Swallows Eaves Hotel

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What’s on Dorset – October 2014

This month don’t miss out…… 2nd Oct-3nd Nov. Screen Bites Food Film Festival Various locations around Dorset. See website: www.screenbites.co.uk 13th Pack Monday Fair Sherborne. 15th-19th Sherborne Literary Festival Sherborne. www.sherborneliterarysociety.com 15th Oct-2nd Nov. Enchanted Floodlit Gardens Abbotsbury Suptropical Gardens. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk 23rd- 26th Sherborne International Film festival Sherborne. www.shiff.org.uk 25th[…]

“Lovely hotel near Seaton”

My partner and I stayed one night in this excellent hotel but wished we had been able to stay longer. We received a very warm welcome. Bedroom spacious and clean. Superb breakfast. Would highly recommend. Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple Trip Advisor

“Indian Summer Holiday”

A late summer holiday planned with the hope of good weather and were we lucky, sunshine and blue sky every day. A fantastic week staying at this hotel, we could not fault anything, the room was extremely comfortable and large enough to accommodate a table and chairs in the window[…]

“good location”

We only stayed two nights but if our time had been extended, we would have definitely stayed longer. Our hostess was very hospitable and helpful. There was a very generous, assorted breakfast. The accommodation was very clean. Good location for our purpose. Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple Trip[…]

“Excellent hotel”

I stayed here with my husband and our 2 friends last weekend. We were walking in the area. we arrived in the moring to drop of our bags and leave our cars. Our rooms were already ready and we were able to check in early. We had king rooms with[…]

“Autumn break for a disabled person”

Room 1, disabled friendly, with level floor access to dining room and lounge;- ideal. Car parking no problems, plenty of spaces. Location ideal for short journeys to coast. Malcolm, the temporary manager “did you proud”. Staff, a great team, all guest friendly. Immaculate. Trip Advisor September 2014

Delightful Hotel

My wife and I have just returned from a seven day stay at your delightful hotel. We found the standard throughout to be very high indeed. Our room, the excellent staff, combined wih the tempting menus from your talented chef made for a memorable holiday. Letter received 17th September 2014

“Good position for touring.”

My granddaughter and I spent a very enjoyable weekend at this hotel. We found everyone friendly, our room on the first floor well appointed with a comfy bed (no twins available) and we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts and our evening meal on the Saturday. Great position for visiting the Donkey[…]

“Great hotel near Lyme Regis”

Staying here for the second time we were not dissapointed. Immaculately presented, small hotel with a very friendly atmosphere and a great breakfast. It has a good restaurant, open to the public in the evening, if you need it. It is about 6 miles from Lyme and a similar distance[…]

“First stay at Swallow’s Eaves”

My wife and I were very pleased to find such a friendly and comfortable hotel. Our room on the second floor with a view across to the Axe estuary and a glimpse of the sea, was just what we wanted. The three breakfasts and the one evening dinner were excellent.[…]

“Wonderful Break”

My wide and I have just spent a wonderful few days staying at Swallow Eaves hotel. My wife is a semi-invalid and the accommodation we were given was of the highest standard to fit in with her requirements. The hotel could not be faulted on any level and I would[…]

“Return visit”

We returned to Swallow Eaves after staying there last year. This year we had the Master Super King room which was very spacious and comfortable and lovely bathroom. The breakfasts were just as good with plenty to choose from. We didn’t have an evening meal as we were out all[…]

What’s on West Dorset – September 2014

Don’t miss this month…6th Guitars on the Beach Lyme Regis.6th-7th Dorset County Show Dorchester.6th- 7th Food Rocks Festival Lyme Regis.6th Bridport Hat Festival Various venues in Bridport. 10th-18th Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 2014 Various venues around Dorset. www.dahw.org.uk 11th-14th Heritage Open Days Various venues around Dorset. www.heritageopendays.org.uk21st Eggardon Kite Festival[…]

“Summer Holiday”

