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Devon Riviera & Writers


National Trust Breaks 2017
from just
£560 .00
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    • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Headland Hotel, Torquay
    • Porterage
    • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
    • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
    • Visits to Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Castle Drogo Garden, Compton Castle, A la Ronde & Powderham Castle*
    • Ferry to Greenway
    • Guided tour of Powderham Castle*
    • Services of a Tour Manager
Tour CodeDatePickupsHotelDurationPriceAvailability
T02766 101/05/2017 VIEW
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Chippenham, London Victoria, Maidenhead, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Reading, Richmond-upon-Thames, Wokingham
The Headland Hotel (Please Call) 5 Days £560.00 Please Call
T02767 115/05/2017 VIEW
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Basingstoke, Brighton, Bromley, Eastbourne, Epsom, Fleet Services (M3), Guildford, Horsham, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Sutton
The Headland Hotel (Please Call) 5 Days £560.00 Please Call
T02768 112/06/2017 VIEW
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CLUB CLASS HOME COLLECTION from £90 per person, Darlington, Do not use - Web Making own Way, Durham, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northallerton, Redcar, Ripon, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Stockton-on-Tees, Whitley Bay, York
The Headland Hotel 5 Days £560.00 Book Now
T02769 126/06/2017 VIEW
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Burton-upon-Trent, Chesterfield, CLUB CLASS HOME COLLECTION from £90 per person, Coalville, Coventry, Derby, Do not use - Web Making own Way, Hucknall, Leeds, Leicester, Long Eaton, Loughborough, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Mansfield, Nottingham, Sheffield, Swadlincote
The Headland Hotel (Please Call) 5 Days £560.00 Please Call
T02770 110/07/2017 VIEW
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Altrincham, Bolton, Chester, CLUB CLASS HOME COLLECTION from £90 per person, Crewe, Do not use - Web Making own Way, Ellesmere Port, Kidsgrove, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Manchester, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northwich, Preston, Stafford, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington Lymm Services (M6), Winsford
The Headland Hotel (Please Call) 5 Days £560.00 Please Call
T02771 102/10/2017 VIEW
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Bristol Cribbs Causeway, Bromsgrove, Cheltenham, CLUB CLASS HOME COLLECTION from £90 per person, Do not use - Web Making own Way, Evesham, Gloucester, Kidderminster, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Pershore, Redditch, Shrewsbury, Telford, Tewkesbury, Wellington (Shrops.), Wolverhampton, Worcester
The Headland Hotel 5 Days £560.00 Book Now

Writers have flocked to south Devon down the centuries, inspired by the stunning coastal vistas, picture-postcard villages and wild landscapes. We enjoy this impressive scenery as we explore magical gardens, charming castles and fascinating houses, including the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie, one of Britain’s best-loved writers.

Excursion One - Greenway & Coleton Fishacre
We head to Dartmouth where we board the ferry which takes us to Greenway, the much-loved holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. Nestled on the side of the River Dart and surrounded by a picturesque woodland garden, this atmospheric house is set in the 1950s and contains many of the family's collections.

From Greenway, we journey to Coleton Fishacre, a 1920s Arts and Crafts-style house built for the D'Oyly Carte family. The sophistication of the house's surviving Art Deco interior contrasts with the magical 30 acre garden, complete with views out to sea.

Excursion Two - Castle Drogo Garden & Compton Castle
Castle Drogo Garden is set within the grounds of the striking granite Castle Drogo, high above the Teign Gorge. Designed by Edwin Lutyens at the beginning of the 20th century, the 12 acre terraced formal garden has an established rhododendron and magnolia collection, herbaceous borders, a rose garden and shrub garden and boasts superb views of the Teign Valley and Dartmoor.

We continue on to Compton Castle, a dramatic fortified medieval manor house with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis that has been home to the Gilbert family for nearly 600 years. Interior highlights include the medieval kitchen which gives insight into domestic life of that time, the Great Hall and Solar (private living quarters).
  The castle's most famous inhabitant was Sir Humphrey Gilbert, coloniser of Newfoundland and half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. Outside are a medieval knot garden, rose garden and orchard.

Excursion Three - A la Ronde & Powderham Castle*
We step into another world at A la Ronde, a unique 16-sided house built at the request of two spinster cousins in the 18th century. This eccentric house with quirky diamond-shaped windows and fascinating interior decoration is crammed full of extraordinary artefacts, curiosities and mementoes from the cousins' grand European tour. 2017 also marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mary Parminter, one of the aforementioned cousins.

Powderham Castle enjoys a picturesque setting within an ancient deer park and has been home to the Courtenay family (the Earls of Devon) for over 600 years. On our guided tour, we are taken through the majestic rooms and listen to fascinating stories about the family.

*Please note: On 1st May and 12th June departures, Powderham Castle will be closed. It will be replaced by a visit to Ugbrooke House.

Originally built as a private home for a wealthy Russian family, the Headland Hotel is an elegant Victorian villa situated on a headland overlooking the sea in Torquay. Set in two acres of magnificent grounds, the hotel offers stunning views across Torbay and features a restaurant, gallery lounge and sea view terrace, plus a sauna, mini-gym and a brand new spa built in 2016.

Sea View rooms are available at a supplement – please ask for details.

Single Supplement £120