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Reviewed 21 October 2014

this is a nice traditional B&B, very well located just a few yards from the harbour. Up a short slope and right on the cliff edge, some bedrooms on the rear and the dining room have wonderful views out to sea. Our room No.2 on the first floor was warm and cosy with a great view and was very comfortable for our two night stay. Excellent breakfast cooked to order, ample portions with friendly service by the owners. Parking available close by and also short stay right in front of the house for unloading.

Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank twohoots2
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Reviewed 18 October 2014

It's been more than a year since our last stay at the Avalon, though we've been frequent visitors for about 10 years, and we've never posted a review. We travel from USA to Lundy Island more-or-less annually, spending a night or two at the Avalon on our arrival in UK before heading for Lundy and another night or two when we get back to the mainland. We've noticed a recent run of negative reviews (that's okay, there are no right or wrong opinions), so we feel the need to say a few good words about one of our favorite stops.

It's comfortable. It's quiet. It's homey. It's clean. It's got a quirky charm we don't see in USA. It's located in a quiet road just steps from the center of a pleasant old seaside resort town. It's got ocean views from its seaside rooms that are unmatched anywhere. It's got a bright, cheery, sea-facing dining room for breakfast which is always well prepared specifically to your order. It's run by a jovial Londoner and his even more jovial Welsh wife, both of whom are as friendly and welcoming as can be imagined. Yes, there are a lot of stairs if your going to the top (which the proprietors do all day long). Yes, some of the rooms have their own little oddities. Yes, some of the rugs are showing wear. No, there aren't a lot of typical hotel amenities. But at not much more than 100 bucks a night you get a clean, safe, comfortable room, a good night's sleep, a good morning's breakfast, a convenient location for the day's activities and very nice proprietors.

If you want the Park Lane, go to London. If you want the Ritz, go to Paris. If you want a seaside Victorian guest house in Ilfracombe, you'll be pleased with the Avalon.

Room Tip: Seaside rooms are great. No. 2 has plenty of the quirkiness we mention above but it's comfy/cozy with the best sea view we have ever had anywhere
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MikeBetsyUSA
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

A five storey Victorian guest house overlooking the sea. So.... there are no lifts and five floors does suggest a few stairs to climb. Reading some previous comments I felt a little sad. This guest house is exactly that...a guest house. It may not be decorated to high modern standards but it is clean and has good amenities. We found the proprietors to be very friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were enormous and beautifully cooked. The Avalon is situated near to the quay but without the noise issues that could arise there. Some rooms overlook the sea though we were on the ground floor as I have recently undergone an operation and they thought that would be better for me(much appreciated!).Though you can't park outside the guest house, it is possible to unload and load there and we were given a parking permit to use. Parking was not an issue. We would definitely like to return for a future stay! t

Room Tip: If you find stairs tricky, mention this on booking or phone them in advance. The ground floor room only requires 6-8 steps to the front floor.
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank WiltshireMandy
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

Stayed for one night at this guest house. I'm sure it was a splendid property in Victorian times.
Having read a report that there are 56 stairs to the top of the house, I telephoned to make sure I was on a lower floor due to knee problems and was told it was 39 steps to my room. A friendly welcome on my arrival would have been nice and I had to climb 56 stairs not 39. Don't go there if you have any mobility problems. If using public transport, the lane from the bus stop is very steep.
The room was not the best but the scrambled egg breakfast was very good though would prefer a help yourself style for the cereals, juice etc and a few words from the host rather than just taking my order. Good sea view from the breakfast room but would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled solo
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6  Thank Bessie D
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Reviewed 12 September 2014 via mobile

First and foremost this is NOT a hotel it is a guest house that has a 3 star rating that has been awarded by the proprietor's NOT the tourist board.It makes the travel lodge look like the ritz.Once you get past the front door (which if you don't like bees or wasps you will not manage to do as there are hanging baskets and flower pots blocking the entrance) you will be faced with what can only be described as a run down version of faulty towers.The first thing you will notice is the threadbare carpets which as you get further up the stairs actually look that worn you can see the floor boards.But what may distract you from that is the amount of cracks in the walls and the cob webs hanging off the ceilings.The room we stayed in had the most uncomfortablist bed I have ever slept in and had the unpleasant odour of damp.Even the bedding felt damp.Breakfast is adequate but only if the "waiter" gets your order right after 3 attempts and be prepared for a wait.May be as well taking a newspaper or maybe a novel! On to the "free" parking.Upon arrival you will be issued with a parking permit with you will be informed you can use in all the car parks except the pier.This is NOT correct and be aware that when you get your fine (not if) the proprietor's will deny all responsibility.They haven't got a clue which car parks their OWN permits are valid in! Conclusion; The proprietor's are clearly of retirement age and in my opinion that's exactly what they should do.If you do fancy a stay in illfracombe and the avalon is the only place available.....sleep in your car!!!!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
4  Thank Richard H
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