Family run self catering holiday accommodation located close to Paignton sea front and the family friendly atmosphere of this historical Victorian sea side town. Janet and Roy work hard to provide guests with a personal and friendly service in their lovely home. Hudson's Bay is perfectly positioned to explore South Devon, The English Riviera and surrounding countryside including scenic Dartmoor.
Popular with visitors old and new from all over the country and Europe, the area is well known for having some of the best natural coastlines in the country with lovely sandy beaches and character seaside towns. A few miles inland from Paignton are the picturesque hills and towns of South Hams with outstanding countryside, river valleys, sleepy ancient villages and historic market towns which are so 'typically English'. Walking, cycling, golfing, horse riding, water sports, sunbathing, paddling in the sea, boat rides, historical Steam Railway journeys, visits to the fun fair and many other local attractions can be enjoyed in the area.
We are situated a short flat walk from Paignton's promenade, its lovely Victorian Pier, picturesque Harbour, Cinema, Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway and Blue Flag graded beaches. Hudson's Bay is in easy reach from the train and bus stations and the local amenities where the all important restaurants, cafes and shops can be enjoyed.
The house is typical Victorian, sandstone built and since 2007 has been lovingly restored to offer exceptionally clean, contemporary furnished self catering holiday accommodation, most with views of the sea or Torbay Gardens. Guests have full use of the rear garden, patio furniture and on-site laundry facilities. We have on-site parking for guests.
Paignton town centre is on the doorstep and Torquay is only 3 miles away. Hudson's Bay is within easy reach of many towns, villages and attractions including Brixham, Cockington, Dartmouth, Babbacombe, Newton Abbott, Totnes, Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish and the natural beauty of Dartmoor.
We are perfectly positioned for enjoying the variety of summer time regattas which include firework displays, concerts, classic cars, steam exhibitions, the famous Red Arrows, Long Ships, Power Boat racing and much more. Amongst the places to visit nearby is "Greenway" and its gardens. This was the holiday home of the famous crime writer Agatha Christie; also there is the world famous Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Babbacombe Model Village and the Geopark. Newton Abbot Race Course and the numerous street markets are also popular.
Two apartments are on the lower ground floor and easily accessible for less able guests.
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Heading south west by road we are situated 21 miles from the M5 motorway, about a 45 minute drive on normal days. Paignton railway station is the final destination for trains to the English Riviera. Paignton is also well serviced by National Express Buses. While we are close to Paignton town we are in a quiet location close to a lot of outstanding natural beauty, especially the coastline and views across the Bay! A 10 minute drive and you find yourselves surrounded by hills and fields. Ferry trips to Torquay and Brixham can be made from Paignton Harbour or the beach.
Built in 1896 and is a typical Victorian sandstone house on four levels. It is understood to have been the property of a wealthy Victorian before commencing life as a 14 bedroomed family run hotel. The building was converted to 9 apartments in the 60's and in 2007 Janet and Roy moved in and redesigned the property to incorporate 6 apartments with two apartments being converted into their own living accommodation.
Renowned for their stunning views and coastlines. Paignton is on the south west coast path so walkers can use their apartment as a base to cover some lovely, but also challenging coast path walks from Plymouth to Exeter and beyond. There are plenty of local transport links to prevent walkers from having to double back on themselves! There is the John Musgrave Trail, over 40 miles of coast and inland walks taking in Totnes, Cockington, Maidencombe, across land to the coast and Brixham.
The old part of the town has a lovely church close to the Bishops Tower which formed part of a 14th century palace owned by the Bishop of Exeter. The Victorian town centre is pedestrianised and has a mix of the usual high street named shops as well as many individual local traders. Take time out to have a cream tea or a meal at one of the many tea shops or restaurants. Visit Victoria Park, a short level walk away and relax in the gardens overlooking the attractive ponds while children can play in the park and have ice cream from the cafe.
The multi-plex cinema showing all the current movies is only two minutes walk away.
The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway is a short walk away. Enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey along the lovely coastline to Kingswear on the River Dart and experience some fantastic scenery. Try the special Round Robin which includes a steam train ride to Kingswear, a ferry crossing to Dartmouth, a trip along the River Dart to Totnes and an open top bus ride back to Paignton.
Take a stroll to Preston Sands along the promenade or the beach and see the pretty coloured beach huts, or go past the harbour to Roundham Head where there are benches to sit and take in the view across the Bay. Walking a little further, Goodrington Sands will appear which is great for beach activities.
