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The Somerville, 515 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 1HJ

B&B - Sleeps 16

Welcomes adults, children,

Average Rating from 255 reviews: 4.96
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The Somerville

Contact Details

Grant Chapman
info@somervillehotel.co.uk
Tel - 01803 294 755
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Awarded Devon B&B of the Year 2012-13 by Visit Devon. Variety of suites and rooms, including some ground floor. Centrally located, free private car park.

Boutique style 5 Star Gold Award accommodation for holiday or business guests. Ground floor standard room (twin or super king) ideal for guests with restricted mobility. Larger deluxe rooms on ground and first floor. Junior suites with separate seating area or lounge, and two further suites, ideal for special occasions. Bar and guest lounge. Award-winning breakfast served in the conservatory. Continental room service menu also available. Qualified beauty therapist available for beauty treatment or massage.

Visit Torquay’s harbour, marina and beaches, or award-winning public parks and gardens. Paignton Zoo, Plymouth National Marine Aquarium, Babbacombe Model village and Torre Abbey all close by.

  • 5 Star Gold Award Winning B&B Hotel
  • Choice of rooms, including ground floor
  • All rooms with modern en-suites
  • Beauty treatments and massage
  • Extensive continental buffet
  • A la carte cooked breakfast menu
  • Luxury pocket sprung mattresses
  • Free Wi-Fi access. Digital flat screen TVs
  • See website for special offers

“Don’t bother booking anywhere else”

“Attention to detail is second to none.......including a dish of jelly babies”

“Best breakfasts by far and very welcoming hosts”

“I honestly can’t see how anyone could not like this place”

“We highly recommend the hotel for a luxurious relaxing break, suitable for everyone!”

“I honestly cannot fault this hotel in any way”

“I have stayed now at the Somerville a number of times and just keep coming back!”

“The breakfasts are delicious and cooked specifically to your request. If you want extra of anything you just need to ask”

“If you enjoy staying in a property which feels opulent as well as comfortable, the Somerville is the place for you”

“The location is also excellent, being just a short walk from the harbour and town centre”

“attention to detail normally associated with very highly priced 4 or 5 star hotels - this is wonderful value for money”

“It is clean, probably the cleanest place we have ever stayed”

“Adam and Grant were the perfect hosts and we will definitely be returning”

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Review Review No. 255 of 255

Recommended by:

Alan M - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 68 - 73
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A wonderful stay!”

What a gem! So, so comfortable and welcoming. Peter and Helen treated us like royalty, nothing was too much trouble for them and they really did make us feel at home.

The rooms and furnishings throughout are beautiful and really nice quality bedding, it makes such a difference. Breakfast was exceptionally good, very varied and the cooked breakfast menu offered excellent quality local produce superbly cooked by Helen.

Helen was also responsible for the wonderful cakes that were left out for all to enjoy, and if we happened to bump into Peter when helping ourselves, two pots of tea would appear too!

Peter is a fantastic host, always interested in what we planned to do or what we had already done and always had suggestions to make our time more enjoyable..... and he was always right.

We had a fantastic stay at the Somerville and plan to become regular visitors. You will not regret staying there, 5 stars are not enough.

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast and the cakes!

Local Gems:

Cockington,
Hay tor on Dartmoor,
Hanburys fish restaurant in Babbacombe,
Brixham

Alan M from Rainham in Kent - 8th October 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/10/2016
By Alan M - Kent

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Review Review No. 254 of 255

Recommended by:

charles E - Herefordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 74 - 74
  •  
  • 0
  • 0
Stayed:

3 Nights
October - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great place, great hosts”

Excellent accommodation - we stayed in the Garden Suite. Breakfast was of an excellent standard no streaky bacon here.

A nice touch was the homemade cake made available every afternoon. A word of warning here, avoid the fudge and flapjack cake as it is disgustingly fattening and ever so moreish. Very welcome after a day
s sightseeing with a cup of tea or coffee. overall an excellent stay.

Specifically Recommend:

The fudge and flapjack cake.

Local Gems:

No 7 Fish Restaurant.
Oddicombe beach.

Charles E, Hereford - October 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/10/2016
By charles E - Herefordshire

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Review Review No. 253 of 255

Recommended by:

Greg M - Wiltshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 48 - 49
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The Best B&B Ever”

The Best B&B we have every stayed in! The hosts were perfect, the facilities great and the food was absolutely awesome! Breakfast consists of a huge cold buffet which features local produce and home baking. This is followed by the most extensive hot breakfast menu and nothing is too much trouble.

Coupled with cake available throughout the stay, it’s a good job The Somerville is conveniently placed for walks into Torquay, the Promenade and Countryside!

A brilliant, relaxing stay and one to be recommended to all.

Specifically Recommend:

The Breakfast!

Local Gems:

The boat and steam train trip is well worthwhile, taking in Dartmouth and the scenic coastal railway to Paignton

En Route:

We visited Exeter on the way down and had a great visit, using the Park & Ride to avoid the City queues!

Greg M from Swindon, Wilts - 6th October 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/10/2016
By Greg M - Wiltshire

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Review Review No. 252 of 255

Recommended by:

James D - Berkshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“This excellent B&B was the ideal place from which to explore Torbay”

Peter and Helen made us feel very welcome indeed. We found our accommodation spacious, well equipped, clean and very comfortable. The breakfasts were excellent and kept us going all day. Peter and Helen are genial hosts and Peter in particular demonstrated ample local knowledge which was much appreciated whether it was suggesting interesting places to visit or where to eat or how to get around the area.

Cake for guests could be found under the stairs each day which we took full advantage of and was always delicious.

Off-road parking is ample and we also spent time relaxing in the garden which was well maintained and not overlooked.

The B&B is a short walk to the marina and many of the local restaurants which we found extremely convenient.

Specifically Recommend:

We found the breakfasts to be excellent and the short walk to the marina and town to be very convenient.

Local Gems:

The coastal path to Babbacombe was lovely with great views.

James D from Woodley, Berkshire - 4th October 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/10/2016
By James D - Berkshire

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Recommended by:

Dave K - Reading

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 58 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“One of the Best B&Bs we have been in”

The place was amazing, small and friendly. Hosts were excellent and also breakfast staff very helpful. Breakfast was very very good and freshly cooked. Room was very nice and clean with lots of little extras like jar of sweets. Also had free homemade cake in afternoon.

It was also close to shops and seafront, maybe a five minute walk. Parking was also very good with private car park and security cameras, we were able to leave car there during stay which made life easier for us.

Peter and Helen were amazing so I would recommend them to anyone, they have pride in what they do and make your stay a lovely experience.

Specifically Recommend:

Try the homemade cake, it was fabulous.

Local Gems:

We went to The Kent, which is a pub-restaurant about 10 minutes’ walk up the hill to left, good service and food.

Also went to Biancos if you like Italian food, again service and quality was excellent

En Route:

Babbacombe is only a 10 minute drive away and nice place to visit, Angels tea rooms offers nice food and good service.

Dave K, Woodley, Reading - 7th September 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/09/2016
By Dave K - Reading

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Review Review No. 250 of 255

Recommended by:

Peter C from Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 65
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The perfect Boutique hotel in Torbay”

A First class boutique hotel, that would be extremely difficult to better.

We have used many boutique hotels over the last 25 years and the Somerville we consider to be the best we have stayed in.

The garden suite we chose for our break was just perfect. Our hosts Peter & Helen were the perfect hosts, Helen’s homemade cakes that were available every afternoon were excellent.

The breakfast choices were extensive and all cooked to perfection.

If you want a perfect stay in a boutique hotel in Torbay look no further.

Specifically Recommend:

Perfect for couples who enjoy individuality and First class accommodation

Local Gems:

Kents pub at Westwell

Peter C, Singlewell, Kent - 6th September 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/09/2016
By Peter C from Kent

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Review Review No. 249 of 255

Recommended by:

Jem, Kristian & Sofia H - Berkshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 1
  • 41 - 41
  •  
  • 2
  • 8 - 12
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
Summary:

“Tip top, top tip not sure we will find anywhere in Torquay quite like the experience we had. Worth every penny”

When 5 star really means 5 Stars.... What a gem of a find in the ever-evolving Torquay. Greeted like we were the only guests, that touch followed through the whole three day journey.

Rooms well over and above expectation which leads me to breakfast.... Or could it be renamed BreakFeast... Ample choice for both my children and I leaving us nicely fuelled for the days events.

If you read this and choose elsewhere then I wish you luck... You may need it!

Specifically Recommend:

I recommend you get booked in....

Local Gems:

Cary Arms pub.
Crabbing on the sea front.

Jem, Kristian and Sofia from Sonning - 1st September 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/09/2016
By Jem, Kristian & Sofia H - Berkshire

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Review Review No. 248 of 255

Recommended by:

Frank C - Berkshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Visiting Friends
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fabulous holiday accommodation in Torquay - second to none”

What a fantastic place! Excellent, friendly and helpful staff and superb accommodation. The location for us was first rate as we were travelling to various other places and the hotel was ideally located for getting in and out without having to dodge queues of traffic in the main thoroughfare of Torquay.

Our room was perfect, beautifully furnished with lots of extras normally only found in 5 star accommodation. The choices of meals offered on the breakfast menu were the best I have come across and each was superbly cooked and presented.

We ate at three top class local restaurants in the evenings, all within 10 minutes’ easy walk.

There was a fine view from the breakfast room and we found the accommodation very quiet at night.

I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting this area.

Specifically Recommend:

Beautiful bedrooms

Local Gems:

Excellent restaurants....
Orange Tree
Old Vienna
No. 7 Fish Bistro
Visit Greenways and Coleton Fishacre

Frank C, Binfield, Bracknell, 31st August 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 31/08/2016
By Frank C - Berkshire

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Review Review No. 247 of 255

Recommended by:

Carole T from Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 65 - 67
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
July - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
Summary:

“Good location for sightseeing in Torquay ”

Welcoming and comfortable hotel. The owners were helpful and pointed us in the direction of local attractions and entertainment.

The choice of breakfast was exceptional and the staff very pleasant and welcoming. Our room was very comfortable our only disappointment was it was dark as the window looked onto a wall of the extension.

Location good walking distance of harbour and town. Parking at the hotel.

Specifically Recommend:

Hanburys Fish & Chips Cocking ton Village Babbington Little Theatre

Local Gems:

Hanbury’sFish & Chips at Babbington and the Babbington Little Theatre.

Cockington village is a very pretty quintessentially English Village with lovely cream teas and craft shops to visit.

En Route:

We came via Bath where we had spent two days sightseeing.

Carole T - St. Lawrence Bay, Essex - 11th July 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/07/2016
By Carole T from Essex

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Review Review No. 246 of 255

Recommended by:

Richard S from Oxfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 69 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Visiting Friends
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The Somerville gives comfort and quality!”

My wife and I have been coming to the South Hams for 27 years. Initially we stayed in Brixham but are now based in Torquay.

The Somerville is without doubt the best hotel that we have stayed in. Although there has been a change in ownership the standard has not diminished.

We will certainly be coming back and we would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Torquay. Try it and be convinced.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast selection is excellent and the decor and comfort of the rooms takes some beating.

Local Gems:

Crab Shack on the beach at Teignmouth. Excellent food fresh from the trawler. However, you will need to book in advance!

Dick S - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire - 24th May 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/05/2016
By Richard S from Oxfordshire

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Review Review No. 245 of 255

Recommended by:

Iain G from Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A first rate guest house, where the customer comes first, run by professionals who know exactly what the guest needs for a great stay”

We read the reviews and the Somerville delivered. Made to feel welcome on arrival, nothing was too much trouble. The room was as described, clean fresh and well equipped. Comfy bed, modern bathroom and quiet at night, it all added to the quality of our stay.

Breakfasts were superb, with a great range of choices and excellent hot breakfasts, we tried a different choice each and were not disappointed (and we just couldn’t resist the cake!)

Overall, an excellent stay, and a real pleasure to return back too at the end of a day spent exploring the English Riviera.

Specifically Recommend:

Restaurants - Elephant
The Orange Tree

Local Gems:

Paignton Zoo
Salcombe

Iain G, Street, Somerset - 2nd May 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/05/2016
By Iain G from Somerset

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Review Review No. 244 of 255

Recommended by:

Sheila R from Wiltshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 62 - 66
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A lovely friendly small hotel”

The Somerville is very well positioned for access to the sea front. Our room was a suite and was lovely. The bathroom was large with a roll-top bath and separate shower.

There were many little extras, such as a small jar of sweets in the room replenished every day, fresh milk available and afternoon cake or biscuits available - all home made. The breakfasts were particularly good with a very attractive buffet as well as a variety of cooked options.

Specifically Recommend:

Location, breakfast, friendliness of proprietors

Local Gems:

Ephesus restaurant just down the hill was lovely.

En Route:

Harveys Caf at Chudleigh

Sheila R, Highworth, Wilts - 27th April 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/04/2016
By Sheila R from Wiltshire

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Review Review No. 243 of 255

Recommended by:

Paul S - Gloucs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2016

Wanted:
  • Touring
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Friendly, comfortable and quiet B&B within walking distance of harbour and restaurants”

We had bicycles with us and the owner cleared space in his shed to enable us to store them securely. The room was actually a small apartment (bedroom, bathroom and small living room) leading onto a terrace and garden via patio doors.

It was private, clean and just the right size for two people. Very comfortable bed and beautiful bathroom. Great breakfast at a sensible time and very helpful staff. Location was uphill within a 10 mins walk from the harbour and restaurants meaning the noise and bustle from the town did not reach us.

Specifically Recommend:

We felt as if it was our own place rather than that feeling of intruding in someone’s home.

Local Gems:

Cockington village. Follow the signs off the main road to Paignton - never expected what we found - thatched roofs, little cafes. Beautiful.

Paul S from Gloucestershire - 27th April 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/04/2016
By Paul S - Gloucs

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Recommended by:

Lee C - Cardiff

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
April - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A comfortable and very well run privately-owned hotel”

Unfortunately our stay was marred a little because we were late arrivals and the PIN we were given for the front door was incorrect. We managed to find somewhere to eat and returned around 10pm and a guest, returning from dinner, let us in.

The room was very comfortable and quiet, and we had a very enjoyable breakfast before departing the next day.

Specifically Recommend:

Go for a suite. They’re great value

Local Gems:

The Elephant restaurant near the marina and the Cary Arms at Babbacombe (2 miles away)

Lee C, Cardiff, Wales - 13th April 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/04/2016
By Lee C - Cardiff

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Recommended by:

Carly B - Oxfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 2
  • 30 - 40
  •  
  • 2
  • 5 - 12
Stayed:

1 Nights
April - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent stay and amazing breakfast”

Visited The Somerville to enjoy the last night of our holiday and what a fabulous stay it was. The owners, Peter and Helen, were very welcoming on arrival, bedrooms were really lovely - we had a suite - gorgeous bathroom with a huge bath and even had a TV to watch while in the tub.

Close walk to town with plenty to do in the evening for food etc. In the morning breakfast was cooked by Helen and served by the polite, friendly staff and Peter - it was delicious, local bacon, sausage and poached eggs and all cooked to perfection - lots of fresh buffet continental too.

I cannot recommend enough and can’t wait to go back. The kids are very much missing their lovely dog Coco too.

Specifically Recommend:

Hosts, Bedroom suites and breakfast.

Local Gems:

Great pubs to visit close by

En Route:

.

Carly B, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire - 5th April 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/04/2016
By Carly B - Oxfordshire

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Recommended by:

Peter E - Bucks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 30 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
March - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Very pleasant visit for someone who hasn’t stayed in a B&B in years”

Nice relaxing stay at the Somerville. Owners very accommodating and helpful.

Nice distance from the centre of town allowing a relaxed 10 minute walk to the harbour.

Nice clean rooms, I did find it too hot the first night but that was due to the radiator being on its highest so a good thing to check when arriving, and much better sleep the following nights.

Good to have off road parking with easy access

Definitely recommend

Specifically Recommend:

The cakes, something that you’ll just have to find out.

Local Gems:

Legends of Steps - best steak house in Torquay

En Route:

Haynes Museum or, if you have more time, Longleat Zoo

Peter E - Aylesbury, Bucks - 27th March 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/03/2016
By Peter E - Bucks

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Recommended by:

Andy S - Nottingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
March - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great place to get away and relax. We are always made welcome and intend to be long term visitors.”

Lovely place to stay. Excellent standards and loely hosts. We go every year - it is always a real treat.

Specifically Recommend:

It’s all good! We like the Garden Room in particular as it provides extra comfort with a living room in addition to usual bed and bathroom.

Local Gems:

Visit Number 7 Sea Food Restaurant - fantastic quality and dining experience.

En Route:

National Trust Properties - check their site for info on options for your route.

