This was our third stay at the Blue Ball and the first with our large bouncy Exmoor Lurcher puppy. The location is stunning, the owner and staff could not be more pleasant and obliging, the food is great and the rooms are very clean and have all the facilities we need. We will be back!
Reviewer: Mrs. Judith Feather | Sat 13th May 2017
A wonderful time being cared for by friendly attentive staff. Delicious food and comfortable accommodation. It gave us ( and the dog )renewed energy ! Thank you all
Reviewer: Luke | Sat 13th May 2017
always the highlight of our spring, staying at the blue ball inn, long may it continue.
Reviewer: John Fish | Fri 12th May 2017
With the coast on one side and the moors on the other and this wonderful inn in the middle ..what more can you ask for ! We have just come back from a long weekend we did extend our stay by another day and would have done longer but we\'re unable too due to other commitments.we thoroughly enjoyed our stay as did our little dog ,it is the first time we have taken her away with us but she had a great time she loved all the lovely long walks ...she has slept ever since we got home ! Both her and ourselves were made to feel so welcome,all the staff without exception were brilliant,helpful and friendly nothing was too much trouble..The rooms were very clean ,large and airy and the food ....well what can I say more than the diet starts today !! Thank you to everyone for making our stay so great ..we will be back , with Rosie ..of course
Reviewer: Mrs Sobey | Wed 10th May 2017
Our stay was as ever very enjoyable accommodation restaurant excellent and we were made most welcome.We return in July for another short break.
Reviewer: Keith Jenkin | Wed 10th May 2017
From the moment I called to book two rooms, with a specific room request to help assist my companion with restricted mobility, the high level of customer service was evident. From the young man who booked the rooms to the gentleman who took the time to make sure our dinner table was accessible, spot on. The rooms were lovely; warm & cosy with everything you need for a relaxing night after a day on the moors. This will be my 1st choice of hotel when visiting Exmoor from now on. Dinner was also wonderful!
Reviewer: Tiffany Hyde | Sun 30th Apr 2017
I have lost count the number of times we have stayed at the Blue Ball, twice last year and once already this year, which speaks volumes. We always bring our four legged friend and find we can relax and so can she. You can walk from the door to see and experience stunning scenery and then enjoy a great meal and drink in the evening in the pub. Staff have always been great at this family run pub.
Reviewer: nicola sandford | Sun 23rd Apr 2017
We have stay here a number of times and always receive the same high standard of service. Room was lovely, plenty of complementary tea/coffee/milk/biscuits and serviced promptly each day. We always look forward to dining here and this time was no exception. Freshly cooked to order breakfasts and tasty evening meals, with plenty of variety as the specials seem to change daily. We will definitely be back!
Reviewer: Mr. Kevin Armstrong | Sat 15th Apr 2017
Lovely place with delicious food and good choice of ales and wine. A proper dog friendly place which is rare!! The bar area has loads of character. Our room was clean cosy and comfortable and staff were great. We will be back 😊
Reviewer: Mr Glenn Young | Fri 7th Apr 2017
Had a very enjoyable 3 night break. Staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. Good base for walking direct from the pub and an excellent varied menu for the end of the day. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Mr. Paul Comer | Thu 6th Apr 2017
As usual this place never disappoints. Made welcome food excellent and stay comfortable and enjoyable. Looking forward to returning
Reviewer: Mr. Colin Nicholls | Thu 30th Mar 2017
Excellent as always. Lovely to see you all again, you can be certain we will be back soon!! Very best wishes from Vicki, Allen and Henry Ralph.
Reviewer: Mr Alan and Vicky (and Henry) Ralph | Wed 29th Mar 2017
Blue Ball Inn is a great place to stay. As a single traveller I feelt very welcome. There are several amazing walks from the inn, both daytrips and shorter walks. They serve a fine selection of beers and great pub-food!
Reviewer: Mrs. Mirjam van Halem | Tue 28th Mar 2017
Enjoyed a great two night break here - lovely accommodation with great character, perfect setting, splendid ales and fantastic food - ample breakfasts and the Bouillabiase was the best I\'ve tasted outside of Breton. We were a bit cautious about the amount of dog references, but the mutts were all perfectly behaved and our slight concerns about dog smells were completely unfounded - everything was kept spick and span. We\'ll return again someday and can highly recommend as the perfect place top stay..
Reviewer: Mr. paul gray | Tue 28th Mar 2017
We have had yet another lovely visit to The Blue Ball. A historic property with charm and character.Very good food, well prepared and served with generous portions and at a reasonable price. Beds were excellent, really comfortable. Owners very nice and extremely welcoming. A dog friendly environment which is great if you want to take your dog on the amazing walks around Exmoor. Set within a couple of minutes of the steep cliff tops overlooking Lynton and Lynmouth. On the staircase are detailed walks which are there to be used. We will be back soon.
Reviewer: Jo Williams | Sun 26th Mar 2017
This was our 3rd visit to the Blue Ball and we will certainly be back. The Inn is cosy and welcoming with roaring fires, delicious food and great ales. The rooms are comfortable and the whole Inn is full of character. Without exception the staff for friendly, helpful and efficient. Best of all The Blue Ball is really dog friendly, not like a lot of places that say they are but really just about tolerate dogs. Deefer Dachshund was treated like a king during his stay and we all loved every minute. Everything about the Blue Ball is brilliant including being good value for money. Would definitely recommend it :-)
Reviewer: Mr Glenn Young | Fri 24th Mar 2017
This was our 3rd visit to the Blue Ball and we will certainly be back. The Inn is cosy and welcoming with roaring fires, delicious freshly prepared food and great ales. The rooms are comfortable and the whole Inn is full of character. Without exception the staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. Best of all The Blue Ball is really dog friendly, not like a lot of places that say they are but really just about tolerate dogs! Deefer Dachshund was treated like a king during his stay and we all loved every minute. Everything about the Blue Ball is brilliant including being good value for money. Would definitely recommend it :-)
Reviewer: Mr Glenn Young | Fri 24th Mar 2017
Our second stay at the Blue Ball Inn and as before we were made very welcome.Good food, great location and a warm comfortable room. Look forward to our next stay.
Reviewer: Mr. Gerald smith | Thu 23rd Mar 2017
Another marvellous stay at our favourite watering hole, great staff, great grub, great refreshments and wonderful accomodation, you would have to be mad to overlook this great place!
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Thu 23rd Mar 2017
Stayed for two nights with friends and dogs As usual friendly welcome, good food, comfy beds, Lots of fantastic walks Love the blue ball xx
Reviewer: John Williams | Mon 20th Mar 2017
Traveled 250mls to Devon. The Hotel alone made it worthwhile. Stopped 1 night Room brilliant, Staff fantastic, food tremendous beer excellent. Would stop here anytime.
Reviewer: Kenneth Richards | Mon 20th Mar 2017
We have just enjoyed a five night stay at the Blue Ball. The owners and staff make you very welcome which along with great food and lovely accommodation made our break such a happy one. See you all next year!
Reviewer: Mr. George Gibson | Sun 19th Mar 2017
Stayed here to access the walks across the area. Perfect location, room, food and staff all perfect. All food freshly cooked to order, rooms warm and cosy. Would definitely book again.
Reviewer: Mr. Peter Mercieca | Sat 18th Mar 2017
This is our second time staying in this idyllic pub and we\'ll certainly be back again. The accommodation is brilliant, the food is to die for and all the staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble. As for our dog Molly, she just loves it (her idea of doggy heaven!)
Reviewer: Mrs. Angi Hartley | Fri 17th Mar 2017
Once again a lovely weekend great food nice friendly staff will be back later in the year
Reviewer: Graham Comley | Wed 15th Mar 2017
We chose to stay at the Blue Ball Inn after watching one of Julia Bradbury\'s walks. It was our first visit to the area and we were pleased with our decision. The management and staff were very friendly and the food was excellent and always freshly prepared. A wide choice of drinks and wines were available. The room was very comfortable - the only drawback being the water pressure making showering difficult. I would definitely recommend the Blue Ball Inn as a convenient location for exploring the area.
Reviewer: Alan Dudley | Mon 13th Mar 2017
After a 3 night stay at the Blue Ball Inn last weekend I\'ve got to say the whole stay was absolutely faultless. The welcome on arrival, the helpfulness of all of the staff, the quality and cleanliness of the room, the bar and restaurant area, the nice calm quiet relaxing atmosphere, the additional joy of having so many dogs on the premises too, but the stand out plus, staff aside, was the food. Oh my days. The breakfast, the lunchtime menu, the ham baguettes!, and the evening meal was incredible and excellent value for money. I\'ve already told everyone I know, especially dog owners, to pay the Blueball Inn a visit. The surrounding area and the walks and views were exquisite too. I fully recommend this place if you are looking for a nice relaxing quiet foody weekend away. This was our first weekend away together as a couple and without question we will be back. Thanks.
Reviewer: Mr. Anthony Harris | Mon 13th Mar 2017
Just back from our January break at the Blue Ball 4 adults and 4 dogs As ever a great weekend with superb food and surroundings We\'ll be back again
Reviewer: Mr. kevin huckfield | Thu 2nd Feb 2017
This was our second stay at The Blue Ball Inn. The food was excellent, the staff very friendly and helpful. Beautiful log burners and the bedroom was great. Fantatic shower in the wetroom attached Will be staying again.
Reviewer: Mr & | Tue 24th Jan 2017
Excellent place to stay for several days. Real welcome for both walkers and dog owners, together with practical provision (excellent grub all day, boot trays ...)
Reviewer: Mr. David Dickenson | Sun 22nd Jan 2017
We had the perfect weekend away as usual!! The staff were great really helpful and friendly the food was fantastic and the room was lovely would definitely recommend x
Reviewer: Mrs. Snowdon | Tue 17th Jan 2017
Just submitted a review, but clicked on wrong star - should definitely be five stars! Hope this reaches you ok.
Reviewer: Mr. Paula Miles | Wed 11th Jan 2017
Found the pub very cosy on a cold December night . Dog very welcome witch is important to us . Lovely dinner on a already reserved table good veggi option too asked to have same table for breakfast witch was not a problem . All in all a very nice stay
Reviewer: Mr. David | Tue 3rd Jan 2017
Thanks once again for an excellent Christmas Break with great food and friendly staff, cant wait for our next visit.
Reviewer: Mrs B. A. Bright | Sun 1st Jan 2017
This was our second christmas at the Blue Ball and we loved our stay both times with our two Beardied collies the rooms are clean and very comfortable lovely food just wish there was more vegetarian choice and we will be back.
Reviewer: Mrs Anita Jewell | Fri 30th Dec 2016
third christmas at the blue ball better than ever cant thank phil jacky nick and all the staff enough fantastic
Reviewer: Nick Blake | Fri 30th Dec 2016
lovely place to stay very relaxed . The food was very nice, staff very helpful and friendly. Great for your four legged friend to stay we will return .
Reviewer: Mrs. Sharon Powell | Thu 29th Dec 2016
lovely place to stay very relaxed . The food was very nice, staff very helpful and friendly. Great for your four legged friend to stay we will return .
Reviewer: Mrs. Sharon Powell | Thu 29th Dec 2016
n arrival we were made to feel very welcome. The meals were excellent, expanded the waistlines a bit more. Dog was also welcomed and had an enjoyable stay. Room was comfortable and newly decorated. All being well, can\'t wait to spend Christmas 1917 at the Blue Ball.
Reviewer: Taylor | Thu 29th Dec 2016
FANTASTIC INN,100% DOG FRIENDLY.MADE EXTREMELY WELCOME BY THE OWNERS AND THE STAFF. A REAL BONUS IS THE FOOD WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL,ALL IN ALL A GREAT PLACE TO STAY AND ENJOY YOURSELVES. RECOMMENDED TO EVERYONE WITH OR WITHOUT A DOG.
Reviewer: Jeff And Sylvia Edwards | Wed 28th Dec 2016
Great location and a clean, comfortable pub of character. Good beer and staff who cannot do enough to ensure you enjoy your stay. A good choice of high quality meals.
Reviewer: Mr Bill Lloyd | Sat 17th Dec 2016
Great location and a clean, comfortable pub of character. Good beer and staff who cannot do enough to ensure you enjoy your stay. A good choice of high quality meals.
Reviewer: Mr Bill Lloyd | Sat 17th Dec 2016
Great location and a clean, comfortable pub of character. Good beer and staff who cannot do enough to ensure you enjoy your stay. A good choice of high quality meals.
Reviewer: Mr Bill Lloyd | Sat 17th Dec 2016
Lovely place to stay the room was a good size, very clean! The staff were very friendly, even the locals. Have visted the pun many times over the years for food, which we would highly recommend! Will stay again, top pub with accommodation!!
Reviewer: Miss. Tracy Anderson | Mon 12th Dec 2016
Incredibly welcoming & friendly from the moment we walked through the door....food superb (too good as we rather stuffed ourselves to a standstill). Fantastic location at top of Countisbury Hill with walks opp pub straight onto coastpath. Can\'t recommend highly enough
Reviewer: Gary Spiller | Mon 12th Dec 2016
Fantastic and welcoming as usual. We have stayed here before and would like to point out that the food has improved since our last visit during 2014 when I did the seaview 17 in July.
Reviewer: Dr. Christine Lloyd-Betts | Wed 7th Dec 2016
Lovely to spend a few days on Exmoor.Always relaxing and a pleasure to be back. Have a great Christmas and happy New Year, we look forward to seeing you in 2017.
Reviewer: Mr Ralph | Tue 29th Nov 2016
Once again we have enjoyed a fine relaxing stay at The Blue Ball, Nick, Phil and all the team give a friendly and welcoming service which is faultless, great food, great beers, wines and Gin. Room was nice and warm, always clean with everything you need. See you again in the Spring. Richard and Eileen
Reviewer: Mr. Richard Bartlett | Tue 29th Nov 2016
You would have got a 5 star rating but for in room 14\'s wet room the hinge on w.c had brown rust staining,which others may not realise is rust & toilet bush could do with changing.Damp patch on ceiling outside room giving off damp odour,this apart,great hospitality & food,enjoyed Nick\'s company on Saturday night & selection of gins!!!
Reviewer: Nick Ford | Mon 28th Nov 2016
We arrived on a very wet and stormy night,to a warm welcome in every sense and a table already reserved. The food throughout our stay was excellent, we were all made to feel at home including our dog. So many places make dog owners feel guilty for having a dog, not here, they are greeted just as warmly as the people. A true family inn, we have been coming here since our two boys were quite young, now adults we all love the Blue Ball Inn. When the storms are raging outside, as they do on Exmoor this is a true refuge. We love it.
Reviewer: Mrs. Kathryn Barstow | Wed 23rd Nov 2016
We stayed for a weekend break and found the hospitality of all the staff first class and most welcoming. The room was small but very comfortable. Breakfast and evening meals were very good, albeit with a somewhat limited choice of menu.
Reviewer: Mr. Patrick Emery | Tue 22nd Nov 2016
Fabulous stay, fabulous welcoming staff, fabulous food, can\'t wait to go back
Reviewer: John Williams | Tue 22nd Nov 2016
really lovely will go back with dogs good value
Reviewer: Brian Moore | Tue 22nd Nov 2016
A warm and friendly atmosphere,we (including our dog) were made very welcome even down to a place to dry our wet and soggy boots and coats. Excellent food and accommodation,a place we will definitely revisit.
Reviewer: Nicola Shepherd | Mon 21st Nov 2016
Excellent food, lovely helpful staff, room ok was the only one left so maybe not the best of all the rooms but perfectly adequate and comfortable. Really dog friendly inn with beautiful walks from the door. We all love it and will go back again next year
Reviewer: Judith Downs | Mon 14th Nov 2016
First time staying at the Blue Ball Inn. Excellent accommodation everything you need in the room,which was very homely and clean. The staff are all lovely and made us feel welcome. The food was superb and plenty of it. The location is ideal for walking and it\'s so nice to stay out of the town,looking over the moors. The inn is very dog friendly and the dogs can go everywhere with you even when dining. We will definitely stay again!!
Reviewer: Mr. David Dunne | Sun 13th Nov 2016
We\'ve just returned from another lovely stay at The Blue Ball Inn. The welcome, food, beer, wine and location were all excellent as usual and bringing the dogs, as always, isn\'t an issue.
Reviewer: Mr. Nick Hoof | Mon 7th Nov 2016
Once again fantastic stay,made to feel very welcome,with all staff making it a pleasurable break.Great evening meals with excelent choice and very well presented, top marks to all involved.
Reviewer: David | Sun 6th Nov 2016
A very homely and friendly place to stay, thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back. Beautiful walks from the door step, perfect.
Reviewer: Mrs. Karen Cutler | Sat 5th Nov 2016
Our second stay at the Blue Ball Inn in one of the most stunning locations in the UK. This is a dog friendly inn and the people who own and run it or simply very good at what they do. Rooms are simple and clean and the food is also very good. The star of the show is the location as Exmoor is simply stunning at any time of the year.
Reviewer: Mrs. Judith Feather | Thu 3rd Nov 2016
Very enjoyable stay. Very friendly staff nothing too much trouble. Wonderful food. Excellent base for walking.
Reviewer: Mr. Mike Newman | Sat 29th Oct 2016
We are 67 and 62 y.old.We had a first experience with Blue Ball Inn in 1981 ! We remembered the lovely walk to the lighthouse but stopped half way through this time as we visited a lot of other spots around. The staff is very kind , the atmosphere of the inn is cosy , we are very happy about this second stay , comming from the North Lake District and heading to Cornwall. Thank you for your welcome .
Reviewer: Mr. Claude HERVEZ | Sat 29th Oct 2016
A lovely cosy hotel and pub. Welcoming warm staff who were more than happy to help. Good food, beer (and lovely Doughnut!) perfect after a days walking. Accommodated our dog brilliantly, he loved it more than we did!
Reviewer: Mr. Oliver Hannon-Dalby | Fri 28th Oct 2016
A lovely cosy hotel and pub. Welcoming warm staff who were more than happy to help. Good food, beer (and lovely Doughnut!) perfect after a days walking. Accommodated our dog brilliantly, he loved it more than we did!
Reviewer: Mr. Oliver Hannon-Dalby | Fri 28th Oct 2016
Very nice inn with excellent food and good ales
Reviewer: Weltenius | Thu 27th Oct 2016
We were very comfortable in our room and enjoyed the views. Our meals were tasty and we found the team we met welcoming, friendly, courteous and helpful.
Reviewer: Mrs Fallon | Wed 26th Oct 2016
Enjoyable cosy environment rustic originality combined with modern efficiency great food would like slightly more choice on evening menu though.Many thanks to fab team.
Reviewer: Paul Chamberlain | Tue 25th Oct 2016
Our fourth visit to the Blue Ball this year, why do we keep going back? Because it is so good! Great hospitality,staff, food and locals. Twelve out of ten!
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Mon 24th Oct 2016
As usuall a very nice break. Food superb and staff excellent. See you next year
Reviewer: Mathews | Sat 22nd Oct 2016
Excellent stay as usual when we needed a break from our building work. We felt very relaxed when we left. Many thanks, looking forward to seeing you again in November.
Reviewer: Mr Alan and Vicky Ralph | Thu 20th Oct 2016
Excellent as usual. Thanks to all the staff for making us feel so welcome
Reviewer: Hayter | Thu 20th Oct 2016
Extremely comfortable. Lovely old building.Food superb - only criticism is that there was too much food.
Reviewer: Mrs. Alice Maddalena | Tue 18th Oct 2016
Great location. Great hotel. Great food. Great service. We\'ll be back.
Reviewer: Mr. Neville Gardner | Tue 18th Oct 2016
Just had a fabulous weekend at The Blue Ball Inn - this must be my 10th visit over the years & I love it. It is so dog friendly too so it\'s a great retreat for dog lovets
Reviewer: Rhona Hope | Mon 17th Oct 2016
Definitely dog friendly - staff always had time to fuss the dogs. Room clean and comfy, food excellent and situation perfect for walking. Will definitely go back.
Reviewer: Ian Barker | Mon 17th Oct 2016
We stayed at the Blue Bowl for three nights. This inn is brilliantly situated for those keen on walking and there are a number of interesting walks which start from the inn. It is a very welcoming place with very nice staff who go out of their way to make your stay memorable. Rooms were lovely and not only plenty of hot water to soak away the aches and pains but an extremely comfortable bed. Food was excellent and cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back.
Reviewer: Helen Dickson | Mon 17th Oct 2016
The Blue Ball Inn is situated in some of the most outstanding scenery in the UK. We stayed overnight whilst visiting friends in the area and enjoyed a warm welcome, lovely food and great beds. This is a very dog friendly establishment but other than snoozing dogs by log burners there was no other sign that the dogs were there! Will be visiting again soon.
Reviewer: Mrs Feather | Fri 14th Oct 2016
Stayed with our 6 month old Staffy. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Owners and staff very friendly. Lovely homemade food and good cooked breakfast. The location is superb. Would definitely recommend for walkers and dog owners or those who just want to drink good beer and chill 😀
Reviewer: Mrs. Karen Whiles | Wed 12th Oct 2016
My friend and I enjoyed our stay with you at Blue Ball Inn. The only thing that was a problem was the hand shower in the bathroom the water only just trickled out which is a problem. The food was fab and overall it was great especially the dog friendly atmosphere. Thank you.
Reviewer: Madeleine James | Sun 9th Oct 2016
A wonderful 3 night break at this friendly and comfortable hotel. All the staff very welcoming and it was nice to see familiar faces from our previous visit. Our dog was thoroughly spoilt and made a fuss of, he loves it there, and it is wonderful to just cross over the road and be on the coast path, so beautiful up there. Restaurant very good. Looking forward to going back.
Reviewer: Jane Wharrad | Sat 8th Oct 2016
We have stayed here 3 years in a row now and are never disappointed. Our Labrador dog, Robyn, is always spoilt with dog treats by the staff who are always very accommodating, friendly and helpful. There is a fabulous walk right next door to the pub with breathtaking views. We will be back next year. Julie & Nick Clarke, Somerset
Reviewer: Julie Clarke | Fri 7th Oct 2016
For the second time this year we has a really great break at the Blue Ball. Friendly staff in a comfortable Inn with lovely food, many thanks, we will be back. John and Jill Hayden
Reviewer: John Hayden | Wed 5th Oct 2016
We have just returned from our third visit, and it was as good as ever. The Inn provides all that we and our owners could wish for. Clean and fresh rooms, good hearty food and ale for our owners, and lots of excellent walks straight from the front door for us. We heartily recommend this dog friendly establishment.
Reviewer: Susan Rudge | Sun 2nd Oct 2016
Have stayed here several times and cannot recommend a better place to stay. Room and bathroom very clean and the freshly cooked food fantastic and my only complaint being that the main meals were so generous that no room was left to try the tempting deserts! Ideally situated for touring around North Devon with fantastic views.
Reviewer: Mr. Norman Twigg | Sat 1st Oct 2016
Just been back again (lost count how many visits) for another lovely, relaxing, friendly break. Good food, always welcoming, will be back again.
Reviewer: Miss. Jan Butler | Thu 29th Sep 2016
lovely friendly staff good food excelent beers very very dog friendly lovely area lovely rooms (shower could be a bit more powerfull ) very clean and tidy building friendly locals will definitly return again and again thank you for a great time.
Reviewer: Arthur Sipthorpe | Thu 29th Sep 2016
Most enjoyable. It\'s not every where that I feel at home but that is the case at the Blue Ball. You get a friendly reception and leave feeling all the staff are your friends
Reviewer: Chris Tyrrell | Mon 26th Sep 2016
Wonderful location - especially for walking. And a truly dog-friendly inn. Lovely food, comfortable room - we really enjoyed our visit. Spotlessly clean - you would never think dogs stayed here - and I have to mention the bathroom and shower! They gleamed!! Thank you for a lovely short stay.
Reviewer: Carol Fuller | Mon 26th Sep 2016
We stayed 4 nights and had a lovely time good food,staff very friendly the dog enjoyed it. Good location for walking.
Reviewer: Mike Hanson | Mon 26th Sep 2016
Enjoyable week end with friends and our dogs Good food and good value Will be back
Reviewer: Mrs Tyrrell | Mon 26th Sep 2016
As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Blue Ball - the room, bar, restaurant, location, ambiance etc all matched our previous stays and we are already thinking of the next one!
Reviewer: Mrs. Julie Perkins | Fri 23rd Sep 2016
This is exactly my idea of what an Inn should be like. Fantastic location with some of the best North Devon walks on your doorstep. For those who horse ride there is a very good stable (Brendon Manor) 15 mins drive away. Lynton is a lovely little village to visit too. Very dog friendly. Good food menu which should suit all tastes. Comfortable rooms given the age of the Inn. If I had to change anything I think I would suggest expanding the wine list a little bit.
Reviewer: Richard Chapman | Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Brilliant time at the Blue Ball recently. Comfy room with bathroom, delicious dinners and breakfasts,helpful staff. We will be back!
Reviewer: Janice Halstead | Wed 21st Sep 2016
wonderfull stay view from room nine great food lovely staff very friendly beer great portion size of food large
Reviewer: David Wright | Tue 20th Sep 2016
My wife and I love this place. The rooms are lovely and clean, the bar/restaurant is fantastic with top quality food & drink and the staff are really friendly and courteous. The Blue Ball Inn is situated in a beautiful location and the fact that guests dogs are made to feel so welcome aswell makes it the perfect place for dog owners. We have stayed 3 times and will definitely be returning.
