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MDE20962 - The Royal Castle Hotel, Lynton

ENPHER Number:MDE20962
Name:The Royal Castle Hotel, Lynton
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 7214 4933

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A hotel built in c.1810 by Mr Colley of Barnstaple. A large portion of the original building was demolished in the late 20th Century. The front entrance has a semi-octagonal granite porch with crenellations over a central arched opening.

Monument Types

  • INN (AD 19th Century to Modern - 1810 AD to 2050 AD (After))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II) 1206504: ROYAL CASTLE HOTEL
  • Conservation Area: Lynton Conservation Area


The Royal Castle Hotel, Castle Hill. Circa 1810, built as a hotel by a Mr Colley of Barnstaple. It has been greatly enlarged but the original 2 storey l-shaped block remains and has considerable charm. Front has slate hung 1st floor with 5 widely spaced sash windows with glazing bars, one being round-headed and with radial bars. Castellated porch and verandah probably a little later. Projecting wing overlooking sea contains a fine room with coved ceiling, and gothic glazing bars to sash windows. Lawned front garden. [1]

The building appears on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map as a much larger building, with a large range to the south and east of the existing remains. [3]

The tithe map of Lynton shows an L-shaped building with two office buildings to the east and southeast. [4]

The Castle Hotel was built by a Mr Colley, a maltster from Barnstaple, and was opened c. 1810.
The former Royal Castle Hotel, although vacant and somewhat dilapidated, is awaiting restoration and conversion as part of the Castle Heights proposed development of thirty three houses and apartments, work on which was underway by mid 2002.
The Royal Castle Hotel dates from 1810. The present building, probably the original one (empty and awaiting redevelopment in early 2002), is all that remains of a much larger and later 19th Century four-storey building with crenellations, demolished in the late 20th Century. The remaining range with slate-hung frontage retains early 19th Century sash windows, some with margin glazing bars, and tent canopy with decorative cast-iron frieze and standards. The later 19th Century modifications, include the semi-octagonal granite-built porch, a double-gabled extension set back to the right of the sea frontage, and a former billiard room with large 20-pane sash windows having Y- tracery. The interior also contains later features including a Minton tile floor, Art Nouveau fireplace and scrolled ceiling frieze. The reeded doorcases and panelled doors with mouldings may be original but the polished hardwood staircase is c.1900 Arts and Crafts. [5]

The building was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [6]

<1> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , HHR: Lynton (3 Sept 1973) 4 (Index). SMO5109.

<2> Rance, C. + Weddell, P.J., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Sewage Treatment Works at Lynton and Lynmouth (Manor House Scheme), 3-4 (Report). SEM6773.

<3> Ordnance Survey, 1868-1901, County Series, First Edition 25 Inch Map (Map). SEM6703.

<4> 1840, Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Tithe Map and Apportionment (Map). SEM7677.

<5> Fisher, J., 2002, Lynton: Conservation Area Character Appraisal, 6, 12, 13, 24 (Report). SEM6953.

<6> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.

Related records

MEM22344Parent of: Retaining wall to southwest of Royal Castle Hotel, Castle Hill, Lynton (Building)

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 858/1/4/8
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 24041
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/101
  • Local List Status (No)
Date Last Edited:Apr 11 2016 12:04PM


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