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“I can not praise this lovely hotel highly enough” 5 of 5 stars
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Highcliffe House
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Sinai Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6 AR, England   |  
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Ranked #10 of 24 Lynton B&B and Inns
London
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“I can not praise this lovely hotel highly enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We have just returned from one night at Highcliffe house, where we stayed in "Myrtleberry" room. We loved the amazing views of the Bristol channel from the room, and the two sets of double doors that led on to a little balcony. It felt like a little piece of heaven to wake up to that amazing view and sit on the balcony with early morning tea.

The room was beautifully decorated with a very comfy 6 foot bed, lots of storage and a very smart bathroom - robes and lovely toiletries provided. Nice choice of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits plus bottles of water.
We left the doors open as it was a warm night and fell asleep to the sounds of the Lyn river below.
You can tell that Karen and Mike are passionate about this hotel as they go out of their way to provide every home comfort you could think of plus an amazing choice of breakfasts which are perfectly cooked and taken overlooking the same stunning view.
We were made very welcome at the Highcliffe, we arrived early and there was no problem in parking our car and taking our case up to the room. We went for a walk and returned to a lovely afternoon cream tea.

We would not hesitate in returning ourselves or recommending it to others.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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kent
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89 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We had a lovely 4 nights stay there in July and the weather was superb. We had the KIPSCOMBE room on the top floor and Karen had fully advised us that this room had only a small bathroom with a shower and no bath, so we knew what to expect. The room was better than we had anticipated and the bathroom was adequate. Otherwise the views and layout of this quite large room was excellent.
Complimentary Wifi in the room worked fine.
We arrived earlier than expected on the Sunday afternoon but the room was available and Mike was very welcoming and made very clear how everything worked and what was offered. We were given a complimentary drink, but were not offered a Devonshire Tea, which we had seen mentioned. Maybe we were too early or this is not provided at the weekend.
The B&B is not cheap but I think it is a fair price for what you get. We normally stay in 3 to 5 star hotels, but appreciate that Highcliffe is a 'Niche'
It is high up and driving is not for the faint hearted, nor is the parking. This could be a barrier for some people.
Again there are not the facilities you have in many hotels, i.e. swimming pools, firness centres, such as the Village Resort Group which are also cheaper as well.
But here you do get a very relaxed ambience. Karen and Mike are both excellent hosts, very informative and it was a pleasure meeting them. Mike again was very helpful in his advice.
The breakfast quality of the cooked food was excellent. The pancakes and bacon such good quality and well cooked. I think the cold buffet section could be improved with say Melon, cheese and may be ham selection.
The rooms are all different, excellent furnished and you can see Mike and Karens attention to detail everywhere.
Breakfast is ready from 8.30am every day until 9.30 am and makes for a relaxing start to the day. May be an 8am start would be beneficial.
We found the other guests very likeable and this together with Mike and Karen all helped to create a really nice homely ambience. It cannot be easy to run a B&B and Mike's personality shows that he likes everything to run 'clockwork', but it does mean you get a first class service, and having read previous comments about Mikes attitude, that only lasted I felt a few minutes from our early arrival and thereafter throughout the stay we had good conversations with him and benefited from his advice on walks etc.
You do need good weather though as the views from here are superb as are the walks. Bad weather could be frustrating.
Would we return?. Yes certainly as I am sure most other guests would.

Room Tip: Look on the website as this is a very good site and accurately describes the rooms. Speak to Karen b...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

A nice place but not for the faint hearted if you don't like climbing steep one-track narrow roads, with minimal parking.

I can understand why some of the reviews mentioned Mike's personality and front of house service, although I think he may have read these reviews and he was really trying his best.

