NEW: North Devon Delights
Sunday 14th July 2019
1 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
No Single Supplement
We travel to North Devon for a four-night stay at the Brend Imperial Hotel. The ancient town of Barnstaple was granted its charter in 930 AD and was once a prosperous port, especially for the American trade. It remains a thriving market town with a traditional Pannier Market. There are many fine buildings and attractive narrow streets and alleys. There is also the ornate Queen Anne’s Walk and 13th-century Long Bridge.
Your Holiday Hotel
The 4-star Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple is part of the well-respected Brend family of hotels, past winners of the AA Hotel Group of the Year. Situated by the River Taw close to the town centre, the Imperial has the tranquillity and warmth of an elegant country house. The Arlington Restaurant has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in North Devon. Its menu features imaginative dishes, complemented by attentive friendly service. There are 63 bedrooms, some with views across the River. Each has its own distinctive style and all are beautifully decorated with exquisite soft furnishings. A lift provides easy access to all floors. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. Bathrooms have luxury toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the Hotel. Guests are welcome to use the outdoor pool at the Health and Leisure Club at the nearby Barnstaple Hotel. The Imperial is just a short stroll into the centre of Barnstaple, with its range of independent shops and historic Pannier Market.
Supplements apply for guaranteed river-facing rooms - please enquire for details.
Day 1 A taxi pick-up from your home to the coach. We drive through Somerset to reach our Hotel by the end of the afternoon. Time to relax and unpack before enjoying a delicious dinner in the elegant restaurant with its chandeliers and fine paintings.
Days 2-4 As well as time to explore Barnstaple our coach will take you on excursions to……
* CASTLE HILL GARDENS Home of the Fortescue family and steeped in Devon history since 1454. Situated on the southern edge of Exmoor, there are 50 acres of gardens showcasing historic parkland set against an 18th-century Palladian Mansion.
* QUINCE HONEY FARM A family-run working honey farm which has been producing top quality honey since 1949 and has over 1000 hives deep in the North Devon Countryside. We will take a guided tour and sample some of the delicious product.
* ARLINGTON COURT An intriguing Regency house and unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles, set in a picturesque garden.
* LYNTON & LYNMOUTH Lynmouth straddles the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn Rivers in a gorge 700 feet below its neighbour Lynton. The area is known as ‘Little Switzerland’ and became a popular tourist destination in the 18th and 19th centuries, inspiring Romantic poets and authors. Explore the attractive twin villages which are connected by a Victorian water-powered cliff railway.
* ROSEMOOR GARDEN Nestled in the Torridge Valley, RHS Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. It has the largest Rose Gardens in the South West, the stunning Hot Garden, a Devon Cottage Garden, a lake, stream and waterfall.
Day 5 After breakfast we will load the luggage and drive home with happy memories of our holiday in this beautiful part of the country. We will arrive for late afternoon taxis.