Reviewer: Paul Welch | Mon 19th Sep 2016
Great location , friendly staff, good food, peaceful nights sleep. Could have stayed longer
Reviewer: Claire Wynnick | Sun 18th Sep 2016
We had a really lovely few days rooms clean and cosy. Nice to see such a dog friendly place.food very good, and nice to see have a bottle of water left every day. Thank you and we will be back again soon.:-)
Reviewer: Mrs. Janice farrer | Sun 18th Sep 2016
Very comfortable inn where you could get lost, and we did, wandering up to your room. Mind your head on the beams if you are tall. Outside wonderful views over moorland so good for walkers and photographers. Excellent food very well cooked and presented especially if you have a healthy appetite!
Reviewer: Silvester | Sat 17th Sep 2016
this is probably our 8 /9 visit to The Blue Ball still absolutly perfect brilliant staff excellent food and totally dog friendly cant wait for our next visit
Reviewer: Nick Blake | Sat 17th Sep 2016
We felt very welcome at this great inn,the people were very friendly and so keen to please. The food was amazing and we would recommend this place to all,especially dog owners and walkers. Would definitely go back.
Reviewer: Sally Brooklyn | Thu 15th Sep 2016
We were welcomed warmly ,the food was. excellent,accommodation was clean, authentic,and very welcoming. dogs were very welcome and the atmosphere was very relaxed We didnt take our dogs but have now booked for next year and hope to take them too. Would thoroughly recommend this delightful pub
Reviewer: Ms Josie Herbert | Tue 13th Sep 2016
As described, with no disappointments. Full of character, room with scenic view, friendly staff, fab food, Wicked Wolf gin! What more can you ask for? A 5 star stay.
Reviewer: Diane Barlow | Tue 13th Sep 2016
Was a wonderful break away. Staff were really welcoming and friendly, accommodation lovely, food was superb, defiantly well recommended :-)
Reviewer: Jackie Morris | Mon 12th Sep 2016
Another lovely stay at the Blue Ball Inn. Very friendly atmosphere, excellent ales, excellent food. Lovely walks and very dog friendly, will definitely be back.
Reviewer: Mrs. Lynda Thatcher | Mon 12th Sep 2016
Excellent all round - clean, comfortable, good food and helpful staff. A useful overnight on the South West Coast Path for those wise enough to take four days to walk Exmoor, rather than the official itinerary\'s strenuous three days. Staying here, and in Heddon Valley, allows time to relish the outstanding scenery of the National Park.
Reviewer: Mrs. Carol Gray | Sun 11th Sep 2016
We stayed for two nights with our boxer dog (11). The accommodation was fab and a very warm welcome from the team at the blue ball inn. Food was great and views amazing. The rooms where rather warm and a little stuffy.
Reviewer: Adrian Higham | Fri 9th Sep 2016
Just returned from a 2 night stay at the Blue Ball, very enjoyable. Hotel was very clean and friendly and the food good. We stayed in room 6, there is however a problem with the mixer shower in this room. We did advise this when we checked out and they said they would investigate. We didn\'t have a dog with us, but found all there were friendly and not a problem at all.
Reviewer: Linda Holland | Fri 9th Sep 2016
Nothing was too much trouble for the Blue Ball Inn staff during our stay. There is an excellent traditional pub atmosphere and delicious freshly cooked food. It is in a wonderful location with dramatic views snd easy access to the coast and Exmoor.
Reviewer: Paul Jackson | Thu 8th Sep 2016
We had a wonderful short break the staff are so friendly and food great. We had stayed previously so we\'re so pleased to be returning. Hope to go again in the not too distant future.
Reviewer: Mr. Michael Chamberlain | Wed 7th Sep 2016
Thank you to all at the Blue ball inn, we all had a fantastic time, the staff are always happy and friendly, nothing is to much trouble the rooms are always clean and well presented, as for the food WOW the quality and quantity is fantastic. My wife myself and our dog had a wonderful time and we will definitely be back, thank you once again to all at the Blue ball inn. Kind regards John, Lesley and Alfie.
Reviewer: John Hird | Sun 4th Sep 2016
This was a repeat visit for us, taking a mid week break. The pub is in a perfect location for getting out and about across Exmoor and North Devon. Nearly all the people who stay here have their dogs with them, as they are not only tolerated but made welcome. All of the staff are really friendly - as are the locals who use the pub as well, everyone is willing to chat. The food here is particularly good, with a very good menue and huge portions, the breakfasts especially are terrific! Truly a great place to stay.
Reviewer: Les Crisp | Sat 3rd Sep 2016
A relaxing old world charm that is hard to beat. Friendly staff and superb food. Thoroughly recommend and dog owners are welcome.
Reviewer: Karen Lewis | Sat 3rd Sep 2016
Very relaxed stay with lovely food. Most importantly totally dog friendly and not just dog tolerated. Excellent location for walking - with beautiful countryside on the doorstep.
Reviewer: Ms. Lynn Tapley | Sat 3rd Sep 2016
Great location for walking, accommodation, staff and food was excellent
Reviewer: Janet Noonan | Fri 2nd Sep 2016
We stayed at the Blue Ball for a week at the end of July with our 11 week-old baby. We enjoyed the historic character of the place and it\'s beautiful location with great walks on its doorstep. Our baby was difficult to settle at times and we were worried that he might be seen as a disturbance, but everyone was very nice about it and the staff were very helpful. We ate in the restaurant most evenings, which was excellent.
Reviewer: Keith Edwards | Thu 1st Sep 2016
fantastic place to stay, warm welcome right from the start, lovely room, lovely bar and restaurant and very welcoming to our dog. No fuss with the dog at all and dogs are truly welcome here , food lovely and very reasonable, would definitely stay again , felt very relaxed on leaving
Reviewer: Karen Scott | Tue 30th Aug 2016
We had a really lovely stay. the location is very special and the accommodation was very comfortable and all the staff were very friendly but it felt private. The food was excellent, we will definitely like to stay again sometime. Thankyou
Reviewer: Wayne Godwin | Sun 28th Aug 2016
I would like to say thank you to the warm, friendly staff for a wonderful stay. Food was great and so was the breakfast, could have done with fruit and yogurt though. It was so nice we could take our dog in the bedroom and to dinner. There were lots of flies in the pub which needed sorting. Our room was very clean but could do with a bit of updating and more than one bottle of water in the rooms, especially as the tap water is undrinkable. I would definitely stop here again, perfect location for north Devon, great for dogs and walkers.
Reviewer: Mrs. Jayne Rawnsley | Sun 28th Aug 2016
Our second vist for a 4 day stay, Friday- Tuesday.Room 9 is very cosy with a great vista down the valley to Lynmouth. Room very clean and comfortable This pub is so dog friendly those visting without a four legged friend feel the odd ones. All of the staff are so welcoming - Lulu at breakfast, and Luke and Johnny behind the bar- nothing is too much trouble, always smiling, loving the dogs. It was a ladies birthday during our vist and the staff decorated her table as a surprise for her. The food is super- hot plates, very fresh and good selection both at breakfast and in the evenings.Excellent real ales at the bar A great base foe exploring Exmoor- lots of helpful books in the pub and friendly advice for walking and tripping around. Would highly recomend this pub , we will certainly be returning
Reviewer: Julia Symons | Thu 25th Aug 2016
This week we enjoyed another lovely stay at the Blue Ball. Our third visit this year. Accommodation is great, food and drink first class. Well done, we will be back again in the autumn.
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Thu 25th Aug 2016
We had a great staying at your lovely old inn and the food was delicious very good value for money
Reviewer: Mrs. Jackie Heaton | Tue 23rd Aug 2016
Great to spend another weekend at the Blue Ball, our home from home! Great food, great staff and unbelievably dog friendly, our perfect short break, can\'t wait until the next time! Many thanks,Vicki and Allen Ralph.
Reviewer: Mr Ralph | Mon 22nd Aug 2016
We found the inn very much a welcoming and enjoyable place to stay. The staff were friendly and attentive and welcomed dogs which for us is important. The food was excellent, so much so we were going to spend our anniversary at a posh resurant but the food was that good the first night we booked the special night here as well and it didn\'t disappoint. Plumbing is not the best and a shower would have been good however it is an old building so to keep the charm there are always down sides. Would well recommed and will be back.
Reviewer: Gary Bilkey | Mon 22nd Aug 2016
We spent three nights at the Blue Ball Inn on recommendation from a friend. My wife,me and Billy our dog thoroughly enjoyed our short break. Room, food and staff were all fantastic. The area is beautiful and I will wholeheartedly recommend the Inn to my dog owning friends. It\'s not often that I come back from a holiday wishing I had booked a longer stay, I have this time and will be booking again in 2017.
Reviewer: Mr. George Fryer | Sun 21st Aug 2016
We booked here for a couple of nights mid week with our four legged member of the family. We received a lovely welcome on arrival and we were very pleased with our room. Every single member of the team was extremely friendly and helpful, and dogs certainly are welcome. It was like a little doggie retreat in the restaurant, and it appeared every single dog and their owner felt welcomed. We ate in the restaurant both evenings and the food was fantastic. Excellent choice and wonderfully executed. Breakfast was fab too! It\'s in close proximity to Lynton and Lynmouth and of course other Exmoor attractions, beaches and places of interest. But also just outside the door there are lovely coastal walks to take your dog out on. I recommend this as a place for both two and four legged customers, and thank you to Nick and the team for such a wonderful time. Hopefully we will be back!
Reviewer: Mr. Geoff Ward | Sat 20th Aug 2016
Superb break, parked car and walked dog for 4 days. No need to drive, good walks in all directions. Excellent food, real ale and gins! Dog made to feel very welcome. Had planned to eat out but food too good not to eat at Blue Ball. Hope to be back soon
Reviewer: Andy Taylor | Mon 15th Aug 2016
Great place for a weekend away, great location for Exmoor Moors especially as a Base for walking and Lynmouth and Lynton. Rooms very clean, well equipped and good size. Friendly staff, good service and great food both breakfast and evening meals. The lounge also has a pool table and board games - Second visit and would definitely book again.
Reviewer: Mr. Karl Williams | Mon 15th Aug 2016
Fantastic staff...very dog friendly ....good selection of ales....Food very good .....def be back again.
Reviewer: Mr. Glenn Harvey | Mon 15th Aug 2016
Fabulous,we\'ll be back!!😃😃
Reviewer: Mrs Gregory | Sat 13th Aug 2016
We cant possibly say nice things about our stay- because if we say what we WANT to say everybody else will want to come and we won\'t get a room! But yet again we have been lucky to spend time at one of our favourite UK places-fab location, brilliant food- especial mention for home made marmalade...TLC for us and our dog. Lovely atmosphere, great staff- oh dear now I ve done it- said exactly what it\'s like. Please please have a room for us another time...and thank you.
Reviewer: Ms. ros stinton | Thu 11th Aug 2016
Most enjoyable weeks stay at this very friendly Inn, and will certainly visit again. Great food and very friendly atmosphere, will definitely recommend it to our friends and family. Paul & Wendy Boston & 🐶
Reviewer: Paul Boston | Thu 11th Aug 2016
First time staying at the Blue Ball Inn and I had a lovely stay, staff friendly, clean rooms, staff very polite, food fantastic well presented, and there to please there guests. Dogs very welcome as much as people, if had known this I would have brought my dogs.
Reviewer: Debbie Wimbleton | Mon 1st Aug 2016
Excellent restaurant with good service. Very pet friendly with good walks nearby. Large car parking area for guest only.
Reviewer: Mr Geoff Gibson | Mon 1st Aug 2016
Wow what a find! Having been recommended the Blue Ball Inn by friends it surpassed all of our expectations. With an instantly welcoming atmosphere and amazing food the Blue Ball is the perfect place to stay if your trusted K9 is part of your holiday. We recommend that you put the Blue Ball at the top of your list and then plan your Exmoor holiday around it.
Reviewer: Paul Leister | Sun 31st Jul 2016
I stayed at the Blue Ball inn at Countisbury for the 1st time on Wednesday 27th July, pretty inn in glorious country side great views. The people were very friendly and helpful the room was great for my needs, Plus free Wifi and the food fab, what more can you want! I will put this as a regular place to stay.....Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Mr Andrew Lunn | Fri 29th Jul 2016
Excellent location for a variety of lovely walks. The Blue ball supplied very detailed written guides for each walk. The food was very good and the Exmoor speciality gin was a real treat.
Reviewer: John Lifford | Fri 29th Jul 2016
Warm reception on arrival, all doggy needs catered for, Comfortable room( and bed) Food exceptional, almost fine dining at dinner! Excellent location Really couldn\'t ask for more!
Reviewer: Howell Chapman | Wed 27th Jul 2016
Very good accommodation in an old country inn with real character. Excellent food.
Reviewer: Terry Watson | Wed 27th Jul 2016
We are frequent visitors and this time everything was really great. I particularly like the refrubishment and the new menu offered some fab vegetarian options and all our meals were cooked just the way we like them. Great weather excellent service and can\'t wait air to revisit. Thank you everyone.
Reviewer: Clifford | Mon 25th Jul 2016
Fantastic place with the most amazing food!! Only negative comment would be the toilet seat needs replacing in Room 10, but other than that couldn\'t fault a thing, perfect 3 night stay......will certainly be back!
Reviewer: Paul Sylvester | Mon 25th Jul 2016
My second visit to the Blue Ball lived up to my expectations from the first. All of the staff were once again very welcoming to both myself and my dog during our stay. Excellent food and drink. The homemade dog biscuits are particularly good - from a Spaniel viewpoint!
Reviewer: Colin Palmer | Fri 22nd Jul 2016
This place was amazing. We are a young couple and had our little puppy with us. Everyone and everything was so dog friendly which was really nice. The evening meal and breakfast was fantastic, cannot complain about the food, in fact we cannot complain about anything. The staff were friendly and couldn\'t help enough. We will definitely be staying here next year but longer than one night that\'s for sure. Would recommend this to anyone.
Reviewer: Michael Harrison | Wed 20th Jul 2016
On a few previous occasions we had visited the Inn when it was known as \'The Exmoor Sandpiper Inn.\' The last time being some 10 years ago and standards had slipped! So it was with pleasure we found a great transformation. The management and staff were friendly and helpful and the evening meals superb! Allowing our two Golden Retriever dogs to remain with us at meals was also advantageous. Room 15 was adequate for our needs with a comfy bed and wet room. The only reason I have not awarded five stars is the chest of drawers could have done with an overhaul. It was dusty inside with two of the drawers being difficult to open; one top small drawer was stuck and the bottom big drawer with one missing handle. There were also cobwebs around the room. The above comment will certainly not deter us from making another visit. Definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Martin | Mon 18th Jul 2016
Comfortable room, great shower, excellent food.
Reviewer: Mrs. Rebecca Sharp | Mon 18th Jul 2016
A wonderful place to stay if you like a warm family atmosphere. After five minutes of arriving you feel as if you know everyone. And they really do adore dogs. Definitely gonna return. 👍🏾 👍🏾 👍🏾 👍🏾👌👍👌😊
Reviewer: Cook | Thu 14th Jul 2016
Nice clean room all our meals were very good.
Reviewer: Lee Goodwin | Mon 11th Jul 2016
We have stayed here 3 times now and always found it friendly, helpful and totally relaxing. Meals are great.
Reviewer: Mrs Wright | Mon 11th Jul 2016
We have just come home after a four night break at the Blue Ball Inn, we had a lovely time, room very clean, breakfast wonderful, and we had a different evening meal each day all beautifully cooked. This is a dog friendly establishment and there were plenty of dogs on their holidays, we don\'t own a dog but I must say I didn\'t hear a woof or a bark either in the bar or when in bed at night. If anything the dogs broke the ice and I must say I probably conversed with more people than I normally do on holiday which made it a very nice experience . I would recommend that should you be looking for accomadation in this area book at the Blue Bell you won\'t be disappointed.
Reviewer: Susan Wattam | Mon 11th Jul 2016
Had alovely time the food was fantastic perhaps next time stay in a room with a shower
Reviewer: Pollard | Sun 10th Jul 2016
We cannot fault our stay, the accommodation, food and service excellent and we hope to join you again at the same time next year, very well done!
Reviewer: Janita Embury | Sun 10th Jul 2016
Have stayed here on a couple of occasions and as always the ambience & the friendly staff & owners was up to its usual wonderful standard.Will not hesitate to stay here again.
Reviewer: Wendy Langham | Fri 8th Jul 2016
Superb time at the Blue Ball room good food fantastic and very dog friendly which is important to us as we travel with an elderly dog that just \'doesn\'t do kennels\' Beautiful scenery and ideal location do explore the North Devon coast We were made to feel extremely welcome as was our cocker spaniel! We will certainly be back and would recommend anyone wanting a character stay to book this hotel
Reviewer: Mr. Tim Murrell | Fri 8th Jul 2016
Since acquiring our Cairn Terrier \"Tex\" 9 years ago we have holidayed only in the UK and Eire. With Inn\'s as good as \"The Blue Ball\" with quality food and affordable prices why would we want the hassle of airports again. We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay in a large bedroom with a new wet room. The staff are absolutely pet friendly. For dog walks simply cross the road onto the common which leads on down to the lighthouse. The quality of food was so good that we eat every night at the Inn and the day was spent anticipating what we would have for dinner!! Coupled with 3 real ales on tap what better way to spend the evening before climbing the stairs to bed. The staff were friendly and helpful. This is a very useful base for exploring the North Devon Coast with Lynmouth and Lynton within reasonable walking distance.
Reviewer: Mr. David Lundy | Thu 7th Jul 2016
From the welcome to the goodbye, we experienced friendly hospitality, stayed in a well equipped and spotlessly clean comfy room and ate really tasty food. We couldn\'t have asked for anything more.
Reviewer: Mrs. Sara Dixon | Wed 6th Jul 2016
First time we\'ve stayed at the Blue Ball and what a lovely place to stay - idyllic setting, excellent food and the room was large and had everything we needed. Staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Perfect for when you take your dog on holiday and I\'m sure we\'ll be visiting again and would recommend to friends and family.
Reviewer: Mrs. Angi Hartley | Mon 4th Jul 2016
I travel the World frequently..I visit UK from New Zealand .at least every two Years,and stay at many BnBs.There are three which are way ahead..Blue Ball Inn being one of them.The staff are all great,nothing to much trouble.Food excellent.Setting real old World Inn experience..My sincere thanks.
Reviewer: Maurice Staples | Sat 2nd Jul 2016
Made very welcome, with excellently appointed, comfortable rooms and beds. Superb evening meals, good beer and wine - faultless.
Reviewer: Steve Switzer | Tue 28th Jun 2016
Excellent stay, very welcoming and super position for walking with the dog. Evening meal excellent quality. Breakfast good.
Reviewer: Timothy Miller | Tue 28th Jun 2016
Thanks for another great stay. The evening meals at the Blue Ball are exceptional and always spot on. Breakfast is good, although lacking a little variety on the continental front. Could perhaps do with offering a bit if fresh fruit, mussels, Greek yoghurt, that sort of thing but all in all a fantastic stay and in a superp spot. The best dog friendly hotel in our minds! We\'ve been twice in as many months and thinking about a return trip in July. Definitely worth a visit!! Thanks again
Reviewer: Paul Sylvester | Mon 27th Jun 2016
We keep coming back to the Blue Ball Inn. Dog friendly, super countryside and fantastic food. A great base for exploring Exmoor.
Reviewer: David Rowe | Mon 27th Jun 2016
We spent two nights and very much enjoyed the Blue Ball Inn. Service was friendly (tasty veg breakfast option for those so inclined), rooms clean, and it\'s a great launching off point for hikes in the Exmoor bringing you down into the combes or along the cliffs.
Reviewer: Mr. Daniel Adam | Thu 23rd Jun 2016
Excellent as always, especially the food.The best/most dog friendly place we have ever stayed in, .....and the lovely staff treat the humans well too!
Reviewer: Helen Green | Fri 17th Jun 2016
Lovely old pub with tons of atmosphere. Friendly staff. set in beautiful countryside. We had a nice relaxing break in the comfortable surroundings. Rooms clean and had every thing we needed. would definitely visit again!
Reviewer: Scott | Thu 16th Jun 2016
Lovely stay as usual. Food good. Lovely staff.
Reviewer: Mrs. Amanda Bennett | Wed 15th Jun 2016
As usual a warm welcome for me and the dogs. Comfortable, clean, friendly and good food after a days\' walking. Have stayed many times, and will be back. It\'s like coming to see friends!
Reviewer: Miss. Jan Butler | Wed 15th Jun 2016
Stayed one night with our dog at the Blue Ball and had a lovely stay. We and the dog were made very welcome, pretty and comfortable room with space for our rather large dog. Very good evening meal and breakfast, glad there are some super walks to work it off!Would definitely recommend to other dog owners as perfect for a break way with our fourlegged friends which isn\'t always easy. Thank you!
Reviewer: Mrs Karen Ritchie | Tue 14th Jun 2016
Could do better at breakfast, not much choice of starter. Could do with some fruit/yogurts etc
Reviewer: Robert Blayney | Tue 14th Jun 2016
it was our first time at the blue ball, we didnt know the area but friends had been before and recommend it, we were not dissapointed,the greeting was good, the room was good, the staff were pleasant and helpfull,the food was great, very good value for money,the next time we visit we will have to borrow a dog,Thanks to all at the Blue Ball for a great weekend,Graham and Gill Gardiner
Reviewer: Graham Gardiner | Mon 13th Jun 2016
The Blue Ball Inn is set in an ideal location for coastal walks. Accommodation is good as is the food. Very dog friendly which was crucial for our first holiday with our new puppy. Friendly and helpful staff. The room we stayed in was comfortable and clean. Good value for money. Hope to revisit in the future.
Reviewer: Mr Smallman | Mon 13th Jun 2016
Had a great time, well looked after, lovely staff and guests, wonderful food and great for dogs. Will definitely be going there again.
Reviewer: Mr D O\\\'callaghan | Sun 12th Jun 2016
Just another lovely holiday at The Blue Ball Inn,we have never been disappointed, how lucky we were... fab weather the whole week, food very pleasing and filling!! Staff very pleasing, enjoy the locals as well. sadley I don\'t have a dog anymore but seeing the other dogs is a pleasure. Thank you so much, bestest wishes to you all, Angela xx
Reviewer: Angela Follon | Sat 11th Jun 2016
Our first but certainly not our last stay at what must be the best dog friendly pub in the Country. They are quite friendly to owners as well. Accommodation and food excellent. Access to walks very good and cannot wait to go back. Alan, Jackie and Ben
Reviewer: Alan Gould | Fri 10th Jun 2016
Fantastic value . Friendly helpful staff . Lovely room . Great location . Great breakfast . Thoroughly recommended .
Reviewer: Steven Reed | Fri 10th Jun 2016
We had a wonderful stay in this lovely old inn. Good food and drink and a very nice room but most importantly great hosts and friendly staff. We will be back soon! Debi
Reviewer: Deborah Leung | Tue 7th Jun 2016
Over ten years of family celebrations keep us coming back for more of the great and unique service The Blue Ball offer. Food is excellent, service is excellent, staff and management excellent. Situated on our beloved Exmoor, what else can be said. Thank you, thank you,thank you.
Reviewer: Trevor Butler | Mon 6th Jun 2016
We had a wonderful trip to the Blue Ball Inn, with our two dogs. This is a good quality bed and breakfast, in an unbelievably beautiful location. The cooked breakfast is generous and made from high quality ingredients. The view from our room was breathtaking, and the location meant we didn\'t have to get in the car to walk in some truly amazing countryside. We chose to have our evening meals in the Blue Ball restaurant, which were delicious and the portions were very generous. The staff are always very friendly, to both dogs and their owners, and will go out of their way help. We look forward to our next trip to the Blue Ball Inn.
Reviewer: Mr. John Edmiston | Mon 6th Jun 2016
Staff very welcoming, accommodation and food very good and most of all made our dog feel very welcome
Reviewer: Julie Bolt | Sat 4th Jun 2016
Have lost count of our stays here, it now feels like coming home. Excellent food and a very warm welcome. Our only criticism is the new £8 per night charge for dogs which seems high. Perhaps a flat rate charge per stay would be better.
Reviewer: Mr Alan Ralph | Sat 4th Jun 2016
The Blue Ball Inn is a comfortable and relaxed place to stay. The location is very special, on the cliff top, and good walking starts from the front door. The staff are always friendly and helpful. I have stayed here a number of times and have sometimes have brought small groups of walkers. I will keep going back to stay here !
Reviewer: Mr. Paul Yealand Kalfayan | Wed 1st Jun 2016
A two night stay with the wife and dog. The pub itself is fab shy the views and walks close by are amazing. The food is good and averagely priced. We had dinner one night which was very good. The breakfast is also very good. The venue is very dog friendly and you can take them everywhere. Only issues I had were regarding room. You can pay extra for a view but I was not aware when booking. Our room was at the back and the view was a grass verge and made room very dark with not much light. TV remote not working and the shower was attached to taps with no shower curtain. However room was clean and comfortable. Not the end of the world but worth noting. Also I feel £7 fior a large glass of red is a little steep for me! Would I stay here again , for £88 per night yes but I would like a room with a view and I\'ll buy a bottle next time to drink at my leisure.
