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Large Period House set in Ancient Woodland in Exmoor National Park near Lynmouth

People14
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House on Exmoor, nr. Lynmouth, Devon, England - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Direct access to Moor. Stables 5 mins.

Oaklands is an impressive, 8-bedroom, traditional stone-built detached house sleeping 14 in comfort, situated in the heart of the Exmoor National Park between the open moor and the spectacular north Devon coast. It is located outside the rural hamlet of Rockford with its well-regarded inn, and has magical views across the East Lyn River, which falls dramatically to the sea at the village resort of Lynmouth just 4 miles away. Set in 1.5 acres of grounds with lawns, mature trees, a cascading stream and disused waterwheel from its early Victorian past, Oaklands is surrounded by one of the few remaining areas of ancient oak woodlands in England and has abundant wildlife (designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Newly renovated to modern standards with contemporary furnishings throughout, but keeping its original character, Oaklands has a large living room with aspect over the river and oak-beamed snug with Inglenook fireplace, 8 bedrooms, many with river and valley views, and four bathrooms laid out over two upper floors. Oaklands is large and roomy for one family, or provides flexible accommodation for family gatherings or groups of friends and is a wonderful rural retreat no matter what the time of the year. Parking for 4 to 5 cars. Games Barn with table tennis, darts and secure storage for bikes etc. Fenced garden area for younger children. Pets are welcome.

Oaklands is at the apex of Exmoor’s footpaths, cycle routes and bridle ways, Oaklands makes the ideal base for walking and horse riding (stables 5 minutes away), mountain biking and road cycling, kayaking and angling on the East Lyn, country sports, and surfing (both locally at Lynmouth and within 1 hour’s drive at Croyde). Traditional Exmoor pubs and restaurants with fine dining are within easy reach. Local beauty spots such as Doone Valley, Watersmeet and Valley of the Rocks, and tourists attractions for all ages, including a beach, at the twin seaside villages of Lynton & Lynmouth, are all within short scenic drives. Oaklands and Exmoor offers something for everyone all year round.

More Details

Owner
Peter Sammonds
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

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 North Devon

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 newly 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The house was lovely, there was plenty of room for 14 people. It was very well equipped, the kitchen and bathrooms were all near new, yet there was still an old fashioned charm about it. We were there for new year and the dining room was perfect for us to have a great meal. The house was in a beautiful location with friendly local pubs. I would highly recommend this property."

Midwinter family, Swindon. New Year 2016.



"We have had an amazing holiday here at Oaklands. The house is amazing with the Wii and Games Barn. We will definitely be back for more soon! Thank you very much for a great holiday!" The Baird, Burgoine and Davis families. Bristol. February 2015. "p.s. Great walks with pubs."



"We had Christmas early as the children are travelling to all corners of the globe in Dec..10 adults, 2 children and dogs..was great fun in this fantastic house. The setting, the wild countryside and this lovely house made this a fantastic break for all of us. Thank you." Harding family. Gloucestershire. November 2014.



"We had a great week and this is a really cool place with lots to explore and see". Sarah and family. October 2014.
Dec 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lynton in Devon

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 with double-ended bath, wc, basin, separate shower cubicle. Bathroom 2 with Victorian claw-foot bath, wc, basin, separate shower cubicle. Shower room 1 en-suite to bedroom 3 with wc, basin, shower. Shower room 2 with wc, basin, shower. All bathrooms are newly renovated.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 (Master - Superking / Twins) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Can split Superking into twin zip'n'link singles. TV/DVD
    Bedroom 3 (Double en suite) - 1 Double Bed , with en suite shower room, wc and basin
    Bedroom 4 (King) - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 (Double) - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 (Single) - 1 Single Bed , 4ft (small double)
    Bedroom 7 (Bunk beds) - 2 Single Bed , (bunks).
    Bedroom 8 (Single) - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 (King / Twins) - 1 Large Double Bed , Can split King into twin zip'n'link singles
  • Sleeps 14 in 8 bedrooms. All bedrooms have wardrobes and chest of drawers. 5 bedrooms have river/valley views. A cot is available (please enquire). Single bean-bag bed can be made up in Study (please enquire). A single bed may be moved into the Master Bedroom to make a family room (please enquire).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
* For that weekend celebration event, please enquire about a fully catered lunch or dinner, pamper parties at Oaklands, organised activities (guided Exmoor deer walks and guided fishing on the Lyn) and local activities such as horse riding, shooting and falconry. * Oaklands' ancient oak woodland is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest. * Direct access to Exmoor’s footpaths from grounds through gate. * Barn tap and hose for washing down dogs etc. * Secure store for bikes etc. * Utility Room has rear door access and ample room for boots, coats etc.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

4

A very comfortable house for the weekend in a lovely location.

