Wednesday, 14 March 2018

World Book Event - An extravaganza for Readers and Writers!


Stoke Lodge Hotel from 9.30am - 5.00pm on Saturday 21st April 

Enjoy a day of high energy, glamour, news, views, valuable networking, making friends, photo opportunities - not forgetting fabulous food and sharing a love of books!

Stoke Lodge Hotel is again delighted to be hosting this very popular event for the third year running, and if the previous two years are anything to go by, this one should be just as enjoyable, entertaining and inspiring.

The fun starts at 10am with a packed programme, which will include: various speakers throughout the day, a free book exchange and book draw, news from writers and guests, friendly networking with like-minded readers and writers - and much more...

All is nicely punctuated by morning coffee, a fabulous lunch in the Garden Restaurant, and a luscious Devon Cream Tea.

Talks and presentations include:

 'From Here to Hollywood' with Philip Reeve.  

This year we are excited to welcome author Philip Reeve, whose book Mortal Engines is being produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (of the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Trilogies). 

Philip will be talking about his life as an author and the Hollywood process, which promises to be very informative and entertaining.

Work is currently being completed on the film which will be released in December 2018, but you can have a sneaky peek at the Mortal Engines Official Teaser Trailer here:

'A Book For Life' with Wendy Thorogood. RGN/RSC/MSc and 'Volumes of Empathy with Hilda Kalap (

Wendy and Hilda will remind us of the work of The Reading Agency (, whose mission is:

 "We inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. Because everything changes when we read..."

'Polished Self Publishing' with author Elizabeth Ducie and Holly Jones from cookery school Manna From Devon.

'Anyone can self-publish' - but how does the reader know what they are buying? What should they look for? A discussion on both sides from two seasoned self-publishers.

News, views and comments from local writers and guests, with book information and recommendations and of course the popular 'Book Share' table - with an added bonus this year of a free draw to win a selection of Waverley Books paperbacks.

Find out more about the origins of 'World Book Night',  held annually on April 23rd, which has inspired this unique event

The name took its lead from the well-established and successful children’s reading celebration in UK and Ireland called World Book Day. For more info please click here:

Tickets are just £22.50pp to include coffee, lunch and afternoon tea - selling fast so please make sure you don't miss out!

Booking is essential and tickets are available from the wonderfully efficient Julie Archer - e mail her on or call 07860 843057

We look forward to seeing you there.

Stoke Lodge Hotel - the family-run Country House Hotel by the Sea... 


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Mother's Day Extravaganza - Pampering and Treats Galore!

 Stoke Lodge Hotel is hosting a fabulous Mothers' Day Extravaganza on Sunday 11th March 2018, with a Special Sunday Lunch and a Pamper Evening....

Mother's Day Sunday Lunch is just £19.45 for three courses.
Book for lunch and stay the night for the Special Rate of £40.00 per person. 
PSST! Ticket for Pamper Evening is 1/2 price for hotel guests...

Click here for details of the

Marvellous Mother's Day Menu...

Mother's Day Pamper Evening 6pm - 10pm

Looking for a present for Mother’s Day? Why not treat your Mum - or yourself and some friends - to a relaxing, fun evening..??

Tickets are just £10.00 per person - to include a glass of Prosecco, lots of lovely nibbles and use of the Indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna and Jacuzzi.

  There will also be shopping and mini treatments available - see below for just some of the treats on offer..

Chantilly Lace of Dartmouth will have a stall selling gorgeous underwear. They cater for sizes 30” to 46” chest, A - H cups. They also sell nightwear, corsets, suspenders, stockings and garters. Click here for more details:

Dream Thyme Herbal - a unique creation by Tania of Stoke Fleming. Her products are uniquely designed and handmade to be ideal food for the skin, from everyday moisturising to eczema and common ailments. 

All are handmade by Tania in her coastal cottage kitchen. A must to try.  More info:

Love Reflexology..? 

The lovely lady from LoveReflexology Dartmouth will be offering her relaxing mini treatments. 

Visit her website for full details:

Body Shop rep Nicola Chapman will be there with products from the Body Shop and she will be doing demonstrations.  


Melissa Rowden from A Touch of Beauty will be doing doing a selection of mini treatments: shellac nails £15, eyebrow shape £5 and eyebrow tint £5.  

A taster of the Bowen Technique - a holistic therapy - from BowEm.

Info on this therapy:  

And last but most definitely not least is  

Catriona Kemp

with a selection of her gorgeous jewellery - hand made in Stoke Fleming..!