Andy S, Nottingham - 23rd March 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/03/2016
By Andy S - Nottingham

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Recommended by:

Jan M-W - Devon

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 25 - 45
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
March - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Luxury stay with fantastic friendly service”

I wanted a luxury stay, the night before my wedding in Torquay, and the new owner and his team certainly provided this in style.

Thank you for such fantastic and friendly care to make my wedding eve such a special time.

A very stylish and luxurious hotel, made extra special with great staff and new owner.

Specifically Recommend:

Luxurious stay
Great location
Large breakfast menu freshly cooked to order
Very comfortable beds

Local Gems:

Very close to Town

Jan M-W, Teignmouth, Devon, 21st March 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/03/2016
By Jan M-W - Devon

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Recommended by:

Karen T - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 47 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
March - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Perfect stay”

Excellent B & B, very central to restaurants and the best breakfast we have ever had.

Lovely rooms with lovely touches like sweets, dressing gowns, home made cake every day and fresh milk.

Will be returning and would upgrade to a suite as they look really nice too, but our room was lovely for our needs, clean en suite.

We found out on our last day that the owners had only taken over that week but you would have never known, you will not regret booking here

Specifically Recommend:

Any of the rooms - they are all lovely

Local Gems:

The Greek restaurant near the hotel

Karen T, Southampton - 16th March 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 16/03/2016
By Karen T - Hampshire

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Stephanie H - Gloucs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 30 - 40
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A very comfortable, luxurious stay!”

Hotel lived up to its reputation on the reviews we had read prior to our stay. We had upgraded ourselves to the Sommerville suite and it was very luxurious room and very comfortable.

Breakfast was absolutely fantastic! Service was very attentive.

Shower was a bit hot and cold but other than that it was a fantastic place to stay and would definitely come again!

Thank you for a lovely experience.

Specifically Recommend:

Nearby Brixham has some lovely places for local home cooked food and Paignton is also close by

Local Gems:

Kents Cavern

Stephanie H - Filkins, Gloucestershire - 4th March 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/03/2016
By Stephanie H - Gloucs

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Neal L - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 46 - 52
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A great place to spend a long weekend in Torquay”

Everything you could want in a guest house.

Ornate and decorative furnishing making an ordinary sized room something special.

Specifically Recommend:

Good for couples. Added surprise was the fresh milk and cake provided every afternoon and fresh coffee in bedroom.

Local Gems:

Good range of restaurants within five minute walk from guesthouse.

Neal L, Andover, Hants - 21st February 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/02/2016
By Neal L - Hampshire

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Steven C - Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
Summary:

“First class hotel already recommended to friends ”

Stayed at the Somerville for the second time and had an equally enjoyable stay.

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and the little extras they provide make for a relaxing break.

Have recommended to several friends on our return.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast was excellent.The homemade cakes in the afternoon were a nice touch and not forgetting the sweets in your room. Thank you

Local Gems:

Cotton eyed Joe’s was good for a steak

Steven C, Shepton Mallet, Somerset - 17th February 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/02/2016
By Steven C - Somerset

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Julie B - Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 49 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2016

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great place, great hosts, great food”

A great place to stay

Hosts were great

Lovely little touches

Food was fantastic

Will be back.

Specifically Recommend:

We stayed in the Court Room with its own little garden, even though the rain outside was pouring it was nice to have that extra space

Local Gems:

Gemillas Italian Restaurant

Julie B - Pilton, Somerset - 10th February 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/02/2016
By Julie B - Somerset

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Chris F - Berkshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 35 - 45
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
December - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A comfortable, enjoyable stay”

The building looks very nice from the outside and outstanding inside. We were also greeted by name by the host.

There was a fridge in the suite with a complimentary bottle of water and there was fresh milk and cake left out in the hallway for guests to help themselves.

Specifically Recommend:

We would specifically recommend the suites as The Somerville Suite had a TV in each room including the bathroom.

Be Aware:

The establishment is located on a hill so that could cause problems for some guests.

Local Gems:

There is a theatre by the harbour and shops and lots of places to eat.

Chris F - Maidenhead, Berks - 2nd Jan 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/01/2016
By Chris F - Berkshire

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Liz A - Newport

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 49 - 50
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Great place to stay !”

Second stay at The Somerville. Love it here. Great hotel.

We stayed in the Garden Suite so was able to bring our dog.

Lovely bath with TV at the end to relax in.

Great host and friendly staff.

Lovely breakfast too

Would recommend staying here.

Specifically Recommend:

Garden suite to take dogs

Local Gems:

Cary Arms

Liz A, Caerleon, Newport - 2nd Jan 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/01/2016
By Liz A - Newport

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Viki B - Cornwall

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
November - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Complete Luxury.”

My husband and I wanted somewhere special to celebrate our 21st anniversary. We certainly couldn’t have chosen better. The welcome was lovely and the hall was delightful.

Our bedroom could be described as very special. There were little personal touches ie a tiny Kilner jar by the bed filled with chocolate eggs. The shower room had plenty of goodies too. But it was the bed linen that was gorgeous.

The breakfast was superb and had loads to choose from. The hotel was very convenient for the shopping centre and attractions, being only a few minutes’ walk away.

But Grant and Adam were the stars and very friendly.

Specifically Recommend:

If you want luxury, then here is the very place.

Local Gems:

Kent pub and restaurant

En Route:

Lovely scenery

Viki B, Looe, Cornwall - 9th November 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/11/2015
By Viki B - Cornwall

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Jackie & Joe M - Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“JUST WONDERFUL”

We did enjoy our stay and cannot find anything wrong.

We stay a lot at The Grand but after our stay with you we will be back - just wonderful breakfast, room staff 1st class .........thank you JACKIE and JOE

Specifically Recommend:

Already done..... clean, breakfast, staff - all first class

Jackie M - Taunton, Somerset - 1st Nov 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/11/2015
By Jackie & Joe M - Somerset

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Jim D - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 57 - 73
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
Summary:

“One of the best if not THE best B&B we have stayed in”

This is the second time we have stayed at the Somerville and both times we have found it to be of a very high standard.

From rooms to breakfast to cleanliness. The owners and staff were very welcoming

My wife suffers with asthma and they changed all the bedding without a quibble

It is an ideal place to be to tour the West Country

Our stay was so good when we got home the next day we have booked again for April 2016

Specifically Recommend:

The place is so relaxing and only 10 min walk from town centre

Local Gems:

We travelled to Padstow, and up West coast from there

En Route:

We did not stop as we only live 3 hrs away

Jim D, Basingstoke, Hants - 1st November 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/11/2015
By Jim D - Hampshire

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Alan A - Devon

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 63
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“What a treat”

Amazing accommodation, with a very warm welcome on arrival. Spotlessly clean and warm. Within easy walking distance of the harbour, beach, shops and restaurants.

The breakfast choice was amazing and there was even a lovely choice of homemade cakes for you to have in the afternoon to help yourself to.

Car parking was spacious and the whole weekend was a wonderful treat. Over and above what we expected and will definitely be going back

Specifically Recommend:

Book one of the Suites

Local Gems:

Everything was within 5 minutes’ walk

Alan A, Plymouth, Devon - 21st October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/10/2015
By Alan A - Devon

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Donna R - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Beautiful Boutique B&B Hotel. Will be back”

Beautiful boutique hotel. 5 min walk to harbour-town centre. The little touches in the room were a treat..mini eggs and jelly beans.. Ideal for the sweet tooth. And bottled water very handy when you drink through the night.

Would definitely be staying again when we come for a holiday in Devon. Ideally placed for a base stop.

The breakfast was one of the best we’d had in all the hotels we have stayed in.

Everything you could want from a B&B hotel with a little bit more.

Specifically Recommend:

Would recommend the whole experience of staying at the Somerville.

Local Gems:

Shiraz.. Wine bar just by the harbour.

Donna R, Sittingbourne, Kent - 21st October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/10/2015
By Donna R - Kent

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Penny C - Dorset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Devon Riviera Gem”

Absolute gem! Cannot fault anything, beautifully furnished rooms and well equipped - iron ironing board, hair drier etc, shampoo, conditioner etc in the bathroom, tea-coffee making facilities plus a fridge in the hallway with jugs of fresh milk (which you can then put into a fridge in your room) and the most delicious cake to have with your afternoon cup of tea, also a small jar of sweets by the bedside. Everything was spotlessly clean too.

We were spoilt for choice at breakfast, everything but everything on the cold buffet! The hot choice was extensive too, first morning I chose Eggs Benedict and the next morning it was scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. My husband had the full English both mornings, everything was beautifully cooked and the service was so good and friendly.

Plenty of parking at the hotel, we did not use our car all, walked into the centre and just used buses to get to Paignton for the steam train to Dartmouth. We rang before our visit for advice on local restaurants and was emailed a very helpful list of recommended eateries - The Old Vienna was superb!

I really would not consider staying anywhere other than The Somerville when in Torquay and have been singing its praises to friends.

Specifically Recommend:

The Somerville is ideally situated - the town centre and excellent restaurants are within walking distance, it is an uphill walk back from the centre and Harbour but there are plenty of buses which stop close to the hotel if the hill is a problem.

Local Gems:

The Old Vienna Restaurant - one of the best meals we have had recently.

The Dart Valley Steam Railway from Paignton to Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a lovely small town to browse round

En Route:

Totnes, very pretty riverside town with some lovely shops and restaurants although rather too many charity shops

Penny C, Broadstone, Dorset - 14th October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/10/2015
By Penny C - Dorset

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David E - Leicestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 68 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Look no further. Book the Somerville.”

We normally stay in 5-star hotels, but just wanted a very short break at late notice. What a surprise! This has to be up there with the very best.

Hospitality second to none, with everything you could expect of the very best. Right down to the complimentary home-made afternoon cakes and jar of chocolate mini eggs. And all just a short stroll from the seafront.

Specifically Recommend:

Exceptional quality breakfast and afternoon cakes.

Local Gems:

The steam train from Paignton to Kingswear (for Dartmouth).

David E, Hinckley, Leics - 15th October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/10/2015
By David E - Leicestershire

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Christopher W - North Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 37 - 41
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect place to relax with easy access to local attractions and friendly staff”

I wanted a convenient place to stay within walking distance of the shops and places to eat whilst on a short honeymoon. The Somerville ticked all the boxes and more.

Not only was I supplied with recommended places to eat but help was always available when enquiring about places of interest to go and visit.

Champagne was ordered for arrival but extra touches like chocolates (first day) and jelly beans were very nice

Specifically Recommend:

I would recommend the Garden Suite as you can come and go as you please without having to go through the main building.

The Somerville also promotes local suppliers, the freshly cooked breakfast was delicious

Local Gems:

The Old Vienna Restaurant (Sunday evening)

Hanburys Fish Bar

The House of Beauty

Greenway House (Agatha Christie Holiday Home)

En Route:

Didn’t stop en-route, but The Somerville recommended by-passing Newon Abbot by going along the A381 & A3797 via Shaldon and as the weather was clear it was a lovely drive

Christopher W, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset - 7th October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/10/2015
By Christopher W - North Somerset

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David F - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The Somerville in Torquay has set a standard that all others must aspire to”

On our return home from a wonderful stay at the Somerville I received an email from Adam and Grant thanking us for our visit and if we could advise them on anything that could improve their service. I would find that one of the most difficult and almost impossible tasks to undertake, first of all the location could not be better, room to park at the hotel, just a short walk to the harbour and town centre.

The accommodation could not have been better, clean, welcoming and quiet with nice touches such as bathrobes and cakes and milk to supplement the plentiful supply of beverages. The breakfast is something that most of us look forward to during a short break but at times can be underwhelming, this is certainly not the case at the Somerville. The breakfast was the best we have ever experienced even when staying in a five star hotel, it would be far easier to describe what wasn’t available rather than point out what was. Grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, melon, pears, prunes, grapes, bananas and more. Cereals, muesli, granola, yogurt, juices and even trifle, yes a surprise but a glorious one. Best of all, the range of what you could choose to have cooked was simply stunning. A traditional English breakfast, eggs cooked every way possible, even my wife’s favourite Eggs Royale.

But I’ll leave the best till last, the hosts. Adam and Grant have provided their guests with the best experience possible and may I add the lovely girl who helped serve our breakfast. They were on hand to offer advice on where to eat or where to visit, they were the perfect hosts. I can’t thank them enough in helping us to have one of the best short breaks we have ever experienced.

Specifically Recommend:

Accommodation, breakfast, location and hosts.

Local Gems:

Meadfoot, Anstey Cove, Babbacombe, Hanbury’s Fish and Chips, Carey Arms.

En Route:

We travelled from Hampshire and broke our journey at Stourhead which was absolutely stunning and on the way back we stopped at Exmouth which was delightful.

David F, Fleet, Hampshire - 6th October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/10/2015
By David F - Hampshire

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Chris T - Nottingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 51 - 54
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
October - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“If you are looking for a quality stay, this is the place”

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel at home.We arrived early but our room was ready. The attention to detail at the hotel was fantastic. Only a short walk into Torquay and five minutes from Babbacombe.

Mini chocolate eggs at the bed side table, cakes and pastries left out for the guests were lovely touches. The breakfast was well presented and delicious. The staff were great, nothing too much trouble for them.

Overall a fantastic boutique hotel. If you are thinking of going to Torquay for a break this hotel is a must.

Specifically Recommend:

Quality of sleep and the breakfast

Local Gems:

We have visited Torquay for the past six years and luckily have always had great weather. Just a lovely place.

Chris T, Arnold, Nottingham - 5th October 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/10/2015
By Chris T - Nottingham

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Gill A - Leicestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 51 - 54
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Stop Over For Long Journey
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A wonderful find!”

Absolutely excellent establishment.

Huge attention to detail and extremely high level of customer care.

Superb breakfast - best we ever had at a hotel and adorable Dachshunds to fuss!

Specifically Recommend:

Ideal for adults and very accessible for guests visiting Torquay centre

Local Gems:

Only a short visit but a lovely place to walk around

Gill A, Bushby, Leicester, Leics - 30th Sept 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/09/2015
By Gill A - Leicestershire

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Julie J - West Glam

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Find a reason to visit the Sommerville!!!”

We recently had a three night stay at this wonderful establishment. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the ambience of the place is wonderful.

We had a ground floor room which was well set out and decorated. In the foyer, there is a small fridge with fresh milk to help yourself, together with different cakes every day. In addition, there are sweets in the room. Just a little touch which makes a difference.

The breakfast was exceptional with a buffet containing a great variety of fruit, yoghurt, little individual items, such as yoghurt pots with fruit, Bircher muesli etc. This is followed by a cooked breakfast to order. What more could you ask for....

The hotel is within easy walking distance of Torquay.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything about the hotel is fantastic

Local Gems:

Local Italian restaurant known as Gemellis was recommended and well worth a visit.

En Route:

Dorchester

Julie J, Neath, West Glamorgan - 28th Sept 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/09/2015
By Julie J - West Glam

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Recommended by:

Lynn S -- Leics

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 25 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A GEM IN TORQUAY”

Ideally situated in the centre of Torquay, The Somerville is a great place to stay. You feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Room was set up as requested, lovely and clean, comfortable beds, easy walk-in shower. Staff were always friendly and helpful.

Breakfast was amazing, lots of choice and more than happy to cater for any special requests. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in the Torquay area.

Specifically Recommend:

Well presented accommodation in a great location.

Local Gems:

Tour round the houses on the hill to get a feel for Torquay of old.

En Route:

Watching the surfers on Paignton Beach

Lynn S from Clipston, Leics - 24th September 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/09/2015
By Lynn S -- Leics

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Paul T - Wrexham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“All the ingredients for a superb holiday”

An excellent hotel in an ideal location for all amenities Torquay provides.

The hotel cannot be faulted in any way. Wonderful rooms and excellent staff who give everything for customer service and satisfaction.

We highly recommend this Boutique Hotel..

Specifically Recommend:

All aspects can.

Local Gems:

Colton Fishacre. National Trust.

Number 7 fish restaurant & The Old Vienna Restaurant

En Route:

Premiere Inn Evesham.

Plus tea & cakes at Dudmaston Hall National Trust.

Paul T, Coedpoeth, Wrexham - 24th September 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/09/2015
By Paul T - Wrexham

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Donna H - West Midlands

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 36 - 48
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A truly exceptional gem on the English Riviera”

A truly exceptional hotel. Warm, welcoming friendly with a real eye for detail that made our stay beautifully memorable.

The effort that Adam and Grant go to with the little touches whether that be wine, nibbles, sweeties, quality of bathroom toiletries, quality of the mugs for your morning brew all go way beyond expectations. And as for the afternoon cake under the stairs....genius.

Breakfast was superb. Freshly cooked, varied and of the very best quality. We will be back!

Specifically Recommend:

Everything!

Local Gems:

Elephant Restaurant - both Bistro and The Room, upstairs.

