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Tel: (01395) 516441
Services include: Accommodation Reservations, Walks, Guide Books and Leaflets. What to See and What to Do within 50 mile radius. Activity and Sports facilities.
Entertainment information. Please write, phone or e mail for a mail order list
May - September (inclusive)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10.00 - 16.00
October - April
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 to 13.30 Sunday:Closed 23 December to 4 January (inclusive): Closed
Quality has never meant so much
The vast majority of the accommodation featured in this guide has been quality assessed by either VisitEngland or the AA. Please be aware that ratings may change throughout the year.
To confirm a rating please visit www.qualitytourism.com or telephone VisitEngland on 0845 300 6996
For AA ratings, visit www.theAA.com or telephone: 01256 844455
All the national assessing bodies (Visit Britain*, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and the AA) now assess hotels and guest accommodation (including B&Bs) to the same criteria and award one to five stars. The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience.
When choosing your accommodation look for the Quality Rose, the official marque of the Visit England national tourist board rating scheme.
The Visit England professional assessors visit every year, carrying out a routine day visit or an overnight stay in the case of serviced accommodation. On these occasions, they book in as you would, as a normal guest and test all the facilities and services. A quality score is awarded for every aspect of the experience including the comfort of the bed, the quality of the breakfast and dinner and, most importantly, the cleanliness. They also score the warmth of welcome.
Places that ‘go the extra mile’ to make your stay a special one, will be awarded a high star rating and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a Gold or Silver award.
For self-catering accommodation, the layout and design of the accommodation and the range and quality of the kitchen equipment is assessed, as well as the quality and comfort of the bedrooms and bathrooms and most importantly, the cleanliness.
Higher star-rated accommodation tends to have more spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, and in hotels a higher staff to guest ratio, so service should be very attentive. At five star, you can really expect to be pampered in luxurious surroundings!
For serviced accommodation, there are two separate schemes – one for hotels and one for guest accommodation.
Hotels have to be licensed, offer dinner at least 5 nights a week (unless categorised as a Metro Hotel) and have all rooms en suite or with private bathrooms.
The different hotel categories are: Hotel, Small Hotel, Country House Hotel, Metro Hotel Town House Hotel and Budget Hotel.
Guest accommodation categories are: Guest Accommodation, Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Inns, Farmhouses and Restaurants with Rooms. They tend to be personally run by the owners.
Gold and Silver awards for Hotels and Guest Accommodation
Silver Awards recognise exceptional quality at all levels and Gold Awards are given to the very ‘best of the best’.
Holiday, touring, and camping parks and holiday villages:
Visit England awards star ratings reflecting the overall quality of the park from one to five stars - five stars being reserved for parks of exceptional quality.
100% Quality Assessed with Visit England means that the star ratings provided to the accommodation, are independently assessed every year to National Quality Standards.
Visit England ratings made easy:
* Simple, practical, no frills
** Well presented and well run
*** Good level of quality and comfort
**** Excellent standard throughout
***** Exceptional with a degree of luxury
If you choose to stay in any of Visit England’s quality-assessed accommodation, you can be confident that it has been checked out before you check in. For more information on the Visit England Quality Rose assessment schemes and the star ratings, go to www.visitEngland.com
This award recognises those hotels and B&Bs that offer their guests a quality and choice of breakfast, service and hospitality that exceeds what would be expected at their star rating. It will help visitors find those places where the owners, managers, chefs and staff have gone the extra mile to ensure the breakfast will exceed expectations.
The Jurassic Coast Quality Business Scheme aims to help meet the expectations associated with World Heritage status for a quality-led sustainable tourism experience successful businesses have to demonstrate a range of good practices and a commitment to raising standards of customer care.
*VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, marketing Britain worldwide and England in Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Quality is a major element of VisitBritain’s strategy to improve tourism products and services and the standard of welcome visitors receive. Visit Britain assesses more than 23,000 accommodation businesses across nine different Visit England schemes. These assessments are undertaken by Quality in Tourism on VisitBritain’s behalf.
This award shows the mobility entry level standard (M1) of the National Accessible Scheme (NAS) based on the needs of older and less mobile visitors.
