We’re off to delightful DEVON – England’s Natural Playground!
Whether you’re looking for adventure, experiences or culture, Devon may be just the the place for you – with us. This diverse county has everything you could think of and a little more besides. Devon is also home to TWOcoastlines and TWO National Parks. The gorgeous Jurassic Coast (remember our Mystery Tour in May 2018?) is situated in the East of the county, while North Devon features unparalleled coastal views and then of course, there is the rough and wild beauty of Exmoor & Dartmoor. With its plentiful waterways, quaint market towns, bustling cities, coastal resorts and rural retreats, Devon is the ultimate holiday destination and we hope to see as much of the area as possible during our 5-days Short Break!
4* Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish is a traditional country hotel immersed within 19 acres of woodland on the beautiful Devon coast. This family-run hotel boasts magnificent views over the golden sandy beaches and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and is the only Dawlish hotel that is surrounded by luscious lawns and gardens that lead down to the beach and The Warren.
A former Victorian gentleman’s residence, Langstone Cliff now provides comfortable hotel accommodation suitable for long and short breaks for travellers with many interests. With so much to see and do in the area, the hotel is also a popular destination for families.
For moments of relaxation, a stroll through the gardens or views of the sea from one of the lounges is just the ticket!
FACILITIES: Three exceptionally comfortable lounges offer a quiet corner for a chat and relaxation. The Lincoln Bar is open all day and every day, offering an extensive range of reasonably priced food and drink. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools for guests to enjoy. The indoor pool opens all year round and the outdoor pool seasonally. Limited spa facilities and massages are also available at the hotel, with holistic and beauty therapy plus a hairdressing salon on site.
ROOMS: The 64 bedrooms are all en-suite with standard double/twin rooms and Family Suites/Rooms. Upgrades include Sea view and Balcony rooms. The rooms are constantly being modernised and all feature FREE high speed Wi-Fi, Tea & Coffee making facilities and Freeview television with Sky.
RESTAURANT: The Lincoln restaurant is open from 7.30am -10am every day for breakfast and Lunch 1230-2pm. Evening meals are served from 1845
A variety of included excursions will be offered each day to ensure you enjoy as much as possible of this gorgeous part of the South West Coast during our 5-day stay inn Devon.
HISTORY OF THE LANGSTONE CLIFF HOTEL
The Langstone Cliff Hotel was built inthe late 1700s but has been owned and managed by the Rogers Family since 1946.
“Out the frying pan into the fire …..” In May 1946 Stanley & Marjorie Rogers were, at the time, running a fish and chip shop in Exeter. Stanley went to Dawlish supposedly to view a furniture auction where he had turned up a day too early and the property, rather than the effects was being auctioned. He returned to Marjorie, frying for the lunchtime rush, to tell her he had bought Langstone Cliff House at Dawlish Warren – neither of them had previously heard of or seen the property and neither had ever contemplated running a hotel, but at just £4,500.00 Stanley obviously had an eye for a bargain! They returned to the furniture auction the next day, hoping to furnish their new acquisition, but fate was not on their side on this day, as Marjorie slipped on the mosaic flooring when entering the front door, broke her arm and had to be taken to hospital by her husband. Hence they missed the auction and became the proud owners of a large ‘threadbare’ house. For many months Stanley scoured local auction houses and private sales, as ‘new’ was beyond their budget and not easily available in 1946.
A year later, 30 March 1947, the Langstone Cliff Hotel welcomed its first guest. Son Geoff was seven years old and baby Gilly just born! It was certainly a ‘baptism of fire’ for Stanley & Marjorie in those austere times immediately after the Second World War, but it did take them out of the “frying pan”!
Stanley and Marjorie both died in 1970 but Geoff & Gilly are still partners at the Langstone, together with Gerry & Mark.
Although the deeds of the Hotel were lost in the blitz 2nd World War leaving no accurate details of the history, “snippets” emerged from various sources.
