The hotel is located on the side of a very steep hill between Lynton and Lynmouth, at the end of a road that becomes a cliff path. Very quiet and with a fantastic view. The room was spacious, provided with all facilities that I would expect and very clean.
The hotel is quite traditional in a number of ways; it has a comfortable communal lounge with a longcase clock in the corner, a spacious and carefully laid out dining room, and a number of antique furniture pieces around the building. The soft furnishings in the room could be also be described as traditional - some might call them old fashioned - but not old. They all appeared to be new or nearly new. One of the pieces of furniture had a mark on its surface (damaged presumably by a previous occupier) but this was the only fault I could find.
The food was excellent, both at breakfast and evening meal. They need advance notice for evening meal (before 11am I think) and I would recommend booking for this at least once.
The service, however, is the most unusual and refreshing aspect of this hotel. The owners go out of their way to welcome guests and provide a level of service above and beyond what is necessary for the business. This is especially visible in the meals provided, with the best ingredients and a table service that is as good as anywhere.
I've stayed at a range of hotels over the past couple of years - from no stars to several - but this hotel stands out. It may not be to everyone's taste; for contemporary style, buffet breakfasts, gyms & nightlife, go somewhere else. Personally, I prefer the Chough's Nest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chough's Nest Hotel is a family-run, cliff top retreat located on the stunning Exmoor coast. The hotel features commanding views across the bay and spectacular views out to sea. High ceilings, a cosy lounge with a roaring fire in the winter and home-cooked cuisine enable you to relax in comfort. All but one of the hotel's nine well-appointed bedrooms feature sea views and all have their own unique character and charm. We offer standard double and twin bedrooms as well as superior double bedrooms and four-posters for that special occasion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Choughs Nest Lynton
- Chough's Nest Hotel Lynton, Devon