Historic Houses and Gardens
The English Riviera and the area surrounding it have a superb range of historic houses and gardens. Most of these are open all year round making short breaks at all times of the year a delight..
Located on Torquay seafront this building has had three incarnations in its lifetime. Originally it was built as a religious order and as such became one of the country's wealthiest. It eventually fell foul of Henry's programme of Dissolution of the Monasteries.
It shortly then became the home of the Cary family and remained as such until the early 1930's when the family's declining finances forced them to leave. It then became a municipal building which housed the municipal art collection. In recent years it has undergone two lots of lottery funded renovation and today is an up to date attraction with the added benefit of a wonderful walled garden.
Also, in the gardens are wonderful historic glass houses. One is a palm house and the other is an arid house for cacti.
Perched above the banks of the River Dart, this wonderful Georgian house became Agatha Christie's holiday home in 1938 and remained her sanctuary until her death in 1976. It then remained her daughter's main residence until 2004/2005 when the property passed into the hands of the National Trust.Today, both the house and wonderful gardens are open for most of the year.
This cliff top home was the holiday home of the D'Oyly Carte family and exemplifies the glamour of the jazz age. The house has an arts and crafts exterior whilst the interior is Art Deco. A particular feature of the property are the gardens that run down to the cliff path and to a cove below.
The property is open throughout most of the year and there are added attractions such as the Coleton Aglow experience in the winter of 2017 when the house and gardens were illuminated at night in the period running up to Christmas.
The long and generally peaceful history of the south west means that there are few castles compared to other areas such as the English and Welsh borders or indeed the English and Scottish borders and so Compton Castle is something of a rarity. It is an authentic medieval castle which has been in the hands of the Gilbert family for nearly five hundred years. Perhaps the most famous family member was Sir Humphrey Gilbert who was half brother of sir Francis Drake. Today the National Trust are custodians of the castle although the Gilbert family are still in residence.
Tucked away in a corner of St Marychurch these gardens are one of the secret treasures of The English Riviera. Bequeathed to the people of Torbay, these adults only gardens have been a place of peace and contemplation since the 1930's.
Occupying a commanding clifftop position at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary this National Trust Property is worth the effort of visiting. As the crow flies it is not far from Torquay but narrow country lanes demand real patience. However, the patience is rewarded in one of the most stunningly beautiful gardens. The house is not so interesting But it does contain fascinating items collected by inventor Otto Overbeck.
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The Muntham Apartments are located in the leafy Wellswood area of Torquay and are ideally placed to access all that Torquay and The English Riviera has to offer. With accommodation ranging from the spacious luxury three bedroom townhouse, wonderful one bedroom accommodation and studios the Muntham Apartments have something for everyone.
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The Hesketh Crescent Apartment is a Five Star romantic hideaway for two located in a stunning Regency crescent which is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea in the Meadfoot area of Torquay. Although the apartment itself does not have sea views, you are just seconds away from breathtaking coastal scenery.
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Back again for the summer and into the autumn, The English Riviera Wheel is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike. At over 60 meters high, it offers amazing 360 degree views of the bay. The journey lasts about 12 minutes in total. The wheel can be found close to the Princess Theatre on Torquay seafront. Ticket prices - Adults £6, concessions £5, children £4. Family ticket £18.) Open 10am to 8pm and until 10pm on bank holidays and in school holidays.