Devon Coast & Gardens 8 Days - Cavendish Hotel
Exmouth developed as a resort in Georgian times and was once probably the most select seaside resort in Britain, home to such famous people as Lady Nelson and Lady Byron. Nowadays it offers a rich mixture of immaculate sands, lovely gardens, a busy marina and a wide range of sports facilities that combine to make it an excellent resort for all ages and interests. To the South the resort overlooks Lyme Bay, while to the West it looks across the estuary of the River Exe to the Haldon Hills and Dawlish Warren. There are boat trips aplenty but also lots to do on dry land with good shops, a museum, many old pubs and good walks at every turn. For the more active there is a swimming pool, golf, and all forms of water sports including a sailing school.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Day at Leisure
Day 3 - Full Day - Sidmouth & Bicton Park Gardens
The historic Bicton Park Gardens (entry included) showcase 300 years of gardening history./nMajor attractions include vast glass houses, hosting palms and other tropical plants./nThere is also a fascinating museum of countryside life and crafts./nRegular visitors to this select resort included Princess Victoria before she became Queen. /nAn interesting local museum (free entry) nestles amid the Regency architecture. /nConnaught Gardens are famed for their year-round floral displays and clifftop views./n
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Day at Leisure
Day 6 - Full Day - Dartmoor & Torquay
Buckfast Abbey is a living monastic community situated on the southern edge of Dartmoor./nThe Abbey is famous for its tonic wine, made from French mistelle and Devonian herbs./nThe whole site was rebuilt by French Benedictines, exiled fom France during the Third Republic./nCapital of the English Riviera, at the centre of a warm micro-climate allowing palms and subtropical plants to thrive./nThe major attraction is Living Coasts, a zoo and aquarium including a vast aviary of coastal birds (entry fees apply)./nMedieval Torre Abbey houses exhibits from over 800 years of local history (entry fees may apply). /n
Day 7 - Full Day - Teignmouth & Dawlish
Fans of classic Georgian architecture will love Den Crescent and the Assembly Rooms, reminiscent of Bath./nAt the resort end of town, the magnificent Victorian pier hosts many traditional seaside attractions./nAs well as the sea beach with its pier, Teignmouth has a river beach leading to the harbour and close-knit old town./nA babbling brook cascades through the centre of quaint Dawlish with its tea rooms and gift shops./nBirdwatchers flock to Dawlish to spot coastal species such as shoveler and plover, as well as the Australian black swan./nThe Dawlish Museum reveals the development of the town from fishing village to Victorian celebrity hangout. /n
Day 8 - Return Travel
This delightful hotel is wonderfully situated on the level seafront overlooking Exmouth's fine golden sands, a few minutes' walk from the shops. The Cavendish Hotel has 81 rooms each with central heating and a private bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, internal telephone and TV with radio channels. The ballroom has a dance floor and hosts entertainment most evenings. Free WiFi in public areas. Lift serves most rooms except 4th floor (a few stairs to some rooms on split level floors). The Cavendish Hotel is a popular choice for sightseers who enjoy coach holidays to Exmouth.