Reviewer: Lee Cox | Tue 31st May 2016
Lovely weekend break with our dog. Staff friendly and helpful, room clean and airy, dog made very welcome. Food was good and didn\'t have to wait long to be served. Nothing too much trouble for the staff, particularly one young lad who was extremely helpful. Highly recommended and will be back for return visit.
Reviewer: Germain | Tue 31st May 2016
I chose the Blue Ball for the location and because dogs are allowed to stay. Staff were all friendly and helpful. The room clean bright and airy with little thoughtful touches added such as the bottle of water, tissues, and a tray to store muddy boots on, and it was so quiet. If your dog gets mucky they have facilities outside to wash them off and will provide doggie towels if you\'ve forgotten yours. Full English breakfast and extras provided, and the food in the evening (duck breast) was just superb. I\'d happily come back again and again.
Reviewer: Denise James | Sun 29th May 2016
Wonderful stay ! Made very welcome and room very comfortable, good traditional cuisine well prepared and presented. Popular with dog owners and both dogs and owners were very well behaved !
Reviewer: Mr N.williams | Sat 28th May 2016
Lovely two night stay. Friendly and welcoming staff. Very dog friendly. Excellent food. Would definitely return.
Reviewer: Mrs. alison barney | Wed 25th May 2016
Lovely friendly place to stay. And dogs welcome too. Food wonderful and always happy to please.
Reviewer: Mrs Pritchard | Thu 19th May 2016
Nick and his team make you so welcome. Plenty of dogs with well behaved owners! Great food at breakfast and dinner. The coastal path is just 50 metres from the front door. A very enjoyable weekend.
Reviewer: Andrew Page | Wed 18th May 2016
Great friendly pub with rooms and superb food. In a lovely position with spectacular views. Watching sheep has never been so much fun.
Reviewer: Graham Gardner | Wed 18th May 2016
I love the Blue Ball Inn. It\'s the most friendly, welcoming and relaxed place I know! Whether it\'s the friendly service from behind the bar or the array of exceptionally well behaved dogs I know I\'m relaxed as soon as i arrive. The roast dinner is also second to none. I recommend to everyone I know. Great location, great people, fantastic food and drink. A must visit for dog owners!
Reviewer: Miss. Natalie Steele | Tue 17th May 2016
Great place with a warm welcome, great rooms and a perfect retreat for all the family, including mans best friend. Food superp and breakfast freshly cooked to order. Perfect for getting around a wonderful part of north Devon. Will be returning again at the end of June it was that good!!
Reviewer: Paul Sylvester | Mon 16th May 2016
Very efficient and friendly staff, excellent food and great location for getting about. The room was comfy and clean, but the extractor fan stays on too long after bathroom use, very noisy. We\'ll be back!
Reviewer: Mr. Robert Murdoch | Mon 16th May 2016
Excellent attention to clients needs - rooms were spotless as was the bar and dining area - the food was top notch a good varied menu well cooked and presented and the staff were very friendly. I would recommend the Blue Ball Inn to anyone wanting a warm welcome with good food and a comfortable bed! They were extremely dog friendly and although I didn\'t bring my two dogs on this trip I most certainly will on my next trip. Good area for walking and the scenery is fantastic for anyone interested in photography - this is an all round gem of a place - you won\'t be disappointed.
Reviewer: Rosmarie Pacewicz | Sat 7th May 2016
Perfect doggie destination.
Reviewer: Mr. John Pullan | Tue 3rd May 2016
We stayed for the 4th time at the Blue Ball Inn on the May bank holiday weekend and as usual had a lovely time. We always stay with friends and our dogs and will definitely be back. BUT - the bathrooms are very dated and our shower attachment took 10 minutes to get to the correct temperature. After a whole days walking, it would be good to come back and able to have a hot shower. There is a bath but I think most people would prefer a shower. Thank you again for a lovey stay.
Reviewer: Mrs. Jane Dougherty | Tue 3rd May 2016
wonderful stay, great people comfortable Hotel, good food but oh the plumbing! Had a shower head that water just trickled out and had to be hand held also impossible to control the temperature from scalding to cold in seconds, sort the plumbing and get a 5 star rating!
Reviewer: Jones | Tue 3rd May 2016
Nice room, lovely food. Very welcoming. Great walking area.
Reviewer: Horton | Mon 2nd May 2016
This was, probably, our 5/6 visit over 20 years. In this time the hotel has been very sympathetically modernised, particularly bedrooms. The warmth and quality stay the same! Food and drink are excellent and its position is second to none. Small warning- if you don\'t like dogs, this is not for you
Reviewer: Colin King | Sun 1st May 2016
We have been back to The Blue Ball at least six times now as have most of their visitors. Once you go there you will return, its homely, very dog friendly with warm wood burners to sit by on comfy sofas.Lovely food at reasonable prices.Located next to the cliffs accessed through a small church yard with endless walking possibilities.If you love Exmoor you have to stay here.
Reviewer: Jo Williams | Sun 1st May 2016
Our 3 day break at the Blue Ball in April was most enjoyable. The accommodation was very comfortable, staff were welcoming and the atmosphere was warm and relaxed, our dog also felt at home. The food was of a high standard and served most promptly, we will return for more of the same please. Many Thanks Jill and John Hayden
Reviewer: John Hayden | Fri 29th Apr 2016
Once again a very relaxing stay at the Blue Ball lovely surroundings very helpful staff and excellent food. Our dog also loves to visit this was our 5th visit and will return again. A very welcoming inn. Thank you to all at the inn.
Reviewer: Mrs. Vivienne West | Wed 27th Apr 2016
We spent a lovely weekend at the Inn with a group of 16 friends. The food was excellent, serice, first class and the room we stayed in very pretty.The surrounding countryside is just gorgeous.
Reviewer: Linda Capone | Mon 25th Apr 2016
Great food, thoughtful hosts and cosy accommodation. Truly excellent!
Reviewer: Mr. Melanie Parker | Thu 21st Apr 2016
The Inn does exactly what it says in its description, we enjoyed a comfortable welcoming stay, the Inn was clean and very accommodating, food was good although a little limited in choice from day to day, right on the moor so great for walking and central to lots of other villages and bays.
Reviewer: Sally Matthews | Tue 19th Apr 2016
We stayed on the 3 nights for the price of 2 deal, excellent value, very enjoyable. Only criticism was lack of fruit at breakfast (for example a bowl of grapefruit segments or prunes). Otherwise, all very good.
Reviewer: Mitchell | Tue 19th Apr 2016
We first stayed in September 2015 and have just returned again (April 2016). Fantastic setting, happy & friendly staff and great food. We\'ll return again - a beautiful part of the country, and The Blue Ball is an ideal place to stay to explore the area.
Reviewer: Mr. Colin Tullock | Mon 18th Apr 2016
Comfortable room, excellent food and beer. Just what was needed after a hard day on the South West Coast Path.
Reviewer: Mr. Tony Caller | Sat 16th Apr 2016
Lovely warm cosy environment away from the usual pace, great food good value.
Reviewer: Paul Chamberlain | Wed 13th Apr 2016
Another lovely long weekend spent at the Blue Ball.Friendly and welcoming staff .Excellent accommodation and food - and good selection of beers! Great walks from the doorstep. A real Exmoor Gem .
Reviewer: Richard And Eileen Bartlett | Tue 12th Apr 2016
Thank you to Nick and Phil and all the locals for making us feel part of the furniture and so comfortable. Fab food. Lovely walks and comfortable accommodation. What more can you want.
Reviewer: Mr. Simon Nickless | Mon 11th Apr 2016
This was a lovely place to stay. A dog friendly pub with many walks leading from the front door step. The food was fantastic and the staff all very friendly, would not hesitate to book here again.
Reviewer: Miss. Lyn Cockshott | Sat 9th Apr 2016
Good food, comfy beds and great beer ... Stunning local roads and walks to boot!
Reviewer: Mr. Chris Parsons | Fri 8th Apr 2016
Very clean and comfortable roadside inn, and certainly dog friendly. Close to good walks (for dogs and humans). Road not noisy at night. Really warm and welcoming, friendly helpful staff. Good, well-run bar and excellent restaurant, providing very good country food. No Vodafone coverage (so just like home!), but excellent WiFi service.
Reviewer: Mr. Christopher Dyer | Thu 7th Apr 2016
Great place with history, fantastic position amongst hills and valleys,friendliness, generous accommodation of individual needs. Many walks on your doorstep, packed lunch can be provided, just a really nice place to go.
Reviewer: Michelle Fotheringham | Wed 6th Apr 2016
The room was very comfortable with all the facilities you need, and the food was excellent. Staff were friendly and efficient. There was a minor problem with noisy floorboards on the landing outside our room - youngsters going past at around midnight sounded like a herd of elephants! The joys of an old building! This minor inconvenience was more than made up for by the ambiance of the place and the beauty of the location.
Reviewer: Francis Kirkham | Tue 5th Apr 2016
Lovely setting and Inn very homely. Staff very helpful, polite and attentive. Service and food in restaurant excellent. Breakfasts were great. Lovely walks. Room comfortable and adequate. Showers could be better! Would book again.
Reviewer: Mr. SIMON BARRETT | Mon 28th Mar 2016
We had two nights at the Blue Ball 21-22 March 2016, we have stayed several times before and will keep coming back. Great hospitality, lovely room, food and drinks were great and it didn\'t rain!
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Thu 24th Mar 2016
We enjoyed the stay very much,all the staff were very friendly,food was very good,lovely ambience in bar & restaurant & great walks from the door
Reviewer: Michael Loader | Tue 22nd Mar 2016
We stayed for 3 nights with our Border Collie Ellie, taking up the offer of 3 nights for the price of 2. We had a lovely stay and were blessed with good weather. It was very comfortable and relaxing especially as ~I work in London and wanted to get right away. Breakfast was excellent, we ate at the pub each evening which was also very good. Would definately return in the future. Debbie Bob and Ellie
Reviewer: Robert Pegram | Tue 22nd Mar 2016
Lovely place. Dogs welcomed everywhere. Fantastic food..our tthird visit, definitely not our last.
Reviewer: Rowland | Mon 21st Mar 2016
Fourth stay did not disappoint. Comfortable, clean and the food is amazing. Book without delay a warm and friendly welcome awaits from staff and locals. We will return.
Reviewer: Downie01749572735 | Mon 21st Mar 2016
Very helpful friendly staff, good food, clean everywhere. Only criticism would be that the wi fi signal came and went. Excellent three days.
Reviewer: Mike Brown | Mon 21st Mar 2016
if you are looking for a stay at an ancient inn, with charming staff and a great chef and his team, this is the place for you. a perfect break in a fantastic location. will be back, when we have lost a few pounds. john and jean fish
Reviewer: John Fish | Mon 21st Mar 2016
Perfect for our short break. Close to Lynton, Lynmouth, Watersmeet and plenty of places close by for walking in the beautiful countryside and coastal paths. Good, clean, comfortable accommodation, very welcoming. Excellent food - only complaint was TOO-big portions but could not fault the quality. Well stocked bar and cosy log burners. Excellent.
Reviewer: Mr. Stephen Smart | Wed 16th Mar 2016
Dog friendly, quirky, friendly pub with excellent food and beautiful scenery nearby.
Reviewer: Mrs. Marilyn Longden | Mon 14th Mar 2016
Excellent as usual. Will be back yet again when time allows
Reviewer: Mr. Glen Hayter | Mon 14th Mar 2016
We had a superb weekend staying at the Blue Ball. Excellent food and a very friendly family looking after us. Our dogs were totally accepted and catered for. Would completely recommend the Blue Ball for a walking/doggie friendly break.
Reviewer: Mrs. Julie White | Mon 14th Mar 2016
Had a nice few days here with our dog, the food is really good and you are made to feel really welcome and it is a very dog friendly placecto stay
Reviewer: Mr. steve roberts | Thu 10th Mar 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend everyone very friendly and food great. So lovely to sit by log burners and very cosy. Hope to revisit in not too distant future.
Reviewer: Michael Chamberlain | Mon 7th Mar 2016
Thank you Phil and Jackie for another smashing stay.
Reviewer: Erica Mills | Sat 5th Mar 2016
This is about our 4th stay and it was another great weekend at the Blue Ball Inn. Great beer and great food. It\'s so good to relax in front of a log fire with your dog by your side after a day out walking the local countryside. we\'ll be back.
Reviewer: Mr. Richard Banaster | Sat 5th Mar 2016
This was our fifth or sixth staying here and,as usual, we were greeted with a warm welcome and felt relaxed as soon as we arrived, setting the tone for the whole stay. A perfect couple of days. Lovely ambiance, great food and a comfy bed. Our dog loved it too.
Reviewer: Mrs. Julie Perkins | Fri 4th Mar 2016
Our second stay at the Blue Ball Inn and again we absolutely loved it. The inn itself is lovely, all of the staff are very nice and very friendly & both the breakfast and meals are faultless. We felt very relaxed with the dog being with us aswell, as it is such a dog friendly place. The surrounding areas are perfect for walks with amazing scenery. We will definitely be back in the summer.
Reviewer: Mr. Paul Welch | Thu 3rd Mar 2016
I would thoroughly recommend this delightful place. I find that I am often very disappointed by places I stay, but the Blue Ball Inn was absolutely how I hoped it would be, and more. Unspoilt old world charm, and very friendly fellow guests, AND I was also able to take my dog. LOOK NO FURTHER and get yourself booked in. I know that renovations are planned. I hope they don\'t do too much, as I thought it was just lovely the way it is/was.
Reviewer: Roberts | Wed 2nd Mar 2016
This was our first time at the Blue Ball Inn, we stayed on a recommendation and were not disappointed. We had a three night stay with our dog Luna, from the start the staff were very welcoming and made our stay very comfortable nothing was too much, Luna certainly felt at home which was great. The food was amazing, we were able to walk from the Inn and the information given about walks was great. The accommodation was immaculate, very warm and very peaceful. We will return again.
Reviewer: Mrs. Lynne Holmes | Mon 29th Feb 2016
My daughter, our dogs and me were well looked after from the moment we walked in. Food was lovely and plenty of it and the rooms were really warm and cosy. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful, going back soon!
Reviewer: Miss. Karen Parsons | Sat 27th Feb 2016
Well situated for Exmoor. Very comfortable room, well serviced. Very nice food. Very friendly and efficient staff. Good selection of real ales. Thank you for a very pleasant stay.
Reviewer: Tony O`callaghan | Fri 29th Jan 2016
We had a very relaxing enjoyable weekend. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The food was of excellent standard and the bedroom was spotless. our dog was made welcome and enjoyed making new friends and relaxing in front of the wood-burner we would definitely recommend!!
Reviewer: Diana And Michael Snowdon | Tue 19th Jan 2016
We have stayed a number of times at the Blue Ball and it was a pleasure to return Excellent value,Good company and a terrific location.They make you very welcome and you feel part of a larger family. Don\'t come for frills,but good Honest hospitality and friendship. We will be back.
Reviewer: Stuart Bernau | Fri 8th Jan 2016
Disappointed we could not have the large TV on in the far room it would maybe of promoted a bit more atmosphere with the others left in the bar at midnight, whats the point of putting the TV on MUTE its only one night a year, apart from that we had a brilliant stay as usual next time we come down please try and sort the weather out!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Graham Mills | Sun 3rd Jan 2016
Been to The Blue Ball Inn on several occasions . The food is great dogs are made very welcome. Lots of lovely walks.
Reviewer: Mrs. Wendy Dixon | Sat 2nd Jan 2016
A very friendly break for family with teenagers and dog. Flexible and inclusive (worked around revision timetable). Good access to walks.
Reviewer: Mr. Barrie Cran | Fri 1st Jan 2016
Second stay, just as brilliant as the first. Mini break after Christmas as a birthday surprise. Food excellent, staff very friendly and welcoming, room lovely. Refreshing walk at Tarr steps just what was needed after a hectic Christmas. We will definitely be going back for a third stay
Reviewer: Mrs. KATHY ANSCOMB | Thu 31st Dec 2015
We have stayed here a few times now and we are never dissapointed. There is loads of space around for long walks, beautiful countryside and not too far from a beach or two. Last time everyone had a dog under their dinner table. Probably the friendliest place we know. Splendid!
Reviewer: Mr. Trevor Workman | Wed 30th Dec 2015
Another fabulous 5night stay. very comfortable,clean accommodation with our Springer Spaniel. Food to die for,although mega portions we could have shared our Xmas lunch. Excellent,friendly staff ranging from the chambermaids,kitchen staff,waitresses and bar staff.The owners are very caring and run a fantastic business in this wonderful part of North Devon. We have been 8/9 times now and we will be returning again in the Spring.
Reviewer: Helen Wassell | Wed 30th Dec 2015
yet again a fantastic stay [6/7stay}second time at xmas.Lovely food xmas lunch was stunning as was the evening buffet we will need to do some serious dieting in the new year!!! a massive thank you to all the team.look no further if you want a proper dog friendly inn with great food and accomodation
Reviewer: Nick Blake | Wed 30th Dec 2015
Wonderfull place in dramatic setting Hosts couldnt be more helpfull and wellcoming Marvellous bar and resteraunt areas Room was very comfy Second stay, must return ASAP !
Reviewer: Mr D Foss | Tue 29th Dec 2015
We have just spent a most enjoyable christmas at The blue ball inn with our two beardied collies.The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble food was excellent although a limited choise for vegetarians. As you walk through the door you are made to feel so welcome and the surroundings are so comfortable and homely .
Reviewer: Mrs Anita Jewell | Mon 28th Dec 2015
Lovely Inn with a real atmosphere. We loved the open fires, candles etc. The food was good at Dinner and the cooked breakfast was also good. It would have been nice to have a bigger selection at breakfast however - some fresh fruit/dried fruits/yoghurt for example, and some nicer bread. The room was surprisingly comfortable and good value for money. The bathroom was perfectly good and very clean but would have been better with a shower cubicle rather than a bath. Overall though, despite my constructive criticism, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.
Reviewer: Mrs Holmes | Tue 1st Dec 2015
We have visited many times and as always we enjoyed great food,beers and hospitality. Always a warm and friendly welcome and warm fires to toast your toes.
Reviewer: Richard And Eileen Bartlett | Tue 1st Dec 2015
My wife and I have stayed at the Blue Ball Inn several times and each time we have found the owners and staff friendly and accommodating, the rooms very clean and comfortable and the food excellent. Our visit coincided with the beer festival which added to the already excellent experience with many choices of beers together with enjoyable entertainment. I would highly recommend the Blue Ball to anyone, especially if you bring your pet dog as we do, who will also be made very welcome.
Reviewer: Brendan Buckley | Mon 30th Nov 2015
We have visited this Inn for the last 30yrs, when they smoked their own black hams in the chimney! We so enjoy the relaxed ,friendly ambience of the Inn and are always made welcome by the lovely family owners. Our dogs are never made to feel unwelcome either which takes the stress away instantly. We love coming back ,Thankyou guys.
Reviewer: Elizabeth Winfield | Mon 30th Nov 2015
Fifth or sixth time of staying and standard is always excellent and owners and staff are always very friendly, Dog did not want to leave to come home.
Reviewer: Eoin Martyn | Sun 29th Nov 2015
Lost count of the number of stays here. It\'s so very relaxing and dog friendly, great food, great staff, comfortable rooms and in a great location with many walks from the door. Can\'t wait until our next visit.
Reviewer: Mr Alan Ralph | Wed 25th Nov 2015
This is our 4th visit to the blue bowl at contisbury, We absolutely love the place, the setting, the building, the surroundings and the great food, and what makes this place even more special are the staff for which nothing is a problem for them in enjoying our stay, the rooms are beautiful and extremely clean. The area around blue bowl are great for walking or just chilling out or short journey to croyde for surfing, as I said previously this is are 4th visit, and much looking forward to our 5th visit hopefully before Christmas 2015. Thanks to you all at the blue bowl for making our short break so pleasurable. Brendon and Donna
Reviewer: Brendon Watkins | Mon 23rd Nov 2015
we had a fabulous 3 day stay at the blue ball.4 adults with 4 dogs,what a wonderful place to stay. such a warm welcome from the owners and so warm and cosy inside inn.food delicious .well done chef.cant wait to return
Reviewer: Hatto | Mon 23rd Nov 2015
Wonderful place great staff excellent food rosie the bulldog and holly the frenchie loved the attention !!!
Reviewer: Hicken | Thu 12th Nov 2015
Another great stay at the Blue Ball. Look forward to returning in the not too distant future.
Reviewer: Mr Colin Wolfe | Mon 9th Nov 2015
Having called in before for lunch and enjoyed it, we decided to book a short break. It turned out to be a sound decision. Our room was extremely quiet, comfortable and well equipped. Breakfast and dinner were well prepared and generously portioned, all served by attentive and pleasant staff. For beer lovers, the Exmoor Gold was first class! I\'ve no doubt that we will return for another short break. Dogs are made very welcome. so don\'t be surprised to find yourself sharing the dining room with them. We did not have a problem with this, but it is as well to be aware of the facts.
Reviewer: Mr. Brett Farmer | Mon 9th Nov 2015
We had a very relaxed and enjoyable stay at the Blue Ball Inn, despite the foul weather! Dogs were welcome throughout the inn, even at mealtimes in the restaurant, which was very helpful for our puppy. The room was comfortable, the staff were very pleasant and the food was very nice and reasonably priced. The Inn provided walk sheets and we completed the shortest - at 2.5 miles not far, but the hills are very very steep. Not for the faint hearted!
Reviewer: Mrs. Gill Bunnell | Mon 9th Nov 2015
We booked the Blue Ball as it catered for dogs, we had no worries there it ticked every box... We felt comfortable all weekend, no restrictions for our dog anywhere. Accommodation was comfortable and the food was fantastic, we will be booking the Blue Ball again....
Reviewer: Glen Humphreys | Sun 8th Nov 2015
My friend and I have just returned from a fantastic short weekend break, with our respective dogs. It is a lovely place to stay, at any time of the year and it is convenient for a variety of delightful walks. The staff were very helpful and friendly and there was a really nice atmosphere in the bar and restaurant. It was very good wholesome food and the pub has lots of character and charm. Even though it is very dog friendly, the rooms are spotlessly clean. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
Reviewer: Mccord | Sun 8th Nov 2015
Enjoyed a relaxing break, clean practical rooms and perfect comfortable bed. Breakfast was plenty and evening meals good value for money.. Best dog friendly b&b found so far in Devon....thanks for making us welcome \'Blue Ball Inn\' will certainly visit again.
Reviewer: Julie Bigland | Fri 6th Nov 2015
33 years ago we stayed at The Blue Ball Inn as a couple of tourists , 33 years later we returned as a married couple , having had 3 children and now grandparents to 2 beautiful granddaughters , our memories of 33 years ago came flooding back,thankyou for your welcoming hospitality,accomodation was lovely and food great,will be visiting again
Reviewer: John Bradshaw | Sun 1st Nov 2015
Friendly staff, comfortable room and good food. We have a dog and have found there is a vast difference between \'dog friendly\' places to stay. There are a large number of what we call dog tolerated places so to find one that is actually dog friendly is brilliant. This pub is ideally located for walking.
Reviewer: Mrs. Louise Wallace | Sat 31st Oct 2015
We had a lovely 3 night stay at the Blue Ball Inn, beautiful room with fantastic ensuite shower, delicious breakfast and evening meal,friendly, attentive and helpful staff. The area immediately surrounding the Inn, and Lynton/Lynmouth, amazing, I had forgotten just how lovely Exmoor and the coast there is.
Reviewer: Hilary La Trobe | Fri 30th Oct 2015
Very comfortable,great food,friendly staff,so dog friendly with no stupid rules,can\'t wait for an excuse to return for another weekend
Reviewer: Terry Peart | Thu 29th Oct 2015
what can I say. I thiught this level of service had gone. superb rooms, superb food and fantastic service ten out of ten
Reviewer: Les Cross | Thu 29th Oct 2015
Stayed at the inn late in October the room was warm staff were friendly and the food was excellent. Nothing else to say I had a perfect weekend
Reviewer: G Williams | Wed 28th Oct 2015
What a brilliant place to stay.... lovely staff, lovely room, lovely pub..... lovely food. We would have no problem recommending the Blue Ball Inn and will most probably stay longer next time.
Reviewer: Jacky Sealey | Mon 26th Oct 2015
Absolutely brilliant .... lovely staff, lovely room... lovely food wonderful location. We would have no problem recommending this Inn and will probably stay longer next time. Thank you
Reviewer: Jacky Sealey | Mon 26th Oct 2015
Lovely stay, comfortable rooms, fantastic food and friendly people. Third time at Blue Ball did not disappoint. We will return
Reviewer: Mrs Downie | Sun 25th Oct 2015
A good selection of real ales, very dog friendly, excellent food and very welcoming staff. The Blue Ball meets all of my requirements for a Proper Pub. An added bonus is the well-documented walks. Accommodation is good and not over-priced. I will be back!
Reviewer: Colin Palmer | Fri 16th Oct 2015
We had a lovely weekend,all the staff were friendly, could not fault the room and food, it is also dog friendly.The inn is full of character located on a hill with great views.We will definitively come back.
Reviewer: Wayne Jones | Tue 6th Oct 2015
Excellent location for walking the coastal path. Reasonable rates, great food and a very warm welcome to our dog- much appreciated! We would be happy to stay again.
