Situated in the historic town of Topsham near Exeter, you are assured a warm welcome at Broadway House - a family run bed and breakfast with high standards of care in an historic house. At one time, Topsham was one of the most important ports in England - second only to London. Used for the import of cotton from America and elsewhere, the Dutch architecture and port buildings of that period can still be seen on the waterfront today. Most of the buildings though have since been converted to residential use and the port of Topsham is now used for leisure instead of commerce. The house which dates back to 1776 has a grade II* historical listing and was built in a grand style by a wealthy oporto merchant who after building it couldn't afford to live in it because of its cost! Many of the original features of the house are still visible: There is a fine mahogony staircase with a large pallodion window (Used for many a wedding photo!) and in the hall are 16/17C Spanish leather panels (said to be from the Armada) which were installed from another property when the house was built. The lower two floors have plaster cornices and the original shutters a feature of all the rooms still work. Our Georgian Tearoom & Restaurant has been established within the property for 20 years and has a widespread reputation for quality and hospitality - so much so that we recently received the award for 'Best Tearoom in Devon'. Our bed and breakfast is also a favourite with many of our guests who have returned time and time again. Check out our website (URL on the right) for further information, photos of our house, Topsham, maps, attractions, restaurant menu and much much more!
200yds from Rail Station, Bird Watching, On Major City Bus Route, Quality Restaurants Nearby, River Estuary, Romantic Walks, Airport, Beachside, City, Countryside, Small town
Exeter, United Kingdom 5 miles
Follow signs for M5. At the M5 roundabout and interchange, follow signs for A379 to Dawlish. At Countess Wear roundabout turn left into Topsham Road. Our house is on the left beside the red phone box at the third zebra crossing - 2 miles from roundabout. Parking is available at the rear of the property - turn left at mini roundabout, first left into cobbled drive and take the left hand gate.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Plymouth, Torquay & Dawlish, Powderham Castle, Exeter Cathedral & Quay, Dartmoor National Park, Westpoint Arena, Steam Railways, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Romantic Walks, Restaurants, RSPB Nature Reserve, Bridge Inn - The Queen's Pub, Traditional English Pubs, Exe Estuary, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports
Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn
Computer, Copier, Internet Service, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi
Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, TV
Internal window shutters, Off-Street Parking, Restaurant (8am-5pm), Packed Lunches (extra to tariff ), Tea garden in summer, Ironing board down stairs
Gerald and Heather Knee
Gerald is a keen gardener and has worked as a master builder for many years designing, building and improving houses - often listed buildings. Heather trained and worked as a nurse but gave it up for her family. Later she turned her hand to cooking. Using her skills of hospitality and good taste! she has establised the Georgian Tearooms as one of the best in the area. She enjoys patchwork quilting, is collector of fantastic dessert recipes and works with the Topsham Traders Association.
, Devonshire Fayre , Roast ( Tue Thur)
Devonshire Cream Tea
English cream teas are traditonaly served at four and ours is the genuine Devonshire variety: A pot of Twinnings tea, our own homemade jam, Devonshire clotted cream and most importantly, homemade scones. The scones are made daily to a family farmhouse recipe using only natural ingredients and when hot from the oven are amazing. (Available 2-5pm daily)<p>*** Our tearoom has been awarded best in Devon Gold award from2004 to 2011