We visited during the first week of July, and had a peaceful and relaxing break. Luxborough appears to consist of very few houses and no shops, so come prepared !
The hotel is very remote ( which they advertise as a selling point). There are no mobile phone signals but there are land lines in the rooms, and a phone box opposite which states you can email and text from it as well as phone.
The hotel itself is very pretty and surrounded by a small but lovely old English garden which was very nice to sit out in with a drink on our first evening. There is a stream running next to the hotel, we visited at a time when there was lots of rain, so the stream was running quite forcefully and loud, which was a slight nuisance at night as our room was right next to it, but I would imagine in dryer weather it would be fine.
The interior of the hotel is quirky with parts of it dating back to the 15th Century. The flooring in some places on the ground floor is very uneven ( but full of character) due to its age, so may be slightly problematic for those with mobility problems. The ceilings in the bar area are very low, so it's very much mind your head if you're over 6 feet ! The inglenook fire places look fantastic, and I would imagine even more so in the winter with open fires.
The dining areas compromise of different dining rooms, which was nice but doesnt lend itself much for private conversation. The food is fantastic, and we ate fabulous meals on both nights. The deserts are particularly delicious and the wine list extensive. The breakfasts were faultless, plenty of choice and high quality produce.
Our room was nicely decorated but has a slight damp smell and there was some signs of mildew in the corner. The stream and the age of the building may have been the cause. The room wasn't as spotless as it could have been - the corners of the room didnt appear to have been hoovered for some time.
Our room had only a bath, but had a shower handset attached to the taps. The plumbing was strange as it sounded like the drainage from the adjacent room was coming via the pipes in our bathroom. However, we had two good nights sleep and felt rested and comfortable.
Although the remoteness of the hotel may be what you are seeking, to us it was a little too remote and we did lots of driving over the two days. It's definately not a place to go without a car.
The best things about this hotel are the food and the staff who are welcoming, polite and very friendly - a real credit to the establishment.
- Also Known As:
- The Royal Oak Hotel
- The Royal Oak Hotel Luxborough
- The Royal Oak Inn Luxborough, Exmoor National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the lovely village of luxborough. The Royal Oak is surrounded by some of the most Beautiful countryside in the British Isles.With recently refurbished accommodation this Inn has sat in this picturesque landscape since the 14th century. Inside, this building boosts original flagstone and cobble stone flooring coupled with stone walls and open beams which give the building an unrivalled character. ... more less