Sidmouth lies on the world heritage coast, nestling between majestic sandstone cliffs, which form part of the Jurassic coastline. It has two delightful pebble beaches both of which at low tide give way to golden sand and rock pools and is surrounded by beautiful countryside of East Devon area of outstanding natural beauty. Sidmouth is also on the South West coast path, a long distance footpath that skirts almost all of the coast in the West Country of England.
The pebbly beach is an ideal place in which to relax on a deckchair. The more energetic can always climb the 500 feet high Peak Hill to enjoy the magnificent panorama Sidmouth and the coast far below. In the other direction is the equally commanding Salcombe Hill whilst inland are green hills of the pretty Sid Valley. Alternatively there is always a gentler stroll around town, through the park and gardens and along the seafront. This is linked by a walkway to the western beach at Jacob's Ladder and through Connaught gardens The Sid valley surrounding the town typifies breathtaking rural Devon scenery, and at its heart is an area of parkland known as The Byes. This beautiful National trust parkland follows the River Sid as it gently meanders to the sea, ideal for young and old with grassy areas for ball games, cycling or just quiet reflection.
Once a relatively small fishing village, Sidmouth became a fashionable resort for the gentry in the early 19th century. The town's numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels, but have lost none of their charm in the conversion, until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is easy to see why John Betjeman described Sidmouth as 'A town caught still in a timeless charm', ' Thus Sidmouth looked and hundred years ago, still much the same, it lies these hills below'.
The Kingswood & Devoran Hotel was formerly the Sidmouth brine baths, and previously one the seafront lodging houses, a Georgian storey bow window house. It was demolished in 1893 and replaced by hot and cold Brine baths, and later turned into the Kingswood Hotel -so we are long associated with restoring vigor to weary bodies!
Dukes walls form part of the 13th Century St Peters Chapel which belonged to Otteron Priory and even has the archway from the Chapel door can still be seen separating our dining room and conservatory. Sidmouth itself is famous for wonderful Regency and Victorian buildings and gardens - it has won the prestigious national 'Britain in Bloom' award on several occasions. Sidmouth is home to a host of quality independent shops which offer a mix of unique shops and service which are sometimes lost in today's town centres as well as an array of bars, coffee shops and restaurants.
The local townspeople here are proud to conserve the relaxing tranquil atmosphere of their historic coastal town, unspoilt over many generations.