Decided on Lynmouth for a short 5 night holiday - my first one travelling alone. I totally fell in love with Lynmouth and Exmoor - Bath Hotel made my stay so perfect I decided to stay on for an extra 2 nights!
I had a room on the third floor, and although there were no lifts, the building was built in such a way that the stairs to the room were in different parts so it didn't seem like the third floor at all. Except that the views were amazing - overlooking the river, harbour and sea - what more could you wish for? I went to sleep and woke up listening to the river. It's so peaceful here and so easy to relax. The staff were all helpful and gave me advice on what to see and where to go on walks. There is a sun lounge with sofas where you can have a quiet afternoon to read a book, or use a board game or two that they supply. There's a quiet bar area near reception, and also a larger bar at the end of the hotel with a pool table, darts board and large Sky TV screen.
The food at the Bath Hotel is good - a wide variety including local fish, specials and also lighter options including burgers and chips etc. I ate the first night at the hotel but found that the food just lacked a bit of love. The menu wasn't changed very frequently either. It was very easy to find places to eat elsewhere though - across the river at the Rock House (wonderful seafood there), the Rising Sun (you must visit this friendly bar and sit on the wall outside with your drink and watch the sea! But also the restaurant is top class with food to die for! If you want a touch of class, definitely try there! Booking essential!) or even the little 'Fish on the Harbour' restaurant that closes at 7pm for some local fish dishes.
Outside the hotel you can walk up the quaint little shopping streets and stop for cream teas, cake or browse paintings by the local artists and find some holiday gifts. The location of the hotel couldn't be better if you want to relax and unwind and enjoy the countryside. It's also perfect for walks - guides and maps for which you can get from reception or in many of the local shops. If you are into photography you won't want to leave the hotel without your camera as there are stunning views everywhere! There are several horse riding stables within a few miles' radius that will take you across the moors and cater for every riding ability (or non-ability!) and almost any age. I rode at Cloud Farm, also called Doone Valley Trekking, which is near Oare - only 15-20 minutes away.
The beach at Lynmouth is stoney, but there are parts where the stones are almost as fine as sand and when the tide's in, you can paddle quite painlessly! There are also some boulders around the edge - great to perch on to read Lorna Doone in the sunshine! Would recommend the Cliff Railway to Lynton, walking to Watersmeet, or along the Coast Path, or North Walk, or up Hollerday Hill.
The only issue, which turned out to be very minor, was parking. But as Bath Hotel is one of the few with its own car parks, usually this wasn't a problem. Even if you can't get in the car parks (try after breakfast when people are leaving), you can park on the side of the road from 4PM to midday. I loitered until I found a space close to the hotel - they often free up quite quickly. There are also two pay and display car parks a short walk away.
Other than that there are only very minor aspects to the hotel that could do with improving - but my no means anything that will spoil your holiday. E.g. I would have liked a proper shower over the bath rather than an attachment for the taps as it leaked a bit - but as another reviewer said, having baths was a nice change and helped me relax.
The prices for the hotel are very reasonable. They often do discounts for 5 or 7 nights, and shorter breaks. I would recommend calling the hotel directly to speak to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bath hotel in Lynmouth offers spectacular sea views, excellent service and a warm welcome. With 20 en-suite rooms available for bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfast. We also have a selection of dog friendly rooms at the hotel. The Ancient Mariner bar serves food and drink all day from 10AM. With a children's menu available, free WiFi and it is dog friendly. The Galley family room is open to residents and non-residents, serving local and seasonal food all day, dog friendly and great for families or big groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bath Hotel Lynmouth
- The Bath Hotel Lynmouth, Devon