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West Lynch

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Allerford, near Porlock
Grade 4 Star rating
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West Lynch is elegant, characterful and fantastic for that special occasion as it enjoys a games room and an ideal location.

West Lynch, thatched and cosy, has been with the same family for three centuries and lies on the sunny side of the Porlock Valley. Inside, relaxation and comfort abound - it is beautifully furnished with lots of arts and crafts, many sitting areas, 50in and 32in TVs and with facilities such as Wii and a games room. Outside catering is available by an inspired professional chef by arrangement for that special occasion or treat. National Trust woodlands from the former Acland Estates are just beyond the house. These lead to the open moors - with large herds of red deer, Exmoor ponies, the buzzards on the wing and foxes in thir lairs - and dramatic headland of Hurlstone, looking west down to Devon and north to the Welsh coast. Also within walking distance are the romantic villages of Bossington, Selworthy, Allerford and bustling Porlock for year-round needs, as well as Minehead’s farmers’ market. There is surfing at Lynmouth or beyond to Croyde and Woolacombe, and golf at Minehead or the fine course at Saunton for a true test. Horse riding is available for all abilities and entertainment for both children and adults at Lynch Farm and Tropicaria further on. There are also glorious walks, of course, to hidden treasures such as Culbone Church, Butlins at Minehead or Dunster Castle if activities such as outdoor meals, table tennis, croquet and messing about with balls at West Lynch does not suffice. Local beaches are a short drive away, but Bossington beach is within walking distance, with its amazing pebble ridge. Fishing around the coast is also popular - a number of chartered boats take off from Minehead and the pier at Llfracombe is often fruitful for those who decide to cast off from there. Enjoy a stay in this special corner of Exmoor. Shops approximately 1 mile away in Porlock. Nearest shop ½ mile.

Elegant entrance hall. Modern sitting-room with open wood fire. Second sitting-room with additional TV. Attractive, beamed dining room with open wood fire. Arch to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga, electric cooker and breakfast area. Games room with pool table and darts. Separate toilet. Utility. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft antique iron bed and wash basin. Spacious double bedroom with Tudor oak bed and wash basin. Elegant double bedroom with impressive 4ft antique oak bed. Two very pretty twin bedrooms, one with sea views. Twin bedroom with Victorian iron bed and sea views. Spacious bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room. Further bathroom. Separate toilet.

  • Open fires - initial basket of wood included, thereafter £3 per basket
  • Full oil central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two satellite TVs
  • Wii
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden
  • Walled garden with furniture (across private road)
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Croquet
  • Games room with pool table and darts
  • Catering available by arrangement direct with owner
  • Ultraviolet treated natural spring water supply

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Golf nearbyGolf nearby
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • Thatched RoofThatched Roof
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Fishing NearbyFishing Nearby
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2016
    We are a party of six walkers who stayed in the cottage between 11 and 18 March, 2016, at which time a new contractor-caretaker had taken over responsibility for the property. Consequently many of the criticisms made in previous reviews concerning cleanliness had been resolved. The property itself is charming, well furnished and ideally located for accessing Exmoor and the surrounding coastline. However, we did encounter a variety of problems, some of which were easily resolved but others not. Matters such as the absence of spare refuse bags, no waste bins in rooms, a lack of bathmats, and a bare minimum supply of towels and tea towels were irritants. More seriously, there was a mouse infestation throughout the house – clearly a recurrent problem which requires a permanent solution provided by a reputable pest control company. Regarding domestic appliances, the washing machine would not spin or drain, the dishwasher tilted when fully stacked and the electric oven was slow and inefficient. Considering the potential number of occupants, the kitchen inventory is also inadequate, and the following items need to be provided: more mugs, weighing scales, a measuring jug, serving dishes, mixing bowls and eggcups. Furthermore, although the property description mentions that the water supply is fed from a spring, it does not refer to the resulting poor pressure in some of the bathrooms, nor the fact that this affects the hot water supply, some of which is heated by an oil-fired Aga and some from the heating system boiler. One bathroom in particular – in an endeavour to retain an antique sink fitment – delivers little more than a trickle from the tap. We found that six of us could cope by working around which bathroom delivered the best option at a given time but larger parties would struggle to do so. A serious upgrade of the water supply and plumbing is therefore required. At the very least, a backup electric shower should be installed. Overall, though, the general ambience and comfort level of the cottage is commendable and most of the issues referred to above could be resolved by a small investment from the proprietors.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/02/2016
    A very good cottage for a large group, with a number of different areas to sit and eat. We really enjoyed its rambling and characterful nature. We primarily went to walk and the range of walks is excellent.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2016
    Although we suffered some of the worst weather in recent memory, West Lynch was weatherproof and large. It's comfortable rather than luxurious, but perfectly suited to a large family or gathering of friends. The house is in a quiet location. The beds are very comfortable and there are too many bathrooms to count properly. The Aga in the kitchen is lovely, but the further away from it you get the more you need the heating in winter! It's ideally situated for exploring the north Somerset coastal areas, with all facilities in Minehead four miles away.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/02/2016
    The cottage is stunning and very roomy. It was warm and welcoming. It has a rustic charm. Everyone loved it and felt very relaxed. The cottage is well equipped. We had an amazing weekend. I agree with comments by others that the rubbish bins outside were full, we did not find a welcome pack to explain anything (the neighbour had to tell us about parking), and the house would benefit from a thorough clean.

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7.4 out of 10 – based on 9 reviews collected by Reevoo
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