Donna H - Coventry, West Midlands - 23rd September 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/09/2015
By Donna H - West Midlands

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Valerie S - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
August - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Couldn’t fault any of it”

Very friendly people own-run this hotel and if you’re after a bit of luxury then this is the place to choose. Such a tasteful hotel with well equipped rooms, quiet at night.

We had never seen a breakfast laid out so invitingly - a whole counter of the most scrumptious delights like smoothies, compotes, fancy yoghurts, juices along with fresh fruit and berries and the main staples such as an array of breakfast cereals, jams, marmalades and that’s all before you’re offered a full English breakfast - spoilt...you will be. All the produce they use is sourced locally.

It has lovely grounds with a pretty and relaxing garden too.

Specifically Recommend:

Beautiful boutique hotel that thought of absolutely everything from the essentials like a mini fridge, iron and board, hairdryer even to sugared almonds in a little jar by the bed, bathrobes in the en-suite and putting cakes and fresh milk & cream out for guests to help themselves.

Be Aware:

We felt the High Street (main shopping area in Torquay) wasn’t all that and was a bit of a let down considering how nice the rest of the place is, but this was the only disappointment.

Local Gems:

Fantastic Italian restaurant, in same road, served lovely food and did their utmost to fit us in even on busy nights - great service and lively, friendly atmosphere.

Coastal sea-life type centre and wonderful local museum which was also in the same road as hotel.

Great walks around the harbour and more than enough eateries around the seafront.

Plenty of places to have a drink and two Weatherspoons in the town help the purse strings, especially if there’s many of you, as their prices are very reasonable.

If the weather is good DO visit Babbacombe Bay, it’s breath-taking.

En Route:

Easily central for visits to Brixham, Paignton, Babbacombe, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Dartmouth, Kingswear, which all have their own delightful attractions and though we didnt visit Exeter it isnt that far from Torquay for a visit and we were told it is the best shopping area in those parts.

Valerie S - Leigh-on-Sea, Essex - 24th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/08/2015
By Valerie S - Essex

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Louise C - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 35 - 36
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
July - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Wonderful stay, would definitely return”

Would totally recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in Torquay. We stayed in Room 1 which was a good size, very nicely decorated and very clean. The conservatory was a lovely place to have breakfast, the choices of food and drink were varied and everything we had was cooked perfectly. The free cake available every day was a nice touch, we especially loved the brownies and the lemon cake.

The on-site parking is a real bonus and the location is great, only a couple of minutes’ walk to the town centre and close to lots of attractions.

The owners and staff were very welcoming and helpful, offering us restaurant recommendations and general advice for getting around.

We would not hesitate to stay here again.

Specifically Recommend:

Nice comfy bed, tea and coffee facilities in room and fresh milk available all the time.

Very nicely decorated and very clean throughout.

Central location, easy to explore the area on foot and by bus.

Local Gems:

We loved The Shack restaurant nearby, the burgers and fries were amazing, all freshly made and top quality.

We also enjoyed Kents Cavern and the Model Village at Babbacombe.

Louise C, Southampton, Hants - 29th July 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/07/2015
By Louise C - Hampshire

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Kit G - London

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 26 - 27
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
July - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Most luxurious hotel with wonderful staff breakfast and facilities”

Literally brilliant hotel! Bathroom was amazing. Bed was too good! They have thought of every little detail! Breakfast is served with such a smile! So nice in the morning! Intro as you arrive is great! All the information without someone taking up your time.

Garden is just insane if you have a suite! We enjoyed it in the morning after breakfast reading the paper, enjoying the sun for an hour before we went out. You can even go and pick up fresh milk and cake from the little area at the front. Which is great if like us you get back in at 5... And just want a tea with some cake! Literally so great all round! Oh and the restaurant guide is wonderful!

Specifically Recommend:

Go here if you want to relax be spoilt, enjoy the seaside and great breakfast

Local Gems:

It’s called Friday’s man I think. Fish restaurant

Kit G, South Wimbledon, London SW19 - 8th July 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/07/2015
By Kit G - London

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Graham H - Eastcote, Middx

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
July - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Cannot possibly get a better place to stay in Torquay, or in fact in the south west”

This is one of many visits, all perfect. Stayed in most of their rooms, and all meet and exceed my high expectations. Forget all the run of the mill five star hotels that offer everything under the sun, and give this wonderful B&B a try.

Hosts, Adam and Grant, are ready to make your visit extra special as they have been in the travel business for years and know what people expect. The only thing missing is waking up to a sea view but with the quality of furnishings and the best best breakfast I have ever had in the UK, I will forgive them not running a B&B overlooking the bay. Wishing them continued sucesss.

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast and hospitality

Local Gems:

Number 7 for fish

Graham H, Eastcote, Middx - 7.7.15

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/07/2015
By Graham H - Eastcote, Middx

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Recommended by:

Andy H - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
June - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent Hotel and service”

Stayed for a long weekend at the end of June. Hotel decor is very eclectic, very clean rooms - excellent.

Adam and Grant are great hosts. Highly recommend The Somerville, few minutes’ walk to the harbour, very peaceful.

Specifically Recommend:

The welcome and hotel in general

Local Gems:

The Orange Tree and On the Beach restaurants. Need to book, but well worth it.

Andy H, Basingstoke, Hants - 5th July 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/07/2015
By Andy H - Hampshire

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Robert E - Bedfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
June - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Doesn’t get any better than this”

Our second visit and an absolute delight. Adam and Grant have created a wonderful environment at the Somerville. From the superb breakfasts to the wonderful homemade complimentary cakes and don’t forget about the stylish furnishings.

The rooms and suites are furnished to a very high standard with large comfortable beds, elegant furniture and spotlessly clean bathrooms. There is ample, safe parking to the rear, and restaurants and shops are in easy walking distance. And you will need to walk a bit to burn off the delicious breakfasts!

Specifically Recommend:

Good location.

Local Gems:

Gemelis Italian restaurant in Union Street. A small intimate restaurant with all of the food cooked to order. Simply stunning.

Robert E, Langford, Beds - 29th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/06/2015
By Robert E - Bedfordshire

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Kay G - West Midlands

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 31 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
June - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Friendly and comfy hotel.. Definitely recommend”

We had stayed in the Somerville about three years ago and had such a great experience we returned last week for a couple of days.

Staff were friendly and helpful. The little extras make your stay more special.

Location is great, only a short walk until you are at the harbour in Torquay.

I would definitely recommend this hotel and I am sure we will return again for another short break in the future.

Specifically Recommend:

Bedrooms well designed and all you need for a comfy night’s sleep

Very accommodating with breakfast requests too.

Local Gems:

We visited Baccacombe beach which was nice and quiet.

Kay G - Halesowen, West Mids - 13th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/06/2015
By Kay G - West Midlands

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Beryl S - Wiltshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 70 - 71
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
June - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“We were so lucky to find such a gem”

The Somerville far surpassed our wildest dreams. From the warm welcome to the present on departure we could not fault this B&B. Our room was lovely with beautiful decor and with a good sized and immaculate en-suite. The breakfasts are quite amazing with a great variety of cold starters and a lovely choice of freshly cooked dishes using the best of ingredients. Unusual touches like toast coming in bags to keep it warm throughout the meal.

Adam and Grant were excellent hosts and gave us very good recommendations for places to eat in the evening. It was only a short walk down to the harbour area where there were loads of eating places to suit all. The on-site parking was another very welcome point.

We just can’t speak highly enough of the Somerville and certainly hope to visit again - if we can get in. Just can’t recommend it highly enough.

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast.

Different cakes and fresh fruit every afternoon.

WiFi

Local Gems:

No 7 Fish Restaurant and Pierres French Bistro.

Trip up the River Dart from Dartmouth.

Saltram House (National Trust)

En Route:

The Anchor at Seatown, Dorset

Beryl S, Salisbury, Wilts - 9th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/06/2015
By Beryl S - Wiltshire

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Juliet M - Wiltshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 46
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Really pretty, glamorous B&B in Torquay”

This was my second stay at the Somerville and it was just as delightful as the first time. Our twin room was very comfortable and immaculately presented. The en-suite shower was large and the sparkling clean. The beds and bed linen were so comfortable we both fell asleep in minutes.

The breakfast served in the Garden Room is truly exceptional. Waitress service at your table and help yourself to the buffet. My friend and I both chose the vegetarian option, and you could have your eggs as you liked them. The service was quick and efficient. Tables laid out beautifully and the breakfast room has a very welcoming atmosphere.

Adam is a marvellous host, just the right level of hospitality and not overbearing at all.

All in all, a fantastic stay and next time I plan on taking my Mum along.

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast.

Local Gems:

Visit Greenways, the holiday home which once belonged to Agatha Christie. Really interesting history with beautiful views of the estuary.

Julie M, Swindon, Wilts - 8th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/06/2015
By Juliet M - Wiltshire

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Annie B - Bristol

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 2
  • 25 - 26
  •  
  • 1
  • 0 - 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“An overall lovely experience and one that we will be repeating again and bringing more friends and family to”

The Somerville was very deserving of its 5 star status and was extremely accommodating to the needs of our small party which included my seven month old daughter.

There was a high chair set up for breakfast on both mornings and a truly welcoming atmosphere.

I would recommend this hotel to everyone wanting a relaxing and beautiful surrounding whilst in Torquay.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast choice was excellent!!

Local Gems:

Boat trip to Brixham

Annie B, Bristol - 27th May 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/05/2015
By Annie B - Bristol

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Anders H - Sweden

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 50 - 72
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“An obvious choice next time in Devon”

From the photos we had seen we expected a well located, pleasant and comfortable stay in Torquay. And it turned out to be even better. The staff was nice and service-minded, the rooms splended and the breakfast good and individually suited.

The location was nice, just a couple of minutes’ walk to the harbour and the city with all the restaurants. Parking lots in the yard made it easy for us who used car. The location was also convenient if you like us want to make some car trips to places in Devon or Cornwall.

Anyway this place is an obvious choice next time in Devon.

Specifically Recommend:

Local beer

Be Aware:

The only negative comments would be the lack of lunch or dinner restaurant in the hotel, but then its a nice walk to a whole lot of them nearby, and a poorly working water-tap in the room.

Local Gems:

The Hole in the Wall. Nice pub with good food.

En Route:

The Coleton Fishacre Garden. Nice garden and house. Great views over the sea just outside the garden.

Anders H, Vasteras, Sweden - 21st May 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/05/2015
By Anders H - Sweden

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Anne H - Gwent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 67 - 88
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Meet Up With Family
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Very comfortable and spotlessly clean hotel”

My elderly mum and myself stayed at The Somerville for three nights and were very impressed as Adam booked us into a ground floor room. The room was in pristeen condition and the bed was so comfortable.

There was cake and fruit available every day to help our selves which was very unexpected, also a variety of teas and coffee. There was a great variety of breakfast choices available.

We would highly recommend this hotel to any of our family and friends that want to stay in Torquay. Even though the hotel is situated on the main Babbacombe Road it is very quiet and no noise from the road.

Specifically Recommend:

I would highly recommend an early booking at this hotel as it’s so very clean and comfortable, with excellent hosts.

Local Gems:

Babbacombe theatre and Angels tea shop.

En Route:

The Buccaneer Restuarant in Babbacombe and the famous Hanburys Fish and Chip shop.

Anne H, Newport, Gwent - 11.05.2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/05/2015
By Anne H - Gwent

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Barbara H - Scottish Borders

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 57 - 58
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Highly recommended”

This is an excellent bed and breakfast. Lovely room, nicely furnished, excellent breakfast and great location in Torquay, within walking distance of the town centre and marina.

On-site parking was an added bonus and the hosts were charming. We could not think of a single way in which it could be better.

Specifically Recommend:

Room 8 was lovely with a settee in the window area to sit and relax.

Local Gems:

Rockfish fish and chip restaurant was excellent.

Barbara H, Selkirk, Scottish Borders - 9th May 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/05/2015
By Barbara H - Scottish Borders

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Rebecca K - Cheshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 25 - 26
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent hotel, highly recommend”

Really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is ideally located a short walk from the town centre and harbour. Our room was spacious, clean and included a good selection of teas and coffees. The bed was the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept on.

Adam and all the staff are very friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome. The cooked breakfast was delicious. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

Specifically Recommend:

The cooked breakfast

Local Gems:

Kents Cavern is only a 15min walk away and is worth a visit. We bought our tickets online in advance which saved money and we got a beer and pasty included.

The nearby village of Cockington is worth a visit with its lovely thatched cottages and cafs where you can experience a true Devon cream tea

Rebecca K, Widnes, Cheshire - 24th April 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/04/2015
By Rebecca K - Cheshire

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John T - Worcestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 61 - 61
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Top Notch”

We have been staying at this hotel since 2008 whenever we are in the Torquay area for a break having first been recommended by a friend. We have subsequently recommended on to many of our friends.

Conveniently located just out of the centre on Babbacombe Road it is a great place and I think this was about our 10th visit. Very tastefully decorated, rooms that have everything you need plus some lovely little extra touches which I think sets it apart from many other places.

Spotlessly clean throughout, picturesque conservatory-type area to take your breakfast which is fantastic. The hosts, Adam and Grant, will give you any advice you need with regards to places to visit, the best restaurants, etc. Returning guests can get a discount and it is the only place we would stay in this area.

Specifically Recommend:

Recommend you take a look at their web site where you can see the various rooms and check availability.

Local Gems:

Ask Adam or Grant for advice of where to go and eat if you are unfamiliar with the area.

John T - Redditch, Worcestershire - 24th April 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/04/2015
By John T - Worcestershire

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Nicole C - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 27 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Owners are very thoughtful and considerate to their guests and the breakfast food was fantastic”

At the Somerville the little touches were the big things for me. Homemade cake and milk in a fridge on offer throughout the day.

Excellent location for us as we just wanted to wander down the front and have a look around. Organisation of our arrival was smooth and effortless as we knew we were going to be late in the evening arriving.

I would recommend this property to couples as it is quiet and sophisticated. I think the owners are very accommodating to all that walk through the doors, therefore it is suitable for families and people with disabilities.

Specifically Recommend:

You are within walking distance from the waterfront which is lovely to walk and visit the area. With this the owners were fantastic with advice! they gave us a map and suggested where to eat. This was a great help.

Local Gems:

We went on the ferry to Dartmouth and back on the steam train. We felt this was a lovely day out and the ferry had a local gentleman speaking of the surrounding area.

En Route:

We were travelling from Essex, so on the return journey we stopped at Stonehenge, which is a nice tourist attraction.

Nicole C, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex - 19th April 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/04/2015
By Nicole C - Essex

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Russell G - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Absolutly Brilliant”

This was our second visit back to the Somerville, and the first time we have ever stayed at the same hotel twice. That shows just how good the Somerville is. There is nothing at all negative that can be said against the Somerville, or Adam & Grant’s hospitality.

We stayed in the Somerville suite this time, and it was absolutely lovely. The bed was comfy and the whole room was very clean and well presented.

Breakfast at the Somerville is a real treat, with lots of choice. All of the cooked breakfast ingredients are best quality with most being local organic produce. Adam & Grant cannot do enough for you to make your stay as pleasurable as possibe. We will be going back to the Somerville for sure, and hopefully soon!

Specifically Recommend:

Go for a suite

Local Gems:

No 7 Fish Resturant is lovely

En Route:

-

Russell G, Waterlooville, Hampshire - 30th October 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/10/2014
By Russell G - Hampshire

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Ken G - Hants

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 53 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent break away. Will be back.”

The reviews online were spot-on about the hotel.

From the minute we arrived until we left the owners and staff could not do enough to help.

Excellent room with breakfast to die for.

Will be coming back.

Specifically Recommend:

The experience

Local Gems:

Local chinese restuarant

Ken G, Tadley, Hants - 23rd September 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/09/2014
By Ken G - Hants

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Recommended by:

Alan B - Bristol

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 58 - 59
  •  
  • 1
  • 9
  • 0
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The very best time, as always”

For the last 10 years we have returned time and time again, we have taken family and friends and we have seen it grow from OK right up to the top of the tree.In all that time we have never been let down by Adam, Grant or any of their staff.

Sean was over the moon with the Apple docking station and having his own bedroom, also playing with the dogs. The hotel directory is constantly updated with all the best restaurants in the area, and any new attractions to go and explore.

Specifically Recommend:

The steam railway

Local Gems:

The museum

En Route:

Sainsbury’s - Taunton

Alan B from Bristol - 27th August 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/08/2014
By Alan B - Bristol

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Recommended by:

Paul H - Cheshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 46 - 49
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fantastic stay, will be back!!”

We stayed in the Garden Suite for two nights, a luxurious and comfortable two days. Attention to detail, with the extra touches that you just do not see in most guest houses. Immaculate throughout, and you are guaranteed a great night’s sleep. You waken to a superb breakfast, and the service is first class.

