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West Lynch

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Allerford, nr. Porlock
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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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, games room and indoor pool table. 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. 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 by flow meter reading
  • 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 with owner
  • Ultraviolet treated natural spring water supply

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Thatched RoofThatched Roof
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

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.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2015
    This spacious property is in a great location and is very charming. The overall decor is "shabby chic" ie really lovely but well lived in with lots of nooks and crannies for the children (and adults) in our party to enjoy. The place is packed with lovely pottery and pictures and interesting old furniture, and overall it is comfortable. However, lots of the equipment is on it's last legs and some even borderline dangerous, and the house could do with a good clean. Overall we had a brilliant time there.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/11/2015
    Fabulous house. Lovely decor, loads of room. Lots of charm and very comfortable. Enjoyed a special short break with the family and had many special memories. Enjoyed exploring local area even though the weather was miserable.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2015
    The location of the property was just what we wanted from a holiday. We loved the quirkiness of the old building. However, the house was not well cleaned: furniture had not been pulled out; skirtings and tops were unclean, windows and frames were filthy, all kitchen appliances needed cleaning before use etc Also the place is neglected in some areas: broken banister, catches on windows broken, lime coming through windows, sheets with holes in, garden unmanaged...

    Response from: administrator

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are glad you were happy with the location and the quirkiness off the building. I thank you for your comments and can now advise we have taken them on board and have now hired new cleaning and gardening staff. Since this our reviews have been more positive and we feel this issue has now been rectified.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2015
    A charming property...with lots of atmosphere! We had a lovely stay.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 21/08/2015
    We stayed for 1 week in August 2015 6 Adults - 5 kids ( ages 6,4,3,2,10months) Pros- Very old lovely looking detached house with working Aga. Roomy Enough room for all Enough bathrooms for all Large spacious garden behind walls, great for kids. The house is a bit out of the way!. Tucked down a little winding lane, my Father likes to walk to the pub for " the last one" but this couldn't happen as the nearest pub was in Porlock, which isn't far away but you can't get a taxi, it took 1.5 hours, 4 firms booked but no one would take us to Allerford? Night time is very dark with no street lamps so walking back was not an option. The house needed cleaning, cobwebs everywhere, including very large spiders too and mice in the living rooms.! Previous occupants recycling was in the porch awaiting the bin crew. This was an obstacle course getting in and out. The dark wooden old bedroom - the bed looks like it's being chewed by something, it's not very steady, looks like it's about to collapse!. The windows are dangerous for kids, no locks on and as they are very low you need to keep an eye out! The shower door kept coming off its rollers, annoying!. I will not be returning, the house isn't loved, it's just left there to decay, it's a real shame that it was once someone's home. It needs to be shut down and all jobs taken care of, they have a very serious mouse infestation! Don't leave food out.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/08/2015
    This is a large and comfortable house in a great location. The rooms are large and well furnished. The walled garden is great for dogs and children, we hope the neighbours are used to noise! The pool table was appreciated by all ages. Unfortunately this super property is let down by a lack of maintenance and cleanliness.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2015
    Lovely position and lots of room for a large party

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8.1 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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