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Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel, Lynton


the Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel

Customer Rating: (14 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Located in Lynton, a picturesque coastal village
  • The Hotels entertainment room, known as the Atrium lounge hosts many varied performers
  • A short trip away from historic Barnstaple with the Pannier Market
  • Local attractions include the Valley of Rocks, Arlington Court and more

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North Devon offers visitors some spectacular coastline to explore and there is no more dramatic backdrop than that enjoyed by the Valley of Rocks Hotel in the village of Lynton. This early Victorian Hotel retains many aspects of its original charm, including an impressive atrium in the lounge where entertainment is provided most evenings.

The location is breathtaking, lying within Exmoor National Park and overlooking Lynmouth and the Bristol Channel to the North and the famous Valley of Rocks to the West. There are good local amenities nearby and stunning scenic walks only minutes away. All rooms in the hotel are en-suite with many enjoying superb scenic views. The Valley of Rocks is the ideal location for walkers or those who simply wish to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.

This hotel only has a limited amount of parking spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. Passes for the nearby public car park are also available from the hotel reception, charges apply.

Great for

  • Walking
  • Food

Bay Valley of The Rocks Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Valley of The Rocks Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Valley of The Rocks Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical standard plus room

Bay Valley of The Rocks Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Valley of the Rocks Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


This Lynton hotel is situated on the edge of the splendid scenery of the Exmoor National Park and the fine cliff tops of the coast.

How to get there

By Car:

From the A361, Barnstaple direction, turn right at the roundabout onto the A399 to Blackmoor Gate. Turn right at the Station Hotel onto the A39 and follow signs to Lynton. At Barbrook, turn left up Station Hill into Lynton. Turn right at the main High Street and continue past the Town Hall. The hotel is on the left before the church on Lee Road. AA Roadwatch 09003 401100.

This hotel only has a limited amount of parking spaces, these can be reserved at £5.00 per day. Passes for the nearby public car park are also available from the hotel reception, charges apply.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, 25 miles away, served by trains from Exeter. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950).

National Express:

Services to Barnstaple (National Express enquiries to 08705 808080).

By Bus:

First Bus number 309 or 310 from Barnstaple to Lynton stop outside the Town Hall, 100 yards from the hotel. Both services operate daily except Sunday. (Enquiries to 01271 376524).

By Taxi:

Keith Richards Taxis 01598 753853.

Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel

Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel

Lee Road



EX35 6HS

Res: 01598 752349

Tel: 01598 752349

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Lynton:

  • Lynmouth
  • Ilfracombe
  • Countisbury
  • Minehead
  • Rosemoor Garden
  • Valley of the Rocks
  • Barnstaple
  • Exmoor
  • Knightshayes Court

Local Insight

Lynton and Lynmouth offer a unique holiday experience, situated on the North Coast of Devon, within the Exmoor National Park noted for its breath taking natural beauty and unspoilt landscape.  This is a perfect place to access the scenic inner moor, visit historic houses, inspiring gardens, catch glimpses of the majestic red deer and the wild Exmoor ponies.

  • Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
    No trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without atrip on the world famous Cliff Railway - It’s the best and most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns.
    Visit their website

  • Exmoor Zoo
    Recent exhibits such as cheetah, puma, maned wolves, sitaunga and the famous "Exmoor Beast" can be seen amongst the unique and rare smaller animals for which the zoo provides"natural" enclosures. Carefully planted shrubs and trees as they have matured along the winding zoo paths keep you wondering what is next, providing a very relaxing and natural atmosphere! Exmoor Zoo is different, neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, but a more friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside. You get to meet the animals, join in the handling sessions, touch a snake, hold a spider, feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times.
    Visit their website

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
    Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters. Offering incident and contrast, the 19th-century picturesque garden is a perfect place to explore, picnic or play. The walled kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables for the tea-room and flowers for the house. The tranquil estate, abundant with wildlife, includes an ancient heronry. The Carriage Museum, in the stables, has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Our working horses and stables keep the story alive.
    Visit their website

  • Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
    If you’ve a passion for the railways of days gone by then this is the Lynyon and Lynmouth attraction for you! Hop aboard a nostalgic steam train and take in the Exmoor countryside in style, with views of the scenic moorland to one side and the North Devon coast to the other. The railway line if the result of determined efforts to rebuild it to its former glory, and the railway currently ferries delighted passengers between Woody Bay and Killington Lane. It is best to start your journey at Woody Bay and stop for a walk in the beautiful Killington Lane before returning.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • Food


Entertainment Programme

On Tuesday Evenings
An evening of  Entertaiment with    
Steve Davis  
Multi Instrumental/Vocalist  

On Wednesday Evenings  
Jan James
Keyboard Vocalist

On  Thursday  Evenings
Guitar Vocalist
Spencer Reed
Entertains with a great selection of music and song
On Friday Evenings
Instrumental Vocalist
Rick Tucker
On Saturday Evenings
Keyboard Vocalist
Nigel Edge

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Carol Cave


rating is 4 stars

20 November 2013

Step back in history to The Valley of the Rocks

Have just spent an enjoyable self drive break here. The hotel is a beautiful old hotel which is steeped in history and maintains some lovely features. There are very relaxing restaurant and lounge areas with plenty of comfortable seating. Entertainment excellent Friday night but bit disorganised on the Saturday night. Our room was lovely although the bathroom could have also done with an upgrade. All the staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. Look forward to returning. Great value.

