The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
An award winning inn, the Oak Inn specialises in top-notch food and quality real ales. Ingredients are sourced locally and the menus lovingly chosen with daily specials to boot. There is a separate dining area, and the restaurant is also equipped with disabled access and facilities. Various events take place weekly for some post-meal entertainment.
This is a curved sandy beach and is quiet sheltered due to its shape. There is a a small amount of parking located nearby or you could park at Bigbury-on-sea, where there is ample parking, then take the pleasant 10 - 15 minute walk across to Challaborough.
A circular walk of just over six miles through the peaceful Avon Valley with stunning views of the Blackdown Rings and Iron Age Fort. There is one steep ascent on this walk so its unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
An old market town with archetypal crooked, narrow lanes and quaint cottages. Totnes now has a slightly bohemian air, with lots of tempting delicatessens, eco-friendly shops and wholefood cafes. There's a special buzz in the air on market days (Fridays and Saturdays).
An old market town with high street shopping (no malls). Take a walk through the town and sit and relax by the River Dart. Or you can take a boat trip.
Not coastal, but a nice town.
A pleasant market town and a good base for trips on the River Dart.
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Completely renovated in 2005, The Turtley Corn Mill is now a peaceful place to read, relax, eat and drink. With a light and airy atmosphere and a daily menu change that features local produce this is a great spot to soak in the idyllic setting of Avonwick.
A completely re-furbished grinding mill. Run by enthusiastic young staff. Very good food. Booking essential at week-ends.
- Peter Reynolds
This former apple-pressing mill is now a stylish shopping centre, with plenty to do for all the family, whatever the weather. Explore the shops and galleries where you'll find a unique collection of gifts including luxury food, Dartington Crystal, jewellery, ceramics and books, or relax in one of the cafes or picnic areas. Children will enjoy the traditional toy shops and play-zone. There is also a woodland trail around the old Tweedmaill, with its working waterwheel, onto the Dartington Estate. All profits go to supporting the charitable activities of the Dartington Hall Trust.
Dartington Cider Press
This is a great place and the Dartington Glass shop is excellent. There are other gift shops and craft shops. If you want to really spoil yourself book a treatment at the Haven Spa. Lunch in the cafe - excellent food.
This is a great little place if you want to buy a special souvenir - there are beautiful gift shops and craft outlets, plus a cafe and some very tasty ice creams!
Bursting at the seams with real, organic, local food and drink. The ethos here is based on simplicity and quality; they pledge that you won't find anything over-packaged, over-processed or over-priced. On sunny days you can munch your purchases in the peaceful picnic area overlooking the rolling Devon fields.This was the first Riverford shop to open. Twenty-five years on, the formula has proved so popular that there are now outlets in Kitley and Totnes too.
The shelves are always packed with fresh, healthy, delicious things to try. There are recipe cards in-store that you can use as a shopping list and then go home and cook up a dish using all your fresh, tasty ingredients. The staff are helpful in answering any questions if you're looking to try something new.
Tasty and conveniant but became a little repetative.
When we started using Riverford to supply a weekly fruit and veg box we were really impressed with the variety and quality of produce it contained. The box would always have a few interesting things in and finding recipes to include all the items was inspirational. Things went well for several months but over the winter we found the boxes become repetitive and drab. We also like to support our excellent local fruit and veg shop.
Organic, taste at its best, variety of choice, from the Farm Shop to the Box Schemes, you will never be disappointed!
The Riverford Box Scheme which can contain a variety of things is great. You can basically order a box of meat, fruit or veg to be delivered to you house on a day you specify. The products are all organic and very tasty!
Bigbury on Sea Beach is a popular family destination, with easy access and good parking. Just across the water is Burgh Island, where Agatha Christie and Noel Coward once kicked up their heels. You can visit the island during the summer courtesy of a special ‘sea tractor’.
Help for Disabled
The Venus Cafe, just below the car park at Bigbury-on-Sea, has a beach wheelchair that can be borrowed free of charge. We were able to wheel my mother over to Burgh Island.
The slopes going down to the beach are quite steep. It's not so bad going down, but you need to be quite strong to push the wheelchair back up!
Large sandy beach when the tide is out. Interesting rock formations around towards the Avon estuary.
Lovely Sandy Beach
A large sandy beach and great for surfing. Children can play.You can either walk across to Burgh Island or take the sea tractor when the tide covers the causeway.
A large sandy beach with some surf. Walk to Burgh Island at low tide or take the sea tractor.
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