The Oaks

‘Clearly cherished by its owners, this small, serene hotel oozes good taste without a hint of affectation,’ say Guide inspectors in 2017 of Tim and Anne Riley’s Edwardian house on a steep hillside. More

Contact details

The Oaks
Porlock
Somerset
TA24 8ES
England
01643 862265

Hotel information

Bedrooms

7

Open

Easter–end Oct.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

not under 8.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room D,B&B £240.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Clearly cherished by its owners, this small, serene hotel oozes good taste without a hint of affectation,’ say Guide inspectors in 2017 of Tim and Anne Riley’s Edwardian house on a steep hillside. ‘There’s a domestic ambience, with statuary, distinctive porcelain, a ginger jar collection and gently chiming clocks. It’s traditional but not in the least old-fashioned or faded.’ Spacious bedrooms have views of the sea, the village or the hills. ‘Everything we might have needed had been provided in our pleasant, airy room: a mini-clock, a Roberts radio by the bed, a hospitality tray with real cafetière coffee and lovely Portmeirion china. At turn-down, chocolate hearts were placed on each bedside table.’ While Tim Riley is the ‘consummate friendly host’, Anne Riley’s home cooking, accompanied by an ‘impressive wine list’, is ‘just great’. ‘Local magret de canard was perfectly pink and tender; a light rhubarb cake with vermouth ice cream was perfectly judged.’ A bonus: ‘Every guest in the restaurant has a breathtaking view of the sunset over the hills above Porlock, followed at dusk by the magic of lights coming on in the village below.’ At breakfast, tuck into ‘everything you could want’.

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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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