3* Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
With spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast, outstanding service and fine dining in the 1810 restaurant, this 3-star hotel really is Exmouths finest. The hotel is situated on the highest point of the old cliff-top nearest the town centre, the site of the original beacon, which probably dated back to Elizabethan times. The hotels origins can be traced to the French Revolution of 1789. For over two centuries, The Royal Beacon Hotel has offered guests a tradition of genuine hospitality that has continued in its present role as Exmouths most historic hotel.
Lift Restaurant Bar Lounge Tea/coffee making facilities TV Telephone Free Wi-Fi Hairdryer Room service (restricted hours)
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course dinner with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Guided tour of Powderham Castle
Deer Park Safari - available subject to the weather & ground conditions
75-minute circular River Exe Cruise
Entrance to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens with guided visit and Cream Tea
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
After breakfast, we make our way to Powderham Castle where we enjoy a fascinating guided tour of this home located on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone's throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. After lunch, we embark on an exciting 35-minute deer park tractor & trailer safari. The remainder of the afternoon is free to either enjoy the castle grounds further or return to our hotel for some down time.
River Exe Cruise & Exeter
This morning we travel to Exmouth for a circular cruise on the River Exe. Sailing on calm and sheltered waters, our skipper will provide us with live commentary on the history of the area. Following our boat trip, we make our way to Exeter. A city rich in history, there is plenty to occupy us, with a magnificent cathedral, imposing Roman wall, beautiful quayside with shopping opportunities and award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Please Note: Depending on tide timings, we may do the cruise in the afternoon and visit Exeter in the morning.
Sidmouth & Bicton Botanical Gardens
We start today with a visit to the pretty town of Sidmouth where we have time to explore at leisure, perhaps a stroll along the seafront before finding a spot for lunch. We then travel to Devon's most magnificent historic gardens, Grade 1 listed Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, we have chance to enjoy the colourful gardens set in Devon's picturesque Otter Valley. As well as beautiful gardens containing many rare plants, the parkland also features historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, mini golf, restaurant, shop and a woodland railway, on which we enjoy a 25-minute journey through the parkland. We finish our visit with a typical Devon afternoon cream tea, what a great way to sign-off our holiday!
After breakfast, we make our way home.