Our regular customers will know the excellent Brend Group of hotels. This year we have a summer visit to the Royal Hotel in Bideford. North Devon is a treasure trove of fine houses and stunning summer gardens, and we have included visits to Hartland Abbey, Arlington Court, Marwood Hill Garden and, of course, RHS Rosemoor.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we make our way to North Devon, making refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 A day of glorious gardens bursting with roses and astilbes, beginning with a visit to Marwood Hill Gardens. This 20-acre private garden is tucked away in a valley and has been a haven of peace since its creation in the 1950s. Some of the garden walks are quite challenging, but the view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular. Our afternoon is spent at the gorgeous RHS Garden Rosemoor.
Day 3 A free morning in Bideford. In the afternoon we visit Arlington Court, a regency house set in an extensive estate, and home to a large collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
Day 4 This morning we visit Barnstaple, where you might like to visit the famous Pannier Market, which on Wednesdays has both a general and an antiques and collectables market. In the afternoon we visit Hartland Abbey, cherished home of the Stucley family since it was gifted to them at the dissolution of the monasteries, ﬁlled with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.
Day 5 We depart after breakfast and travel to the Clarks Village complex in Street, with over 90 diﬀerent stores. We arrive back in the local area late afternoon.
Situated at the eastern end of the Medieval bridge spanning the River Torridge in the ancient port of Bideford, our three-star hotel has a comfortable lounge, a traditional feel, WiFi and a lift to all ﬂoors. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray.