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Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon
With stellar views over the pebble beach of Lyme Bay and red Jurassic cliffs beyond, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel offers a winning combination of real maritime history and restorative wellness. Outside, seafront strolls, cliffside climbs, rock-pool adventures, picnics, fossil hunts and swimming in the heated pool await. Add this to the New England style interiors, long cocktail list, excellent Upper Deck restaurant and good range of spa treatments and you have the perfect ingredients for a coastal break.
Rooms available from £103.50 per night
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An ideal destination for a relaxing coastal getaway - just a short stroll from both the South West Coast Path and Jacob's Ladder, which will lead you down to the picturesque shoreline. A few minutes further takes you to Sidmouth's charming pebbly main beach.
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is in a quiet and peaceful location just outside town.
By train: Honiton station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel with trains from London Waterloo (3 hours) and Exeter St David's (30 mins). Book trains to Honiton.
By car: The hotel is 4o minutes from Exeter, under 2 hours from Bristol and around 4 hours from London. There is free parking at the hotel.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is a haven of tranquillity, adorned in soft, calming shades of pale blues and creams. The maritime-inspired décor effortlessly flows into the comfortable and inviting bedrooms, whilst the spa embraces a classic earthy colour palette, soothing low lighting and unobtrusive background music. With its comfortable and accessible design, the hotel caters to all walks of life seeking a peaceful retreat. Additionally, there is ample space and a variety of activities available for families to enjoy their stay to the fullest.
There's a small outdoor pool on the terrace, perfect for a refreshing dip under the open sky - or there's a lovely indoor pool with a swim jet, providing a more invigorating experience. The spa and fitness facilities are extensive, and activities and special events keep things lively and entertaining, such as live music performances and thrilling murder mystery evenings.
- Indoor & outdoor pool
- Fitness activities
- Spa treatments
- Activities: SUP classes, family yoga, crabbing
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms are spread across the main building and the charming New England-style courtyard annexe. The majority of rooms have been recently refurbished, boasting a fresh and contemporary feel. You'll be delighted to find nautical design touches throughout, adding a touch of coastal charm to your stay.
Room types: Single, Inland View, Courtyard, Superior Seaview, Seaview
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with The White Company toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, complimentary gin and sherry
FOOD & DRINK
The coastal surroundings inspire the seafood-focused menu, whilst the charming design elements like suspended glass add to the coastal ambience. Enjoy a delightful meal paired with a well balanced drinks menu, boasting unexpected cocktails such as the Negroni Bianco alongside an extensive wine list, plus plenty of locally produced tipples.
Upper Deck: Casual, all-day seafood bar and grill. Regional flavours, local produce, and seasonal ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. A la carte mains from £12.50.
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