Roundy March 2015
“Quirky Gem of a Hotel”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago NEW
We've just returned from 2 nights at The Anchor, booked via a Secret Escapes deal - mainly on the basis of it being willing to take dogs, and being in a suitable countryside location for walking. However this hotel offers so much more than the average hotel base. Staff are so friendly and welcoming, and the hotel is lovely and warm (it must be difficult to manage this at this time of year too, with single glazed sash windows). The decor is mad but interesting, with an incredible number of pictures and ornaments (we counted around 100 items in just the lounge area). However somehow it works, assisted by numerous candles which always seemed to be lit, plus log fires, and this creates a comfortable environment to relax.
The hotel feels upmarket, but is not pretentious, so although we had a dog we were still able to take him in the lounge with us, as well as the bedrooms (dogs are just banned from the dining room but you can have food in the lounge if you don't wish to leave your dog in your room or car).
Our bedrooms (harbour view rooms 4 & 5 on 1st floor) were very comfortable with great four poster beds and good comfortable mattresses and duvets plus cushions. There was a welcome tea and coffee making kit. The ensuite bathrooms were clean and decent if nothing special.
We had just 2 issues. No TV reception for any channels in either room (not a problem, as good to unwind from everyday life here - guess its the remote location - and they do have a big range of DVDs to borrow). Also initially we could not get any water out of our showers in both our rooms. There was a sign advising to turn on the hot bath tap first, but this didn't have any affect. As soon as we realised we had a problem on our first night at 10.30pm and reported it, one of the staff came and showed us that you needed to turn both the sink taps and the bath taps on and off several times to get rid of air locks, and then the shower would work. They do suffer from old plumbing (as explained amusingly on notices on the back of the bathroom doors), but it's somehow part of the charm and you just have to be patient and you do get a nice hot shower in the end, once you know the tactics!
Food is good here too - we ate at the next door Bottom Ship on our first evening, which is very nice pub fare, and then on our second night ate in the hotel's dining room which was excellent. We all enjoyed our mains and desserts which were beautifully presented and tasty. A little on the pricey side but you do feel you are in an upmarket restaurant with silver service. Drinks are reasonable and we were on a deal whereby we received 2 Millers G&Ts per room in our package. Breakfast was a very good selection of juices, fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, toast and then a menu of hot breakfast dishes which included traditional Full English, Vegetarian English, and kippers. We really enjoyed everything we ate.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, my mother in law felt she'd had a real treat for the Mothering Sunday weekend, and the dog also had a lovely time paddling in the local Exmoor streams and sea, then relaxing flat out in the lounge whilst we played Cluedo after dinner! We would all happily stay again despite the 4 hour drive from home. Millers have something special here which is hard to explain until you experience it for yourself. Note that none of us are fans of antiques so don't be put off if you're like us.