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Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Lynton
Reviewed 17 March 2008

My partner and I have just returned from a most enjoyable Shearings Self Drive weekend (Friday and Saturday night). The hotel is imposing but somewhat dated. Our room was lovely and clean with sea views even though we hadn't requested them. The staff were all very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The food was fine and the entertainment/quiz master was very good. The only disappointing thing was the weather - it poured with rain the whole time - and the fact that a lot of the shops and tea rooms were closed, presumably because it was out of season. Overall, excellent value for money and we shall definitely be returning.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Valley of the Rocks hotel for a 2 night break (Friday & Saturday) early in February 2008. We were a bit concerned beforehand because the offer was so good (dinner bed and breakfast for the sort of price we normally get bed and breakfast alone) and not all of the recent reviews on Trip Advisor had been favourable. However, we needn't have been concerned because it really was a most pleasant stay. The en-suite room (number 38) had been totally refurbished and was very clean. The meals were of good quality (especially considering the bargain price we had paid) and the staff were an absolute delight. The entertainment was geared to the audience which, quite frankly, was mostly older (60+?) couples but this was fine as we tended to go out and visit the local pubs after dinner . The only problem we had was that the mattress on our double bed was rather 'springy' (as in 'the springs lay very close to the surface in places') so we didn't have the best of sleeps but this didn't stop us coming away on the Sunday morning feeling that we had indeed enjoyed a short break of exceptionally good value.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2008

This was the first time we had been away over the new year, (not sure if the last based on this experience?).
The approaching view of the hotel is reasonably impressive and to be fair as are some aspects of the hotels interior.
The three nights full board break cost £500 for two, due to late-ish booking we had to pay a supplement for a twin room with sea view.
The room, (18), was a large twin and did have a very good outlook over the sea. The decor was a little tired and uninspiring, but acceptable. On returning to the room in the evening around 11.30ish there was a strong smell of dampness/stale water and after having the large windows open for 20/30 minutes, (at the end of December!!), the smell was still evident.
The following morning, after discusions with the Manager we were offered two alternative rooms. The first in the top of the hotel with a very small window, (overlooking the sea), which matched the very small room and the second, we opted for, overlooked the street, (not a sea view), room 35. This room was a fair size, but had no shower and was particularly cold, probably due to the ill-fitting windows and high ceiling, despite the electric heater, the only source of heat, being on constantly.
Generally the food was acceptable, although often only warm, it was varied and sufficiently filling to last to the next meal.
As the hotel tends to cater for people in retirement, (I'm not far off), the evening entertainment was fundimental and unexciting, the dreaded bingo and word games etc.. When the entertainment took a break we were treated to a dirgeful CD of Christmas Carols played on pan pipes, (this must have been a ploy to drive people to the bar??).
It was an interesting to see the majority of guests exiting the restaurant early and then seeing they had occupied the same seats each night in the lounge/dance area.
In summary the hotel is OK for may be one or two nights on a special reduced price offer, but is tired and lacklustre and appears to share the same problem as other Shearings hotels, that is the need for investment in decor and internal modernisation. As Shearings appear to cater for the older client, they seem to believe they can get away with providing tired accommodation. Return to The Valley of the Rocks? No.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed 2 December 2007

we have recently stayed at this hotel (26th-30th November) Check in was excellent, very friendly. We paid extra for room with a sea view and had a wonderful view of the sea as the bedroom had many windows!! The bathroom was massive but basic. the food was excellent and very well presented. The waitresses were all very friendly and worked hard. every meal was a pleasure, extremely tasty! Entertainment was enjoyable in the very cosy lounge, good entertainment manager. Overall a throughly enjoyable stay with wonderful staff and great food!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2007

Wanted a cheap weekend away from it all (we are in our 60's, oldest teenagers in town). Been to Lynton 5 years ago, loved it,so decided to plump for Valley of Rocks Hotel. Booked for a seaview room, knowing what stunning views there are. On arrival (after 8 hours travelling) was most disappointed to see the very jaded facade- and hotel completely surrounded with scaffolding. Booked in at reception and went up to our room. Went straight to the window to look at the sea, and then went back down to reception to tell them that if we knelt on the chair and bent down we could actually see it under the scaffold. We were immediately told that if we came down in the morning and saw the receptionist, that we would be given a £30 refund which is what we paid extra. Very helpful staff, and we got our money back without any problem.
The room was very jaded, clean but basic(could most certainly do with a major upgrade considering it is a 4 diamond hotel)
The bathroom was lovely! Cracked sink, crack in bath, and the ceiling was most appealing( that should read apeeling) paint and paper hanging off. Not even a shower attachment on the bath, but we were told that if we wanted a shower that we could go to reception and borrow a hose attachment!! We were only given a small piece of soap each, not even shower/bath gel or shampoo which is standard in ALL hotels. However ...... The food was varied and plentiful if basic. Why oh Why do hotels insist on bringing your toast at breakfast time before you have even had anything to eat. We like our toast hot! and at the end of the meal thank you.Asked for hard boiled eggs (think it must be some kind of rocket science) two days and four eggs later they got it right Hoorah!!
Anyway all in all not too bad, it seemed to get better as the time went on (it's amazing how a few bottles of wine dull the senses!)
Won't be using this hotel again unless a real major upgrade takes place. Incidentally what criteria must a hotel meet to be awarded a 4 diamond category?

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2007

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2007

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lee Road, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6HS, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Lynton
Price Range: £76 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel located in the picturesque village of Lynton on the North Devon Coast, this early Victorian Hotel retains many aspects of its original charm. There is an impressive atrium in the lounge, where entertainment is provided most evenings. It is located within Exmoor National Park, in the heart of the village of Lynton, overlooking the twinned village of Lynmouth, known as Little Switzerland. The Villages are linked by a masterpiece of early engineering, The Cliff Railway, built in 1890. There are good local amenities and stunning scenic walks only minutes away. All rooms in the hotel are en suite with many enjoying scenic views of the Bristol Channel to Wales. The Valley of Rocks is the ideal location for walkers or those who simply wish to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. ... more   less 
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