During half term, we were invited down to Dawlish in Devon, to stay for a couple of nights at Langstone Cliff Hotel. Due to my husband’s work commitments, we arrived to the hotel quite late in the evening so we couldn’t check out the sea views but the hotel is in a prime position on the coast so we couldn’t wait to explore the following day.
After a swift check in, we made our way to our room which was made up with a double bed and a single bed for Olly. We much prefer to stay in hotels where the bed for the children is an actual bed, rather than a campbed or sofabed. It means we all get a peaceful nights sleep and that we did.
Our hotel room had an en-suite bathroom both of which were very clean and had tea and coffee making facilities available. After a long drive down to the coast, we were so grateful of a hot cup of tea and yummy biscuits. It was also good to notice that there were plug sockets behind the bedside tables which was great for my husband who uses a CPAP machine to sleep with and needs a constant electric supply.
The hotel was also really warm so whilst we all got ready for bed, we went to open the window to spot we had a lovely balcony, so we did wonder if we’d be able to see the sea in the morning.
After a great nights sleep, we went down to breakfast to fill our tummy’s ready for our day of adventure on the coast. The breakfast is served buffet style and you can help yourself to as much or as little as you like. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed with the waiting staff in the restaurant, there were plenty of staff who looked busy but no-one offered us tea or coffee after we were seated at our table and we had to make a point of requesting these ourselves. We were also a little disappointed that the waiting staff didn’t explain the breakfast options to us and we would have requested toast made for all of us instead of waiting in a queue of other guests to make our own toast in the four slice toaster.
The food on offer was pretty standard with a full English breakfast available as well as cereals, yoghurts and juice. I enjoyed a bowl of cereal with fresh fruit and a Mullerlight yoghurt.
We headed off out for the day wrapped up against the October chill and headed down towards the beach. The hotel is just a short walk away from the coastal path into Dawlish Warren and along to Dawlish. Olly was in awe that the south coast train line ran alongside the coast and spent ages waving to the train drivers who happily waved back to him.
We spent a good half an hour on the beach, watching the waves lap up on the beach and my husband introduced Olly to the art of skimming pebbles into the sea. We also took the chance to take our monthly family photograph with the perfect beach backdrop.
We then walked into Dawlish and warmed up our hands with a hot cup of tea at a lovely little tea room. Dawlish is a really quaint little town with plenty of shops, tea rooms and green space to enjoy the peace. Dawlish is also on the main south coast train line so we caught the train to Paignton further down the coast which only took 30 minutes or so.
We spent the afternoon at the GeoPark in Paignton which Olly loved. It had lots of things to do for little ones, including playing in the sand and a wooden adventure playground which was great fun.
No trip to the seaside is complete without a visit to the pier. We love spending our hard earned cash on the 10p arcades. It’s amazing how far a £5 note can go when you’re playing with a three year old who insists on changing ten pence pieces into 2ps!
We caught the train back to Dawlish and decided to have an early dinner as we were all pretty hungry. The restaurant at the hotel do offer a sit down menu but as there was no children’s menu we ordered bar meals in the comfort of the lounge.
Our bar food was enjoyable. My husband had the Chicken Tikka Masala with boiled rice, chips and a naan bread. Olly had breaded chicken nuggets with chips and I had the Meat Ploughmans which was really nice. We didn’t get chance to order dessert as we were pretty full after our main courses.
After a busy day we headed to bed and unfortunately didn’t get chance to check out the family entertainment which started at 8pm. The entertainment would have been on too late for our three year old but it’s good to know the hotel have things for older children to enjoy.
We didn’t get chance to check out the hotel’s swimming pool but it looked inviting and had we stayed for longer we would have definitely been in there for a dip. The Langstone Cliff hotel is comfortable for families and we had a really lovely stay topping up our Vitamin Sea.
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at the Langstone Cliff Hotel as guests in exchange for an honest review.