THE SUMMERHILL HOTEL - A QUALITY HOTEL IN PAIGNTON
In the heart of Torbay and The English Riviera, The Summerhill Hotel is one of the few Hotels in Paignton centrally located in the Torquay, Paignton and Brixham area, as well as only 200 metres from Goodrington Park and Beach (quite possibly the best beach in Torbay) and only a few minutes away from Paignton Harbour and the Town Centre.
A fine Victorian detached property, once the private residence of the Chaplain of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The Summerhill maintains the old country tradition of a warm welcome, luxury accommodation, and a professional friendly service.
Single en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, hospitality tray, complimentary toiletries welcome pack and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
These Single rooms are not served by the lift.
Double for Single occupancy En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
Double bed en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Double En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
High Quality 5 ft bed, en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, Complimentary Toiletry Welcome Pack, Hospitality tray, FREE WI-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of guest 4 yrs.
Patricia Room (inc Breakfast)
One of the original Master Bedrooms, with 5ft King Size Bed, bay window, sea view, en-suite bathroom with Bath and integrated Thermostatic Power Shower, Flat Screen LCD 37in TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access. Minimum age af guest 4 yrs.
Sydney Winsor Room (inc Breakfast)
The master bedroom completely refurbished;this spacious room has a 6ft super king size bed, en-suite with power shower, bay window with sea views, 37in flat screen TV, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray, FREE Wi-Fi Internet access. Minimum age of guest 4 yrs.
Small Double En-Suite
Double room with 4\'6\" bed, en-suite, flat screen TV, hospitality tray, free complimentary toiletry set, free Wi-Fi.Minimum age of guest 4 yrs.
Twin En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
Twin(3 ft) beds, en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hair dryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of guest :4 yrs old
Twin Plus En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
Double(5 ft) bed and Single(3 ft) Bed, en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hair dryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack. hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of guest:4 yrs old
Double with Balcony En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
HIgh Quality 5ft Double bed, en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of guest 4 yrs.
Small Double with Balcony En-Suite (inc Breakfast)
Small Double room with 4\'6\" bed with balcony en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, Complimentary welcome toiletry pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of guest 4 yrs.
Family En-Suite Room (inc Breakfast)
Family (5 ft Double bed plus Single Bed) en-suite with Flat Screen LCD TV, clock radio alarm, hairdryer, complimentary toiletry welcome pack, hospitality tray and FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
Minimum age of child:4 yrs old
Restaurants in Paignton
Enjoying great food is key to the success of a memorable holiday and the English Riviera can offer an array of gastronomic treats to suit every budget and palate. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham boast an enviable selection of restaurants, bistros and pubs serving-up quality fare in stunning surroundings.
Chefs in the area are spoilt for choice when it comes to locally sourced seafood and meat, meaning our fine European cuisine has a distinctive west country flavour. Adventurous diners can take a culinary journey around the world, sampling everything from French, Italian and Spanish, to Indian, Thai, Moroccan and Mexican.
The Harbour Light Restaurant, Paignton
Nestled in the shelter of Torbay on the South Devon Coast, the restaurant is uniquely situated on the water's edge of picturesque Paignton Harbour. An established family run business for over 55 years. With a varied cuisine, combined with a warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, makes a truly wonderful venue for any occasion.
The Inn on the Quay, Paignton
Originally a hospital for French prisoners of war, the Inn overlooks the sea at the centre of Goodrington seafront. Now owned the "Brewer's Fayre" chain, the Inn offers a warm friendly atomosphere for the whole family to enjoy.
Food is available throughout the day from mid-day. Extensive bar areas allow for family rooms, quite alcoves, and large area with lawns and outdoor seating.
The Flagship, Paignton
Paignton's newest addition to the pub scene, 'The Flagship' was created as an extension of the Apollo Cinema complex and so is handy for a pre, or post, visit to watch the latest films.
Located on Paignton Green 'The Flagship is one of the Brewster chain and therefore has facilities for the whole family.
The Inn on the Green, Paignton
Located some 75 metres from the beach, the Inn on the Green has extensive interior and patio seating.
Live music covering the whole range, from folk to jazz, including many 'Stars in their Eyes' contestants, staged most nights.
The Boathouse, Paignton
Originally the 'Boathouse' for Oldway Mansion. Excellent pub/restaurant with great terrace above Preston Sands and views from Torquay to Brixham. Live music on Sunday afternoons, including reggae, calypso and soca (soul calypso) from Antigua Joe. Food throughout the day from 10:00 (w/e BBQs).
Agatha Christie's Greenway House
Agatha Christie described Greenway as "the loveliest place in the world". It was here that she had her holiday home, on the banks of the River Dart. With a long history dating back to the 1490s, the house still retains features added by all generations of occupying families. Now managed by the National Trust, the property offers visitors an extraordinary glimpse into the private life of the Queen of Crime and her family.