Reviewer: Mrs. Julie Liviabella | Tue 8th Sep 2015
We stayed here for one night on our travels, with our two dogs. We where made to feel very welcome within a very accommodating, friendly atmosphere. The food was beautiful and the DESSERTS were even better! would defiantly recommend to others and we shall be sure to book again when we are travelling down that way. Also a lovely walk around the coast path which was only a stone throw away. Many thanks
Reviewer: Miss. Laura Ingleson | Thu 3rd Sep 2015
We only stayed one night in this dog friendly Inn but we were made to feel so welcome along with our dog. Nothing was too much trouble, it was clean, the food was good and the staff were lovely. If you enjoy walking it is the perfect location. We couldnt fault it and are hoping to make a return visit in November. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Watkins | Wed 2nd Sep 2015
We stayed for three nights over the bank holiday with our dog! The team were very attentive and very dog friendly and nothing was too much trouble! Room was good with everything we needed! Food is excellent and good value for money! Walks are literally out the front door! So would go back with out question! Thanks for a lovely stay Emma, Rob and Wallace Fisher.
Reviewer: Mrs. Emma Fisher | Wed 2nd Sep 2015
A fantastic find. A lovely room with a wonderful wet room. All the staff were great and welcoming. Dave our dog thoroughly enjoyed the attention and the walks that were on the doorstep. Breakfasts were really good and make sure you book for an evening meal or two as they were excellent. We will be back as it was a relaxing weekend in a superb location in a fantastic inn. Thanks to all at the Blue Ball
Reviewer: Mrs. Sara Jordan | Tue 1st Sep 2015
Great place if you want to stay with your dog. Superb food.
Reviewer: Mr. Konrad Zimmerman | Tue 1st Sep 2015
Came here for our first holiday together- now been back 6 times over 20+ years. Our kids did not like so many dogs in the dining room but otherwise it was fantastic
Reviewer: Thomas Watson | Tue 1st Sep 2015
Great location for both seaside (rock pools and pebbles to explore and a lovely seaside town - not the usual run down, noisy type), and countryside walks with fields, forests and waterfalls. There is a selection of free walks sheets, all starting from the blue ball so you don\'t need to drive anywhere. Food is good - we ate here every night. The list of allergens on the menu is helpful. This was our second visit and our first with a toddler, we will be back!
Reviewer: Mrs. Jodie Warrington | Mon 31st Aug 2015
Room was very clean and spacious. Food was excellent. Perfect base for dog walking and relaxing. Only improvements would be an over head shower and hairdryer in the room. We will definately be returning and will recommend
Reviewer: Rebecca Randall | Mon 31st Aug 2015
Definitely go back , super service, amazing food, dog heaven but go as a couple & recommended to friends with children .... Beautiful location & such good value for money ....
Reviewer: Mrs. Jeanette Williams | Mon 31st Aug 2015
This inn about 2 miles from Lynmouth has loads of parking and brilliant access to both the coastal path and other circular paths nearby. The rooms are big, basic, and clean, but had everything we needed and we felt that if we needed anything else it would have been provided. We stayed in room 15 which is at the back and has been upgraded with a new wetroom, which was fantastic for my 6\'6\" husband. They had noted this fact on my booking form and gone around the available rooms to see which bed would fit him best - now that is service! The staff are so friendly, it really felt like our local immediately. They reserve a dining table for guests, which could be canceled if not used, but it seemed that most guests stayed for the excellent well-cooked food, much better than many restaurants. A fresh menu each night with some new dishes. This is VERY dog friendly, and at least 50% of guests had one or two. However with all the walking the dogs just laid down and slept. Breakfast was excellent. Many repeat guests. In the winter there are loads of fire places so it looks to be very cosy. This is also a pub as well as accommodation so locals came in to drink and eat and other walkers during the day. Very well recommended.
Reviewer: Frances Fisher | Thu 27th Aug 2015
We\'ve lost count of the number of stays here. Excellent as usual, VERY dog friendly therefore very relaxing. Bar food is excellent value for money. All staff are very friendly and welcoming. We\'ll definitely be back.
Reviewer: Mr Ralph | Wed 26th Aug 2015
We had a great overnight stay at the Blue Ball Inn with our two dogs. We felt very welcome and comfortable and the food was lovely. One criticism - think the bedroom carpets need a thorough clean to make the room smell fresh! Otherwise, I would recommend it to everyone.
Reviewer: Mr And Mrs Agar | Wed 26th Aug 2015
This family run Inn offers a warm welcome to all- children,dogs, walkers with muddy boots. Comfortable en- suite rooms, with a great breakfast make this a lovely place to stay. Well kept beer, good food and friendly service are the hallmarks here. A real treat!
Reviewer: Andy & Lyn Potter | Sun 23rd Aug 2015
This family run Inn gets it right- a warm elcome to all, including dogs and walkers with muddy boots- great food and beers and genuinely friendly service. Fantastic walks 100m from the Car Park make this our #1 choice destination on Exmoor.
Reviewer: Andy & Lyn Potter | Sun 23rd Aug 2015
Very impressed with the size of the room and the modern bathroom facilities although a little disappointed not to have a full shower with the bath. We understand how due to the low ceiling, this is not possible!
Reviewer: Mr. Derek Maltby | Wed 19th Aug 2015
The Blue Ball is a great place to stay. Great pub, good food, dog friendly and warm welcome in beautiful surroundings
Reviewer: KIM PARKER | Tue 18th Aug 2015
We have had the holiday of a lifetime here at the Blue Ball Inn, The rooms are absolutely spotless and the staff couldn\'t do enough to make our stay a pleasure, the food is second to none with varying menu\'s, being a dog friendly Inn as well was a bonus and cannot wait to visit this warm and friendly place again.
Reviewer: Raymond Beard | Tue 18th Aug 2015
Lovely stay, lovely friendly, helpful staff, great food. Second stay at this dog friendly pub on Exmoor and won\'t be the last. Only negative is the room we had was over the bar and could be noisy. Last time we had a room at the back which was quieter and had a wet room.
Reviewer: Mr. Leslie Crisp | Mon 17th Aug 2015
Great atmosphere,food,location (although car required if not trekking over hills, need insect repellant too!)Free parking,fantastic range of real ales and cider. We are not wine drinkers. We stayed in room 10 which was a large room overlooking road(quiet at night), car park,pretty church and hills. The en-suite had a bath with shower attached, not ideal,a small window had a great view over stunning scenery + outside tables which were hardly used. The only negative was finding a few dog hairs in the bed and general cleanliness, although the bed itself was really comfortable and the sheets looked clean. The Blue Ball Inn is a dog friendly Inn and all dogs appeared to be very welcome, we have had, and do love dogs but we did not feed them from the table or allow them next to us whilst eating. But the positives outweighed the negatives and we would without doubt love to stay at the Blue Ball Inn again.
Reviewer: Marilyn Thrower | Sat 15th Aug 2015
What a delight, really dog friendly. Nice room, really great owners and staff who went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. Breakfast good and a selection of options for dinner. Even the other guests were friendly. Also noticed that there were some people who were staying miles away came in for a meal.
Reviewer: Roger Wakeham | Fri 14th Aug 2015
A warm and friendly welcome greeted us. We have two dogs,wwhich were made very welcome too.Good choice of evening meals, good beer and selection of wines. The breakfast was just the ticket to set you up for the day. We would definitely stay here again.
Reviewer: Nick Wright | Tue 11th Aug 2015
The Blue Ball ranks as the most dog friendly pub we\'ve stayed at! Great food, good beer & friendly staff, all together excellent. We look forward to coming again. Cheers Jeremy
Reviewer: Mr Jeremy Laytham | Tue 11th Aug 2015
Arrived on foot from Minehead having (almost) completed the Somerset Coast Path. This was an excellent place to recover from 120 miles, and a particularly long day from Minehead. Lovely room, great food and a really welcoming atmosphere. Think you should market yourselves as the last night\'s stop on this newly established long distance path. Fantastic location, of course, and a nice stroll down into Lynmouth the morning after! Many thanks.
Reviewer: Mr. Andrew Field | Mon 10th Aug 2015
This was the 3rd time we\'d stayed at The Blue Ball. We are always pleased with the accomedation and love the relaxing attmosphere of the bar and restaurant. Gorgeous setting.
Reviewer: Paul Traynor | Mon 10th Aug 2015
Dog friendly is an understatement.Absolutely fabulous in every way. Doubt it could be bettered..We will definitely be back without a shadow of doubt. Many thanks to all owners and staff. Archie, Lynn & Gary x
Reviewer: Ms. Lynda Handley | Sat 8th Aug 2015
This is without a doubt one of the best places I\'ve ever stayed... dogs are very welcome n its amazingly spotless even with dogs... id recommend it with or without dog... the shower in my wet room was best ever, didn\'t wanna come out.... bed comfy room spotless n meals amazing..the young lad n girl on during the day were more than helpful.... parking easy n amazing walk easy.... best place I\'ve ever stayed..thanks to Keith Dearing for recomendation....
Reviewer: Mr. david wenman | Mon 3rd Aug 2015
We love the countryside setting and scenic walks. Bedrooms are really comfortable with good size rooms and lovely clean and comfortable beds. Excellent bar food too!
Reviewer: Clare Mortimore | Mon 3rd Aug 2015
and we had a lovely weekend walking on the coastal path. Rooms comfortable, and service informal and very friendly - not to mention all the canine companions. Dieting until we come again.
Reviewer: Mrs. Hillary Judd | Mon 3rd Aug 2015
Lovely location great beer fantastic food. Rooms big and spacious. Shower not to great. Well looked after by the staff. Darcy the dog had a great time .some very good walks in the local area
Reviewer: Peel | Sun 2nd Aug 2015
warm welcome, pleasant and polite staff, room very nice and clean, food was great, all in all a very good week in a lovely inn.
Reviewer: Mr. Ian Kempster | Sun 12th Jul 2015
Our third time staying at the lovely Blue Ball Inn. Always feel very welcome, love the relaxed atmosphere. Fantastic location, excellent food, we\'ll be there again!!
Reviewer: Paul Huggett | Wed 1st Jul 2015
Very relaxed pub break with lots of lovely walks nearby so must have a dog to fully enjoy both the pub and the walks. We found the rooms at the back very quite and they have wet rooms which are very welcome after a long walk on a hot day. Some of the walks can be rather steep and not too good if you do not have a head for heights.
Reviewer: Anne Warneford | Mon 29th Jun 2015
When I made my booking I asked specifically for a twin room. I then received a call would I accept a free up grade. I agreed but on arrival found that we had been changed to a twin bedded room. This was very disappointing and I would not return to the Blue Ball in the future.
Reviewer: Tony Mogford | Mon 29th Jun 2015
Had a lovely weekend. Room at front of Inn was comfortable and very clean. The staff were very friendly, well organised at meal times and very tolerant of the many dogs who had accompanied their owners. The full English ( veggie) breakfast was the best I\'ve had anywhere. There was also an excellent buffet of the usual cereals, toast, juices etc. also, a pot of delicious hot steaming porridge. Dinner on our second night was very good indeed but beware opting for three courses as the portions are very generous. We had a relaxing time and will certainly be returning
Reviewer: Spurway | Wed 24th Jun 2015
Great place to stay if like us you are a dog lover. Great location and food ect all very good.
Reviewer: Mr. John Ford | Tue 23rd Jun 2015
what an amazing find.Great pub and food .Breakfast was brilliant each table seemed to have at least one dog of variable sizes,all very well behaved. had to be careful not to stand on doggy parts !!!!.the coastal path is just across from the quiet road and the walks are totally stunning. our first visit but are already planning our next FANTASTIC
Reviewer: Cathy John | Mon 22nd Jun 2015
This is our 4th visit to stay we\'ve also been for lunch on several occasions. If you love the area don\'t want to be parted from your dog and are get hungry by the end of the day this is the place to stay. Frayed around the edges but clean tidy and very friendly, definitely 5star if you\'re a Spaniel.
Reviewer: Mrs. Jane Holland | Mon 22nd Jun 2015
Just move in with a few clothes and be as you would be at home with the added advantage of friendly staff and guests, wonderful food all cooked for you and your cleaning and tidying all done for you. The whole ground floor is a maze of oldie worldly nooks and crannies where you can sit on a comfy settee, chair or bar stool, relaxing, chatting, eating, drinking, playing pool or board games, reading the many interesting books or enjoying the dogs and admiring the strange animal heads sticking out of the walls above the comfy fireplaces. Should you venture out a 5 minute walk takes you through the church to cliff top walks with fantastic views including Lynton and Lynmouth and tame ponies and babies. Should you prefer a 10 minute bus or car trip you can visit Valley of the Rocks with the wild goats bouncing up and down the stunning steep cliffs. Bussing or driving slightly further everything from sandy beaches to shops, cafes and restaurants are available. Then you can go back \'home\' assured of feeling relaxed and extremely happy. The amazing unpressurised, feel at home atmosphere is generated from the owners down through the staff to the guests and visitors to the bar and/or restaurant and ensures everyone wants to prolongue their stay or return again and again.
Reviewer: Christine Anderson | Sun 21st Jun 2015
Helpful staff. Good breakfast. Excellent evening meal. Great ambience with many traditional features. Wonderful location on top of the cliff with walks from the doorstep
Reviewer: Paul Kalfayan | Tue 16th Jun 2015
A brilliant place to stay. Extremely dog friendly. Staff all helpful, food GREAT!
Reviewer: Mrs. Alyson Gill | Sat 13th Jun 2015
We have been staying at the Blue Ball for many years. Nick, Jackie, Phil and staff made us feel so welcome as always. It is very dog friendly and ideal for walking. After a long walk with the dogs it is lovely to relax in the bar chatting to staff and fellow guests. We highly recommend it and looking forward to our next visit.
Reviewer: Cripps | Sat 13th Jun 2015
Just got back from a weekend at the Blue Ball, couldn\'t be happier,they made us very welcome .The food was very good ,staff very friendly.A perfect place especially if you have a dog. We wish we had stayed longer.
Reviewer: Carlyon | Thu 11th Jun 2015
JUst returned from another fabulous break in Exmoor staying at Blue Ball Inn where the management and staff offer a friendly service throughout. The chef and his team need a special mention, the food is outstanding and portion control is huge. A prefect Inn for dogs too. This was our 8th visit and we will return again in the Autumn.
Reviewer: Helen Wassell | Tue 2nd Jun 2015
We had a fantastic time at Blue Ball. The food was amazing and great value and the service was superb. Such a great place for our pet labrador...very welcoming and dog friendly and perfect for walking. We would strongly recommend it.
Reviewer: Mrs. shelley franklin | Tue 2nd Jun 2015
The Blue Ball Inn provides a warm friendly atmosphere and decent food. We would have eaten there the second night if there had been more vegetarian options as the meals were very nice. A little shabby, in a nice way, the place has soul :). In a great location, easy to find and a short distance to drive to Lynton & Lynmouth.
Reviewer: Sophie Reed | Mon 1st Jun 2015
We chose to return to The Blue Ball for our Wedding Anniversary. Having spent our honeymoon in the area, 27 years ago, we thought it would be a special treat, but unable to return to the same hotel/inn, as not dog friendly, we knew that we wanted to stay here again and what an excellent choice. It began with a really warm welcome for both us and our little dog. A beautiful room with scenic views. Superb food, my salmon was cooked to perfection, crispy skin and moist flakes of fish. A good selection of special gins and reasonably priced good wine list too. Really light and fluffy scrambled eggs and tasty mushrooms and the full English seemed to be healthily cooked too. A really Traditional Inn with breathtaking view of the bay. Loads of walks right on the doorstep and picturesque Lynmouth just at the bottom of the hill. Most important for us, so \'dog friendly\' and lots of fellow dog owners/lovers to talk to, too. Really friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble.
Reviewer: Mr. Michael Stevenson | Sat 30th May 2015
A Dream holiday. Perfect. We cannot wait to come back. Keep this treasure to yourselves or we will never get in!!
Reviewer: Richard Chillcott | Sat 30th May 2015
We stayed here one night on our walk from Minehead to Lynmouth. They were very friendly and helpful. We left our car in the car park as we walked. Dog friendly too. Bed was very comfortable and the evening meal was amazing. This is such an interesting pub and I can imagine is a lovely warm haven for walkers in the winter. Very close to the SW coast path, plus lots of walks near by. My only slight moan was that the bathroom was a little chilly and we had a shower in a bath so you get cold whilst trying to keep the water in the bath!
Reviewer: Mrs. Cheryl Osborne | Fri 29th May 2015
This is our second visit to the Blue Ball and this time we took our friends with us who have a dog. Our room looked out over the front of the Inn and we had a lovely shower. As others have said, the food portions are huge but there are now options for smaller portions which is great. Breakfast is fabulous although the owners could do with a breakfast menu so you can be ready to order when the waitress comes to your table. Dinner reservations are recommended as it is a very busy pub with locals and visitors alike. Dogs are well catered for and there are even home-made dog biscuits for sale at the bar. The pub is a great base to visit Lynton & Lymouth. We also went on a jeep safari from nearby Dunster which did a fantastic tour of Exmoor off-road, seeing things you wouldn\'t be able to see from your car, even a group of red deer. We would have no hesitation in visiting again if in the area.
Reviewer: Mrs. Elaine Lee | Thu 28th May 2015
When we are stressed and need a chill out, we head straight for this area of Devon and straight for the Blue Ball Inn! The people are phenomenal there - so welcoming, friendly and just lovely really! Phil, Nick, Jackie, Johnny, Jules and everyone else are all just brilliant. The food is amazing - be prepared to gain a few pounds, but nothing you wont work off on the coast path walking! We are already planning our next trip - it really is a gem with wonderful people to welcome you xx
Reviewer: Lisa Hannah | Thu 28th May 2015
Comfortable and clean, spacious and extremely convienient for south coast path. Good food, beer and frindly staff - highly reccommend this hotel.
Reviewer: Dick Mckechnie | Thu 28th May 2015
Very enjoyable stay. Good food.
Reviewer: Mrs. Mary O\\\'Dell | Wed 27th May 2015
We took our four-month old pup here for his first holiday and had a brilliant time. Comfortable room, great breakfasts, very friendly and helpful and perfect for walks and the spectacular coastline.
Reviewer: Janette Owen | Fri 22nd May 2015
We enjoyed a blissful long weekend in Exmoor and our base at the Blue Ball Inn was perfect. Our hosts were friendly and helpful, full of good ideas and tips for our walks and excursions, and were happy to be flexible when it came to meals and even arranged a packed lunch for us one day. The food is excellent, the bar lively and the location stunning. Highly recommended by all accounts.
Reviewer: Mr. Antoine Bedewi | Tue 19th May 2015
Our fourth or fifth stay since it was the Exmoor Sandpiper. Latest owners have done wonders with the rooms and the food is as good as ever (possibly too much so!) Will happily return again
Reviewer: Colin King | Mon 18th May 2015
Our second time at dog friendly Blue Ball Inn. Warm welcome from staff and locals. Clean,comfortable,amazing food (very large appetite required). Stunning scenary and lovely walks. We will be back.
Reviewer: Downie | Sun 17th May 2015
A fantastic peaceful location perfect for walking and spectacular scenery. Good size room and very comfortable bed! Excellent food served all day.
Reviewer: Clare Mortimore | Fri 15th May 2015
We have just returned from a lovely weekend at the Blue Ball Inn. We have stopped many times to have a drink but this was the first of many times we will be stopping with them. We were made to feel very welcome by all, food excellent and the rooms very comfortable. Thank you.
Reviewer: Mr. Simon Nickless | Tue 12th May 2015
Excellent stay peace and quiet
Reviewer: Mr Vaughan | Mon 11th May 2015
We stayed here for a couple of nights; a return visit. The place is welcoming and the fires are lovely! The food is great; lovely portion sizes and filling and priced very reasonably. Lovely walk to Lynmouth; bit hard coming back up the hill though :-) Had a lovely time; thanks to all
Reviewer: Mrs. Michelle Skews | Sun 10th May 2015
Friendly, outstanding food, excellent accommodation, great ambiance. No hot water for two days, hence the 4 star rating - it would have been 5 stars otherwise
Reviewer: O\\\'donoghue | Tue 5th May 2015
AGAIN A FANTASTIC TIME (4TH VISIT)CANT GIVE THE bLUE BALL AND ALL THE STAFF ENOUGH PRAISE GOT TO THE BEST DOG FRIENDLY INN IN THE SOUTH WEST
Reviewer: Nick Blake | Mon 4th May 2015
If memory serves correctly, this is about 10th year we have visited The Blue Ball. Welcome and service was excellent and friendly as always. If you are a dog owner, this is a home from home. A special mention for the lamb stew. Absolutely gorgeous.
Reviewer: Mr. Steve Badham | Sun 3rd May 2015
Stayed here many times never disappointed service, room, and food all excellent as usual cant wait to return, the most dog friendly pub we\'ve stayed in
Reviewer: Glenn Anderson | Sat 25th Apr 2015
Cosy room, huge meals and pleasant staff - looking forward to my next visit
Reviewer: Mr. Roger Wilkes | Tue 21st Apr 2015
No better place to stay with your dog. They are allowed in the dining room, considered valued guests not nuisances, can,t think of many places where that is the case. Rooms are comfortable and warm, food is delicious ant the bar is extensive, what more could one want.
Reviewer: Mrs. Jacky Mannix | Mon 20th Apr 2015
This is an excellent accommodation base for North Devon. The road is quiet, the rooms nicely appointed although the TV is a bit small and the food was excellent. The breakfasts are big. Recommended.
Reviewer: Mr Archer | Mon 20th Apr 2015
We just popped down on a Friday night . I brought the dog and also the wife. They were very accommodating shown to our room and also very dog friendly . Ate in the pub on the evening food really nice and really good selection of wine and beer. Great for stopping over if walking or just wanting to visit other areas of North Devon.
Reviewer: Mr. Stephen Lazenby | Mon 20th Apr 2015
Yet another brilliant stay at The Blue Ball. Warm and friendly staff. Cosy accomodation, and excellent food. If you havn\'t been then you really must. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Erica Mills | Sun 19th Apr 2015
Had a 3 night break at the Blue Ball, everyone very friendly, good choice at breakfast and had evening meals which were good. Will be back as the walks were right outside, no need to move the car. Lovely to see so many dogs.
Reviewer: Adey | Sat 18th Apr 2015
As always excellent service.very friendly hotel. Food very good .room was very clean with nice views.thank you once agin for providing a relaxing and enjoyable stay
Reviewer: Miss. Kathleen Lukas | Sun 12th Apr 2015
Very comfortable stay. Our second time and not dissapointed. Food very good. Friendly staff. Ideal location for walking.
Reviewer: Alison Zimmer | Sun 12th Apr 2015
As usual a warm welcome and great service with good food and beer.
Reviewer: Matthew Davis | Sat 11th Apr 2015
A great place to stay for dog-lovers and walkers. Extremely friendly hosts and staff, dogs positively welcomed, cosy atmosphere, good food. The surrounding scenery is stunning, with a short circular walk round Countisbury Hill, overlooking the sea, just outside the inn - excellent for pre-breakfast canine exercise. Recommended.
Reviewer: Mrs. Wendy Marshall | Sat 11th Apr 2015
Good food, good nights sleep, but the hotel is let down by its many \'do not\' notices.
Reviewer: Tracy White | Fri 10th Apr 2015
My wife and I stayed at the Blue Ball Inn over the Easter weekend with our dog. The Blue Ball is genuinely dog-friendly and this was our second stay. Staff very friendly and give high level of service. Food and drink also excellent and good value. Already looking forward to our next visit.
Reviewer: Jon Smith | Fri 10th Apr 2015
We have stayed here now 3 times. We came here twice to celebrate my husband\'s birthday! It\'s the only place we have ever returned to 3 times as we like it so much. The staff are very friendly, down to earth people and they are very tolerant of our hyper and lively dog, even when she decided she didn\'t like the tapered candles and stared barking at them! *lol* The food is very tasty and every room we\'ve stayed in has been lovely. The place is an excellent base to explore all around Exmoor and it is so quiet and peaceful. Will definite come back again and again!
Reviewer: Robert Page | Tue 7th Apr 2015
We stayed at the Blue Ball and enjoyed it very much. The room was lovely - very quirky with none of the bland sameness you get in other places. The welcome was friendly and the food was excellent. Every meal was perfect. Would highly recommend this establishment
Reviewer: Mrs. Amanda Bennett | Sat 4th Apr 2015
In the windiest week of this winter, we were warmly welcomed and well looked after at the Blue Ball Inn, as a family group with a small boy and a labrador. The location is great. Easy access to the Coast path and inland walks Grandma was able to walk down to Watersmeet and the Lyn Valley. Tasty breakfast and all-day food allowed us to be flexible about when we ate.
Reviewer: Deborah Murphy | Sat 4th Apr 2015
I\'m tempted to leave a poor review just so there are vacancies when we return which we will do many times I hope. But of course I can\'t. Fantastic place, friendly people, cosy bar, great food, perfect position. Felt at home 5 minutes after arriving and felt like I was leaving home when we left three days later.
Reviewer: Mr. Paul McBride | Fri 3rd Apr 2015
If you love dogs you will definitely love this hotel. Very warm welcome, excellent food and service, surrounded by beautiful walks. Will definitely be going back!!!!!
Reviewer: Diana And Michael Snowdon | Wed 1st Apr 2015
Have stayed here many times. Always very welcoming and very dog friendly. Rooms spotlessly clean and comfortable. In a beautiful setting with many walks from the door. We\'ve already booked again for August.
Reviewer: Mr Alan Ralph | Sun 29th Mar 2015
We have just returned from a 3 night weekend break at this lovely Exmoor pub with our 2 dogs. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with comfortable clean rooms including a nice breakfast.The evening meals are superb, very good value with huge portions.Despite every room seeming to include at least 1 dog you would never have known.We hope to make this an annual visit for more wonderful walks returning to sit in front of the logburner sampling the selection of Ales and gin!A stress free few days.
Reviewer: Marrianne Hunt | Thu 26th Mar 2015
Have stayed now quite a few times at the Blue Ball inn. As ever, excellent service, welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and excellent walking area.
Reviewer: Mark Slack | Tue 24th Mar 2015
Excellent pub/hotel, wonderfully situated and very dog friendly. Rooms clean and comfy, restaurant good. Staff very friendly and helpful. Looking forward to going back.
Reviewer: Jane Wharrad | Mon 23rd Mar 2015
This I think was our fifth visit and has now become a \'yearly must\'! Lovely accommodation, great food and real ale. Beautifully located for long walks with our dog. Roll on next year!
Reviewer: Mr George Gibson | Sat 21st Mar 2015
We had a great 2 nights at the Blue Ball, all staff were very welcoming making our stay very relaxed - the excellent ales on offer may also have contributed to this! The food was excellent, be it the substantial cooked breakfasts or the even more substantial evening meals, all of which were cooked to perfection and at a very reasonable price. We travelled as a group of 6 lads (actually 50 something\'s!), but I\'m already planning a visit back with my young family later in the year. The walking from the Inn is excellent with a number of excellent coastal or woodland walks - a perfect place to get out and about from.
Reviewer: Mike Rose | Mon 16th Mar 2015
This was our second visit with our two dogs. Genuinely dog-friendly, efficient and friendly service, welcoming, good food and a clean, warm, traditional pub. All that surrounded by numerous good walks ticks all our boxes & we\'ll be back later in the year.
Reviewer: Mr. Miike Harris | Mon 16th Mar 2015
Brilliant as usual! Best Inn in the west country - everyone is so kind and friendly. And great breakfasts!
Reviewer: Charlotte Cornwell | Sun 15th Mar 2015
This is a wonderful place to stay for all sorts of reasons, the owners and staff are great. Dogs are almost a necessity. It represents good value and of course is in the middle of the most spectacular scenery. Rooms are well appointed, comfortable and clean.
Reviewer: David Carroll | Wed 11th Mar 2015
Charming old Inn, very warm welcome from lovely owners, spotless pretty room. The food was superb, from breakfast to dinner, the saddle of venison was absolutely delicious.
Reviewer: Anthea Friend | Sun 8th Mar 2015
My wife and I were looking for somewhere to spend a relaxing few days on our wedding anniversary and also somewhere where we could take our dog. We found the perfect place here.. the inn itself is lovely, in a fantastic location for walks and beautiful scenery. You feel completely away from it all. The staff are really friendly with both people and their dogs alike. Excellent food and drink in a cosy, candlelit setting with log burner fireplaces. The accomodation is also faultless. All in all it was perfect and we will definitely be staying there again at some point, hopefully in the near future.
Reviewer: Mr. Paul Welch | Wed 4th Mar 2015
Excellent location for walking - both from pub itself or through short car journey to local NT parking. Great food and accommodation, with nothing too much trouble. Thoroughly recommended.
Reviewer: John Hepworth | Sun 1st Mar 2015
We have just had 3 nights at the Blue Ball Inn. Centre of superb walking country. Delicious food. Cosy fires and a warm welcome. Attentive staff and unbeatable if you love to take your dog on holiday with you. If you don\'t have a dog, borrow one!
Reviewer: Mrs. Janice Waters | Sun 1st Mar 2015
I won\'t say this has to be the most dog-friendly pub of all time - ... On second thoughts, Yes, I will! :-) If you like dogs, walks and top-notch food in an unpretentious setting, you\'ll love this place. We did.
Reviewer: Chris Poole | Mon 23rd Feb 2015
Excellent food, drink & hospitality. Truly a dog friendly environment. We would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Mr. IAN HOWE | Thu 19th Feb 2015
Just returned from a long weekend at the Blue Ball Inn. My partner and I enjoyed a very pleasant stay. The staff were always wiling and helpful, the food top class and the room spacious and warm with an excellent shower room. The walks were fantastic. We would thoroughly recommend a visit
Reviewer: Pearce | Tue 17th Feb 2015
As always a friendly atmosphere , always a warm welcome and great food. Will always come back to the Blue Ball.
Reviewer: Mike Forey | Fri 13th Feb 2015
Our fourth stay at the Blue Ball Inn was a relaxing and enjoyable as the previous three, we love it. This place is just perfect for us... the location, the service, staff, food, facilities, price and its dog friendly. Cant fault it. Will be back for our 5th stay soon.
Reviewer: Mr. Dryden Smith | Wed 11th Feb 2015
Excellent base. Everyone warm and friendly. Our dog loved it. Food very good Will be back again
Reviewer: Mrs V West | Tue 3rd Feb 2015
At The Blue Ball Inn, we received a warm welcome; nothing was too much trouble. We were able to relax in front of wood burning stoves and enjoyed excellent food. Our dog was able to go everywhere with us and was indeed, quite spoilt by the staff. The location is stunning and walks over Exmoor were spectacular. We will return.
Reviewer: Jane Gurr | Mon 2nd Feb 2015
Ticks every box. Brilliant owners/staff. Great food and beer. Comfortable rooms. Perfect location for encyclopedic walks around coastal Exmoor. Top place.
Reviewer: Sean Davies | Mon 19th Jan 2015
This was our 5 visit and 3rd visit with friends. The Blue Ball continues to deliver a friendly and relaxing atmosphere and is well worth a visit particularly if you have dogs as we do. We found the evening menu a little limited this visit but that could have been the time of year.
Reviewer: Kevin Huckfield | Tue 13th Jan 2015
we were made to feel very welcome, the room was comfortable and spacious, the food was excellent, we will be going again in the future, and so nice to find a dog friendly b&b
Reviewer: Mr. Andrew Preece | Mon 12th Jan 2015
very friendly and welcoming. Good food and real ale served with a smile
Reviewer: Miss. Kerry Bartle | Mon 12th Jan 2015
Cracking little hotel/B&B! Warm and comfortable even in the atrocious weather conditions of early January 2015. Good food, good beer, clean and comfortable rooms, lots of car parking space just across the road, lots of happy dogs about the place who brought along their tired but friendly owners. The place is ideally situated for access to loads of walks in the Exmoor National Park. I\'ll be back.
Reviewer: Trevor Mcmurray | Mon 12th Jan 2015
We had the most restful time at this location. All the dogs that were staying at the inn at the same time as us were so well behaved. There were no \"doggy\" smells anywhere on the premises. Be prepared to eat very well because the food is delicious and very plentyful. We have stayed at this Inn several times and always with no disappointment in any way. This time at Christmas we had to leave early due to family upsets. Will be back when we can. Irene and Jack Lowe
Reviewer: Irene & Jack Lowe | Thu 1st Jan 2015
We spent two nights here to celebrate my birthday at the beginning of December and loved the location, ambience and the friendly staff. Our room was at the front of the pub and was very comfortable with a lovely shower. We enjoyed the breakfast and the choices for dinner. We plan to return here soon!
Reviewer: Mrs. Elaine Lee | Thu 1st Jan 2015
We love staying at the blue ball we have stayed several times now. So friendly always got time for a chat with Phil, Nick and Jacky. Very comfortable too slept very well cannot say enough about the place. Like going to your local we will be back.
Reviewer: Pauline Brewer | Wed 31st Dec 2014
A lovely old Inn, which offers comfortable accommodation & excellent food. Very dog friendly, which was great for us. Dogs are allowed to stay in any room, and are welcome in the bar area & restaurant.
Reviewer: Miss. Karen Burrow | Tue 30th Dec 2014
Warm and inviting, amazing food and cosy fires made our stay just perfect
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson | Tue 30th Dec 2014
This was a most enjoyable experience. The proprietors and their staff were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. The accomodation was comfortable. The food was exceptional although the helpings were too large for us both. The christmas dinner was a feast on its own. This was a new experience for our spaniel but his two little mmisdemeanours were dealt with discreetly and quickly. Have already booked for next Xmas. Thank you all for all the festivities. We were reluctant to leave.
Reviewer: Taylor | Sun 28th Dec 2014
We have stayed at the Blue Ball Inn 4 times now in 14 months; our latest visit being for 3 days over Christmas. We arrived on Christmas Eve to a wonderfully warm happy welcome. We take our bulldog with us when we stay here and she is just as at home as we are!! Christmas day started with a gorgeous breakfast accompanied by a glass of complimentary Bucks Fizz, followed by a stroll on the coast path. It was heaven! Our son and daughter in law joined us for Christmas lunch as they were staying in the area. The meal was absolutely out of this world!! The quality and presentation of the meal was beyond many 5* restaurants we have visited. We spent the afternoon and early evening tucked up by one of the fires, drinking superb wine, Christmas songs gently playing in the background - a sheer delight! We left on the 27th wishing we had booked for longer. As with every visit we have had to the Blue Ball Inn we know we will return. The owners are superbly welcoming, friendly and brilliant at getting the mix just right for this Inn. When visiting they make you feel as though you are welcome friends rather than guests. We will be booking our return very soon. Thank you all at the Blue Ball Inn for making our Christmas so peaceful, relaxing and wonderfully memorable x
Reviewer: Lisa Hannah | Sun 28th Dec 2014
We stayed at the blue ball inn over christmas what a wonderful time we had management and staff very friendly room very clean and comfortable christmas lunch was so good will go back again and would highly recommend a stay here
Reviewer: Kieth Bywater | Sun 28th Dec 2014
My wife and I have visited many times. This occasion was with my Son and his family from Australia. We all had a great time. Rooms are excellent as is the food and service. Central to beautiful villages of Lynmouth and Porlock. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Ivor Goodman | Fri 19th Dec 2014
Lovely hotel and very nice staff made the two days very enjoyable. Good food and lovely wood fire made the place feel very cozy. No problems with keeping dogs at the hotel
Reviewer: Tracey Scott | Fri 5th Dec 2014
Penny and I enjoyed are time with you and will definitely be back next year if not sooner. We were in room 6, the only issue was a very squeaky/noisy bathroom handle that tended to wake one up! The food was fabulous, compliments to the chef.
Reviewer: Mark Rasmussen | Mon 1st Dec 2014
I don\'t normally write reviews but we have been going to the Blue Ball for a number of years so I thought it was time. Its not a short trip, around 3.5 hours for us, and the fact that we make the effort at least twice a year must give you some idea of how much we love it. It is,without doubt, one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I don\'t think we\'ll ever tire of being there. The venue itself is a pub. Its not a hotel, it doesn\'t pretend to be but if you want to go somewhere that is genuinely welcoming, where the food is excellent,the beer is top notch, the staff are friendly and welcoming and you can walk out the door on to some of the south west coasts most stunning scenery then this is the place for you. I love it, my other half loves it and we will continue to be regular visitors for as long as we are able. I\'d like to mention the owners, Phil and Jackie, who have always made us feel like its a home from home. Their Son Nick (and his family, dog biscuits, I say no more), the pub dogs, Molly and Poppy, if you\'ve been there you\'ll know, and the staff. As we all know staff come and go but Johnny has now been there a while and Kate has done a couple of seasons. They are , without doubt, friendly, obliging and in any way they can, happy to help. We shall be going back. as often as we can.
Reviewer: Paul Blanchard | Mon 1st Dec 2014
We were made to feel most welcome at this lovely, cosy inn. Many thanks to Phil, Jackie and all the staff. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel at home....and we did!
Reviewer: Michael Peck | Wed 19th Nov 2014
Lovely old pub. Good food, comfortable rooms and very friendly staff. A pleasure to see that dogs were welcome and very well behaved. Great base for walking.
Reviewer: Tony Andrews | Mon 17th Nov 2014
We stayed as three blokes looking to explore the moor and coastal path, the walk south from the pub was stunning. Accomodation was ideal for what we wanted; clean, comfortable and beautifully quiet. Great beers in the bar
Reviewer: Mark Wheeler | Sun 16th Nov 2014
We had an awesome Autumn weekend break at the Blue Ball Inn - absolutely nothing not to like - welcoming, relaxing, and a great treat to stay somewhere with so much history. Delicious fish and chips and an ace cooked breakfast set us up well for some amazing local walking all on the doorstep. We and the Sheltie will be back!
Reviewer: Mr. Tony Watts | Mon 10th Nov 2014
We\'ve just returned from 3 nights at the blue ball inn. What a wonderful place. Open fires, excellent food and the friendly welcoming staff. We have a dog and found the inn excellent in their easy going approach to pets. The location makes it easy to explore the countyside with our without using the car. We will go back. Value for money, but more importantly is the feeling of relaxation.
Reviewer: Mrs Paula Edwards | Sun 9th Nov 2014
Have stayed here many times over the years and service and comfort is always of a consistently high standard. } The inn is very friendly, the food terrific value and the bedrooms roomy and comfortable. It also has to be the most dog friendly place to stay in the UK! A great place to stay whether it\'s just to relax and do nothing or to use as a base for more strenuous treks across the moor.
Reviewer: John Shortland | Mon 13th Oct 2014
Homely friendly pub . Tasty home cooked food . Great location for wonderful scenic walks . A great place to get away from it all !!!
Reviewer: Yvonne Bell | Mon 13th Oct 2014
Another excellent stay with the Illingworths with ever friendly staff,comfortable rooms and great food and drink at reasonable prices.We can\'t wait for our next visit in the New Year!
Reviewer: Mr & Mrs Graham & Viv Collins | Fri 10th Oct 2014
This was a surprise birthday trip for someone and I choose this place as we love the Lynmouth area and now have dogs and was travelling with them. Only 12 and 10 months old, we were rather nervous as to how they would be welcomed. We needn\'t have worried. This place was perfect for us. When we saw home-made dog biscuits for sale on the bar, we knew we were in not only a dog-friendly place but also dog-lover\'s place. The old world charm, the historic memorabilia and the friendliness of the staff made our visit very relaxing indeed. The bedroom was Room 4 at the front of the pub (by the road) and overlooked the church which is 5 minutes walk away. Despite the fact that we were so close to the road, something we are not used to living in a quiet rural setting ourselves, we didn\'t suffer from road noise. Our stay was a Tuesday/Weds so there wasn\'t too much traffic to disturb us. Early morning dog-walking discovered that going through the church yard brought us directly to the cliff tops with wonderful views over the harbour bay and the coastal path that leads along the way. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore in the pub. Having also explored the menu, we opted to eat here so, having popped down into Lynmouth to watch the night set in, on our return we had a delicious and well presented evening meal. Breakfast was also very good (delicious sausage) and we really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and nattering with other dogs and their two-legged companions. Dogs ARE allowed in all areas (but not on furniture or beds). The bedroom and bathroom were spotless. We didn\'t mind the tired carpets in the public areas, the dust on the memorabilia - this is after all an old inn with huge open fireplaces and all of that only added to the charm for us. We wanted to stay another night but work commitments were in the way. We will have to comfort ourselves with looking forward to returning.
Reviewer: Heather Barker | Sun 5th Oct 2014
Travelling with a dog can be difficult when it comes to overnight accommodation. So, it was a complete joy to discover the warm welcome and dog-friendliness at the Blue Ball. The food was delicious and the memory of the pavolva stays with me still! My room was excellent and the walk out to the Foreland Point one of the best.
Reviewer: Pat Ling | Sat 4th Oct 2014
Lovely old pub. Staff very friendly and helpful. Beautiful setting right opposite the coast path. Plenty of parking. Fantastic food with large portions and nicely presented. The homemade cheescake is to die for! Breakfasts excellent too.
Reviewer: David Richardson | Fri 3rd Oct 2014
We spent our third long weekend at The Blue Ball Inn at Countisbury.....It is the most restful place and surrounded by some of the best walks and scenery imaginable. We brought both the dogs, who were even allowed in to the restaurant! This took a huge strain off us. The food is absolutely amazing, and there is a LOT of it , but after walking all day, it is just what you need. Cask beers and fantastic staff, all go to making sure we will return again and again. It is such an olde worlde place too, and in the winter they have fanatastic log fires.....If you need to keep up with other stuff, there is free wi fi, great place , great atmosphere great staff and great surroundings......
Reviewer: Mrs. Katrina Gill | Mon 29th Sep 2014
Stayed many times with our two dogs never dissapointed with the service or the food, always made welcome, brilliant dog friendly pub
Reviewer: Glenn Anderson | Mon 29th Sep 2014
We stayed here for three nights,great location big portions for meals,very relaxing and comfortable room.
Reviewer: Mr. Steve Blampied | Sun 28th Sep 2014
We chose the Blue Ball Inn for a short family treat this autumn and we were not disappointed.The location is a rural idyll (yet close enough to main attractions of the region) the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the rooms clean,well considered and presented, the food truly excellent...and bountiful.We\'d like to thank all the crew(front of house and behind the scenes)for making us welcome and helping us share and make happy memories. Thank you. Simon, Judith, Ken and Cynthia Harris, Buckinghamshire, UK.
Reviewer: Simon Harris | Sat 27th Sep 2014
Just the most welcoming and comfortable stay - as always. The food is wholesome and tasty, the wine is excellent, the locals could not be more friendly and, best of all, dogs are truly \'welcome\'. Set in the unique beauty of the Exmoor National Park, this really is the perfect escape.
Reviewer: Ms. Charlotte Cornwell | Sun 21st Sep 2014
Very comfortable stay. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food portions in the restaurant were enormous and not to be missed! Definitely stay again.
Reviewer: Mr. Adrian Geeves | Fri 19th Sep 2014
We had a one night stay in this friendly traditional no frills pub. We ate in their restaurant and the food was more than adequate and delicious. If this sounds over the top it underestimates the friendly and welcoming reception we received. Dogs come almost number 1. Great pub.
Reviewer: Nicholas Taylor | Wed 17th Sep 2014
Excellent Inn, warm and friendly welcome. Clean and tidy rooms. Amazing home cooked meals. We will be back!
Reviewer: Christine Bell | Tue 16th Sep 2014
We recently visited the Blue Ball Inn with much trepidation having with us a very disturbed young German Shepherd dog who has had a bad start in life. We didn\'t know how she would behave or be received. The Blue Ball are fantastic. Not only were we AND dog made welcome, our room was super(the bathroom a joy!)and the food was really good- fresh vegetable selection particularly enjoyable.We can\'t thank the staff enough and can\'t wait to come back either!
Reviewer: Ms. Ros Stinton | Mon 15th Sep 2014
On first impressions from outside we were a little disturbed by the general appearance of the Inn. But once inside we were immediately made very welcome and because we were early, our room was not ready we had a bite to eat, a taste of what was to come. We were taken to our room what a surprise, very pleasant, bright and clean, with a lovely view. We had taken our dog because we knew she would be welcome, the list of do\'s and don\'ts regarding dogs were perfectably acceptable. We now come to the best bit, the food! to say we were impressed would be an understatement from the humble baguettes we had on arrival to the heights of saddle of venison, sea bass, pork rib, trout and more every dish served extremely well presented by very pleasant staff who could have not been more helpful. In fact the food was so good we did not bother to try anywhere else. We have given 5 stars but feel the outside needs a bit of TLC. But having said that we would definitely come to stay again.
Reviewer: Tim Harding | Sun 14th Sep 2014
Another fantastic stay at the Blue Ball. Very friendly, especially to our furry companions, wonderful rooms, fantastic food, especially some of the evening meal combinations. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Mr. Mark Worthington | Sun 14th Sep 2014
This is the fourth time we have stayed at the Blue Ball; it is definitely dog friendly as claimed. The service is friendly and the beer is good. The food is excellent, plenty of choice and not too fancy but everything is well presented and has a touch of class which lifts it above the usual pub-grub staples. The Blue Ball is well located for access to attractions and beautiful countryside. We had a most enjoyable stay and will certainly go back again.
Reviewer: Ted Shaw | Fri 12th Sep 2014
The hotel is ideally situated for a multitude of walks, and they even provide directions for several if them. The room was lovely with a very pretty view. And and and oh my gosh the food is amazing!! My only wish would be smaller portion sizes so I could squeeze in more dishes :)
Reviewer: Mr. Marc Nicol | Fri 12th Sep 2014
Home again after having a lovely time at the Blue Ball Inn Countisbury North Devon with the family,first-class as usual,this is our third visit.
Reviewer: Brian Richards | Thu 11th Sep 2014
We had a lovely few days at the Blue Ball Inn. Great location, comfortable room and very clean and welcoming. Genuinely dog-friendly and we ate here every evening and we were very happy with the quality of food. Breakfast was good as well. Staff very friendly and professional too. Will definitely return and would recommend the Blue Ball without hesitation.
Reviewer: Mr. Mike Harris | Wed 10th Sep 2014
Spent a relaxing and great evening at the blue ball. Was welcomed warmly and shown to a fabulous room. Sylvia my dog and I were very impressed. Thank you
Reviewer: Kirsty Gray | Tue 9th Sep 2014
We enjoyed our stay very much the food was superb and our room was absolutely lovely that is why we have given 5 stars. We knew it was a dog friendly establishment but unfortunately for us we did not realise just how friendly.
Reviewer: Patricia Speer | Tue 9th Sep 2014
I stayed for three nights very recently at the Blue Ball Inn. The location was great, whether you want to just relax, or drive to the many local sights and attractions, or walk, for the latter just a couple of hundred yards or so from open grassland looking over the Bristol Channel, with views right along the coast as you walk further; and there other walks from the hotel(the one I did having a stunning view of the Watersmeet valley.) It's advertised as dog-friendly, and it certainly is, with dogs being allowed in bedrooms and the dining room; and in case anyone may be put off by dogs, they were all very well-behaved, and were kept very much under control. The food was very good and well-presented, and the staff, without exception, were friendly and helpful. I will definitely be staying there again.
Reviewer: Vicky Rose | Mon 8th Sep 2014
Warm welcome. Good sized double room. Very good full English breakfast. Very good selection of ales and cider. All in an interesting historic inn surrounded by wonderful coastal and countryside walks.
Reviewer: Mr. Brian Clarke | Mon 8th Sep 2014
The room was cosy but we were a bit disappointed with the view it wasn't really scenic. Staff friendly and helpful. Great breakfasts. We loved the walk into Lynmouth via Watersmeet. Would recommend, enjoyed our stay
Reviewer: Leonard Shipsey | Sun 7th Sep 2014
We enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing break with good food, great company, a warm welcome, helpful service and well equipped room. Thank you.
Reviewer: Mary Samuels | Sun 7th Sep 2014
The BlueBall inn is a great place to stay ,it is a relaxing and very friendly , the food is great and the staff are always willing to go that extra mile for you . We stayed in a standard room which was comfortable and clean with tea and coffee tray provided which was well stocked . The little things like providing bottled water and very good bathroom items, shampoo, shower jell and lovely soft towels . When i asked for a hair dryer it was obtained for me as there was not one in the room . This inn is pet friendly so there were lots of dogs about we did not mind this as we are animal lovers , but i would not be put off by this as the dogs were no trouble at all . I will be returning again when i need a pick me up from this hectic world . A supper place to stay .
Reviewer: Carolyn Boakes | Fri 5th Sep 2014
Had a great one night stay at the Blue Ball Inn. Our 2 dogs were made to feel very welcome we had a lovely evening meal and breakfast. Couldn't have been happier. Nearby countryside was also perfect for early evening walks.
Reviewer: Mrs. Sarah Whitmee | Thu 4th Sep 2014
I've stayed here a couple of times now with my wife at the same time as my parents, in laws and sister and brother in law (who have a couple of dogs). I've found the pub to be a very relaxing place to stay, quiet in the rooms and great access to the countryside. Noise from the road is minimal. I have enjoyed the food in the pub and am happy to stay and eat in a the pub in the evenings whilst staying. Prices are reasonable and portions generous. The selection of real ales on and ciders on tap in the bar seems good and the atmosphere friendly.
Reviewer: Mr S Samuels | Wed 3rd Sep 2014
Another wonderful stay at the Blue Ball Inn we loved it, the dog loved it, great walks, great ale, great food, great location, cant wait to go back.
Reviewer: Mrs. Lynda Norris | Tue 2nd Sep 2014
We stayed for a couple of nights with our labrador aged 13 months. He was made very welcome by all the staff A few dogs were staying and it all worked well. We could bring him to all the meals and there was easy access to the moor across the road for his toiletries! Great walks,
Reviewer: Mrs Carole Chedgy | Tue 2nd Sep 2014
This is the second time we have been to the Blue Ball Inn, and each time has been really enjoyable. Lovely relaxed pub, friendly staff, great food, brilliant area, and if you have dogs like us it's perfect.
Reviewer: Mrs. Linda Bird | Mon 1st Sep 2014
What a lovely old "proper" pub, family owned. So different from the plastic sterile interiors our pubs are being turned into. Had lovely stay, great food, friendly staff. Lots of character. As I sid to the Landlord, don't ever change it. !!!
Reviewer: Mrs Hajichambis | Sun 31st Aug 2014
Lovely Hotel, rooms spacious, food excellent and great value for money, would definitely return for another visit. Very dog friendly which made all the difference for us. Staff very polite and professional. Top Class
Reviewer: Gillian Stonard | Sat 30th Aug 2014
Had a excellent time, were made very welcome by staff,our two dogs felt at home, all rooms were clean and did not smell of dogs,excellent cleaning,all meals were superb, we will be returning. Thank you for a lovely stay.
Reviewer: Susan Ellacott | Fri 29th Aug 2014
Very much enjoyed our stay at the Blue Ball Inn. Reserved table in the bar, great food, comfortable and clean. Can't really fault it.
Reviewer: Peter Neville | Wed 27th Aug 2014
A lovely place to stay, frendily staff and good food, rooms lovely and cosy. Had a great time
Reviewer: Alan Millin | Wed 27th Aug 2014
The Blue Ball Inn is a fantastic olde worlde inn in a fabulous location - near the dramatic North Devon cliffs in the Exmoor National Park. There is good walking right from the door, excellent food and friendly staff. Bring your dog if you have one - it will be given a friendly welcome and will feel right at home. You are not permitted to leave your pet in your room unattended and therefore they are welcome at breakfast and at dinner. All the holiday dogs staying there were very well behaved - even ours! I think they could sense they were welcome rather than just tolerated.
Reviewer: Mrs. Deborah Rodgers | Mon 25th Aug 2014
A very nice stay, ( even with the rain) and the food/ drinks / accommodation was lovely We will call in again no doubt
Reviewer: Stott | Mon 25th Aug 2014
We love staying in the blue boy inn it's so friendly and the family and staff are so willing to help you.
Reviewer: Pauline Brewer | Tue 19th Aug 2014
Hotel booked for a last minute long weekend break. Great for dog owners as well behaved pets are made very welcome at the Blue Ball. Food was excellent and plentiful. Room was spacious and clean although the bed was not the comfiest I've slept in. All in all, a very enjoyable break
Reviewer: Mr. Gareth Williams | Mon 18th Aug 2014
We currently stayed at The blue ball inn we highly recommend a stay at this inn.The staff we're all extremely friendly,food was amazing and the room was lovely
Reviewer: Angela Jarvis | Thu 14th Aug 2014
Absolutely lovely! Dog and walker friendly, great food and beer make this a favourite destination. Recommend unreservedly- we are lucky to have found this gem on Exmoor . returning in October - if not before
Reviewer: Andy & Lyn Potter | Thu 14th Aug 2014
We loved our stay at the Blue Ball. Great food, iinformal and friendly atmosphere, wonderful location with a good choice of walks from the doorstep. Very dog friendly place too. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Kristina Thimm | Wed 13th Aug 2014
This is our fourth stay at the Blue Ball Inn at Countisbury and we can't recommend it enough.
Reviewer: Miss. Christine Lloyd | Tue 12th Aug 2014
Most welcoming accommodation, perfect for dog owners and our room we were in was just what we required. The menu was good and the food well presented.This was our third visit and we will no doubt return!
Reviewer: Mr. Alan Thompson | Thu 7th Aug 2014
excellent base for walking or sightseeing, great old building full of character, good sized bedroom. plenty of car parking. Friendly & helpful staff, excellent relaxed bar area & a good range of beers. Good breakfast with large portions. The dog says its the best place he's stayed!
Reviewer: Geoff Aspin | Thu 7th Aug 2014
We are just back from a fabulous stay at The Blue Ball Inn. It is a pet friendly inn and adults and pets are made very welcome. The rooms are of a good standard with towels and shower gel, shampoo etc. provided. The food is fantastic, a very good quality breakfast included. There is also a very good choice for evening meal, all excellent value for money and good quality food and service. We will definitely be returning . A lovely relaxing stay and we met some lovely people.
Reviewer: David Sackman | Thu 7th Aug 2014
Genuinely this is a hidden gem! Landlords are terrific, friendly, food excellent, rooms charming and dog friendly to a massive degree. Location can't be beaten! We will be returning for sure! Adored our stay and wish we could have stayed longer.
Reviewer: Emma Wheeler | Tue 5th Aug 2014
friendly welcome - good size bedroom / bathroom / comfortable bed / lots of dogs which ok if you like dogs / evening meal of rack of lamb was ok but too much sauce and a bit fussy / breakfast was good
Reviewer: Neil Geeleher | Tue 5th Aug 2014
Excellent hotel for those looking for a dog friendly environment. The hotel offered good food and local ales. Local walks available from the hotel. Clean and friendly. Good base for getting around. Would consider returning to the hotel if holidaying in devon.
Reviewer: Angela Foulds | Sun 3rd Aug 2014
Hard to find but well worth the phone call for directions. Would recommend to anyone, they have got the formula right!
Reviewer: Mrs. Helen Hyde | Thu 31st Jul 2014
comfortable room, missed having a proper shower. food very nice decent portion sizes. Friendly staff. Fantastic walks very close by.
Reviewer: Mrs. Ruth Blackett | Thu 31st Jul 2014
Fantastic location. Liked the interior layout. Excellent evening meals. Well-cooked and generous portions. Disappointed with breakfast. Would have liked a printed menu with more choice.
Reviewer: Mr Ordish | Sun 27th Jul 2014
We returned after 3 years and were not disappointed at all. When offered Rome/Venice/Barcelona/Paris my wife chose the Blue Ball!! And how right she was - excellent food/drink/company/ambiance
Reviewer: Mr. David Earle | Sat 26th Jul 2014
This was one of the best dog friendly stays we have had. Lovely, light airy room, really friendly staff, and the food was excellent. The hotel is also in a brilliant location for stunning views and places of interest. We will definitely be back. Thank you.
Reviewer: Janette Moore | Wed 23rd Jul 2014
This was our second stay at the Blue Ball Inn and we were not disappointed. Room was lovely and clean spacious and having our 2 small dogs with us was not a problem. The food was excellent with a good choice..we will definatley be back for another relaxing break/
Reviewer: Tracey Hellier | Mon 21st Jul 2014
Had a very caring laid back attitude and it was nice to see that dogs are important here. Nice room, comfortable bed and good food and beer! What more could you ask for. 100% 5*
Reviewer: Mr Steven Smith | Sun 20th Jul 2014
Stayed here to break long journey on way to St Ives. Lovely quiet location just a short drive from Lynmouth with its riverside walks. Our room with window overlooking the road and hills was very quiet and very clean. We liked it so much that we stayed in the same room on the way back. The owners and staff are all very friendly and the food was excellent particularly from the specials menu. A substantial breakfast is also served. we did not know at the time of booking that dogs are also welcomed here. On our first night there were at least 5 staying with their owners. They were all well behaved, quiet and not a problem to anyone. We are not dog owners so were a little concerned initially that they might be noisy but we never heard a sound from them. A good welcome - good food and drink - friendly staff - clean room - quiet country setting. Perhaps the decor and carpet in the bar area has seen better days - but then it is dog friendly. Restaurant was busy both nights we were there - always a good sign. Would be very happy to stay again.
Reviewer: David Pidcock | Sat 19th Jul 2014
Once again a brilliant stay in a beautiiful location. If you have never visited the Blue Ball, then put it on your (to do list) right away.
Reviewer: Erica Mills | Sat 19th Jul 2014
We have just had a great 3 night stay with walks for the dogs who also enjoyed it very much. Good food and lots of it and a very enjoyable stay. Thank you very much.
Reviewer: Mr Newstead | Fri 18th Jul 2014
Very friendly staff and very good food. A very chilled and relaxed atmosphere. The dogs were also made very welcome. It's also a fabulous location and centre for lots of beautiful places to visit. Definitely would go again and recommend to friends.
Reviewer: Janet Aughey | Fri 18th Jul 2014
Fantastic stay. Lovely food,people amazing welcome. Our dog loved it. We will be back. Phil and his team are awesome. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Just amazing. For some reason star rating will not allow me to submit but 5 stars from us absolutely
Reviewer: Tonia Downie | Tue 15th Jul 2014
Warm & friendly as usual, very comfortable, good food and drink at reasonable prices. Will be back soon, small crit; please update website menu.
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Mon 14th Jul 2014
Travelled with elderly parents and dog. Your hotel was perfect for both! Food and accommodation was fantastic. We have never been to such a people and dog friendly establishment.
Reviewer: Mrs. Carole Jackson | Sun 13th Jul 2014
Enjoyed our stay, only comment would be that unable to hook shower above bath as no fitting
Reviewer: Colbourne | Sun 13th Jul 2014
Just returned from our 3rd visit to the Blue Ball since last October. This time we travelled as a family group of 5, including our 16 year old daughter. We took 2 dogs with us - Hugo the pup lab and Tilly the diva bulldog! Both were made extremely welcome as all dogs are by the owners. The inn is perfectly situated to explore Exmoor; returning to in the evening for an amazingly tasty (and large!) dinner! We will certainly return over and over again now we have discovered this wonderful gem. Everyone is so friendly and caring. Thank you once again - see you again soon x
Reviewer: Lisa Hannah | Thu 10th Jul 2014
Really nice B&B, very welcoming staff, lovely food and cosy surroundings. Perfect place to relax and stay with your pet. :)
Reviewer: Mrs. Paula Elphick | Tue 8th Jul 2014
Made the dogs and ourselves very welcome. Very dog friendly, great food and lively location,
Reviewer: Vince Lucey | Sun 6th Jul 2014
Good location, good food, helpful,friendly staff and great for dogs, would stay again.
Reviewer: Susan Nicholson | Sun 6th Jul 2014
The Blue Ball Inn was recommended by our daughter and husband as a dog friendly hotel with great food. This proved to be very true. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly and we in turn, would have no hesitation in recommending the Blue Ball to our friends.
Reviewer: Margaret Robinson | Sat 5th Jul 2014
nice 1 night stay, friendly and lovely food, but the shower was dreadful
Reviewer: Keith Jolley | Thu 3rd Jul 2014
At the Blue Ball you get a very friendly welcome from the owners and all the staff. Very dog friendly as they are welcome in every part of the Inn.
Reviewer: Margaret Plowman | Wed 2nd Jul 2014
we have stayed at the blue ball inn many times and are always met with a friendly welcome, if you want a very dog friendly place to stay that makes both you and your hairies very welcome you would be hard pressed to find better, also this stunning area has many walks to enjoy and picture box villages to visit.
Reviewer: Jacky And Jim Hodges | Wed 2nd Jul 2014
A wonderful long weekend break for my husbands birthday was just what we needed. Taking our dog just made it perfect for her to be included. Such a friendly place and couldn't do enough for us and the dog either! Would definitely recommend! Thank you!
Reviewer: Mrs. Laura Buet | Tue 1st Jul 2014
Comfortable stay again. Food still excellent. Looking forward to the next visit.
Reviewer: Ms. Adelaide Campbell-upton | Mon 30th Jun 2014
Having 2 dogs finding a hotel can be a bind but the Blue Ball was brilliant, friendly, good food and Dogs very welcome. The location in Exmoor is excellent for walking the Dog or a 10 mile hike. We will be going back. The room we stayed in was adequate but we didn't go there to stay in the room!
Reviewer: Mr. Bernard Horlock | Wed 25th Jun 2014
Very comfortable old pub. Excellent food. Very helpful and friendly staff. Improvement to shower is all that is needed
Reviewer: Mr. Martin Watson | Tue 24th Jun 2014
this was our 3rd stay so you can see we love it rooms clean staff great food great only down side showers poor but it is a 13th century inn with private water supply so take it as it is
Reviewer: Tom Welch | Mon 23rd Jun 2014
Reviewer: Mrs Beverley O\'hea | Sat 21st Jun 2014
This is what a country pub should be,homely,friendly and with first rate food! Good beer and a peaceful area to sit and enjoy the view,definitely worth another visit.
Reviewer: Mrs. Ann Good | Fri 20th Jun 2014
Just arrived home from a return visit to the Blue Ball Inn.Had a great time,as in previous Years..Friendly staff willing to do that little extra,that makes all the difference.A lovely setting,and all you would expect from an OLD English Inn.Loved it.Thank you Phil and Johnny.Will see you next Year.
Reviewer: Maurice Staples | Fri 20th Jun 2014
A great location for walking,near to the S.W.Coastal path Good hearty food,and friendly staff,very dog friendly
Reviewer: Mr N Berry | Wed 18th Jun 2014
Three nights B&B for the price of two, at a fantastic pub, with superb local ales, excellent food, in beautiful countryside, terrific walks all round, friendly & attentive staff, quality room with good facilities and lovely view ... sounds too good to be true, but no, it really happened. The best long weekend we've had for many moons. Can't wait to get back.
Reviewer: Mr. Peter Hampton | Mon 16th Jun 2014
This was our yearly stay at the blue ball and yet again we were not disappointed. Had a really enjoyable couple of evenings with a few locals as well as guests. Excellent food with the staff going out of there way to accommodate particular dietary needs.l
Reviewer: Lin And Andy Howe | Sun 15th Jun 2014
A fantastic location to use as a base for numerous walks in the area. The surroundings are stunning and so near to exmoor lynton and lynmouth. I have used the blue ball at different times of year and enjoyed that variety to explore locally. The food is good solid stuff and priced reasonably which is what you need after being out all day on walks. Our room was comfortable spacious and clean the bath just needed a proper shower over with curtain but very usable .
Reviewer: Alan Nabb | Sat 14th Jun 2014
Very welcoming and friendly inn. Will recommend to friends
Reviewer: Mrs V West | Tue 10th Jun 2014
A lovely old building with many twists & turns! The room was large,clean & quiet.Breakfast for the week/end deal was great & plenty of choice for the evening meals too. Will be staying again.
Reviewer: Mr Williams | Wed 4th Jun 2014
We had a lovely time. The room was very comfortable, the welcome was warm and friendly and the food very good. I am really happy to recommend the Inn. I hope we can visit again.
Reviewer: Mr. Stephen Saunders | Tue 3rd Jun 2014
Excellent location, Great views, Very friendly and welcoming both to us and our dog. Excellent food and ale, cant wait to go back.
Reviewer: Mrs. Lynda Norris | Mon 2nd Jun 2014
We had a fabulous stay here, the Inn is in a fabulous location, which is its big plus point. The food is amazing and great value. For us the only downside was the room however i understand that some have been refurbished and this is ongoing. Don't let this put you off though, we will be going back. Great hosts and service as well.
Reviewer: Martin Ellis | Mon 2nd Jun 2014
The previous reviews online were spot on. This place is ideal for a relaxing break. Stunning views and great walks nearby. Especially when the sun is out. Atmospheric pub with a lot of heritage. Food good and staff brilliant. Hotel clean and well run.
Reviewer: Peter Vizor | Sun 1st Jun 2014
Very enjoyable stay in this very friendly Inn, fantastic service, quality rooms and the food is freshly prepared of the highest quality. Will certainly be returning with the dog.
Reviewer: Nicholas Guppy | Fri 30th May 2014
Great food, great ale and great environment. Comfortable and honest twin room. Very disappointing/non-existent shower!
Reviewer: Mr Z Trump | Thu 29th May 2014
Can thoroughly recommend this hotel. Clean comfortable rooms excellent service and excellent food. Dogs were made to feel as welcome as we were. definately be going back!!!
Reviewer: Diana And Michael Snowdon | Thu 29th May 2014
very welcoming and friendly. lovely breakfast. great food served in the evening. Cosy and clean.
Reviewer: Bev Dudden | Wed 28th May 2014
Great location, lovely staff, excellent food and great nights sleep. What more can I say?! Will be going back in the future.
Reviewer: Laura Iles | Wed 28th May 2014
Very good service. Friendly and accommodating staff. Great place to stay and convincingly located.
Reviewer: CLEMENTINE LEAHY | Mon 26th May 2014
Relaxed and friendly place that is genuinely dog friendly. Dogs are welcome in rooms, bar and restaurant. The food was lovely, huge portions and great choice for breakfast to set you up for a days walking. Lovely walks from the pub and loads more in surrounding area. Will definately return and highly recommend to others.
Reviewer: Miss. Jacqueline Logan | Mon 26th May 2014
We and another couple stayed six nights. We found all aspects excellent - and excellent value. Breakfasts were good, and plentiful porridge was a nice touch. Other meals were well cooked and well presented. Above all, every member of staff was unobtrusively pleasant, helpful and efficient.
Reviewer: Robert Dinwiddy | Sat 24th May 2014
Another great stay at the Blue Ball, great food, and the most dog friendly accomodation we ever stay at (and that includes family).
Reviewer: Mr. Mark Worthington | Tue 20th May 2014
excellent value. good beer and food.Was worried about it being dog friendly, but everything was fine and would definitely stay again and recommend.
Reviewer: Mr. Nigel Taylor | Mon 19th May 2014
Everything was exactly as it has always when we have visited with the past. A very comfortable room, a lovely welcome when we got there, staff who could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible and all this was extended to our two dogs as well who love their stay at the Blue Ball as much as we do. Thank you to Nick Jackie and all the other lovely staff for a very lovely relaxing break.
Reviewer: Christine And Steve Maskell | Thu 15th May 2014
If you DON'T like dogs or LIKE miniscule portions of nouvelle cuisine DON'T go to the Blue Ball;it's not the Ritz,but nor does it pretend to be!!! We,on the other hand,had yet another brilliant few days there.There can't be better 'value for money' anywhere around.The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in the south west, so take your dog ... oh, and your partner!!!!, for a holiday at the Blue Ball; you won't regret it !!!!!!
Reviewer: Mr Ludlow | Tue 13th May 2014
It is difficult to review the Blue Ball without it sounding like a eulogy. The pub is truly a fabulous retreat. I say pub as that is what it is and does not pretend to be anything else. This is not a heartless gastro bar nor is it a boutique hotel. The beer is good, the food hearty pub grub and the rooms clean, modern and well presented. The staff without exception are all wonderful and go out of their way to make you feel at home. My hat off to Phil, Jacky and Nick for creating such a wonderful venue. My admiration to Nick in particular; the sight of him maintaining an even keel on a Saturday evening whilst almost single handed serving 127 covers was something to behold. I for one could never have remained so calm! Plainly and simply 'Thank you' for making Troy and our stay a pleasure. One last special note for Jules - just remember it's "nice to see you again Jackie"!!
Reviewer: Karen and Matt Beeson | Mon 12th May 2014
The staff were very friendly, food good, Service good, rooms clean. But beware dog friendly and they are allowed in dining room.
Reviewer: David Thorpe | Thu 8th May 2014
Had a great 3 night stay here. Accommodation comfortable and food first class. Helpful staff, lovely setting, fair prices. We did not realise it was a haven for dog lovers. We like dogs but not keen on them being around during mealtimes. The pub was clean (no doggy smells). If you have a dog, take it with you, he will have a lovely time,
Reviewer: Mr Bourne | Wed 7th May 2014
A fantastic place to stay with a relaxing friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Thank you for great time.
Reviewer: Monika Zawadzka | Tue 6th May 2014
Great food and plenty of different beers to choose from is a great start, add to this a great family run business with comfortable rooms and great surroundings where most of the time the noisiest thing is the fields of lambs opposite and you have the makings of a great stay. Dog friendly and walkers plus their muddy boots are welcome and the building itself is a gem. Some of the rooms have newish wet rooms which are great -14 &15 plus 7 has a shower - others have baths if you like a soak after a long walk. Only one small negative - the dark blue towels need to be changed - a bit old and rough - but it is only a comment and in NO way a complaint. Give this place a try - best on the moor bar none and we have stayed in a lot of them
Reviewer: Ray Cowlin | Mon 5th May 2014
Room comfortable, but plumbing not so good. Hot water pressure very low - took an eternity to run a bath. The restaraunt is very good, with very good food at reasonable prices. No internet access, which is a drawback if you need to keep up to date with e mails.
Reviewer: Mr Paul Highsted | Thu 1st May 2014
A lovely old Coaching Inn with log fires and great atmosphere. The staff are fantastic - so welcoming, helpful and enthusiatic. The restaurant has an excellent menu with locally reared / caught / grown food with some great 'specials'. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Moreorless situated on the Coastal Path so lovely views and great for walkers. The owners have two dogs and dog owners are made very welcome.
Reviewer: Andrew Page | Wed 30th Apr 2014
Very dog friendly hotel with generous portions on the menu for excellent food and helpfull staff set in one of the finest walking areas in the country. you really do not need to use your car over a few days stay
Reviewer: Mr Law | Tue 29th Apr 2014
The Blue Ball Inn is a very comfortable and friendly place to stay. Food is excellent and the accommodation very clean and homely. I would recommend this place with a five star rating. Views are spectacular and the walking a joy. Very friendly proprieters and Staff.
Reviewer: Jonathan Boon | Mon 28th Apr 2014
Nice warm welcome friendly staff and good food ,We did the 3 nights for 2 deal mid week that was good value, great walks from the pub we will be back .April 2014.
Reviewer: Geoff Taylor | Mon 28th Apr 2014
We stayed for two nights B&B with our dog who was made very welcome by all. Great food with huge portions, lovely walks and beautiful scenery. Will definitely be going back soon.
Reviewer: Yvonne Thomas | Fri 25th Apr 2014
Pleasant & comfortable room and friendly service. Good 'pub grub' on the dinner menu with plenty of fresh vegetables. Probably not a good choice if you are nervous of dogs as nearly all the other guests seemed to have one!
Reviewer: Lucy Freeman | Wed 23rd Apr 2014
Brilliant stay, as usual!
Reviewer: Charlotte Cornwell | Wed 23rd Apr 2014
Once again a lovely few days at the Blue Ball, thanks
Reviewer: Mrs Christina Sadik | Wed 23rd Apr 2014
Our second time at the Inn, staying for Easter. Last time we stayed with our daughter in the autumn and it was just as lovely. The inn is the perfect base. Lovely comfy, clean rooms, amazing food, a warm welcome - what more could you ask for?! Already booked for July when we will be travelling as a group of 5 with our doggies! Cannot wait to return to this perfect corner of Exmoor bliss!
Reviewer: Lisa Hannah | Mon 21st Apr 2014
Have been staying at Blue Ball for past 5years,always a warm welcome.Good food.Dogs love it here.
Reviewer: Pam and Reg Molford | Mon 21st Apr 2014
Lovely place welcoming, long walks and peaceful away from towns and shops. Good walking areas. All made welcome.
Reviewer: Robin Bartholomew | Sun 20th Apr 2014
This has to be one of the friendliest places to stay. Surrounded by stunning countryside, it's ideal for those who enjoy walking. Dogs are welcome(almost obligatory)and you will never leave the table hungry. On the down side, they seem to have a low water pressure problem so the shower is a dribble and it takes ages to run a bath(so I wait in the bar)Overall...if you like the countryside you'll love this place.
Reviewer: Mr. Trevor Workman | Sat 19th Apr 2014
The Blue Ball Inn is am amazing place to stay. With fantastic views from the bedrooms, outstanding food, drinks and a wonderful welcoming. It's a friendly place and we will be returning! This was our second time and we were very impressed that there was Internet connection :)
Reviewer: Miss. Amber White | Tue 15th Apr 2014
We had a fantastic stay at the Blue Ball Inn. From arrival to departure nothing was too much and we were treated wonderfully. Friendly caring owners and staff look after you. Food is fantastic and reasonably. Location great. Bedroom standard but considering dogs etc very good. I would recommend this Inn to anyone
Reviewer: Allan Kennedy | Mon 14th Apr 2014
A beautiful pub full of character and interesting artefacts, lovlely accommodation great food, friendly staff. It truly is dog friendly and would highly recommend. Thank you
Reviewer: Mr. Justin Telford | Mon 14th Apr 2014
I have stayed at the 'Blue Ball Inn' on a number of occasions both as a dog owner and, on this occasion, a lone traveller. It is an incredibly special place, set in breath-takingly beautiful surroundings. The food is to a high standard, the staff are very welcoming and the rooms are lovely. Even though the inn is dog-friendly through out,it is very clean and fresh. It is an ideal base to explore exmoor and North Devon with enough walks to keep you busy for your entire stay if you do not wish to use the car. I would like to thank all the staff at the Blue Ball for making my stay so special during a difficult time in my life and look forward to returning with my son on the future.
Reviewer: Ms. Ruth Morris | Wed 9th Apr 2014
An excellent place to stay with good accommodation and great food. Also if you have man's best friend with you even better as they are also made very welcome nit just tolerated. Will definitely go again.
Reviewer: Mrs. Sandra Wharton | Sun 6th Apr 2014
Wonderful place to stay! Warm welcome,warm room,beautiful views,dogs very welcome,excellent walks right from the front door over Exmoor andplenty of really good food and drink.What more can anyone wish for!!
Reviewer: Hurren | Sun 6th Apr 2014
Really good time. Hospitality very good. Food excellent but would have liked better dessert choice (not same every night!)
Reviewer: Nina Eyre | Sat 5th Apr 2014
Wonderful 2 days, our dog enjoyed her holiday and so did we. The food was delicious, comfy beds and the ambiance was just right. Thank you all, we will be back.
Reviewer: Jennifer Bravery | Tue 1st Apr 2014
Fantastic getaway location - ideal for dog owners and foodies! Comfortable, friendly and really accommodating. Can't recommend it highly enough. We will most definitely be returning!
Reviewer: Mr. Rob Guy | Mon 31st Mar 2014
Very welcoming, comfortable room, great pub, generous tasty food!!
