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North Devonshire & coastline Towns

Ilfracombe is a beautiful town 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.

The Osborne Hotel

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The Osborne Hotel -Ilfracombe

Ideally situated to explore Ilfracombe, The Osborne is a friendly family run hotel offering a warm welcome and fantastic value for money. With a wealth of sporting and leisure activities close by the hotel attracts families, couples and groups who enjoy the stunning views and rugged landscape of the North Devon coast. The location is also popular with golfing, clay shooting and fishing parties, with several local organisers providing organised trips and equipment hire to hotel guests for reduced rates. Boats to Lundy Island depart from the quay, a short walk from the hotel, giving nature enthusiasts with the ideal opportunity to study the local wildlife; whilst walkers will enjoy some of the finest country and coastal paths the Southwest has to offer. We have a small car park, subject to availability.


Tour Highlights

Monday – Enroute we will be stopping at Burnham on Sea for lunch. With lovely extensive sandy beaches and the shortest pier in the country. From here we will travel via Bridgwater to Minehead to Ilfracombe.

Tuesday – 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.

Wednesday -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
Thursday – A day of leisure – may be visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Tunnel Beaches or the Hele Corn Mill. There will also be a wonderful Lundy Island boat cruise that is optional for you to have an extra chance to explore.

Friday – We will travel home with a lunch break enroute and arriving home in the afternoon

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