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Prospect Cottage

(Ref. 1050409)

Lynmouth near Lynton, Devon Show on map

3.6

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "We could not get the downstairs shower working."

    Must have missed a trick! The house was full of character and very comfortable. After moving our belongings I joked that a wheel barrow would have come handy. It was no problem on the last day as we could park near the house, but on arrival the available parking spaces were all quite a distance when carrying luggage. We enjoyed the beautiful walks right on the door steps and the area is very dog friendly. We walked nearly 25 miles during our 1 week holiday. Great location if you enjoy walking (with or without a dog). We loved our holiday and would definitely consider coming back to the area and to the cottage.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Feb 2024

  • "Although the cottage looked beautiful inside and out , we found that there were underlying problems ."

    I had read the previous feedback but decided to give it a chance big mistake on my part ! , we found that there were light bulbs either missing or not working in the utility room , dining room ,lounge area and main and second bedroom . Also there were two radiators not working in second bedroom and lounge area . We contacted the housekeeper at 17.52 and received a reply at a little later saying she would get some bulbs tomorrow and pop round with them . with regard to the heating we were told to turn the thermostat up and boost the heating.also that they do not supply wood for the stove even when we have next to no heating. We spent the evening freezing with blankets and in the end went to bed where it was warmer. On Sunday we had a message the they could not get bulbs until Monday and that the housekeeper was waiting to hear back from the plumber. We received a message at 17.29 on Monday to say earliest they could get a plumber was Wednesday lunchtime . The electric heaters in the property we inadequate as one did not work and the other was very small. We enquired about refund for the wood only to be told that we should keep the receipts and submit them to Sykes who would contact the owner to see if a refund was possible !!!!! on the whole a very cold and uncomfortable holiday not worth the money we paid by any stretch of the imagination , on a high note the plumber said it was a leaky radiator that caused our misery like being back in the 1800s . We would like to ask for a full refund on the grounds of extra costs for heating and the discomfort caused by a heating system that was only fixed on the Wednesday afternoon our last day. I will await your reply before leaving any feedback for the cottage and of course yourselves. Regards Andrew Layfield

    Reviewed by Andrew1.9Jan 2024

  • "The property is lovely but unloved."

    You could do so much with it . The outside is awful! I noted that the rail in garden had been fixed but it’s so slippery. The approach is dreadful but I understand that’s not your fault. Oh I have wrote down the password for internet in the red folder

    Reviewed by Sarah2.5Dec 2023

  • "We decided to ignore the negative comments in some of the previous reviews as this looked like exactly the kind of place we like."

    We are extremely glad we did!! Prospect Cottage is bursting with quirky character. Cosy and comfortable and conveniently situated to explore the village and its 3 great pubs. Michelle, the housekeeper, responded incredibly quickly when we had a hiccup with the heating and it was sorted straight away. We absolutely loved our stay. Thank you. Phil, Annie and Neb

    Reviewed by Phil4.4Dec 2023

  • "We absolutely loved prospect cottage, it is the cutest rustic little cottage in the most picturesque village."

    The cottage made our stay very special.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2023

  • "This property is not fit for rent."

    It's damp,smells and is totally run down the garden is dangerous and would not pass safety standards all you are doing is ripping people off taking the hard earned money and rueining there holiday. It a discrace and you should be ashamed of yourself. If I knew how the cottage really was there is no way on earth I'd go there.

    Reviewed by Neil1.3Sep 2023

  • "The property was dirty and smelled strongly of damp."

    Evdence of damp were on the ground floor room walls. We have already emailed to inform you that we had to come home early due to health conditions caused by the damp. The property garden is overgrown with dog dirt and totally unusable especially as we had our toddler grand daughter with us. I would appreciate contact from Sykes re my complaint already raised.via separate email.

    Reviewed by Ian1.6Aug 2023

  • "Love the location easy to find if you read pervious posts."

    On arrival the garden does need attention as it was over grown and needed pathways clearing. Very damp smell throughout the stay, as it was mild weather we kept front door open. The main bedroom was warm and very comfortable, loose floor board on entering bedroom could be a trip hazard to some. Bathroom was reasonable but down stairs shower we couldn't get it to work. Kitchen was fine with new microwave and stove all working. Overall I enjoyed my stay but a deep clean would benefit as very dusty and clearly due to the age of property holds dampness. Great location shame the neighbours throw there unwanted washing machine and toilet in the alley way as you approach the property gate. But that's nothing to do with the cottage. Garden does need a tidy up and we would of sat outside if garden was maintained..

