This pub dates all the way back to the 17th century and was at one time the original courtroom for the Standborough Hundred District. These days traditional food is served seven evenings a week and booking is recommended.
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.
A lovely little village found down a maze of winding country lanes, it has been a 'Britain in Bloom' winner.
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.
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.
This four acre lake is in a beautiful setting in the heart of Devon. Beginners are welcome and it is advisable to book. Please see their Website for further details.
Kingsbridge stands at the head of the estuary, and is full of interesting lanes and passageways with specialist, often family run, shops.
Lovely town to visit with quirky little market.
Set on a steep hill with a small harbour at the bottom, where a weekly market is held, Kingsbridge has lots of lovely shops to wander in and out of- often owned by generations of the same family- something we see too little of these days. A few good deli's, greengrocers, and butchers shops lend it an old fashioned air - reminds me of towns from 30 years ago - and there are plenty of chic kitchen and furnishings/interiors shops and cafes to entice as well as a popular farmers market once a month . Great 25m swimming pool and gym/squash facilities at the leisure centre, the Reel Cinema, which is small but perfectly formed, a bowling green and tennis courts, and trips down the estuary on "Rivermaid" means this is a place with lots on offer!! Wish I could live there!!
Lots of indoor play here plus some alarming looking rides outside. You'll need a full day here.
A very good half day out and well worth it. My 7 & 9 year old loved it especially the one 'big' ride, The Pirate Boat. Some lovely animals including Raccoons, deer, Emus, Pygmy goats and of course the snakes in the reptile house. Good value food and drinks too. Grandmother really enjoyed it too and thought it was great value for money.
A mixture of activities to suit all ages (height restriction on many rides)…you will need a full day in here.
A Great Day out
Woodlands has something for everyone, a very large 5 storey indoor play area where children of all ages can let off steam on a wet day. Lots of out door activities including a castle with a sand base and a play village with lots of little shops and schools for young children and lots of rides and watershoots for older kids. It is all nicely done within a wooded area and so many things to do it takes two days to see it all!
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