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“A traditional English gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Oaks Hotel
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The Oaks Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porlock
Lydney, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A traditional English gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

This may not be the cheapest establishment in Somerset by a long shot, but it is certainly the most quintessentially English hotel I have had the pleasure of staying in for some time. Foreign visitors, especially Americans, should put this place into your itinerary if you want to experience something many of us were familair with back in teh last century but done exceedingly well.

The rooms are very well appointed with super comfy beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and BLANKETS!! No duvets here! The TV is a good size, there is a pin cushion with all you need to fix your clothes, fruit on the table, a well stocked bathroom with a brilliant shower. I'm tall and the bath didn't disappoint either. Our host , dressed soberly in jacket and tie, made us incredibly welcome. However, this is not a place to bring young kids. My wife and I may be of pensionable age but we were the youngest guests by a decade or more. Most of the hotel business is repeat and I can understand why. the four-course dinner was well cooked and nicely presented, but unadventuroius as much typical English cuisine of thirty years ago was. But don't get me wrong; this may not have beeen a gourmet experience, but the menu which no excuses to modernity in its conservativeness was none the worse for that! Prawn cocktail, cod with a crisp herb crust, loin of venison were all delicious. I had a steak one night and wasn't asked how I would like it cooked. it came medium rare which is probably too underdone for the average Englishman, but I enjoyed it. The wines were very sensibly priced and the list was substantial but not overwhelming. Classic English puddings of course.

The ambience of the hotel is quiet and politely familiar. Silence tends to reign, but guests, who return year after year remember each other and the polite chat at the table or in the bar drinking post dinner coffee is always pleasant.

Room Tip: All rooms face over the town towards the sea and are equally good
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vegahoilc
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We have stayed before so decided to treat ourselves again after all the Christmas festivities. What a good decision! It is just so cosy and friendly and a real tonic. Anne and Tim are always at hand to cater for your every need. Roaring log fires greet you and you instantly feel at home. Anne's wonderful cooking forced us out on to long walks over the beautiful moors to make room for the next delicious meal !! Just sank into the armchairs in our room afterwards, tea on hand, tv or the wonderful views over Porlock out to sea to gaze at. Bliss! First-footed the New Year in with a piece of coal, Tinker the beautiful flat coated retriever and glasses of champagne with the other guests. Just delightful. Didn't want to leave.

Room Tip: All the rooms are large with views, ensuite and tea making facilities.
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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3 Thank JJL1951
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Armidale, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

Where else in the world would you have the perfect view of a wonderful coastline for breakfast, sparkling local cuisine for the evening meal, walks of any length in some of Britain's loveliest National Trust protected scenery and every need catered for in the beautifully fitted out bedrooms? If you do not believe me, have a look at the comments in the Visitors Book. This is personalised care at its best!

Room Tip: Phone the owners who will help you with this.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 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 Thank Brian C
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Guildford
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

From the moment we arrived we knew this hotel was special - the comments in the Guest Book said it all! Our room was spacious and had beautiful antique furniture. The bed was supremely comfortable and the thick fluffy white towels and bathrobes a delight. The fresh fruit and flowers were a nice extra touch. In fact the standard of housekeeping throughout the hotel was very high. The fabulous food was complemented by stunning panoramic views and spectacular sunsets from the dining room windows. The service and hospitality offered by Tim and Anne Riley was outstanding and such a welcome change from those bland corporate hotels we have sometimes stayed in......we just can't wait to return!

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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3 Thank P1_P2J
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Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2011

Tim and Anne Riley run a first class hotel to a very high standard. The hotel is beautifully situated overlooking Porlock and the sea. The rooms are large and beautifully furnished.
What impresses most is the standard of presentation and cleanliness.
Breakfast is served to your table, which makes a change from the usual hotel serve yourself buffet breakfasts.
Will definitely go back when we have the chance.
Vincent and Vicky Fairclough

Room Tip: All the rooms have sea views.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 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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6 Thank VincentandVicky
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

This is a lovely hotel combining modern amenities with traditional values and lots of lovely finishing touches - eg putting fresh milk in with tea making equipment each night, when they turn down the bed. The whole place is spotless and Tim and Anne are wonderful hosts - nothing at all is too much trouble. Bed was really comfortable and room had sofa from which to gaze at the lovely seaview. I strongly recommend this hotel and will definitely be back!

Room Tip: All the rooms have a seaview.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank trinaharley
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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

The pillows were feather and down (a miracle in itself!) and very new and fresh. Our room was large, comfy with armchairs, tv etc. and very cosy with an excellent en-suite having both shower/bath etc. Wonderful views over the Porlock Bay from the bedroom. Service was excellent, and nothing seemed to be to much trouble for Anne and Tim the owners, and my gluten-free diet was no problem ( wonderful lemon/raspberry roulade). Many choices for breakfast and the evening meals were prepared by the owner Anne and were just delicious!!
Public rooms had cozy log fires, fresh flowers and lots of wood panelling, and a small discreet bar for the evenings. You half expected Poirot or Miss Marple to appear at any moment!
Came away feeling calm, relaxed and pampered.
Also much fitter, after all the walking by the beach and on the beautiful Exmoor hills.
We are definitely staying again.

Room Tip: just take your walking boots.
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  • Stayed October 2010, 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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1 Thank JJL1951
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Property: The Oaks Hotel
Address: Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8ES, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Porlock
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porlock
Hotel Class:3 star — The Oaks Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Oaks Hotel Porlock, Somerset

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