Superb beaches, Splashdown Quay West with heated water, flume rides, swimming pool, sunbathing terrace and toddler splash lagoon. Have fun on the lake with the Swan pedaloes and bumper boats or simply relax on the green or the beach.
Kayaks, surf boards and bicycles can be hired locally, also, pedaloes , speed boat rides, Go-Karting, Skimboarding, Wind Surfing, Jet Ski Bikes and swimming at the local pool. In addition Paignton is close to golf courses at Churston, Torquay and Dartmouth. Hudson's Bay is also close to Paignton Rugby and Cricket clubs as well as two bowling greens.
The English Riviera has 20 beaches along 22 miles of unspoilt coastline. The beach from Hudson's Bay is a two minute walk away. Dogs are not allowed on most beaches during the summer.
There are a number of popular locations nearby for sea fishing from the jetties or promenades or book on to any one of the numerous fishing boat trips to try some deep sea fishing.
There are a number of shop mobility providers in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham where electric scooters and wheel chairs can be hired.
Torquay with its harbour side cafe culture, marina, shops and theatre is a short bus/train/car ride away. Why not call in to The Grand Hotel for morning/afternoon tea, read the papers or simply look at the view from the lounge. Living Coasts, part of Paignton Zoo, is great for the kids and has a terrace area accessed from the cafe which has fantastic views over the bay to Brixham. Torquay is also the location of Torre Abbey a preserved monastery, historic house and garden.However, this is closed until 2015 for refurbishment.
Dartmouth is a natural safe haven for boats of all sizes and is steeped in history. Dartmouth is the home of the British Naval College where members of the Royal family were in attendance. Take a boat trip down the River Dart to Totnes where you will be entertained by the humorous commentary given by the ship's Captain. The home where Sir Walter Raleigh used to live can be seen from The Dart. Browse the many shops and the weekly market mostly provided by local traders. Take a seat in the gardens, eat an ice cream and watch the boats go by. A small boat ride to the mouth of The Dart takes you to the 600 year old castle which used to protect the entrance to the river from intruders, and there is also the nearby church and tearoom.
A short bus/car ride away or if you want a change you can take a ferry. Well worth a visit for its picturesque harbour with its replica of The Golden Hind. Brixham is home to many artists and is one of the largest fishing ports in England. Stroll round its Marina and pay a visit to the quaint shops and fish restaurants. We recommend No15 as a nice place to eat.
This is an open air sea water swimming pool just outside Brixham on the coast which is free and run by volunteers. Well worth a dip on a hot summer's day.
In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage; it became one of just 57 areas around the world to be endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European and Global Geopark Networks.
Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay's geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture.
At the most southerly point of Torbay, Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve and home to significant wildlife populations. A haven for bird watchers, there are spectacular coastline and sea views as well as buildings which were previously a Napoleonic Fort.
The popular Model Village can be visited all year round with special events at Christmas including a 3-D film show. Be transported back over 100 years with a visit to Bygones which includes a 28 foot model railway, WW1 Trench and Militaria Displays. The Cliff railway opened in 1926 and descends 240 ft from Babbacombe Downs to the beach. If a Devon Cream Tea is what you want then we can recommend Angels on the Downs - fantastic! Kents Cavern prehistoric caves is a protected National Monument offering guided tours, cafe and children's activities.
Less than 3 miles away is Cockington, a lovely village which is a mile inland from the sea where you can have a ride on a pony and trap, see thatched cottages, walk round the country park, visit the Drum Inn pub or the old Hall where there are a number of craft shops and a cafe or simply have a picnic overlooking the cricket pitch.
Organic farm, farm shop, cafe, children's activities and nature trail is a ten minute car journey away.
A market town located 7 miles from Paignton with its weekly markets and regular horse racing. Decoy Park is a good place to take the kids and kayaks can be hired and sailed on the lake. Tuckers Maltings is a traditional working malt house open to the public with guided tours and a free sample of the local brew at the end!
A unique discount shopping and leisure park offering rides for the kids, animals to admire, 2 mile scenic railway and 200,000 square feet of retail bargains, cafes and restaurant.
Totnes is accessible by bus, train and car or you can take a ferry boat from Kingswear along the River Dart to the Totnes historic steamer quay. It is the second oldest borough in England with an ancient Guildhall and Church, a Norman Castle and the North and East Gates. The town is an architectural feast to those interested in historic buildings, with fine examples of properties dating back to Norman, Medieval and Tudor times. For today's shoppers it has lots of independent local retailers on both sides of the main street.
