We are staying in the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth, a hotel run by The Christian Guild. The original house, which has been much extended, was built in 1826 for the Duke of Buckinghamshire. Many years later, it passed into the hands of the wife of Adolf Lindemann, who built a large laboratory in the grounds. This is now the annexe. Lindemann’s son Frederick became scientific adviser to Winston Churchill, and was created Viscount Cherwell.
All of our accommodation is in the main building, and all rooms include en-suite bathroom, and tea and coffee making facilities. Only superior rooms have television. The restaurant is licensed, but there is no bar. The hotel offers table tennis and snooker, and has a swimming pool in a separate building at the top of the garden.
Guests are asked not to bring or consume their own alcoholic drinks.
We have booked on a half-board basis. The dining room is set out with round tables for 8, and the hotel likes people to mix. Breakfast will be at 0800 and dinner at 1900 each day. There is some choice of menu for dinner, but if you have an allergy, please let Linda know in good time so that your needs can be catered for.
There is an extensive lunch menu available from 1200 to 1400. Booking is not required.
On one evening the hotel is organising a quiz, and on another a beetle drive.