In search of tranquillity and fabulous walks my husband and I decided on a long weekend stay in Lynton. Having checked on Trip Advisor (my bible as far as hotel accommodation goes) The Seawood Hotel had reviews that impressed me the most and I booked by phone after looking at all the rooms individually on the hotel website. I am pleased to say that my choice was an excellent one. Perched on the bank of North Walk, The Seawood sits in an enviable position overlooking Lynmouth Bay and The Bristol Channel allowing all of its eight bedrooms sea views. The hotel has its own car park which is a real bonus in places like Lynton where free parking is at a premium.
I feel I am about to reiterate many of the previous comments made by earlier reviewers but I see no alternative. To start off with we were warmly greeted by Russ one of the co-owners who initially showed us the ground floor area consisting of a Lounge with bar a spacious dining room and a comfortable lounge/reading room. The hotel rules and dining arrangements etc were explained to us and then without prompting, our bags were taken to our room which was called Ragged Jack and was located on the first floor with both front and side sea view windows. It had a large 6 foot bed which proved to be so comfortable. The bathroom was newly fitted out and was enormous. A pair of chairs was positioned by the main window allowing you to enjoy the views in comfort. If my husband hadn’t wanted to walk so much I could have happily sat there all day reading my book and watching the walkers and boats go by.
What strikes you about The Seawood is the ongoing attention to detail. Not only are the bedrooms and bathrooms all tastefully furnished throughout but the hall and landings which are spacious have just been redecorated and re-carpeted. It is a welcoming sight as soon as you step over the threshold. I have taken a couple of design tips home with me to try out! Kerinda Russ’s partner and the other co-owner is greatly involved with this aspect of the business and also cooks much of the lovely food. They make an excellent partnership.
Talking of food I can tell any would be guests that they will not be disappointed. Breakfast consists of the normal selection of cereals fruit juice yoghurts etc but is also complemented by a large and inviting bowl of fresh fruit salad. Yoghurts come from Devon and were truly scrumptious. The freshly cooked breakfast was varied and in addition to the normal “full English” I spied grilled kippers, scrambled egg and smoked salmon on a muffin both of which made a delightful variation to the norm. As regards Dinner my husband and I ate in one night and again we cannot praise the food enough. It was presented so beautifully and cooked to perfection. My husband enjoyed his main course of chicken in a cream and mushroom sauce whilst I enjoyed the simplicity of fresh Sea Bass both meals accompanied by double cooked potato wedges and a tasty selection of vegetables. Starters and desserts were equally as good. The wine selection had been well chosen with prices starting at £15 per bottle. As an ex accountant who always likes value for money I was pleased to see the hotel bar prices were really well priced much cheaper than pub prices here in Berkshire.
Russ and Kerinda have an extensive knowledge of the area and will make suggestions for places to visit if required. They will do anything within their power to make their guests stay enjoyable. They deserve the accolades they have received to date and we hope that they will continue as owners and guardians of this lovely hotel for some years to come so that we can come back to enjoy it over the years.
- 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