If you have any issues that have not been resolved by the proprietor/manager and which you would like to bring to our attention, please write to:
For Visit England ratings:
Quality in Tourism
Moontpellier Court, Pioneer Way, G;loucester Business Park, Gloucester, GL3 4AH
Tel: +44(0)845 300 6996
Fax: +44(0)168 427 2550
For AA ratings:
The AA Hotel Services
Floor14 Fanum House, Basingstoke, RG21 4EA
Tel: +44(0)125 684 4455
W: www.theaa.com/travel/index.jsp (you can find out whether an accommodation is assessed by the AA using this website)
W: www.qualityintourism.com (you can find out whether a property has a valid VisitEngland star rating using this website)
For VisitEngland quality assessed attractions
Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme, Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT
East Devon District Council (EDDC) run Car Parks. Weekly season tickets covering all EDDC Car Parks throughout its area are available from the Sidmouth Information Centre. Longer term season tickets are available direct from EDDC, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth. EX10 8HL. 01395 516551
Short stay, private cars and motor cycles only (paying) – The Ham, Ham Lane, Roxborough, Russell Street.
(Free) – Temple Street, Sidmouth (short stay): Sidbury Long Stay (paying) Manor Road, Sidmouth (coaches, private cars, motor cycles only). Sidford Church Street (private cars and motor cycles only) Privately run car park : Bedford Lawn, Esplanade.
Minor Injuries now at The Beacon or Honiton Hospital.
Telephone: 01395 512482
Sidmouth Health Centre: Blackmore Drive. Tel: (01395) 512601.
Toilets for disabled: The towns of East Devon participate in the National Key Scheme for the disabled. (RADAR). Keys are available from the Sidmouth Information Centre.
Library: County Library, Blackmore Drive (off High Street).
Opening hours: Mondays and Friday 9.00am-6.00pm.
Wednesdays and Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Tuesday closed. Saturdays 9.00am - 1.00pm
Telephone: 01395 512192
Public Swimming Pool: The Ham, Sidmouth.
Telephone: (01395) 577057.
For current information on events and activities in a specific area of East Devon, choose from the following information centres.
The Old Courthouse, Church Street,
Axminster, Devon EX13 5AQ
Tel: 01297 34386
Budleigh Salterton TIC
Fore Street. Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6NG
Tel: 01395 445275
Lace Walk Car Park, Honiton, Devon EX14 1LT
Tel: 01404 43716
Ottery St Mary TIC
10 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1BZ
Tel: 01404 813964
The Underfleet, Seaton, Devon EX12 2TB
Tel: 01297 21660
Times of Church Services
All Saints Church, All Saints Road, Sidmouth (01395 577773)
8am Holy Communion (BCP) – 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
9.45am Morning Service and children's activities (Holy Communion 4th Sunday)
11.15am Morning Service (Holy Communion 4th Sunday)
6pm Holy Communion Evening Service - 2nd Sunday
7pm Encounter (informal contemporary worship) - 4th Sunday
Emmanuel Baptist Church Manstone Lane, Sidmouth (01395 519327)
Evangel (The Good News Family Church), Stowford Rise Community Centre, Sidmouth (07445847263)
10.30am Sunday Meeting
Living Stones (house church) (01395 512666)
The Parish Church of St Giles & St Nicholas, Church Street, Sidmouth (01395 512595)
8am Holy Communion
10am Choral Eucharist
6pm Sung Evensong
Primley United Reformed Church, Primley Road, Sidmouth (01395 597464)
10am Family Worship Service (Communion every 4th Sunday)
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth
10.30am Meeting for Worship
Roman Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood, Radway, Sidmouth (01395 513340)
5.30pm Saturday: Vigil Mass
10.30am Sunday Mass
St Francis of Assisi Church Woolbrook, Sidmouth (01395 516036)
8am Holy Communion (4th Sunday only)
9.30am Sung Eucharist (1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday). Family Service (4th Sunday)
10am Holy Communion & Healing Service (4th Saturday)
6pm Evensong (BCP) (1st Sunday)
Salcombe Regis Parish Church (St Mary & St Peter), Salcombe Regis (01395 513313)
8am Holy Communion (BCP) (2nd & 4th Sunday)
9.15am Parish Communion (with hymns)
11am Sung Matins (BCP) (1st & 3rd Sunday)
Sidbury Church of St Giles (C of E), Sidbury (01395 516036)
8am Morning Service (4th & 5th Sunday)
10.30am Morning Service (1st & 3rd Sunday)
11am Morning Service (2nd Sunday)
Sidford Church of St Peter (C of E), Church Street, Sidford (01395 516036)
11am Sunday Worship Service
Sidford Methodist Church High Street, Sidford (01395 513384)
11am Morning Service
Sidmouth Methodist Church High Street, Sidmouth (01395 513384)
10.30am Morning Service (including Junior Church)
6.30pm Evening Service
Sidmouth United Reformed Church Chapel Street, Sidmouth
10.30am Morning Service (Holy Communion – 3rd Sunday in the month)
3pm Worship Service (2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays)
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