The town is only a short walk down the hill, and we had the advantage of tesding the Somerville own list of where to and not to dine. We would recommend the Greek-Turkish restaurant, great value for money. I don’t review often and we are not part of the complaining set!! However, we both felt that our stay at The Somerville needed to be read by anyone looking for somewhere to stay in this part of England. I will recommend to family and friends this guest house and to anyone staying in Torquay.

Thank you for a relaxing stay, and we will return in the future. (If we can get in, based on these reviews!!)

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast!!

Be Aware:

A few reviews have mentioned the two dogs, they are no issue at all

Local Gems:

The Greek.Turkish restaurant, 10 minutes’ walk from the guest house.

Paul H, Northwich, Cheshire - 26.8.14

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/08/2014
By Paul H - Cheshire

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Recommended by:

Julie W - Caerphilly

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 48 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
July - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
Summary:

“Very comfortable. High standard and excellent location. A real treat for a special occasion or long weekend break”

This was our third stay at the Somerville. We returned because the place is wonderful. Very high standards in every possible way. Beautiful rooms, immaculate and comfortable. Excellent breakfast which is always amazing.

In short we have stayed all around the country and find it hard to beat the Somervile every time. The owners, Grant and Adam, are the nicest people you could meet and take pride and seem passionate about their work. We will definitely return regularly .

Specifically Recommend:

Try a suite for a special occasion. They really are special

Local Gems:

Cockington village.

Julie W, Hengoed, Caerphilly - 4th August 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/08/2014
By Julie W - Caerphilly

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Recommended by:

Lilian H - Birmingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
July - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
Summary:

“Somerville B&B - Fab Fab Fab”

My husband and myself stayed at The Somerville B&B. The property and the location were outstanding. We stayed in the garden suite 12 with our own patio and the gardens were lovely - great outdoor space to sit and relax.

The breakfast was more than we hoped for - fresh fruit each morning, great service, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. In the afternoons we were offered home made cake which was to die for (the chocolate one was my favorite one). Fresh fruit available each day. This B&B is outstanding A JEWEL IN THE CROWN.

I would recommend this B&B - it exceed all our expectations. Well done Adam and many thanks for all you did to make our stay enjoyable.

Specifically Recommend:

Where do I begin...... If you want outdoor space or a roll top bath where you can watch TV in or just want a touch of luxury this is the place for you. Get booking!

Local Gems:

Babbacombe pub - great food

Lilian H from Birmingham, West Midlands - 3rd August 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/08/2014
By Lilian H - Birmingham

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Recommended by:

Anthony B - Birmingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 48 - 49
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Just Fantastic”

We decide to go somewhere for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and chose Torquay as we have never been there before.

The hotel meet our expectation and more, we felt very welcome, everyone was friendly and accommodating, the host made it very special for us as they gave our suite the personal touch which a lot of bigger hotels do not think of. The breakfast is great.

I cannot think of anywhere more fitting to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I would definitely recommend this hotel and we are looking forward to our next stay.

Specifically Recommend:

A stay in the Courtyard Suite

Local Gems:

The Marina and the history

Anthony B, Birmingham - West Mids, - 12th May 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/05/2014
By Anthony B - Birmingham

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Review Review No. 192 of 255

Recommended by:

Kevin N from Leeds

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“FIVE STAR STAY”

Fantastic short break at The Somerville - my wife and I loved it.

The place is spotless, attention to detail is first class. A real gem of a find and we will definitely be going back.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything

Local Gems:

Ephesus Restaurant

Kevin L, Leeds, West Yorkshire - 6th May 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/05/2014
By Kevin N from Leeds

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Review Review No. 191 of 255

Recommended by:

Paul W - Great Bar

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
February - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Ukip Conference
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Could not find a better establishment!”

Excellent in all ways, could not fault this establishment!

Great service, great accommodation, great location and all of the staff, bar none, are polite, friendly and so helpful.

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast.

Local Gems:

Large Italian (forgot the name) bottom of hill on left!

En Route:

No stops needed, anticipation of the Somerville is enough to make it a non-stop journey

Paul White, West Midlands - 15th March 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/03/2014
By Paul W - Great Bar

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Review Review No. 190 of 255

Recommended by:

Ceri S from Swansea

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“As good as the reviews!”

We spent 2 nights at the Somerville in February 2014. We were looking for a relaxing two day break in a quality hotel, and that’s definitely what we found!

The service, rooms, breakfast and location were all first class.

The hotel is definitely a home-from-home, and it really is as good as the reviews suggest.

We will definitely return, and would recommend to anyone.

Specifically Recommend:

The Somerville suite is excellent.

Best Eggs Benedict ever!

Local Gems:

The location is good - around a 10-minute walk to the harbour.

We ate in Amicis the first night, which was good, and the Thai Star the second night, which was superb

Ceri S, Swansea - 24th Feb 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/02/2014
By Ceri S from Swansea

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Review Review No. 189 of 255

Recommended by:

Emma B from Stourbridge

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 21 - 25
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2014

Wanted:
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The best bed and breakfast I have stayed in, like staying in a top hotel.”

Such an amazing bed and breakfast. The staff there could not do enough for you. The suite we stayed in was truly amazing. I have not stayed in anything as extravagant before.

The breakfasts were beautiful, you had a continental breakfast buffet followed by a cooked breakfast of your choice.

Before our arrival at the B&B they also sent a list of recommended restaurants in the area and other local areas so we could pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Definitely staying here again, very highly recommended.

Specifically Recommend:

Stay in the Somerville suite

Local Gems:

The harbour

Emma B, Stourbridge, West Midlands - 17th Feb 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/02/2014
By Emma B from Stourbridge

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Review Review No. 188 of 255

Recommended by:

Andrew P from Coventry

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 49 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Best luxury hotel ... quality is their priority”

Friendly owners, very welcoming, gorgeous decor, very clean, excellent breakfast, nice touch a bowl of sweets every day in our room, jugs of fresh milk readily available with homemade cakes and fresh fruit.

The close proximity to town centre and harbour made it easy just to walk there and back. Great shopping, bars and restaurants close at hand, we would thoroughly recommend anyone to stay at The Somerville and hopefully we will be back very soon.

Specifically Recommend:

Excellent quality Hotel.... and the proximity to town centre

Local Gems:

The view from the Harbour is breathtaking, and the architecture of the buildings is absolutely beautiful.

The Harvester restaurant on the harbour we would recommend

Andrew P, Radford, Coventry - 21st Jan 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/01/2014
By Andrew P from Coventry

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Review Review No. 187 of 255

Recommended by:

Sharon B - Surrey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 58 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
December - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great B & B - would definitely recommend The Somerville”

Everything about The Somerville was perfect - were made most welcome and the room and facilities were perfect.

Breakfast was one of the best we have had.

Would definitely recommend - great location.

Specifically Recommend:

A visit to Brixham is definitely worthwhile - get on the Hopa 12 Bus - get to view the coastline without having to worry about parking.

Local Gems:

Amicis Italian restaurant

Angels Tea Room at Babbacombe

Sharon B, Nutfield, Surrey - Jan 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/01/2014
By Sharon B - Surrey

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Review Review No. 186 of 255

Recommended by:

Jean C from Torfaen

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 59 - 62
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
November - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fantastic B&B - no negatives at all”

The Somerville is an excellent place to stay, the attention to detail is superb. Adam & Grant and the rest of the staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble.

The breakfasts are just to die for, only problem is you can put weight on as just so much choice! The biscuits and brownies and flapjacks, and the organic milk are out of this world.

If we could give more than 5 stars we would.

Specifically Recommend:

The beautiful rooms and the food

Local Gems:

Bygones in Babbacombe

Hanburys fish & chips also in Babbacombe.

Jean C, Pontnewynydd, Pontypool - 17th November 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/11/2013
By Jean C from Torfaen

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Review Review No. 185 of 255

Recommended by:

Mark T from Lower Tean

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 6
  • 35 - 86
  •  
  • 2
  • 11 - 15
Stayed:

5 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Class Act ”

First Class in every sense - rooms, service, breakfast, extras in rooms and daily cookies and cake every afternoon in the reception area.

Ground floor bedrooms for the elderly in our party, all rooms of the highest standard in decor and cleanliness.

Lovely icy cold fridges in each bedroom to keep our wine...and water nicely chilled !!

Superb, accurate restaurant reviews in your room

Nothing too much trouble

Attention to detail second to none

Will return for sure

Specifically Recommend:

Just oozes quality

Local Gems:

Dartmouth

Totnes

Teinmouth

En Route:

Tewkesbury

Mark T, Lower Tean, Staffs - 15.09.2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/09/2013
By Mark T from Lower Tean

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Recommended by:

Paul C from Ross on Wye

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“There is a place.....”

Quintessential English Hospitality at its supreme best. The Hosts’ attention to detail, warmth and good humour add to the elegance of this superb B&B.

Spotlessly clean and well deserving of its accolades. Commanding a very accessible location close to the harbour and well within walking distance of many fine places to eat.

Specifically Recommend:

Check their website for last minute availability but generally one to book in advance.

Local Gems:

No 7 restaurant......superb !

Paul C, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire - 7.9.13

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/09/2013
By Paul C from Ross on Wye

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Recommended by:

John C from Leigh

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 50 - 57
  •  
  • 0
  • 0
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Wonderful hotel”

The hotel is the cleanest I have visited. The breakfast is fantastic, excellent choices. Many little extras - sweets in your room, cookies, cakes and even a i-phone charger in your room.

This hotel exceeded my expectations in every way. The owners are really friendly and very helpful. About 5 to 10 minute walk to the harbour and shopping centre.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast is most recommended

Local Gems:

Dart Valley Steam Railway

John C, Leigh, Lancashire - 6th Sept 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/09/2013
By John C from Leigh

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Recommended by:

Richard S from Bridgwater

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 51 - 52
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Don’t go anywhere else!”

We have stayed at The Somerville before, and came back because it is head and shoulders, the best B&B we have found in Torquay.

We were not disappointed - the room was lovely, the food gorgeous, the welcome and advice very friendly. It is only 10 minutes’ walk from the sea front, and there is ample off-road parking.

Decor is stylish and a little eccentric, but in a very very good way. Also, Hector the Dachshund is a local TV star! Highly recommended!

Specifically Recommend:

Comfortable, well appointed rooms.

Local Gems:

The Orange Tree Restaurant - exquisite.

Richard S, Bridgwater, Somerset - 6.9.13

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/09/2013
By Richard S from Bridgwater

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Recommended by:

Gavin P - Swadlincote

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 32 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The best place to stay in Torquay!”

Beautiful hotel in a great location for all the local attractions.

The owners have a wealth of knowledge on the local area and are incredibly welcoming.

We stay every year as you couldn’t ask for more.

Specifically Recommend:

Take the owners’ advice of where to eat for for special occasions or just dining out for a treat.

Local Gems:

No. 7 Fish restaurant. Incredible food matched by some of the best service we’ve ever had the pleasure of receiving.

Gavin P, Swadlincote, Derbyshire - 28th August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/08/2013
By Gavin P - Swadlincote

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Review Review No. 180 of 255

Recommended by:

Martin P from Twickenham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 62
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great find, you’ll love it !”

Very clean, well positioned location.

Excellent room, very friendly staff.

Great food .

Would definitely return and recommend.

Specifically Recommend:

Enjoy the breakfast. You won’t need lunch !

Great little touch with the cookies and cakes at night.

Local Gems:

Brixham

Martin P, Twickenham, Middlesex - 26th August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/08/2013
By Martin P from Twickenham

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Recommended by:

Mark O - Blackwood, Gwent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Well worth a visit - you won’t be disappointed!”

This is a great place, friendly welcome, nothing was too much trouble and breakfast was superb.

Room was spotlessly clean and the bed was most comfortable.

Specifically Recommend:

Great recommendations on places to eat and those to avoid, we tried a few and they were excellent.

Local Gems:

Angels Tea Rooms, Babbacombe

Mark O, Pengam, Blackwood, Gwent - 12.08.2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/08/2013
By Mark O - Blackwood, Gwent

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Review Review No. 178 of 255

Recommended by:

Lin O - Shrewsbury

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 52
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The best place to stay..you won’t be disappointed”

Last minute booking for a few days’ away and what a great choice we made.

The location is ideal, near enough to the harbour restaurants & shops to walk to. With parking too which is a bonus

As we arrived and drove in, the garden looked wonderful colourful and very pretty. We were impressed.

We stayed in The Garden Suite which was just so lovely and comfortable. The doors opening out onto the garden with our own table and chairs was very special and as it was such glorious weather made it even better. The bed was huge and very comfy..only problem was I did have to leap onto it as it was high ..for me !!!! The bathroom was divine with the biggest bath I’ve ever seen and what luxury.. a TV in the bathroom ..we were very spoilt !!

The little extras that we had, fresh cookies, fruit and flapjacks available. The fresh organic milk, real coffee, the bowl of sweets in the room every day..never seen that before. Wonderful

Also the very helpful list of places to eat ..and not to eat was a great help

The breakfast was excellent..not only the choice, but the attention to detail in presentation and taste. Using local and organic foods is the way forward. The granola and smoothie pots were divine.

I am a Catering Manager and am very critical usually of food and service, but I was just so impressed with the excellent quality of the food, drink, and the service. Adam made sure everyone was looked after in a friendly manner...We didn’t see much of Grant ..bless him he was slaving hard in the kitchen !!!!

To be honest this is the best place we have ever stayed in. Since we have been home we have been telling everyone about it.

So thank you Adam & Grant, Oscar ,Hector and the other staff for being so welcoming, friendly and making our stay better than ever.

Keep up the good work you are Brilliant..we will be back

Specifically Recommend:

The whole experience of staying at THE SOMERVILLE

Attention to detail is superb. Cannot recommend you enough

Local Gems:

Best Fish & Chips - Hanburys in Babbacombe..delicious

Lin O, Shrewsbury, Shrops - 12th August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/08/2013
By Lin O - Shrewsbury

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Recommended by:

Wendy L, Twycross

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fabulous boutique hotel”

Well located hotel, with nicely tended gardens at the front. Private parking, always a must for us. Lovely decor and comfortable rooms with well appointed en-suite facilities. Good quality fixtures and fittings.

Loved the complimentary robes, cookies, fruit and sweeties. Food served was locally sourced where possible and of excellent quality. If you are looking for an excellently run hotel with charming hosts, you will find it here. Highly recommended.

Specifically Recommend:

The huge choice at breakfast. Fabulous

Be Aware:

The only tiny negative was being greeted by two, although very cute, barking dogs. We do like dogs, but prefer not to find them in our hotel. That said it would not deter us from visiting again.

Local Gems:

Ferry ride to Brixham

En Route:

Stopped at Chesil Beach along the coast path

Wendy L, Twycross, Warwickshire - 6th August 2013

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are pleased that you would like to return. Our 2 miniature Dachshunds, Oscar and Hector, are generally kept away from the public areas however sometimes they sneak out to say hello as they love meeting new people!

They are very much part of The Somerville and many guests love to see them. Having said that we are mindful that not all guests are dog lovers and do try to be sensitive to the needs of all of our guests’’ - Grant

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/08/2013
By Wendy L, Twycross

I confirm Wendy was a bona-fide paying guest at The Somerville. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Grant, The Somerville - 8th August 2013
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Recommended by:

Nigel W from Muston

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A top quality hotel and a must-stay-at venue if planning a trip to Torquay”

Having made our booking on the back of so many positive reviews, we had such high expectations and I am pleased to confirm we were not at all disappointed.

The location is perfect to discover all the highlights that Torquay has on offer.

Prior to our arrival Adam kindly emailed a comprehensive list of local places to eat which enabled us to choose a suitable restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

Accommodation is just delightful and real quality. Room facilities and all round service was excellent. The breakfasts were most enjoyable with so much variety and choice.

In summary, a top class hotel that definitely justifies its 5 Star quality rating.

Specifically Recommend:

Make sure you plan your stay to ensure you take advantage of the discounts available.

Local Gems:

The Old Vienna restaurant - outstanding meal experience and only a 5 minute walk from the Somerville Hotel.

Nigel W, Muston, Nottingham - 22nd June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/06/2013
By Nigel W from Muston

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Recommended by:

Martin C - Bristol

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 63 - 63
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“If you’re looking for a Top Performing Hotel, with Excellent Accommodation, Great Hospitality, and Obvious Attention to Detail, this hotel is recommended, based on our memorable stay”

The Somerville fully lived up to its 5 Star Rating, the Customer Reviews and High Scores allocated in reviews that we read prior to our stay. It was excellent in all respects.

The standard of Customer Service was extremely high as well as being offered in a professional and very helpful manner, by Adam, who looked after us so very well, aided by his professional and friendly staff, who together made us feel very welcome.

