Welcome to Nelsons Retreat.
What a fabulous patio area. Perfect for enjoying a touch of al-fresco dining.
Bedroom 1 with king-size bed and Smart TV.
Super-comfy sitting-room.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Step out of the super warm conservatory onto the patio.
The perfect little sun-trap. A great space for lazing back and topping up the tan.
Your fully enclosed patio provides the perfect environment for the little ones to blow off steam.
The entrance hall links all rooms very neatly.
The kitchen offers oodles of space to whip up a feast.
The sitting-room is a fabulous space to snuggle up in at the end of a busy day.
Bedroom 2 with king-size bed and Smart TV.
Large family shower-room.
Even the bunk bedroom has a Smart TV to keep the little ones entertained.
Beautiful views from Battery Gardens which is literally minutes from your doorstep. Simply stunning.
Watching the watercraft is magical and very easy to do from the amazing vantage points within minutes from Nelson's Retreat.
The beautiful Churston Cove is such a fabulously sunny and sheltered spot. Magical for that secluded day on the beach and within easy walking distance from Nelson's Retreat.
The Golden Hind stands proud in the inner harbour of Brixham.
Walking around the inner harbour of Brixham offers magical views.
Even if the weather threatens to spoil dining al fresco, you have this wonderful area to retreat to.
Beautiful linens throughout.
Looking back at the house and conservatory.
The conservatory is a great place to dine as a family. Sunny, light and airy, a fabulous space.
Nelsons Retreat offers oodles of parking.
Beautiful and helpful touches throughout.
Yes please!
Lovely decorative pieces throughout.
Local Brixham art to be enjoyed throughout the house.
Yes you will!
The Blue Flag Breakwater beach is award-winning and it's easy to understand why.
One of the many eateries scattered around the harbourside.
The beautiful outdoor sea-water swimming pool at Shoalstone. Another one of Brixham's gems.
Beautiful views can be enjoyed from the Berry Head Hotel whilst enjoying a glass of something tasty. Talk about a view!

Nelson's Retreat

4533

Brixham / Sleeps 6 + 2 cots*

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7 Nights from £728

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Queen's Arms Brixham (½ mile)

A 'simple back street boozer' with traditional values, real ale and live music. This welcoming pub won the South Devon CAMRA pub of the year award for 2014, so if you like real ale it is well worth a visit!

Nearest beach

Churston Cove (¼ mile)

This pretty little cove is made up of shingle and rocks and reached by a steep woodland path. It's an idyllic spot surrounded by wooded hillsides and cliffs with views towards the harbour. Parking is half a mile away along Fishcombe Road near Brixham. Dogs are allowed year round however there are no facilities.

Nearest walk

Berry Head National Nature Reserve Walk (1 ¼ miles)

A gentle stroll of just over a mile and a half. The reserve offers visitors the chance to explore two Napoleonic war forts and see Britain's highest and smallest lighthouse. Follow the description attached from the South West Coast Path National Trail and enjoy. Care should be taken with dogs and children as there's some high cliffs.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackinnon-Ure September 2019

Excellent to walk here, great views

Good cafe when you arrive, great views nice day out.

Nearest town

Brixham (½ mile)

A classic English harbour town with pastel coloured fishermen’s cottages clinging to the hill in crooked rows. There’s a swanky marina complete with restaurants and bars, a choice of beaches and a saltwater outdoor swimming pool. The beautiful coastline here can be explored either by foot on the coast paths or by taking a trip on the ‘Brixham Belle’, which sails to Dartmouth, Paignton and Torquay.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hall July 2015

Brixham

Good choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes, which mostly all allow well behaved dogs into their properties, should the weather not be that fine to sit outdoors. Local good coastal walks from Brixham, and excellent ferry crossings to the other Torbay town destinations. Working harbour and marina, which provides excellent seafood choice for whole of Brixham eateries.

Also nearby

Greenway (3 miles)

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.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020

Beautiful!

Amazing grounds and lovely views of the Dart.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Lovely day out

This house is in the most beautiful spot, you could really imagine living there. The gardens are gorgeous and the walk beside the river is great for body and soul - look out for the resident seal!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Well worth a visit

The setting exquisite. Such lovely views. A walk to the boathouse a must. Trails for the children excellent.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

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).


