We stayed at the Seawood over the August bank holiday. We normally opt for the modern, glass & chrome type hotel, and tend to feel a bit awkward in B&Bs when you feel as though you're in someone's home. The Seawood bridged the gap for us very nicely.
From the moment you arrive, you can tell this hotel is owned by people who put in a lot of effort and hard work to meet (even exceed) the expectations of their guests. When I mentioned that the bathroom (beautifully refurbished) could do with a small shelf to put your bits and pieces on, they said they would go out and get one that same day. The location is second to none. We had a dual aspect room, with seaviews out of both windows - we left the curtains open at night so that we would wake to the view. Breakfast was excellent, with pleasant and efficient service and, I have to admit, better than the modern hotels we normally pick.
It does feel as though the hotel has a bit of split personality at the moment. The bedrooms have been refurbished to a high standard and have got the balance right between matching the style of the building and providing all the mod cons. The public rooms downstairs are rather dated, presumably awaiting refurb. Having said that, they are still comfortable, and have wonderful seaviews. There's a lovely decking out front where you can take breakfast if the weather is good.
Parking is tight, and you just need someone to a park a bit carelessly to create the need to double-park. However, the owner is more than happy to do the necessary car manoeuvering to let you out if the car keys are left with him.
All in all, a lovely place to stay.
- 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, Exmoor National Park