Win a stay at Sidmouth's Royal Glen Hotel
PUBLISHED: 17:11 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 06 May 2016
Devon Life is partnering with Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association in a year-long celebration of the best of the county's accommodation. This month we focus on Sidmouth
Whatever the weather, Sidmouth is a walker’s heaven, with views and spaces that everyone can appreciate. From the powerful range of Devon red cliffs, marking the gateway to the World Heritage listed Jurassic Coast, to the quiet tranquillity of Connaught Gardens; the climb up Jacob’s Ladder to enjoy views of Ladram Bay to the full view of Lyme Bay from the heights of Peak Hill and the beauty of a stroll through The Byes along the River Sid.
In the town centre there is plenty to see and do too. The town’s excellent museum is situated on Church Street and there is a wealth of Georgian and Regency architecture to enjoy. Sidmouth offers a unique and charming shopping experience, with lots of independent shops and boutiques. The town also has its own cinema, on Radway Place and theatre, the Manor Pavilion Theatre and Arts Centre.
Top three must visits in Sidmouth:
“Something for everyone of all ages” is the motto of Sidmouth Museum and it is certainly diverse. Exhibition themes include the area’s natural history and Jurassic Coast, the town’s lace making heritage and information about Sherlock Holmes’ link to the town.
The gardens contain a wide range of plants that thrive in the town’s temperate climate, curated over its long history (first origins in 1840 and officially named in 1934). The South West Coast Path runs through Peak Hill Slope and it is a popular stopping point on a long walk.
The town’s wonderful expanse of sand and pebble beach includes rock pools at the eastern end – perfect for exploring. The Regency buildings add elegance to the Esplanade where you can take a stroll while overlooking the beach and majestic red cliffs.
And four fabulous Sidmouth Festivals
Sun, Sea and Books
- Sidmouth Literary Festival
Now in its second year and taking place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June, this burgeoning festival will include events with authors Sally Vickers, Dame Penelope Lively, Robert Goddard and Nicholas Evans. sidmouthlitfest.co.uk
Sidmouth Folk Week:
29 July – 5 August
Perhaps most famously of all Sidmouth has a worldwide reputation for its annual folk festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. The festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts and small intimate sessions; ceilidhs, folk dancing and lively roots parties; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.
Sidmouth Walking Festival 2016 – 17-25 September
A celebration of Sidmouth’s beautiful scenery, with 20 free guided walks taking place.
Sidmouth Science Festival
- ‘Science in our Lives’
This nine day festival takes place from 8-16 October at venues across the town. This year’s theme is ‘Science in our Lives’.
With so much to see and do, there is also a wealth of hotels in the town to enjoy:
The Hotel Riviera.
At the very heart Sidmouth is The Hotel Riviera. Owned and managed by the Wharton family for over 40 years and situated on the famous Esplanade, the four star hotel is well known for its warm welcome, comfort and luxury. Guests can enjoy bay views from the elegant 2 AA Rosette Awarded dining room with a choice of fine dishes and extensive menus. The hotel also boasts a wonderful terrace overlooking Lyme Bay where guests can enjoy a relaxed drink, al fresco lunch, morning coffee, a business meeting, Sunday lunch or afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings.
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
Part of the Harbour Hotel group, the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel overlooks its own beautiful garden and beyond to tantalising panoramic views of Lyme Bay and the Jurassic coastline. With a heated outdoor pool and al fresco dining on the terrace, the hotel is perfectly situated for making the most of Sidmouth’s mild climate. Inside, the hotel has tasteful New England styled interiors and luxurious details. Visitors can cosy up for traditional afternoon teas in the lounge and drink in some of the best views in town.
The Royal Glen Hotel
The Royal Glen Hotel is a family run hotel with traditional touches and a wealth of architectural features in this, a grade 1 listed building. Nestled into private secluded gardens, between red cliffs, blue sea and the lush green countryside of East Devon, the hotel is a welcome retreat. Take a relaxing dip in the indoor pool or enjoy a spa treatment in the therapy room. The hotel staff are well versed in coordinating day trips for guests.
Win a stay at the Royal Glen Hotel
Win a night’s stay, with breakfast, at Grade 1 listed Royal Glen Hotel, Sidmouth, member of the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association. This family-run hotel housed in an 18th-century, castle-fronted building is close to the famous esplanade and regency town centre on the heritage coast.
To enter answer this question correctly: ‘The Royal Glen Hotel is situated just minutes’ walk from which World Heritage Site? Stonehenge, the city of Bath or the Jurassic Coast? Enter here: www.devonhotels.com/competition/royal-glen or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Sidmouth’ or post your entry to Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association, c/o One Voice Media, 31-32 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NS giving us your name and a contact telephone number.
The deadline for entries is 1st July 2016.
Terms and conditions:
Accommodation is one double or twin room
Must be redeemed in 2016, excludes certain dates, please confirm with the hotel when booking
Must be booked in advance
Transport, food and drinks not included
Prize is non-transferable
Subject to availability