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

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.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'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.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve (1 ¼ miles)

A haven for rare and threatened species, Berry Head is home to one of the largest colonies of Guillemots on England's south coast. The Visitor Centre lets you watch them on CCTV and there are also many other migrant birds that come to the reserve.

The limestone peninsular, which forms the southern arm of Tor Bay, is home to two Napoleonic-era forts as well as gardens rich with wild flowers from May to August and caves that house horseshoe bats.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Lovely walk

Even on an overcast and windy day, an interesting walk. Good visitor centre.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Ridd February 2012

Berry Head Nature Reserve

As well as being an area of special scientific interest ( SSI ) the reserve has recently undergone an upgrading by the reserve management and now has excellent explanatory boards to make your visit more rewarding. There is also a superb cafe on the headland.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Top Spot

Napoleonic buildings, rare rock roses and orchids, plus a bird hide and cameras to record the very special Guillemots that nest on the cliffs. There is a new visitor centre opened in 2009, a cafe and parking. It has just received 1.8 million pounds of funding to make this a top place to visit.

- J Ridd

Dartmouth (4 miles)

Historically, Dartmouth was of strategic importance as a port used in the crusades of 1147 and 1190. Dominated by Britannia Royal Naval College, it has two fortified castles protecting the mouth of the River Dart. There are many historical buildings, a cobbled market place, shops, galleries, gourmet restaurants and delicatessens. National Trust Gardens, the South West Coast Path and clean beaches are nearby.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Baker October 2020

Dartmouth boat trip.

We loved Dartmouth. Use the park and ride bus down into the town, much easier than trying to park.
The one hour boat trip was very informative and we saw Seals.
Take the car ferry across the river and enjoy the scenery on the route back.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020

Lovely!

Travelled there by steam train and then went out on the steam paddle ship. Lovely town and great day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Waller August 2020

Lovely!

Travelled there by steam train and then went out on the steam paddle ship. Lovely town and great day out.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Brilliant

So much to do. Beautiful harbour. Good shopping, great eateries. Lots of boating/kayaking opportunities.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage September 2012

Dartmouth

A bustling town with good shopping and art galleries and other galleries. If you want to park in Dartmouth town centre you will have to get there early or there is Park & Ride at the top of the town.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Clark April 2012

Dartmouth

Stunning location and very picturesque


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A nice vibe

A bustling town with many good restaurants, some good shopping and a growing reputation for art galleries. Try tapas at Browns Hotel.

Coleton Fishacre (3 ½ miles)

A fine example of Arts and Crafts style architecture, with lovely Art Deco interiors. The gardens cling to the valley sides and feature a rare collection of exotic plants. An events listing is available on their Website for both the house and gardens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Good day out

Beautiful garden. Lovely lunch.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

We walked to this property from Dartmouth which was a lovely quiet stroll along empty Devon lanes rewarded by a fascinating house with interesting period pieces and historical commentary followed by beautiful gardens with plentiful spots to sit and enjoy all the different styles and views within. For those wanting a snack the tea-room provided a good choice of quality foods served in either courtyard or an airy cafe. The walk back to Dartmouth can be by the same route or take in the Daymark and WW2 relics and SW coastal path if you are feeling more energetic


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Brooks November 2011

Walking Bliss - if you're up for it!

We park near this property and rather than visit the house, take to the coastal path. You have a choice of directions, towards Brixham or Kingswear. It's not for flip-flops, buggies, small children or the infirm; you need good stout boots and ankle support but the walk and views are breathtaking. I wouldn't recommend it in very slippery weather, unless you stop when you get to the cliff, but if, like me, you enjoy feeling the weather in your face to feel alive then this is great. Hard core steep in parts.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Beautiful garden - don't miss it

Fantastic garden walk with sea view at the end.

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (3 miles)

Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Jewell September 2014

Steam Train and Cruise

We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Dent July 2012

A very good day out

We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.

Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.

Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.

There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Bramworth June 2011

Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A good day out

You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.

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