We would enthusiastically recommend this hotel to anyone seeking excellence, a warm welcome, and a class act as far as the hotel experience is concerned

Specifically Recommend:

Excellent Standard of Food, Hospitality, Professionalism, and High Quality Accommodation

Local Gems:

Steam Railway

Brixham Ferry

Dartmouth

Martin C, Bristol, Avon - 21st June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/06/2013
By Martin C - Bristol

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Recommended by:

Tessa B - Andover

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“BEST B&B IN BRITIAN”

The best B&B I have every stayed in and I travel all over the world in 5 star hotels! This was 6 star! Attention to detail is wonderful.

Specifically Recommend:

Suites are worth a little extra!

Local Gems:

No 7 Fish Bistro

Tessa B, Andover, Hants - 5th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/06/2013
By Tessa B - Andover

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Recommended by:

Jackie C, Poole, Dorset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 66 - 67
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Dinghy Sailing In Torbay
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent accommodation”

We were accommodated superbly. Recently we have been on cruise ships but our stay at The Somerville easily matched or even bettered the care and attention that you expect on such a holiday.

Every request was dealt with in a relaxed and friendly manner. All the staff were pleasant, neat and tidy.

The place is immaculate. Rooms beautifully decorated, with attention to detail. Breakfast second to none, with so many wonderful selections....totally spoilt for choice. Would certainly visit again. Well recommended.

Specifically Recommend:

Quality value

Local Gems:

Trip on the Fairmile WW2 Motor Boat to Dartmouth.

Jackie C from Poole, Dorset - 4th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/06/2013
By Jackie C, Poole, Dorset

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Recommended by:

Karen J from Nottingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 49 - 71
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Luxury and elegance - a treasure on the English Riviera!”

This has to be the best accommodation we have ever stayed in. From the welcome by Grant to the most excellent breakfasts hosted by Adam, the Somerville is truly magnificent. Everything is spotlessly clean and with furnishings of high quality.

The breakfasts were superb - the hot choice was varied and beautifully cooked. I went for a mushroom and bacon omelette on the first day and everyone else had to have one the next day because it was so delicious.

Cake, fruit and cookies were freely available to take up to your room, organic milk also. The fridge had chilled water and the tea and coffee facilities were comprehensive and varied.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfasts, and the Somerville Suite, a beautiful room with roll top bath, plasma TV, and quality bedding for a lovely night’s sleep

Local Gems:

The Pierrepoint Restaurant (lovely chips and great service)

Hanbury’s for fish and chips at Babbacombe

Karen J, Nottigham, Notts - 4th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/06/2013
By Karen J from Nottingham

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Recommended by:

DArcy T from East Grinstead

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 87
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent is every way possible”

A jewel on the English Riviera...

The Somerville deserves (exceeds) every one of its outstanding reviews. It is a wonderful oasis, so utterly different from the bland, corporate type of hotel that lacks any personality.

As comfortable and well appointed as anyone could hope, Adam and Grant make everyone as welcome as old friends - and that makes a BIG difference for those tired of impersonal chains.

Can’t praise it enough... Try it!

Specifically Recommend:

Peace, tranquility, character, generous and warm personal welcome and interest.

Great comfort, spotless, breakfast is a treat ... and it’s all charming.

Local Gems:

Torquay and the area is full of attractions.

DArcy T, East Grinstead - 20.05.2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/05/2013
By DArcy T from East Grinstead

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Recommended by:

Cath B from Newent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 33 - 37
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Perfect in every way. Stay there, soon!”

I booked for us to go to The Somerville for three specific reasons....

1. My boyfriend had stayed there in the past and raved about it
2. I spent many happy family holidays in Torquay
and
3. We had a Red Letter Day voucher which we swapped on to The Somerville.

We added an extra night to our booking, which was a very smooth and hassle-free process from the point of view of liaising with The Somerville.

When we arrived, we had an impressively warm welcome from Adam - he was very jovial, very comfortable welcoming us into their beautiful B&B and explained everything as if it was the first time he’d said it. We had a very comprehensive tour around the ground floor of the B&B, around our room and there was nothing I needed to ask as a result of the detailed information we were given. We were asked whether we needed any reservations made for dinner, we had a quick chat about where we’d booked for Saturday evening and were pleased to know that it met with approval!

The room was spotlessly clean, the bed very comfortable and the space had been used very cleverly to make the room as snug as possible. It was beautifully decorated and felt very opulent! We both liked those little touches such as proper organic milk being made available homemade cookies, cake, flapjack and jelly beans in the room, plus a mini cafetiere and very nice quality coffee for it, both normal and decaf. The attention-to-detail was second to none and very, very impressive.

We didn’t spend that much time in the B&B, so didn’t use the bar or lounge area. We had an amazing breakfast both mornings. My Eggs Royale were incredible - about a pack of smoked salmon included, beautifully poached eggs and a very well made hollandaise (which I make a lot myself and so am notoriously fussy about!). I had an omelette on the second morning and this was also perfectly cooked. I felt that both of my options for breakfast were things which, ordinarily, you would be charged extra for, but not at The Somerville.

The Full English was a very attractive looking plate, locally sourced where possible and so popular that my boyfriend had this both mornings. The range of jams and breads for toast and the extra touches such as lemon posset, beautifully presented granola pots and smoothie shots led to us feeling very well looked after and VERY full, but content! Brilliant, attentive service as well. Tip top marks, thank you!

We will definitely be back in the future. It is certainly the nicest place I have stayed, bar none, in terms of being made to feel welcome and having every whim catered for to perfection. A great place and huge congratulations to Adam and Grant as it is an absolute credit to them and a stand out gem in Torquay.

Specifically Recommend:

Beautiful Eggs Royale for a fantastic start to the day!!

Local Gems:

The Somerville is the best local gem we encountered in our stay!

Cath B, Newent, Gloucs - 13th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/05/2013
By Cath B from Newent

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Recommended by:

Hilary & Nigel OR

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 51 - 56
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Great rooms, great food and great hosts!”

We stayed at this superb B&B for my birthday and because we had tickets for a local show at the theatre.

We have stayed in Torquay quite a few times at very decent B&Bs, but The Somerville will be our first choice from now on.

We stayed the the Courtyar Suite, room 3, which was very cosy. As I have a few mobility issues, this was great as it has a large shower rather than a bath and is on the ground floor. There is a small courtyard garden with a bench, if the weather is good enough to sit out. We had a super comfortable king sized bed and a small sofa. Although we didn’t use the TV, it was a good size.

The whole place is expertly run by Grant and Adam, it’s beautifully decorated and very clean. There is a car park on site, next time we will bring the Jag!

Breakfast, well, what can we say other than fabulous! Beautifully cooked, so much choice and nice extra touches of smoothie shots, fruit and yoghurt compots as well as all the usual choices.

We really appreciated the fresh milk, cookies and fruit that you could help yourself to at any time and the sweet treats in our room.

It’s just past the museum and even for a reluctant walker like myself, it’s an easy enough stroll down to the marina. You might want to get the bus or a taxi back up the hill, we paid GBP 3.75 plus tip on Saturday night after the concert (the taxi rank is just along the road from the theatre).

There are a number of places to eat in Torquay, but fine dining was a little hard to find on a Monday night.

Specifically Recommend:

Comfort, attention to detail and great service.

Local Gems:

Angels tea rooms in Babbacombe, great afternoon tea but you should book ahead. Just be aware that they use marge in the sarnies and on the toast, rather than butter but were fine when I requested a dry sandwich (being allergic to margarine).

The view from the upstairs section of the cafe at the theatre is great, overlooking the marina and the food is reasonable.

En Route:

Killerton House (National Trust) is always worth a visit if you are coming from that direction (M5 J29 northbound).

Hilary and Nigel OR from Bristol - May 4th 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/05/2013
By Hilary & Nigel OR

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Recommended by:

Debbie C from Cornwall

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 56 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A little bit of luxury”

We have just enjoyed our third luxury break at the Somerville. This time we stayed in the Garden Suite which was like having a private wing to ourselves.

Adam & Grant make you feel so welcome and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Breakfast is cooked to perfection....grilled vine tomatoes, eggs just how you like them, flat bottomed mushrooms, hash browns, really tasty bacon and sausages.There is varied choice on the menu and I must say the egg benedict was superb. Even tried the delicious lemon posset!

The Somerville is by far the best boutique hotel we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in and hopefully we will be back for a fourth visit very soon.

Many thanks Malcolm, Debbie & Misty.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast.

Local Gems:

The Kents pub

Angels tea room

Cockington Village

Debbie, Malcolm and Misty - 25th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/04/2013
By Debbie C from Cornwall

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Recommended by:

Peter M - Worthing

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Don’t bother looking anywhere else, this place is perfect”

The lovely B&B (it is so much more than that by the way) was a perfect place for a relaxing break. The owners give you such a welcome and the place has the WOW!!! factor. Everything is clean and the attetion to detail first rate.

The room we stayed in was perfect in every way and of such a high quality finish - you could not want for more.

Specifically Recommend:

For a quiet getaway

Local Gems:

The Vienna restaurant was a real hit and just 5 minutes’ walk up the road

Peter M, Goring by Sea - 15th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/04/2013
By Peter M - Worthing

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Recommended by:

Anne W - Knowle, West Mids.

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Why stay anywhere else!”

This was our second stay at the Somerville and we wish we could stay more often!

Welcoming, friendly and very helpful hosts. Breakfasts excellent - best food, freshly cooked and lovely menu.

Bedroom and bathroom clean, comfortable, warm, beautifully decorated and well equipped.

Ideal location for town centre, harbour and sea front - many good restaurants within walking distance of hotel.

Specifically Recommend:

Attention to detail throughout entire hotel.

Local Gems:

No 7 Fish Resturant in Torquay

Anne W, Knowle, West Midlands - 15th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/04/2013
By Anne W - Knowle, West Mids.

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Recommended by:

Caroline H from Dorset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 49 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Fabulous gem”

Stayed here for two nights, last-minute find due to work commitments in the area, always difficult when looking for appropriate accommodation as a single female. But what a find..... A Fabulous gem, friendly, immaculate and, for me, a feeling of safety.

Wonderful night’s sleep, just like home from home. Tastefully decorated accommodation and garden with extra finishing touches, help-yourself - fresh organic milk, cookies, sweets and bottled water in the room fridge. Highly recommended.

Unfortunately unable to visit the local area due to nature of stay, however walking distance into the town, with personal recommendations of places to eat and visit from the lovely owners.

I have stayed in countless hotels, motels & B&Bs over the years and can honestly say that this ranks amongst my favourite. Don’t bother looking elsewhere, you will not be disappointed. Thank you both.

Specifically Recommend:

Extremely comfortable bed, immaculate rooms and ensuite

Local Gems:

Due to nature of visit - work related - no local places visited

Caroline H - Crossways, Dorset - 14th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/04/2013
By Caroline H from Dorset

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Recommended by:

Alan & Penny A

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 54 - 54
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Beach / Sea
Summary:

“Anyone staying in Torquay, this is a must.”

Our first stay was our honeymoon and it was brill. This time was our first anniversary. Adam & Grant are two lovely people who will do all they can to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible.

The rooms are very comfortable, clean and tidy. Breakfast is what you need to start the day off with a good variety.

Pity I can’t get my lorry in there! Will be back. Also they have regular guests to stay who also enjoy the same comforts and are very friendly.

Specifically Recommend:

A choice of pillows.

Local Gems:

Old Vienna restaurant

En Route:

Cider Shop A35

Alan & Penny, Southampton, Hants - 12th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/04/2013
By Alan & Penny A

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Recommended by:

Kerry B from Dursley

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 32 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect, luxurious and very welcoming”

What can I say.. Everything was perfect. We booked last minute and stayed in a junior suite which was above and beyond what you would expect.

These guys definitely go the extra mile and make you feel very welcome without intruding.

The atmosphere is very relaxing and we loved the little cookies and brownies that were complimentary if you feel a bit peckish.

The bathroom soaps and creams were fabulous, so much so, we have ordered some for home.

Immaculate B&B, well deserved 5 stars. Will definitely return.

Specifically Recommend:

The Breakfast - all organic I might add - is just perfect.

Local Gems:

Very close to the harbour side and a beautiful walk in the sunshine

Kerry B, Dursley, Gloucs - 9th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/04/2013
By Kerry B from Dursley

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Recommended by:

Chris B from Reading, Berks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent!”

This is our second visit to the Somerville and we were very impressed that despite the rooms being excellent in our previous stay the owners had made the effort to further improve our stay.

The breakfasts are great with a wide variety of cereals, fruits and cooked options.

The location is ideal for the centre of Torquay - near enough to easily walk, far enough away to be away from any noise.

We will definitely stay again.

Specifically Recommend:

Rooms

Food

Location

Chris B, Reading, Berkshire - 9th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/04/2013
By Chris B from Reading, Berks

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Recommended by:

Jane and Frank - Warks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
March - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Simply the Best”

Simply the best B and B we’ve ever stayed in. Decor is spectacular. Rooms were not just glamorous, but also practical, comfortable, quiet and warm. We were upgraded to the Torwood Suite with bedroom and separate lounge and felt pampered.

Attention to detail was incredible and all the little extras were worthy of a large hotel - bathrobes, small fridge, fresh milk, bottled water, even a dish of jelly babies and you could help yourself to free cookies at any time.

The breakfast selection is varied and interesting. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and unobtrusive.

All in all a memorable experience.

Specifically Recommend:

Go there. You won’t be disappointed.

Local Gems:

We dined twice at the Hole in the Wall Pub. A very friendly old world pub. The food is moderately priced and good value.

Jane & Frank - Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warks - 11th March 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/03/2013
By Jane and Frank - Warks

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Recommended by:

Sharon L, Torrington

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 39 - 42
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
March - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“An experience not to be missed”

Another fabulous stay at the Somerville. Fantastic surroundings with all the luxuries you could possibly want.

Homemade cookies and cake to enjoy with your cuppa in your room together with fresh organic milk to help yourself to.

Breakfast is amazing with a wonderful range on the menu and fresh buffet laid out every morning. Very friendly staff and proprietors, can’t wait to re-visit.

Specifically Recommend:

The Somerville Suite - even has a TV over the bath!

Local Gems:

The Old Vienna Restaurant, Lisbon Square, Torquay.

Sharon L, Torrington, North Devon - 11th March 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/03/2013
By Sharon L, Torrington

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Recommended by:

Jane H from High Wycombe

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 41 - 43
  •  
  • 0
  • 0
Stayed:

1 Nights
March - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Truly a 5 star experience not to be missed”

The Somerville is a little piece of paradise and we would certainly recommend to anyone.

The attention to detail is first class and nothing is too much trouble.

Grant and Adam knew we had recently got married and even left us a personal note and welcome gift in our room which was a lovely gesture.

It is easy to see why the Somerville has a 5 star rating and we will be staying again.

Lots of vegetarian options available at breakfast.

Specifically Recommend:

We stayed in the Somerville suite and all of the facilities were spotless

Jane H - High Wycombe - 8th March 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/03/2013
By Jane H from High Wycombe

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Recommended by:

Kay McG - Dunmow, Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 59 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Simply the best B & B you will ever find”

A return visit to the absolutely wonderful Somerville did not disappoint. Attentive hosts who are totally focused on customer service, at a boutique B & B which cannot be faulted.

Sumptuous surroundings, comfy beds, delicious breakfasts, luxury bathrooms and too many thoughtful details to mention.

If you are travelling to Torquay, look no further than The Somerville - it is simply the best.

Specifically Recommend:

Too many things to detail

Local Gems:

Cockington Village - only 10 mins from Torquay. A step back in time to a Devon village in past times. Great woodland walk, artisan studios, including blacksmith and a good pub to boot.

Kay McG - Dunmow, Essex - 4th March 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/03/2013
By Kay McG - Dunmow, Essex

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Recommended by:

Lucy P from Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 20 - 30
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Outstanding”

Fantastic two night stay at the Somerville. The warm welcome continued throughout our stay and we were made to feel as if we were in our own home.

Absolutely stunning room and delicious breakfast. Lovely finishing touches including home-made cookies and fresh milk.

Really couldn’t fault the Somervlle or our stay, absolutely outstanding. Cannot wait to go back!

Specifically Recommend:

The Garden Room was stunning.

Lucy P, Crewkerne, Somerset - 24th February 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/02/2013
By Lucy P from Somerset

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Recommended by:

Amanda J from Hucclecote

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“It looked good on the laptop and in reality exceeded our expectations”

We booked a room and were upgraded on arrival and felt thoroughly spoilt with having our own sitting room. Being able to help yourself to fresh milk and cookies to take to your room is a lovely touch, as is the sweeties by the side of the bed.

When booking in the owner offered to make reservations at local eateries if needed and the written guide to eating locally is worth a read for its honesty and humour.