    Reviewed by Sarah2.5Aug 2023

  • "The cottage itself is lovely and we would be happy to stay there again."

    It was spacious enough for the 3 of us (2 adults, 1 child) and out pet cat. The location of the cottage is very pretty, with seeview from the bedrooms and attic. When you leave the cottage you almost immediately enter the main touristic street of Lynmouth (i.e. Lynmouth Street). The directions to get to the cottage were, as other people already pointed out, very poor. To access the cottage you need to enter Lynmouth Street and walk all the way up to The Tuck Box store, where you can enter Granny's Lane. Once you enter Granny's lane there is a sign with "Prospect Cottage" on your right hand side. The cottage is situated behind the pub called The Village Inn. Here it was quite messy though, with a lot of empty beer barrels. To find the keybox was also a challenge. In the end we found out the keybox was located inside the mailbox at the entrance of the garden. The garden itself was poorly maintained, but luckily the garden furniture looked pretty new. During our stay the gas stove and oven were renewed as well, even though the owner did not inform us about this. We did miss a proper booklet with a description about the cottage and its contents. Using the WiFi also turned out to be a challenge, since part of the passwork required for accessing the network was unreadable. Apart from this, we would still love to stay here again as the cottage was pretty and located in a beautiful part of Exmoor National Park. We enjoyed the environment with some great walks along the Coast Path as well as some other walks (e.g. Watersmeet).

    Reviewed by Olaf3.4Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is 18th century and beautiful but it really smelt damp."

    We tried to air it all week, but the smell was still there when we left. The cottages original features are lovely, but it would be so improved with good quality furniture. The rugs were cheap/thin and the furniture quite dusty. The microwave was broken, and there was no mobile no. to call the owners. There was no information about the cottage and the Wi-Fi code was so faded, it took us awhile to get connected! The directions to the cottage are simply wrong, it took us 30 minutes to find it and when we found the little alleyway on the pedestrian sidewalk, then walked up the short slope (full of rubbish) it then took us a while to find out where they put the key cupboard! It’s a lovely village/cottage - but it needs a serious clean/fully airing out and some new furniture. Please revise the directions to the cottage so people don’t get lost!

    Reviewed by Judith2.2Jul 2023

  • "Unfortunately this property was not for me, this property was more suitable for a much younger persons than me, and you also need to be quite agile."

    This is why I only lasted for two nights, arrived Monday left Wednesday due to my health, I just couldn't manage the climb up to the property. Other than that I never had a problem with the property.

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Jun 2023

  • "Path slippery covered in green moss, handrail broken - a death trap for elderly or children."

    Wooden sink unhygienic, lounge dark and dreary. Chandeliers would kill someone if they came down in the bedroom. Took 3 days to work the shower and the TV no instructions left. Key safe difficult to find. Various anchors and other metal and wooden bits kicking around - unsafe. Stairs to mezzanine very steep a death trap if getting up in the night. On the plus side beds clean and comfy. I really think this whole place should be checked by health and safety. Position good and liked Lynmouth and Lynton - will definitely stay elsewhere should I return!

    Reviewed by Diane2.5Apr 2023

  • "Overall a good place to stay."

    quite difficult to find.Note it's off grannies lane! No loo roll in the bathroom

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Apr 2023

  • "Can't fault the cottage at all, we had the best stay!"

    Would definitely come back and stay again.

    Reviewed by Cherie5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved Prospect Cottage."

    It was warm, cosy and very quirky. It was very clean and towels/bed linen soft. The wooden sink and draining board was a novelty!!! Lynmouth is a beautiful village with lovely walks straight from the cottage. Fabulous chip shop and the Village Inn public house had a great menu and food was lovely. We did have a couple of small quibbles, we used the wood burner, but not having any wood left or anything to light it with on the first night was disappointing. If we needed to buy supplies, the only food/supply shops were in Lynton which meant going up in the railway at £3.50 per person each way, or walk up and carry supplies down. Driving meant that you may not get a parking place as it is quite busy in Lynmouth even in off peak times. Apart from that we had a fabulous week and would definitely recommend a stay for anyone.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely house with sea view."

    Conveniently located, seconds away from high street, shops, pubs, restaurants and minutes walk from train up to lynton and beach. Beautiful little village full of lovely people, plenty of hiking and walking places, half hour drive from sandy beaches, nice pubs and restaurants... We really enjoyed our stay. There is no parking. We had no issues as we went off season, we parked on road(on high street- means seconds walk away from house). Park near chipshop as ally way you need to walk up to get to the cottage is just behind the chip shop. You also need to be mindful if you're tall, as it is an old fashioned house with low doorway to kitchen!

