Isolated grandeur on Sidmouth seafront
Those in search of a luxurious backdrop to their seaside holiday only have to step through the original carriage portico of The Victoria Hotel to feel imbued with a sense of opulence, grandeur and refinement.
Oak panelling, an original sweeping wooden staircase and charming stone turret rooms all nod to the glamorous past of this hotel, which sits in isolated grandeur on Sidmouth seafront.
Opened in 1903, the impressive building was the first purpose-built hotel in the regency resort, famous for its stunning gardens, esplanade and golden sands.
The hotel is definitely worth a trip to the coast, if you like traditional touches to your beachside break. From a doorman to carry your bags to dressing for dinner, impeccable service and style are paramount at the four star hotel, run by south west hotel group, the Brend family.
And when it comes to being spoilt by the sea, there are two dining options to choose from. Will it be the elegant surroundings of the AA rosette Jubilee Restaurant where the resident pianist creates an ambiance of refined luxury? Or more relaxed dining in the White Room, where head chef Stuart White’s contemporary dishes are concocted with classic French flair?
Many of the rooms have breathtaking views over Lyme Bay and, unsurprisingly, a fair few of the guests like to slip on a robe and take the lift straight down to the ground-floor spa to enjoy facials, massage and the heated indoor pool. While in summer it’s the lure of the outdoor pool or a round at Sidmouth Golf Club that attract.
Collapse post dinner on a sofa in the fabulous lounge with petit fours and coffee and take a leaf through the glossies … bliss!
The Victoria Hotel, The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8RY
Chef: Stuart White
Bedroom rate: from £110
- Kids welcome
- Disabled access
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Swimming pool
- Gluten free options
- Exclusive use
Salmon rillette, smoked salmon, pickled cucumber
Silverside of veal, carrot and star anise puree, green peppercorn, creamed jus
Tonka bean cheesecake, strawberries
3 courses £42