Excellent choices available for breakfast, especially like the smoothie shots.

On-site parking was very convenient and the Somerville is within easy walking to the centre of Torquay.

Specifically Recommend:

It would be unfair to select one particular quality above all others

Local Gems:

Me Salcombe

Partner Margaritas @ Cotton-eyed Joes

Amanda J, Hucclecote, Glos - 16th Feb 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 16/02/2013
By Amanda J from Hucclecote

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Recommended by:

Dan M - Camborne

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 23 - 23
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
February - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Luxurious and affordable.”

Excellent! We spent three days at the Sommerville and found the service to be brilliant.

The room was exceptional - stylish and very clean with a very comfortable bed!

There was a good choice for breakfast - everything I tried was fantastic and if you are still hungry after that the complimentary cookies are excellent too.

The Somerville was great value for money even considering we booked late.

We will certainly stay at the Somerville again if we are ever in the area.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast.

Local Gems:

The local Indian restaraunt.

Dan M, Camborne, Cornwall -- 10th Feb 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/02/2013
By Dan M - Camborne

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Colin M, Kingswood

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Family Visit
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Posh B & B”

A very pleasant experience in a posh B & B.

Owners very helpful and their local restaurant reviews are worth a read.

Room was very well appointed, clean and everything worked.

Breakfast was excellent with a wide choice.

We would stay again if in Torquay

Specifically Recommend:

Go there and enjoy the excellent customer service and good quality rooms

Local Gems:

On a wet and windy Tuesday in January not a lot! Number 7 resturant worth a visit if you like fish.

Colin M from Kingswood, Surrey - 5th Feb 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/02/2013
By Colin M, Kingswood

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Recommended by:

Julie OC, Cheltenham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 52 - 49
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect Romantic Birthday Day Break”

Attention to deal in every way. Clean, comfortable, warm and very welcoming. Breakfast amazing with plenty of choice using all local produce.

Adam and Grant are exceptional hosts. Bathroom products are local and very good quality.

Who would have expected jelly beans in the room but they were daily!!

The Somerville is a very relaxed and romantic guest house.

Specifically Recommend:

Cookies in the hallway along with fresh fruit

Local Gems:

Angels tea room

Julie OC, Cheltenham, Gloucs - 21st Jan 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/01/2013
By Julie OC, Cheltenham

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Recommended by:

Garry W from Lichfield

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 56 - 58
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Shopping
  • High Standard Of Accommodation
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent Experience - I will be returning”

Requiring high class accommodation for a re-arranged meeting in Torbay I booked the Somerville Hotel. Even though they had a busy booking period with a Meeting Breakfast arranged the owners re-arranged bookings to allow me to stay.

On arrival I was impressed with the whole business and how professionally it was run. From all the information to make my stay as pleasant as possible to recommendations on where to eat & drink in Torbay (which were excellent), to the standards of the room and a breakfast I will never forget.

If you want a great place to stay in Torbay look no further!

Specifically Recommend:

The whole way the business is run from attention to detail, customer focus, cleanliness and the standard of food.

Local Gems:

The No7 Fish Restaurant

Gary W, Lichfield, Staffordshire - 20.1.13

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/01/2013
By Garry W from Lichfield

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Recommended by:

Jane P from Crediton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 45
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Entertainment
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The perfect choice to recharge your batteries in style!”

We have just returned from an overnight stay at The Somerville for a birthday treat. It was the perfect choice. We live in Devon and chose Torquay purely as we were visiting the theatre there and wanted to be able to walk. The Somerville was perfectly positioned to explore Torquay seafront and town.

The atmoshere was calm, relaxed and very stylish. As it was a quiet winter weekend we were upgraded to the Torwood Suite which was wonderful. Extremely comfortable and well thought out. There was a small fridge for my wine and proper wine glasses to enjoy it in!! Fresh milk available for you teas and coffees etc. Great shower and quality bathroom products.

Central heating very efficient (we left snow at home before heading to the coast!), if anything we should have turned it down as the bedroom was warmer than we are used to. I very much hope to return to The Somerville (if I ever manage to drag my man away from the farm again!).

Specifically Recommend:

If you can stretch to a suite it is worth it.

Forgot to mention the lovely fluffy towels and i-pod dock which was great as I usually bring our own!

Local Gems:

We visited Jingles Mexican which we enjoyed.

Also our reason for the visit was a show at The Princess Theatre.

Jane P, Crediton, Devon - 19th January 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/01/2013
By Jane P from Crediton

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Recommended by:

Andrew C from Blackpool

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 42 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“5 star website with 5 star reality”

This was our first time at the Somerville but it won’t be the last. We had three nights’ B&B in a beautiful room with superb en-suite bathroom.

The breakfast was frankly perfect. Apart from an excellent cooked English there was a wide variety of home-made poached fruit, muesli and even posset.

On a simple note, the Somerville has good car parking, free Wi-Fi that works and is in easy walking to town centre.

Specifically Recommend:

Home-made breakfast foods

Local Gems:

Old Vienna Restaurant

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/01/2013
By Andrew C from Blackpool

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Recommended by:

Sarah H - Gloucester

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
December - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Simply brilliant!”

Simply brilliant - beautiful room, fantastic breakfast, lovely hosts, really nice little touches to make it that much more special (the handmade shower gel, shampoo etc, the jelly beans, fresh milk and cookies under the stairs!).

I couldn’t fault it and would certainly like to visit again. Best pillows I have ever slept on. I have recommended it to friends and family. A visit to Paignton zoo a must too -)

Specifically Recommend:

Fab breakfast!

Local Gems:

Paignton Zoo

Sarah H, Gloucester - 11th December 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/12/2012
By Sarah H - Gloucester

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Recommended by:

Robin P from North Curry

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 48
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
December - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“You won’t stay anywhere better”

What an absolute gem, run by the nicest people on the planet, the service was superb and the room was truly incredible. The breakfast was out of this world with fruit compotes and a delicious full English breakfast made with excellent ingredients.

It was so good we’ve already booked to go back for longer - I can’t wait. No wonder they won best BB, I wouldn’t want to compete! They were so helpful and have offered loads of advice for our next visit.

Specifically Recommend:

The food and the rooms

Local Gems:

Torquay is lovely all year round, great walking, great views and lots to see and do

En Route:

Bizarre but fun at Trago Mills at Newton Abbot

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/12/2012
By Robin P from North Curry

Robin P, North Curry, Somerset - 7.12.12
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Recommended by:

Lorna P from Sherborne

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 53 - 54
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
November - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Exceptionally high standards and a very warm welcome”

We were very impressed by the exceptionally high standards. Adam and Grant are excellent hosts (and we really enjoyed meeting Hector and Oscar the dogs!).

The hotel is immaculate and our room was extremely comfortable with great attention to detail. Breakfast is definitely worth a mention with plenty to choose from and also of a very high standard.

We found the easy parking a bonus and The Somerville is in a very convenient location. Highly recommended. Hope to return soon!

Specifically Recommend:

Don’t think twice about booking, just book!

Local Gems:

Angel’s restaurant and tea rooms in Babbacombe.

Lorna P, Sherborne, Dorset - 25.11.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/11/2012
By Lorna P from Sherborne

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Recommended by:

Gavin P - Swadlincote

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 31 - 32
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
November - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“If you’re staying in Torquay, the Somerville is simply the best place to stay”

By far the best hotel-guest accommodation we have ever stayed in, anywhere! The hosts and staff are very knowledgeable of the area, run a beautiful and clean hotel (every room is special) and serve a brilliant breakfast all from an excellent location for discovering Torquay and the surrounding areas.

Lots of extra touches too, such as free Wi-Fi, brilliant in-room hot drink selection, fresh fruit and sweet treats also available and plentiful, safe off-road parking.

My wife and I have been visiting Torquay for many years and have finally found guest accommodation we return to every year - we wish we had discovered it sooner. And we very much look forward to staying here again!

Specifically Recommend:

Get to know the hosts, their knowledge of the local restaurants is especially thorough and they can help you plan your stay whatever it is you like to do when in Torquay or South Devon.

Local Gems:

Victoria Parade has the best tea-room (for cream teas) and chip shop (in our opinions) with lovely views of the harbour. I wish I could remember the names specifically but they are the ones approx half-way down in the middle of the row! (See owner’ note at foot of page)

Gavin P from Swadlincote - 20th November 2012

Owner’s Reply:

The Tea Room Gavin is referring to is Burridges - Grant Chapman, The Somerville - 23rd November 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/11/2012
By Gavin P - Swadlincote

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Recommended by:

Estelle E from Little Clanfield

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 44
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A Very Special Place to Stay”

So friendly and helpful. Rooms are so well equipped and comfortable and very warm.

The breakfast was delicious and such a wide choice available.

It was relaxing and they put in so much effort to make your stay enjoyable. The cleanliness was outstanding. We will definitely go back.

Specifically Recommend:

We didn’t like Torquay that much but this B&B is such a special place on the edge of Torquay so we will stay here again and have days out at other nearby places.

Local Gems:

No.7 Seafoood restaurant

Old Vienna Restaurant

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/10/2012
By Estelle E from Little Clanfield

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Recommended by:

Shirley R from Stroud

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
October - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Have been to Torquay before but this place was one to remember”

Fantastic accomodation.

Grant and Adam looked after us informing us of local attractions and places to dine.

The hotel was so clean, beautiful beds and linen. So comfortable. Slept well

Plenty of choice at breakfast with local produce.

This was more than a B & B.

Will definitely be returning.

Loved it all. Thank you

Specifically Recommend:

Stay at The Somerville you will want to return!!!

Local Gems:

Gemelias Italian restaurant. Small, but fabulous home cooking

En Route:

Totness - Lots of quirky shops

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/10/2012
By Shirley R from Stroud

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Recommended by:

Gilly S - Hucclecote

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
October - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Somerville exceeds all expectations ”

What a fantastic experience and what a fantastic place.

From our arrival the service and information given far exceeded any other place we have stayed in.

Our room was gorgeous with Laura Ashley style furnishings.

Breakfast was delicious and all staff offered outstanding customer service.

This is a place we would highly recommend. We are going back in four weeks’ time and cannot wait.

Specifically Recommend:

Wonderful options for breakfast and beautifully cooked

Local Gems:

Gemellis Italian restaurant

En Route:

Totnes

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/10/2012
By Gilly S - Hucclecote

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Recommended by:

Nicola M from Berkhamsted

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 46 - 56
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Luxury
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Fab u lous”

We looked at the Somerville website while checking out other hotels to stay in Torquay for a family get-together. We were not disappointed.

It was a wonderful experience. We stayed in Torwood Suite. It has everything you need including a fridge in the room. Superb.

Will definitely be returning. Thank you so much for making our stay so great.

Specifically Recommend:

Upgrade to a suite

Local Gems:

I would have loved to have visited the museum just down the road, but we ran out of time.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/10/2012
By Nicola M from Berkhamsted

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Recommended by:

David L from Torrington

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 39 - 42
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Wonderful Anniversary Break”

This was our fourth stay in as many years each being equally as good as the last. Gorgeous rooms, delicious breakfast, very clean, warm and welcoming environment. All the luxuries you could possibly want including homemade cookies and muffins to help yourself to with organic fresh milk, so no need to rely on UHT sachets in the room as elsewhere.

Walking distance to the harbour and shops and many eateries but quite steep coming back up so consider the bus if this is an issue to you (stops at the Museum about 50 yards away). Private parking at rear of property.

Owners try and source good local produce where possible and sample local restaurants regularly to maintain their good food guide. If you ask advice you get good honest answers and they are very helpful, willing to assist in booking shows, restaurants, taxis etc.

Specifically Recommend:

Ask owners advice on local restaurants.

Regarding the hotel, all the rooms we’ve tried over the years have been lovely so it makes no difference which you have.

Local Gems:

Old Vienna Restaurant, 5 minutes walk away up the hill

En Route:

Cockington village is always worth a stop at

David L, Torrington, Devon - 15th Oct 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/10/2012
By David L from Torrington

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Recommended by:

Shona W from Pawlett

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Simply superb Somerville”

Having just arrived home I am delighted to share the delights of staying at the Somerville. From entering this wonderful establishment you will not be disappointed. It is very obvious that Grant and Adam take a huge pride in their work and work hard to offer their client everything they need for a wonderful stay.

The decor is sumptuous and classy with each room having something special. They are happy to upgrade you if it is possible and will happily advise on the best places to visit to maximise your stay in Torquay. The breakfasts at the Somerville are the best with an extensive continental buffet filled with delights followed by something cooked.

I travel extensively with my job and stay at a wide variety of hotels but am struggling to find anywhere else which matches the excellence of the Somerville. You must sample it for yourself if you get the chance.

Specifically Recommend:

Has to be the comfort of the bed, and the breakfasts.

Local Gems:

Take the ferry to Brixham and then stroll around the lovely town.

Shona W, Pawlett, Somerset - 30.09.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/09/2012
By Shona W from Pawlett

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Recommended by:

Carol B from Swavesey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 54 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
September - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A truly excellent guest house in a great location”

The Somerville is an excellent guesthouse situated in an enviable location just a short walk away from the town centre, harbour and local restaurants.

We were pleasantly surprised on arrival to be upgraded to a Junior Suite. The room was immaculately clean and well appointed with a good selection of hot drinks, and all the furnishings and decor were to the highest standard. Each day, fresh bottled water was placed in our room fridge, and jugs of fresh milk and delicious cookies were available to take to our room - we thought this was a lovely extra touch.

The breakfast was outstanding and there was so much choice. Only fresh local produce was used and it was all beautifully cooked and presented. The service was excellent. We were also very appreciative of the detailed room guide which included helpful recommendations of where to eat and local attractions to visit.

All in all, we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience and would not hesitate to recommend The Somerville to others.

Specifically Recommend:

The delicious breakfast and attention to detail.

Local Gems:

The 7 fish restaurant

Amicis Italian restaurant

Cockington village

Carol B, Swavesey, Cambs - 29.09.2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/09/2012
By Carol B from Swavesey

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Recommended by:

Kevin P - Stoke on Trent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
September - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Absolutely great place to stay”

This B&B is real gem In Torquay. Everthing about our break was perfect.

There is only one bit of advice for people considering here and this is BOOK NOW - you will not be disappointed!!!!!!!

Specifically Recommend:

Room 12 - The Garden Suite

Kevin P from Stoke on Trent - 12.09.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/09/2012
By Kevin P - Stoke on Trent

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Recommended by:

Kay McG from Dunmow

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 59 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Unbeatable 5 star luxury in the best B&B we have ever stayed in”

The Somerville exceeded all expectations in every department. Quiet, extremely comfortable, excellent standard of hospitality, food and extra finishing touches. Warm welcome and sumptuously furnished suite with everything you could wish for, all of excellent quality.

Lovely comfortable bed and pillows, luxury bathroom with slipper bath, bathrobes, TV, good quality toiletries - and fresh red rose in a vase. Interior design is wonderful, thoughtful little extras like fresh milk always available, likewise afternoon cookies and fresh fruit, as well as Liquorice Allsorts in the room - brilliant little touch. Very helpful restaurant reviews and the most genial of hosts.

We stayed at the Somerville while visiting friends who had recently moved to the outskirts of Torquay. How are we going to break it to them that the Somerville was so special that we will always want to stay there when visiting!

Specifically Recommend:

The Somerville Suite

Local Gems:

The Cliff Railway - which was running an Agatha Christie Mystery day on our visit. Very amusing and entertaining way to get to and from Babbacombe beach.

Lunch at the Carey Arms pub on the cliff

Kay McG from Dunmow, Essex - 10.09.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/09/2012
By Kay McG from Dunmow

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Recommended by:

Gary H from London SE2

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 80
  •  
Stayed:

6 Nights
August - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The Ritz of Torquay”

This simply is the best hotel we have been to. The food was to die for.

It’s just a 5 mim walk to town and 2 min walk to the bus stop.

We were made to feel so welcomed by Grant and Adam who do everything possible to make your stay the best.

Well done The Somerville

Specifically Recommend:

The food was to die for and we stayed in The Somerville suite which was divine

Local Gems:

Kents pub up the road - the most lovely food

Gary H - London SE2 - 21st August 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/08/2012
By Gary H from London SE2

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Recommended by:

Jonathan B from Stone, Staffs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 52 - 58
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
July - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect accommodation and friendly hosts”

This is a really lovely hotel in a great location, just 10 mins’ walk into town. We booked a suite and this was perfect - nice and quiet, and very comfortable indeed.

The bed and pillows were perfect. Great in-room teatray with fresh milk. Lovely bathroom, toiletries and bathrobes.

The room had three TVs and a Roberts’ radio.

Breakfast was exceptional as was the service and the hosts. Off-road parking is good at rear of building.

Specifically Recommend:

Take time to enjoy your room and the property. There are some amazing ornaments and decor.