    Reviewed by Kana5.0Feb 2023

  • "We loved every minute in the cottage."

    great location and very clean and cosy. Loved every detail that the cottage has to offer. Our evenings with the log burner were pure joy. All the facilities that you could ask for. Great location for all the local walks and sea. Would definitely stay again. Love the general area and people and we are in love with the cottage. Many Thanks Again !!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2023

  • "Cosy, quirky cottage in centre of Lynmouth."

    Great spot from which to explore. Loved it. Please provide better directions to cottage ie. It is tucked down Granny's Lane behind the Village Inn. I know it's not your responsibility but first impression of property is pub debris in alley.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Dec 2022

  • "Me and my partner wanted a pre Xmas holiday in a cosy cottage for a winter break and we found the perfect place at prospect cottage."

    It was warm, beautiful and rustic, we couldn't have experienced a better place. We had everything we needed and loved the character of the building. It had a medieval feel to it also. The log burner was lovely, very cosy. We were located in a very remote area with a stunning river just outside the front, which made it feel special. My dog also loved the walks around the village! Just perfect and magical. We will definitely return :)

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Despite some worrying reviews by previous occupants, we had a wonderful stay at Prospect Cottage."

    The interior is quirky and rustic which suited us but I know this is not to everyone’s taste. It is a ‘cottage’ so it comes with low ceiling heights in places. It was the perfect pre-Christmas stay; really clean and warm, comfortable beds and sofa and a fantastic wood burner. A couple of things to note- the kitchen taps require new washers, the wooden sink needs replacing and there are a couple of dodgy floorboards in the main bedroom - it would then be perfect. I would thoroughly recommend this property and hope to be back again.

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property is in poor state of repair nails sticking out of floor boards etc cleaning was below average lots of cobwebs and dust my partner wanted to leave the next day!"

    ! The wooden sink is a health risk

    Reviewed by Gianni2.2Nov 2022

  • "Gorgeous, cozy, characterful cottage in a great location."

    Overall we had a wonderful week. Would very happily recommend with following caveats. Directions: useless. Put yourself in a stranger’s shoes, arriving in the dark and rain in November after a 5 hour drive. I saw from the reviews that many have struggled but still not acted on. Key fob: no indication where this was positioned, they are usually by the front door. Really stressful searching for it in the dark, wondering whether we’d have to find somewhere else to stay for the night. Cleaning: came across dirty cotton ball, very nasty, on bedroom floor, also used make up brush, and plastic bottle top under lounge table. Superficial Lighting: what’s going on with that?? The lounge is uncomfortably gloomy but doesn’t need to be. We bought a lightbulb to fit in the ONE table lamp (which we hope you’ve left for future guests). Bulbs missing/faulty in area with washing machine. Lighting odd throughout. Two bedroom table lamps but only one reached a plug… No instructions re bin or recycling. There was already rubbish in the bin by the gate. We ended up throwing our recycling in there too. Garden: beautiful but neglected. Black bin liners of garden waste piled up in garden by gate… Easily the most beautiful bathroom I’ve ever been in. Possibly one of my favourite rooms ever. But the sealant around the bath is completely black, allowing water through and dripping into the kitchen. Kitchen ceiling is damaged as this issue has been going on some time. Packing tips and arrival instructions are mostly about Covid. Need updating. Cottage is oozing with character. Would have loved some details of its history. As well as general house details eg hours heating and hot water are set - basics. Could easily be improved. Nevertheless, thank you as we had a lovely time. And thank you for being dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Jo3.1Nov 2022

  • "Directions to property completely misleading and needed a local shop keeper to point us to the cottage ."

    Approach leading to the cottage behind Village Inn was hazardous and overcrowded with items including a washing machine blocking path. The garden area and paths were well lit but despite hand rails the slope up to the cottage was covered in slimy mildew which made it very slippery. Garden refuse still there from previous guests . See previous feedback. Cleanliness of general facilities good , but deep clean is required. Long standing dust and cobwebs it needs a thorough deep clean . Light fittings and in particular the toilet brushes and holders were disgusting. Issues with hot water and boiler temperamental . Good points Location fabulous, sea views, comfortable bed , kitchen facilities good Downstairs bathroom cold and shower better for taller people. Floor boards around the property need attending to.

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Oct 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable 2 weeks in this charming old cottage."

