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PRACTICALITIES
„ Measurements are mixed in England: miles are driven and walked, but map heights are in

metres.

CONTENTS
Accommodation
Activities
Business Hours
Children
Climate Charts
Customs
Dangers & Annoyances
Discount Cards
Festivals & Events
Food
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Holidays
Insurance
Internet Access
Legal Matters
Maps
Money
Post
Solo Travellers
Telephone
Time
Tourist Information
Tours
Travellers with Disabilities
Work

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This chapter gives practical information for the region. For details on specific
parts of the southwest, turn to the relevant
county chapter.

ACCOMMODATION
As varied as the weather in an English summer, there’s somewhere to sleep to suit all
tastes in the southwest. From lighthouses to
luxury estates, from chintzy B&Bs to camping
barns, from boutique hotels to bijou cottages.
Pampered or primitive, it’s all here; the best is
detailed throughout this book.
We often split sleeping sections into three
price bands: budget (under £60), midrange
(£60 to £130) and top end (more than £130).
These rates are the full price during high season for a double room. In general you get
what you pay for: some of the budget options
are very basic, while you’ll be cosseted and
coddled at the luxury end. Overall standards

are good. In many places prices and demand
rise in the main tourist season, broadly Easter
to October, with a peak during the school
holidays of July and August. Irritatingly in
some cities, Bath for example, you often have
to pay more at weekends throughout the year.
Some sleeping options are only open in the
holiday season – we’ve noted it where this
is the case.
Accommodation in the UK is graded by
stars (five being superplush). In general it’s
a reasonable gauge to what’s on offer, but it
can’t be a guarantee of good service. Equally,
as hotels and guesthouse have to pay to be
classified some excellent but small gems don’t
bother. The regional tourist board (%0870 442 0880;
) is a good central resource;
it also lists ecofriendly places to stay and those
accessible to people with disabilities.