Local Gems:

The seafront and harbour

En Route:

We also stopped off in Dartmouth which was beautiful.

Jono B, Stone, Staffs - 13th August 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/08/2012
By Jonathan B from Stone, Staffs

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Recommended by:

John T from Redditch

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 58 - 58
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Never disappoints”

Our fifth stay at the Somerville which never disappoints.

Good location, lovely decor, great breakfast and very helpful staff who will go out of their way to help you with what to do and where to eat, etc.

Lots of nice touches like free afternoon cookies, bathrobes, etc.

If you like a bit of luxury at a B & B then this is the place. I would recommend this hotel to anyone without hesitation.

Specifically Recommend:

If you are in doubt about where to eat just ask for recommendations as these people have tried most of the local places

Local Gems:

Number 7 Fish bistro

JT - Redditch, Worcs - 12th August 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/08/2012
By John T from Redditch

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Recommended by:

Richard S from Fiddington

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 51 - 52
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
August - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Brilliant!”

What an outstanding hotel. We have been looking for some time for a good, intimate, non-standard hotel in Torquay and this is definitely the one.

Very nice staff and owners, gorgeous rooms and food, great attention to detail, clean, wonderfully decorated. Plenty of parking.

Overall, 11 out of 10!

Specifically Recommend:

Everything!

Richard S, Fiddington, Bridgwater - 12.08.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/08/2012
By Richard S from Fiddington

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Review Review No. 132 of 255

Recommended by:

Brian H from Tonbridge, Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 62 - 64
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
August - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“This is a lovely hotel”

We go back to this hotel year after year. You can’t fault the hotel in any way. The owners and staff can’t do enough for you.

The hotel is a ten minute walk from the town centre - just right for a short walk to all the shops and amenities.

We love the little extras you get, the fresh milk and cookies in the hall. We would recomend this hotel to anyone -it is excellent.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast

Local Gems:

Babacombe beach

En Route:

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/08/2012
By Brian H from Tonbridge, Kent

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Recommended by:

Jill L from Ash Vale

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 57 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
July - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“If they gave Oscars to B&Bs, The Somerville would win”

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. Stayed in the Somerville Suite, fabulous bathroom equipped with everything you could need from lovely fluffy bath sheets to a TV at the end of the slipper bath.

Eggs Benedict for breakfast cooked to perfection, just one of the choices on an excellent and varied breakfast menu.

The owners and staff really care about your comfort. We will be recommending the Somerville to friends and family and will be returning to stay again.

Specifically Recommend:

Overall hospitality

Local Gems:

Harbour and variety of places to eat

Jill L, Ash Vale, Hants - 22nd July 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 22/07/2012
By Jill L from Ash Vale

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Recommended by:

Rachel C from Stafford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 45 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
July - 2012

Wanted:
  • Touring
  • Business
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent welcome with an exceptional breakfast”

Beautifully furnished boutique-style hotel. My room was very comfortable with sumptuous furnishings but also high spec mod cons. A good quality hairdryer is important to me - as well as nice toiletries. Much appreciated. I also love having a bath robe.

I liked having a cafetiere in the room to make a nice pot of coffee, and fresh milk was available downstairs with cookies and fruit at all times, a lovely touch.

The breakfast was the best I have had and I have to travel a lot for business. Lots of choice and very well cooked. I will stay here again.

Specifically Recommend:

Check out their restaurant reviews - searingly honest and hilarious!

Rachel C from Stafford - 19th July 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/07/2012
By Rachel C from Stafford

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Recommended by:

Colin L from London

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 37 - 41
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
May - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent place to stay”

We had a fantastic time when we stayed at The Somerville. We were made very welcome by Adam and Grant and their staff.

The breakfasts were fantastic, as was their advice on where to visit and places to eat. Our room was extremely comfortable and beautiful. Oscar and Hector were also delightful and were very entertaining.

There are several very good restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk and the front and marina are also very close.

So in summary, a wonderful place to stay in an excellent location

Specifically Recommend:

Get up each day for the breakfasts

Local Gems:

Number 7 fish restaurant
The Orange Tree restaurant
The Old Vienna restaurant
The Kents pub
The Hole in the Wall pub.

En Route:

Travelled from London and sat nav took us off the M3 to the A303 and passed by Stonehenge so we stopped for a visit.

Colin L, London SE26 - July 15 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/07/2012
By Colin L from London

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Recommended by:

Hayley G from Huntingdon

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 30 - 40
  •  
  • 1
  • 1 - 2
  • 0
Stayed:

1 Nights
July - 2012

Wanted:
  • Beach / Sea
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Amazing accommodation close to the harbour, excellent food and top quality service”

What a truly warm and friendly establishment with a professional yet friendly service. We were greeted and welcomed by Adam who made us feel immediately at ease, we were personally taken to our room and shown around and made sure we were happy.

You could really see how important it was for them to make everyone who stayed at the Somerville feel relaxed and there wasn’t anything you couldn’t have (they had thought of everything!) The room was of exceptionally high standard and the breakfast was amazing. We have a 14 month old daughter and every effort was made to ensure she was catered for.

Excellent stay and we wish you every success from Mr and Mrs George.

Specifically Recommend:

We recommend the Garden Suite for a truly relaxing stay.

The George Family, Huntingdon, Cambs - July 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/07/2012
By Hayley G from Huntingdon

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Recommended by:

Cyril K - Stourport-on-Severn

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 64
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
June - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A jewel in Torquay”

Chose Somerville from internet for a two night break and were unsure what to expect as we normally go for larger hotels. However, what a surprise.

From the moment we walked in our hosts and their staff made us feel welcome. The setting and the decor was fabulous, all areas were spotlessly clean. Attention to detail was obvious. Breakfast was to order and the choice, service and menu was excellent.

Location was really good, just a five minute walk to the town and harbour. We will definitely be returning and recommend you try it, you will not be disappointed.

Specifically Recommend:

Give it a try, you will not be disappointed

Local Gems:

The Harbour

Cyril K from Worcestershire - 1st July 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/07/2012
By Cyril K - Stourport-on-Severn

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Review Review No. 126 of 255

Recommended by:

Sian H from Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 28 - 30
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
June - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fabulous little B&B and we would highly recommend it to friends and family. ”

We have just returned from a wonderful weekend at The Somerville. We trawled through the web for hours to find the perfect place to stay and that is when we came across The Somerville, after reading all of the glowing reviews we decided to book our long weekend here.

We arrived very late on Friday evening, not that you would think it was late because of the friendly welcome that we received from the warm and very accommodating staff.

The Somerville was just perfect, from location to comfort, from the delicious breakfast to the unique decoration and flawless service. We would thoroughly recommend this place to friends and family and will most certainly stay here again.

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable stay.
Mr & Mrs Hayward
PS We stayed in the Garden Suite and highly recommend it.

Specifically Recommend:

Offshore is a great little bar with live music

Local Gems:

Pennywell Farm is great for families and Cockington Court is a great day out for the family.

Sian H, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - 6th June 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/06/2012
By Sian H from Kent

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Recommended by:

Michael C from Oxford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 62 - 69
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
May - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A perfect gem”

We only stayed one night but really enjoyed our visit. A lovely room, very clean, sweets, fresh milk at any time in the fridge, dressing gowns.

All home comforts - breakfast was spot-on with plenty to choose from and nothing was too much trouble.

Parking no problem and just a short walk to the town centre and harbour area - a very nice location. Would recommend to family and friends

Specifically Recommend:

Good location for a peaceful stay

Local Gems:

Sea front is very nice and lit up at night

Mike & Liz - Oxford - May 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 18/05/2012
By Michael C from Oxford

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Recommended by:

Amanda Harris from Ware

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
April - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A perfect stay”

Absolutely faultless.

Location was ideal, just a few minutes’ walk from everything but equally no disturbances.

Grant and Adam were fantastic and welcoming and informative in every way.

Room was lovely, very tasteful and the bed was the most comfortable I have ever had in a hotel.

Facilities and standards of cleanliness were exemplary and there were nice touches such as access to fresh milk and free cookies!

Breakfast was also very good.

Would visit again in a heartbeat.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything.

Local Gems:

Adam & Grant !

Amanda - Ware, Herts - April 30th 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/04/2012
By Amanda Harris from Ware

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Recommended by:

Samantha B from Feltham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 43 - 51
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • First Ride Out And A Treat For My Boyfriend
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The Somerville - Fantastic B&B on The English Riviera.”

I travelled to The Somerville with my boyfriend after a colleague at work could no longer go. I could not fault this B&B in any way.

We were greeted by Grant (I think) and we were shown where the fresh milk and freshly baked cookies were before being taken to our room. Such a comfortable, friendly, hospitable place. We were also advised on the best places to eat and drink, seeing as we were there for the Easter Break.

I seriously cannot fault this B&B at all and me and my boyfriend have travelled extensively throughout the world. The customer service was second to none, and I loved the fact that on Easter Sunday there were so many Easter eggs and chocolates laid out on the table near the front door in a wonderful presentation that my boyfriend thought he’d gone to heaven (unfortunately I’m not much of a chocolate eater so he had my share!) .

Please don’t hesitate to book the Somerville..... you will not be disappointed.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything

Local Gems:

Hole in the Wall - good pub

En Route:

Route 303, Diner... that has changed dramatically in the past year! Good food.

Samanatha B from Feltham, Middx - April 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/04/2012
By Samantha B from Feltham

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Recommended by:

Matthew F from Oldbury, West Mids

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 28 - 31
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
March - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Fantastic”

We had a really lovely stay at the Somerville, we stayed in Room 8 on the first floor at the front of the building and even though the room is at the front on a main road and you would think it would be noisy, but it wasn’t - very relaxing room and bed indeed!

This is not your normal run-of-the-mill B&B and for the extra little bit of money you have to pay, it is definitely worth it and good value for money.

I would tell you everything about all the little touches and extras they do, but why spoil the surprise! Don’t bother booking anywhere else.

Specifically Recommend:

This B and B

Local Gems:

Hare and hounds in Newtown Abbot
(see www.thehareandhounds.co.uk)

Matthew F, Oldbury, West Midlands - 13th April 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/04/2012
By Matthew F from Oldbury, West Mids

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Recommended by:

Tony F from Nuneaton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 55
  •  
  • 0
  • 0
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A diamond hotel that will make you feel special and definitely want to return to”

The Somerville had been recommended to us and wanting a short Easter break, the decision to go to there was easy.

On arrival, the welcome we received was tremendous, very warm, and right from the beginning we knew nothing was going to be too much trouble.

The room was delightful, the bed very comfortable and the en-suite was modern and spotless.

The service remained brilliantly effortless, everything was under control. Breakfast was served with virtually whatever combination was required and the bar for the evening tipple was well stocked.

Specifically Recommend:

Just relax and allow your days be 100 per cent restful.

Local Gems:

The Coastal sailing to Dartmouth followed by a steam train trip was relaxing, but also very informative in a very informal way.

The local farm shop en-route to Brixham (coastal route) was excellent for local produce.

Tony F from Nuneaton, Warwickshire - 8th April 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/04/2012
By Tony F from Nuneaton

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Recommended by:

Rosey J from Shifnal

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 55 - 65
  •  
  • 0
  • 0
Stayed:

1 Nights
March - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A gem in the English Riviera”

Great welcome from our hosts. Sumptuous room and en-suite. A bed that was luxurious - mattress topper and Egyptian cotton bed linen. The en-suite was small but perfectly formed! We loved the great shower and the massive bath sheets.

Oh and the little pot of jelly babies were a lovely surprise. Breakfast too was wonderful. Great choices of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and the freshly cooked breakfast was delicious.

This was our second visit and we have every intention of returning.

Specifically Recommend:

The great beds with the comfortable matress toppers and Egyptian cotton linen

Local Gems:

Number 7 Fish Bistro - the other reason we had to return to Torquay.

En Route:

Dartmouth

Rosey J, Shifnal, Shropshire, 8th April 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/04/2012
By Rosey J from Shifnal

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Recommended by:

David T from Cheltenham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
March - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A gem in Torquay”

This is our second stay within the last 12 months and again it was a wonderful experience. Everything about the hotel is perfect, from check-in to check-out.

Adam and Grant are superb hosts and make you feel like very special guests.

The close attention to every detail, from the quality of furnishings to the breakfasts, leaves nothing to be desired. The beds are particularly comfortable.

We will definitely be back before too long. It’s the perfect getaway.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything is great, just enjoy it!

Local Gems:

If you enjoy fish restaurants you must try Number 7 Fish Bistro (www.no7-fish.com)

David T, Cheltenham, Glos - 03.04.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/04/2012
By David T from Cheltenham

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Sharon S - Stony Stratford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
March - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A treasure in Torquay”

The whole place was lovely, everything you could possibly want or need was catered for.

From all the little finishing touches in the rooms, to the complimentary cookies and cake every afternoon, to the outstanding breakfast served every morning.

Adam and Grant were the perfect hosts and we will definitely be returning

Specifically Recommend:

Pay the little extra and book a suite, worth every penny

Local Gems:

Bianco’s Italian restaurant was superb
(see www.biancos.co.uk)

The Hole in the Wall pub did a lovely steak, but got very busy so need to get in early
(see www.holeinthewalltorquay.co.uk)

Sharon S from Stony Stratford, MK - 1st April 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/04/2012
By Sharon S - Stony Stratford

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Review Review No. 117 of 255

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Peter R from Surrey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 61
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
February - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Great place to stay”

Stayed four nights during February 2012 with my wife. Fantastic place - well deserving of the impressive collection of awards displayed in the front entrance. Everthing about the place is 5 star, - decor, cleanliness, hospitality.

The extensive choices for breakfast had to be seen to be believed - easily filled us up for the rest of the day. Our bedroom had a massive, comfortable bed, and a large en-suite bathroom with double shower and complimentary toiletries. Facilities were included in the room for making tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and in addition every afternoon complimentary cookies were available in the foyer.

Adam, the host, was extremely helpful - nothing was ever too much trouble for him. The hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the marina, seafront, shopping centre and restaurants. In addition it has a large car park where you can leave the car all day if you wish.

All in all, the Somerville is well worth a visit - we shall certainly be returning in the future.

Specifically Recommend:

Make the most of the wonderful breakfasts. You won’t need to eat again all day!

Peter R, Weybourne, Surrey - 17.02.2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/02/2012
By Peter R from Surrey

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Ally H from Wiveliscombe

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 32 - 48
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Amazing weekend in a lovely hotel”

As soon as you walk in you are made to feel special, nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are of a very high standard and the bathrooms are amazing.

They go that little bit extra with sweets in your room, milk and cookies are always available down in the fridge in the lobby.

This hotel is very suitable for families as they are very child-friendly and couples that like a bit of a relaxing break

Specifically Recommend:

The rooms are cleaned to a very high spec.

The breakfasts are amazing - they have everything you could possibly want

Local Gems:

Legend restaurant.

Loved looking round the harbour

Ally H - Wiveliscombe, Somerset - Feb 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/02/2012
By Ally H from Wiveliscombe

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Review Review No. 115 of 255

Recommended by:

Ian P from London

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 48 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
Summary:

“Luxury and Style with warmth and charm”

This was our second stay at the Somerville and I am pleased to say nothing has changed!
These days, most things you buy are the same price, but smaller, or they have taken away something you used to get.
Not at the Somerville.

From the warm welcome to the well appointed rooms, with proper coffee, little bowls of sweets, bottles of water and even fresh milk and cookies in the afternoon. The rooms are very clean and comfortable (we stayed in the Somerville suite - what a bathroom!)

The breakfast is of high quality and cooked freshly to order.

Great hotel run by great people

Cannot wait for our next visit

Specifically Recommend:

The Somerville or Garden Suite

Local Gems:

Babbacombe beach

Ian from London SW17 - 29th Jan 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/01/2012
By Ian P from London

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Review Review No. 114 of 255

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Carol B from Newcastle

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 14
  • 11 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Entertainment
  • Family Party
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The best B&B in the world!”

Adam and Grant are very special hosts, from the moment they greet you at the door to the moment you leave they make you feel at home.

The decor is amazing, the rooms are spotlessly clean, lots of special touches to make your visit special.

The beds are so comfortable, I wanted to take the pillows home with me!

Oscar and Hector are adorable.

The breakfast is amazing, everything you could want and more, the scrambled eggs are to die for!

Nothing is too much trouble.

My only complaint......I had to leave.....

Specifically Recommend:

Just book, you won’t regret it. Oh and try the scrambled eggs!

Local Gems:

Lovely walks along the beach front

Carol B, Newcastle, Staffs - 24.01.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/01/2012
By Carol B from Newcastle

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Review Review No. 113 of 255

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Elvira M from Cheltenham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Simply fabulous stay.”