Langstone Cliff was believed to have been built originally in the late 1700s. A painting in the Lincoln Bar, shows the house in the background, dating from about that time. The American styled Verandah was added around 1900/1910, but prior to the Rogers Family arrival and the conversion to a hotel, the house was the home of Mr & Mrs Avant-Washington – formerly a Mrs Washington related to the family descended from George Washington, first President of the US. It is this Lady’s portrait that hangs in the Washington Suite foyer. The Washington Ballroom was opened on the 4 July 1976 – co-incidently, the bicentenary of American Independence Day!
1947 – Hotel opens with 12 guest bedrooms.
1958 – Business was booming at this time, as Sandygate was purchased for use as an annexe – a large family house situated on the corner site of Beach Road & Warren Road, opposite what is now the Welcome Inn.
1962 – Opening of the Lincoln Restaurant on the occasion of the Roger’s Silver Wedding Anniversary. A further 22 bedrooms were added – more than doubling the size of the hotel.
1963 – The Garden Room was added (Table Tennis room!) and the Sun Lounge – later to become the Coffee Shop and now the Poolside Room. Sandygate then reverted to staff and family accommodation.
1964– The Outdoor Pool and the Tennis Court were added. Midnight swimming after the regular hotel dances became almost compulsory – and certainly legendary!
1970 – Stanley died in January, Marjorie in June. The end of an era – and the beginning of a new one.
1972 – The Poolside wing was added. The first bedrooms in the hotel to have private bathrooms.
1973 – The Bungalow was built for the family home.
1976 – The Washington Suite was built and the ballroom complex opened on 4 July the same year.
1978 – The first visit of Kenny Ball and The Jazzmen and the start of a very successful and ongoing Langstone Special Cabaret Weekends.
1980 – 2023 Like the Forth Road Bridge, it’s a never-ending task – updating the bedrooms, public rooms & gardens.
The hotel is still a private limited company, owned and run by family members Geoffrey, Geraldine & Mark Rogers. I’m sure you are going to LOVE it!
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IMPORTANT: Please note that as our UK coach Tours are not 100% on the coach. Guided group walking tours of varying distances have been arranged which will include stairs, steps, various gradients and uneven terrain. For the comfort and enjoyment of yourself and everyone else, our tours are unfortunately not suitable for those with mobility issues, walking aids or those who are very slow walkers, unable to keep up with the group, without difficulty.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Unfortunately, similar to other hotels these days, the Langstone Cliff hotel charges different rates for the limited number of Single Rooms allocated to us (8). Rest assured, they are all double/twin rooms for single occupancy. The earlier you book, the better!
* CLUB-21 Members SPECIAL EARLYBIRD £825pp* Deposit Only £75pp
(If booked before 07 November)
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our Short Break to Devon, Dawlish & Dartmouth has been
arranged in conjunction with our preferred Tour operator, Success Tours, who are fully bonded.
Final timings will be confirmed nearer the time. NB. Weather conditions will be a factor on some excursions.
DAY 1 Monday 30 September 2024
TBC Coach leaves Stokes Bay, Gosport
TBC Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
TBC Pick up at Stubbington – Bus stop opposite Red Lion
TBC Pick up Peak Lane, Fareham
Arrive in Dawlish & the Langstone Cliff Hotel 1230 Enjoy a Devonshire Cream Tea with time for relaxation
1500 Check-in Hotel
1900 Dinner in the hotel restaurant
DAY 2 Tuesday 01 – Thursday 04 October
Breakfast served in hotel restaurant each morning
A variety of full-day excursions have been arranged for the following 3 days to include:
Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton to Kingswear; Ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth; Greenway House (Agatha Christie residence); Powderham Castle State Rooms; Deer Park Safari; Tiverton Canal Horse-Drawn Barge; Buckfast Abbey; Guided Dartmoor Tour
Day 5 Friday 05 October
Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
Check out of hotel
TBC Leave hotel with Lunch stop en route
TBC Arrive home area
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