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Lynton Cottage Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Lynton
Certificate of Excellence
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“The Lynton Cottage Hotel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

After watching Country File on BBC Television which featured North Devon and Watersmeet, my wife and myself decided to spend a night in Lynton to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and to see the sites as mentioned in the television programme. I went on line and saw the Lynton Cottage hotel advertised and according to the advertisements 'all rooms had en-suite with panoramic views'. Based on this I booked a room for just one night and as all rooms 'had panoramic views' did not state in my booking that I wanted a sea view.
On arrival at the hotel we were met a reception by a very dour individual who purported to be the new owner and who stated to my wife he had only been in the hotel for the last three months and the hotel was underoging some refurbishment . After the checking in procedure we were given the key to room 21 and told how to reach it by going up many stairs and along very dark corridors. When we finally reached the room I had the biggest shock of all. The room was so small with twin beds and far too much furniture crowded into the room. There was one chair squeezed in against the wall which made it impossible to sit in. One tall chest of drawers, a table containing tea making items and a television sat on to of the chest of drawers. With so much furniture in such a small room there was hardly any room for the guests. When we turned on the television the signal kept getting lost so it almost impossible to watch any programmes.
The bathroom on the other hand was so large and about half the size of the tiny bedroom. The thing which surprised me the most was the fact that there was no 'panoramic view' unless of course you call looking at a tree only two metres from the hotel window a panoramic view. I have enclosed a photo of our 'panoramic view'.
I went to see the very dour owner and told him I did not think much of his 'panoramic view' and I was told in no uncertain terms that I had got the room that I had paid for (£65 for bed and breakfast). I pointed out to him that two signs outside the hotel showed 'all rooms en suite with panoramic views' but room 21 certainly did not have any view at all except for a tree. I was then told that I did not have to stay in the hotel and he was very willing to cancel our reservation and we could find another hotel. Due to the lateness of the day and also we had already booked in and we had previously ordered dinner over the phone before we left home and as it was for only the one night we decided to stay.
The dinner in the hotel was surprisingly very good. It was well cooked and well presented as indeed was the breakfast the following morning. The views from the hotel restaurant are indeed stunning and panoramic as my second photograph shows. It is just a pity the room did not have such views.
The following morning we had a shower in the over sized bathroom. I can honestly say this was the worst shower I have ever had in any hotel I have stayed in and I have stayed in many hotels around the world. It was very difficult to get the correct temperature by jiggling the taps, either the water was freezing cold or much too hot. The shower curtain kept getting wrapped around me and it was a very bad experience. I would not like to have another shower like this ever again.
The good points about this hotel are few. The bed linen was very clean and the bed was very comfortable so we did mange to get a good nights sleep. It was however, very disappointing to spend our wedding anniversary in twin beds.
Our experience of this hotel was not a good one and I would certainly not recommend it to any one. Presumably if you had another room with a 'panoramic view' then the situation may have been different. If anyone books into this hotel and are given the key to room 21 then you should run a mile and not book in;

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Your comments are noted but are presented in a most unfortunate manner. You made a booking through Late Rooms, and out of four room types available, booked the cheapest room possible. We have only two rooms that don't boast a panoramic sea view. Both of these, are clearly identified on all the booking sites we use, as having PART SEA VIEW. And this is presented in capital letters. In order to make your reservation you had to select this option. As the room does not have the same sea views as the rest of the property, it is offered at half the price of the others.
Your personal remarks about my attitude are further misleading. But storming across the reception hurling remarks at me, is hardly constructive nor likely to produce a smile from me.
As we were fully booked, we were unable to offer you a different room. We are however professional enough, not to hold a Guest to their booking contract, if they are clearly unhappy with their room. Hence you were politely offered the option of a free cancellation which you declined.
As new owners of the property, we have various works scheduled for the winter. These include relaying the space of the room in question, and the addition of a Balcony. In the meantime, the room offers an alternative for the budget conscious traveller, who still wishes to enjoy facilities that can only be offered by larger establishments such as ours.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed at this lovely hotel for 2 nights, for a much needed break. The room ( room 6 ) was wonderful, the views from the large windows were stunning. It was wonderful to lie in bed on a beautiful sunny morning looking out to sea. Breakfast was plentiful and freshly cooked. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the staff. We hope to return in the spring and will recommend this hotel to our friends