Excellent stay at Swallow Eaves with very helpful and friendly staff. Very good breakfast and impressed by the evening menu. The food was delicious. Good location to Lyme Regis for walking the coastal pathways and we made use of the local transport. Trip Advisor

“A welcome stay”

Very good breakfasts in a nice restaurant and smart accommodation. We did not eat there in the evenings as we met up with our family who were camping nearby. Good location for Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth and Charmouth. Trip Advisor

“a lovely holiday”

We recently stayed at Swallows Eaves for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We ate at the hotel every night and were impressed by the menu offered. There was plenty of choice and portion sizes were generous, the food was always hot and expertly cooked and presented. Our room[…]

“A great find”

We were very impressed by our 4-night stay here. The hotel was smart, clean and tastefully furnished, but with character. The staff were all helpful and friendly and the food was to die for! After one of the fabulous cooked breakfasts we hardly needed to eat again until dinner! We[…]

Our renovation

Swallows Eaves Hotel wasn’t always the beautiful, 7-bedroomed establishment that it is now. When purchased, it was brown, dreary and the décor was stuck in the décor was stuck in the 1980’s. In 2012 it underwent a six month refurbishment to see it transformed. Dorothy Robson proprietor of Swallows Eaves[…]

Things to do in Colyford

Preparing for a holiday can be hard work, what to pack, where to stay, how much will it cost are just some of the things that have to be considered. On top of that you also want to make the most of your time away and plan what to do[…]

“Another excellent stay”

This is the third time we have stayed at this hotel – twice under Dorothy’s ownership and once before that. We had not seen the new extension and room upgradings which are excellent. The bedroom (4) and ensuite (shower, basin, toilet) were clean, smart and the bed very comfortable. The[…]

“Wonderful Ladies”

To all the wonderful ladies at Swallows Eaves thank you so much for making our stay so perfect. Wonderful setting, beautiful clean room, peaceful, awesome breakfasts. This is certainly one to recommend. Room 3 was ours. Facebook August 2014

What’s on – West Dorset August 2014

Here’s our monthly list of events around West Dorset for August 2014: Don’t miss this month… 3rd-17th Sherborne Summer School of Music & Concertfest Sherborne. 3rd-10h Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week 16th-17th Bridport Carnival 17th Bridport’s Torchlight Procession Bucky Doo Square to West Bay. 20st Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural[…]

Introducing Head Chef- Ray Knight

At Swallows Eaves Hotel our guests can enjoy delicious meals in our elegant Reeds restaurant. The restaurant has received high praise from diners and is listed in the Michelin Guide. One of the reasons for our success is down to the expertise and skill of our wonderful Head Chef Ray[…]

“Short break away”

We stayed for a 2 night break. The hotel is very clean. Staff very friendly, very good breakfast with lots of choice. We ate the first night in the Reeds restaurant . The food was delicious and the 2 course meal very reasonably priced. Look forward to returning in the[…]

Delightful Lunch

My wife & I want you to know how delighted we were with our lunch party on Saturday. Our thanks & compliments to your Chef for the excellent food, to April & Jess, who were charmingly efficient, and most of all to you for your organisation & the whole Reed’s[…]

“3 night stay”

This seven bedroom hotel is very bright, clean, comfortable and conveniently located just off the main road that runs through the middle of Colyford. The bedrooms were fine and the bathrooms well equipped. The breakfast choice was good and nicely cooked. For a small hotel, the dinner choice too was[…]

“Little gem”

We stayed at Swallows Eaves for two days to have a relaxing break. When we arrived the welcome was warm and friendly, the room was very clean and the en-suite was roomy and well equipped with good toiletries. The staff were just great and nothing was too much trouble. We[…]

“Wonderful hotel”

My brother and I enjoyed our stay in your smashing hotel. The rooms were spacious and clean, everything we found was excellent. The food was really good, the staff were friendly and gave us a warm welcome. We hope given chance we would come and stay again, thank you. Trip[…]


