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The Denes Guest House Information


The Denes, an attractive Edwardian Guest House in Lynton, a mere stone’s throw from the entrance to the Valley of Rocks. We offer immediate access to picturesque walks and cycling routes in Exmoor National Park, as well as a comfortable place of refuge at the end of a full day. At The Denes, we offer traditional, high-quality food, locally sourced where possible. All bedrooms are en-suite and free wi-fi and parking are available. We have facilities to store and dry boots and waterproof clothing. In our spacious dining room, you will find a selection of information leaflets about local attractions and Ordnance Survey maps, which may be borrowed. Books and board games are available for a relaxing evening in. You can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome, whether you are visiting us for the first time or are a returning guest. Chris and Lesley

Chris and Lesley retired from their careers in Education to take on the Denes, a popular, well-situated guesthouse. Chris is a former Biology teacher whose passion for the sea drew him to this coastal retreat. "I strive to deliver good-quality, home-cooked food and believe wholeheartedly in the use of locally-sourced products where ever possible. The Denes provides me with an opportunity to meet interesting people and to share experiences in a relaxing and calm environment." Lesley, is the creative brain behind the decor at The Denes. Her passion for crafts is present in the evolving decor. "I love the organic lines of artwork from the Art Nouveau Period. The Macintosh Rose is a particular favourite, which you will see in the wall hangings and cross-stitch on some of the walls. Fortuitously, my fascination with all things Art Nouveau ties in with the Edwardian Period when the Denes was constructed." Please be aware that The Denes is also home to Uggie, a cat who adopted us when she was abandoned by her owners. Uggie is not allowed in the guest bedrooms or in the dining room.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Staggered check-in
  • Reduced occupancy
  • Outside air ventilation
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining
  • Sanitised tableware


  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free WiFi internet
  • WiFi internet


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Private parking


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Gluten-free options
  • Vegetarian breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Arts & crafts
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    16:00 20:00
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


1. The Denes can be accessed from Longmead Rd at the front or from the car park to the rear of the property. There are no parking restrictions for dropping off at The Denes and guests should either use our car park or the layby 30m along the road. The front gate is 900mm wide with a 130mm step down on to a 1m wide by 11.5m long gravel path to the front porch door. 2. The front porch door is 900mm wide, opens fully and has a threshold step. 3. From the gravel car park there are two 15cm steps down to the rear garden which is resin bound gravel. The distance from the second step to the rear porch door is 7m. This door has a maximum opening of 600mm and is immediately preceded by a slot drain. 4. Access to the house itself is through the main door 850mm wide. All other ground floor doors are not less than 750mm wide. 5. There are no ground floor bedrooms. 6. Access to the bedrooms is via stairs. Further details are available in our Access Statement on our website.


  • Train from Barnstaple (21.0 miles)
    From Barnstaple Rail station go to the bus station (0.75 miles) and take the 309/310 service to Lynton. On arrival in Lynton arrange with the driver to drop off at the end of Crossmead. Turn left into Longmead and the Denes is 200 yards along the road. Please contact us if you need assistance.
  • Bus from Barnstaple (21.0 miles)
    At Barnstaple bus station take the 309/310 service to Lynton. On arrival in Lynton arrange with driver to drop off at the end of Crossmead. Turn left into Longmead and the Denes is 200 yards along the road. Please contact us if you need assistance.
  • Road from Lynton centre (0.25 miles)
    Follow signs to Valley of Rocks at the edge of the Town, The Denes is on your left, turn sharp left to access our car park. Entrance to The Denes via the garden. Note: Google maps and sat navs are not always reliable, you should follow signs.

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