Devon Tourism's B&B of the Year 2017, this is an ultra-stylish B&B where attention has been paid to every detail.
25 Avenue Road Torquay Devon TQ2 5LB 01803 297 517
There are B&Bs, and there are B&Bs. But The 25, run by hospitality gurus Andy and Julian, is like no B&B you have ever stayed in: an adults-only, boutique-style luxury guesthouse that is helping to drag Torquay into the 21st century by pure style and was not only Devon Tourism's 2017 B&B of the Year but was also deemed the top place to stay in the entire county as the 'Winner of Winners'!
These accolades are well-deserved. Andy and Julian used to run a country house hotel in North Wales, and their experience and attention to detail shows in everything they do – from the high standard of design throughout, the cleanliness of the rooms and above all the warmth of the welcome and the nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude they demonstrate to their guests.
There are six rooms in all, each a different size and each styled with a different colour palette to show off its best features. The large Torre suite is decorated with zebra stripes; the mood in the Broadsands room is purple; while the Oddicombe is decorated with a fabulous large mural of an orange gerbera. All the rooms have Netflix and ultra-fast wi-fi – and fresh milk for your tea and coffee! – and the three luxury rooms have super-king-size beds (the rest have kings), and complimentary iPads and Nespresso machines. Each room has an equally contemporary en-suite bathroom equipped with posh Elemis toiletries, power showers and fluffy bathrobes and slippers. They don't allow dogs but they do like dog lovers, who will be charmed by their miniature Schnauzer (Patsy), who is occasionally on reception duty.
As for the location, the B&B is situated in a busy area close to Torre Abbey, which is a short – and for Torquay a relatively flat – walk from the seafront and handy for shops, restaurants and public transport. Torquay itself retains much of its faux-Mediterranean charm, and Andy and Julian are big fans of the town and indeed the Torbay area in general. Their enthusiasm is catching, and there's nothing they don't know about the town and its environs.
Best local places to eat and drink
There are lots of lovely places to eat within walking distance of The 25. Everything is available from a great curry house to casual pub dining, seafood restaurants selling locally caught fish to a Michelin star restaurant and everything in between. Take a look at the "Food" page on our own website for a link to Andy & Julian's favourites and recommendations. Please note - the best places do get booked up - even mid-week so it is advisable to think ahead and book a table if you want to eat at any of their recommendations.
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Six beautifully and individually designed rooms and suites.
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From £99 a night including breakfast for the smallest Goodrington Room up to £159 for the largest suites.
- TVs with Freeview
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Travelling south from the M5, leave on the A38 and follow the signs to Torquay. Then take the A380 and then the left turn off the dual carriageway towards Torquay. Follow the signs to Torquay via the traffic lights. At the fork in the road, by Torre railway station, carry straight on down Avenue Road (signposted 'Seafront'); the 25 is on the left just after the next set of traffic lights. Travelling by rail, the 25 is about half-a-mile from both Torre and Torquay railway stations. Walking from Torquay station, turn left, away from the Grand Hotel and the seafront, and follow the road round to the right until you reach the traffic lights at Avenue Road. Turn left onto Avenue Road and continue towards the next traffic lights. The 25 is just before the lights on your right.
Open all year.