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The Lorna Doone Hotel

3 Self rated

High Street, ,, Porlock, TA24 8PS

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About the hotel

Take a tour of the picturesque village of Porlock, travel through the narrow streets with its interesting shops and boutiques. Porlocks origins can be traced back to the 12th century and has some lovely old thatched buildings, an ancient parish church. Have a ride up the famous Porlock hill into the surrounding countryside and see the breath-taking views of Exmoor, Porlock and Porlock Weir.

All our bedrooms are en-suite, individually furnished and each named after a character from the Lorna Doone story. Enjoy superb local fare in our restaurant. Relax with coffee in our cosy residents lounge or perhaps a drink at the bar. All our facilities will go towards assuring you of a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. Toni and her team look forward to welcoming you to the Hotel. We can assure you of a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. So if your looking for the perfect Romantic Getaway, a family retreat, or you are interested in retracing the steps of Lorna Doone - a story based on real people and real places, then the proprietors of the Hotel Paul & Mel look forward to welcoming you to the Hotel.

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Showing Wednesday 29 June 2016 to Thursday 30 June 2016

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Car parking available onsite , Car Parking Available Offsite
Restaurant , Bar
Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas

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From 14:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
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Pets are not allowed

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All reviews (16)

75% would recommend it to a friend


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  • s neill

  • June 2016

A good one night stay

A friendly hotel with good service.

I liked the small double attic room with a sea view. It was cheap and cheerful and the food was tasty!

  • Mark F

  • April 2016

Like a well thumbed paperback of the book

I've read some of the other reviews on here and think they're a little OTT.

Yes, the onsite parking is a bit limited and if I was to quote my initial impression of it then this review would be heavily censored. But let's be honest, it wasn't built with car parking in mind. Yes, it's an old building with all that entails. It hasn't the sterile nature of one of the big chain, soulless hotels and has a lived in feel. Being old, there are perhaps restrictions on what modernisation can be done and the biggest issue for me was the sash window which shook and rattled in the strong winds prevalent during my stay. I'm a light sleeper and had trouble sleeping through the constant banging. This meant also that room could be quite cold when the heating was off. Had it been a huge concern, I dare say the owners would have addressed that. The shower took a little getting used to but then so does the one back home.

The dining area was lovely as were the hosts. Didn't eat in so can't comment on the evening meals but two out of three breakfasts were great and third was adequate. The snug with it's open fire and selection of reading material was quite inviting after a day hiking around the moors. As noted before, it has a lived-in feel which appeals to me more than the sterile surrounds of some more modern buildings. To qualify some of the answers in the next section then no, I probably wouldn't stay here again purely on the basis of the car-parking. I carry some rather heavy and expensive equipment on my trips so parking a few streets away or in a public car park isn't acceptable for me. Nor was the musical cars and greater reversing ability than I possess required each time I needed to use the car. That restriction put me off doing my sole reason for visiting the area although in fairness I'm not sure it would have been any less of a problem in any of the nearby alternatives. I'd have no hesitations in recommending it as somewhere safe and quiet to stay to anyone for whom the parking issue wasn't a concern but would advise them to take plenty of warm clothing on cooler nights. That said, I went early April during a cold, wet and windy week across the country. It's conveniently located for all Porlock has to offer and as a base to explore the surrounding areas.

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