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“Excellent - a great place to stay in Lynmouth.”
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East Lyn House
Ranked #4 of 15 Lynmouth B&B and Inns
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gloucester
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“Excellent - a great place to stay in Lynmouth.”
Reviewed March 21, 2011

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.

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Reviewed March 20, 2011

Great location, friendly hosts and excellent facilities. this is one of the best bed and breakfasts we have stayed in at the price. no request was too much trouble and Paul and Barbara were relaxed yet very much on the ball. If you are visiting Lynmouth and Exmoor you couldnt do much better than making East Lyn your base. Our 2 whippets enjoyed themselves as well!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

We stayed for a long weekend which had been bought for us as a present. We read the reviews on Trip advisor before we went and totally agree with everything on here. Paul and Barbara welcome you into their home and you are made to feel instantly at ease. We felt like we were staying with friends and nothing was too much trouble. The B&B is decorated tastefully and the bed was very comfortable. My husband informs me the ale was good, i can only vouch for the very nice glass of red wine i had. Lovely views of the river and sea. A perfect location to explore Exmoor. We will definitely recommend this place to friends and will plan to go back later this year.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

Paul and Barbara should win awards, this place is a gem and they simply re-write every customer service manual ever written. From the moment Barbara opened the door we were treated more as friends than customers, within minutes we were sat on a comfortable settee drinking coffee and chatting with Barbara; Paul had also greeted us warmly but was in the throes of doing some work outside. During our chat Barbara discovered that we had got engaged on the way to Lynmouth, and this news caused great and clearly genuine excitement and pleasure to our hosts. They went out of their way to ensure that what was already a special occasion was even more so.

We were even given a choice of rooms, but were more than happy with the one that had originally been planned. The room was comfortable and airy with a lovely view of both the harbour and the river.

When we went for our evening meal we were greeted with champagne and the table was suitably and very pleasantly decorated, and nothing was too much trouble. After our meal we sat in the cosy bar and chatted extensively with our hosts.

Breakfast was superb, cooked as required by Paul and fairly set one up for the day ahead.

We only stayed two nights but both evening meals and both breakfasts were fabulous.

I could go on but suffice to say I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, we shall certainly visit again. Paul and Barbara should be celebrated, such seemingly effortless high standards are in fact undoubtedly the result of an enormous amount of hard work and total dedication and they thoroughly deserve every success.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Celebrating an anniversary my partner and i stayed here for a weekend and loved it. Paul and Barbara the owners were brilliant! They looked after us and were incredibly accommodating. Room was nice if a little cold. Great selection of dvd's, great wine at the bar and great breakfast. On top of this there's loads to do locally and paul and barbara really know their stuff! i would fully recommend this place to anyone.

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Reviewed February 14, 2011

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights at East Lyn and I must say we had a very nice time indeed. Barbara and Paul are the best hosts one could ask for - they are warm, great to chat with and nothing is too much trouble. I was wondering why East Lyn had so many positive reviews on Tripadvisor and the reason was clear after 5 mins with them. Needless to add, the rooms are quite nice indeed. Reasonably sized and neatly furnished.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 2, 2011

We really enjoyed staying here. Paul and Barbara were the perfect hosts, with their good humour and kindness making it a memorable and restful holiday. Not having to get in the car for a few days is a real treat - there's dramatic scenery and beautiful walks through the woods and up onto the moor and pubs and restaurants all a gentle stroll away.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: East Lyn House
Address: 17 Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Lynmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — East Lyn House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
East Lyn House is a lovely fully licensed Guest House, one minute from the sea, and located on the beautiful East Lyn river. Owned by Richard and Helena and run in a relaxed and informal style, guests are assured of a warm welcome in beautiful surroundings. ... more   less 
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