Travel Blogs from Torquay
Dartmoor is extensive high ridge country north of Plymouth, with open grassland, forests, gullies and gorges, wild ponies, sheep, army, prison, pubs, and lots of legends.
We had lunch with Allan and Lesley and Jake at a pub run by an award winning chef, then did a loop up over the moor on our way to the next call at Ivybridge.
Plymouth has always been a strategic port for England, none more so than when the Spanish armada called. Part of the armada anchored in the bay, whereupon Francis Drake declared he had to finish his game of bowls before sorting them out. The storm gods were on his side, and the rest is ...
... and friends I've been expected to add features re the places we saw, hotels we stayed in and attractions and things we did.
For those who haven't read my blog before, we started off on the 18th December 2013 with 5 days in Dubai, followed by 4 weeks in Australia including Christmas and New Year, then 3 unbelievable weeks touring the North and South Islands of New Zealand, then 5 restful days ...
Well what can I say we are finally home safe and well in Devon. Words can not even begin to describe what a fantastic holiday we have had. Things could not have been better. Will most definitely miss the warm weather and the beautiful scenery. Time goes so fast when you are having fun. Look forward to catching up with you all and sharing our stories and photos. Much love Emma and Greg ...
While we were in Scotland Prue and I got the sad news that my aunty had passed away. Her funeral was held in Exeter so we made the trip down to pay our respects and to read the eulogy on behalf of my mum. It was obviously a sad day, but the service was a great tribute to my aunty and she was, and always will be remembered as, a very giving person, who always made family a huge ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Cimon Torquay
Great value for money
As a family of four with two teenagers, we wanted to be near the city centre without being on top of it, with its associated crowds and noise. Hotel Cimon is perfect for this. Amenities such as the pool, the views, the ample parking, access to restaurants (Dennis and John provide a comprehensive list), the massive breakfast and the commitment to customer service made Hotel Cimon a great holiday option for us. We stayed four nights and found this to be a great jumping-off point for exploring the many area beaches. Driving home, we all agreed that this was as enjoyable a family holiday as our much more expensive get-aways.
Great guest house
Certainly lived up to its web site .We had a superior room - large and tastefully decorated.
The owners were extremely helpful and friendly- and have given the place warmth
and a special feel.
We had wonderful weather and had excellent breakfasts on the deck round the pool .
Centrally located though steep hill .
We wanted a fairly stylish, not necessarily cheap, definitely not chintzy, small hotel as a base when visiting relatives in Babbacombe (our experiences with Babbacombe hotels on past trips varied from the so-so to the dreadful). The reviews for Hotel Cimon looked encouraging and my phone call to book was so welcoming and enthusiastic that I was cautiously optimistic that we'd cracked it this time. And I was not disappointed.
My husband and I have just returned from the Hotel Cimon for a 4 day break and we was not disappointed. Tthe Hotel Cimon is a lovely hotel, situated about 5 mins from the centre of Torquay. It has a heated swimming pool, and a nice garden effect with tropical plants etc. The bedrooms are comfortable, clean and have extrodinarily high ceilings. All bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, alarm clock radio's, hairdryers and all ensuite. The owners Dennis and John were friendly, polite and very helpful. The breakfasts were huge and there was plenty of choice from fruit and yogurts to the full english breakfast. If we ever go to Torquay agin we will stay here!
A great break
Found the hotel by chance. The welcome was both warm and inviting. All the people all the hotel staff were friendly and very helpful and this made my stay very enjoyable and relaxing. I was a stranger to Torquay but their advice was both sound and invaluable.
My room was very comfortable, immaculate, and had a great sea view. The breakfasts were huge, home-cooked and excellent.
Overall I would recommend the Hotel Cimon to anybody and I will certainly be returning.
Very close to the busy centre but peaceful with a gorgeous pool.
My boyfriend and I booked this hotel with 2 children in tow, after looking at the Hotels main website and making an online enquiry. When I phoned to make the booking, I was informed that the family room was small but the older child could have a room of her own at no extra cost.
Great short break
Just spent a weekend at Hotel Cimon on the recommendation of this site, and can say I was certainly not disappointed. The rooms are clean, the breakfasts hearty, and the hotel is well placed for the shops, bars and harbour. There is the added bonus of a heated outdoor pool. The owners Dennis and John are friendly and very welcoming. As someone who usually stays in large chain hotels, this gem has been a great find.
This lovely, comfortable and clean hotel has everything to recommend it. The rooms are nicely decorated and the owners are extremely friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool which is set in a tropical like garden and is kept very clean and well maintained. It is within about 5 minutes walking distance to Torquay town centre and is excellent value for money. I have stayed at this hotal three times now and would not hesitate to go back.
just returned from a lovely stay at the hotel cimon. Spent two nights and can't say enough about the exemplary service that Dennis provided for my girlfriend and I. The pool area is fantastic, pool was heated perfectly for the cool weather we had. If you want a friendly, clean and relaxing place to stay in torquay the hotel cimon is the place to go.
Such a lovely hotel - a real 'home from home'. Dennis and John are the owners, and really can't do enough for you. They were telling me over a drink in the bar one night that they took the hotel over in early 2004 and have already made massive changes, including completely overhauling the sun-trap of a terrace by adding tropical planting, decking and wonderful garden furniture and sunloungers to enjoy the Torquay sun on. And, which is quite rare for a hotel in Torquay - they have a 30ft heated swimming pool! The rooms are lovely and clean, with amazing high ceilings as the hotel's a converted Victorian mansion. They are all en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and a TV, and many of the rooms have lovely views over the pool and the sea. The hotel bar reminds me of a 'traditional' English pub, you'll normally find Dennis being 'head-bar man' and you can spend an evening chatting away to him, getting advice on Torquay's local attractions or alternatively sit on your own in a corner of the bar, unwinding after a busy day. The hotel is bed and breakfast, and the breakfasts are absolutely amazing, proper home cooking, and will really set you up for the day, though I think they also do snacks during the day time (not that I needed it after the breakfast!) It's really centrally located, with the town and the sea front both in walking distance. We came across this hotel by chance but we'll definitely be going back for the warm welcome and the lovely atmosphere.