Reviewer: Nick Jacobsen | Sun 30th Mar 2014
Our room was recently decorated and was very comfortable. There was a good selection of food on the menu and the portions were very generous. The staff were very courteous and very helpful. Will definitely stay again
Reviewer: Mr. David Holman | Sat 29th Mar 2014
We have stayed @ the Blue ball quite a few times& always enjoy it, we like its old world charm and hospitality, our stay for 4 days last week was as good as always and we shall return. Chris & Barbara Cox
Reviewer: Mrs Barbara Cox | Fri 28th Mar 2014
Dog friendly.. absolutely! Proper dog welcoming. Human friendly... totally. Staff, food, accommodation were all great. The Blue Ball Inn is an Inn, not a 5* hotel... but the standards of food, service and hospitality are exceptional for a pub stay. We will return and have already recommended it!
Reviewer: Mrs. Elizabeth Harris | Wed 26th Mar 2014
We have visited The Ball Ball many times before, always a very warm welcome for us and our dog. Comfortable, cosy inn with good food in a spectacular location. Hope to back later in the year.
Reviewer: Mr Ralph | Wed 26th Mar 2014
Stayed Saturday and Sunday night. Staff very friendly and cooperative. Food excellent, good selection of wine and ale. Enjoyable stay. Thankyou.
Reviewer: Mr. Paul Davey | Tue 25th Mar 2014
Lovely old coaching Inn, with great accommodation, good food and beer! Looking forward to returning. George and Vivien
Reviewer: Mr. George Gibson | Mon 17th Mar 2014
this is the 5th time we have stayed at the blue ball inn and as always had a great time the rooms are comfortable the food great and the owners friendly and welcoming. already booked to go again
Reviewer: Mr. John Crudgington | Mon 17th Mar 2014
We loved our stay at The Blue Ball. Our rooms were delightful as we're the lovely staff who were so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and my doggy gave it the five stars ..he had a ball !!
Reviewer: Sonya Stockhill | Mon 17th Mar 2014
A return visit to the Blue Ball with our Spinone, and it was equally as good. The staff were excellent with the dogs, and the food was superb. The rooms are quaint and quirky, entirely in keeping with the property. Of course the scenery all around is stunning. We aim to return in future.
Reviewer: Philip Slade | Mon 17th Mar 2014
Just returned from another stay at the Blue Ball.Still as good as ever would reccomend it to anyone.Looking forward to returning in September.
Reviewer: Erica Mills | Sat 15th Mar 2014
Have been before but this was the first time I had taken my son and as usual is was a fantastic few days. Good food, accommodation and walking.
Reviewer: Mr. Daniel Biggs | Thu 13th Mar 2014
Lovely setting & gorgeous food, really relaxing atmosphere.
Reviewer: Ann Taylor | Tue 11th Mar 2014
Lovely walking country. The Blue Ball Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are a seasoned walker and enjoy taking your dog with you. The staff are very welcoming, the food excellent and the rooms comfortable.
Reviewer: Mrs Sarah Selwyn | Tue 11th Mar 2014
Loved everything about the Blue Ball Inn. Didn't have my own dog but "Poppy" will adopt you for a homemade dog biscuit. Food and accommodation very good and the staff are so friendly but professional. Maybe a 9.30 pm chef finishing time would be good as we ran out of time to order our desserts by 9pm - the only minor problem .
Reviewer: Sandra Dale | Sat 8th Mar 2014
We stayed for three nights at Blue Ball Inn taking advantage of the three nights for the price of two offer which made it very good value for money. The food was very good as always, (and plenty of it!), the staff were pleasant and helpful and there was plenty of room in the car park. The main problem for us was the lack of a proper shower, as there were no rooms with 'wet room' showers available when we booked. The rooms we had were at the front of the hotel and did have the views but also suffered with noise from the bar and stairs. Although the website promises WiFi it was not available in rooms 1, 5 & 6, with nothing in the hotel room guide to suggest that it was available yet. Finally I must say thank you to the owners for the excellent Sunday lunch we had to celebrate my mother-in-law's 80th birthday.
Reviewer: Mr. Kevin Armstrong | Thu 6th Mar 2014
Perfect spot for excellent walking in the Exmoor National Park. Animal-friendly, but you would not know it! As a non-animal person, I'd go back tomorrow as everything is first-class.
Reviewer: John Hepworth | Tue 4th Mar 2014
Great atmosphere, good food& accommodation, would highly recommend a stay here.
Reviewer: Mr Allan Millin | Tue 4th Mar 2014
Warm, welcoming and relaxed place to stay. Loved that it is so dog friendly and you can walk from the doorstep. Very comfortable rooms and food/wine choice excellent. Open fires a real bonus. Really reasonable prices.
Reviewer: Mrs. Clare Mcloughlin | Sun 2nd Mar 2014
If only you would have put showers in as apposed to baths we think it would be even better than 5 star
Reviewer: Graham Mills | Sun 2nd Mar 2014
Just returned from the blue ball inn after 10 of us gathered for a 50th birthday. What a lovely welcoming place with 5 log fires, excellent ale, great hospitality and 5star food. Must mention how welcome dogs are, even in the bedrooms but there was certainly no doggy smell or hairs anywhere to be seen.
Reviewer: Tracey O\'kane | Sat 22nd Feb 2014
This is now our 10th time here. Staff friendly and helpful. Owners make time to talk to everyone. Good food. Great rooms.
Reviewer: Paul & Natasha Blackford | Tue 18th Feb 2014
Reviewer: D. Croucher | Tue 18th Feb 2014
Accommodation ,owners / staff /locals/beer all excellent, made to feel very welcome, will stay again .
Reviewer: Phil Bellis | Sun 16th Feb 2014
A very pleasant inn with friendly welcoming staff. Although some areas looked a little tired and could do with updating the fact that dogs are so welcome balanced this out. Lovely food and ale. Would stay again and would recommend to walkers with dogs.
Reviewer: Mr. Erik Nielsen | Sat 15th Feb 2014
Both the dog and us were made very welcome ! The food and general service were good, and the bedrooms were clean and warm Thanks for a good break.
Reviewer: Mr. Alan Nethersole | Sun 9th Feb 2014
A wonderful three days again,it just gets better and better,wonderful room,clean,tidy well presented.
Reviewer: Ian P Dye | Sat 8th Feb 2014
This was our second stay at The Blue Ball Inn which certainly suggests we were happy with our first stay. This Inn is a most comfortable establishment for a break in this wonderfull part of Devon. Being family run we always found everyone most welcoming. The Inn has great character and the food always excellent.
Reviewer: Patrick Emery | Sat 8th Feb 2014
Excellent stay. we have been numerous times now and find the staff are friendly and the food is excellent. Highly recommend it. Mark
Reviewer: Mark Slack | Mon 3rd Feb 2014
This is the second time I've used this review system for the Blue Ball Inn at Countisbury on the beautiful Exmoor Coast North Devon. We had an opportunity to stay in yet another of the rooms. This Time Room 11. Nicely set out, Good Washroom facilities,The Usual nice soft towels, nice Ebony toiletries. Clean & warm! The room had a lovely chunky wooden headed bed, nice traditional bead spread, crisp bed linen, extra blanket if required in the Wardrobe. Coffee Making facilities (no miserly 2 sachets of coffee here!) Digital Television, dressing table, nice chair to sit and relax in to look out at the view through the window. More than adequate wardrobe space and bedside cabinets. What make the Blue Ball Inn even more special for us is the fact that we can have our Two Border Collies with us in the room. Believe me when I say, you'd never guess a dog had even been in any of the rooms here. Anyway, the reason for our visit this time was I was 50 years old and after deliberating over, Austria, Malta or The Blue Ball, The Blue Ball was the choice. Why? Phil,Jacky & Nick plus their staff have always been consistent in every thing they do. Friendly, Professional, Informative, and pricelessly........ Caring/Thoughtful. Every day, perfect, the food consistant in quality. Excellent Inn Fayre with daily specials. Good beers, Irish Coffee to perfection, excellent selection of wines. All served with a smile. I had an immense smile and inner happiness on my birthday evening dinner when Phil & Jacky took time to come ad spend time with us, they had laid out a table by the large log burner, Happy Birthday banners, party poppers & a Birthday card too! Then to top it all off they had their chef do a surprize cake for me, complete with candles. It made me very happy,and very proud that I had decided to stay at The Blue Ball for the 4 nights. We shall be returning again very shortly. If you want a nice friendly , traditional Old World Inn to stay in. The Blue Ball ticks all the boxes!
Reviewer: Chris And Trisha Brown | Wed 29th Jan 2014
Just spent a 3 day break at the Blue Ball Inn in North Devon, the weather was horrible, cold wet and a gale blowing but the welcome from the staff at the Blue Ball could not have been warmer. The staff were welcoming and very helpful and the food was of superb quality and just the right amount. Its a walkers type pub and they encourage dog owners, we were neither of these but still had a lovely relaxing break.
Reviewer: Simon Button | Tue 28th Jan 2014
We have been coming to the Blue Ball since Phil,Jackie and Nick took over and have never been disappointed.The unfailing friendliness of the hosts and the staff is outstanding with clean comfortable rooms excellent food and drink the Blue Ball is a home away from home,which is why we come here for a break three to four times a year.!
Reviewer: Mr & Mrs Graham & Viv Collins | Sun 26th Jan 2014
Stayed for two nights with my dog to explore the area on foot and could not have been made more welcome. Excellent location for walking, comfortable room, good food and selection of real ales. One happy customer.
Reviewer: Mr. Lee Redfern | Thu 23rd Jan 2014
This was another return visit to Blue Ball for my Husband and me, this time we took our three sons, Daughter in law with 15 month old granddaughter an my sister and 5 dogs between us. As usual right from check in to check out all was excellent, rooms, food, service and team all made our visit wonderful we will be returning. So much to see an do around the Inn it's a win win for us
Reviewer: Mrs Irene Grubb | Sun 19th Jan 2014
Fantastic Inn for a holiday. Warm, friendly, good food and beer. Very comfortable clean rooms and great walking close by the pub.
Reviewer: Mr. Daniel Biggs | Wed 15th Jan 2014
Excellent food, room, bed, company. Hosts very welcoming, warm and cosy inn. Had to plan ahead to get hot water for bath, but a minor detail. Will visit again. Thank you.
Reviewer: Alanah Bidwell | Tue 14th Jan 2014
This is one of the best places to stay with our dog Archie with great food and a relaxed environment. We will be back.
Reviewer: Gerald Burbidge | Mon 13th Jan 2014
Excellent stay as before we recomended it to frinds who have all enjoyed it .Good food and staff only downside bath takes to long to fill and lumpy pillows. But will return again
Reviewer: Roy Newman | Wed 8th Jan 2014
Just returned from our annual 'dog walking' holiday. As ever the Blue Ball delivers on all fronts, great atmosphere, food and accommodation. look forward to seeing them all in the near future
Reviewer: Kevin Huckfield | Tue 7th Jan 2014
Amazing Blue Ball Inn with it's friendly staff, delicious food, and comfortable clean bedrooms. What else could you want but to sit by the fire with a glass of wine perfection. Love it!!
Reviewer: Pat Precious | Sat 4th Jan 2014
This is the Third "New Years Eve" celebrations stay the we have had with Phil,Jacky,Nick & the staff of The Blue Ball Inn Countisbury. The first time we wanted to stay Phil informed us that he was fully booked. Not to be beaten the following year we booked before the summer! Needless to say, we then for the next two years booked for the following NYE celebrations. Anyway,This year!Nice rooms,doggie friendly,"Old England" feel to the bar, cosy fires, Excellent food. Clean (in every way) Good selection of ales (Even a Pint of "Blue Ball") The staff are very attentive and have time for everyone. The Inn Dogs are friendly too and are always on hand whether you have your own dogs or not to have a bit of attention. New Years Eve is a relaxed event, with people spread around the Inn, This year a newly weds party sparked a great deal of fun and a party spirit at one end of the inn, whilst else where others sat, drank, played board games & when the Midnight hour came and the new year rolled in, hands were shook, hugs were given, and a hearty "Happy New Year".. The bar staff went round everyone to say their bit too. Stamp of approval came in many ways this time, 3rd time NYE for us as said. It was the dogs for us too , our two were so happy and relaxed they snored through the midnight hour. So Great Inn, Accomodation,staff,food in an old world atmosphere. Lots of local walks, as easy or as challenging as you'd prefer (guides available in the Inn) Lynton, Lynmouth & Porlock close by. Exmoor National Park at your disposal. Oh and if you like Surfing, check out Lynmouth I can talk for England , so I'll shut up now. This an Inn, Old world style. Book it and enjoy Many Thanks to Phil,Jacky,Nick and your staff. We will be back soon! Happy New Year for 2014!! Chris & Trisha
Reviewer: Chris And Trisha Brown | Thu 2nd Jan 2014
As always, a wonderful stay. This is just a great place to stay, particularly if you have dogs and love walking. The welcome is always friendly, the service is great - somewhere I can't wait to come back to. A lovely get-away.
Reviewer: Charlotte Cornwell | Mon 30th Dec 2013
We spent Christmas at blue ball inn. The food was excellent especially on Christmas Day. They provided a buffet for all the residents in the evening which was lovely. All the rooms were cleaned to the exact same excellent standard on Christmas Day. Thanks to Phil, Jackie, Nick and all the staff for making our Christmas wonderful.
Reviewer: Paul & Natasha Blackford | Mon 30th Dec 2013
Great Christmas break! Lovely relaxed pub with accommodating friendly staff. The food was excellent, surrounding walks as demanding as you wish, perfect!
Reviewer: Patricia Slade | Sun 29th Dec 2013
Having used the Blue Ball whilst on holiday in 2009 for our evening meals we always said we would love to return one day and stay at the pub. This has now happened and we are delighted to say we were not dissapointed. The selection of food and drinks were as good as we remembered and to only have to wander up a flight of stairs to bed afterwards was a bonus - as indeed was wandering back down each morning to a fantastic breakfast. We will return and would highly recommend it to anyone. The atmoshere is brilliant with a huge inglenook fire to greet you along with the sign above the bar that has always remained in our memory 'Dogs and muddy boots Welcome' - Sums it up really - Fantastic venue for a break.
Reviewer: Mr. Michael Downham | Sun 24th Nov 2013
We had a lovely stay at the Blue Ball as usual. Room was lovely, food great, staff really friendly and helpful. Wonderful location, ideally situated for walking. Would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Elaine Kinslow | Fri 22nd Nov 2013
Great long weekend, nice relaxing atmosphere, good food and plenty of it, fabulous walks and scenery, we will be back
Reviewer: Mrs Tyrrell | Tue 19th Nov 2013
This is our 8th or 9th visit which should say how much we enjoy staying at this beautiful place, warm friendly and good value for money. The food is alway fantastic with lots of choice. The whole area around is stunning which adds to the total experience.
Reviewer: Anne Gibson | Sun 17th Nov 2013
Had a fabulous weekend again at the Blue Ball Inn. Lovely room, cosy log fires, friendly staff and good food - will definately be returning next year. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this anyone and a bonus if you want to take your dog.
Reviewer: Carole And John Millard | Sun 17th Nov 2013
Probably the best stay of our 2 week trip. Room was comfy and convenient; food was excellent; staff extremely friendly and helpful to us older adults, and the area was quite beautiful and peaceful. Thanks, Phil, for a most pleasant and lovely stay. louise & Hank Hokans
Reviewer: Mr. Henry Hokans | Sat 16th Nov 2013
We have visited Blue Ball several times and always found the welcome incredibly warm, so 'dog friendly' that all the dogs relax and are very well behaved. Food is superb both in the choice and quality. Rooms are warm, snug and spotless, with good supply of tea/coffee !! As we are relatively frequent visitors, you can be assured that these regular visits are a compliment to the Blue Ball owners and staff. Thank you.
Reviewer: Neil and Janet Watts | Fri 15th Nov 2013
A wonderful, rural inn full of character and warmth. The owners and staff are brilliant and nothing is too much trouble. Stunning countryside from the doorstep and a selection of printed walks at the inn for you to make use of. Food is plentiful and delicious and prices are very reasonable. Rooms are comfortable with kettle, TV and now wifi for those that cant live without it! We stay here every year and will keep coming back time and time again as this is just the perfect place to stay of you want to immerse yourself in the stunning countryside of Exmoor and get away from it all. 5 stars in my book
Reviewer: Miss. Lotte Carritt | Wed 13th Nov 2013
Having had to postpone our anniversary weekend twice we ended up taking it in November. We where pleased we did as it happens. Entering the Blue Ball Inn with the smell of a log fire and home cooked food when it is overcast is very welcoming. We booked here because we could take our dogs. I'd read reviews and read about room 12, so it was a surprise when we where shown to that very room. It was perfect for us, plenty of room for the dogs cage to go up. An extra heater if you got cold, blankets, and it was so quiet. Beds comfortable, tea, coffee and biscuits. TV reception good. We both enjoyed a leisurely bath before our evening meal. We ate both evenings and the choice was good and meals very good and filling. Plenty of comfortable seating and log fires to lazy around once you came in from the many walks right on the door step. Will definitely recommend this place and if you are a dog owner/lover it is just the ticket.
Reviewer: Gloria Perrin | Mon 11th Nov 2013
What a superb break.Despite the weather we had a wonderful time.Warm welcome(the dog loved the fuss),lovely room.Food was some of the best I have ever had anywhere.I would recommend the Blue Ball to anyone.We wil certainly be back!.
Reviewer: Mr. Michael Parrott | Mon 11th Nov 2013
We enjoyed our stay good people very friendly
Reviewer: Ian Hawkins | Thu 7th Nov 2013
we had an enjoyable stay, loved the new wet room! will visit again next year.
Reviewer: Tracy Bethell | Wed 6th Nov 2013
We had a wonderful five nights at the Blueballs, it is one of our most favourite places in the world. It is a lovely warm, friendly place that we and our little dog absolutely love, she even remembered where she stayed the time before. The food is plentiful, delicious and excellent value, wine was very nice, and the staff are always patient and friendly even when busy. Our room was pretty, warm and comfortable, the plumbing is ancient but we always had lovely hot water. We love the walks in the surrounding stunning countryside literally on the pub doorstep, and what a welcoming site with the smoke coming out the chimney after walking back up Countisbury Hill. thank you to everyone at the Blueballs we shall see you next Autumn, already excited!
Reviewer: Mrs. Simone Edwards | Mon 4th Nov 2013
We stayed here for 4 nights during half term. My husband and I had a double room at the front of the Inn with our 15yr old daughter in her own room next to us. From the minute we checked in we felt at home. We took our Bulldog, Tilly and she loved the fires especially! Dogs are truly welcome at the Inn where you can have your 4 legged friend with you throughout. The food - what can I say?! It is absolutely amazing!! All food is served beautifully, portions are huge (don't try having a starter first - you will never manage your main!!) and the service is fast and personal. The owners very obviously care very much about all who visit or stay at the Inn. Our rooms were immaculately clean and serviced daily. Water pressure is low but nothing you wouldn't expect in a building of this age. We love Exmoor and especially the Lynton and Lynmouth area; now we know exactly where we will be staying every time we visit. Book a stay at the Inn for 'olde worlde' charm, excellent food, family service and value for money - you will not be disappointed!!
Reviewer: Lisa Hannah | Sat 2nd Nov 2013
We were made to feel really welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The food was exceptional and as a dog friendly pub you couldn't have asked for better. the dogs were allowed in all areas. the atmosphere was great. We will be going back for sure.
Reviewer: Coleen R Hurditch | Tue 29th Oct 2013
A warm welcome - log fires and friendly, personal service and well presented rooms - greeted us and made this a great long weekend break and family celebration. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink. We walked on Exmoor in the day and relaxed over a leisurely dinner in the evening. Whether we wanted to read a book, chat at the bar, take tea, order a bedtime snack, sit with the dogs curled at our feet, play a game, there was always a comfortable space and great service to make it possible.
Reviewer: Mary Samuels | Tue 29th Oct 2013
Everything about my recent stay was very friendly and warm including the owners and staff. The food was excellent and the room and facilities cannot be complained about. Looking forward to returning soon. Love the peace and natural beauty of the area too. Thank you to All.
Reviewer: Sandra Lavender | Thu 24th Oct 2013
The fact that we have stayed here many times over the years speaks volumes for the great hospitality and atmosphere. A good cellar, fine food and comfortable rooms are just what's required for a relaxing break and the Blue Ball provides them in plenty. Already looking forward to our next visit!
Reviewer: John Shortland | Fri 18th Oct 2013
We have visited the Blue Ball many times. The service and food continues to be excellent and the accomodation very comfortable.This is an absolute must when touring in this area.
Reviewer: Erica Mills | Mon 14th Oct 2013
We have just returned from a 3 night break at the Blue Ball and cannot speak highly enough of our short stay there,all staff were brilliant,friendly and helpful.Our room was overlooking the front and side and was extremely comfortable with everything provided one could wish for.The menus were varied with plenty of choice,the portions were certainly huge as stated by others,the food being superbly cooked with plenty of local produce.Breakfast was also a treat with buffet style cold selections and waitress service for full english. The pub is a dogs delight, dont visit if you dont aprove, we felt left out as we no longer have a dog but we were able to make friends with many there.We were warned of the poor water supply before we went and the lack of pressure for the bathwater which was no more than a dribble in our room was the only down side to our stay although not enough to deter us from returning again. Apparently some rooms have wetrooms which is an improvement so perhaps in time all will be improved as the water comes from a private well and is cetainly pure to drink.The bar has a cosy lived in feel with a good selection of real ales etc at not too bad prices.All in all a great find and we will certainly return!
Reviewer: Mrs Morris | Sat 12th Oct 2013
We were seeking a place which welcomes dogs and this was first class. My wife and I and our cockapoo Archie will be back as the welcome and atmosphere was perfect.
Reviewer: Gerald Burbidge | Tue 8th Oct 2013
We have visited the Blue ball Inn and stayed many times. The rooms are cosy, staff are all friendly and can't do enough for you. Also its great being able to chat to all the locals that go in. The food is fabulous. Great area lots of nice walks and the dog loved it to. We can't wait to go back at Christmas if the roast dinner is anything to go by Christmas Dinner will knock Marks and Spencer's socks off. All in all another fantastic stay.
Reviewer: Paul & Natasha Blackford | Mon 7th Oct 2013
Our third stay at the family run Blue Ball Inn and as enjoyable as ever. Warm welcome, great food as well as very good locals bar. Looking forward to next time.
Reviewer: Jenny And Alan Mason | Mon 7th Oct 2013
outstanding stay as usual with very good food the only slight negative was the room was a little tired , apart from that excellent!
Reviewer: Mrs. Kim Hepworth | Mon 7th Oct 2013
We enjoyed our stay.Excellent pub
Reviewer: Susannah Fieldhouse | Sun 6th Oct 2013
As soon as you walked through the door you got that plesant feeling of being somewhere comfortable, relaxing and safe. The staff were friendly, the evening meal was excellent and the bedroom snuggerly. Morning breakfast was enough to set you up for the day. All in all a great place to stay whether for one night or more.
Reviewer: Claire Glanville | Fri 4th Oct 2013
Warm, cosy & very friendly, provided you are dog lovers (which we are)Food & drinks, good value, room was clean, but smaller than expected, no bath (as advertised)
Reviewer: Mr. Stephen Taplin | Tue 1st Oct 2013
As an ex-hotelier and pub owner , it is extremely rare for me to find a place to stay and to eat without finding something I would have done better - The Blue Ball Inn is one of those rare places . All the staff , from the owner's downwards were most welcoming and helpful and all were very cheerful ( a very rare commodity in our world today) Nothing was too much trouble , including serving Sunday Lunch at 3.30 after a long walk on the moors . It tasted as if it was freshly prepared - not 3 1/2 hours after lunch was served . As it was open all day it was great it was great to relax in the warm cosy atmosphere reading the papers after a very big Sunday Lunch . All the food was /tasted home made with enough to satisfy the biggest appetite . There was oodles of hot water and was a fantastic warm oasis in the middle of the moors . Cannot recommend it high enough . Living in France one thing I miss is the English country Pub - The Blue Ball Inn managed to "deliver" my dream pub . The star ratings do not go high enough for this Inn Thank you for keeping my "dream pub" alive
Reviewer: Roderick Baverstock | Tue 1st Oct 2013
Blue Ball and staff as welcoming as always to us and dog. It is a delight to stay somewhere where dog is seen as important.
Reviewer: Mr Stephen Badham | Tue 1st Oct 2013
All in all a lovely place to stay, only let down is tv reception
Reviewer: Stuart Reed | Mon 30th Sep 2013
We've just returned from another stay at this very dog friendly inn. The Blue Ball is extremely welcoming and comfortable and we are looking forward to our next visit.
Reviewer: Mr Ralph | Sun 29th Sep 2013
We stayed for a long weekend to celebrate my fathers 70th. The food was fabulous, venue is extremely welcoming, rooms clean and very pretty and the staff were so friendly. The location worked so well for us as each day different groups of family would go off sight-seeing and others walking on the many different routes down to Lynmouth/Lynton. I have to say my brother's dogs had a wonderful stay too!!!
Reviewer: Charlotte Scott-allen | Sat 28th Sep 2013
We had a brilliant 3 night stay, the food was good and plentiful it was worth waiting for. We had a rear view room but it was clean, neat and tidy and tastefully furnished. Would certainly recommend and will certainly stay again.
