For the last five years I have spent three or four days at The Victoria stepping back from a busy professional life away from all the pressures of deprivation,dysfunction and development of living and working at the heart of a community.This hotel serves a personal rule and rhythm of lifestyle well with a comfortable single room overlooking the sea and lounges with beautiful inspiring views.A lovely dinner and breakfast cuisine with lunch and afternoon tea when necessary.The situation allows space for stillness and silence with staff who welcome and bring stability with personal concern and care without being over demanding.Trips out along the coast into Devon or across to Dorset give possibilities to get away from it all to places with fond memories along the Jurassic Coast,or to Dartmouth,Salcombe, Buchfast and Exeter.Here memories are restored ,stories shared and new experiences gained.February,June or September and late November are my times of encountering such wonderful hospitality from Monday to Friday.It's worth the 250mile trip for an energetic vicar to find a place to be alone with Himself and His God to refocus and prepare for the great Christian Festivals and Seasons with his daily routine.A priority in planning each years diary...and certainly congregations and family are encouraged by the reinvigoration he receives in his church with large Sunday Intergenerational Congregations and a 24/7 Resource Centre seeing over 3000 per week in the heart of a South Eastern Resort booming in the 1960's on his return.He is rested,passionate and reenergised to serve them and His God in the three months or so that follow.Plans are in hand for visits in 2015 yet to be confirmed with the hotel when prices are at their best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 5 acres of manicured gardens, the Victoria welcomes guests with a unique blend of hospitality, comfort and style. Perfectly located on Sidmouth's beautiful seafront esplanade, for many years the Victoria has been owned and managed by the Brend family - Devon and Cornwall's leading family hoteliers. Much loving care and attention has been lavished upon this fine establishment and it's no wonder that it enjoys a reputation as one of England's finest hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sidmouth, Devon