The Somerville was a fantastic place to stay, and certainly deserved the title of Best B&B in the South West. The property is beautifully presented, the rooms are luxurious, with everything you could think of provided, even down to the iron and ironing board. Extras like fresh milk and pastries provided for guests to help themselves to, which was very appreciated by us.

We requested, and were provided with, a ground floor room. The property was quiet and relaxing. Adam, the co-owner, was very welcoming and friendly, and was able to give us useful, local information. The breakfasts were superb, with lots of choice and fresh fruits which were delicious.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything, for us, there was not one thing we could fault.

Be Aware:

It is ideally situated within walking distance of the sea front and the town, although is part way up a hill so could pose problems for some people.

Local Gems:

We went to The Barnowl pub just outside Torquay which was excellent if you are looking for pub grub.

Brixham is certainly worth a visit if you like ’olde worlde’ charm.

Elvira - Cheltenham, Glos - Jan 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/01/2012
By Elvira M from Cheltenham

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Review Review No. 112 of 255

Recommended by:

Russell G from Cowplain

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect place for a relaxing break”

This was our first trip to Torquay. We chose the Somerville due to the excellent reviews on the Internet - we were not disappointed.

The whole building is exceptionally clean and well presented. We stayed in one of the suites (which are very reasonably priced) and were amazed by the cleanliness, and high standards of decor.

In addition, the little extras like the fresh milk and cookies proves that Adam and Grant truly think of everything to make your stay as pleasureable as possibe. The breakfasts are excellent, with the scambled egg and smoked salmon being my favourite.

We shall return as soon as we can, and wish Adam and Grant every success for 2012

Specifically Recommend:

Go for a suite if available. We had the Garden Suite, which was lovely and very quiet

Rusell G from Cowplain, Hants - 10th January 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/01/2012
By Russell G from Cowplain

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Review Review No. 111 of 255

Recommended by:

Carole P from Southampton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 56 - 58
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
December - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A gem of a place in Torquay”

This was the third time we visited which speaks for itself. Have never been disappointed with the facilities and the welcome. Have stayed in three different rooms or suites and each one has been better than the one before.

Attention to detail is second to none, everything you need is there including a dish of jelly babies. Breakfast is amazing.

Will continue to stay whenever a stress-free time is called for.

Well done The Somerville.

Specifically Recommend:

A meal at the Italian Restaurant Just a short walk downhill is well worth a try.

Local Gems:

The craft centre at Cockington is well worth a visit

Carol P - Southampton - January 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/01/2012
By Carole P from Southampton

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Review Review No. 110 of 255

Recommended by:

Gwen B from Bolton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
December - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent choice for long or short term break”

Excellent B&B - the rooms are very comfortable with lovely bath-shower rooms.

Bottled water supplied each day in room.

Best breakfasts by far and very welcoming hosts.

Five minute walk from the town centre.

Specifically Recommend:

Very good breakfasts

Local Gems:

Paington Zoo

Gwen B, Bolton, Grtr Manchester - 3rd January 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/01/2012
By Gwen B from Bolton

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Review Review No. 109 of 255

Recommended by:

Peter K from Cardiff

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
November - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“The Somerville is a very welcoming relaxing place and should be top of your list when visiting Torquay”

My wife and I came here for a couple of days of relaxation and we were not disappointed. The description of the hotel is accurate.

The room was sumptuously decorated and comfortable. There were nice little touches throughout the hotel that made it homely, we particularly liked the fresh milk and cookies.

It is clean, probably the cleanest place we have ever stayed.

The welcome was warm and friendly and included a map which was useful. The hotel is a few hundred yards from the harbour which is the hub for the eateries and drinkeries.

I must recommend the breakfast, I did a body swerve past the muesli, cereal and continental stuff and went for the full English. Everything was served with a smile and was freshly cooked and delicious.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfast

Local Gems:

The Hole In The Wall pub

Peter K from Cardiff - 5th December 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/12/2011
By Peter K from Cardiff

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Review Review No. 108 of 255

Recommended by:

Kate A from Exeter

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 34 - 39
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
November - 2011

Wanted:
  • Entertainment
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Book it - you won’t be disappointed!”

I booked The Somerville for one night on the basis of previous excellent reviews and was delighted I did....

It is an absolute gem - centrally located, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean, very comfortable beds, charming staff and amazing breakfast.

Fresh milk not UHT for your room! It is on a hill but find me a hotel in Torquay that isn’t!

Thoroughly recommended - book it!

Specifically Recommend:

Eggs Benedict

Local Gems:

Legends Restaurant is nice

Kate A, Exeter, Devon - November 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/11/2011
By Kate A from Exeter

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Review Review No. 107 of 255

Recommended by:

Aileen M from Birmingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 32 - 34
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fabulously luxurious B&B”

We stayed at the Somerville for three nights to celebrate my birthday. We were aware the hotel had won an award for being the best B&B in the South West 2011. It absolutely deserved to win this award!

We had a warm welcome, shown the best sights on maps and given tips on the best restaurants to visit and which to avoid! Friendly staff, knowledgeable, approachable and always happy to help.

Our room was lovely, huge bed, lots of comfy pillows and sweets by the bed. Our bathroom had a double shower which was amazing and gorgeous handmade washing products.

Breakfast was a varied selection of fresh fruits, cakes, juices and fab cooked breakfasts were available. You could even have Bucks Fizz for breakfast!

The hotel is gorgeous - I would recommend it to anyone wanting some luxury on holiday.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything - but especially the great breakfast, comfy bed and lovely staff

Local Gems:

No. 7 fish restaurant - amazing locally caught fish
(Number 7 Fish Bistro, Beacon Terrace, Torquay. www.no7-fish.com)

Kents caves
(Kents Cavern - Torquay - www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Living shore on the sea front - you can walk among the penguins!
(Living Coasts - Torquay - www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Aileen - Birmingham - 15th Nov 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/11/2011
By Aileen M from Birmingham

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Review Review No. 106 of 255

Recommended by:

Brian W from Fishbourne

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 45 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“An absolute must stay in Torquay”

I have been returning to the Somerville over the past three years and on every occasion the only word to describe it is SUPERB!

Adam and Grant are great hosts.

The rooms are sumptuous and quiet and the breakfasts absolutely delicious with a huge variety on offer.

Five minutes’ walk to the bustling harbourside means close to the action but the ability to retreat to peace and quiet with ease.

As with much of Torquay, the Somerville sits on a hill but there is a frequent bus service that runs between the harbourside and Babbacombe and St Marychurch that stops close by The Somerville.

Every award the Somerville has is thoroughly deserved. FANTASTIC!

Specifically Recommend:

Location

Rooms

Breakfast

Hospitality

Local Gems:

Afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel is rather nice!

Oddicombe Beach (Babbacombe) is my favourite.

The view across the bay from Daddyhole Plain.

Brian from Fishbourne, Chichester - 7th November 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/11/2011
By Brian W from Fishbourne

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Recommended by:

Julie P from Edinburgh

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 25 - 30
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
November - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Business Meeting
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Just book it!”

I have just returned from my second stay at the Somerville, and both stays were absolutely faultless.

The whole place is SPOTLESSLY clean. You instantly feel at home in the rooms - something which in my experience even the best chain hotels fail to really achieve. Proper coffee, a proper hairdryer, quality toiletries, fresh milk and cookies always available....and countless other thoughtful touches which make this place like no other I’ve ever stayed at.

There is plenty of free parking, free wireless (though I understand some rooms have better signal than others - it might be worth checking with them directly if this is particularly important to you), and a great choice and fabulous quality at breakfast.

I honestly can’t see how anyone could not like this place. And it is such excellent value. If you’re wondering whether or not to book - just do it!

Specifically Recommend:

My second stay was in the Somerville Suite...both rooms were fantastic, but if you’re looking for something extra special, the suite is certainly worth the extra.

Julie P from Edinburgh - 3rd November 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/11/2011
By Julie P from Edinburgh

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Review Review No. 104 of 255

Recommended by:

John H from Reading, Berks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent accommodation, great location with superb food. In fact, all the comforts of home!”

The Somerville was chosen from the local tourism website and certainly lived up to the recommendations.

We had originally booked for August to complete some family business in the Torquay area but unfortunately, due to a family death, had to cancel at two days’ notice. Grant & Adam were very understanding and very kindly allowed us to hold over the deposit for six months and re-book at a later date.

They made us very welcome, the accommodation was excellent, with Oscar & Hector always in attendance, and the dining area and breakfasts were superb.

Would have no hesitation in recommending to future travellers.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfasts and afternoon cookies!

Local Gems:

We only explored Torquay, but see the Somerville recommended eating-out guide

John H from Reading, Berks - Sun 30th Oct

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/10/2011
By John H from Reading, Berks

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Recommended by:

Keith D from Little Mill

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 57
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
Summary:

“This is how it should be done”

Returning to the Somerville was such an easy decision to make. Once again we have enjoyed a lovely relaxing and comfortable break with Adam and Grant as our hosts.

All our expectations were easily met and reaffirmed. The suite was everything we wanted superbly comfortable, spotlessly clean, the breakfasts were exceptional and we felt the attention to detail ensured that our enjoyment during our stay at the Somerville was never taken for granted.

On top of all that what great value. This is how it should be done.

Specifically Recommend:

Suite 7 has a lovely sitting room attached

Local Gems:

Torre Abbey

Keith from Little Mill, Monmouthshire - 29.10.11

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/10/2011
By Keith D from Little Mill

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Recommended by:

Samantha O from Gillingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 12
  • 34 - 62
  •  
  • 1
  • 16
Stayed:

3 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
Summary:

“An Oasis of splendor on the English Riviera”

Simply the best place to stay on the English Riviera! A short walk from the harbour up or downhill, lovely quiet surrounding area.

We got married here at the weekend and as a returning guest, our hosts never cease to go to every measure to make sure it is a relaxing and wonderful stay. The rooms are gorgeous, beautifully decorated, the breakfasts cater for every taste and the small touches around the hotel make you feel you’re special.

All our guests said they’d return to The Somerville and we wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else. If you like to be pampered in the comfort of your hotel, or would simply like to treat yourself to a quick treatment, Jo their local beauty therapist can be contacted via their website and she will treat you like a King or Queen at excellent rates.. She wowed my new husband speechless with my bridal makeup!

If you’re stuck for places to go, where to eat, what show to see etc, the guys are a wealth of information and can direct you in the right direction.

I’ve stayed at the Somerville over New Year too and the decorations around the hotel really are beautiful, traditional and homely, with internet, satellite TV and iPod stations in your rooms, if it rains outside... it’s really no big deal to stay in. This accommodation would suit all ages and is eco-friendly.

Specifically Recommend:

The guest suites are extra special and fantastic value for money

Local Gems:

The Premier Cru bistro is fantastic for food and a gem of a place to boogie the night away for all ages.

Samantha O from Gillingham, Kent - 26th October 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/10/2011
By Samantha O from Gillingham

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Recommended by:

T E B - Poole

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
Summary:

“High quality, affordable luxury with the warmest welcome”

The Somerville is in a superb location.

Spacious, free car park. Easy walking distance to main town and marina.

Beautifully kept with attention to every detail. Quality bed, linen, towels, toiletries etc.

Wonderful food, freshly cooked breakfasts with an array of fruit, cereals, yogurts on the side.

Complimentary water in room, bath robes, selection of teas & coffees, fresh milk and gorgeous cookies on a help-yourself basis.

Wonderful warm welcome, would highly recommend and definitely be returning.

Specifically Recommend:

For a luxury affordable break with attention to detail normally associated with very highly priced 4 or 5 star hotels this is wonderful value for money.

Local Gems:

Roly’s Fudge and Ice Cream is a must, situated on the Marina with outside seating where delicious freshly made fudge or an ice cream can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Time it right and you can watch the fudge being made in the shop window.

T.E.B from Poole, Dorset - 16th October 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 16/10/2011
By T E B - Poole

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Review Review No. 100 of 255

Recommended by:

Jane L from Chippenham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A perfect place to stay”

The Somerville is a lovely place to stay. The proprietors, Adam and Grant, are very friendly and welcoming.

The room was luxurious and very comfortable with lots of attention to detail.

Breakfasts were a delight, set in a light, airy room with nice views and a great choice of delicious food.

The location is also excellent, being just a short walk from the harbour and town centre.

Highly recommended!

Specifically Recommend:

Cleanliness

High quality of room

Fabulous breakfasts.

Local Gems:

Local public transport is excellent.

Jane - Chippenham, Wilts - 14th Oct 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/10/2011
By Jane L from Chippenham

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Review Review No. 99 of 255

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David T from Wollaston

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 41 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

5 Nights
October - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The Best of Devon!”

A warm, friendly B&B with delightful accommodation. We have previously stayed in Room 10 on the first floor, but for this stay booked the Garden Suite, which includes a massive Victorian style bath, as well as a very modern (new) shower.

There is plenty of parking at the rear, good central location near the harbour, shops and restaurants of Torquay.

The breakfasts are delicious and cooked specifically to your request. If you want extra of anything you just need to ask. There are cookies and fresh milk under the stairs in the afternoon, so you can have a proper cup of tea.

The hosts and the two little dogs are very friendly and helpful and will help you with anything.

Specifically Recommend:

Definitely recommend the Garden Suite

Breakfasts

Milk and Cookies

Local Gems:

The Blagdon Inn on the Totnes Road serves wonderful food and I would recommend a visit.

Angel Tea rooms at Babbacombe do a lovely cream tea.

En Route:

The M&S at Leigh Delamere service station has a useful selection of food to stock up on your way home.

David T - Wollaston - 11th October 2011

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/10/2011
By David T from Wollaston

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Review Review No. 98 of 255

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Natasha B - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 35 - 70
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
March - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“5 star luxury - can’t fault the Somerville”

I have stayed now at the Somerville a number of times and just keep coming back!

The quality of welcome from Grant and Adam is really fantastic and the level of comfort in the rooms and the quality of the breakfast make the stay excellent value indeed.

The last time I came I brought my mother with me who has very high expectations. She also was impressed with the cleanliness (there is no dirt ANYWHERE) and the little extras such as sweets in your room, cut glasses for your water and fresh milk for tea making facilities.

If you enjoy staying in a property which feels opulent as well as comfortable, the Somerville is the place for you. The Wi-Fi is also very handy if you need to work. If you like dogs, Hector and Oscar are a real treat too!

Specifically Recommend:

Breakfast

Comfort of the beds

Cleanliness.

Local Gems:

Grant recommended a lovely tea room in the next village which was a treat.

Natasha B from Boughton Monchelsea - 10.10.11

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/10/2011
By Natasha B - Kent

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Review Review No. 97 of 255

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Joanna W from Brixham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 57 - 59
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Wonderful treat for my parents, so glad I found the Somerville. Fantastic hotel!!!!!!”

I booked my parents into the Somerville, as a treat when they came down to Torbay to visit myself and my family, and we went over on the Friday evening.

Firstly, the place was amazing .... loads of parking out the back and the whole hotel is wonderfully decorated. My parents’ room was a suite. It was wonderful - beautiful large bed and the en-suite was 10 times better than ours at home.

Secondly, the staff were so friendly and hospitable. The little touches throughout the place made the stay for my Mum and Dad extra special.

I am so glad I found the Somerville and they will definitely be staying again.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything!!!!!!!!
I honestly cannot fault this hotel in any way

Joanna W from Brixham, Devon - 7th October 2011

Owner’s Reply:

’’I am thrilled that your parents enjoyed their stay with us and hope to see them again’’ - Grant

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/10/2011
By Joanna W from Brixham

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Review Review No. 96 of 255

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Gayle P - Southend on Sea

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 45
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A highly recommended stunning boutique hotel with luxurious rooms, fantastic service in a great location”

Upon arrival at the hotel you enter and are greeted with a warm welcome entering into a lovely hall with beautiful furniture which continues throughout.

Having stayed at The Somerville several times, it always exceeds our expectations. The gorgeous rooms with the high quality bed linens and quality toiletries - are always such a treat! We have stayed in various rooms and while all have unique designs, Room 10 is our favourite.

The breakfast is served in a light, airy room and consists of local produce, it’s simply delicious.

The location is perfect and is a short amble down to the harbour, yet you still have easy access to the surrounding bays, towns and villages. (car park at the rear of the property is so advantageous).

We highly recommend the hotel for a luxurious relaxing break, suitable for everyone!

Specifically Recommend:

Room 10, the breakfast and a few drinks in the bar with the friendly proprietors before an evening out.

Local Gems:

Locally there is a restaurant in the harbour which we would recommend - No.7. The restaurant serves very good fish and seafood.

Gayle P from Shoeburyness, Essex - 5th October 2011

Owner’s Reply:

’’Delighted you enjoyed another stay with us and hope to see you again in the future’’ - Grant

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/10/2011
By Gayle P - Southend on Sea

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