10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent all round
"I stay in a lot of hotels around the UK on business and have high expectations. This was excellent in every aspect - good price, convenient, central location, friendly, attentive staff, clean, spacious and tidy rooms, lovely, manicured gardens, very close to beach, loads of parking, good breakfast and so on.
Having returned home yesterday, I must say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here and would defintiely recommend this hotel for others wishing to stay in Exmouth.
It's only now that I have looked on Trip Advisor and noticed some of the negative reviews. I am very surprised - they are the complete opposite of what we experienced and I can't imagine how they have experienced something so different.
This place is lovely and I'm pleased we did not see the bad reviews before we booked, otherwise we would defintiely have missed out on a lovely stay."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of May 2008
Superb friendly service, WOW views to die for
"We have just returned from a truley lovely stay at The Barn Hotel. The hotel, has since the very freindly owners took over has had a remarkable change, gone are the old browns (when we stayed a few years ago) and it is now very fresh, bright and warm place and so beautiful style. The views were outstanding. We sat in the graden, its like staying at your own private Estate ! that good, stunning, the garden was very beautiful and the care to the gardens so much colour and natural. The Hotel lounge with grand piano and furnishings are really beautiful.
The bed very comfy . The rooms were decorated and tradtional very homley.
The breakfast was great and Jeffery the owner very helpful, and even making my wife something different, and with a smile, he really enjoys it and nothing seems to much trouble.
it was really lovely to relax in an evening before and after we went out, its so near the beach and even better we walked and escaped to the cliffs, so quiet and stunning, evening sunsets.
We have now booked for summer again. ( ps we are sad that some one has written silly things about this super Hotel ( its not a huge Hotel with big bars and things, name bages because there are so many people but a friendly family run place), sometimes things happen, but juding by the super service we had you need to look no further for a quiet quatily stay. Look no further, James & Rose, Surrey.
Ps a lovely sized car park, and cant wait to be back"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of May 2008
"Whilst the actual building is listed, surely it does not mean that
the actual decor and client facilities should also be preserved
as they appeared during our stay. If so, then the overall experience deserves to be moved back to the 'terrible' classification. The personal areas need a complete revamp,
especially the bathroom (toilet cistern seems to have been leaking for ages) everything looks worn at the edges, including
towels which were rough and discoloured;mattress springs creaked;windows ill-fitting and so on. Breakfast too, such an unwelcoming feel - we only required scrambled egg and toast -
amounted to about one small spoonful of egg with overdone toast served by very unhappy-looking young lady.Whatever the
reason, and despite the super-marvellous views from garden
and sea-facing rooms, we will not be returning."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of October 2007
"The hotel has wonderful views and impressive architecture. Our room was very outdated and the bathroom desperately needed refurbishment. Reception is dreary, dusty and full of cat hairs. Fire doors on landings are permanently propped open. No information pack in room. Not worth the money and would defintely not return."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of October 2007
"what can i say? I really dont know how the owners can even call the place a hotel. On the website it says there is a restaurant & bar. Well, the restaurant is only open for breakfast & the bar looked like it hadn't been used since 1975!!!
For the price we paid I would've expected better service, friendlier staff & rooms decorated to a higher standard.
Even the gardens did not make up for the poor standards of the hotel, will definetely never stay there again & will not be recommending it to friends!"
- Travel date: Mon 10th of September 2007
Great, above expectation
"After reading the other reviews I wonder if I stayed at the same hotel, this Barn Hotel we stayed in was great, not a bad word to be said, thank you staff and all::"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of May 2007
"Although the location, building and garden are very attractive, the experience of staying here is not something to look forward to. The rooms are adequate but the whole interior of the place is a mish-mash of knick-knacks with no sense of unifying style. The breakfast was very poor and served after a long wait by staff who seemed to wish they were anywhere else. This might have been forgivable at Â£40 per night, but you can stay at a Hilton for the price of this place!"
- Travel date: Sun 11th of February 2007
Excellent Hotel Fantastic Hospitality
"I have just returned from a lovely stay at The Barn Hotel. The views were outstanding. The garden was very beautiful. The Hotel was full for my whole stay and we had great camaradie amongst the Hotel owner and guests. The rooms were decorated in a tradtional feel and were lovely and homley, and very English. The bed I have to say was one of the most comfy I have slept in, in a hotel. The breakfast was great and Jeffery the owner was very accomodating, if you wish to have an alternative not on the menu. We took the option of eating in the hotel in the evening and again this was fantastic vlue for money at twenty pounds a head for three courses. The selection for evening meal was fantastic with lots of choices. the food arrived promptly and piping hot and beautifully presented. it was really lovely being able to have a drink on the terrace or in the lounge, which was beautifuly decorated. I will definately be going back there next year.
The Streetings Dubai"
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
Nice view - shame about the service
"As advertised this hotel has lovely views and you may be lucky enough to get one of the large rooms.
However the staff make you feel that you are intruding on their time. There was no effort at service. A party of 4 with small children was kept waiting for 20 mins for breakfast whilst staff made no efforts to clear a suitable table despite walking past it many times. Finally the family cleared and reset the table themselves.
The reception was rarely attended and it was difficult to attract anyones attention.
Generally the level of service was unacceptable and made you feel unwelcome."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of July 2006
Great view, shame about the breakfast
"From the outside, the Barn Hotel is a truly splendid example of an arts and crafts house, with a lovely garden and a sea view to die for, but venture inside and William Morris would turn in his grave: CHINTZ!! Putting the chintz aside, our bedroom was spacious, if a little down at heel, and benefited from that fantastic view over the gardens and to the sea beyond (beware the plug-in air fresheners, though). The (unheated and windowless) bathroom could do with a complete refit, though - no shower, just a bath with a shower head attached to the taps - and the bed wasn't the most comfortable in the world. Nonetheless, the hotel was very quiet and we slept well enough (until the return of noisy guests at 1pm briefly woke us up). The biggest disappointment, though, was breakfast - served by a surly young woman, and of very poor quality - our hot drinks were served luke warm, and our eggs were served up a good 5 minutes before our COLD toast arrived (despite a reminder) - my partner had only ordered poached eggs, so was rather counting on eating them WITH toast, but by then the eggs were stone cold. It somehow seemed too much bother to ask for another breakfast. We wouldn't choose to stay here again, despite that view - the Barn claims to offer a 'country house' style hotel experience, but service-wise I've had better in a Morecombe B&B!"
- Travel date: Sun 5th of March 2006