The Oaks

‘Excellent’ hosts Tim and Anne Riley are the heart of this small hotel, in a village on the Exmoor coast. More

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The Oaks
Porlock
Somerset
TA24 8ES
England
01643 862265
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

7.

Open

Easter–Oct.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre garden, pebble beach 1 mile, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 8.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room D,B&B £245.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Excellent’ hosts Tim and Anne Riley are the heart of this small hotel, in a village on the Exmoor coast. The Rileys have owned and run their hotel for more than 30 years; fans applaud the sense of tradition in the Edwardian house, its rooms filled with books, paintings, tufted armchairs, floral fabrics and period furniture. Arrive to tea and home-baked cake, then relax in spacious bedrooms with views of the sea, the village or the hills. Later, mingle with fellow guests over aperitifs in the lounge. At dinner, Anne Riley cooks traditional English dishes that feature local game and seasonal vegetables. Her four-course, daily-changing menu might include chilled melon, dry cider jelly; roast fillet of Exmoor venison, port wine, redcurrant. The chocolates that follow are home made. Walk off the meal along coastal footpaths or woodland bridleways the next day (ask the hosts for their favourite routes). Longing to feel the wind in your hair? The Rileys are classic car enthusiasts; hire their MGB Roadster convertible and take to the open road. (M and JP)

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The Oaks
Porlock
Somerset
TA24 8ES

Guest comments

'A first-class small hotel judiciously extended so every guest in the restaurant can have a breath-taking view. Traditional but not in the least old-fashioned, it retains a domestic ambience and is clearly cherished by the owners. It oozes serenity. Tim is a consummate host. Ourlarge front bedroom enjoyed the fabulous view of coast and sea. Everything you could require had been thought of. At night the silence was palpable. Anne's food was excellent. The impressive wine list contains many bottles for less than £30. Many guests were regulars. ' - F and IW - April, 2017
'Our seventh visit and we can do no better than confirm the report in your guide. Tim and Anne Riley are excellent hosts. ' - Michael and Jennifer Price - July, 2014

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