  • 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend for my Mums 75th Birthday. The house is spacious and well stocked. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen and all its amenities are particularly good. We had an issue with the heating but as soon as we rang the caretaker he came and sorted it. Also the owner checked we were OK with a follow up phone call the next day.

If there was one small niggle perhaps a little more wood for the Woodburner. Expected to supply your own after using the initial amount left. Also we forgot salt and pepper and perhaps this could be provided as a standard. Otherwise would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted the guests enjoyed their weekend. The Caretaker came out on Saturday evening to re-set the boiler and we are pleased that this was appreciated by the guests that he responded so quickly. He left some more logs as a goodwill gesture. Our "welcome pack" for guests includes all the necessary ecological cleaning products (dishwasher fluid, washing liquid, washing-up liquid, shower spray, surface and toilet cleaners), cleaning sponges, tea towels etc., cling film, foil, baking paper and one roll of paper towels, and ecological hand wash, shower gel and one loo roll for each lavatory/bathroom. We provide tea, coffee, milk. juice and biscuits so guests can have refreshment before their shopping arrives. We do not provide pantry items. We provide a starter box of logs and kindling. We do keep this under review to be responsive to guests comments.
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5

Fantastic, idyllic location, perfect local, comfortable spacious house!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here, felt totally at home but more relaxed!!! Great kitchen, reception rooms, games rooms and the best Stargazing ever. Thank you Peter, you've been brilliant from booking right through to leaving. Want to return!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent house

  • 5 of 5

The house is absolutely great - everything you'd want and lovely scenery and place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Oaklands is perfect place to enjoy the beauty of an enchanting valley on the lyn river.

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 14 spent a fantastic weekend at Oaklands at the end of October. The house is a marvellous place to enjoy the company of others because it has all the necessary resources to meet your needs. You get a fabulous sense of tranquillity and the noise of the Lyn river is extremely relaxing. The house is so spacious that all us were able to enjoy a celebration meal around the large dining room table in comfort and the bedrooms and receptions rooms were all large enough to provide all of us with a very comfortable stay.The house was clean tidy and well maintained.

The Brendon valley that Oaklands sits in is so beautiful and the walk down the Lyn river to Watersmeet and then to Lynmouth is just breathtaking. We ate out locally at the Rockford Inn (2 minute walk) which was really very good and also at the Beggars Roost a few miles away which was also excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable, warm house in a stunning location

  • 4 of 5

3 generations of our family stayed at Oaklands for the half term holiday. We found the property to be spacious, comfortable and warm. Good beds, lovely bathrooms and very well equipped kitchen. We ate in most nights and found everything we needed to cook our family meals. Good walks from the property, our favourite was the riverside walk from Rockford to Watersmeet, beautiful. We enjoyed a very good meal at the Rockford Inn, but torches are a must for the short walk home. We would recommend this property to anyone who loves walks in the countryside, and peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous house for a get away with friends

  • 5 of 5

Grand house in beautiful surroundings. Darts girls had a ball, spacious, comfortable and cosy snug too. The walking was amazing, the scenery was stunning. The pub was a short walk down the road, great food, landlady so welcoming and friendly, you will need a torch for the trip home after a few beers, fortunately we had one. Peter was great from the initial booking, providing info on all the things we could do in the immediate and surrounding areas. Lynton and The Valley of Rocks walk definitely recommended. There was a food festival when we were there, lots of local produce purchased including the very palatable Wicked Wolf locally distilled gin. Just opposite the pub you can do a lovely walk through the woods right next to the river down to Watersmeet where if you think you have burnt enough calories off a cream tea may be in order. Would thoroughly recommend for groups of friends or large family groups, you won't find much better than this

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£840
for 3 nights
From
£280
£1,150
 
 
May Day Holiday
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
 
 
Spring 2017
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£840
for 3 nights
From
£280
£1,150
 
 
Half Term - Bank Holiday
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Early Summer 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£1,250
 
 
Summer 2017-1
16 Jun 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£1,450
 
 
Summer 2017-2
23 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,260
for 4 nights
From
£315
£1,670
 
 
Summer 2017-3
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
£2,040
for 6 nights
From
£340
£2,150
 
 
Summer 2017-4
1 Sep 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,525
for 7 nights
£1,525
 
 
Autumn 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£945
for 3 nights
From
£315
£1,450
 
 
Autumn Half Term 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£885
for 3 nights
From
£295
£1,120
 
 
Xmas/New Year 17/18
20 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Wednesday
7 night minimum stay
£2,450
for 7 nights
£2,450
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £20

Please enquire for cot etc. and other special requests.

Changeover Day:
During the summer Friday is changeover day. Other times of the year this is more flexible. We politely ask that you arrive not earlier than 4.00pm and depart by 10.00am.

Short breaks of 3, 4 and 5 days available. Please enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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