    We particularly liked the bedrooms as lovely sea view and comfortable beds. The cottage is very well equipped. A welcome booklet with more information about the surrounding area, where to park, recycling bin info and the history of the cottage would have been a nice addition. The garden and garden furniture does need a little TLC but very dog friendly as has a gate. We enjoyed sitting outside on sunny mornings. A great base if you are a walker and want to explore all that Exmoor and the surrounding area has to offer. Lynmouth and Lynton are beautiful and you definitely won't get bored with the shops, cafes, pubs, local walks, mini golf and the railway that takes you up the hill. Much appreciated when you don't want to walk up the hill.

    Reviewed by Michelle3.8Aug 2022

  • "This is a beautiful, rustic, character cottage near the sea and is very clean and well furnished/resourced."

    We spent a very happy week here. However, although it was very good we have not given 5 stars due to the garden. On the website we are told there are 2 outdoor seating areas and a garden. When we arrived the garden was totally overgrown and neglected. The weather was extremely hot (heatwave) and we wanted to sit outdoors. One seating area had a green metal table and chairs which desperately needed a paint and clean and the ground beneath was covered in dead leaves and weeds. The other seating area was almost knee deep in large dead leaves which have obviously been there since last autumn as the lower layers have composted. The glass table top was broken. We found it very depressing. In fact, so depressing that I actually bought a roll of black bin liners and cleared the layers of dead leaves and then weeded the gravel area. I filled 7 large bin bags with leaves and another bin bag with weeds. Also, the wooden floorboard as you go into the main bedroom is broken. Fortunately my husband and I are not very heavy but someone heavier than us could easily put their foot through it. We had to carefully step over it every time we went in and out through the door. If the floorboard were to be fixed and a gardener employed then we would give Prospect Cottage 5 stars!

    Reviewed by Clarissa4.4Jul 2022

  • "Perfect location for us to explore the area ."

    Cottage was beautiful inside and had some really lovely features, Was lovely and peaceful at our time of stay . Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jun 2022

  • "As experienced holiday property goers we were unusually disappointed."

    Quite dark and dingy (poor internal lighting) No smart TV Garden was not unlike a refuse site Garden furniture was dirty and unsafe (coffee table should be disposed of immediately) Garden sofa unsafe Floorboards require cleaning and renewal Very bad smell of damp Very bad smell of damp when lifting cup or glass to mouth following full clean of same Really useless instructions on how to access the property (interesting how almost every review mentions this but no action is taken) if it’s helpful please add the following advice to future users “property can be found off ‘Granny lane’ up a small incline’ No information on local attractions or places of interest No book to review the stay Property has huge potential but needs an enthusiastic and interested owner who cares Sorry to report all this but feel it’s necessary on behalf of others who will be spending lots of money on a holiday where expectations will be high.

    Reviewed by Chris1.6Jun 2022

  • "This is an absolutely lovely property and in a great location."

    As a gardener, I was itching to get to work in the garden as it was a complete mess and could be beautiful with a bit of TLC but this didn't detract from our stay. We didn't see the note about putting the bin out till after the deadline, so this should be displayed more prominently, I think, as we felt quite bad about it! We'd definitely come back though as it was great, thank you!

    Reviewed by Clare5.0May 2022

  • "The property had the air of being semi abandoned, the approach to the cottage and the garden being a complete mess, the directions were poor and I had to find a local to ask where it was."

    The alley was dirty and crowded with debris from the pub. The cottage is generally nice, quirky, the wooden sink however is awful and impossible to clean. The fridge smelt awful. It would be useful if some washing up liquid could be left in the kitchen. The downstairs shower room was too cold to use, which is unfortunate as one of the party was 6ft 5in and had great difficulty using the upstairs shower which is height restricted. The cottage is tricky for very tall people. The downstairs main room lights fused so we couldn't use these, which made it very dark. Overall not a bad rental but I would not rebook this property.

    Reviewed by Jo2.8May 2022

  • "First impressions were not good."

    Had to get through two gates both barely holding themselves together then into the garden which needs a good tidy up (last autumn’s leaves still on the ground). Once inside the cottage it was clearly obvious it hadn’t been cleaned although cleaners arrived a bit later and changed bed linen and cleaned bathrooms etc. Cottage is comfy enough but needs a deep clean, dust and cobwebs everywhere. A rustic cottage is one thing, a dirty cottage is another. Facilities passable but could have done with some more teaspoons (only one provided) and some decent coat hangers. Also, as a pets welcome cottage a water bowl would have been useful.

    Reviewed by Nick2.2May 2022

  • "Really enjoyable stay at Prospect Cottage , thank you."

    Very clean cottage and everything there we needed. Did take us a while to find it but that was fun. Perfect location for our short visit to Lynmouth and although no parking the car park was really close by.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.1Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful restful time staying at this truly lovely 'dog friendly' rustic cottage."

