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The Somerville

515 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HJ England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 21/06/08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/06/08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Torquay
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The Somerville has many accolades including Devon B&B of the year and recently received "Silver award " in Best B&B in visit South -West Awards 2019. Centrally located with its own private car park and grounds. Choose from a standard room or lovely Deluxe rooms and spacious Suites; it's the ideal choice for both business travellers and leisure guests wanting a relaxing luxury break. The Somerville offers guests free parking and free wifi and extended breakfast times at weekends.Recently voted In Trip Advisors Top 10 Bed & breakfast in UK best of the best
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515 Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HJ England
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debbiehWiltshire wrote a review 13 Sep
wiltshire34 contributions18 helpful votes
We have been staying with Pete and Helen for many years - in fact we wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Torquay. The breakfast is the best there and always served with a smile by the lovely Paul. Also Helens cakes deserve a mention too 😋 The rooms are beautiful, stylish, comfortable and spotless and the location is perfect. The best thing about the Somerville though is the hosts. Pete and Helen give 100% faultless service in every way and nothing is ever too much trouble.
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Date of stay: September 2021
FernsTravels wrote a review 12 Sep
Yorkshire, United Kingdom48 contributions73 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Somerville and are looking forward to returning again soon. This beautiful hotel is extremely well run and provides luxury b&b accommodation, all within walking distance of Torquay. We stayed in the Courtyard suite which was extremely comfortable and clean, with quality bed linen and towels. The attention to detail throughout our stay was noticed and appreciated. Helen’s complimentary afternoon cake was delicious. The breakfast was amazing, beautifully presented and so very tasty using local produce. Thank you to Peter for making us feel so welcome, it was a pleasure to stay at your hotel, we can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Royston C wrote a review 08 Sep
Leicester, United Kingdom11 contributions23 helpful votes
Second time we’ve stayed at Somerville .... b Booked garden suite , wonderful room .. it’s like a 5 star apartment , doors out to the garden with its own seating area ... roll top bath . Large shower unit .. Peter and Helen are wonderful people and really no how to make you feel at home .... Breakfast is enough to last you most of the day .. wifi and parking included , great bonus ..Thanks to Paul for doing great job at breakfast with his service .and small talk .. We say won’t go to Torquay again .. But we will because we like this hotel . Got to be best in Torquay and we’ve stayed in a few in that area ... Thanks to Peter and Helen .. A relaxing stay ...
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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shi0029 wrote a review 06 Sep
Malmesbury, United Kingdom16 contributions20 helpful votes
Peter and Helen are wonderful hosts with just the right approach, extremely helpful if you want help but completely unobtrusive. The hotel is fabulous within walking distance of Torquay but just enough outside to feel away from the hustle and bustle. There are amazing places to visit by car, bus or foot from the hotel. The breakfast is first class as little or as much as you like, fresh milk and water for your room and afternoon cake to help yourself too. The rooms are beautiful with individuality but some amazing statement pieces in each one. A relaxed first class stay in every respect.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Ivor Aiken wrote a review 06 Sep
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Wonderful hotel, spotless in all departments, great breakfast with a huge choice. Attention to detail is amazing. The gardens are a pleasure to sit in. Helens home made daily cakes are delicious. Would we stay there again? You bet we will!!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Pete Bland, Owner at The Somerville
Responded 1 week ago
Thank-you Ivor for your kind words , the best compliment of all is your wish to stay again which we would be delighted to see you both , Best Regards Peter & Helen
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Somerville
Which popular attractions are close to The Somerville?
Nearby attractions include Torquay Museum (0.1 km), Riviera Life Church (0.1 km), and Prestige Cocktail Club (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Somerville?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Somerville?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at The Somerville?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Somerville?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Somerville?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old Vienna Restaurant, Ollies, and The Shack.
Are there any historical sites close to The Somerville?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Torre Abbey (1.7 km), Oldway Mansion (3.8 km), and English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark (0.6 km).