Royal York & Faulkner Hotel
Business Address: Royal York & Faulkner Hotel, Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8AZ
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About Royal York & Faulkner Hotel
Owned and personally run by the Hook family, resident proprietors for three generations, the hotel has earned a long standing reputation for hospitality and service.
The family’s dedication and attention to detail ensures that an atmosphere of relaxation and friendliness pervades.
In 1939, Freddie Hook & his wife Violet bought the Faulkner Hotel. Freddie, the son of a Thames lighter-man, had apprenticed in the kitchens of Sidmouth's Victoria Hotel, moving on to become Chef at the Fortfield Hotel, where he cooked for the Duke of Connaught. Violet (née Hucker) was from an old Sidmouth family who ran the nearby Huckers' Luncheon Room.
After acquiring the Faulkner, with war imminent, visitors were scarce and, for the first few months, almost no one came! On the outbreak of hostilities Freddie joined the R.A.F, (although extraordinarily he was posted back to the nearby Riviera Hotel, taking charge of catering for the Sergeants' Mess) leaving Violet to run the guesthouse while bringing up three small children.
After the war, together they turned the Faulkner into a thriving hotel, expanding into two more of the houses on York Terrace. Their youngest son Peter had by then joined them in the family business. In 1957 he met and subsequently married, Rosemary Fyffe, a young lady from Dorking. In 1970 the Royal York Hotel, then owned by a group of local business men, came on the market and Peter and Rosemary expanded to form the now, Royal York and Faulkner Hotel.
Freddie died in 1990 and Violet some years before, but Peter and Rosemary are now joined by their children, Paul and Sara and the family continue to run the combined hotels.