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Thank you for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are fortunate to enjoy a location with what can only be described as magnificent sea views, from almost every room. So everybody can wake up to this same view. regards Bill
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Lynton Cottage is perfectly situated in the heart of Lynton. The main walking routes are on its door stop making it ideal for couples who want to walk along the coast and into Lynton and Lynmouth. We stayed for 2 nights in a superior double, which was clean, contemporary but yet homely and had marvellous views of the sea. Breakfast was lovely, with a good selection of cereals and juices. Bathroom towels were large and fluffy, which was a delight after a day of walking! Not to mention the bathtub overlooking the bay, which was beyond picturesque. Overall this hotel was perfect and very well priced, Bill and his wife were lovely and extremely knowledgeable to give local tips too. Good work guys, looking forward to coming back once the renovations are complete!

Room Tip: Superior Double- good size with beautiful rooms
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank homitravels
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Thank you for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. There are lots of plans for the next renovation stage, during this winter. we look forward to seeing you again. regards Bill
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed at Lynton Cottage last week and we had a lovely time. Bill and his team were very accommodating and nothing was too much for them. We didn't want to leave and were totally relaxed after our stay. The breakfast was really nice, especially the sausages...yum.
I've stayed at this hotel before and the improvements the new team have started are stunning and we cannot wait to return next year after the winter works have been finished.
Keep up the good work

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Monkfish65
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Thank you for your comments. we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We shall be busy all winter with further upgrades. We look forward to seeing you again. regards Bill
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

This hotel is beautifully situated with fabulous views of the sea and coastline. It has only recently been taken over by new owners who are working hard to upgrade it - already it has a smart restaurant, reception area and bar. I understand that there will be a room refurbishment this winter (2013/2014) although the one we stayed was already very acceptable apart from the size (on the small side for a double). There are large gardens through which you can walk en route to Lynmouth (if you choose not to take the cliff railway) and the centre of Lynmouth is immediately to hand. The owner and staff were delightful, with a cheery and willing standard of service. The surrounding area is fabulous if you enjoy walking, especially the walk up the East Lyn river and beyond.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We under estimated the size of the beds for the smaller double rooms, wanting to give all our Guests a King size bed as a minimum. But in fact they are Super king size. This winter we will be be doing further renovation, to create spacious Suites from these same rooms, to match the others existing in the Hotel. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. regards Bill
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Plymouth, England
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Stayed just for one night in early September. We were made very welcome and our room had a small balcony and amazing view of the bay. The four poster bed was very comfortable and the room was very clean. Breakfast in the dining room was very good and again views to die for. The staff were very friendly and attentive and we would certainly recommend it for a short stay. Hope to stay again when all the refurbishments have taken place.
Tracey & Steve Flack

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stevetracey
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We have a number of upgrade projects scheduled for the winter months. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. regards Bill
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

This is a lovely hotel in a fantastic location. We arrived during the evening and were a little disappointed at our welcome, but it was a busy time. Our room had a great view but was a little small (room 18). But the view made up for that and we were amazed to watch the moon rise over the hills as we had a drink in the bar on our first night. The bed was large and comfy, with nice linen and a great mattress. Breakfast was fine, although nothing special. We liked the hotel more as we discovered the library with its stained glass windows and big table on which to spread newspapers after breakfast. We did not eat there in the evening as dinner was early, 6.00 to 7.30 and the menu the same every day - so we suspected was frozen. Lovely to have the window open at night to hear to hear the sea and an owl hooting.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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William G, Owner at Lynton Cottage Hotel, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Thank you for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. regards Bill
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Property: Lynton Cottage Hotel
Address: North Walk, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6ED, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Lynton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lynton Cottage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small Georgian Hotel situated 500 feet above sea level, with panoramic views over the North Devon and Exmoor coast line. The author C.S. Lewis visited here in 1925, and said, "The view from the balcony was beyond everything I have seen". All rooms enjoy magnificent sea views over the North Devon coastline and Bristol Channel. A choice of Superior, Deluxe and Classic en suite rooms are available. Some also have Balcony, private terrace or Four Poster beds.Free WIFI access in bedrooms and there is Free Parking for all Guests. Dining Room, Bar and Guest Lounge are also available. The Hotel is situated within 3 acres of hillside gardens, with superb views over the Bristol Channel. Lynton is at the heart of Exmoor and a paradise for ramblers. Walkers are Welcome. A very peaceful setting and views to remember. ... more   less 
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