Cross Lane House

Allerford, Somerset

A beautiful restoration of a medieval farmhouse - now a peaceful hotel hidden in a National Trust village


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3


Exmoor National Park wraps itself around this hotel, which sits in glorious countryside. Roy and Gaynor supply maps for gentle rambles and invigorating hikes from the door: an hour’s walk along the rugged coastal path takes you down to Porlock Weir which teems with wildlife and birds.

Return for afternoon tea in the medieval courtyard on sunny days: west country clotted cream, homemade scones, champagne if you want. On chillier days take tea round the roaring fire. Dinner is a relaxed affair with a hand picked wine list and the best of local produce. The Luttrell Arms (six miles) is good.

Sleep deeply in peaceful bedrooms; there are four, each with a smart en suite. Fill up with big breakfasts served in the dining room before another day exploring Exmoor. Dunster Castle is six miles –  there are plenty of challenging and gentle cycle routes, and a barn for storing muddy gear and bikes.

Spacious bedroom with warm toned lighting and chair

We think you'll love

  • The pretty village setting and peaceful feel of the hotel
  • Walking over the ancient packhorse bridge and into the wood for miles
Beautiful outdoor seating in the medieval courtyard of Cross Lane House

Home truths

  • You’ll need to drive a few miles for shops, cafes and restaurants
  • No children


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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
3pm-5pm Sunday-Monday, 3pm-9.30pm Tuesday-Saturday
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum two nights at weekends during high season, however please contact owner for availability.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner £29.50-£37. Afternoon tea £22.50.


Nightly price
from £135
Dinner, B&B £105-£137 per person.
3 Doubles
From £135
1 Suite for 3
From £185


A quiet and pretty place to stay with lots of generous extras in the room. gorgeous countryside and coast are near and also steam trains!

Nicola, Bristol

This place is truly special. The attention to detail is exceptional, the welcome is warm and the service friendly and thoughtful. The food is carefully sourced, and beautifully prepared and presented. All rooms are delightful, and provide little home comforts you didn't know you needed; they even clean your windscreen before you leave. We can't wait to go back.

Jane, Dulverton

Wow, fantastic experience, shared the suite with my sister. The food was outstanding. Hope to return.


A wonderful find! The decor was effortlessly chic and stylish yet relaxing and supremely comfortable! The food & wine was of a very high standard (we had dinner and breakfast) and although we did not sample it afternoon tea looked divine. But perhaps the most important factor was the service; it was simply exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was done to ensure we had a wonderful stay.


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The neighbourhood

Pretty Allerford has a post office and a Rural Life Museum, set in a thatched cottage that was the village primary school in the Victorian era, and a stunning wooded backdrop. The National Park is at your feet but you’ll need to get in the car for shops and eateries. The coast is close, Minehead is a few miles and there are some interesting National Trust properties nearby – Dunster Castle, Killerton House and Arlington Court.

Local points of interest from Roy Butlin & Gaynor Smith

  • A range of walks are accessible from our front door which are a great way to explore the cliffs, hills and valleys. The Southwest coastal path is on your doorstep, too. We have a variety of written route guides covering walks of one hour up to eight hours
  • There’s lots to see - Lynton and Lynmouth, Dunster Castle, Arlington Court, and pretty Clovelly - a rollercoaster lane leads down to this pretty coastal village.
  • You’ll find gardens galore - at Greencombe, Knightshayes and Hestercombe, as well as RHS Rosemoor
  • If you like to ride, saddle up and explore Exmoor by horse, fabulous stuff. fishing and golf can both be arranged locally, too.


Roy Butlin & Gaynor Smith

Roy and Gaynor hail from Hertfordshire and spent years working in event catering. They can’t believe their luck at ending up in this beautiful part of the world and have completely settled into village life. Gaynor is usually in the kitchen while Roy does front of house along with a small team of smiley staff.