Everyone is welcome at Highcliffe House and we want our guests to have the best experience possible. Please use this guide to help you make a more informed decision about staying in our home before making a booking.
Approach and External Areas
Lynton is a beautiful area situated on the rugged coast of North Devon that offers certain challenges and limitations which might prove to be important when choosing a destination for your holiday or break. The main driving roads are dual lanes but narrow, many local roads are narrow and often single lanes, which can be challenging for larger vehicles. The general terrain around Lynton & Lynmouth is very hilly, including Lynton which is perched on a cliff with several steep slopes for walking.
Try taking a tour around Lynton from the Town Hall
Google Street View (Click to open Google in a new window)
Highcliffe House is situated in its own grounds and is approached from the centre of the Old Village approximately 200m up the 25% gradient Sinai Hill with passing places. The House is on the left-hand side and opens out onto a relatively flat 60m drive with parking for six guests cars. At the end of the drive by the house, there is a turning space.
Check out our location using Google Street View, mid-way along
Sinai Hill (Click to open Google in a new window)
This beautiful Victorian house was originally built as a family home and is not a purpose-built hotel. The entrance is accessed via three stone steps with handrails, a turning slab, three more unevenly spaced shallow steps with handrail and finally two more steps into the house.
Assistance with your luggage is our pleasure, so please do not hesitate to ask for assistance at any point during your stay.
The ground floor public areas of the house are all on one level with a large lounge and a conservatory dining room. Due to the age and limitations of the building, there are no downstairs bedrooms or lift to the first and second floors.
Staircase & Landings
The first and second floors are accessed by a large Victorian staircase with 38 steps from the ground floor to the second floor.
The first floor is accessed by 21 steps from the ground floor, up 3 flights split by 2 half-landings. The first flight is 11 steps, then a small landing, 3 steps then a landing, 7 steps then the main landing to the bedrooms (Hollerday, Myrtleberry, Summerhouse and Countisbury).
The second floor is accessed by 16 steps from the first floor, up 3 flights split by 2 half-landings. The first flight is 6 steps, then a small landing, 3 steps then a landing, 7 steps then the main landing to the bedrooms (Kipscombe and The Cleaves).
The first floor opens onto a large landing and has four letting bedrooms, Hollerday, Myrtleberry, Summerhouse and Countisbury; three have en-suite bathrooms with showers over the bath and Hollerday has a shower with a 25cm step into the cubicle.
The second floor is accessed from the first-floor landing with a continuation of the main staircase with 17 steps and half landing up to a slightly smaller landing. There are two letting bedrooms on the second floor; The Cleaves has an en-suite bathroom with a large shower with a 20cm step up into the shower cubicle. Kipscombe has an ensuite shower room with a 25cm step up into the shower cubical.
Our six bedrooms vary in size but are generally well proportioned and are equipped with remote control flat-screen TV with subtitles, hairdryer, clock radio and hospitality tray.
Each room has a very sensitive smoke detector with loud audible klaxon situated in each of the public areas.
Each bathroom at Highcliffe House is slightly different, please find the various characteristics for each one;
Myrtleberry; windowless, shower over the bath
Summerhouse: windowless, shower over the bath
Countisbury; window facing the rear of the property, not overlooked, shower over the bath
Hollerday; window facing the rear of the property, shower cubicle with 6" high shower tray
The Cleaves; windowless, large walk-in shower with 4" high shower tray
Kipscombe; small windowless bathroom, shower cubicle with 6" high shower tray
Please be aware that Highcliffe House is situated in the Exmoor National Park, which is a designated Dark Sky area. This means that there is very little ambient light available at night, which leaves our bedrooms and bathrooms very dark - almost pitch black in some cases.
Please take every precaution under these circumstances, use the bedside lights before walking about the room. And, please switch on the bathroom lights before entering the room and using the facilities.
It is our responsibility to ensure that all guests are aware of any emergency situation and will give clear instructions and assistance in the event of an evacuation.
Emergency lighting is fitted to all public areas and the staircase and hallways are illuminated at all times.
Please be aware that we use artificial fragrance diffusers in the public areas of the house; Entrance Lobby, Guest Lounge and the Bar.
No artificial or natural fragrances are used in the guest bedrooms. During the housekeeping process various cleaning products are used; bleach, Dettol multi-surface cleaner and furniture polish. Bedroom drawers are lined with fragranced liner paper.
Although Highcliffe House is located in a very quiet area of Lynton there are various sounds and ambient noise that you may hear during a stay with us. Occasional noise from coaches or lorries as they drive through the village During term time you may hear sounds from the primary school playground. Often on Tuesday, the local church engages in bell ringing for practice, and officially on Sundays.
The house is surrounded by woodland and as such, you may hear plenty of bird noise and song, some of which you may or may not be familiar with. During colder weather, you may hear the central heating system start, between 6 am and 7 am, then later in the afternoon. The radiators and pipes may make a gurgling or quiet clanking sound for a few moments.
In the public areas of the house we play low-volume music through a SONOS sound system; Entrance Lobby, Guest Lounge, Dining Room and the Bar.
If you need any additional help or advice not included here please don't hesitate to contact us.