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Devon Summer Holiday

Devon Summer Holiday

Welcome to the Palace Hotel Paignton

Monday 22 August 2022 (5 Days) 

Loved for its long sandy beaches, Paignton is a colourful, traditional seaside resort popular for its mild climate and lively seafront. The bustling pier, genteel buildings and streets and sense of class and style make this an English Riviera favourite for generations of visitors.

Originally a Celtic settlement, Paignton was a fishing village right up until the 19th Century when the harbour was built. The arrival of the railway in 1859 brought crowds of visitors and the town quickly became a favourite tourist destination for the Victorians. Today Paignton is a landmark of the English Riviera and continues to be one of the most popular resorts in the UK.

The Palace Hotel

Set in beautiful grounds, The Palace Hotel is situated in a desirable location on Paignton’s Esplanade and directly opposite Paignton seafront with Paignton town centre only a short walk away.
The Palace offers secure parking, efficient and professional service and tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms, many with sea views. There is an entertainment programme running every night of the week all year round, wireless internet connections, a health suite and wedding and conference facilities. Our extensive food and wine menu will provide the perfect dining experience with a mouth-watering selection of dishes and desserts.

Built in 1870, Steartfield House, as it was known, was the private residence to Washington Singer, one of the sons of Isaac Singer of the sewing machine fame. The house was one of only a handful on Paignton’s seafront and was set on its own substantial grounds.
In 1925, the property was sold. At this time, the large extension was added and the building became The Palace Hotel. Intended to be Paignton’s premier hotel, it became the social hub of the town.
During the Second World War, HM Government requisitioned The Palace for the Canadian Armed Forces. There are pictures in the Washington Bar showing the hotel at this time.
Trust Houses bought The Palace Hotel in 1950, and retained it until 1990 when, as Forte Hotels, the company was broken up and its many hotels sold off.
After another company who kept it for ten years bought the Palace in 2001, the Palace was passed into its current ownership, since when it has benefited from an on-going programme of significant refurbishment and upgrading.

• Fully equipped contemporary gym
• Fitness instructors
• One to one personal training sessions
• Large heated swimming pool
• Luxury spa pool
• Sauna
• Steam Room
• Temple Health & Beauty


Depart South Yorkshire for the journey south to Paignton, making a lunch-stop at Worcester en route. We arrive at our fabulous hotel late afternoon.

Today we include a full day excursion to Dartmouth & Totnes
The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty.


Today we have included a full day excursion to Sidmouth and Teignmouth

'A town caught still in a timeless charm’
That was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. Sidmouth is a beautiful coastal town with a regency feel which is ideal for visitors of all ages. Sat in the middle of spectacular countryside Sidmouth is home to beautiful beaches, stylish eating places and great shopping, with everything from unusual gifts, designer clothing and lifestyle goods available. Sidmouth is a great town for walking, to the east of town the south west coast path leads to the picturesque villages of Branscombe and Beer and on to Seaton, to the west the coastal path leads to Ladram Bay with its stunning red rock stacks and Budleigh Salterton. You will definitely deserve an ice-cream once you have climbed the stunning cliffs and admired the view.

Teignmouth is a stunning coastal town with historic Georgian buildings, long sandy beaches, and fresh local food.
The town sits on the edge of the mouth of River Teign and the South Devon coast – and is surrounded by lush Devon countryside, so you won’t find a more beautiful setting for a holiday.  The town itself has beautiful Georgian buildings and a lovely high street for a bit of retail therapy.
Across the river is the quaint village of Shaldon which has beautiful views across to Teignmouth, and is home to the Ness and a smugglers tunnel cut through the South Devon cliffs.

Evening (optional evening visit to Babbacombe Theatre…details TBC)

Free day to explore Paignton or possible visit along the coast to Torquay

After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Palace Hotel and return home, arriving back in S Yorks late afternoon, making a lunch stop en route.


  • Coach from South Yorkshire (see below for departure points)
  • 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • 6 Course Evening Meal
  • Excellent Palace Hotel at Paignton
  • Use of Hotel Leisure Facilities
  • Excursion to Dartmouth & Totnes
  • Excursion to Sidmouth & Teignmouth
  • Tour Manager

Adults: £449
Children under 15 yrs: £249 (sharing with 2 adults)
Children under 3 yrs: £59 (sharing with 2 adults)
Upgrade to Sea-View Room: £64 per room per stay
Single Supplement:  £100
Deposit:  £75pp 
Balance Due: 1 June 2022
Tour Reference: AUG2203D

Departure Points:  M1 Junc 36, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton, Chesterfield