A truly relaxing time on The English Riviera – Cloudlands in Torquay

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 01-10-2010

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Although first used by the Victorians, we suspect that the Devon tourist board are responsbile for the continued use of the ‘Riviera’ phrase but while the weather can not always be said to match the more famous south European Riviera’s the popular Devon resort still has  much to offer.

The English Riviera refers to the popular coastal resort of Torbay, which is an amalgam of Devon towns Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.  Of the three, Torquay is probably the closest to carrying off the Riviera phrase, helped in no small way by the palm trees and ambient lighting of the harbour at night.

Built on seven hills Torquay is now a stylish resort with its main focus being around the harbour, marina and waterfront where you will find lots of activity including restaurants, cafes and bars.  There is plenty to do including the Beacon Quay, redeveloped on the site of the World War II slipways, where you will find a number of shops and cafes in a beautiful setting overlooking the Bay, as well as Living Coasts, an aquatic zoo full of marine magic.

There are of course miles of sandy beaches close by – in fact over 22 miles of it in this area, with the main Torquay beaches being Abbey Sands and Meadfoot Beach.  Less crowded beaches in the area include Babbacombe, Wacombe and Maidencombe.  The well known Paignton Zoo is a short derive away from Torquay.

If you are looking to relax in Torquay then head for Cloudlands a delightful Victorian villa which was built in 1881 and still maintains many of its original features. Cloudlands still retains the ambience of a private Victorian home, and yet at the same time all the amenities of a 4 star guest accommodation. Cloudlands is set in a peaceful conservation area close to the sea front, and within walking distance to the Riviera Conference Centre, Cockington Village, town centre, and Torquay railway station. With regular services to Paignton, Newton Abbot, Dawlish, Exeter, and further afield.

And, for complete relaxation Cloudlands offers a fully equipped, dedicated reflexology treatment room run by their in-house, fully qualified, reflexologist.

Explore beautiful North Devon – Dartmoor, Exmoor and North Devon Coast. Stay at Post House, Winkleigh

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 16-09-2010

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Explore the best of what the north coast of Devon has to offer with a stay at the Post House in Winkleigh.  A friendly Devon village in the south west of England, Winkleigh, is situated in the beautiful North Devon countryside and is with in easy reach of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north Devon coast.

From the Post House B&B you will find several good walks and just a 5 minute drive away you can stroll in the lovely gardens at Rosemoor. You will find the town of Torrington close by where you can pick up the famous Tarka trail – which is great for both walking or cycling.

Two of the bigger towns in North Devon are Bideford and BarnstapleBarnstaple‘s historic role is as a major local marketplace, a role dating back centuries, and if you head to the Pannier Market off the High Street you can still experience the hustle and bustle. You will also find the Museum of North Devon in Barnstaple which has a collection of pottery for which the area is reknowned for, dating back to the 18th Century.  Bideford is probably best known for its Bay although the best known beauty spot on the Bideford Bay is at Clovelly.

Additionally, the North Devon coast, with stunning cliff walks and beautiful beaches, is less than an hour away. Then there are, of course, the 2 moors at Dartmoor and Exmoor, which are full of wildlife and fantastic views. There is fishing, golf and…well, so much more!

The Post House Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay in the area.  It has 2 large family sized guest bedrooms, one double and one twin bedded.  The rooms share their own private shower room and so are ideal for a family or group of friends.  There are also lots of good pubs and restaurants in this area including our village pub, which serves good food and, is a mere 100 yards from our front door – perfect after a hard days relaxing!