Is that enough for you to be going on with..??

Just £10 for all this pampering perfection!  Tickets just on sale now at Stoke Lodge and will also be available on the night. 

Use of our indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi is included in the ticket price as well as a glass of Prosecco and lots of delicious nibbles!!!  

Make your Mum's Day - or give yourself a treat - on Sunday March 11th at Stoke Lodge Hotel...the family run Country House Hotel by the Sea. 

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Family swimming deal - half price for half term..!



It may be cold and rainy outside, but you can beat the weather with a swim in our nice warm indoor pool.

 With less than a ten minute drive from Dartmouth and plenty of FREE on-site parking, a full length heated indoor pool and cosy lounge bar to relax in afterwards....

...what better way to keep everyone happy on a rainy day than a family swim.?

Make the most of our Special Half-Term Offer of a half price family swim. Prices are slashed to just £5 per adult and £2.50 for kids.

PSST! Don't forget - when you've had enough of swimming, you can relax in the jacuzzi...

Visit our website for more info,
or give us a call on 01803 770523

Stoke Lodge Hotel - the family-run country house hotel by the sea.



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Family Fun and Gifts Galore at Stoke Fleming Christmas Fayre

  Less than two weeks to go now until Stoke Fleming's popular Annual Christmas Fayre...

Due to the Green Dragon Inn changing hands, the Christmas Fayre this year will be held solely at Stoke Lodge Hotel. There's ample parking, lots of room for stalls, fun for children - and of course a bar!

Bella, Darcie and assorted Teddies

 It's a family the Mayers are busy getting into the swing of things, and even pressing the younger members of the family - babies Bella and Darcie - into service!

Bella looks less than impressed...

Come and join them between 2- 6pm on Saturday 9th December for the annual Christmas Fayre, alongside the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival at the church, where there will be stalls, food, drink and games. 

Thanks to By the Dart for the information - for full details of the Christmas Tree Festival please click the link:

And she's off....

Just browse and shop at the local stalls, eat, drink and enjoy the Christmas spirit...

The stalls are looking fantastic with a wide range of great things to buy - mulled wine, warming stew, jewellery, pashminas, cards, preserves, wood carvings, paintings, furniture and much more.

Just perfect for that special gift - or to treat yourself...!

With lots of goodies, parking, family fun, drinks, food and probably the best brownies you’ll ever taste, what's not to like??

Sam, Chelsie and Xavier - Sigourney is minding the babies!
Come and join the fun between 2 - 6pm on Saturday 9th December for the annual Christmas Fayre at Stoke Lodge Hotel...


All welcome and the  more the merrier - the Meyer Family look forward to welcoming you all there!

Stoke Lodge Hotel - the Country House Hotel by the Sea

Monday, 27 November 2017

Food Glorious Food...!

Brilliant beef
Did you miss the recent fabulous Food and Wine Lovers' Weekend?

If so, here is just a taste of the cornucopia of sumptuous foodie delights that were on offer - and I don't think I am over-egging the pudding when I say that a great time was had by all... 

(see what I did there..??)

Stunning scallops  

Superb Soup

Cheerful Chelsie - and fish!
Terrific Tomato Salad
Fantastic Fish

Ed's Wonderful Wines

Gorgeous Goujons with Tempting Tartare

No problem with 'eating up your veg' here...

Perfect Pulled Pork

Rowan - Raring to Go!

Succulent Slices of Marvellous Meat - Mmmmm...

Cool Coleslaw...

Pretty Impressive Platters..

Great Grilled Pineapple

 And finally - delicious desserts...

Choice Choc Cheesecake!

 Impressed? Don't miss out - book for next year's Food and Wine Lovers' Weekend now! For more info visit the website:

Stoke Lodge - the Country House Hotel by the Sea

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Last chance to enjoy our Fabulous Food and Wine Lovers' Weekend!

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November

There are still a few tickets left for this very popular event, so please make sure you don't miss out!

Treat yourself to a very special Winter Break at our Food and Wine Lovers' Event.

A relaxed weekend combined with Fine Wines and Good Food, using local produce wherever possible. What's not to like..?

We are offering a set Dinner on each night (vegetarian options will be available if required)

Friday 17th November

Eddie Capper of Dartmouth Wine Company & Devon’s Best Meat.


Reception in Bar with Bucks Fizz and followed by a wine tasting by Eddie and dinner using locally sourced Devon produce.