The breakfasts were really nice.. Not much to do in Lynton itself though, as we walked around one evening and it was dead. Please avoid the pub at the bottom of the hill though, as it seemed like a comedy set for Royston Vasey!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lake District
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We booked to stay at Highcliffe House for the weekend as we are not able to take a full summer holiday this year. We had a very nice stay. We stayed in Myrtleberry and the room was tastefully decorated and furnished and had a nice small balcony. The views over the bay are absolutely amazing from the bedroom but also from the (very comfy) guest lounge and the conservatory which is used as a breakfast room. It is worth staying at this guesthouse for the views alone.
Unfortunately we arrived too late on our first day for the cream tea and its a pity that this isn't available every afternoon for guests.
Breakfast was very nice and we had no problem making our selection the evening before. Everything served was good quality and there was plenty of choice. It made a nice change to see pancakes on the menu and they were very good as were the scrambled eggs.
Karen and Mike were very nice hosts. I get the feeling that the official side of being a host doesn't come naturally to Mike but he makes a real effort to be professional. However, if you talk to him about things other than the 'official' hotel stuff and he is pleasant and chatty and very easy going.
Two very minor negative points, which shouldn't detract from how good our weekend was and how lovely this guest house is: the windows are single glazed and this meant that we could hear traffic noise from the road below. Also, our bathroom was on the small size (and lacked a toilet brush!). Nevertheless a good stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We were truly impressed with the high standards of Highcliffe Guest House. The moment we arrived we couldn't wait for the next morning to enjoy breakfast in the sunny conservatory dining area overlooking the stunning green hillside running down to the beautiful bay. Mike and Karen made us feel very welcome and the offer of cream teas on arrival was a very special treat although after all the lovely tearooms we explored that day we just settled for a pot of tea and enjoyed their views from the house.
The decor of the rooms is very tasteful, it was immaculately clean, crisp white comfy bed linen and little touches like Hilden water by the bedside, good quality bathroom products, waffle robes, made this guest house feel more like a 5 star hotel. We had a peaceful, comfortable sleep that night, the rooms are very quite, hardly any internal noise from neighbouring rooms and as our room was on the top floor, we woke up to the delightful view across the bay. It does also help when you have a gorgeous blue sky!
This perfect start to the day was complemented by a delicious breakfast selection. We were spoilt for choice with Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs made with cream, all some of the more unusual items to find on a guest house menu. This morning we felt like the full English breky which was tasty, filling and made from good quality produce. We saw other guests meals and next time it looks like we definitely need to try the Eggs Benedict. 
We only spent one night here but this wasn't long enough and we are going back soon to enjoy the stunning area and the luxury comfort of Highcliffe Guest House. Karen and Mike keep up the good work as it is much appreciated!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durango, Colorado
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112 reviews 112 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The spectacular view alone makes Highcliffe House our repeat choice when visiting Lynton. Every need is met by the hosts and the cream tea when we checked in was delicious. Our spotless room had a small balcony and was beautifully furnished with antiques.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Oxfordshire
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Highcliffe is perched high on the hill behind Lynton, in a quiet and peaceful setting. We stayed in Summerhouse, a room which wouldn’t look out of place in a good 5 star hotel. Pristine and tastefully decorated it has a warm, homely feel. The dual aspect view, down over the sea, is as lovely as it appears on the web site and provides a great vantage point for watching the atmospheric rolling sea mists that appear from time to time. The bathroom is up to date and immaculate, with a floor that feels pleasantly warm and spongy under bare feet.

Breakfast was served in an attractive conservatory with the same views as the bedroom. The cooked food was fantastic and there was a good selection of juices, fruit, yogurts and cereals on the buffet. I ordered pancakes and bacon on the first day and liked it so much I had the same thing every morning! Karen kindly gave me her recipe before we left so I can continue my addiction in the privacy of my own home! My husband was more adventurous in his choice of cooked food and enjoyed everything he tried. The menu has a wider choice than you might expect, with eggs Benedict and smoked salmon with eggs both featuring.

The owners, Mike and Karen, have clearly put a great deal of thought into providing the best experience they can for their guests, with nice little extra touches: toothbrushes provided free of charge if you forget your own, a rack outside the bedroom for wet coats, a choice of DVDs to watch in your room, a list of local recommended restaurants emailed to us beforehand. Mike can offer plenty of suggestions for local activities and was helpful in offering to organise a taxi on our first night. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to anyone.

Lynton is very charming and provides a good base for sightseeing. Lots to do in the area. The Victorian railway which takes you from Lynton down a cliff face to Lynmouth runs every five minutes and was good fun.

Room Tip: We recommend Summerhouse. Also saw Hollerday which is smaller but has a four-poster.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sinai Hill, Lynton, Exmoor National Park EX35 6 AR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynton
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking
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Ranked #10 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Lynton
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Hotel Class:5 star — Highcliffe House 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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