This a very very good hotel, not far from the sea. The rooms are excellent, comfortable and very clean. We found the owner and staff to be friendly, polite and knowledgeable of the local area. Food was excellent, the chef really knows his trade. If you are looking for a[…]

“A little gem”

My wife and I stayed for one night at this lovely little hotel. The room was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and our stay was complimented with a very tasty breakfast the following morning. It was only one night but was long enough to know that we would have no hesitation[…]

“Excellent small hotel”

A delightful small hotel in a lovely part of Devon. We stayed for one night in a spotlessly clean, comfortable and quiet room after receiving a warm welcome when we checked in. The breakfast room is lovely and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were very friendly and helpful. This[…]

“Superb food”

On my first visit to this hotel I was pleasantly surprised, especially with the food. As a chef of 40+ years myself, I thought the standard of food was superb as was every other aspect of the hotel. So taken were we with it, my partner and I returned with[…]

“Above expectations.”

This hotel could not be faulted for anything, good position for visiting the area, best shower ever, sparkling clean throughout, great breakfast, friendly staff, no reason to try any other hotel when visiting the area again, will certainly be recommending to friends & family. Trip Advisor June 2014 Travelled as[…]

An intimate wedding

Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life but that doesn’t mean it has to be big or very expensive. If you are planning an intimate wedding for close family and friends but all of the reception venues you’ve been looking at, are aimed at those wanting 80+[…]

The Beauty of the Staycation

Staycation – this is the current popular term used for having your holidays at home or at least in the same country. Once an idea that many of us would have dismissed in favour of far – flung shores with guaranteed sunshine. However in recent years, many of us have[…]

What’s On – West Dorset July 2014

Here’s our monthly list of events around West Dorset for July 2014: Don’t miss this month… 28th June – 6th July   Beaminster Festival Beaminster www.beamfest.org.uk 5th  Bridport Charter Fair Bridport. 4th – 11th Mackerel Festival Various locations in Lyme Regis. 12th  Jurassic Fields Askers Meadow, Bridport. 12th – 13th   Dorset Seafood[…]

Making the most of Summer in Devon

The sun has been shining much more frequently these past few weeks, making it feel that summer really has arrived. At times like this it is a blessing to have Swallows Eaves Hotel located in such a beautiful part of the country. Being in Colyford means that there is the[…]

What’s On – West Dorset June 2014

Here’s our monthly list of events around West Dorset for June 2014: Don’t miss this month… All of June    Baby Swans Hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery  www.abbotsburyswannery.co.uk To 8th June  Dorset  Arts Weeks  www.dorsetvisualarts.org 6th– 8th            D-Day Landing Commemoration Service  Lyme Regis. 7th– 8th           […]

Hotel is quiet and relaxing

Lovely village location with easy access to coastal resorts. Hotel is quiet and relaxing, cleanliness is excellent and breakfast is very good. Staff are friendly and you are made to feel very welcome. We have stayed here before and would certainly recommend. Booking.com:May 2014 Customer reviews Hotel average score: 9.3

Our Kitchen Garden is growing up!

Our kitchen garden is developing really well now and producing lots of fresh herbs, salads and vegetables for our guests. We’ve already been serving salad leaves, spinach, kale and red Swiss chard in the restaurant, as well as Head Chef Ray using various herbs in his delicious dishes – thyme, lemon[…]

Lovely bright, clean small friendly hotel

We stayed in the deluxe twin bedded room on the second floor. Although it was late May it was quite chilly outside and Dorothy the friendly and very attentive proprietor had put the heating on to warm the hotel. The room was spacious, immaculately presented and well equipped. The bath[…]

“Lovely Hotel”

Beautiful small friendly hotel, comfortable and relaxing and the cleanliness throughout was excellent. Breakfast was very good and freshly cooked and the service was excellent. Hotel is in a perfect position for all the local attractions especially the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and perfect for visiting all the lovely places[…]