Devon Riviera & Writers

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.


Travel Options


5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 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
  • 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

Headland Hotel

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 Supplements Apply

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.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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Departure Date Pickup Points Hotel Price  
02/10/2017 The Headland Hotel £560.00 Please Call