Tuesday, 22 March 2011
We've just got back from a short break in Devon, staying at possibly the best value hotel I've ever visited. The Ashbury was recommended to us by a couple of golfing friends - we don't play golf, but I'm sure it's even better value if you do, because use of their several golf courses is included in the price. But there was certainly no shortage of activities to keep us busy: we made regular use of the table tennis and pool tables, ten pin bowling, shooting ranges, and swimming pool. There was also a massive snooker hall, indoor bowling green, tennis courts, badminton courts, and a gym. Their sister hotel (ten minutes down the road) has a huge craft centre, and squash courts which we booked a couple of times. We paid £185 each for four nights, and all the sports and food were included in the price (we took our own rackets and equipment, but you could also borrow kit from reception). We also booked in for cheap massages at the in-house treatment rooms; I tried out hot stone massage (amazing!) and Indian head massage.
I wanted to get some writing done, and I did put in a few hours, but with so many other things to do I was honestly struggling to find the time. This may not have been good for my productivity, but it was a good sign about the facilities at the hotel!
The beds were firm and comfy - important, since a good night's sleep is essential if you're doing so much during the day - and we had plenty of space in our room. The food was hearty and plentiful (you could eat three hot meals a day, and we often did) with enough veggie options to keep me interested, great puddings, and a free bottle of wine approximately every other night.
If you're interested in a cheap and active break in the south west, I'd definitely recommend this hotel. We're already planning our next visit...
I received no discount or compensation for this post, and my opinions are entirely my own.