Soar Mill Cove Hotel
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What an emotional few days its been! Not crying when I expected to and crying at unexpected moments. Probably not helped by my organisational skills (or lack of them) and leaving EVERYTHING to the final few days to sort out; including jabs, rucksack buying, moving out, selling belongings, packing, opening bank accounts. Remaining surprisingly calm and not ...
... the road then another 3 or 4 bikes came by going very fast. Then an open top Military Land cruiser with about six troops sat around a machine gun,(these troops often beat people who don't clear the road quickly enough came by we were told). This was followed by police cars all with sirens on, followed by 3 bullet proof black cars which he must have been in one of them. Behind these ...
... crew, a captain and a man serving drinks. The captain had an easy job driving but the other guy worked hard making drinks for the thirsty guests! We all were in a fab tipsy mood and Kate and Sarah said we should go to the Boma restaurant. When the boat docked at about 6 30 we went straight to the restaurant. On arriving the staff put African robes on us and the boys joined in with some traditional dancing. They served a huge Buffet and gave out drums to ...
... we were taken for a lunch at another beautifully thatched lodge.
We ate Impala stew which was delicious. We all ate too much, this and the early start everyone was ready for a sleep, however we had a boat safari planned on the Linyanti river which divides Botswana and Namibia. Again the wild life had benefited from the lack of poaching and hunting, the animals were relaxed with us near by. The trip took a couple of hours, we ...
... area we were driving through seemed very organised and tidy compared to those huts we had seen near Chinoyi. It was fascinating looking at the way the families had laid out their huts for different purposes.
Eventually after 9 hours we got to Victoria Fall town where we checked into our hotel. We quickly unpacked and headed out for high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel. From here you can see the falls and the huge cloud of spray thrown up. There is a great ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Soar Mill Cove Hotel Salcombe
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.