As we are soon able to travel further afield and stay away from home, here are five great reasons to return to The Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, Sidmouth.
Evening stroll along the Esplanade after dinner
There’s nothing more enjoyable than a stroll along the Esplanade after your four-course table d’hote dinner. Using locally sourced ingredients, where possible, your meal will be freshly prepared by our head chef, Saul Vicary. Renowned for our hospitality and exceptional service our silver-service waiting staff will attend your table. Follow dinner with a gentle walk and watch the sun dip below the horizon in Lyme Bay. You couldn’t be any closer to the sea and beach than when you stay at the Royal York & Faulkner.
Sitting on your balcony watching the boats in Lyme Bay and the beach
From your hotel balcony you have uninterrupted sea views between the big red cliffs of Salcombe and Peak Hills. Maybe you will see the sailing club dinghies competing in a race or a pilot gig row past during a practice evening. Or perhaps you could spot a naval ship on the horizon. Don’t forget to grab your binoculars.
Remember, as a private guest of the hotel on half board terms, you can enjoy complimentary afternoon tea in your choice of lounges. The elegant York Lounge, overlooking the sea or Reading Room with its comfy sofas and magazines. Wherever you choose, you will enjoy a selection of homemade cakes, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and yummy strawberry jam.
Deciding whether to turn left or right when you leave the hotel
It’s a difficult decision. Turning left will take you towards Salcombe cliffs, The Ham and the newly built, Alma Bridge. Keep walking and you’ll cross the ford, pass Sidmouth’s unusual little toll house, believed to have been built in 1817 and enter The Byes parkland. Two kilometres long, the Byes encompasses meadows, woodland and open green spaces. These surround the River Sid, which winds its way from the town to the village of Sidford and beyond.
Turn right and you can walk along the Esplanade and join the Millennium walkway beneath the ancient red sandstone cliffs of Peak Hill. Feeling energetic, possibly after stopping for an ice-cream, walk to the beautiful Connaught Gardens. If you are on an evening walk, you could be lucky and arrive to the sounds of Sidmouth’s Town Band playing during their Summer season.
Relaxing in the hydra-spa before a delicious lunch at Blinis
To unwind after a day’s sight-seeing in the Sid Valley, book a session in the hotel’s stunning hydra-spa. The mosaic tiled hydrotherapy pool, with its air and water jets, can help to ease tension whilst relaxing painful joints and muscles. Refreshed, pop next door for lunch at the hotel’s contemporary café wine-bar, Blinis. Open throughout the day, the bar serves coffee and homemade cakes, At lunchtime, there are delicious daily specials, snacks and salads. It also offers an excellent choice of wines, beers and spirits.
Just a few great reasons to return to the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel!