All About Us

We - Peter and Helen - bought the Somerville in March 2016, and since then our goal has been to build on all the successes of the previous owners.

We have been in the hospitality since we both met at catering college at the age of 17 - when Helen was studying to be a chef and Peter's focus was Hotel Management. After 17 years running our own pub/restaurant in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, we decided a change was needed and we found nowhere better to move to than the English Riviera and Torquay: we felt instantly at home here.

We're delighted to be able to say that since taking over we have maintained The Somerville's 5-Star status from VisitBritain and we've recently received a gold award for our breakfasts too

It's very gratifying to be both meeting new guests and long-established 'regulars'. It's our firm intention to maintain and develop The Somerville with our eyes firmly fixed on all the qualities that both its previous owners and their loyal customers brought to it.

We are thoroughly enjoying life by the seaside, which includes lots of walking with our dog Coco on the South-West Coastal Path. 

There's plenty to do in the area and on our 'Things To Do' and 'Nearby Walks' pages we share some suggestions to help you get the most out of your stay with us.


Helen and Peter Bland at The Somerville