We have just returned from a ten night stay at The Seawood Hotel and we had dinner every night! The hotel is approached from a narrow road leading from the pretty town of Lynton.
Access to the hotel car park and spaces was not a problem.
The views from the hotel are spectacular. In fact we could even see the sea whilst in bed!
We opted for a Superior Room on the top floor which is accessed by a fairly steep staircase. However, Russ kindly offered to take our luggage to our room (and back down at the end of our stay) which was appreciated.
We had a large room with a very comfortable bed and a lovely bathroom. Be aware that internet access can be a problem on the top floor but a strong signal was available in the lounge.
All public rooms were comfortable and spotless and housekeeping was very good throughout our stay.
Unfortunately, my wife went down with a viral infection during our stay and Russ, Kerinda & Sam were very kind to her.
The food was excellent throughout our stay. The best scrambled eggs we had ever tasted and plenty of choice for both breakfast and dinner.
I can say without reservation that dinner was superb every night, and that's quite something for ten nights in a row! Portions were very good and the quality of the produce and the culinary skills of Kerinda certainly exceeded expectations.
So, is there anything we didn't like? Only that dinner could be more of an 'event'. There is no encouragement to have a drink before dinner, and if you did you were ushered into the dining room before you had finished it. Canapes would also be nice in an establishment of this quality. The Wine List is small but very good and very fairly priced with excellent House Wines.
My main gripe, however, is that there is no dress code whatsover in the evening in the restaurant. I'm afraid that I don't approve of jeans and trainers at dinner and whilst I appreciate that other dinners are paying the same as we are and are entitled to their opinion, I think it is disrespectful to both the chef and other guests not to dress appropriately. I'm not suggesting 'Black Tie' but smart, casual attire. .Maybe I'm too sensitive!
I'm certainly not going to downgrade my rating because of this as the food and comfort at the hotel was exceptional. Deputy Manager, Sam, was never without a smile, but quite honestly service could not be faulted by anyone.
Prices are very fair and this hotel deserves to continue to do well. Would we return? Most certainly - if they'll have us back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seawood Hotel is a beautiful Victorian property built around 1848. It is situated on the North Walk with amazing views to Countisbury Headland. The path outside the hotel leads to the Valley of the Rocks. The hotel is family run and we take pride in making sure that during your stay you feel relaxed, unhurried and a little pampered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Seawood Hotel Lynton, Devon