I'm usually sceptical of review sites but in this case all the great reviews for this place are fully justified. When we arrived Paul welcomed us in and immediately offered us tea or coffee or something from the bar, which was stocked with some good beers and no doubt wines and spirits.
Once we had finished watching England being taken apart by a much better Ireland team in the last day of the 6 nations, Paul ran though most of the facilities that the town had to offer, as well as pointing out that they would be happy to serve us an evening meal in-house should we wish to stay in. We chose to eat at the nearest Inn, which was adequate but could have been better. Breakfast the following morning was done to perfection, leading us to think we might well have dined on much better fare by staying in!
We met Barbara too, who was equally open and welcoming.
Our room was on the top floor, with good views up the river from one aspect and across/down river from the other. It was a pleasant room with a good comfortable bed. By the time we hit the bed we were mildly anaesthetised from trying out the towns bars, although I imagine we wouldn't have slept any less well had we been drinking only tea.
The shower temperature was variable in the morning, probably due to other guests drawing off hot or cold water. It gave added excitement and was only a very minor hiccup in otherwise great facilities.
I've touched upon the breakfast earlier - the variety on offer was good and any combination of the usual staples seemed to be accommodated with no trouble. It was cooked extremely well and when Paul put in a brief appearance in his Chef's attire he looked quite the professional. Barbara performed a great hostess role in the dining room. The terrace overlooking the river looks as if it would provide a superb spot for breakfast or dinner, which we understand could be taken there when the weather was appropriate.
On checking out, Barbara and Paul were full of tips for what to spend the day doing. We took up one of their suggestions - a stroll up the river to Watersmeet, where as the name suggests, two rivers join before heading down the vally to Lynmouth. A very pleasant, highly scenic walk of about 1.5 miles each way, with a National Trust tea shop serving cream teas, etc. in an idyllic spot by the river at Watersmeet.
All in all, this hotel is a great little establishment with warm and friendly service, ideally located close to the centre of Lynmouth and gets our seal of approval. We were only sorry that we were only there for one night.
PS also well worthwhile is the cliff railway from Lynmouth to Lynton followed by a walk to the Valley of Rocks via Hollerday Hill (start from by the Town Hall in Lynton). The view west along the coast, over the Valley of Rocks from the top of the hill is quite something.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East Lyn House is a lovely licensed hotel 1 minute from the sea. Located in the heart of beautiful Lynmouth in a stunning location on the East Lyn river. Owned and run by Paul and Barbara in a friendly, informal style. Guests are assured a warm welcome and delicious home-cooked evening meals if required. A real home-from-home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- East Lyn House Hotel Lynmouth, Devon