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Simonsbath House

Simonsbath, Exmoor National Park TA24 7SH England
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In the heart of Exmoor overlooking the Barle Valley Simonsbath House is the ideal place to relax and explore the contrasting scenery of the National Park with its deep wooded combes, heather moors and magnificent coastline. With 10 individually decorated en-suite rooms this 350 year old Country House Hotel offers friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable accommodation. The cosy bar and lounge both have log fires and oak paneling, with a charming restaurant reminding of a bygone era.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car park
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Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
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Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
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Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
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Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Interconnected rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Green
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English
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Sal C wrote a review Oct 2023
Solihull, United Kingdom34 contributions10 helpful votes
Our walking club returned to Simonsbath House for the 3rd time. We found it as we had remembered - a warm and friendly welcome for our 3 night stay. Andrew and Tom had planned, and then led walks for 2 days, making sure that everyone was able to walk as far and for as long as they wished. The walks were a good variety of countryside and coast, and we were given local information along the way. Once back at the hotel we were rewarded with delicious meals, both dinner and breakfast. The hotel also provided packed lunches to keep us going during the day. A perfect place to stay in beautiful surroundings with many walks and places of interest on the doorstep.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Sherpa07643845905 wrote a review Sept 2023
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Walking break with likeminded people. Room was brilliant comfortable bed. Food well you wouldn't get better in 5☆ hotel. Walks were led by excellent leaders and despite the weather were lovely. Andre and Team were excellent. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 18 Oct 2023
Thank you for your kind review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel, we always enjoy running our walking holidays and hope to see you back soon.
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Elaine D wrote a review Sept 2023
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We spent a very comfortable 3 days at SBHH in the September heatwave. Well appointed ensuite room overlooking Barle Valley; extensive, excellent breakfast and dinner menus, cosy bar (very well stocked!) and lounge. Andrew, Louise and their team were very helpful and keen to go the extra mile including a lift to Withypool to enable us to walk back, coffee flasks and 'packed breakfast' on a day trip to Lundy from Ilfracombe. Many thanks for a memorable short break.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 18 Oct 2023
Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed the wonderful weather we had! We hope to welcome you back to the Hotel soon.
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Bookworm wrote a review Jul 2023
Oxford, United Kingdom52 contributions6 helpful votes
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Simonsbath House is the oldest property on all of Exmoor, and, for over a century, the only property. The charming old place is sympathetically maintained by Andrew and his team who offer a truly memorable experience. We came for a week as part of an “Alpha Painting Holiday”, whereby the property was booked out for the dozen or so attendees of the course. Enjoy a cocktail before dinner in the old-style lounge, with its heavy leather upholstery and wood panelling that remind me of a classic murder-mystery setting. The chef has been with the House for some ten years (itself a testament to the loyalty of the staff), and the kitchen is first-rate. British dishes of excellence abound, with well-executed deviations into European favourites. I have the difficult task of having to eat rather a lot as part of my professional role, and can safely say that the Simonsbath House menu is a true delight. You may put on some weight, but I think that’s a risk you’re going to have to take. The pretty house and fine kitchens, however, would be nothing without the traditional and attentive hosting of Andrew, who very literally went the extra mile for us - thanks again, we’ll be better at driving next time. He sets himself the goal of ensuring that all guests feel personally welcome and included, which he achieves very well – even down to my two young sons. I could not recommend Simonsbath House Hotel enough for those wishing to catch a glimpse of traditional Exmoor while enjoying some seriously good hospitality. Make room for a negroni before dinner and you’ll not regret it.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 24 Jul 2023
Thank you for your lovely review of our Hotel. We are so happy you and your family enjoyed the stay and hope we can welcome you all back in the future! Kind Regards Andrew and the Team
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Sibbos wrote a review May 2023
Maldon, United Kingdom17 contributions2 helpful votes
I have just returned from a four night stay at Simonsbath House Hotel for an Alpha Painting Holiday. The hotel is very old but comfortable and spotlessly clean and from the moment I arrived, I was made to feel very welcome. Andrew, the owner, is a man of boundless enthusiasm and extremely knowledgeable about the local area. There is a lot of history to the hotel itself and he was able to share some of the stories with us. The rooms have everything you need to keep you comfortable and you are provided with a hospitality tray to allow you to make your own tea and coffee. You are also given a glass bottle of drinking water every day and a small bottle of fresh milk if required - these can be replenished anytime by visiting the reception desk. There is absolutely NO mobile signal unless you are on EE network, however I found the Wi-Fi to be very good and was able to phone home via the internet. I was also able to stream something on iplayer without a problem. This is a great place for star-gazing if that’s your thing; the hotel is in a designated dark sky area and it’s really worth going outside and looking up if you are blessed with a clear night. The hotel has a lounge filled with comfy old leather sofas and a fireplace and adjacent to this is an incredibly well stocked bar! There is also an extensive wine list with a range to suit any budget. Now of course, I need to mention the food. Wow! A twice daily highlight to look forward to! Although we were on a limited menu as we were a group booking, every meal was a joy, from perfectly cooked poached eggs with breakfast to a fabulous three course dinner in the evening. Over the four night stay, I enjoyed sea bass, slow cooked rib of beef, baked salmon fillet with Hollandaise and Somerset lamb and that was just the mains! Starters and homemade desserts were wonderful too and I can’t mention them all but suffice to say, a creme brûlée with a perfect crisp caramel top is certainly the way to my heart. Finally, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Andrew and Louise for making us feel at home and looking after us so well, thus making my painting holiday so enjoyable.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 24 Jul 2023
What a lovely review, thank you so much. We are delighted you had an enjoyable stay in Simonsbath and hope we can have you back in the future. Kind Regards Andrew and the team
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caipirinha wrote a review May 2023
Bangkok, Thailand26 contributions72 helpful votes
Stayed at Simonsbath House recently as part of a Painting Holiday. Andrew was the perfect host and manager, doing all he could to make us comfortable and get as much outdoor time as possible, diligently adapting our programme around the constantly changing weather. Breakfast and dinner was ample and delicious, as was the well stocked bar. Truly, Andrew and the staff made all the difference. Bravo!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 17 May 2023
Hello Bernard, thank you so much. We are extremely grateful for your lovely comments and happy you had a wonderful Alpha Painting Holiday with us! Hopefully, we will see you back in the future!
