THE HISTORIC HOUSES & HERITAGE OF DEVON
There are double/twin rooms still available but all the single rooms have been taken.
Please contact Clive Hooper
Elm Bank, 52 Worcester Road, Malvern WR14 4AB 01684 562214
3 – 8 September 2018
Six days and five nights on a half board basis at the stylish 3-star Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay -- Torquay’s only waterside hotel with direct private access to the beach, and with a level walk to the Marina and town centre. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. A tour manager will accompany the group throughout the holiday.
Day 1 We depart from our designated pick-up points with our tour manager and en route to our hotel we visit the National Trust’s Killerton property in Devon, a fine 18th century house containing a fascinating collection of 18th to 20th century costumes. We continue to the 3* Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay for a five night stay on half board basis.
Day 2 Our included guided tour of Exeter this morning takes in the Cathedral, one of England’s finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture. We visit Powderham Castle this afternoon. Set alongside the Exe Estuary and dating back to 1391, it is home to the 18th Earl of Devon and one of the oldest family houses in England.
Day 3 Buckfast Abbey is our destination this morning. Here visitors can see the great Abbey church with its many art treasures, rebuilt on its medieval foundations by the monks themselves. This afternoon we visit the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, an Arts and Crafts style house with an elegant Art Deco influenced interior situated in a spectacular coastal setting, and former country home of the D’Oyly Carte family. The rest of the day is at leisure in Brixham.
Day 4 On arrival in Dartmouth this morning we spend some time at leisure. We then take an included boat transfer to the National Trust’s Greenway Garden near Brixham, With an atmosphere of wildness and timelessness, this true ‘secret’ garden of peace and tranquillity has wonderful views of the Dart estuary and once featured on the BBC’s ‘Hidden Gardens’. There is a 10-15 minute uphill walk from the quayside to the gardens, or there is a shuttle service between the ferry and the house (subject to availability) for those who require it. The house was the private holiday home of the famous and well-loved author Agatha Christie, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. We then return to Dartmouth by boat.
Day 5 We visit the RHS Garden Rosemoor this morning. The garden was created by Lady Anne Palmer and a master plan was produced by Elizabeth Banks Associates in 1990, when the garden was taken over by the Royal Horticultural Society. We then visit the National Trust’s Arlington Court and Carriage Museum. The home of the Chichester family for more than 600 years, the collections displayed reflect the passions of the last heiress, Miss Rosaile Chichester.
Day 6 Our destination this morning is the National Trust’s A La Ronde, a unique 16-sided house built on the instructions of two spinster cousins on their return from a grand tour of Europe. This afternoon we enjoy a 2½ hour boat trip along the scenic Tiverton canal. The trip on the ‘Tivertonian’, one of the last remaining horse drawn barges in the UK, offers a truly unique and memorable experience of yesteryear. Taking carefully selected comfort stops en route, we return to our original pick-up points.
Cost £629 per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double-bedded room; single room supplement £19 – yes, £19!).
For full details and a booking form, please apply to Clive Hooper, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope (approximately 4.25 x 8.5 inches).