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“Home for the elderly with worn out furnishings and decoration”

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Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Lynton
Reviewed 21 July 2008

If you consider worn out furniture and poorly maintained rooms to be " charming " then this Hotel is for you ! My Wife and I stayed at the Valley Of Rocks Hotel Lynton for a long weekend at the end of June, we paid an extra £30 for a sea view.To start with parking the car was not easy as the parking in the Hotel car park is not obvious and stopping outside the Hotel just to pop in to ask directions is not easy as the road is narrow and has double yellow lines ( for your information the car park is on the left hand end of the Hotel through black iron gates, closed when we arrived ) Parking is available in the public car park about 150yds from the Hotel on the left down a side road, parking is free with a ticket supplied by the Hotel but we did worry about the security of the car left in a public car park for this length of time.Our room was on the third floor ( 76 ) there is a good lift to all floors.
On entering the room we were dissapointed with almost everything about the room,the room was quite small,there was a damp patch on the ceiling where there had been a leak from above,the bed had no headboard and the wallpaper was worn away and marked from peoples heads,the room was poorly decorated dark and dingey. But That " Sea View " ( Joke ! ) £30 for a Sea view that was a window about 4ft x 2ft and about 5ft off the floor ! Also the view was obscured by the Trees from the overgrown garden below.The Bathroom was excellent and looked recently fitted.
The meals were good and times of meals to suit most.
The Staff were friendly and helpful.
The Entertainment was Bingo on Friday night ( which no one played ) then a Quiz followed by 60's / 70's music cd's played by the entertainments manager ( pleasent bloke ) Sat, Bingo then live Cabaret with an OK Singer followed by Quiz, Sunday,Quiz and cd's again Ballroom was empty all night !
Nice little lounge area and bar prices are OK.
Views from the Dining room ? OK if you like Trees !
Views from the Ballroom OK if you like Trees !
The Garden is so overgrown and not maintained it blots out what could be a lovely view, the only view is from a side room off fthe Ballroom with two worn out sofa's.
If you like to go out for an evening walk after your meal there is not much to see in Lynton , better to pay a little more and find a Hotel in Lynmouth with it's Sea Front and River walks plus better shops, cafe's and pubs.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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5  Thank oncebit
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

Been here a year ago when the hotel was clothed in scaffolding which we werent expecting - our shock and dismay was dealt with admirably by the team on reception, we were made to feel welcome and that our complaints were taken seriously. We expected a big difference on the exterior this year but though there had been a vast amount of scaffoling last June, apart from some window painting (and our room's window had been painted shut!) there appears to be no change. The gardens, flower beds etc are clearly neglected, and outside had barely been swept since the builders left!! We were there for a weekend and the place had no sign of management in attendance and no sign of the previous staff. The hotel appears to be run by a dragon on reception who gets upset if you interrupt her reading her magazines (and my husband faced her wrath when he interrupted her 'fag break'), and a guy in work clothes who should maybe be gardening rather than talking loudly on reception. They are clearly not interested in the guests thats for sure. There were also no management staff in the cafe or bar and the hotel appears to be run by people now who couldnt give a damn. Shearings have just put their prices up - it cant surely be to pay these people to do nothing?? Having had a good moan, and I admit its because the receptionist upset my husband by the way she barked at him, I have to say that the staff in the restaurant are great (enough of them to cope, this time) and the food was ok. Room though needing desperately a lick of paint, was adequate for our needs and clean (ish). Lynton itself is great, locals are friendly, and though it was really bad weather we walked for miles - lots of hills though so make sure you're fit!!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Parragon
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

I thought I must have a quick word about this hotel. It is a Shearings hotel and is a little worn but it done everything for me. A short break away, very cheap and will defineatly be going again.

Cannot find one thing to complain about. Everything went very smoothly and was a very enjoyable experience all round.

For the price it was outstanding value. Not the Ritz but a very high standard of service in all ares.

Thank you Shearings for an excellent short break See you in December!.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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9  Thank DavidBanburyOXON_
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

It always puzzles me when i read reviews of shearings hotels.Why on earth do people go on these,ridiculously cheap,holidays in the first place? then proceed to complain about things not being up to the five star standard they must regularly stay in.My partner and i stayed at the valley of rocks hotel(lynton),one of three shearings hotels we have enjoyed.The food was lovely,the sea view(room 77)magnificent,the staff as helpful a bunch as you could wish to find.Entertainment(well,it probably would struggle under the trades discription act)was not up to much,but so what! All shearings hotels in this sort of categrie have a dated,well worn look about them,it's part of their charm.
If you want gourmet food,modern decor,top class entertainment etc,you will pay much more for it,and be ripped off in the process.For me,shearings give you what it says on the tin,cheap,cheerful and somewhere to get away from it all,plus it can be used as a base for further exploration.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank steviemacca
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Reviewed 22 March 2008

Staying here now. Avoid the first floor at all costs. Noisy from disco music underneath and thin walls to next room. Food okay, usual Shearings. I wouldn't stay again, especially as staff uninterested in the noise problem. Poor room, despite the lovely dsea view.

  • Stayed: March 2008
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4  Thank John M
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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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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: £47 - £110 (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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