The Oaks

Tim and Anne Riley’s small hotel stands serenely on a steep hillside on the edge of a village where the Exmoor National Park meets the sea. More

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TA24 8ES

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Easter–end Oct.


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

Background music

occasionally classical in the dining room.


not under 8.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room D,B&B £250.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Tim and Anne Riley’s small hotel stands serenely on a steep hillside on the edge of a village where the Exmoor national park meets the sea. Guide regulars arriving in 2018 ‘were warmly welcomed by Anne with tea and cake’. The Edwardian house is traditional and domestic, ‘not in the least old-fashioned or faded’. Everywhere something catches the eye – statuary, a ginger jar collection, gently chiming clocks. An ‘impressive’ wine list’ accompanies Anne Riley’s ‘generally excellent’ home cooking, alongside ‘highly professional service’ and ‘breathtaking views’ – ‘the changing light over the village is magical’. Dinner might include rose veal in cream mushroom sauce; a ‘perfectly judged’ pudding. The ‘beautiful Melba toast and baked rolls’ were particularly appreciated. Bedrooms are ‘spacious’ and airy; ‘our bed was soft but comfortable’. Other readers lauded the ‘large fluffy towels on a piping-hot bathroom rail’. Many rooms enjoy the same view as the restaurant; each has a mini-clock, a radio, ground coffee. Breakfast brings ‘freshly squeezed orange juice, excellent porridge, good cafetière coffee and toasted home-made bread’. (Mike and Jill Bennett, and others).

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The Oaks
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Guest comments

'We booked this hotel as the entry in the GHG said ‘No Music’. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Anne, with tea and cake. Our room on the second floor was spacious with a bath and separate shower in the bathroom.The food cooked by Anne was generally excellent.The service from Tim was highly professional. We were impressed by the ‘real bread’ at breakfast for toast. Most of the guests appeared to be older than us (we are in or seventies). ' - Mike and Jill Bennett - June, 2018
'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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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide