Visit Sidmouth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Sidmouth, Devon, was in the 19th century one of the most select seaside resorts in Britain. As a result it presents, once you have battled through the suburbs, a possibly unique display of the fashionable Regency style of seaside architecture known as cottage orné: mostly in cream and white, a mass of wrought-iron balconies (and wooden ones made to look like wrought iron) and all sorts of entertainingly shaped windows. Forbidden Europe by the Napoleonic Wars the elegant and the elderly discovered this, then, fishing village superbly situated in a gap in the grandest of Devon's red cliffs (500 ft) with the white bastion of Beer Head in brilliant and beautiful contrast to the East Here, aged seven months, Queen Victoria first saw the sea.
Armed with a map, it is worth, after strolling the Esplanade, looking in particular for Fortfield Terrace, York Terrace, Elysian Fields and Sidlands. Off Heydons Lane a curiosity is the Old Chancel, a house built of medieval parts of the parish church, discarded when it was being rebuilt in 1860. The museum is in one of the oldest buildings, just East of the main street and halfway up. The cricket ground is said to be among the earliest in England (1820) and is enthusiastically used. The town looks especially attractive from the bill to the West, and High Peak, 2 miles West, is a splendid viewpoint.
About 1 mile East on the Salcombe Regis road, the Norman Lockyer Observatory (astronomical and geophysical) is occasionally open. A minor road to it (South of the main one) from the town centre passes through a wide and pretty ford. From Salcombe Regis there is a nice walk to the beach, then East along it and up the beautiful Weston Mouth Combe: a round walk of about 23 miles.
Three miles North, Sidhury's church is quite interesting: Norman, with an Anglo-Saxon crypt.
The country around here is the most beautiful in East Devon.
Nearby cities: Exeter
Nearby towns: Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Topsham
Nearby villages: Axmouth, Aylesbeare, Beer, Bradninch, Branscombe, Broad Clyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Clyst St. Mary, Colaton Raleigh, Colyford, Colyton, Cotleigh, Dalwood, East Budleigh, Exmouth, Gittisham, Ham, Hele, Honiton, Kilmington, Lympstone, Membury, Monkton, Musbury, Newton Poppleford, Northleigh, Offwell, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Payhembury, Plymtree, Powderham, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Seaton, Shute, Southleigh, Starcross, Stowford, Talaton, Tipton St. John, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Widworthy
Have you decided to visit Sidmouth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Sidmouth bed and breakfast (a Sidmouth B&B or Sidmouth b and b)
- a Sidmouth guesthouse
- a Sidmouth hotel (or motel)
- a Sidmouth self-catering establishment, or
- other Sidmouth accommodation