Greenway is a magical place to explore, with its rich historical interior and the wildness and mystery of its garden. Agatha Christie set three of her novels here, all of which feature on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail:Five Little Pigs, Dead Man's Folly and Ordeal by Innocence. In Dead Man's Folly it appears as Nasse House, and the boat house was the scene of a murder. In Ordeal By Innocence, the house appears as Sunny Point House, and the Greenway Quay bell is used to summon the ferry to Drymouth (Dartmouth). Even the Baghdad Chest in the hallway of the house makes an appearance in The Body in the Library.
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family.
You can lose yourself in the magical 12-hectare (30-acre) garden:viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.
This most evocative of country homes, built in the Arts &Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections.
Torquay Centre (2.9 miles)
Known as ï¿½Queen of the Rivieraï¿½in Victorian times Torquay possesses some of the best of the English weather and most sought after beaches. Stroll along the palm lined promenade watching the rows of graceful Victorian terraces and white villas pass you by or just lay by the almost tropical beaches as the sea gently rolls in. Enjoy an entertaining nightlife presenting theatres, pubs, night clubs and quality Continental foods from all around the world. Weather youï¿½re looking for Cantonese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Spanish or even specialist seafood bistros and traditional cuisine tempt your taste buds in the English Riviera.
Torquay United Football Club
In May 1985, just six days after the Bradford Stadium fire, a third of the old grandstand was destroyed during an early morning blaze. Nobody was hurt, but as a result, the groundï¿½s capacity fell to below 5,000. In the few years after the fire the ground saw little change. During the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Plainmoor has finally seen some major changes. The old Mini Stand made way for the all-seating Family Stand, which also houses offices, the boardroom and the club shop, as well as the pub and restaurant Boots and Laces, and the 200 Club bar.
Berry Pomeroy House
This romantic ruined castle is situated in a picturesque Devon valley and steeped in local folklore and legend. The gatehouse and defensive curtain wall date from the late 15th century and behind them are the remains of an Elizabethan country house built C.1560-1600 by the Seymour family. Edward Seymour, first Duke of Somerset ï¿½also known as the uncle and governor of the boy-king, Edward VI ï¿½acquired the castle in 1547. On the wall of the gatehouse chamber is a 15th-century painting of the three kings bearing gifts to Christ. A fascinating audio tour is also available.
This brilliantly positioned defensive castle juts out into the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary, with the sea lapping at its foot. Begun in the late 14th century, the castle was intended to protect the warehouses and homes of Dartmouthï¿½s merchants. It was one of the earliest castles built with the prospect of artillery attack in mind. It is said that Chaucer based The Shipman character in his Canterbury Tales on the colourful John Hawley ï¿½the merchant and mayor of Dartmouth who built the first castle on this site. Today, you can enjoy other tales of the castle as you journey through time from the Tudor period and the Civil War to World War II. Displays on the castleï¿½s 600-year history add to the experience.
Things to do
Nowhere else can offer the best in lush English landscapes accompanied by its own special climate. Enjoy the English weather with so many places to visit near Summerhill.
Whatever the weather, there is a massive range of activities for all. From watersports to historic buildings, from golf to theatres, there is always something for everyone !!
ON THOSE SUNNY DAYS Take a paddle, sunbath or swim at Goodrington beach, only 175m away (just one and a half lengths of a football pitch!) from our front door. Our beach is one of the safest in the UK!
Stretch your legs on the truly beautiful coastal walk from Goodrington beach to the small fishing town of Brixham (the frequent number 12 bus also runs to Brixham and back).
A unique way to celebrate summer in Torbay! A step away from the beach stands The Quaywest Waterpark, flowing and ready to ride!
ON THOSE CLOUDY DAYS Paignton Zoo, (only a 3 minute drive away). Spend the day discovering one of the UK's very largest Zoos, with approximately 2000 species, Indoor and Outdoor expositions and botanical gardens! Follow the link for more information:http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
Visit Dartmouth on the popular Round Robin trip (Steam train and Ferry across the Dart River). Once in the picturesque town see the Royal Naval College and enjoy the many restaurants, cafes, views and shops.
Have a day at the important naval city of Plymouth (45 minute drive away), stroll along the hoe, discover the National Marine Aquarium and shop in the new "Drake Circus" shopping mall.
ON THOSE RAINY DAYS Why not enjoy the relaxing spa, 33m pool, or great gym complex at the Torbay Leisure Centre (2 minute drive away, or 5 minute walk through Young's Park).
Brows the hundreds of popular shops in the Torquay main town (3 miles away). Lunch in one of the many bars and cafes around Torquay harbour side, some with fantastic views across the bay. Or find that perfect gift from Summerhill's own designer jewellery and Antique collection.
Visit the Roman city of Exeter (25 miles away). See the magnificent cathedral, buildings and the new shopping complex. For those without a car there in an hourly train from nearby Paington train station with wonderful views along the coast line as intended by its designer the great engineer Isambad Kingdom Brunel along the journey. Dawlish and Teignmouth are also stops on this train route!