    It gave us comfort and space & I would love to come back again. No complaints at all - just could have done with advice on recommended parking and how to find the cottage!

    Reviewed by Esther5.0Mar 2022

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with mezzanine-style seating area, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for the stove available at Barbrook petrol station, 1.5 miles away
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Side garden with lawn and furniture
  • Enclosed front garden with gravelled area and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.1 mile, beach 0.2 miles
  • Note: There is no parking with this property, as it is situated on a pedestrian only lane, please consider this when booking
  • Note: There are steep steps leading up to the entrance of the property that may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: The property rests behind a pub garden, please consider this when booking
  • Note: The AGA range in the kitchen is not in use
  • Note: There are low ceilings within the property, please mind your head
  • Note: The mezzanine-style seating area is accessed via a set of steps in the double bedroom

The property

Lynton 1 mile.

Enjoying sea views in the delightful village of Lynmouth near Lynton, is the rustic detached house of Prospect Cottage.

Within easy reach of ample settlements along Devon's coast, along with Exmoor National Park, this is a charming setting for a group or family of four's seaside escape.

After climbing the steps to the property, be welcomed by a charming living/dining room, a space showcasing a toasty woodburning stove that is surrounded by ample seating for you all to unwind on; switch on the TV to enjoy a family film night.

When you're feeling peckish, progress through the property to find a country-style kitchen, where the designated chef can rustle up delicious home-cooked meals as they marvel at the rooftops of Lynmouth and distant sea from the window.

Just off the kitchen is a utility hosting a handy washing machine and fridge/freezer.

When dinner is served, enjoy it with your loved ones at the dining table as you recount your beachfront escapades.

As the day draws to a close, ascend the stairs to discover to lovely bedrooms, one being a double featuring cream accents and sea views, the other being a spacious double hosting exposed beams, exposed stonework and rustic light fixtures; the space is served by a small mezzanine area, where you can stretch out on the sofa as you bask in the light streaming down from the skylight.

The bedrooms are accompanied by a fantastic bathroom, a spot showcasing wooden features along with a bath with shower over; ideal for those evenings where you want to soak up after a day packed with walking.

In the morning, savour a coffee at the one of two outdoor seating areas, the first being an enclosed front gravelled area, and the other being a quaint, lawned area situated to the side of the property.

Just behind the property, you will find the fantastic Ancient Mariner pub, where you can enjoy a bite to eat on those days where you don't feel up to cooking; after lunch, be sure to explore the lovely settlement of Lynmouth, where you will come across the stunning Blacklands Beach, the fascinating Llyn Model Railway and the enchanting Glen Lyn Gorge.

Continue to Lynton and board the renowned Lynton & Lynmouth Railway to discover clifftop amusements, before touring the village's unique art scene via its selection of galleries; venture a little further to find the National Trust's heritage building of Watersmeet, for an afternoon immersed in history.

Travel further afield to find yourself in the seaside resort of Ilfracombe, where you can explore the fantastic Ilfracombe Aquarium, embark on a hike through Hillsborough and Capstone Hill, before wandering through the town to enjoy a spot of retail therapy in its ample independent shops; why not treat yourself to a spot of sunbathing on Rapparee Cove and Wildersmouth Beach?

There is so much more to see in this amazing region, with Combe Martin and Minehead just a short drive away, along with the Exmoor National Park's outdoor delights, from stargazing under its famed dark skies to ample walking opportunities through its dramatic landscapes.

For a holiday to remember, choose Prospect Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

LYNTON

Ilfracombe 18 miles; Minehead 18 miles.

Lynton and its twin Lynmouth are nestled within Exmoor National Park on the North Devon coast. Lynton and Lynmouth enjoy one of the prettiest and most unspoilt coastal locations in England, offering breathtaking scenery and some of the best opportunities to admire the sheer rugged beauty of Exmoor’s coast and countryside. Great heritage, cosy fireside pubs, tasty local food and 'green’ credentials make North Devon an inspiring place to stay. There is a wealth of wildlife including magnificent red deer, the rare Exmoor pony, wild birds and rare butterflies. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits including horse riding, golf, walking, surfing and fly fishing on the beautiful Lyn river. Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it's a great place to gaze at the stars. Lynton has a fabulous range of shops, pubs and cafes where you can wander between the picturesque cottages and meet the friendly locals. There are a number of attractions for the family including Exmoor Zoo, Lynmouth’s water-powered cliff railway, and the Owl and Hawk Centre. Experience one of England’s last remaining tranquil areas - there is something for everyone during a stay at Lynton and Lynmouth.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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