With a microbrewery producing it's own beer, call in to this comfortable, relaxed bar for craft ciders and spirits from both local and national suppliers. There's an impressive 80 beers on offer and the staff are self confessed "beer geeks" who will help you choose.
Goodrington Sands’ award-winning beach has something for everyone. Take to the sea on a pedalo or water ski, or enjoy a more relaxed pace of life on a sun lounge in the sun. Tuck up in your own private beach hut with a book and bevvy, or take to the north section of the beach where you can take your dog all year round. Amenities and amusements are aplenty here.
Walking Britain have some great walks and this is no exception. At two and a half miles this pushchair friendly walk follows the river Dart to Bidwell Brook and to the heritage centre at Dartington.
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.
Create your own piece of art with a hands on pottery session, delve into the Aladin's cave of a shop or relax with a cuppa in the cafe. Great fun for a rainy day.
Watch the artists creating their own works of art, the shop is excellent and they play great music whilst you are browsing. After you have finished wandering around go into the cafe for a cuppa and a cake.
Our grandchildren loved this….ideal for a wet morning which occasionally occurs.
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!
This friendly little bar and restaurant on Totnes High Street always seems to be buzzing.
Rumour Wine Bar in Totnes
Noisy wine bar atmosphere, always busy, freshly made pizzas, good local steaks, great veggie dishes. Reservations essential Fridays and weekends.
- Peter Reynolds
Reputedly Devon's most haunted castle, Berry Pomeroy is secreted away in a steep wooded valley. The 15th century ruin still displays a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber. The great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End, however, it was abandoned by 1700 and subsequently became the subject of many a chilling ghost story, some of which can be heard in the audio tour. To get a good view of the ruin from below, take the woodland walk, although this can be steep in parts.
Lovely secluded setting down a narrow winding one-car-only lane. Very interesting castle history - do take one of the little hand-held recordings round with you. Very good cafe too - had a lovely crab salad.
The ruins are brought to life with personal audio guides. Thoroughly recommended.
- Peter Reynolds
Articles | From around the area
Places to Go
Things to do
Places to Go
Places to Go