The Eden Project. Learn more about the worlds trees and plants, from rainforests to the Sahara this amazingly successful project is well worth visiting, whether you are a devout gardener or just looking to enjoy discovering more about our planet.
ON THOSE LAZY DAYS Enjoy a boat trip across the Bay from Paignton Harbour (5 minute walk away) to Brixham. Many are lucky enough to see the dolphin pods which are known to come to Torbay during early autumn time.
Go to the Princess theatre (3 miles away) and dine in one of the many restaurants at the harbour side.
See the latest film in the 9 screen Apollo Cinema (5 minute walk away on Paignton seafront). While you are there have a round of crazy golf at the new Pirate themed courts!
ON THOSE ACTIVE DAYS Walk the wild Dartmoor hills with its stunning views and quaint villages. Or just enjoy a paddle at the many streams of the nascent River Dart. (About a 45 minute drive away).
Try your hand at Kayaking and see Torbay from the water! Kayaking is an increasingly popular sport here and the equipment can be hired from Goodrington Beach or Paignton harbour, either for the day or just a few hours).
Play golf at The Churston Golf Club which look over Broadsands beach and the bay.
Go fishing here along the coast (Goodrington beach is only 175m away), or the nearby Course Fishing Centres, for beginners to professionals!
Torbay Hotels - Paignton Steam RailwayON THOSE HISTORICAL DAYS Visit Agatha Christie's "Best Loved Home" Greenway House and gardens. A National Trust property, now a fascinating museum (10 minute drive away). The house and contents were generously donated by the Christie family to the National Trust and after years of restoration and cataloguing of the intriguing collections are now open to the public, shedding some of the mystery of the famous writer and her equally successful archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowen. Visiting the house can also be combined with a boat trip on the River Dart.
Go back in time at Bygones (Babbacombe, approx. 3 miles away). "A living Victorian Street".
Dine or enjoy drinks at Churston Court. The old home of the Lord of Churston, this interesting property is still decorated in a typical Tudor style and is locally thought to be haunted!
Water Activities in Paignton
With two piers, three harbours, 22 beaches and two marinas, life in the English Riviera revolves around the sea. The calm waters and gentle currents of Torbay make it one of the best water sport locations in the UK, particularly for beginners.
Summerhill Hotel is ideally situated literally a few min walk from Paignton Harbour and Goodrington beaches where all these activities can be enjoyed:
Sailing is particularly popular, as the English Riviera has one of the best bays in the UK for learners and experience sailors alike. The region plays host to 50 regional, national or international sailing events during the summer months, with competitions always promising to deliver a healthy dose of excitement. Torbay Sea School is located at Paignton Harbour South Quay and offer RYA courses for all levels of experience. Paignton Sailing Club is also based at Paignton Harbour.
Let a scuba diving instructor take you out to the deep blue sea so you can swim with the fish, or hire a jet ski and take it for a spin around the bay. You can also give some extreme sports a go including kite-surfing, wind-surfing and water-skiing. If you're a beginner surfer, the calm waters of the English Riviera are perfect for finding your feet on a board. Nautique Dive Centre at Paignton Harbour offers courses/dives and all equipment and gases for divers.
If you always thought you would like to learn Water Skiing and Wakeboarding;then the experts at Ski West at Goodrington Beach will help. Whether you are on holiday, a local, experienced or a complete novice you will never fail to have fun.
If you prefer a gentler pace of life, hire a pedalo and go for a gentle bob in the sea, or you could even hop on an organised boat trip and try your luck at fishing. Even if your love of water sports is limited to a quick paddle in the waves, you can swim safely in the waters of Goodrington beaches.
We excel at maritime events on the English Riviera. The region has a rich nautical history, and the sea is still a hugely important part of life here. Alongside tales of pirates, smuggling and naval battles, the historic harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham have grown into modern marinas, offering a range of exhilarating water sports, activities and tours for visitors of all ages.
For a special boating experience, take the family on a boat trip:you'll discover wildlife cruises, sightseeing trips along the magnificent Geopark coastline, historical voyages and even mackerel fishing trips. Fishing and boat trips can be taken from Paignton Harbour, literally five minutes' walk from Summerhill Hotel.
Under the sea…
Find out more about the sea's bounty with a selection of Geopark Discovery Packages. 'Sea to Plate' and 'Mussels by Moonlight' lets you and your family discover how our links with the sea also influence the local cuisine, and what we're doing to ensure that future maritime harvests are sustainable. The more adventurous can take part in 'Canoe the Coves' or the ultimate 'Thrill seekers' packages, where the bravest can discover the excitement of coasteering.
With regattas, maritime events, pirate parties and a huge selection of activities both on and off the water, there's never been a better time to discover the nautical riches of the English Riviera, South Devon's beautiful bay.