8-bedroom house in the heart of Exmoor - area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with traditional inn 5 min walk
About Peter Sammonds
We are a professional couple with two grown children. We travel extensively, but our favourite place in the world is Exmoor. We had been visiting for many years before we bought Oaklands and particularly loved the “Doone Valley”, the location of R.D. Blackmore’s Victorian romantic classic Lorna Doone. The Oare Church where Lorna marries is nearby Oaklands!
Peter Sammonds purchased this House in 2012
Why Peter Sammonds chose Lynton
Oaklands is in a spectacular location, set in one of the few remaining areas of ancient woodlands in England, in the heart of Exmoor National Park, with magical views overlooking the East Lyn River. It is fairly isolated, but a 5 minutes walk from a traditional inn. Exmoor is an International Dark Skies Reserve, meaning the nights seem really dark but with amazing views of the night sky stars. Walking, horse riding, bike trails, kayaking and fishing are all on our doorstep. And it is such a friendly and welcoming area.
What makes this House unique
Oaklands is a large spacious period house with its own stream and waterwheel in the grounds, dating from its early Victorian heritage as the house for the wood mill which built Lynmouth. The steep terracing, tumbling stream and the feeling of a house deep in the woods, gives Oaklands its magical feel. But it is recently renovated, with contemporary furnishing and modern electronic entertainment too, making it perfect for large gatherings of family or groups of friends at any time of the year.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Non-smoking inside. Smoking allowed in garden.
Two well behaved dogs are welcome.
Young children need to be supervised outside.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:14 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great for week with all our family
Great location, loved the noise of the river running through the gorge. We walked to both local pubs, took the steam railway and pottered about locally. The house homed all 13 of us (plus dog) comfortably.
We were 11 women spending an amazing weekend in this great house set in the most beautiful surroundings .
The house is very well equipped, from glasses to cooking utilities to board games , we didn’t miss a thing.
Beautiful, modern kitchen and bathrooms, sociable dining room with plenty of spaces around the big round table. Comfortable and nicely decorated bedrooms. The house was warm, cozy and welcoming.
We highly recommend the Oaklands.
Stunning part of Devon
A wonderful big house which does a great job at accommodating comfortably 14!By the bedroom choices and the ratio of bath/shower/toilet facilities!Kitchen is very well stocked too including a big fridge.The outdoor barn was a lovely add on for table tennis !We even lit the wood burner as we had a wet day!All in all a beautiful are of Devon ,we had a lovely time.
The property was lovely and we all enjoyed staying there. The cyclists in our party found the roads around very challenging but very enjoyable. The scenery around was magnificent and we all enjoyed the beaches.
Extended Family Holiday
The house is large and well appointed with equipment and we enjoyed our stay as it was with our extended family. Large rooms, good beds and bathrooms
However the house is very damp, like kitchen floor constantly wet and has that damp smell. The dining room has a large patch of mould on the wall. The approach to the property is up a steep bank and is not suitable for the young or old. A good dose of TLC and a few quid need to be spent on this property. Definitely not the most expensive rental and even with the faults reasonable value for money for a large group.
July 26th to August 1st 2019
We are delighted that the guests enjoyed their stay at Oaklands and appreciated the large rooms, good beds and bathrooms, and value for money. Guest reviews have frequently described Oaklands as “welcoming”, “cosy” and “comfortable” so we are disappointed the guests found Oaklands damp. A damp wall is caused by a specific issue, and as soon as we identified a downpipe blocked with leaves we fixed it. The guests stayed over the exceptional 2019 July heatwave and saw condensation damp on the kitchen traditional slate floor, which remains cool. Condensation in the kitchen is not a problem if the extractor fan is used and, since our 2017 renovation of the kitchen annexe, doors can be opened up for through ventilation.
Oaklands is in the heart of Exmoor, overlooking the East Lyn River. As we state in the description, access to Oaklands is up a sloping path making it unsuitable for wheelchairs users or people with mobility impairment. When guests enquire about accessibility (we do not do instant booking), we discuss details and do try to help with guests’ needs.
Golden wedding family party
Arrangements were very clear and all worked perfectly. House was well prepared and clean and tidy. Modern bathrooms and showers were lovely and all worked perfectly. Kitchen very well equipped. We loved the large round table for family meals for the 13 of us. The children particularly liked the games barn A beautiful house in a wonderful wooded valley.
Walking/ Cycling/ Riding / Climbing / Country Sports:
Oaklands is at the apex of Exmoor’s footpaths, cycle routes and bridle ways. A footpath can be accessed directly from the grounds up to the high moor. A few minutes walk away, over the wooden footbridge across the East Lyn River, is the footpath down to Watersmeet or up to the Samaritan’s Way.
Exmoor is one of the most challenging destinations for mountain biking with numerous trails, but plenty of beginners’ routes too. Road cycling on Exmoor is rewarded by great views and the quiet country lanes offer something for all levels. The Tour of Britain Exmoor Cycling Route passed close-by Oaklands.
Exmoor’s network of bridleways and lanes offers great riding over our beautiful open heather moorland. Good riding stables are a short walk or a 5 minute drive from Oaklands.
Climbing is available at the Valley of the Rock; kayaking and fishing (salmon and trout) on the East Lyn; country sports locally (e.g., falconry, shooting and clay pigeon shooting) and surfing at Lynmouth.
The dramatic north Devon coast reached in a brisk 30 min walk over Countisbury. The twin village resorts of Lynton/Lynmouth are a scenic 15 min drive. Lynmouth Beach is a sheltered shingle beach with slipway for boats, fishing in the bay, boat trips and surfing. Dogs permitted all year round. 30 mins drive to the sheltered sandy beach at Combe Martin, 40 mins to the seaside resort of Ilfracombe, adopted by Artist Damian Hirst, 50 mins to the golden beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde surfing beach.
Cars are recommended for this property. (See below for Exmoor Rover.)
8-seater mini van transfer can be arranged from Taunton mainline railway station 40 miles away for £75. Taunton has trains to Bristol (30 mins), London (2 hrs 30 mins) and Birmingham (2 hrs). Barnstaple Station (20 miles) has hourly trains to Exeter (1 hour ) and to London (4hr 30mins).
Exeter Airport and Bristol Airport have domestic flights and international flights.
London Heathrow Airport is 3 hours 30 minutes drive.
Oaklands is 200 miles or a 4 hour drive from London, 150 miles or 3 hours from Birmingham, 80 miles or 2 hours from Bristol and 60 miles or 1 hour 15 min from Exeter. The M5 motorway (about 1 hour from Oaklands) provides fast access to Exmoor.
Nearest shops, supermarkets, post office, community cinema, National Park Visitor Centre etc. are in the twin village resort of Lynton/Lynmouth 4-5 miles away. There are tourist attractions, tea shops, pubs, fish and chips, ice cream and fudge shops and gift shops
Tesco, Sainsbury, Majestic home delivery is available.
For getting around Exmoor, the Moor Rover is a unique on-demand bus providing access to the Exmoor National Park 7 days a week and can pick you up and drop you off at any pre-arranged point within the Park. The minibuses can carry 8 - 16 passengers as well as bikes, wheelchairs and dogs or your luggage while you walk! Much of Exmoor is served by a network of buses. You can flag a bus down anywhere on the moor. Dogs are carried for a charge. 8-seater and long-distance taxis are available locally from Lynton.
Special occasions / activities:
Catered celebratory meals can be arranged (please enquire). Pamper parties and outdoor activities (guided fishing on the Lyn, guided deer walks and clay pigeon shooting) can be arranged.