After coming back from our honeymoon in Orlando, my wife and I elected to have a couple of days away in our last week before going back to work. We decided on the North Devon coast for some scenery, lovely walks and as my wife loves the sea, next to the coast.
We eventually decided on Lynmouth after a recommendation from my parents. After using Trip Advisor and the affiliated room booking company’s were found a last minute room the night before leaving at The Rock House Hotel.
As you descend from Exmoor down into Lynmouth you have a fantastic view across the town and the bay with Lynton above on the headland and Swansea only 27 miles across the sea. Being this close to Wales does mean that we got the Welsh news whilst staying in Devon!
The Rock House Hotel itself is located on the shoreline and offers fantastic clear views out to sea. Car parking is an issue in the town and there are very limited spaces available. We got talking to the owners who have run the hotel for the past two years and they said that during the winter they shutter up the sea facing side of the hotel as waves have been known to crash against that side of the building! All was calm for our stay.
We stayed in Room 9 which is located on the ground floor. It is a twin/double room and gives you a sea and harbour view. It is comfortable with an interesting blue “delft” type wall paper.
The wallpaper was peeling in some places and the border was stuck on top of the paper giving a strange optical effect if you looked at it to long. Can’t remember the last time that I stayed in a hotel were sheets and a blanket were used rather than a duvet.
The worst part of the room however was that being the only room on the ground floor it backed onto the bar area, was off the main corridor and also adjacent to the ladies and gents toilets for the hotel. The bar granted wasn’t busy for our stay but was noisy with drinks being prepared through to 11pm; the corridor was busy most of the time and was hovered our first morning at 0830am! Best part was as the ladies toilet as this backed onto the bedroom and bathroom and so you could hear every visitor from when they entered to when they left and their interactions in between - hmm, not what you want to know.
The breakfast was ok but nothing to shout home about. Service was ok with the helpful Eastern European lady and fairly prompt.
However for £96.00 per night including breakfast we were disappointed and felt for this amount paid much more was expected of the room rather than just the view.
It has a superb location for Lynmouth and excellent views out to sea but expect more for what we paid per night. It could do with decorating to a higher standard giving the “fortune” the owner said he was making from the hotel (and at the rates they are charging) and other similarly priced hotels in the town. At all counts do avoid taking Room #9!
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- Also Known As:
- Rock Hotel Lynmouth
- Rock House Hotel Lynmouth, Devon