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;
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lynton Cottage Hotel Devon