North Walk House

Lynton, Devon
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1598 753372

Seductive suppers, crackling fire, tea on the terrace, North Devon Coast Path to stride. A relaxed cliffside B&B for walkers and foodies


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

North Walk is one of a collection of guest houses on the promenade above Lynmouth Bay’s dramatic seascape. Ian and Sarah are engaging hosts, happy to share their enthusiasm for this patch of Devon – stay a few days and unwind.

They love to cook, so your stay starts with homemade cake or flapjack – along with those wonderful bay and sunset views, Aga-cooked meals are convivial with just-met guests often chatting round the table long afterwards. Breakfasts include local kippers or organic bacon and sausages, fruit, muesli, homemade bread – Ian’s porridge always gets a thumbs up; dinners might be Ilfracombe fish or Devon beef, lamb or venison – seasonal and mostly organic.

Discover Exmoor’s coastal and moor walks, genteel Lynton and Lynmouth; return to armchairs by the log fire and drinks before dinner.

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We think you'll love

  • The delicious organic breakfasts and dinners
  • Being right on the coastal path with sparkling sea views from your bedroom
  • Sarah and Ian – such warm, helpful hosts who love meeting new guests
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You should know

  • Lynton is hilly so the walk to shops or out for dinner could be a tricky for some
  • There are steps up to the front door
  • Dinners are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Dogs by arrangement.
1 November - 31 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 4 courses, from £27. Pub/restaurant 0.25 miles.


Nightly price
from £128
Singles £70-£109.
1 Twin/double
From £154
2 Doubles
From £128



Sarah and Ian were extraordinary hosts. We were very well welcome. Everyday we shared our plans with them and they would give us alternatives and recommendations that proved to be excellent. The room had a very nice view of the Bristol Channel, it was quiet and nice. Breakfast was delicious. And we will never forget those moments we spent talking about...things. We will definitely go back!

José, London and Madrid

'One night is too short for this lovely place. Stay for dinner, say hello to Rosie, walk the paths, have a glass of wine and feel this comfortable blanket as soon as you enter the house. Welcoming, natural, hosts and the view cannot be described in the pictures. We have to come again.'

L, Chichester

This was our second visit. We love the place, with its amazing sea views, comfortable bedrooms and cosy sitting room. Delicious breakfasts and dinners around the big table are convivial and relaxed. Sara and Ian are warm, welcoming hosts with plenty of information about the area and the many varied walks. Hope we'll return.

Eva, London

Convivial good meals round the dining room table, colourful bedrooms, fantastic sea views and a terrace for sunny breakfasts. Really lovely hosts too.

Wendy, Sawday's inspector

A warm, relaxing and welcoming place to stay. Wonderful views from the bedroom and beautiful terrace. Sarah’s hospitality and attention to detail deserves a special mention. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts on the terrace and Sarah’s homemade treats to welcome us back after a day out. North Walk House is tucked away on a quiet non-through road, and it is very handily on the coastal path to the stunning Valley of Rocks. Great to be able to leave the car and enjoy amazing walks, views and attractions from the doorstep. We would highly recommend North Walk House.

Jo, Bristol

Our third time, a good setting for a SW tour or a stop on a coastal path walk. Sarah and Ian really put themselves out to make a stay memorable. The rooms, showers and beds are of the highest quality and the food is exceptionally good. We shall be back

ANTHONY, Bookham, Surrey

Late putting together our comments, but this is no indication of our joy at staying here. Very comfortable and the food was great. Ian and Sarah always on hand to ensure our stay was enjoyable. The Area is great for walking.

anthony, Bookham

Ian and Sarah could not do enough to make our four night stay more enjoyable. The room was well furnished and the bathroom was excellent with large soft towels.


Excellent B & B, great cooking of good food in lovely room, and even on the terrace for breakfast. Ian and Sarah were excellent hosts and offered plenty of advice on walks, and places to visit. Will be returning


What a wonderful place to stay: Sarah and Ian are as warm and welcoming as is their house. They prepare wonderful local food and go out of their way to make sure that you have everything you need from flapjack in our rooms to restaurant bookings and local information. North Walk House is in a superb position, with views across the estuary and beautiful walks on the doorstep. Add this to the easy access to both Lynton & Lynmouth and you have the perfect ingredients for a perfect holiday.


This place is one in a million - we absolutely loved it! Sarah and Ian really made us feel at home and we were so well cared for. The communal dining made our stay extra special as we met some really lovely people. Nothing was too much trouble for Sarah and Ian. The rooms are very well appointed, the food and menu are excellent - and all the extra touches like home made flapjacks made it extra special. We can thoroughly recommend it and cannot wait to go there again!


Three aspects in particular made our stay at North Walk one of our most enjoyable breaks ever. Firstly, the welcome from Ian and Sarah consistently gave a sense of enjoying having guests rather than a simple money-making exercise. Secondly, the use of local seasonal food together with the couple’s skills in the kitchen resulted in a series of wonderful meals both at breakfast and in the evening. Finally, the many glorious walks right from the door meant that we did not use the car once during our four night stay. Overall, the best B&B we have ever stayed at in the UK.


We chose North Walk House in large part because they specified on their web site organic food and the ability to deal with special dietary needs, confirmed by a phone conversation. (The appealing rooms and views helped as well.) They more than lived up to that promise - Sarah's cooking is first-rate, and took account of a gluten-free diet with allergies to several other common foods, without sacrificing taste or quality in the least. Breakfasts are as wide-ranging as anyone might want, from full English to (home-baked) toast and jam - the Aga-baked egg and bacon is especially recommended.


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The neighbourhood

It's a pretty drive down through forests to Lynton. A five to ten-minute downhill walk gets you to a good range of shops and cafes including The Oak Room, restaurant and tapas; there's a farmers' market on the first Saturday of the month. Valley of Rocks AONB is about five miles away – wild ponies and goats. Take the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway - the steepest entirely water-powered railway in the world. Lynmouth is under a mile away. Ian and Sarah can arrange walking holidays with guided routes.

Local points of interest from Ian & Sarah Downing

  • 400 feet from the sea, but vertically! Beautiful views of Foreland point and across the sea to Wales, 25 miles away.Explore the delights of Exmoor with walks short and long, many straight from the house.
  • Sit on the terrace, walk up through the garden to Hollerday Hill, stroll along the cliff path on a fairly level walk or take in the ups and downs of circular walks along the coast path or in land to the moor.
  • Explore the old twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth. Try the cliff railway that links the two.A little further afield takes in country market and seaside towns of interest, National Trust sites and interests like the ancient bridge at Tarr Steps.
  • Right on the South West Coast Path, so stop as you walk through or take in the circular walks that end up back in our sitting room for tea before a relaxing dinner.
  • Exmoor, beasts(!), ponies and red deer, Valley of Rocks and its goats.
  • A Variety of good eateries or book at North Walk House for organic, seasonal food.


Ian & Sarah Downing

Sarah has a research/genetics background and used to be a midwife; Ian was in education. They are members of the Slow Food Movement so are passionate about food provenance and both love cooking. They're keen on the outdoors and this area of Devon – they really enjoy the flow of different guests breezing through and telling them about all the best places to visit.