One of the most striking buildings in Ilfracombe, The Habit was originally known as the Crescent House Hotel.  It opened in 1863 and still contains many original features in addition to its handsome façade overlooking the landmark Capstone Hill and sea front.

When we bought the building in 2018 it had undergone an extension renovation and had been run as a very successful boutique hotel.  However, we had a dream to use it as a ‘sole-use’ hotel ie a big party house for family get-togethers, reunions or special birthdays.  Our ‘concierge’ lives in a self-contained flat on site and is on hand during your stay to help with anything you need from beauty treatments to restaurant recommendations. 

A short stroll from Ilfracombe’s attractive harbour, galleries and restaurants, The Habit is situated on higher ground at the junction of Fore Street and the gently curving Sommers Crescent – which leads down towards the sea front and harbour. For us the beautiful building, coupled with the stunning interiors and fantastic location made it ideal!


Ground Floor

As you enter from Fore Street you will be greeted by a fabulous hallway and sweeping staircase. 

Of the hallway to the right is the former ballroom – now ‘the Party Room / Lounge.  Featuring a large bar (we can stock it for you if you like!), sound system, sofas, chairs and tables this room is a fantastic party venue.  A large 70” TV screen at one end of the room allows for movies or sports to be watch while others can be at the other end of the room playing cards or just having a drink.  Doors lead out from here to the terrace with chairs and tables, patio heaters and fabulous sea views.

Off this room is the dining room with seating for 30 and more wonderful views.  And from here step down to the split-level conservatory which gives you access to the garden and parking area.

The large commercial style kitchen is off the dining room with enough fridges for numerous parties and all the cooking equipment and utensils you could possibly need.

Also off the main reception area is a conference room for 18 people and ladies toilets.

Lower Ground Floor

The staircase from the main reception takes you down to a very large games room with table tennis table, pool table, table football and large screen TV for sports / movies.  There is also an Xbox and Wii U  Down on this level you will also find 2 treatment rooms.  Our concierge will book beauty treatments or hair appointments for you so you can have them done on site.

There are also gents toilets on this level.


The bedrooms are on three levels

First Floor

Rooms 1, 2, 6 and 7 – king size rooms all with en-suite shower rooms, TVs and sea views. Room 2 also has a claw foot bath
Second Floor
Rooms 3, 4, 8 and 9 – king size rooms all with en-suite shower rooms and TVs and all except room 9 have sea views. Rooms 4, 8 and 9 also have a claw foot bath and rooms 8 and 9 have 2 additional day beds
Third Floor

Rooms 5, 10 and 11 – king size rooms all with en-suite shower rooms and TVs and all except room 11 have sea views. Rooms 10 and 11 also have a claw foot bath and additional day beds.

The feel throughout is luxury without pretention. The owners have clearly had fun renovating a tired and cramped Victorian hotel, enlarging the rooms, adding en suite bathrooms, colourful themes and quirky touches such as a stag statue in the breakfast room and a dashing tartan carpet. A large lounge and bar on the ground floor opens onto a deck, and provides a convivial space for guests to mingle.
From The Telegraph Hotel Review 2017


Ilfracombe is a popular North Devon resort which attracts family visitors as well as the ‘surf set’ which is drawn by the Atlantic rollers at nearby Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands.

Set in the heart of  the North Devon and Somerset coastline the Coastal Path runs through the town linking visitors with any number of   hamlets, coves, inlets and villages.

It offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the country, along with its own harbour, sandy beach and hidden coves.

The area is always bustling with a traditional seaside atmosphere complete with the charming harbour,  pavement cafes and offbeat shopping streets.

Damien Hirst who hails from the area has loaned the town his 20m tall statue, Verity who stands on the end of the pier.  This has resulted in more and more tourists into the town and it is fast becoming known for being the place to go in North Devon if you are interested in art and / or good food.  There are many galleries in the town and Fore Street boasts the only Michelin Starred restaurant in North Devon


Mid season

26/04/19 – 12/07/19

Summer High Season

12/07/19 – 05/09/19

Late season

06/09/19 – 31/10/19

Low season

01/11/19 – 19/12/19

Christmas & New Year

20/12/19 – 03/01/20


Weekly cost:                            £6000

3 night weekend cost:           £4285

Weekly cost:                            £7500

3 night weekend cost:           £5360

Weekly cost:                            £6500

3 night weekend cost:           £4645

Weekly cost:                            £4500

3 night weekend cost:           £3200

Weekly cost:                            £8000

3 night weekend cost:           £6000