Ingleside in the 1950s
Ingleside is a unique house built in the 1890s as a "Gentleman's Residence". It was built in the grounds of Hollerday House, and was owned by a number of local businessmen who leased the property on 6 monthly and 12 monthly contracts. We have found an early quote from "Vanished Landmarks Of North Devon"' which states that the property generated "£52 income per annum (a nice little offset against the upkeep of Hollerday House)". It was built in the heyday of Victorian expansion in the area, when Sir George Newnes helped popularise the area and many rich business people from London built and wanted to stay in second homes here. The house maintains the tranquil atmosphere from when it was first built and still retains many of its original features.
Hollerday House, built by Sir George Newnes
We still have some bells pushes in the rooms and have found wires running underneath the floorboards from the days when servants used to look after the wealthy residents of Ingleside. We have found evidence of old fireplaces in every room, and what may have been the servants' staircase. We have discovered in the 1901 census that a lady and her two daughters lived here with three servants ..... those were the days!!!!
After Ingleside was a 'Gentleman's Residence' it changed its purpose to become a Hotel. We are not sure of the date this happened, but have a brochure from the early 1960s which shows Ingleside as "Southernhay Hotel", advertising "Hot & Cold Running Water, and Interior Sprung Mattresses"!
The name "Ingleside" was reintroduced and ensuite bathrooms were added about 1980. Before then there were only two toilets and one bath which were shared by all guests! Land next to the house was purchased (an old allotment) and this was made into the present day level car park.
Lynton from Summerhouse Hill with Ingleside on the slopes of Hollerday Hill
Set within the grounds we have our own secluded car park next to the house with enough parking spaces for each room, and an acre of ground set in the hillside where you can walk, or sit and enjoy the spectacular views. In summer guests can sit under the shade of the trees drinking in the unique atmosphere.
Diana and Keith Gray along with Keith's mother, Pauline, took over the hotel in 2003 and since then they have made the idyllic setting of Lynton their home. Over that time much upgrading has taken place, with new fire and electrical regulations driving the progress. We are trying to improve our standards and service every season and to provide our guests with the best possible break we can. This has lead to eight Silver Awards (awarded to about the top 10% of premises) from "Visit Britain".
Silver Awards are given to establishments that not only achieve the overall levels of quality within their Star Rating, but also reach the highest levels of quality in specific areas, identified by potential guests as being really important to them. The award reflects the quality of comfort and cleanliness you will find in bedrooms and bathrooms as well as the quality of service you will enjoy throughout your stay.
Panoramic view of Lynton from Ingleside