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Royal Oak House Bed and Breakfast
Based on 10 traveler reviews
Charming house, wonderful host
Nov 12, 2012 by: toujoursladanse from Bristol, United Kingdom
Royal Oak House B&B is a fantastic old, period Devon house with huge, thick stone walls and lovely original features and a beautiful garden. We were visiting Bridestowe for a wedding in September and had a wonderful stay in the Lydford room - which was super cosy with a great ensuite with a very fancy shower. There were so many interesting features of the house but overall it was really comfortable and cosy. The breakfast was also really hearty and good quality and I think much of it was sourced locally. Pearl made us feel extremely welcome. She was a fantastic host and a really great character, and so warm and friendly. Overall this is a really lovely place to stay and I would definitely recommend it.
Sep 11, 2011 by: BethesdaTraveler99 from Bethesda, Maryland
We stayed overnight at the Royal Oak House B&B while attending a wedding in the venue just across the street. While a perfectly satisfactory room, I do not feel it deserves all the raves, especially for the price charged. We stayed in the Linden room, for a price of $285 per night, even though the website states the room was $249 per night (according to the owner, the website is outdated). Room: clean, moderately spacious, queen bed with a fairly hard mattress and 2 hard foam pillows (unfortunately, we did not find the only extra softer pillow in the closet until the morning). Small sitting area with 2 rickety "antique" dining chairs and small wooden table. I say "rickety" because it creaked like crazy while my husband was sitting in it while tying his shoes (and no, he is not fat!). Bathroom clean with shower/tub combo, well lit. Hairdryer provided. No TV - which was absolutely fine with us. Quiet, with only occasional street noise from passing car. No one was in the next room so can't speak to how soundproof the rooms are. Service: we met Hugo when we came in. Found out that breakfast was served at 9:00 AM while we had to leave by 7AM. Hugo offered only to have some coffee ready for us, and I had to ask for maybe some breakfast cakes. As it turned out, when we were ready to leave the next morning, we found a small pot of coffee that probably had been brewed the night before and kept warm the entire night - it was burnt and had the consistency of mud. Only two packets of sugar (rest only Splenda), no cream or creamer. There were the 2 pieces of cake I had asked for, though. My main beef with this place is that it charges uptown prices but does not deliver. I understand that this is an old house and the floors might be a little uneven, but, couldn't there be just one soft chair to sink into when you come back? (Although the website describes a settee in the room, there was not one...unless there was another closet that we missed!) Could there not be two softer pillows? For $285 a night, could the innkeeper not get up a little earlier and provide a fresher breakfast - did I have to ask for cakes?
Terrific experience; great food, spacious room, excellent breakfast and warm supportive hosts.
May 26, 2009 by: j2945 from Texas
We spent three nights in this small B&B in a rural location close to St. Michaels, MD. The historic, lovingly restored home on idyllic grounds was authentic and also modern. Our bathroom facilities were modern while our room with lovely historic window treatments, comfortable four poster bed and a "settee" gave us a comfortable sense of times gone by. The breakfasts were gourmet; Hugo is an excellent chef. A quaint restaurant down the road provided us with a very good dinner within walking distance. 3.9 miles away is St Michaels, MD with many restaurants, shops and attractions. Crab dinners on the wharf were our favorite. Carol and Hugo gave us excellent recommendations for activities, clearly suited to our interests. We walked to the water, drove to the Oxford Bellevue ferry just a few miles away and drove to a nearby wildlife refuge. They were very attentive and not intrusive in any way. This was a great place to relax and we will return again for sure.
Sep 21, 2008 by: birds0fafeather from Obama Country
My husband and I recently stayed at the Royal Oak Farmhouse during our wedding weekend. It was the perfect place to stay and the hosts, Carol and Hugo, are very kind. They made delicious breakfasts and they even prepared a special afternoon tea spread for us on the day of our wedding. The finger sandwiches & scones were absolutely delicious. The food here is really exceptional. Thanks Carol and Hugo for making our weekend as relaxing as possible! If you are headed for the Eastern Shore and want to stay in a quiet country setting that is very close to St. Micael's, this is a great option!
Crab Package was Great!
Oct 23, 2007 by: lesrion99 from Arlington, Virginia
Hotel was very friendly upon booking and was a good value for the "Crab Package" we requested. The inn arranged everything and it went off without a hitch. The room was clean and tastefully decorated. Breakfast was yummy. My only issue was that being from out of town I guess we were looking for a little more attention if you will from the inn keepers. Maybe some people prefer to be left alone, but we were looking for dinner recommendations at this point. Of course though, I would recommend this establishment.
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