The county of Devon is home to a collection of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, national parks, lovely rustic villages and coastal towns - including Sidmouth, the lovely seaside town referred to by the poet John Betjeman as “a town caught still in a timeless charm”. Our hotel makes the perfect base for seaside relaxation and exploration of the area, including a journey on the South Devon Railway, which runs alongside the Dart Valley offering splendid views of the moors; a visit to the mansion of National Trust Killerton House; a tour of striking Exeter Cathedral; and a visit to an equally lovely seaside town - Beer.
4 nights in Sidmouth (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Belmont Hotel Sidmouth (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm, where you will be welcomed with tea and coffee. The remainder of the day is free to settle in before dinner is served this evening.
Day 2 National Trust Killerton House - Exeter Cathedral
This morning we journey to one of Devon’s great estates, National Trust Killerton House. Given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland in 1944, this immaculate Georgian mansion is surrounded by 2,600 hectares of farmland, woods and lush parkland. Continue to Exeter’s crown jewel, the stunning cathedral situated in the heart of the city. An insightful guided tour reveals notable features including the beautifully detailed stained-glass windows, striking 12th century towers, the longest stretch of attached Gothic vaulting in England, and an exquisite astronomical clock. We return to the hotel later in the day.
Day 3 Beer
We journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, stretching along 95 miles of beautiful coastline between East Devon and Dorset. Our destination is Beer, a quaint historical coastal town situated on Lyme Bay, where its origins as a smuggler’s cove characterise its modern appearance. Without a natural harbour the colourful fishing boats decorate the shingle beach instead, sitting below the mighty white chalk cliffs and as a natural suntrap, the town is enjoyable to simply sit and watch the world go by. Or you can explore the Jubilee Gardens, to savour the lovely views. We return to Sidmouth, for free time to do as you wish.
Day 4 Dartmoor National Park - Buckfast Abbey - South Devon Railway
Today we travel by coach to the gorgeous tor-topped hills and heathered moorland of Dartmoor National Park. We will make stops at scenic towns and villages allowing you time to take photos of the beautiful scenery. We continue to Buckfast Abbey, a tranquil refuge founded in 1018. Then, in Buckfastleigh, we head to the South Devon Railway, the longest established steam railway in the south west, for a journey to Totnes Littlehempston.
Please note: There is a 10-15 minute walk on the flat from Totnes Littlehempston station to Totnes main railway station where we will meet our coach.
Day 5 Sidmouth
This morning we bid farewell to Sidmouth. You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
This Victorian 4 star hotel is situated on the cliff top overlooking the bay. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness suite featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools (subject to seasonal opening), sauna, Jacuzzi, solarium. 2 tennis court, squash courts and 4 beauty rooms (pre-booking advisable). All bedrooms are en suite with a telephone, TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and iron with ironing board. The hotel has 3 lifts to all floors and 1 guest room for the disabled traveller, subject to availability.
Devon Short Break
including a visit to Buckfast Abbey and Exeter Cathedral