B&Bs & Guesthouses
More personal than a hotel but more comfy
than camping – that’s the great British B&B
(bed and breakfast), and it’s alive and well
across the Westcountry. B&Bs range from
larger, professional affairs to eccentric ...
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lonelyplanet.com DIRECTORY •• Accommodation
This chapter gives practical informa-
tion for the region. For details on specific
parts of the southwest, turn to the relevant
county chapter.
ACCOMMODATION
As varied as the weather in an English sum-
mer, there’s somewhere to sleep to suit all
tastes in the southwest. From lighthouses to
luxury estates, from chintzy B&Bs to camping
barns, from boutique hotels to bijou cottages.
Pampered or primitive, it’s all here; the best is
detailed throughout this book.
We often split sleeping sections into three
price bands: budget (under £60), midrange
(£60 to £130) and top end (more than £130).
These rates are the full price during high sea-
son for a double room. In general you get
what you pay for: some of the budget options
are very basic, while you’ll be cosseted and
coddled at the luxury end. Overall standards
are good. In many places prices and demand
rise in the main tourist season, broadly Easter
to October, with a peak during the school
holidays of July and August. Irritatingly in
some cities, Bath for example, you often have
to pay more at weekends throughout the year.
Some sleeping options are only open in the
holiday season – we’ve noted it where this
is the case.
Accommodation in the UK is graded by
stars (five being superplush). In general it’s
a reasonable gauge to what’s on offer, but it
can’t be a guarantee of good service. Equally,
as hotels and guesthouse have to pay to be
classified some excellent but small gems don’t
bother. The regional tourist board (
%
0870 442 0880;
www.visitsouthwest.co.uk) is a good central resource;
it also lists ecofriendly places to stay and those
accessible to people with disabilities.
B&Bs & Guesthouses
More personal than a hotel but more comfy
than camping – that’s the great British B&B
(bed and breakfast), and it’s alive and well
across the Westcountry. B&Bs range from
larger, professional affairs to eccentric en-
claves where your presence appears to come as
a surprise to the proprietor. Styles vary from
crisp white linen in smart city streets through
to rustic rooms in remote villages and clash-
ing carpets in kiss-me-quick resorts. Some
still have shared bathrooms but the surge
towards the en suite can mean everything’s
been crammed into an unfeasibly small space,
providing great comic potential; you may have
a toilet – but is that the only place to sit? Most
B&Bs serve the kind of belt-busting break-
fast that means you don’t have to eat till the
evening.
D i r e c t o r y
Accommodation 278
Activities 281
Business Hours 282
Children 282
Climate Charts 282
Customs 283
Dangers & Annoyances 283
Discount Cards 284
Festivals & Events 284
Food 285
Gay & Lesbian Travellers 285
Holidays 285
Insurance 286
Internet Access 286
Legal Matters 286
Maps 286
Money 287
Post 287
Solo Travellers 287
Telephone 288
Time 288
Tourist Information 289
Tours 289
Travellers with Disabilities 289
Work 290
CONTENTS
Prices vary wildly. Expect to pay anything
from £40 for a double with shared bathroom,
to £60 for a double room with a private bath-
room. Rates can go beyond £95. Single trav-
ellers normally face a premium paying up to
75% of the double rate.
Here are some more B&B tips:
Some don’t take credit or debit cards and
instead require cash or cheque.
Advance bookings are a good idea and
are essential in busy places during peak
periods.
In most towns there’s an area where
B&Bs cluster – search it out then play
spot the ‘Vacancy’ sign.
In cities, some are for long-term resi-
dents or those on welfare only.
Rates may rise at busy times, but some
places cut prices for longer stays.
When booking, check where the B&B is
actually located. In country areas, postal
addresses often include the nearest town,
which may be up to 20 miles away.
Bunkhouses & Camping Barns
Basic, budget places to bed down for the night,
bunkhouses and camping barns are aimed pri-
marily at hikers and cyclists and are normally
in gorgeously rural locations.
Facilities vary but bunkhouses tend to have
more to them; expect dorm-style accommoda-
tion as well as bathroom and cooking facilities,
but you’ll still need to bring a sleeping bag.
Camping barns are more primitive, often just
a sleeping platform with cold running water
and a flush toilet. So bring all your camping
kit except the tent.
Rates for both categories are normally
around £6 to £15. Some are run by the Youth
Hostels Association, some are independent –
we give details in the county chapters. They
are concentrated in Dartmoor ( p205
) and Ex-
moor ( p116
); contact the Dartmoor National Park
Authority
(DNPA;
%
01822-890414; www.dartmoor-npa
.gov.uk)
and the Exmoor National Park Authority
(ENPA;
%
01398-323841; www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov
.uk)
. The YHA
(
%
0870 770 8868; www.yha.org.uk)
also
has information.
Camping
There’s nothing quite like waking up at 4am
with your face squashed up against a flysheet
and your feet in the open air; camping either
appeals or it doesn’t. If it does the southwest
has some stunning sites – from farmers’ fields
equipped with a toilet, a tap, views of the sea
and nothing else to facility-laden sites (think
bouncy castles and pools) within striking dis-
tance of resorts. In this book we quote prices
per camp site for two people – regionwide
costs range from £5 to £20.
On Dartmoor you can experience wild-
camping at its best. Pitching a tent on certain
parts of the open moor is allowed, provided
some simple rules are followed. These are
largely to do with choosing a sensible place
to camp, avoiding damage and dealing with
waste; the DNPA produces a free leaflet. If
you’ll be fiddling with flysheets a lot, consider
joining the Camping and Caravanning Club
(
%
0845
130 7632; www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk). Mem-
bership is £33 a year and you get the guide
Your Big Sites Book free.
Hostels
Be they official or unofficial, the southwest
is peppered with hostels offering a cheap ’n’
cheerful sleeping experience. They range from
funky backpackers in city centres, through
to surfers’ crash pads in Cornwall and digni-
fied old houses in rural Dorset. In the sum-
mer they’re popular places so book ahead,
conversely some close in the winter so check
before turning up.
© Lonely Planet Publications
PRACTICALITIES
Measurements are mixed in England: miles are driven and walked, but map heights are in
metres.
Order a pint (beer or cider) in a pub, but fill your car with litres of petrol.
Shop goods are labelled in metric (kilograms), but people think in pounds and ounces.
Brits don’t weigh themselves in pounds (US style); instead they use stones (bizarrely a unit of
14 pounds). Clear up confusion with our conversion table inside the front cover.
Luckily electricity is simple: three flat pins connect to the 240V (50Hz AC) power supply.
BOOK ACCOMMODATION ONLINE
For more accommodation reviews and rec-
ommendations by Lonely Planet authors,
check out the online booking service at
www.lonelyplanet.com. You’ll find the true,
insider lowdown on the best places to stay.
Reviews are thorough and independent.
Best of all, you can book online.
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