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Sidmouth - Devon

Bedford Hotel

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HISTORY: The Bedford Hotel has a fascinating history and we pride ourselves on offering modern day comfort while preserving the hotel’s historical significance. The meeting place for fashionable and educated Victorians
The Bedford (as it is known now), was in fact one of the first Regency houses to be built on the seafront in Sidmouth. It was originally Wallis’s Marine Library and Reading Rooms. John Wallis (d. 1818) was a London game, book, map and print maker and seller, operating from 1775, when his business was called the Map Warehouse. His Marine Library and Reading Rooms quickly became a popular meeting place for Sidmouth’s fashionable summer visitors in the early 19th century. The Library was first opened to the Public in June 1809. It boasted a lounging place for the fashionable visitors to Sidmouth who enjoyed articles of fancy, as well as information and a place to meet and discuss the news of the day. In 1815 HMS Bellerophon passed this way with Napoleon on board. All the hire telescopes at the Library were taken. Napoleon was transferred to HMS Northumberland at Torbay and taken to St Helena. Between 1815 and 1845 the building was enlarged, and by 1865 had become The Bedford Hotel. The hotel is now owned by the Pyne family. Orignally from Budleigh Salterton in Devon, the Pyne family are third generation farmers at South Farm. They started selling their home grown produce in the Farm Shop back in the 1970s and the farm shop is still going strong today. In March 1990 the family bought The Bedford Hotel, Sidmouth and in February 1991 Pyne’s at The Bedford, a sea front bar and restaurant was formed. Both have been owned and run by the family ever since. Over the past 20 years both Pyne’s and The Bedford Hotel has built a good reputation amongst locals and visitors for good food which is locally sourced, much of which is from the family farm. 

ACCOMMODATION: All 40 bedrooms are tastefully decorated and modernised whilst keeping their traditional feel. They are all en-suite and many offer breathtaking sea views over Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. We have relaxing lounge and dining areas for you to enjoy the best local produce Devon has to offer in comfortable surroundings. Our bedrooms include premier sea view and balcony, superior sea view and standard inland facing rooms across a selection of single, double, twin and family rooms. The hotel is centrally heated throughout and there is lift access to both floors. We put the comfort of our guests first, so do please tell us if you have any special or additional requirements to make your stay as special as possible.

Twin/double with Premier Sea view and balcony: Our premier rooms are tastefully decorated, filled with natural light and have a spacious balcony from which to enjoy the beautiful views of Lyme bay. The rooms feature either two single beds or a king or super king bed, king size towels, oversized walk in showers, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.

Twin/double with Partial Sea view: Still with glorious coastal views over Lyme Bay our partial sea view rooms are bright and tastefully decorated, perfect for a relaxing stay. The rooms feature either two single beds or a king or super king bed, oversized walk in showers, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.

Twin/double with Standard Inland view: Our standard inland rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The rooms feature either two single beds or a king sized bed, walk in showers, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.

Single with Premier Sea view and balcony: Our premier rooms are tastefully decorated and filled with natural light with a spacious balcony from which to enjoy the beautiful views of Lyme bay. The rooms feature a single bed, walk in shower, king size towels, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.

Single with Partial Sea view: Still with glorious coastal views over Lyme Bay our partial sea view rooms are bright and tastefully decorated, perfect for a relaxing stay. The rooms feature a single bed, walk in shower, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities..

Single with Standard Inland view: Our standard inland rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The rooms feature a single bed, walk in shower, flat screen TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.

  • Address: Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8NR, UK

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