The trains operate from Totnes which is easily reached by car,train or bus. The railway is run by enthusiasts and follows the river to Buckfastleigh where during high season a double-decker heritage bus takes passengers from the station to the Abbey. Take time out to visit Buckfast Abbey, its grounds and shop and enjoy something to eat at its cafe
Located at Buckfast The Valiant Soldier is a local pub which hasn't sold a pint since it closed in 1965 and nothing has changed since then! Worth a visit if you are in the area.
There are a number of theatres offering a variety of entertainment including the Palace Theatre Paignton, Babbacombe Theatre and the Princess Theatre Torquay where you can experience comedy, musicals, plays and be entertained by nationally renowned artists.
Exeter City with its Cathedral and riverside cafes is easily accessible by car,rail or bus where there is lots of modern shopping amongst the historic architecture. Plymouth is 30 miles away with its historic Plymouth Ho, Naval Docks, Marina and shopping centre. There is bus from Paignton to the Willows, an out of town facility with Marks & Spencers, NEXT and Sainsburys.
We recommend Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie open to the public for the first time in February 2009. The house can be accessed by ferry boat from Torquay or Dartmouth, by foot or by car. Car parking space must be booked in advance. The house tour is a must for all Agatha Christie fans and we think a 'very special place' to visit. Castle Drogo on Dartmoor is one of the last castles built in England in 1920. Coleton Fishacre is a short drive away and is a lovely reflection of the art-deco era, having been the home of the family who were responsible for the building of the Savoy Theatre and Hotel in London.
Fantastic new state-of-the-Art childrens GeoPark on Paignton Green.Crazy Golf and donkey rides less than 2 minutes walk away on the sea front, Waves Leisure Pool is indoor family fun with wave machine and giant flume, see the world in miniature at Babbacombe Model Village, spend a day at the world famous Paignton Zoo only 3 miles away or spend time at the Living Coasts in Torquay where the birds fly free and guests can watch the penguins and seals being fed.
There is also Woodlands Family Theme Park and Pennywell Farm where you can be hands on with the animals, there is a kiddies play area, cafe and you can round up the animals for bed! Visit Crealy Great Adventure Park for exciting all weather adventures. On damp days there are indoor play areas at Brixham and Torquay. Teignmouth sea front and Decoy Park at Newton Abbott have excellent free play areas for the kids including water activities.
Take a scenic train ride from Paignton to the centre of this lovely Cathedral city. Apart from the shops why not arrange to tour Exeter's medieval underground passages, have a guided tour of the Cathedral, see the world's longest stretch of uninterrupted vaulting and explore Exeter's hidden secrets on a free guided walk.
Reachable by bus, train or car Plymouth is 30 miles away with plenty of things to see and do. There is Plymouth Gin Distillery with over 200 years of distilling and Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse which was built in 1759 and was originally located on Eddystone reef and now stands on The Ho. Go back in time to Drake's Plymouth and see how a merchant or sea captain might have lived in the Elizabethan house or spend time round the large marina and harbour cafes.
T J's at the harbour with its own take on Tapa's.Superb views over the harbour and bay from their balcony
The Old Market House (formally the Tourist Info office) on the Harbour front at Brixham. Balcony with views over the Harbour and Bay.
The Talk of The Town(Wetherspoons) - across the park at the rear of Hudson's Bay.
The Palm Tree Deli and Bistro on Hyde Road Paignton for a variety of coffee's and tea's during the day and Bistro meals in the evening
The Factory - across the park from Hudson's Bay offers cream teas and pub food and has a nice terrace overlooking the gardens.
La Scala - Italian restaurant on the corner of Torbay gardens a few minutes' walk away.
Thai Garden - through the main shopping street of Paignton to Palace Avenue for a relaxed and entertaining meal.
Inn on The Quay - a short car journey to Goodrington Sands or a 20 minute walk offers pub food from a varied menu. There's lots of outside seating with views over the bay.
No 15 at Brixham is a Fish Restaurant where booking is recommended. They also have a non fish menu.
George's Carvey at Coolers Bar opposite the cinema.
Janet & Roy Kinder
Tel: 01803 664455
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Hudson's Bay Holiday Apartments
12 Adelphi Road, Paignton
South Devon, TQ4 6AW
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