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.
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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.
Beautiful with lots of character
Lovely property ideal for catching up with the extended family, had a great time. Plenty of room, in a beautiful location and near other attractions in the area.
Owner & caretaker very helpful and prompt with their replies and response.
Highly recommendhr property.
A really great place to stay. The house is big and roomy and well equipped and the setting is in a beautiful location. Two great pubs in walking distance what more do you need, well good weather would be a bonus and that is what we got :) We can highly recommend this property.
Lovely old house is just the brilliant
We have just had a great week at Oaklands, a lovely old house in a fabulous wooded valley. Everything we needed was readily available, loads of house water, great showers, a modern kitchen able to provide facilities for eleven of us, ample parking and wifi, [so important for our younger members] We even had a family table tennis evening as well as numerous games of table football. Towels and bedding all good and a brilliant holiday for our growing brood, aged 2 to 60 at present.Well done the owners and staff for all of your care and hard work.
Just what we wanted for our children, grandchildren plus a few siblings.
Superb location in a beautiful national park. We enjoyed the walks, the pubs and the quiet.
The house is welcoming, well used and equipped. Comfortable, warm and environmentally friendly.
We came to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with 12 of our family members,and the house was perfect for us.
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.