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Ilfracombe & The glorious gardens of Devon.

This 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.

 




5 Days from just £389.00

Key Information

Category
England
Next Date
25/05/2019

The Imperial Hotel

This friendly family run Victorian Hotel is close to both the town and the beach, allowing you to access the area easily. The traditional onsite restaurant offers entertainment and good honest fayre.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1—Today we will travel to our hotel, stopping for lunch break en route at the driver s chosen destination. Arriving at the hotel before our evening meal.

Day 2– Travelling to Bude where we will have free time, with its stunning beaches some made famous by the incredible waves and rocky outcrops perfect for its surfing

but was also where the first lifesaving school started. Then onto Hartland Abbey and Gardens. The Abbey was protected during the reign of King Henry VIII as they supplied him with wine and grapes for his household, in contrast to many of the other Abbeys in England. The Stucley family still live her and it holds many of their beloved treasures and memorabilia. The stunning 18th century walled Woodland gardens lead down to the rugged Atlantic cove. The Abbey has been showcased in some leading TV series such as the Night Manager and Sense and Sensibility.  Then on to Clovelly, a unique village owned by the Queen, the town has no vehicle access and man powered sledges transport goods and people around. The Clovelly Court Gardens, a classically restored Victorian walled kitchen garden including a magnificent lean-to greenhouse, sheltering exotic Mediterranean fruits and vegetables.  From there onto Bideford with many antiques shops are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. The town of Appledore started as a Viking settlement, renowned for traditional ship building but now specialises in yachts and pleasure craft.

 

Day 3—A day of leisure. You could get a boat ride to Lundy Island a two hour boat cruise, to see some of the most spectacular wildlife in the area or even visit Chambercombe Manor, mentioned in the Domesday Book an 11th century Manor House with stunning creamery onsite just perfect for one of our famous cream teas or simply sit and relax on the beautiful beach,

Day 4— Today we will take a scenic drive along the coast visiting Woolacombe, Croyde passing Saunton Sands. The straight sandy beach forms part of the Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is often used by the military for training purposes.  Then on to Barnstable one of the oldest towns in Devon. Continuing to Lynton and Lynmouth, 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.

Day 5—As we travel back, we will stop en route for a lunch break arriving back in the afternoon.

 

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Departure Date Tour Reference Days Price (from) Available Seats Pickup Points Rooms  
Sat 25 May, 2019 ILLFRAC101 5 £389.00 10 + Book Now