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Devon Riviera & Writers

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8604

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

Heritage 2021

PRICE FROM ? £645 per person
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Itinerary

Description

With stunning coastal backdrops, villages propped up against the rippling sea breeze and bewitching landscapes, it’s no wonder that south Devon has inspired writers for hundreds of years. We enjoy the glorious scenery as we explore enchanting houses and alluring gardens including the famous holiday home of Agatha Christie, Britain’s most beloved crime writer. We also uncover the secrets of Great Fulford on a fascinating guided tour with the owners and step back in time at the Georgian mansion of Saltram on what promises to be an inspiring getaway.

Coach Itinerary

Devon Holidays And Writers Tours

Excursion One – Greenway & Coleton Fishacre
We make our way to Dartmouth where we board the ferry which takes us to Greenway, the much-loved holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. Nestled on the side of the River Dart and surrounded by a picturesque woodland garden, this atmospheric house is set in the 1950s and contains many of the family’s collections.

From Greenway, we journey to Coleton Fishacre, a 1920s Arts and Crafts-style house built for the D’Oyly Carte family. The sophistication of the house’s surviving Art Deco interior contrasts with the magical 30-acre garden, complete with views out to sea.

In the late afternoon we return to Torquay with its iconic palm trees, thriving harbour and lovely range of continental-style cafés, where there is time to explore at leisure.

Excursion Two – Plymouth & Saltram
We travel to Plymouth, a handsome city with a wonderful waterfront that houses the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Around the Barbican, a vibrant place of cobbled streets and narrow lanes, there is a wide range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants set amidst picturesque scenery which we have some free time to explore.

Our next stop is Saltram, an elegant Georgian mansion set in a rolling landscape park and one of the National Trust’s least discovered treasures. Home to the Parker family for several generations, the house is a rare survival of the period; particularly because it comes complete with its original, impressively lavish contents, including stunning paintings, ceramics and textiles.


Excursion Three – Buckfast Abbey* & Great Fulford
We head to Buckfast Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks on the banks of the River Dart. Here, we can soak up the peaceful atmosphere by exploring the beautiful Abbey church with its art treasures, wandering the tranquil gardens or browsing the gift and produce shops.

Our day finishes at Great Fulford, first and foremost a family home for over 800 years and Grade I listed by English Heritage. The ballroom has been recently restored to its former glory complete with an impressive, ornate ceiling sculpted by Geoffrey Preston. Here we enjoy a guided tour by the owners who welcome us into their special home.

*Please note: Buckfast Abbey may close at short notice due to events. If so another excursion will be offered.

Excursion Four – Knightshayes& Killerton
We begin our day with a visit to Knightshayes, one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic houses by eccentric designer William Burges. Full of quirks and curiosities, the mansion boasts intricate carvings and impressive ceilings plus a ‘medieval’ Great Hall with minstrels’ gallery. The garden is also a delight to explore with over 1,200 plant species unique to Knightshayes, representing one of the most varied collections of the National Trust.

Home to the Acland family until 1944, Killerton is a fine 18th-century house surrounded by a glorious landscape garden and parkland. Here we find out more about the history of the house and its vast 6,400 estate as well as the captivating story of how Sir Richard Acland’s strong political beliefs led him to give up the family home and inheritance to the National Trust. Killerton also boasts the largest fashion collection cared for by the National Trust, with over 20,000 pieces of clothing, accessories and objects.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 5 nights at the 3-star Headland Hotel, Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Plymouth, Saltram, Buckfast Abbey, Great Fulford, Knightshayes &  Killerton House
  • Guided tour of Great Fulford by the owners
  • Ferry to Greenway
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Greenway & Coleton Fishacre
We make our way to Dartmouth where we board the ferry which takes us to Greenway, the much-loved holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. Nestled on the side of the River Dart and surrounded by a picturesque woodland garden, this atmospheric house is set in the 1950s and contains many of the family’s collections.

From Greenway, we journey to Coleton Fishacre, a 1920s Arts and Crafts-style house built for the D’Oyly Carte family. The sophistication of the house’s surviving Art Deco interior contrasts with the magical 30-acre garden, complete with views out to sea.

In the late afternoon we return to Torquay with its iconic palm trees, thriving harbour and lovely range of continental-style cafés, where there is time to explore at leisure.

Excursion Two – Plymouth & Saltram
We travel to Plymouth, a handsome city with a wonderful waterfront that houses the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Around the Barbican, a vibrant place of cobbled streets and narrow lanes, there is a wide range of shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants set amidst picturesque scenery which we have some free time to explore.

Our next stop is Saltram, an elegant Georgian mansion set in a rolling landscape park and one of the National Trust’s least discovered treasures. Home to the Parker family for several generations, the house is a rare survival of the period; particularly because it comes complete with its original, impressively lavish contents, including stunning paintings, ceramics and textiles.


Excursion Three – Buckfast Abbey* & Great Fulford
We head to Buckfast Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks on the banks of the River Dart. Here, we can soak up the peaceful atmosphere by exploring the beautiful Abbey church with its art treasures, wandering the tranquil gardens or browsing the gift and produce shops.

Our day finishes at Great Fulford, first and foremost a family home for over 800 years and Grade I listed by English Heritage. The ballroom has been recently restored to its former glory complete with an impressive, ornate ceiling sculpted by Geoffrey Preston. Here we enjoy a guided tour by the owners who welcome us into their special home.

*Please note: Buckfast Abbey may close at short notice due to events. If so another excursion will be offered.

Excursion Four – Knightshayes& Killerton
We begin our day with a visit to Knightshayes, one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic houses by eccentric designer William Burges. Full of quirks and curiosities, the mansion boasts intricate carvings and impressive ceilings plus a ‘medieval’ Great Hall with minstrels’ gallery. The garden is also a delight to explore with over 1,200 plant species unique to Knightshayes, representing one of the most varied collections of the National Trust.

Home to the Acland family until 1944, Killerton is a fine 18th-century house surrounded by a glorious landscape garden and parkland. Here we find out more about the history of the house and its vast 6,400 estate as well as the captivating story of how Sir Richard Acland’s strong political beliefs led him to give up the family home and inheritance to the National Trust. Killerton also boasts the largest fashion collection cared for by the National Trust, with over 20,000 pieces of clothing, accessories and objects.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 5 nights at the 3-star Headland Hotel, Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Plymouth, Saltram, Buckfast Abbey, Great Fulford, Knightshayes &  Killerton House
  • Guided tour of Great Fulford by the owners
  • Ferry to Greenway
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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  • 5 nights at the 3-star Headland Hotel, Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Plymouth, Saltram, Buckfast Abbey, Great Fulford, Knightshayes &  Killerton House
  • Guided tour of Great Fulford by the owners
  • Ferry to Greenway
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

Headland Hotel

Originally built as a private home for a wealthy Russian family, Headland Hotel is an elegant Victorian villa situated on a headland overlooking the sea in Torquay. Set in two acres of magnificent grounds, the hotel offers stunning views across Torbay and features a restaurant, gallery lounge and sea view terrace, plus a sauna, mini-gym and a spa.

Upgrade to a sea view room for £100 per person, per stay

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