Monday, 24 April 2017

World Book Night Weekend Event

Last year's Guest Speaker Lesley Pearse, with Annette Shaw and friends

Following the success of the World Book Night Event last year, Stoke Lodge Hotel is again hosting a fabulous World Book Extravaganza on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April.    

Chris Mayer

This brilliant event kicks off on the Friday from 5.00 - 6.30pm when the Mayer family - Christine, Steven, and daughters Sam, Chelsie and Sigouney and partners, will again be welcoming guests with a glass of Prosecco and canap├ęs to launch their fantastic book fest. 

This will be followed by 'Desert Island Books meets Just A Minute'. Participation  is not obligatory - it's meant to be fun! You are invited to bring your favourite book, or the one that's been the most special to you in tough times.

The Saturday from 10.00 until 3.00pm - starting with morning coffee and punctuated by a delicious buffet lunch - is a day filled with all things bookish. There will be interesting talks from local authors, including, Julie Archer, L.E. Willetts and Steve Stephenson-Olds, with guest speakers Jane Corry and Kate Furnivall, and much more. There will also be news and questions from readers and writers plus the great book swap - please bring books to give away and/or swap - and an informal networking session with all authors attending.

Jane Corry

The first guest speaker this year is Jane Corry, whose fabulous debut novel, My Husband's Wife' reached No 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.


Kate Furnivall

Novelist Kate Furnivall, the second speaker, has nine books to her credit and will be explaining how she decides on the subject and the importance of research.

Her most recent books include The Italian Wife and The Liberation.


Writer Jill Treseder PhD and avid reader Victoria Suter from the NHS South West Leadership Academy remind us of the work of The Reading Agency and its new initiative for health. Jill also talks about why she writes.

Annette Shaw
The event has been organised by Annette Shaw, Books Editor for Devon Life Magazine, who explains that underlying all of  this is the promotion of reading. 

She tells us that it's shocking to hear how many people in the UK don't read regularly or don't acquire literary skills.  For more information take a look at the number of Read Easy Groups in Devon alone at and for more info/all the facts on World Book Night see

To aid and abet the proceedings, Annette has invited Alan Depledge to be Master of Ceremonies.  Alan handles the social  media for Stoke Lodge and will open the event by talking about this wonderful Devon holiday hotel, and will also gently attempt to keep everyone to time over the two days!

There are just 50 tickets for the events on Friday evening and Saturday daytime. Places need to be reserved and paid for in full, in advance, and to keep admin to the minimum it’s not possible to make refunds should you cancel.  
To book please e-mail Julie Archer on

More info: 


World Book Night website:

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2017
at Stoke Lodge Hotel - the country house hotel by the sea...

Thursday, 9 March 2017

That's what we call Wildlife...

When we said that staying at Stoke Lodge Hotel in the South Hams was the ideal location from which to spot a huge variety of wildlife, we didn't realise that nearby Start Bay would be visited by a humpback whale!

There was great excitement when the whale was sighted a couple of weeks ago off the coast at Start Bay and has drawn Whale Watchers from miles around, in fact it is still in evidence today.

Read this report from the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette for full details:

Stoke Lodge Hotel owner Chris Mayer tells us that some of their guests have been out trying to catch sight of the whale but have been unsuccessful so far...

Fortunately, there is still an abundance of wildlife and nature in the area to discover and enjoy to keep them entertained while they are waiting...

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

Relax, Unwind, and Re-connect with Nature 

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Complimentary wine offer from Stoke Lodge Hotel

Recommend a Friend - and receive a treat from Stoke Lodge...

The Mayer Family are delighted that so many of their visitors return to their 'Country House Hotel by the Sea' time and time again - so much so that they are now offering their loyal and valued guests a big 'Thank You'.

There's a complimentary bottle of Premium Wine or Prosecco for any returning guests who have taken part in their 'Recommend a Friend' offer.

Here's how it works:

Simply fill in the 'Recommend a Friend' form during your next stay at the Hotel and pass it on to a friend you get home.

Don't forget to tell them all about Stoke Lodge and what you most enjoyed about your stay.

If they too want to experience all the many good things that Stoke Lodge has to offer - and who wouldn't? - then they'll receive a complimentary bottle of wine or Prosecco with their first evening meal on production of their referral card.

