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Devon & the Tamar Valley

England

Unique heritage in this lush hidden valley

Secluded along the border between Devon and Cornwall lies the delightful Tamar Valley. The ruined towers of its once significant mining industry have been evocatively reclaimed by the lush natural landscape, which meanders along the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region is rich in both beauty and history, and provides a haven for a variety of wildlife. Nestled in the region are stunning gardens, refined historic properties and quirky towns, which combine to form the Tamar Valley’s unique heritage.

TREASURES OF THE TAMAR VALLEY

Historic houses and hidden gems


From £489 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month


Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October


Suggested Hotel

Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton

  • Tranquil and welcoming hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park
  • Sits within 9 acres of picturesque gardens
  • All of the comfortable rooms have a garden view
  • Restaurant overlooking the gardens, with a terrace
  • Cosy lounge and bar area

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Attractions:

Powderham Castle

The magnificent Powderham Castle dates back to the 14th century, and sits within a picturesque deer park beside the River Exe estuary. The castle’s towers, crenelations, grand state rooms and formal gardens tell the story of its long history as the ancestral home of the Courtenay family.

The Garden House

The Garden House comprises 10 acres of wonderful gardens, situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The gardens were begun in the 1940s on the site of the graceful former home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum. The gardens follow a ‘naturalistic planting’ philosophy, and the extraordinary variety of planting ensures interesting and bold blooms throughout the season. The Garden House itself is now home to the tea rooms, which serve a lovely cream tea.

Cotehele (NT)

Cotehele is an ancestral Tudor home found deep in the Tamar Valley. Excellently preserved, the interior is rich with tapestries, armoury and oak furniture. Outside, the lovely formal gardens give way to the pretty Valley Garden, which leads down to the river. Cotehele Quay was once bustling with vessels transporting cargo for the local industries; today, it’s home to the restored sailing barge ‘Shamrock’.

Tamar Valley Railway Line

Running from Plymouth to Gunnislake, this railway line following the River Tamar is so scenic that it’s hard to believe that it’s a regular, functional branch line. A journey on the Tamar Valley Line takes you through peaceful villages and idyllic countryside, and one of the highlights is when the train traverses the Calstock viaduct, crossing the water 120 feet below.

Saltram (NT)

This magnificent and imposing mansion dates back to the early Georgian era. Overlooking the River Plym, it sits within acres of rolling parkland. The elegant Palladian façades shelter an incredible collection of paintings, including several by Joshua Reynolds, and the ornately crafted interiors are accentuated by sumptuous furnishings.

Port Eliot

This astonishing Grade I-listed house is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. The ancient site dates back over 1,000 years and the house as it stands today is truly unique: it has 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys. It houses an incredible accumulation of artistic treasures from across its history, including works by Reynolds and Van Dyck. The park and gardens are also Grade I-listed, and form a wonderful place to wander amongst woodland, pretty blooms and magnificent trees.

Greenway Ferry

Take to the water on a pleasure cruise to explore the beautiful River Dart. Beginning in Dartmouth, the on-board commentary introduces the historical houses, castles, quaint villages and wildlife that can be seen from the river, and takes you to Greenway House – home of the late Agatha Christie.

Greenway House (NT)

Having arrived by boat at Greenway Quay, stroll up through the woods to discover this atmospheric house which was the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie. Filled with 1950s Christie memorabilia and the family’s extensive collections of artefacts, it’s the perfect place to learn about the great author and her family life. Wander through the lovely gardens to the Boathouse, which served as the scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly.


Alternatives

Killerton (NT)

One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton is an 18th century house filled with treasures and surrounded by marvellous gardens. Within the house, the Killerton collection is known for its abundance of 18th – 20th century dress and accessories. Outside, the extensive grounds combine formal and informal gardens, an Iron Age hill fort and an extinct volcano.

Make this tour your own

Great alternative attractions include the Agatha Christie trail in Torquay, or any of the lovely historic houses and gardens in the region.


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