10 of the best hotels and B&Bs in North Devon
Uphill from the harbour, Ilfracombe's Torrs Park area is the posh part of town; all grand Victorian villas and so-called gentlemen's residences, harking back to grander days. Lately, it's become a little enclave of boutique B&Bs, most of them run by down-from-London professionals doing the classic lifestyle change. Norbury House is the boho option; there's a touch of Brighton about the retro-metro decor, the vintage cocktail bar in the lounge, the white piano in the conservatory. The rooms themselves are an interesting mix of jolly colours, pop posters, Victorian fireplaces and king-size beds. Some have good sea views (the harbour is a 20-minute walk).
This exquisite former gentleman's residence is now dotted with wonderful beds, cool lamps and artfully placed cushions. Set on the hill overlooking Ilfracombe, there are impressive views from its terraced gardens. Our independent authors have visited Norbury House Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Ilfracombe and around.
The AA Bed & Breakfast Guide
The detached Victorian residence has a refreshingly different contemporary style, and the genuinely warm welcome is allied with a helpful and attentive approach. A variety of bedroom styles is offered but all provide impressive levels of comfort and quality. An elegant lounge with a welcoming “Honesty Bar”. Outside the peaceful terraced gardens have lovely views across to the sea. Cuisine is taken seriously here, with breakfast featuring quality local produce.