With a wealth of experience in running their comfortable Hotel for over thirty years, Christine and Steven are now joined by their three daughters and their families. They really are big on family and traditional values - which is why as a thank you they’ll be happy to send you a voucher for your complimentary wine or Prosecco for you to enjoy on your next stay with them.

We think it's a great idea - the Mayer Family gets to welcome new guests, your friends get to enjoy a treat with their meal, and you get to return for another relaxing stay - so everybody wins!

N.B. Offer based on your friend’s stay of a minimum of two nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and to first time visitors only.

To find out more about the benefits of a break at Stoke Lodge Hotel please click here:

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

No Room at the Inn....

It's such a shame that you'll be missing all the fun of a Traditional Family Christmas at Stoke Lodge Hotel - the Mayer Family would have really loved to welcome you to join them but there really IS no room at the inn this year...

Christine, Stephen, Sam, Chelsie and Sigourney - and of course their partners and staff - really look after you from the minute you walk in from the cold into their warm, cosy and comfortable family-run 
'Hotel by the Sea'.

With full board and afternoon tea you won't have to even think about cooking, just sit back and enjoy all the wonderful meals and let yourself feel relaxed and pampered for a few days.

There's  a walk to the beach or Dartmouth Castle on Christmas Day - optional, of course! - and a fun Boxing Day Treasure Hunt with clues hidden in nearby Dartmouth (where you can meet at the end for coffee and cake).

If you yearn to get out on the water for a breath of bracing sea air, there's a Boat Trip on December 27th - then a warm fire awaiting you at 'home'
followed by a sumptuous Seafood Buffet.

There are evening quizzes if that's what takes your fancy, and with the comfortable atmosphere and all those little extras it's plain to see that the Meyer Family & Co do everything they can to make your Christmas stay really special and one to remember.

That's why so many guests return there for their Festive Christmas Fix every year - so if you don't want to miss out next year make sure you book early..

 oh and here's a link to show you what you you've been missing!

Merry Christmas!


Monday, 12 December 2016

What a Starry Starry Start to Christmas..!

Stoke Lodge Hotel's 'Starry Starry Night' entry at the Christmas Tree Festival.

This weekend we were lucky enough to visit the 10th annual Christmas Tree Festival at Stoke Fleming Church, and what a peaceful, friendly and enjoyable start to Christmas it was - despite the cold and rain.

Upon receiving a warm welcome into the church, we were told there were thirty beautifully trimmed trees to admire - and admire them we did!

We really enjoyed wandering around doing the Spot The Oddity competition, sipping comforting mulled wine and listening to the church organ playing - it was just delightful.

All who took part in decorating their trees had obviously put so much effort into it and the trees were simply stunning - and it was a joy to take time out from all the weekend chores and great to know that all proceeds will be donated to St Peter's Church and Rowcroft Hospice.

Thank you to all concerned for a most enjoyable afternoon.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Stoke Fleming Christmas Tree Festival

It's that time of year again, and Stoke Fleming is celebrating Christmas with its 10th Christmas Tree Festival.

This popular  annual event is  in held in St. Peter’s Church, Stoke Fleming from  December 9th - 11th, with all money raised to go to the Church and Rowcroft Hospice.

St Peter's is open 10am and 6pm and 10am on Sunday finishing with a carol service at 5pm.

Entrance to the Church is free, and there will be a welcome glass of mulled wine for all  and refreshments on Saturday.

The trees are kindly supplied at a discounted cost by Gardentime, with local clubs, schools and organisations buying a tree each and decorating them with a different theme.

There are usually between fifty and sixty trees, and Stoke Lodge Hotel's theme this year is 'Starry Night'

There is also a 'Spot The Oddity' on each tree so keep your eyes peeled for anything untoward lurking in those fragrant pine branches..!


The Green Dragon Inn (opposite the Church) will as usual be hosting the ever-popular Christmas Fete on Saturday afternoon, so come along and enjoy the festive fun - everyone is welcome!

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Defibrillator for Stoke Fleming

The local residents of Stoke Fleming are working hard to raise funds for a defibrillator - and they are getting closer...

This essential, life saving equipment will cost over £1700 to purchase and install and will be situated outside Stoke Fleming Village Hall.

The whole village has been rallying round to help reach the please help them get a little bit closer to the finishing line!

Stoke Lodge Hotel is holding a Fundraising Coffee Morning on Thursday 1st December from 10.00am until 12.00 noon... come along in out of the cold and enjoy a cosy hot coffee or two - it'll warm your heart!

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

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