Reviewer: David Hubbard | Tue 24th Sep 2013
As the title says this is our 3rd visit to the Blue Ball Inn and each time it gets better and better. We were travelling with our 3 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Ollie and he just slotted back in as if he'd never left. The food is excellent - a Main Course usually suffices for dinner so try having dessert for afternoon tea so that you don't miss out! We will definitely be returning!
Reviewer: Mrs. Liz Worthington | Mon 23rd Sep 2013
excellent inn, food very good with good choice. paid for higher grade room worth it, beds firm and comfortable we asked for one with a wet room, shower brilliant walks from the inn in all directions some hard going but ok. very friendly, dogs well catered for
Reviewer: Dennis Smith | Sun 22nd Sep 2013
As we have stayed here before we knew what to expect. As usual the food and drink were excellent and our dog was made to feel very welcome, which isn't always the case in "dog friendly" pubs.
Reviewer: Tony Ball | Sat 21st Sep 2013
Excellent stay again, we have taken 15 other people with us over the last couple of years to stay at the Blue Ball Inn, everyone loves it there, the staff are excellent, one who stands out is Johnny, they are always freindly and very helpful, they all have a sense of humour as well. The food cannot be faulted, it is always clean and homely. Well worth a visit, we will be going back next year.
Reviewer: Mrs. Marjie Cooper | Fri 20th Sep 2013
Very Very impressed with there service,the hotel and the food also the whole atmosphere of the hotel 10/10 from us keep up the good work thanks see you again.
Reviewer: Tom White | Tue 17th Sep 2013
Very much enjoyed our stay at The Blue Ball Inn, we were warmly welcomed. The meals at the hotel were very good, although a bit too big a portion for us. We had taken our dog with us and found the place very dog friendly. Would definitely look to come back again.
Reviewer: Ms Fish | Mon 16th Sep 2013
very friendly nothing to much trouble ,dog loved it!!!
Reviewer: Maurice Colson | Sun 8th Sep 2013
Most enjoyable stay. Mussels were superb!
Reviewer: Mr. Johm Butcher | Sat 7th Sep 2013
Good pub, good grub, and good location near the dramatic cliffs of Exmoor and lovely Lynmouth. We'd definitely go again
Reviewer: Mr. Chris Sampson | Thu 29th Aug 2013
Brilliant location, good food although massive portions, good beer, comfortable room. Wife was expecting a hair dryer (minor point) Thanks for a brilliant few days. Would love to come back in the winter when the 5 real fires are going!
Reviewer: Mr. Terry Newman | Mon 26th Aug 2013
My wife and I, with our border collie Jess ,have just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable 3 night stay at the Blue Ball Inn. From the moment of our arrival until departure we made to feel at home by every staff member we encountered. We ate at the Inn on 2 of the nights , the food and the service were excellent, complemented by an excellent choice of wines. The bar offered a wide choice of real ales which were very well kept. Our room was spotlessly clean , the bed exceedingly comfortable and although we faced the road it was very quiet. If you enjoy walking and don't have any issues with dogs it is hard to imagine a more suitable place to stay. Superb walks start at the door and are described in a series of very helpful leaflets provided by the Inn. The only thing preventing a 5 star rating is the plumbing in our bathroom which meant that ,although hot water was plentiful , it was rather slow to arrive. An ongoing refurbishment programme should however soon deal with this. We certainly intend to return.
Reviewer: Lance Thomas | Mon 26th Aug 2013
Another good visit to this charming in, friendly, clean and good food. The menu not as varied as in previous visits. However, will be visiting again in the future.
Reviewer: Philip Rollings | Sat 24th Aug 2013
Came back to celebrate 60th birthday here. Great location,friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Good food and well kept ales. Will be back again another year.
Reviewer: Ray Barrell | Tue 20th Aug 2013
My wife and I booked a night in the Blue Ball to have some piece and quite after a hectic time. That is just what we got. From the friendly greeting when we arrived we knew we'd made the right choice. The pub is everything you'd hope for it gives you the feel of times gone by on Exmoor. The food is absolutely fantastic from presentation to taste. Everyone is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. A truly wonderful place to stay we felt very much at home. Thank you all very much.
Reviewer: Philip Rosser | Sun 18th Aug 2013
Myself and my partner had an amazing time at The Blue Ball inn. The room (room 6) was lovely, very comfortable and beautiful room. The staff were polite and helpful and the food really makes the stay enjoyable. The food was great and greatly priced. The only thing that I would suggest is to have Wifi as this would really benefit people who stay especially as there is a lack of phone/Internet. This would then make the stay much more enjoyable and therefore I would rate The Blue Ball inn asgood. With Internet it would be excellent. I will definitely book again and recommend to friends.
Reviewer: Miss. Amber White | Sat 17th Aug 2013
Great place to stay - no cell phones, great views and walks, great value food, good selection of beers, very nice rooms and a really friendly place Really dog friendly which gives the place a family atmosphere -- muddy boots friendly so also ideal for walkers and even kids are made welcome
Reviewer: Ray Cowlin | Wed 14th Aug 2013
Stayed for 3 days.. Room and accommodation was very good as was the meals. Staff were extremely helpful... so were the doggies. Looking forward to staying there again, on our next visit to Exmoor.
Reviewer: Diana Pinto | Mon 12th Aug 2013
In the evening maybe add in some of the lite bites as the portions for the evening menu were too big. But the food was lovely.
Reviewer: Becky Mcmahon | Mon 5th Aug 2013
Excellent, relaxed friendly atmosphere, great food and super value for money in a beautiful part of the world. I'm a regular visitor now!
Reviewer: Stuart Miles | Thu 1st Aug 2013
The location was perfect, really close to Lynmouth and Lynton with fantastic views all round. All the walks start from the Blue Ball Inn, which is very accomodating to walkers and their dogs. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The only thing that we thought let our stay down was our room. We stayed for 4 nights, in a very warm room in the summer, the sheets were not changed once. The window in our room had a condensation issue and every morning we woke to the kitchen staff smoking and chatting below. We stayed in a suprior double room as it had a shower. This turned out to be a shower attachment and wasn't very powerful. However the room was comfortable and clean. All in all this is a lovely place to come and stay for walkers and their dogs, we didnt eat out once!!
Reviewer: Jade Rakela | Mon 29th Jul 2013
Excellent break! Warm hospitality, great food and clean, comfy rooms (...loved the new wet rooms)and the walks and views were amazing. 3rd visit...wont be the last. Loved it!
Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon. Phil
Reviewer: K.roper | Sun 28th Jul 2013
Having been to the blue ball in and it was recommended by a friend we weren't disappointed,the food is excellent and so are the staff a lovely dog friendly B and B set in the heart of the ex moor national park,if you are in to walking this is the place with walks straight from the pub door with breath taking views only a few minutes walk away,would we go again? You bet great place to get away from it all and only two miles from lynmouth,
Dear Carol, Thank you for coming to stay with us and thank you for your feedback. It would be lovely to see you again. Phil
Reviewer: Carol Jackson | Sun 28th Jul 2013
Have returned several times to the Blue Ball. A great centre to explore the Devon countryside. Staff are helpful, the rooms are spacious and spotless with comfortable beds. The food is fantastic and very generous proportions. Dog friendly and a warm welcome on arrival what else is there to ask for!
Thank you for your feedback and it was great to see you again. Phil
Reviewer: Miss C Lukas | Wed 24th Jul 2013
We had a fantastic stay, everyone very friendly. Food excellent.Room clean and fresh great views. We look forward to staying again soon.
Dear Julia, Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to seeing you soon. Phil
Reviewer: Julia Gaunt | Tue 23rd Jul 2013
Just spent a lovely weekend with our dog at The Blue ball Inn. Nick and the team were very welcoming. Room was lovely, the food was excellent and the beer choice superb. Wonderful views and walks right outside as well as being very close to Lynmouth. Thank you so much.
Dear Graham, thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards Phil
Reviewer: Mr. Graham Carson | Mon 22nd Jul 2013
Beautiful old pub/hotel. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Food was very, very good. Pub dogs were friendly and not at all irritating or noisy. Rooms were spacious and the wet room in our room was brilliant as my partner is 6ft 2!! Cannot fault the place. Would definitely stay again.
thank you very much for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon. kind regards Phil
Reviewer: Bishop | Sun 21st Jul 2013
Recently had a three night break at Blue Ball, our second this year. Great food and excellent welcome including our dog!
Dear Jayne, thank you for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Phil
Reviewer: Mrs. Jayne Gardner | Wed 10th Jul 2013
Es war wieder herrlich bei Ihnen...Essen gut / Zimmer gepflegt / Umgebung ruhig und erholsam/ Personal sehr freundlich und aufmerksam
Reviewer: Mr. Stefan Tod | Sun 30th Jun 2013
We really enjoyed our first visit to The Blue Ball Inn. Ideally situated, accommodation, staff, service and food were excellent and a great place to return to after a day's walk. We hope to make a return visit.
Reviewer: Mr. Robert Dodd | Tue 25th Jun 2013
We were looking for a country pub that allows dogs and has a great scenery for walk and the blue ball inn lived up to expectations!! The owners are lovely and very friendly. The rooms are warm and clean, the bed was very comfortable. And food was exceptional and well presented. Will definetly go back.
Sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you for your feedback. kind regards Phil
Reviewer: Hunt | Tue 25th Jun 2013
Good weather prompted a spur of the moment decision for a trip away and rang the hotel on Friday afternoon looking for accommodation Friday and Saturday nights. Got last available room for the two of us plus dog. Fabulous location and lovely view. The walks "straight out of the door" we're marvellous. We ate both evening meals at the hotel as well as breakfasts, all of which were freshly prepared, good quality and generous in proportion. The hotel was very dog friendly as advertised and all guests with dogs that we met maintained control and canine manners making the time at the hotel nice and relaxed. Our room was roughly over the bar and there was some noise although we were too tired out from walking to be kept awake by it. I would ask for a room not over the bar next time though. The area is beautiful and this hotel is a really good base to use for exploring it. We plan to stay here again.
Dear Adam, thank you for your review, we really appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again. Phil
Reviewer: Adam Whyte | Mon 24th Jun 2013
We had an amazing three night stay here. All the staff were very friendly and the food was excellent. We will be back again
Dear Richard, Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Phil
Reviewer: Richard Lemon | Fri 21st Jun 2013
This was our third visit to The Blue Ball Inn. It is a wonderful place to stay, the owners and all staff are very welcoming and friendly. Nothing is to much trouble. The Inn is beautiful, in stunning surroundings. The rooms are very clean and well catered. The food is great. We will definitely be returning soon.
Dear John, great to see you again, thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again. Phi
Reviewer: Mr. John Morton | Thu 20th Jun 2013
great food great beer great views dogs welcome and plenty of scenic walks perfect
Dear Stefan, Thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you again. Phil
Reviewer: Stefan Kemp | Tue 18th Jun 2013
We have just returned from a very pleasant stay at the Blue Ball Inn. We had a lovely time. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the meals delicious. We would certainly like to come back again and also to recommend the Inn to our friends.
Dear Joy, Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again. Phil
Reviewer: Mrs Joy Spinks | Tue 18th Jun 2013
Just back from our second visit to the Blue Ball Inn and it was another very enjoyable stay in the newly refurbished room with a wet room. Good food and range of beers and friendly staff. Very enjoyable walks to Watersmeet for a cream tea and along the cliffs from The Hunters INN to Woody Bay and Henddons Mouth with another stop for a pint and a creamtea at the Hunters Inn. There is another short walk from Linton to the valley of the rocks which is along the cliffs again and another stop at the tea shop Mother Meldrums for you guessed it, a cream tea. Watch out for the witch stuck in the tree.
Dear Anne, Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again soon. Phil
Reviewer: Anne Warneford | Wed 12th Jun 2013
this inn affords everything you would hope for or expect and represents very good value for money,rooms spotless,staff helpful and courteous,food excellent....would recommend it unreservedly.
Dear Mike, We really appreciate your review and would love to see you again. Phil
Reviewer: Mike Downs | Wed 12th Jun 2013
Our third visit to The Blue Ball Inn. Excellent food , you couldn't get a better breakfast. Wonderful location for a walking holiday. A very relaxed friendly atmosphere .We will go again. Value for money.
Dear Jo, thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you again. Phil
Reviewer: Jo Williams | Tue 11th Jun 2013
Excellent place to stay. Myself, husband and two small dogs were made to feel extremely welcome. Will definitely be back later in the year.
Dear Wendy, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you in the new year. Phil
Reviewer: Wendy Gettings | Mon 10th Jun 2013
Second time we have stayed at The BLUE BALL INN. Lovely place, lovely setting and nice friendly people. Restful no hassle stay. God willing, will stay again in the future.
Dear Simon, Thank you for staying with us again. Good weather too. We look forward to seeing you again. regards Phil
Reviewer: Simon Drew | Wed 5th Jun 2013
We find the Blue Ball Inn a friendly and relaxed place to stay. It offers comfortable accommodation and the food is excellent, the portions very generous. The Blue Ball is a great base from which to explore this part of Devon, both on the coastal path and onto Exmoor. This was our third visit to the Inn. We have twice stayed here with friends and have all thoroughly enjoyed our stays here.
Dear Rosemary, Thank you for coming to stay with us again and we hope that we will see you again in the near future. regards Phil
Reviewer: Rosemarry Publicover | Tue 4th Jun 2013
As a family we have stayed in the Blue Ball Inn on several occasions. We always have excellent service, fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. The Blue Ball Inn is close to lots of tourist places which is great.
Dear Nicola, Good to see you again and thank you for your kind comments.
Reviewer: Nicola Hughes | Mon 3rd Jun 2013
An inn brimming with character high up on the coast above Lynmouth. The en-suite room (number 9) was clean an well furnished. The meals were excellent as was the choice of real ales at the bar. The one thing that prevented this review from being five stars was that the wait to be served at meal times was often lengthy. Even so we'll visit the Blue Ball Inn again on our next Exmoor break.
Dear Robert, Thank you for your review and sorry that you had to wait for your food. We would love to see you again. Phil
Reviewer: Mr. Robert Renshaw | Mon 3rd Jun 2013
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at The Blue Ball Inn. Very comfortable beds, lovely food and friendly staff- nothing too much trouble. Excellent location with the most amazing views only 5 minutes away. Would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone and we would definately return. EXCELLENT, thank you.
Dear Agnes, thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again in the future
Reviewer: Agnes Coyle | Sun 2nd Jun 2013
Lovely quaint hotel with loads of character. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The Blue Ball Inn is in a lovely setting. The bedroom was sweet and clean. This was our second visit and we will definitely be returning.
Reviewer: Mrs N Palfreeman | Sat 1st Jun 2013
We have stayed at the Blue Ball Inn several times and after each visit we come away wanting our next. All the staff there are lovely, friendly and welcoming. We particularly liked the newly refurbished room with a wet room. We love good beer and this is what you get - 4 well kept ales and 3 great ciders too. The variety and quality of the food is wonderful with daily specials and local fresh produce. Thanks to Nick, Jacky and Phil.
Reviewer: Andy Lee | Sat 1st Jun 2013
Excellent place for walks from pub door. Food very good quality and friendly staff.
Reviewer: Jeanette Piner | Sat 1st Jun 2013
We have stayed here lots of times and will keep coming back. The rooms are always spotlessly clean and comfortable always lots of hot water. Millie are dog loves it 2. The food is beautiful just what you want after days walking. The staff are always friendly and helpful and work very hard. All in all cosy coaching inn with fabulous views. We will be back some time soon.
Reviewer: Paul & Natasha Blackford | Tue 21st May 2013
Great place as a walking base, very welcoming staff, nice open fires, good walkers grub, would have a job to beat it! David and Sarah - May 2013
Reviewer: Mr. David Manning | Tue 21st May 2013
as usual, good food, relaxed atmosphere and fab for the dogs. Have been before and will visit again...
Reviewer: Sara Griffiths | Wed 15th May 2013
We realy enjoyed staying at this lovely old pub on the moors. Beautiful countryside, good quality pub food and very nice bedroom. Would recommend to others to come here.
Dear Sarah, Thank you for your kind comments. We hope to see you again in the future.
Reviewer: Sarah Fortune | Mon 13th May 2013
A very welcoming pub, which was one of the best dog friendly inns we have stayed in. The evening menu was great and the breakfasts excellent. Two minute walk to the coast path as well. Would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Amanda Austin | Fri 10th May 2013
This is a lovely place that I have always visited for food and walks and even though we live nearby it is a nice place to stay and have family events. The food is very good, and there is a relaxed atmosphere. It has rustic charm.
Dear Caroline, Thank you for your comments and we would love to see you again. regards Phil
Reviewer: Miss Caroline Berry | Thu 2nd May 2013
The staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.The food choice was very good as were the portion sizes.The room was clean and comfortable.The bathroom was also clean but was of the age that it needed a little TLC before it deteriorated any further. Would and will definitely stay again.
Dear Anita, thank you for your comments. We are gradually working our way through the refurbishment of the back bedrooms. We would love to see you again. regards Phil
Reviewer: Anita Holman | Wed 1st May 2013
Fantastic location with access to easy and challenging walks.We had a standard room which was comfortable,although we did struggle with the shower attachment. Extensive menu portions were generous and reasonably priced. Wonderfully atmosphere with log fires and candles, also staff very courteous . Looking forward to visiting again this year.
Hi Dave, thank you for your comments. Hope to see you again soon. regards Phil
Reviewer: Dave Hammond | Mon 29th Apr 2013
Great family welcome and feeling. Food excellent. Room was warm and comfortable. Doggy heaven, great to be able to be so relaxed with dogs so very welcome. Peaceful area. Loved it and will return soon.
Dear Sandra, good to hear from you and we hope to see you again soon. kind regards Phil
Reviewer: Sandra Lavender | Sun 28th Apr 2013
friendly Inn in a beautiful location with great food. VERY dog friendly, so need to make sure you are before you stay, as it can seem that humans are out numbered at times.
Reviewer: Linda Tucker | Tue 23rd Apr 2013
We have visited 4 times now and each time is as good as the last. We have taken friends (11 of us went last June for a surprise 60th) and relatives to stay also and not one person has been disappointed with their stay at the Blue Bull Inn.
Reviewer: Mrs. Marjie Cooper | Mon 22nd Apr 2013
As usual a wonderful weekend away made possible by our stay at the Blue Ball Inn. Our group was made to feel welcome including our five dogs. Fantastic atmosphere and setting.
Reviewer: Lynn Clarke | Mon 22nd Apr 2013
Our second visit to The Blue Ball Inn.Warm ,comfortable, clean and friendly. Really good value for money. Food excellent with a varying menu.Lovely atmosphere.Great surroundings , a couple of minutes onto the breathtaking clifftops overlooking Lynmouth. Take your dog at no extra cost.Will be going back.
Reviewer: Joe Williams | Sat 20th Apr 2013
the first time we tried a dog friendly hotel and were very impressed. Staff were very friendly, food good, excellent breakfast, walk straight out of hotel onto the moor. Will definitely go again.
Reviewer: Rosemary De\'ath | Fri 19th Apr 2013
We had a great stay, friends came and joined us. Cosy bar with excellant food at a great price
Reviewer: Dave Coombes | Fri 19th Apr 2013
good hospitality, fine foods A pity for : no showers in rooms, no Wifi/internet in rooms
Reviewer: Gert Van Eycke | Tue 16th Apr 2013
Really enjoyed the stay watch out rick stein
Reviewer: Mark Prance | Tue 16th Apr 2013
We had a lovely stay and Jerry (dog) enjoyed the home made dog biscuits, the weather could've have been better but the warm reception and comfortable room more than made up for it. We will be coming back as this has been the best dog friendly place we've stayed in so far.
Reviewer: Matthew Davis | Tue 16th Apr 2013
This is our third visit & it is always very good.The staff are very friendly & helpful. Food is 1st class & so is the service. Dogs are very welcome.
Reviewer: Eleanor North | Sun 14th Apr 2013
We stayed for one night in this lovely inn which is set in a stunning location.We found the staff all very friendly and the service was excellent. We loved the relaxed atmosphere all made to feel very welcome and if the weather was bad no problem relaxing in the bar or lounges.The food was extremely good, good portion size and fresh produce no need to eat anywhere else.Our only criticism was the decor very tired and not fresh the bedding poor quality and needs updating so does the bathroom facilities. Inn is very dog friendly which was not a problem apart from the doggy smell in the room. If looking for a relaxed informal stay then this is the place for you if looking for comfortable rooms then maybe not.Overall we would stay here again.
Reviewer: Graham Warren | Sun 14th Apr 2013
A pleasant stay was had at the pub. The evening meal on the first night was well cooked and the atmosphere was good. On the second evening we ate elsewhere and came back for drink. A fun evening was spent chatting to the barman and drinking cider. Our room was clean and comfy. The shower and bathroom were of a good standard. Our only problem was the noise of the TV from the next room. Thank you for a good few days.
Reviewer: J Bevan | Tue 9th Apr 2013
What an excellent venue to stay at ! Dog friendly, lovely room, excellent food, great atmosphere and well located. And the staff could not hve been more helpful. We will be back.
Reviewer: Martin Talbot | Tue 9th Apr 2013
Very welcoming and the rooms were very clean and tidy. Booking is easy and very much value for money. The food is excellant and generous proportions which lends itself for long walks! Already planning to stay again
Reviewer: Mr Norman Twigg | Mon 8th Apr 2013
We had a great week at the Blue Ball Inn, the pub is lovely; cosy, good food and friendly service. Our room was comfortable, clean and warm (despite the FREEZING weather!). The inn is dog-friendly and full of friendly dogs, which we enjoyed but means this probably isn't the place for someone with any issues around dogs. The inn has a wonderful setting in stunning coastal countryside and near lots of great walks, drives and places to visit.
Reviewer: Kimberley Wooster | Thu 4th Apr 2013
great place ! Buddy enjoyed his stay too.
Reviewer: Yvonne Blakeman | Tue 2nd Apr 2013
What a treasure to find, still a true country inn professionally run. Surrounded by breathtaking scenes, moors and great walks. Hearty breakfasts, good pub grub, substantial evening meals. Several cubby holes within pub with warming open fires. Friendly locals. Very dog tolerant. The plumbing system is currently being updated and this is the only thing that requires changing - don't change anything else! Will be definately coming again
Reviewer: Jane Wilkinson | Tue 2nd Apr 2013
Very comfortable hotel,fantastic views, very good food, definitely worth a return trip. Great location for walking
Reviewer: Jennifer Allan | Tue 2nd Apr 2013
Well, another fabulous break. This is an ideal location wether its sunshine/sleet or snow. Phil/Jackie and Nick make you most welcome and the dog is catered for too. Keep up the good work - see you all again soon
Reviewer: Helen Wassell | Sun 31st Mar 2013
Just as cosy and friendly as always.
Reviewer: Roger Wilkes | Sat 30th Mar 2013
Snugly nestled under Countisbury Hill on Exmoor close to Lynton, Lynmouth, the South West Coast Path and the East Lyn River, the Blue Ball Inn is the perfect walkers pub. With friendly dogs, wood fires, good beer and excellent food it is rambling, comfortable and usable. The National Trust car park is just opposite and the prices are good. The walks from outside the door are highly varied from cliff tops to moorland to wild combes, scree slopes to lichen covered old woodland and idyllic or dramatic river valleys. And this was in the rain/cold/wind/snow. Walks feel wild enough but usually there is another snug pub or tearoom just round the corner. Would definitely come back.
Reviewer: Michael Warman | Fri 29th Mar 2013
Warm,welcoming,and wonderful as ever! Thank you. :)
Reviewer: Miss. Autumn Arbon | Fri 29th Mar 2013
Wonderful,cosy pub with rooms and fires galore. Comfortable room (alas, with a street light outside but not much the inn can do about that) Excellent real ale and hearty food. Very dog friendly....a rarity and a real treat. Will come again
Reviewer: Mrs Dani Akrigg | Wed 27th Mar 2013
Good food, friendly helpful family run pub & accomodation, this is our 3rd time of staying at the Blu Ball and will be back next year
Reviewer: Michael Kelly | Sun 24th Mar 2013
We had a wonderful time at the Blue Ball Inn. All the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating of us with our three month old baby and our springer spaniel. The food was also exceptional and we ate in the restaurant every night of our stay. It is in a fantastic location for walking/dog walking with the coastal path and other footpaths very close to the Inn. A beautiful location. The double room was more than adequate and we would recommend the Blue Ball Inn to everyone.
Reviewer: Howard Bailey | Sun 24th Mar 2013
What a fabulous place roaring fires, superb food and a warm welcome. Laura my wife was particularly taken with Poppy the Labrador who followed us everywhere. Hope to return when the weather is better.
Reviewer: Andrew Venn | Sat 23rd Mar 2013
The Blue Ball is wonderful place to just be in your "own world" nothing is too much trouble. The whole family & co that help run it make you feel as though it is a "home from home" relaxed,rustic and warm even if the weather is not! Food is wonderful, people fab, location is great, dogs catered for too what more can you ask for! Except more holiday...
Reviewer: Wendy Pitcher | Fri 22nd Mar 2013
Homely, oldy worldy, good food. It speaks volumes for the place that it was apparently fully booked (18 rooms) during inclement weather in mid March! It makes no pretence to be luxurious, which you would not expect anyway
Reviewer: Mr Clifford Allen | Thu 21st Mar 2013