If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Lynton that has a spectacular view, plenty of space and all the facilities that you’d have in the home, then look no further than a seaview apartment in the Lynton Cottage Hotel.
The Lynton Cottage Hotel
I don’t think you can really go wrong with every room that the Lynton Cottage Hotel has to offer. But as each one is slightly different, then I can only really comment on the one we stayed in, which was the CS Lewis Balcony apartment.
The apartment was faultless. It was spacious, had all the desired kitchen equipment needed for a short stay, and a bathroom that very much made my wife and baby very happy.
The View From the Hotel
The main selling point of the CS Lewis Balcony, and the hotel in general to be honest, is the view that you have. This is the view that we had from our balcony:
Waking up to this every morning is something you’ll struggle to see fault in. CS Lewis himself even described it as “The view from the balcony was beyond everything I have seen…” Personally, I think he was exaggerating slightly, but it is still rather good.
Also, we did visit in February. As such it wasn’t exactly warm enough to enjoy the balcony. But come here in the summer and I’d imagine it would be vastly different. Even if you don’t use the balcony, just sitting in the apartment looking out at this is a pretty nice thing to do. As the weather wasn’t great during all of our stay, we did find ourselves doing just that on a few occasions. It also helped that the apartment was rather large and at no time did we ever feel cramped up. I usually get a bit cabin feverish when I’m stuck inside back home, but I didn’t get like it here.
The Lynton Cottage hotel is ideally situated where you get the seclusion and privacy of a tucked away hotel, but one that’s also in very close proximity to the rest of the town. It’s just a short walk back up the hill and you’ll immediately find yourself with a bunch of gift shops, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Lynton is quite a small town so the choice is limited, but then how much do you really need?
Cost of the Hotel
We paid £299 for four nights directly via the Lynton Cottage Hotel website. To be fair, that’s not a bad price for what you’re getting. You could easily find yourself paying £50-70 for a Travelodge these days, so paying that price for something far superior is worth it.
Things to Do In Lynton
To start, there’s the Cliff Railway which takes you down towards the Lynmouth National Park Centre. Much like Lynton, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of confectionary and themed gifts, you’ll be rather happy with what’s on offer. And worst case scenario, you’ll simply find a lovely place to stroll around.
Valley of the Rocks
If you like your scenic walks, then this one might be worth checking out. From the hotel, it’s less than a thirty minute walk. And if you walk the coastal path then you’ll get to look out at the sea the entire way there. You’ll even get to see Wales if you’re lucky. Which was particularly frustrating for us as it takes almost three hours to get to Lynton yet I can almost see home once I’m there.
Here we are with the Valley of the Rocks in the background. Sorry for spoiling the photo for you:
Roughly a thirty minute drive from the hotel you’ll find Exmoor Zoo. I’ll be honest. We didn’t like it. If you want to read what I really thought then there’s a review for that too. But I might be in the minority. If you ask TripAdvisor, then that’s definitely the case. But it might be worth checking out if you’re interested.
Exmoor is a dark sky reserve. And as such, you should be able to see a good amount of stars on a very dark night. We went during a new moon, so the sky is at its darkest. But unfortunately there was a little bit of cloud coverage and we were travelling with a nine month old. So didn’t get that lucky and didn’t want to stay out too late. We did see more stars than we’ve ever see back home, but not the full Milky Way like I would’ve liked to have seen. But if you’re going during a clear night with a darker moon, then it is worth driving further into Exmoor. They’re an under appreciated natural wonder. And something people really should see more of.
There are probably plenty of other things to do whilst you’re staying in the Lynton Cottage. But this is what we did. I’ll be honest, we don’t tend to look up that much when we’re heading somewhere. We tend to go with the flow and see what happens. If you’re going to do that in Lynton, then you should be fine. Just walking around the town is a great way to spend the day. But if you want more ideas, then here’s a link to TripAdvisor. I dare say they’re far better at this than I am. I’ll be honest, I’m surprised you arrived on this page and not that one anyway. But thanks for actually reading this one.
Looking for a Hotel in Lynton? Just Go With the Lynton Cottage Hotel
All in all, the Lynton Cottage Hotel is fantastic. Would we go back again? Possibly not. But that’s more to do with the lack of things to do in Lynton rather than the hotel itself. It’s a great place to go once, but I think it’s one of those places that once you’ve been there you’ve kind of done it. Although in saying that, it was still a very relaxing place to visit. If that’s what you’re after then this might be worth checking out. As for the Lynton Cottage, I can comfortably give it a 9 out of 10.
Thanks for reading, and if you want to read about our stay, then I blogged about that.
If you want to book a stay yourself, then you can do so directly at the Lynton Cottage Hotel website.