The view from the balcony was beyond everything I have seen…   C. S. Lewis, Lynton - August 1925

C S Lewis

C S Lewis visited Exmoor in August 1925. He spent several weeks walking many of the popular routes, often in company with friends. On 12th August he visited Lynton, and lunched at our Hotel. He wrote....

The view from the balcony was beyond everything I have seen - Straight ahead and across the gorge, the hillside rose hundreds of feet above us into a cap of well shaped rock. Behind that the Lyn Valley opened out in long perspective of winding water and many coloured woods, heather and grass. To the left was the bay, not deeply blue but of a strangely pure clear colour and beyond it a line of surf between the water and the cliffs which fell away East and North".
 

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The famous poet stayed in a local Hotel here, in 1812, after eloping with his sixteen year old wife. They stayed for the summer, then left, leaving a Hotel bill of £30 unpaid.