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The Daylesford
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

My spouse and I were very, very fortunate to book 2 rooms (...he snores sometimes, hence the separate rooms) for 4 nights at the lovely Daylesford in Torquay from half a world away in Toronto (Whitby, Ontario), Canada, in September, 2010. The Daylesford certainly lived up to its professional website presentation and more. On arrival, we were greeted with a cheering and very welcome English tea and biscuits by friendly, but never intrusive, owners Dianne and Simon. Their genuine concern for tired and wilted guests like us was most thoughtful and sincere. They made us feel like we were the the first ever guests to cross the threshold yet they have been in business since at least 2001 (or more) as I surmised from the dates in their red guestbook. They obviously know what they are doing and do it well. A true gentleman, Simon took the time to give us wonderful relevant and necessary information on sightseeing, restaurants, and directions with pamphlets and maps as well and he answered all our questions with flair, knowledge and expertise. He even booked restaurants for us, made taxi arrangements which was appreciated and left confirmation emails under our doors so we would get the written information quickly upon return to our rooms. He has an excellent reciprocal working relationship with the better restaurants in Torquay and the owners were glad to hear us mention The Daylesford when we arrived. The home is spotless, scent-free and beautifully decorated from ground floor to attic in that lovely timeless and traditional English way that Canadians love (must be our Commonwealth English roots)....soaring high ceilings throughout--in the lounge, an Adam style fireplace and gi-normous mirror above it--2 big cozy leather wing chairs plus a hefty sofa to curl up in and a comfy welcoming armchair plus floor-to-ceiling windows big enough to walk through. Books to be read abounded in large pine bookcases along with a gamut of board games to play if so desired, plus a lovely antique clock that reassuringly rang the hours so that we wouldn't be late for breakfast. A large coffee table held an assortment of colourful magazines from 'Devon Life' to '25 Beautiful Homes' to 'Private Eye'. The Times newspaper was there for us to read every morning at breakfast. And what breakfasts they were too.........lovely hot cooked and generous full English breakfasts, creamy scrambled eggs with plenty of smoked salmon, for example, along with croissants, brioches, rounds of toast, plenty of cereals in the cereal 'bar', lots of assorted juices, fresh fruits, stewed fruits, jams, jellies marmalades, honey, Marmite, cheeses, cold meats, and yogurts--you name it........breakfast heaven! The Levers have won framed awards for their breakfasts, Rosettes too, 4 stars and other awards and recommendations and rightly so! The ample pine sideboard and shelves in the cheerful breakfast room displayed the owners' collection of cherished antique blue and white Staffordshire china, so cheerful to look at! We felt we were living inside the pages of Period Living and Traditional Homes Magazine or the English Homes Magazine--both of which are also sold in Canada because the entire home's decor is charming, tasteful and beautiful and so right for the substanial home which I was told was built in the 1880's. Our rooms were blissfully quiet and the beds sooooooooooooo comfortable (and I am 'manic' about quiet and good beds.) The bathrooms were immaculate, renovated, up-to-date and chic for their size. There is a pretty patio at the front with 3 green wrought iron Victorian tables and chairs and flowers in tubs and twining vines everywhere and the view of big trees and a beautiful park across the road. It is within walking distance of Torre Abbey, and the seafront and downtown Torquay. We did not need our car to go downtown or to the water. Having a few minutes to spare, I quietly perused their address book and was not surprised to discover that 100% of all the comments written by departing guests since 2001 are 'glowing', to put it mildly. The vacation is over but not our pleasant memories of a wonderful stay at The Daylesford. The owners obviously love what they do, do it very well and we would go back in a 'heartbeat' as I wrote in their red book. We enjoyed our vist--this slice of life and all that is great about England in a lovely home with charming owners, and quiet and pleasant fellow guests and, certainly, because of all this, we won't ever forget our stay in lovely Torquay at The Daylesford.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

We booked on line believing this to be a superior ''hotel'' with all its high ratings and stars
I agree that the property is very clean and well kept the food is fresh and good the proprietors could not do enough to make your stay more enjoyable.
The room we stayed in #2 wasin my opinion small and coped inadequatly for two people there was only one chair and if you are off normal size the shower cubicle would be more than a squeeze. The basin was also very small no good for hairwashing or a good wash down @ £70 /night b+b this is in my opinion grossley over priced for this sized room. The road at the front can be noisey until late evening.If every room were full with a car family you could struddle to find on road parking at certain times of the day
Easy walking to town/beach

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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DianneTorquay, Owner at The Daylesford, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2010

We clearly state that we are a guest house, not a hotel. To run a higher quality, award-winning guest house involves an enormous amount of time, effort and investment. Our pricing pro rata is exceedingly fair. Further, as is obvious from reviews, the vast majority of guests rate our guest house highly and return frequently.

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Reviewed 2 September 2010

We booked a room here in good faith thro booking.com !! A week later the arrogant owner wrote and cancelled our break saying " we hadn't told the booking company that we do a min of two nights now" "please tell them yourself otherwise 75% will be taken from your card !!!! I complained that it was up to him to do it as it was HE who cancelled it and " HE SAID HE HAD PASSED MY EMAILS ON TO THE POLICE" People like this give B&B s a BAD name

Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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DianneTorquay, Owner at The Daylesford, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2010

This person seems to have serious problems. He has never stayed at our guest house and despite our polite cancellation request, sent us abusive, threatening, foul-languaged e-mails, hence the police being fully aware of the situation.

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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We had 10 lovely days at this hotel. Never been in a hotel with such a warm hosipitality of the owner Dianne and Simon. Breakfast is excellent and the rooms are more than clean. They are little bit small but nicely interieur in victorian style. You can always have a little smalltalk with the owner and they give you a lot of advises and informations for what you can see and where to eat.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank Thommi_13
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

We stayed at the Daylesford for 2 nights and we enjoyed every minute of it.
We were welcomed by the owner in the lounge as a family member with a cup of tea and biscuits. Simon took time to give us lots of information about Torquay, its surroundings and its restaurants etc... We were showed our room wich was super clean and well furnished. The beds were confortable and the bathroom had everything you needed ( shampoo, bodylotion etc..)The only thing that did'nt always work was the WiFi internet connection. Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice and excellent fresh food ( try the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, its delicious ). We only regreted that we could'nt stay longer. Thank you Dianne and Simon for your warm welcome.
Merci Simon pour cet excellent séjour. Je recommande chaudement ce petit hotel familial à tous ceux qui visite la région. C'est un exemple d'hospitalité à l'Anglaise.
Jean Claude

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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