Combe House Hotel
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Comfortable, friendly and the food is wonderful!
"We found this hotel purely by chance on the internet whilst looking for somewhere comfortable, individual in style, with some leisure facilities in an interesting part of the country. We had read the assorted reviews from other visitors and the positive reviews held more sway. I am so glad they did! Not only did our stay meet our initial requirements but the food far exceeded our expectations. Laurie, the chef, really puts this hotel on the gastronomic map. Huge effort goes into the sourcing of local, high quality ingredients through to the finished dishes.
Once the planned refurbishment is completed, and some of the minor details are sorted (although it has to be said the hotel was very helpful and quick to rectify or provide an alternative whenever such a minor issue arose) I am sure this hotel will become even more popular. We had a great couple of days and hope to return."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of February 2008
"The location of this hotel is lovely. The food was excellent and the service in the dinning room was also good. But the overall stay was let down by a cool lounge and bar area were the only way to get the lounge heated was to put on the heating ourselves and the bedroom was also cold on arrival. Whilst the bedroom was fine it was difficult to get a hot shower and the shaving socket was not working. Reception was unusual having to dial an extension number to be able to get attention to check in or out - not a great welcome. Given the level of good competition in the area the new owners need to up their game."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of February 2008
First Stay with the new Proprietors Gareth and Catherine
"This Hotel is beautiful and relaxing. The welcoming atmosphere surrounds you from the moment you arrive and stays with you throughout. The staff are all extremely helpful and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. Gareth even offered to collect us from the local station!!!
Our room was recently refurbished to a very high standard and was most comfortable.
The food was divine. It was cooked to perfection and was presented beautifully. It bears up favourably when compared to Michelin star restaurants and is at a much more accessible price.
This certainly is an experience to recommend and it is now on our list of special places. If you are lucky you can see Deer on the edge of the garden early in the morning.
We will be going back."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of January 2008
"This place is sublime, the hotel, the idyllic location and friendly staff have provided us with a wonderful couple of days.
The most memorable part though must surely be the outstanding food and in particularly it's presentation, this was a gourmet experience bar none and I can't praise the chef highly enough.
We will be back!"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of September 2007
Tired, Grubby and Shabby
"On arrival, bearing in mind it was our second visit and our combined 4 females ages were 247 years (!) we were forced to struggle with all our luggage up one and two flights of stairs unaided. None of the rooms were really suitable for an elderly lady, our request to have specific rooms and be located near to one another was ignored and 3 of the 4 rooms were really very shabby indeed and in desperate need of complete interior renewal and the carpets in 2 of the rooms obviously had not been vacuumed for ages and to cap it all, there was a toe nail in the middle of one of the floors. Yuk. One of the rooms had been halfed in size (and had also lost a window which made it very dark indeed) by the addition of a bathroom in the room next door and the entire ablutions of the neighbours could be clearly heard. Nice. One of the rooms had a "walk in shower and loo" - which was only about the size of a small cupboard - if you sat on the loo you had your feet in the grotty old fashioned curtained shower with no daylight whatsoever - very claustrophobic and overly intimate should 2 adults have the misfortune to have to share. One of the rooms was newly and nicely refurbished but was over the kitchens and the noise, smell and heat from the extractor fans was overbearing at times. The breakfast cereals were left out overnight only covered with napkins and the toast in the mornings was always steamed and soggy. Starters and mains at dinner were very good but the portions were erratic. Desserts were disappointing as in a week the choice did not change and the 4 things offered lacked any imagination or choice. The Polish staff were always polite and well mannered and tried their best. The dogs were lovely. The owners gave us the impressions we were just an inconvenient nuisance. Perhaps if we had been rich American drinkers or corporate business ??"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of August 2007
Quite simply the best!
"We have stayed at this gorgeous place several times, probably once a year for the last 5 years!! We have only ever come away in total awe of its sheer elegance and beauty, not to mention the wonderful welcome and keen attention from ALL of the staff at Combe House. We are horrified to read the write up of 23 June and can only imagine that it might be a fake review..... Undoubtedly, Combe House Hotel has always made our UK holiday a holiday to remember forever.
Charles, Juliet, Norah Menina and Ted Nightingale"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of June 2007
Not what it says on the tin
"Very disappointing stay - Photos do not show tired rooms, tatty bar, holes in our bath towels (certainly not 600gm), a shower that fluctuated between icy and scalding, dust you could write your name in on our room furniture. The staff spoke poor english and frequent mistakes were made. The bar had only warm bottles of lager and beer and that was after searching the hotel for someone to serve you! This is a 70's guest house charging hotel prices. On a plus side the food was OK but there are plenty of nice restaurants nearby and you could get superior rooms and service at the youth hostel a mile away. I think the Good hotel guide sticker must have been issued by mistake for Combe House Hotel in Devon, which is very nice and not to be confused with this one! We checked out after 2 days and that wasn't soon enough!"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
Excellent country hotel
"After spending several hours trawling the web for a 'nice' relaxing place to stay near Taunton we finally decided on Combe House. Although our decision was based on a great price we received through Laterooms, now we know how wonderful this hidden gem is, we would stay here again.
We ate in the hotel restaurant as we arrived late and didn't want to drive around looking for somewhere. The food exceeded our expectations. Although we are well travelled, UK and beyond, and enjoy eating out we have not had a meal that was as good as here. The drawback would be price, it is quite expensive but you get what you pay for and we don't eat out every week! Compliments to the chef and waiting staff who were polite and very attentive.
Our room (number 5) was a good size with a large, comfortable bed, plenty of pillows and decorated in keeping with a Country House. A kettle, teapot, and accessories satisfied my thirst for several cuppas. The bathroom was clean with a decent shower and an additional sink in the bedroom area. Everywhere was clean and cared for throughout the hotel.
The grounds were kept lovely, and full of wildlfe. The leisure facilities included a pool, exercise bike, multigym and sauna.
If I were to find faults it would be on the size of the pool and the location. Although great for me as I am on the short side, my husband struggled to use the pool for exercise but as we were there to relax it suited me fine. The location is perfect if you are there to explore the area by foot or don't mind driving to get places. The hotel provide plenty of information on walks.
There were guests staying there who have been returning for the last 6 years with their dog and recommend room 19 if you bring your pooch as it has a little conservatory. For such a classy establishment I was surprised to find them pet lovers, but people staying clean up after their animals which makes the difference.
We only stayed one night as this was meant to be a business trip, I wish we could have extended our stay by a few nights. We will be back later in the year with our dog. Thank you Andy and 'Chef' for a great night."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of May 2007
Relaxed, beautiful area
"Stayed 2 nights on a "Spring break". Lovely room, welcoming owners, great food. Nice touches like complimentary olives and canapes before dinner. Can't recommend too highly. Also very dog friendly. Great walks, countryside and coast."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of April 2007