- Exmoor National Park
- Braunton Burrows
- Hartland Abbey
- Lynton & Lynmouth Funicular
Delights of North Devon
- Half board
A luxurious hotel stay on the golden sands of North Devon
Welcome to North Devon, crowned by golden beaches, punctuated by wild landscapes, historical fishing villages, and crisscrossed by rolling waterways. It is a landscape that has captivated foreign invaders, artists and poets, and continues to delight those who continue to visit. Your luxury accommodation for this trip will be the 4-star Saunton Sands Hotel, enjoying a splendid position overlooking three miles of glorious beaches. Its award-winning restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, bar and tennis court will keep you occupied during your stay, alongside three days of included excursions.
Enjoy a trip to Clovelly, a hidden secret of holiday making where cobbled streets flow past fishing cottages towards the quaint harbour, and ride on the funicular railway between Lynton and Lynmouth, powered entirely by water displacement. Perhaps a highlight of your Stay and Discover experience will be an exploration of Exmoor National Park, containing coastal views, wooded valleys, sea cliffs and streams. It is home to an impressive array of wildlife and quintessentially English villages, filled with historical architecture.
4 nights at your hotel
8 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
Dedicated Saga Host
Plus all this...
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Guided orientation walks
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Free hotel Wi-Fi and safe
- Hotel porterage
- Cream tea at your hotel
Excursions and visits
- Lynton & Lynmouth (full day)
- Exmoor National Park (half day)
- Clovelly Village & Hartland Abbey (full day)
Day 1 Saunton Sands
Settle into your hotel and join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Lynton and Lynmouth
Between the town of Lynton and harbour village of Lynmouth is a 900-foot steep slope. When Victorians busily bustled along the streets of both, they noticed how difficult it was to go between the two settlements. A solution was required. That solution became the world’s highest and steepest water-powered railway. Working entirely on the principle of water displacement, your journey on board this funicular railway will reveal a marvel of Victorian engineering.
During this full-day tour, spend some free time to perhaps stroll along Lynmouth’s narrow streets, flanked by fisherman’s cottages. B, D
Day 3 Exmoor National Park
Today you are invited to step into Exmoor National Park, showcasing quintessentially English villages, dramatically presenting picturesque landscapes and bursting with a dazzling array of wildlife - both native and invasive.
Measuring 267 square miles, Exmoor consists of wooded valleys, seaside cliffs, farmland and moorland. It is then perhaps no wonder that the national park’s wildlife is so diverse - from red deer to rare butterflies and Exmoor ponies. It is a vast area that has inspired artists, writers and filmmakers for generations. We hope that during your half-day visit, you too will share in Exmoor’s captivating qualities. B, D
Day 4 Clovelly and Hartland Abbey
To call Clovelly ‘charming’, while correct, is to undersell its quaint, seemingly undiscovered loveliness. Narrow cobbled streets flow past attractive fisherman’s cottages that have been gently whipped by winds from the open Atlantic. Small boats bob in the harbour, protected by a short maritime arm, and fisherfolk cast their lines from the shoreline. It is a village wonderfully kept in a timewarp, oozing with history of a simpler time.
Your second destination for today’s tour is Hartland Abbey and Gardens, consecrated in the 12th century, dissolved in the 15th during Henry VIII’s land grab, and transformed into an opulent countryside escape. Enjoy a stroll along ‘Alhambra Passage’, inspired by the palace in Granada, and see the original abbey cloisters hidden in the basement. In the woodland gardens, you will find rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Don’t miss an opportunity to see ‘Ladies Walk’, which meanders through a carpet of wildflowers.
Please note, Clovelly is steep and cobbled, but 4x4s are available for a charge to take you down and up if needed (additional charge). B, D
Day 5 Farewell
Take any last photographs of this wonderful area and return home, having explored the Delights of North Devon. B
During your five-day exploration of north Devon, consider taking a trip to the RHS Gardens of Rosemoor, where green-fingered inspiration is the name of the game. Take a seat in the sumptuously scented rose garden and spot the cottage hidden away in the aptly named cottage garden. In the exotic garden, you will be treated to a selection of plants from around the world.
Watch the busy bees flourishing in the natural meadows and stroll through the stone garden, flanked by curious sculptures. On day two’s trip to Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoy free time to perhaps pick up a seaside souvenir or follow one of the nearby hiking trails. Your hotel is located next to the Braunton Burrows, so an exploration of this extensive dune network is a must!
Saunton Sands Hotel (4Q)
In 1933, this Art Deco hotel opened its doors to those who wanted to enjoy a slice of luxury on North Devon’s coast. It overlooked three miles of sunny sands belonging to one of the finest beaches in the UK and is neighboured by the dunes of Braunton Burrows. Few hotels in the world provide more impressive surroundings. It is not simply for the scenery that holidaymakers make a secular pilgrimage to Saunton Sands Hotel.
Your accommodation for four nights describes itself as ‘the hotel with everything you could imagine’. Take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools, both of which are heated, or be pampered in the Source Spa & Wellness Centre. Dress smartly for fine dining at the award-winning (2AA Rosette) restaurant or one of the other venues - The Terrace Lounge and Beachside Grill (seasonal). If you are feeling a little more active, take to the tennis court and try not to be distracted by the views! This hotel is an ideal base to explore the wonders of North Devon, located an hour’s drive from Clovelly, half an hour from Barnstaple and 50 minutes from Lynton.
Saunton Sands Hotel
North Devon EX33 1LQ
Tel: 01271 890212
If travelling by motorway, leave the M5 at Junction 27 and take the A361 (the North Devon Link Road) to Barnstaple. From Barnstaple follow the signs for Braunton. At Braunton, turn left at the traffic lights and follow the road to Saunton. Pass the golf club on your left, then the entrance to the beach also on your left. Continue 100 yards until you reach the hotel entrance on the left. There is a free car park at the hotel subject to availability.
If you have arranged rail travel through Saga you will receive tickets to the closest mainline station. Transfers to and from the hotel are not included. Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel. If you wish to make your own travel arrangements, the closest rail station is Barnstaple, about 8.5 miles from the hotel. Details of train services may be obtained from National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484950, or you can visit their website for up-to-date timetables and bookings. There are usually taxis waiting outside the station and it is a 30-minute drive to the hotel.
National Express coaches stop at the Bus Station in Belle Meadow Road, Barnstaple. For details of services please telephone 08705 808080 or you can visit their website for up-to-date timetables and bookings.
Once you arrive
On your day of arrival, please aim to get there after 2pm; any earlier and your room may not be ready. Your luggage will be portered from reception to your room, but if you need help with your bags from the car park, please request this when you check in. Check out time is at 11am.