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NORTH DEVON BARNSTAPLE UNWIND The beautiful beach at Woolacombe Breathtaking North Devon Revealed Discover the many attractions of North Devon from the Royal & Fortescue Hotel in England's oldest borough Barnstaple Why here..? Located at the lower end of Barnstaple's high street this elegant Georgian hotel, once a coaching inn, is set amongst the town's many independent shops and restaurants, close to the theatre, the historic Pannier Market and tiny artisan food shops of Butchers Row. Sometimes overlooked in favour of the south of the county, North Devon offers it's own wealth of breathtaking attractions, thanks to it's long history and great natural beauty. Glorious sandy surfing beaches line the coast at Saunton, Croyde, and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe on the top 'corner' of the county has a beach accessed via tunnels and a restaurant owned by sculptor Damien Hirst where you can see some of his work, as well as his controversial statue on the harbour. Further along the coast you'll find picturesque Lynton and Lynmouth, connected by a cliff railway, while a little further on at Parracombe you can take a trip on the heritage Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, and enjoy a cream tea in the old Woody Bay Station. North Devon's main town, Barnstaple, is the oldest borough in England having been granted the honour by Alfred the Great's grandson Athelstan, the first king of all England (895-939 AD). Within easy driving distance you'll find the lovely villages of the Tor/Torridge estuary Instow has a quaint cricket pitch with a thatched club house set within the sand dunes, while arty Appledore, opposite, has an interesting churchyard filled with 'drownded mariners'. Along the coast south of Barnstaple you can visit Westward Ho! named after local author Charles Kingsley's book the quirky car-free village of Clovelly, and enjoy amazing views from Hartland Point. Historic houses in North Devon include Arlington, home to round-the-world sailor Francis Chichester's ancestors and Tapely Park, near the bustling market town of Bideford with its medieval bridge across the River Torridge. Gardeners will love the 65-acre RHS Rosemoor Gardens near Great Torrington, known as the 'cavalier town' due to the part it played in the Civil War. Not far away you can visit the Dartington Crystal works and have a go at glass-blowing! If you love to walk or cycle take to the 30 mile-long Tarka Trail (Henry Williamson, based the novel Tarka the Otter here, between the Taw and Torridge rivers), or explore the rugged landscape of Exmoor. The Royal & Fortescue Hotel QQQ Once an ancient coaching inn, called 'The Fortescue Arms', the hotel earned the right to include 'Royal' in its name after the Prince of Wales (later Edward 7th) paid a visit. The 3-star Royal & Fortescue Hotel boasts a restaurant, coffee shop and the brasserie next door with an amazing ornate Tudor ceiling. All 49 elegantly-styled and comfortable bedrooms have a television, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and gym in the leisure club at the hotel's sister property, the Barnstaple Hotel, a muscle-warming 20-minute walk away. Optional excursion: Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (half day). HALF BOARD 5 nights from 489 Single rooms at no extra cost* All breakfasts and dinners plus one lunch Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities in your room Orientation walk Dedicated Saga representative Welcome drink Porterage in your hotel Cancellation rights l l l l l l Excursions Hartland Abbey and Gardens explore this ancestral home and its grounds (half day) North Devon Coastal tour and Lynton Cliff Railway visit the pretty villages of Lynton and Lynmouth (half day). l l To find out more visit saga.co.uk/north-devon Prices from: Apr 15, 2018 May 27 Jul 8 Sep 2 Oct 8 5 nights 489 519 519 519 489 Breathtaking North Devon Revealed - The Fortescue Hotel. Holiday code: TB134. All prices are s per person based on two people sharing and include savings as advertised. Prices may only be available for a limited number of bookings. Prices may change and current available prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Offers are subject to availability. Please see the enclosed Essential Information. Single rooms: *Limited number of single rooms at no extra cost, subject to availability. Single rooms sold out on: Apr 15, 2018. For the latest prices and offers, visit saga.co.uk/holidays TRAVEL INFORMATION: We can arrange your travel. Please call for details. To book call our trade reservations team FREE on 0800 074 8021 17