Steven Hughes


rating is 5 stars

2 August 2013

Valley of Rocks Hotel

Lynton and Lynmouth known by the Victorians as Little Switzerland, love it here for the walks, the staff are very friendly and Hotel has much character

Barbara Donovan


rating is 5 stars

20 July 2013

Valley of the rocks hotel

Had an enjoyable time. Rooms 54 and 55 excellent sea views. Linen very clean, food tasty every night. Staff from Managers to cleaners friendly and helpful. The hotel is central for visiting other resorts. The hotel is very old so the upkeep is ongoing, our rooms had been refurbished as had most of the others, we had one problem and it was dealt with. Ignore the bad reviews and give it a try, we weren't disappointed and we were concerned about the reviews before we arrived but it was all good

K and A Zielonka


rating is 3 stars

16 April 2013

The Valley of the Rocks

The hotel in is need of a complete overhaul. A lick of paint would do wonders. Also more chairs in the lounges. The linen was very clean, but the room had a lot to be desired. The food was excellent, the staff in the dining room were very friendly, efficient and nothing was too much trouble for them. The views from our room were wonderful, Lynton is a good area for walking, although it’s all up and down.

The Woolerton


rating is 4 stars

15 May 2012

The Valley of the Rocks

We visit the Valley of the Rocks two or three times a year, during the winter months - we have spent the New year there for the past two years and am about to book it again this year - We love it! We go with friends and we all just love the place, the food is good, we have had a bad room last New Year, but we are told on our February visit that those rooms are being renovated, - we love to stay in their superior rooms - the turret room is a favourite. If you like to walk the area is breathtaking.

Garth Bottomley and Daba Blane


rating is 4 stars

10 March 2011

Relaxing weekend at Bay Valley of Rocks Hotel

On 25th of February we took our guests from Holland to Lynton for a long weekend. We all enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, wonderful views from the adjoining hotel rooms that were made available to us. Our Dutch friends cannot wait for the next opportunity to revisit. They loved the food but sadly the vegetables were overcooked. But overall very good value. Shower always hot.Good location for some very fine walks in Exmoor and along the North Devon coast.

John and Valerie Ball


rating is 4 stars

7 February 2011

John and Valerie Ball

Our Shearings 4 night all inclusive stay was excellent. The hotel is charming and full of character, staff very helpful and pleasant, our room spotlessly clean and bedding also. Shower room spotless, constant hot water and room cleaned daily. Food all good, hot and varied. Entertainment good. Rob the host, brilliant quizzes, great location, perfect for us. Wonderful walks, quaint little shops and cafes. Busses to various places, good and frequent. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a fabulous holiday.

Jenny Haycraft


rating is 4 stars

29 December 2010

The Valley of the Rocks Hotel

We have just returned from an excellent Xmas break at this hotel. When we arrived, we were greeted by so many friendly staff, who were there on previous visits. The food was superb, always hot and served well by trained staff, who were always happy to please. Although we heard murmurs of Shearings cut-backs, these were not apparent, except for the brunch, which we thought was a good idea as it gave us longer to see some of the area and yes, we did get our diaries. Thanks to the staff and Santa.

Tina Thomas

Greater Manchester

rating is 3 stars

27 December 2010

Relaxing Break

The hotel is a bit ‘olde worlde’ but warm and comfortable. There’s a flight of steps into the hotel and on a corner. Not suitable for wheelchairs or people who are a little unstable on their feet! Lots of shops in the area, but you’re either going uphill or downhill.  I have been there twice now, but my husband (83) would find it difficult at his age. Interesting outings, the food is good but the rooms could be cleaner (dead flies on the windowsill).

Mrs M Lofts

Wallington, Surrey

rating is 4 stars

10 October 2010

The Valley of Rocks Hotel 4-8th Oct 2010

We stayed here for 4 nights on a Shearing all inclusive holiday. The food was excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful. The hotel was charming - please don't change anything about it. I thought of all the people who must have passed through here all those years ago. We never expected a room with a view, which was a huge bonus, the view was breathtaking. The modern hotels today are so cold and clinical with no warmth and this is what the Valley of the Rocks had.

Mrs Anne Smith


rating is 5 stars

20 August 2010

The Valley of Rocks Hotel Review

My mother and I stayed at the Valley of the Rocks last November on a Turkey and Tinsel break - the first we had been on and were very unsure of what to expect. The 3 night break was great in every way - lovely single rooms, good food and lots of it plus excellent entertainment. It was superb value in a gloriously old fashioned hotel. The staff were lovely and mostly helpful. I sometimes wonder what people expect for a very reasonable price. We are not easily pleased but all was good. Thanks.



rating is 5 stars

6 August 2010

The Valley of Rocks Hotel Review

This hotel is very charming, comfortable and excellent value for money. Lynton has a very "olde-worlde" atmosphere which is at its best in winter when there are some very good weekend deals. The meals are excellent with a good choice and the rooms very comfortable. It is a little treasure tucked away in North Devon.

Sue Shepherd


rating is 5 stars

18 May 2010

The Valley of Rocks Hotel Review

A group of 9 "girls" (U3A walkers) stayed for a weekend walking during May. They put us in six rooms next to one another as requested and sorted out a table for 9 in the dining room. The rooms were very spacious, especially the singles and the beds were comfortable. The food was excellent, catering to everyone's taste. The hotel in its heyday must have been wonderful but now looks dated to modern tastes. We loved it, it had character. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will be back.

J C Donovan


rating is 4 stars

27 April 2010

The Valley of Rocks Hotel Review

We visited on the 23rd April for a three night, self drive weekend and I have to say we were pleasantly suprised by the hotel. It is in the process of being refurbished and, but for one or two minor problems (eg no shower in room), we had an excellent time. The food was very good quality, with good choices. One minor hitch, when we booked we had no option about paying an extra £15 or £30 for a sea view, there was no option to book just standard. We would recommend this hotel.

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