Wow what a find!
I was brought here by my boyfriend for a suprise weekend and it was SUCH a treat.
I could not recommend this place more.
The saying 'the devil's in the detail' could not apply more to place. The attention to detail across every single aspect of this place was beyond expectations.
The House is sort of a cross between boutique hotel and luxury b&b. There is no official reception but there is a wonderful living room to enjoy all day and night with a roaring fire and different seating areas so you can relax in your own personal space among the other guests. Every night you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink there and of course there are handmade canapes served! The house itself is stunning - with wonderful history and period features like beams and ancient walls. The grounds have a lovely walled garden with THE most stunning view over a field of sheep and lambs and the Exmoor rolling hills in the backgroud. There is a charming covered stable area where (in nicer weather) you can have dinner or enjoy a nice drink taking in the setting. There is even a little shop on site with pretty homemade goodies and interior design pieces.
Max and Andrew the hosts are the real stars of the show and make the place the star that it is. Nothing is too much trouble for them and you could not ask for more charming and welcoming hosts who seem to genuinely care and love what they are doing. There is a reason why every single review on this site is positive! So rare but SO deserved.
The room we stayed in (The Fry) was divine. Again, all the little touches - homemade cookies on arrival, hand picked gorgeous flowers, a wide array of coffees and teas (tea pigs!), jar of sweets, luxury Cowshed bathroom products, amazing fluffy (very vegas style) dressing gowns etc... amazing. The room had a lovely window seat looking out over that wonderful field so at night all you could hear were the lambs which was bliss. The bed itself was super comfortable and every night the duvet was turned down and a little night treat was left on our pillows! top notch stuff!
Finally, the food... ah the food... normally on weekends away we make an effort to explore the local area and restaurants rather than stay in hotel place. However, having sampled the Cross Lane cooking on our first night we knew that might be hard.. It was incredible. Credit must go to chef Gareth (who came and chatted after each meal for feedback which was nice.) Tom who was front of house with Max and Andrew was also so charming and helpful.The menu was reasonably priced and locally sourced with a great selection every meal. The sunday roast deserves special mention - it was officially THE best roast we have eaten in a restaurant which is some feat! Breakfasts alone were good enough to write home about.
So all in all really there is nothing to say but thank you to Max and Andrew for a slice of heaven. We have told everyone we know about your special place and we cannot wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cross Lane House is located in the Exmoor Village of Allerford, famous for its pack horse bridge. This grade II late medieval house has been recently rennovated to provide indulgent luxury rooms. Each has a fabulous blend of period style, designer fabrics and contemporary chic. Modern bathrooms offer power showers, luxury bathrobes and pampering toiletries. The dining room offers relaxed, friendly and informal dining with a small changing menu showcases the very best of Somerset, Devon and Exmoor’s outstanding seasonal sustainableproduce, with an interesting handpicked wine list featuring local wine.Al fresco dining is available during the summer months in the ancient linhay. Celebrate traditional English Afternoon Tea with a towering feast of neat finger sandwiches, warm fresh scones, West Country clotted cream, exquisite pastries and even perhaps a glass of fine chilled Champagne (booking essential). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cross Lane House Exmoor National Park/Allerford