and efficient staff; good accomodation with magnificent views. Although not sure the sea view supplement is good value - sea glimpse would be more accurate.
My wife and I went to the Soar Mill Coe for a relaxing weekend break, leaving the children with the grandparents. It was our first weekend away on our own for 4 years so we wanted serious relaxation. The Soar Mill Cove Hotel did not let us down. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left the staff could not have been more helpful. The hotel is unstuffy and dinner was informal (the last thing I wanted was to wear a jacket and tie when I wear them all week at work)the food was excellent and the breakfast perfect.
Soar Mill Cove is an excellent location for walking and we undertook a pleasant 3 hour walk to Salcombe and back around the coast on the first day. We also used the sauna and the pool my wife had a very reasonably priced and excellent massage.
The only negative comment is that some of the decor in the bar and longe could do with updating, but that may just be down to personal taste.
The weekend break represented good value for money and we will certainly return again.
Treat yourself - stay in this gorgeous hotel!
This is a wonderful hotel and we enjoyed our stay immensely. Friendly, attentive, professional staff; great food; amazing views of the hills and sea. Not all rooms have sea views but ours did, and I believe all the rooms have patios with sunloungers. I think it would be absolutely amazing in summer but it was great even in autumn - lovely sunsets over the sea!
The decor gives it quite a formal feel, and the other guests were indeed dressed quite formally, but then I guess it is a fairly expensive luxury hotel so that's probably to be expected! We slobbed out and got room service for most of our meals - there was no extra charge for this (gratuity at your own discretion) and they made the full menu available to us. The decor in the room is on the twee side, but I promise it won't bother you even if you are a fan of modern decor in hotels as I am - the rest of it is just too lovely for it to matter. We felt so pampered and lucky to be in such a lovely spot.
Just a tiny word of warning, the notice that says the towel rail is very hot - believe it!! If you have young kids, ask them to switch it off as they might burn themselves.
The hotel also has a health spa and pool which we didn't use (should have stayed longer) and a small games room with pool and table tennis, which added to the fun. Most rooms have video and CD players and you can borrow videos free from the bar.
Fulfilled all the promises made in the brochure
The Makepeace families hands on approach to hotelkeeping is a refreshing change to the faceless big company alternative. We returned from three magical days, where all the promises made in the brochure were fullfilled and in many cases exceeded. Gargantuous cream tea on arrival with homemade everything, lovely private room, rather quaintly named "Up Above", breathtaking scenery and probably the best English summer weather in years.
Whilst there we checked out The Marine, l had remembered old aunts talking about fondly when I was too young to be allowed there it seemed to be almost an institution to them, it now seemed to be about as welcoming as "An Institution", I enclose a review of this.
This has got to be unique, a real eclectic mix of old world hospitality and modern London service standards - a genuine team of friendly staff, contemporary rooms with big comfy beds, most have views to take your breathe away.
We had a superior room for 2, it certainly had the wow factor - had a look in what they call their "Classic's" they seemed just as smart but not quite as big and without the sea view.
The last reviewer is correct that they are certainly not cheap, however they give more than I have ever experienced without looking out to get the last penny all the time, which really is quite refreshing. Unless you are going to order Lobster (which we did and it was Brilliant) there don't seem to be the usual supplements that so many others charge. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and I found it to represent good value.
Dinner is a real event, the food is serious stuff and they take the organic local ingredients approach, which I really appreciate. The owner introduced himself on our first night, and seemed to really care that we had all the information we needed to make the most of our stay. I guess one thing that helps this place is that he is just a nice young guy, insists on just been called Keith and all the staff seem to genuinely like working there.
All the staff are stars, but I must mention their Polish restaurant manager - Sylvester very charismatic with a lovely dry sense of humour and oh, so handsome!
We enjoyed their "Devonshire Breakfast" each morning, I opted for the "Bungalow" (half sized) sized option as they call it and my partner enjoyed a "Mansion" (double sized!), we enjoyed this delivered to our patio with a glass of really fresh juices and some good strong coffee. Okay its England so we were wrapped up in a blanket as it still seemed cool, but England is hard to beat when you find a real gem and this is one that I want to make my one special bolthole.
We had a nose at some of the other hotels in and around Salcombe, the Marine looked awful- cheap but it looked it, faceless big company, Tides Reach looked smart, but Soar Mill Cove just seems to have an undefineable somthing that makes it a special place.
We paid £299 each for 3 nights including a calorie busting cream tea when we arrived, dinner each night and the breakfasts. The Lobster cost us £15 extra, but the room service was free and well I wont say how much wine we drank but we took the wine waiters recommendation each night and it was faultless. They offer an unusual guarantee, which I have never seen elsewhere - If you don't like the wine you have chosen, then just don't pay for it! You can't get fairer than that. Bill inc everything was about £700. Not cheap, but then this is not the Holiday Inn, its for special occasions and for re charging worn down batteries. What you're getting is top London style in the country and then you realise you would have to pay a fortune for this back in town.
Yes, the Sax was great, however this would be my only complaint he only plays on Saturdays apparently so time your stay with care!
Nice but expensive
This small hotel is suited at the top of a beautiful cove. The view from the sea facing rooms are very nice. You can walk down to the cove, and along the cliffs, though it is quite steep. The hotel itself, incommon with many other 'luxury' hotels in devon and cornwall, is very expensive. In this case they at least have 4 stars from the AA and RAC, most others have no stars at all and charge the same or greater money. The rooms are very good and clean, though not luxurious. This is a family friendly hotel, with lots of outdoor things for the kids, such as climbing frames, mini golf and play room with snooker and table tennis. They provide childrens meals, either from the menu or your own preference. A fridge in the room for baby's milk would have been nice, though they did supply fresh milk for your morning tea each evening. The restaurant is a 'gourmet' one. The food is very good. If you are staying there for more that a long weekend, you may want to try somewhere else to eat, just to break things up. After 3 days of gourmet food, fish and chips from the holiday caravan site at the top of the hill seemed very attractive!. Breakfasts are good. As usual picture of the hotel indoor pool makes it look very much bigger than it actually is, though it is ideal for children. The staff were very friendly, and service in the restaurant was faultless. The only negative things, 1. The price of wine was excessive and 2. They provide travel cots for babies (as most hotels do) rather than the more confortable and larger wooden cots. You need a car to go anywhere. They also provide a small library and a cupboard full of board games. Call the hotel direct to negotiate the best deal, which will only work out of the main july/august season.