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Ilfracombe and The National Treasures of North Dev

Ilfracombe is a beautiful town sits on the North Devonshire coast line, with its rugged cliffs and inlet coves it really shows the variances of this wonderful area. With its colourful heritage, seaside views, rural tranquillity and a charming harbour it really is the resort that has everything to offer. Our tour concentrates on the wonderful heritage gardens and houses in the area.

The Osborne Hotel

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The Osborne Hotel ***

The Osbourne Hotel

Ideally situated to explore all of which Ilfracombe has to offer, just a short walk from the town, shops, theatre, harbour and the famous Tunnels Beaches. Guests can take advantage of the hotels extensive facilities which include a ballroom, bar lounge, sauna, small games room and a lift serving all floors.

Tour Highlights

Monday – We will stop at Weston Super Mare for a lunch break. A lovely traditional seaside resort, take a stroll along The Grand Pier or simply sit and enjoy some lunch whilst admiring the view. Arriving at our hotel in the afternoon giving you time to relax before your evening meal.
Tuesday – RHS Garden Rosemoor is set in the Torridge Valley an area unusually wooded and sheltered, the aim of the prestigious plants was to show that a beautiful landscape could be created in such a difficult terrain. The Queen Mothers Rose Garden will have over 200 roses on display which will be a site to see. Then onto Bideford with some free time for lunch. Many antiques shops are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. These alleys are known as Drangs. In the afternoon, we travel to Tapeley Park, a family owned Queen Anne styled Manor House, built in 1704. The gardens surrounding the house are a mix of formal Italianate terraces, kitchen gardens and a permaculture garden. (admissions included)
Wednesday – We start the day with a visit to Barnstaple and the famous Pannier Market, with its wonderful mix of heritage, new and traditional traders making it a lovely place to browse. Then onto Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum. Built in 1823 and the home to the Chichester family for over 500 years. The house holds many collections including the National Trust Carriage Museum. Home to over forty vehicles, ranging from elegant coaches used for state occasions, to humble carts used to carry servants. (admissions included)
Thursday – A day of leisure maybe visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Tunnel Beaches and Hele Corn Mills.
Friday – We start our journey home stopping at Lynton and Lynmouth enroute. The pretty village of Lynmouth sits at sea level, whilst Lynmouth sits higher amongst the trees, full of quaint narrow lanes and independent shops to explore. Often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ the area is a walker’s paradise. Arriving back in the afternoon

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