Saturday 18th November

Seafood Extravaganza


Again using some of Devon’s wonderful locally caught fish and shellfish, showcasing our great local wines. 
(Meat or Vegetarian options available)

Wines included both nights with our suggested wines to accompany each course.

For more information and to book, please ring 01803 770523 
Website:    www.stokelodge/
Dartmouth Wine Company:

Stoke Lodge - the country house hotel by the sea.


Monday, 23 October 2017

What's On - October events in the South Hams

Just a small selection of interesting events and happenings just a stone's throw from Stoke Lodge this week...

Full details from South Hams Events: 



Tues 24th Oct, Thur 26th, Fri 27th, Sun 29th

Start Point Lighthouse – built in 1836 and providing a welcome way-mark for returning sailors to the South West, guided tours take you to the top of the tower to be told stories about storms, shipwrecks and lighthouse living; every hour, on the hour. 

Start Point Lighthouse, Start Point, TQ7 2ET, 11:00am till 4:00pm, Adult £5, Child £3

Weds 25th Oct

Britannia Royal Naval College Afternoon guided walking tour of this working military establishment lasting 2.25 hours and explaining the history, role and relevance of the building and the naval training conducted here today.

Booking and details 01803 677565: Britannia Royal Naval College, College Way, Dartmouth, TQ6 0HJ, 2:00pm, Adult £13, Child £6.50

Thurs 26th

Totnes Heritage Walk. Guide Kathy Alexander conducts a walking tour around the town through time and place, from ancient origins to the modern culture, lasting around an hour and a half and taking in the best of the town’s heritage en route; meet outside The Bistro by the bridge – Waterside Bistro, The Plains, Totnes, TQ9 5YS, 10:30am, Adult £5, Child £3

Sat 28th:

Deer Park Guided Walks – learn more about the 700-year-old story of the Deer Park, about the people who lived here, the landscape, the deer themselves and the wildlife; meet by the cinema box office entrance.

Barn Cinema, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 11:30am till 12:30pm. FREE


Thurs 26th - A Beach Cleaner’s Guide to the Rocks. Tom Windle gives an illustrated talk on the geology of the South Hams; advance booking required by 24 October. Churchstow Church Hall, Churchstow, TQ7 3QW, 7:30pm, Free

Sat 28th - Magic Lanterns to MGM.
The Birth of the Silver Screen – art historian and former film publicist leads a three-session study day offering explanations as to how moving pictures were first invented and how Hollywood became the centre of the film industry; mid-morning light refreshments included. Totnes Cinema, 27a High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NP, 10:15am till 3:30pm, £20

Sat 28th - Victorian Plymouth. Chris Robinson with a collection of photographs illustrating life in the Three Towns during Victorian times. Kingsbridge Methodist Church, 100 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AW, 10:00am till 12:00pm, £1

Free Exhibition:

Tues 24th – Sat 28th Exhibition: Self Portrait. All are invited to make use of imagery and techniques that in some creative way symbolises their self-identity depicting their outward appearance or representing themselves metaphorically and put the results on display here.

Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1JD, 10:00am till 5:00pm. FREE


Weds 25th:

Rustle – PaddleBoat Theatre Company - with a campfire story for those aged 4 or more featuring puppets, songs and surprises in which sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets – Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HF, 4:30pm till 5:30pm, £5

Sat 28th:

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show. The TV astronomer and author explores  the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringle tubes – The Flavel Arts Centre, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, TQ6 9ND, 2:30pm till 3:30pm, Adult £10, Child £7


The Wizard of Oz. Brixham Operatic and Dramatic Society follow the Yellow Brick Road, retelling L Frank Baum’s story, adapted by Frank Gabrielson with music and lyrics by Harold Arden and EY Harburg – Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA, 7:30pm, Adult £13, Child £7

BINGO!  Sat 28th

Come along and join the fun at the Prize Bingo – raising funds for 1st Dartmouth Guide Unit. The Community CafĂ©, The Old Market, Victoria Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY, 7:00pm

Markets - Sat 28th 

Market/Jumble Sale with raffle, tea and cakes. Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, Blackawton, Totnes, TQ9 7AY, 2:00pm, £0.50

Dartmouth Artisan Market. Local designers, craftsmen, artists, jewellers, furniture makers and others display the fruits of their labours. The Old Market, Victoria Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY, 9:00am till 3:00pm. FREE

All of these events can be easily reached by car from Stoke Lodge hotel - the Country House Hotel By The Sea...