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Rambler wrote a review Mar 2023
Devon, United Kingdom293 contributions152 helpful votes
Our second walking holiday at Simmonsbath. Weather was not kind to us this time, but we still enjoyed ourselves. The hotel is very comfortable with marvellous food at both breakfast and dinner. Andrew and Louise are lovely hosts and Andrew has some fiendish quizzes if you are interested. Extensive bar with numerous alcoholic drinks, and tea and coffee always available. Lovely living area with leather sofas and a roaring fire. Simmonsbath is a hamlet with nothing else there except a pub, so you need a car. However, Andrew does lead walks for groups and there are plenty of walks in the area. If you can, walk along the river from Watersmeet to Lynmouth - outstanding!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 17 May 2023
Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hopefully will see you soon!
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Eve B wrote a review Jan 2023
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We have been visiting Simonsbath House for last 12 years ( excluding time when covid hit the country) beautiful hotel, food is gorgeous much much better than in any posh restaurant. Rooms and cottages are lovely, I think we have stayed in most of them now. We are always coming for New Year gala , Edwardian 7 course dinner never disappoints . Love fireplaces and the bar area when I personally feel like at home from home. Andrew and Louise are the perfect hosts ( even when they present us with impossible quizzes) . I do highly recommend this hotel especially when you have furry friends. Plenty of walks nearby . Darkest skies so a good sleep is guaranteed. The only thing you’ll hear is flowing river and sheep on nearby field . We will be back :) Ivan and Eve
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 8 Jan 2023
Thank you, Ivan & Eve, We are so pleased you enjoyed another New Years Gala with us! Thank you for your continued support and lovely feedback. We are glad to hear you still enjoy the Hotel and all Exmoor has to offer after all these years and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best Wishes, Andrew, Louise & Rhyan
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OM wrote a review Dec 2022
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A wonderful historic hotel in the heart of Exmoor. Wood paneling, log fires, lots of character. Staff are very friendly and accomodating. Rooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated with new furniture but retain the historic character of the place. The food is truly exceptional - hands down the best restaurant I've eaten at. I'd highly recommend this hotel
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 20 Dec 2022
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your Holiday with us here in Simonsbath! We pride ourselves on keeping the History of the Hotel alive so it's great to hear you enjoyed it. We hope to see you back again in the future. Merry Christmas - Rhyan
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CalicoWarwickshire wrote a review Nov 2022
Leamington Spa11 contributions7 helpful votes
My 3rd time staying here for a wonderful Alpha Painting Holiday, and again Andrew, Louise and their team made us instantly warm and welcome. Andrew can tell you all the amazing history of this characterful old hotel, plus tales from the area, around the blazing log fire beside the bar. The rooms are tastefully appointed, comfortable, with peaceful views down the lovely Barle valley. There is a spacious, well lit studio for indoor creativity. Great choice for breakfasts, Chef serves up a limited menu of imaginative, delicious gourmet dinners, while packed lunch sandwiches are generous and tasty. There are delightful walks through meadows and woodland right outside, with river, deer, ponies and birdsong all near. On clear nights, the starscape is spectacular in this "dark sky" area. Just bring a torch! The hotel is best reached by car. The train station at Tiverton is 50 mins (taxi drive) away, Barnstable is approx. 30 mins. I can certainly recommend both Simonsbath House Hotel and Alpha painting Holidays.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 28 Nov 2022
Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us through Alpha Painting Holidays. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future!
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£100 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandExmoor National ParkSimonsbath
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Frequently Asked Questions about Simonsbath House
Which popular attractions are close to Simonsbath House?
Nearby attractions include Luckyard Farm (3.3 miles), Simonsbath Sawmill (0.9 miles), and Wimbleball Lake (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Simonsbath House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Simonsbath House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Simonsbath House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Simonsbath House?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Simonsbath House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Venus, Exmoor Forest Inn, and The Poltimore Arms.
Is Simonsbath House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Simonsbath.
Are pets allowed at Simonsbath House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Simonsbath House offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Simonsbath House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Simonsbath Sawmill (0.9 miles).
Is Simonsbath House accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.