Woodleigh Coach House is a bed and breakfast inn located not far from Exeter in Cheriton Bishop, Devon. Cheriton Bishop is a very convenient location for visiting Dartmoor as well as Exeter. Woodleigh could not be more convenient to the motorway it is within a few hundred feet of the exit of the A30. You can come down the M5 skirt around Exeter and come straight out here. It is also well located to the village of Cheriton Bishop which has several very good places to eat. We loved the Thatched Cottage Pub.
We stayed here for three days in January. We had two rooms and for the majority of our stay were the only guests. The building is quite lovely; it is a very pretty shape and made from gray brick. It is not very old only about 150 years and was a carriage house as the name implies. It has a café that serves breakfast, lunch, and tea.
We had a king bedded room. It is one of the largest bed and breakfast rooms we have ever had. A table in the room was convenient for us to play games in the evening. The bathroom was also very roomy. Our friend had a smaller room, much smaller. His was cozy small but since he was alone it was large enough for him to be comfortable.
I don't know what I was expecting but what I found was a little different than anything I had pictured. While this is called a bed and breakfast it is run more like a small hotel. The cozy feeling of a bed and breakfast is totally missing. We had everything however that we needed to be comfortable and I was delighted to have Internet access and good channels on the TV. The tea tray in our room had some really good cookies on it and we enjoyed fixing coffee in the evening.
The room is not automatically made up for you. You need to put out a sign if you want service. It seemed to us that the restaurant is the most important business here. No staff was around in the area where we stayed, we were on our own to figure things out. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it makes the bed and breakfast experience different.
Breakfast is served in the café at your convenience. You have your choice from the menu in the café which, if you have ever been served something that you didn't like a bed and breakfast, is a good thing. We had just come from the epitome of luxurious bed and breakfasts in Wells and the first morning when our orange juice was served to us in individual bottles instead of a crystal pitcher, well, let's just say we found it very amusing.
No, this was not luxury but the food was hearty and we loved our hostess and the whole family. We ate well and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, thus proving that there are many types of bed and breakfast experiences and they can all be very enjoyable as long as you are open to the opportunity for a great time.
Plenty of free parking is offered around the building. They serve some very tasty cakes in the afternoon for tea so if you get back early enough, be sure to stop in of a cuppa and cake. If you are looking for a friendly well-located place to rest your head, I highly recommend the Woodleigh Coach House Cheriton Bishop Devon.