Bideford Vegetarian B&B
B&B | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Bideford Vegetarian B&B has one double guest room with an en-suite shower room and a VW Campervan tent for children to sleep in on airbeds. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 16 are charged at £15 per child per night. It is an 1850's stone built detached property on a small traffic-free lane, in a quiet residential area close to the Tarka Trail and river and only 7 minutes walk from the town centre and all its amenities. At Green House we offer an exclusively vegetarian breakfast menu. Our breakfasts satisfy all our hungry guests, vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike. We enjoy preparing special breakfasts to accommodate dietary needs and preferences. Our menu features home-made bread and pancakes, locally made jams and preserves, free-range eggs, soy products, a variety of teas, organic coffee and always locally sourced food wherever possible. If you're an occasional vege, what the press have coined a 'flexitarian', this is a great way of trying out some new breakfasts.
We are friendly and welcoming, so you can relax but also have your own independence during your stay with us. You can holiday at your own pace and come and go as you please. Our guests enjoy free wireless broadband during their stay. We are a non-smoking, vegetarian (pescetarian) household and implement green practices.
There's off road parking for cars and a secure covered passage for bicycles. An excellent bus service is less than 5 minutes away.
This is a great place to use as a base for hiking; we're on the Tarka Trail and minutes from the South West Coast Path which cuts through Bideford over it's 13th century longbridge, visible from your guest room window.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Barnstaple 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The West Country region
The North Devon coast, rocky and treacherous, provides some breathtaking scenery comprising picturesque fishing villages, golden sands and historic river ports. The whole area has protection from development from it's designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as part of the Exmoor National Park and through its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve centred around the internationally important sand dunes at Braunton Burrows. North Devon has 16 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which represent the best sites for wildlife and geology. Well over half, by area, are internationally important and many play an important part in local culture and economies or provide wonderful opportunities for people to enjoy wildlife and landscape. Its 90 miles of coast path start in the West on the border with Cornwall. Here the Hartland Heritage Coast's 300/400 feet vertical cliffs protrude into the Atlantic Ocean 's rough surf. This is a rugged and remote coast, littered with ship wrecks and home to the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine Falcon, with dive speeds of over 180mph. Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly is one of the most famous villages in the world. The single cobbled, traffic free, high street winds its way down the hillside through traditional whitewashed 16th century cottages festooned with fuchsias and geraniums. Cetacean watching is a popular pastime here.
The river port of Bideford, described affectionately by resident Charles Kingsley as 'the little white town' dates back to its 12th century long bridge, whose 24 arches span the tidal estuary of the River Torridge. Many of the buildings in this bustling market town date back to the 16th century when Bideford was Britain's 3rd largest port having a thriving tobacco trade with Maryland and Virginia. At this time it was also the home to 'Raleigh' the first North American Indian ever to come to Europe, brought back from Roanoke Island by Sir Richard Grenville. The Burton Art Gallery holds a wealth of information about Bideford's history as well as contemporary shows of art. Inland from Bideford is the cavalier town of Torrington and Beaford Arts, the country's first rural Arts Centre and home to the James Ravilious photographic archive.
Three miles North of Bideford the tidal Rivers, Torridge and Taw, enter the sea at the fishing village of Appledore. The estuaries of these rivers are teeming with wildlife. Salmon spawn here and are food for the otters made famous by Henry Williamson's book 'Tarka the Otter'.
Wading and fishing birds winter here in abundance including Spoonbills and Ospreys. Appledore has an arts community living in its quaint jumble of cob and thatch houses along narrow colourful streets. It has its own International Visual Arts Festival during the first week of June and its Book Festival in the last week of September.
Travelling East from here, on the cycle and hiking path of the Tarka Trail, will bring you to Barnstaple, the oldest borough town in Britain. Barnstaple is the region's cultural capital with one of the country's best theatres with venues both here and in nearby Ilfracombe; it also has the region's biggest Museum and Art Gallery. The month of June is taken over by the North Devon Festival and Barnstaple's Fringe.
Live music is abundant here with festivals during the summer months and daily blues, rock and jazz played in the multitude of traditional pubs.
Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde make up 10 miles of flat, golden sands. These are big surfing beaches, which face the Atlantic head on, and where it's possible to surf with wild dolphins. Further North, nestled in a sheltered valley, on the edge of Exmoor National Park is the Victorian coastal resort of Ilfracombe. The 30 feet height difference between high and low tide, the second largest in the world, made Ilfracombe a mecca for the study of marine life in it's plethora of rock pools on the hidden tunnels beaches. The town is also home of Damien Hirst's restaurant and tapas bar, full of his original art. From here or from Bideford you can take a short boat trip to Lundy Island, England's first statutory Marine Nature Reserve, home to hundreds of grey seals, it's also know as Puffin Island because of it's colony of these birds.
Exmoor's 1000 foot cliffs dominate the North Eastern end of North Devon. The vertiginous coastal path follows the steep contours of the landscape, through the mountain goat habitat of the Valley of Rocks, into the 'little Austria' villages of Lynton and Lynmouth where the East and West Lyn Rivers, after a cascade of waterfalls, flow into the sea.
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