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“Long queues” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Watersmeet House

Watersmeet House
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Lynmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Where the lush valleys of Hoar Oak Water and the East Lyn river tumble together sits Watersmeet House, a 19th-century fishing lodge, now a National Trust shop, tea room and information point. Watersmeet House was built in 1832 as a fishing lodge by the Reverend W.S.Halliday, the son of a rich businessman. The stone for the house was quarried at Watersmeet, above the East Lyn River. Sitting in a beautiful wooded river valley, Watersmeet and its surrounds are a fantastic place to walk, and enjoy the abundant wildlife and nature of this part of Exmoor. Please visit the National Trust Website for more information on opening times and the history and wildlife of Watersmeet and the surrounding countryside. Visit the "Things to Do" page to download a great walk to see the best the area has to offer.
Towcester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
“Long queues”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014

Not well designed for coping with the number of visitors and even though I visited in August there weren't as many people as I expected. Very cramped for queuing and not very good for vegetarians. Most tables in the garden were large so not good for solo visitors.

Visited August 2014
Thank Jane S
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gentle Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

A gentle 2 mile stroll from Lynmouth along a pretty river with a reward of yummy cream tea at the end and the chance to buy some holiday gifts. Very peaceful setting.

Visited August 2014
Thank Julie P
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“This place is magical!! (Bring cash, though!!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

Wonderful, magical, tranquil setting. Beautiful cream teas. Gorgeous.
Long, very steep walk down to the house from the car park - be aware! And bring cash!!!! The cafe doesn't accept payment by card!!!!
Lovely riverside setting - wife & kids loved it.
We will return!!

Visited August 2014
Thank David S
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice place but serve slightly expensive food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Very nice place for toddlers and teenagers. Good amount of parking and the place is lovely.

Food is quite expensive

Thank londondu
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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209 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Riverside walks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014

To get to Watersmeet you can either park in the small parking area on the roadside and just walk down the path, although there is a steep climb back up, or you can park in Lynmouth and walk up the side of the river. We do this every year when visiting Devon. It is a pleasant walk, passing the memorial gardens where the houses in Middleham stood before the terrible flood of 1952, and the passing the site of the Lynrock mineral water factory. It is hard to believe so many buildings once stood by the side of the river, washed away by a great force of water, when you see how it is on a summer's day, with pools of calm water perfect for paddling. Once you arrive at Watersmeet House, there is tasty food to eat in the garden, while watching all the birds. Some even venture onto your table. We always share a ploughman's lunch - plenty for two, before we set off back downstream to Lynmouth. There are also several other walks you can take if you feel energetic, upstream to Rockford or up to the church at Contisbury.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Christine K
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