We picked this B&B through a minute ad in RSPB Bird magazine and hit gold! Living in London, we wanted a walking break in Exmoor National Park.
We arrived after a long drive to a really friendly welcome from Caroline, the owner, and a delicious tea, including chunks of her homemade sticky lemon cake still warm from the oven!
The view from our room was unbelievable as there is nothing but fields and a garden between the house and the sea. I felt I could have spent hours watching the light change over the marshes - absolutely beautiful! With such a comfortable bed & pillows we slept like babies and woke with excitement to see the view again in the morning.
We were worried about the private bathroom as we normally go for ‘en suite’, but it was literally only one step from our room and spacious, with really fluffy towels.
We had decided to eat in on our first evening. Caroline had taken care to cater for my partner’s food requirements. She managed to produce an exciting, very tasty menu, despite restricted ingredients. In fact, it was so good; we ate in again on our last night too.
Breakfast in the conservatory was also excellent. My full English was made with local ingredients and the scrambled farm eggs were rich, yellow & perfectly cooked. My partner had Continental, with special stewed fruit and really thick yoghurt; he then pigged out on Caroline’s freshly baked homemade bread and delicious marmalade.
Fuelled up, we had an idea of where to walk, but it was very windy, so Caroline sent us on the most delightful walk in a sheltered valley that we would never have found without her infectious love and knowledge of Exmoor. After a busy day we would return to the house and have tea in the morning room in front of a roaring fire checking out the birds that we had spied during the day.
Our few days at Mariners Lodge felt like a week! We returned to London feeling so relaxed and well fed. We couldn’t recommend this B&B more highly. If you are looking for delicious food, helpful owners and a view to die for then this is the place to come! We will certainly be back!
- Also Known As:
- Mariners Lodge Porlock, England