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"I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty!" Said by the Director Steven Spielberg about glorious North Devon. Blessed with glorious sandy beaches to quaint islands and cultural towns, our long weekend down in the South West is just perfect for taking a UK Summer break.

With our hotel based just a short walk from the town of Barnstaple, where better than to kick off our weekend with a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.


09 Sept Oldenburg Departure Bideford

Lunday Island

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we board our coach and head to the ferry port for our trip over to Lundy Island. Lying less than a 2 hour ferry journey off the cost, Lundy is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel and with nothing in between it and America, this granite outcrop is surprisingly still peaceful and unspoilt. At 3 miles long and only half a mile wide, the island still offers a range of things to do. Our guided tour introduces us to the history of life here through its monuments and listed buildings. Due to its isolation, the island has a stunning backdrop and natural beauty which is a paradise for unique wildlife and the outdoors. With its wide spaces and big skies, Lundy is great place just to walk around.



On Sunday we stay a bit closer to ‘home’ and head into Barnstaple for a guided tour. Located on the River Taw, this ancient town was granted charter in 930AD by King Aethelstan. Lying to the north of Dartmoor and west of mystical Exmoor, this now flourishing market town features attractive narrow streets and alleys. See the traditional Pannier Market as well as the Norman mound and remnants of the original castle. The rest of the afternoon is ours to explore the town, perhaps do a spot of shopping or even head to one of the best beaches around, Saunton or Woolacombe.

Dinner on our last evening is not included to enable us to have dinner in one of the local restaurants in town.



On Monday after check out, you may like to explore the local area at your leisure. Much-loved by many, the book Tarka the Otter was the inspiration from many of the footpaths and cycle paths around here or why not take in the Exmoor Steam Railway which runs from Bratton Fleming nearby.

The Barnstaple Hotel

This great family run hotel is in a prime location for exploring the north of Devon based just a 15 minute walk into Barnstaple and a short drive to the famous golden beaches.

The hotel is off the A361 and 0.9 miles from Barnstaple Pannier Market. Barnstaple station is a 20 minute walk from the hotel. Complimentary car parking is available.


Facilities include

Enjoy the many facilities on offer including a stylish brasserie, 2 bars, games room with pool tables and sun terrace. The relaxing health and leisure club features an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor heated swimming pool (April-October), fitness suite, saunas, chill out sanctuary and massage (extra charge).

Rooms include 

Our spacious and comfortable rooms, many of which have a balcony overlooking the pool and gardens, all feature LCD TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

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Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel is off the A361 and 0.9 miles from Barnstaple Pannier Market. Barnstaple station is a 20 minute walk from the hotel. Complimentary car parking is available.

Included Programme
Return ferry tickets to Lundy Island and a half day guided tour of Lundy Island on Saturday and half day guided tour of Barnstaple guided walking tour on Sunday morning.

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual.We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% off the metered fare.

Dress Code
The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart with gentlemen requested to wear a shirt and tie. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
21 Sep 2018 24 Sep 2018 3 All Ages £ 649 BOOK

What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Transfers to ferry port
  • Return ferry ticket to Lundy Island
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Lundy Island
  • Guided walking tour of Barnstaple
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Solos Board:
Breakfast daily & 2 dinners

What’s extra:
Insurance see here


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