In 2014 Susan and John Tuck decided to quit their busy lives in the Thames Valley to live the dream’ and took on The Denes, a popular, well-situated guesthouse. Susan is a professional home economist and cook, and a former food technology teacher. As far as possible, she uses locally-sourced products. “I’ve always had a passion for good-quality, home-cooked food. The business provides me with an opportunity to deliver wholesome meals in a friendly environment.”

John, on the other hand, has made a substantial career change – leaving his position as an Advertising Director to take on the dual roles of host and manager of The Denes. “I’m a keen cyclist and walker, which is what drew me to this part of the world. I’ve always been a ‘people person’ and I particularly enjoy the contact with our guests.”


We like to think that the house itself is also a member of the team. An attractive Edwardian villa, you’ll find it very close to the entrance to the Valley of Rocks and just a short walk from the centre of Lynton village. It retains the original wood panelling and stained-glass windows, and also boasts original fireplaces in all the rooms. Indeed our many European guests refer to The Denes as a very English house.