Manley’s B&B is the perfect place for a tranquil, comfortable and lovely stay. I cannot recommend a nights stay here more highly! If you like nature watching, stunning views, lovely hosts and a bountiful breakfast then read on!
A Warm Welcome
Manley’s is situated in Sampford Peverall, which is a village situated in Mid-Devon. Sampford Peverall isn’t far from the more well known town of Tiverton and is situated on the banks of the Grand Western Canal.
Nathan and I arrived at Manley’s on a sunny, Spring Wednesday afternoon and were immediately impressed as we turned into the long driveway leading down to the B&B. The B&B itself is a large detached house and offers two rooms.
We were warmly greeted by Merry, who was such a lovely and friendly host. Merry showed us round the B&B and to our fabulous room. The B&B offers two rooms – the Heron room and the Kingfisher room – very aptly named due to abundance of birds that can been seen in the garden. Merry showed us around the room, including the ensuite and left us with keys to both the room and the front door.
The Heron Room
The room was amazing – really spacious with a king sized bed. I loved the position of the bed and the little alcoves in the wall either side of the bed – perfect for a cuppa tea and your book! The decor in the room was calming and I really liked the teal colours of the chairs, cushions and curtains. Even the picture above the bed had the same shades of teal on – someone had done some good colouring matching indeed! I think this just shows the attention to detail Merry obviously pays to her rooms and service which is great.
We had a large ensuite which included a bath and a large separate shower. Plenty of flannels and towels were provided and some nice little toiletries too. As with the room the ensuite was immaculate and nothing was out of place – I didn’t see a speck of dust anywhere! I think it’s nice to have the option to have either a shower or a bath when you are away – quite the luxury.
The room had plenty of storage space for those that need to hang clothes and a well stocked compliments tray. There was also a flat screen 32 inch TV which had all the channels we needed and catch up TV too! The TV was a smart TV so we took the opportunity to watch the Scrapbook Adventure youtube channel on the big screen! There is also free wifi available which is something lots of travellers look for when staying somewhere these days.
We didn’t see the Kingfisher room but I have seen pictures of it on the Manley’s website and it looks equally as spacious and well decorated as the Heron room. You can check out some pictures of it here.
Guests are also welcome to use the lounge area which is well stocked with board games.
Grand Western Canal Views
As if that room doesn’t sound amazing enough, combine all of that with the most stunning garden and views too. The room is south facing and boasts gorgeous views over the large, well maintained garden, and further to the Grand Western Canal and countryside. I don’t think I have ever stayed in a B&B that offers such lovely views.
As it was a rare sunny afternoon in March, once we had unpacked our bags we took the opportunity to talk a walk around outside. The garden includes a lovely big lawn, cute summerhouse and plenty of bird boxes and feeders. Nathan and I enjoyed walking through the gardens, admiring the fresh daffodils and the huge log store that my Dad would be very envious of! Situated at the end of the garden is the Grand Western Canal and the views are stunning. The canal meanders through beautiful Devon countryside between the towns of Tiverton and Lowdwells which is near the border of Somerset. The canal is just over 11 miles long and we saw plenty of dog wakers and runners using the adjacent canal path.
If you like wildlife then this is a B&B for you! Whilst in the garden we saw lots of lovely trees and blossoming flowers as well as rabbits and plenty of birds. There is even an owl box which Merry told us had recently had a owl inhabiting it. You can see the pictures the owl nesting on Manley’s Facebook page. Imagine chilling on a summers evening in the glorious summerhouse and watching the wildlife go by – sounds perfect to me!
Breakfast Fit for Royalty
Both Nathan and I slept so well! The bed was really comfy and we were nice and warm. It was so nice waking up to the beautiful views of the garden and canal – even if the weather had turned a little more miserable.
We were rewarded with the same beautiful views over breakfast. Breakfast is served in the dining room and was set up perfectly. Merry greeted us warmly and invited us to help ourselves to cereal, fruit and yoghurt. There was a couple of fruit juice options and tea was brought to us in teapots. Merry was keen to ensure we had slept well and promptly prepared our full English breakfast.
We had ordered the breakfast the night before by simply filling out a form stating what breakfast items we would like. This was left in the hallway by the stacks of local leaflets and maps for guests to peruse. I’ve read before on websites like Tripavdvsor that some people don’t like having to order their breakfast the night before, however I have no problems with it. I think it means I know what to look forward to in the morning and ensures the owner has time to get all you have requested. I also think it allows the host to get get started with preparing your breakfast and means you aren’t left waiting for ages once you have ordered – this suits me find in the morning when I’m hungry! I also think, that if this makes it easier for the owner then that’s fine with me!
After enjoying a great selection of fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli, our full English breakfast arrived. It was nicely presented and very tasty! The portions were more than adequate and filled us right up! After our full English we had croissants with a variety of jams – as you can imagine our bellies were very satisfied! In fact we didn’t really eat again until much later that afternoon, so it really did keep up full for ages!
We were the only ones staying at the B&B and so we had the dining room to ourselves. This enabled us to to admire the views and talk to Merry about herself and the B&B and find out more about Manley’s. Merry told us that she has hasn’t been running the B&B very long. I was really surprised to hear this given the quality of the rooms, breakfast and Merry’s hosting.
I really can’t recommend Manley’s B&B and Merry enough. We experienced the perfect mix of great hosting, stunning views and a generous breakfast. Manley’s is located amid a tranquil and relaxing setting that’s perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. Sampford Peverall seemed like a nice village to explore and there is easy access to many of Devon’s best loved attractions and countryside. Merry (and her husband Peter who we met briefly) were friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Manley’s to anyone who fancies a short break or night away in Devon – it’s the perfect escape. I think it is also really well priced at £70 a night as there is everything you need and more. We would love to return one day!
*** Whilst our stay was provided to us on a complimentary basis, all thoughts and opinions are my own***