Stayed at the Old Cider House prior to walking the Coleridge Way to Porlock. Comfortable rooms, a great welcome, and a tasty breakfast and evening meal. Knowledgeable and helpful hosts assisted by Ozzy the dog!More
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Stayed at the Old Cider House prior to walking the Coleridge Way to Porlock. Comfortable rooms, a great welcome, and a tasty breakfast and evening meal. Knowledgeable and helpful hosts assisted by Ozzy the dog!MoreShow less
Nether Stowey is the ideal base for the Coleridge Way – in fact we’re writing the companion guide!
Glad you enjoyed the walk.
We started our walk on the coleridge way with a night at this lovely B&B. We were made very welcome by the owners and their delightful dog. The room was very comfortable , dinner and breakfast were both excellent and they made us a great packed lunch to take on our walk. They also brew their own beer which is delicious. Really friendly people and we shall go back.
Thank you for this review. Hope you enjoyed the walk along the Coleridge Way.
We visited the Old Cider House again this year and will visit next year too. Best B&B by a mile. Friendly hosts - real bacon - and it is situated in the best possible place for visiting so many attractions. This time we went to Hestercombe House Gardens and art gallery - really good film by Mark Wallinger playing there.
Go to the Old Cider House if you like people, dogs (Ozy is a sweetie) and beer. Don't go if you want anonymity - be prepared to talk to the owners - you will glean lots of information about the area (I'm sure some of it was made up).....
A sensible point about anonymity. We are a small and friendly B&B. People naturally talk to each other. If you are not one of those type of people, there are plenty of chain hotels available.
The Old Cider House is a charming B&B, with evening meals also available. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and of varying sizes. Ours was one of the two larger rooms to the front, complete with four-poster bed. The food is excellent, often using produce from the gardens, including eggs from the hens for the wonderful breakfast. The owners Lynne and Ian are very attentive and you really feel to be receiving a personal service. Make sure you stay long enough to sample a range of Ian's beers from the micro-brewery. The gardens to the rear form a rustic retreat on a sunny day. We are not really "doggie" people, but Ossie the black labrador won us over. He is a bit of a star. First impressions when entering the house from the rear carpark are certainly not the best, but these will fade as you ease into your stay.
After the last review on this site this comes as a lovely contrast.
Comments about the ‘wonderful breakfast’ make us wonder if these guest stayed at the same establishment!
The Old Cider house is below standard, the house it's self is run down and I did not appreciate having the owners dog being around me when we were sitting in the lounge. There were "spare" fold down beds on the stairs. The breakfast was one of the poorest I have experienced in as much as there was not a lot to eat and when the toast came it was 1 slice between the two of us. The gardens were poorly maintained. I expected more for £70 per night.
I will not be visiting again, even if it was a free visit.
Whilst we are disappointed to receive a poor rating, it does give us the opportunity to respond and make a number of constructive comments.
Firstly, if you are allergic to dogs, as was this guest, this is not the place for you. We were voted the UK’s most dog friendly guesthouse a few years ago and welcome guests’ canine companions in some of our rooms. All of the pubs in the area are dog friendly and there are fantastic walks into the Quantocks from the house.
Our breakfasts contain sausage and bacon from the local butcher, eggs from our own hens. We pride ourselves on quality over quantity. We also home bake our own bread. We provide all guests with a fresh slice of toast and guests can request more which is served hot straight from the toaster.
As for the other comments, we guide readers to the somewhat more representative comments on this site!
We attended a wedding at a nearby venue. The B and B was nice but unfortunately I'm not really a dog person and it was clearly a place inhabited by the a beloved dog and other dogs stay here! We stayed in the ground floor room, which did smell strongly of dog when we arrived. This had diminished by the time the floor had been washed. The downstairs room was unfortunately pretty noisy as it was near the dining room. The floors above were really creaky! Didn't get a lie in past 7.45! Beds were comfy, the owners were kind and breakfast was delicious.
We’re glad that this guest mentioned that we thoroughly clean our rooms!
The Old Cider House is an old building and things occasional creak – it’s all part of the atmosphere.
Thanks for the vote about breakfast – we’ll tell the hens.