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Historic Houses & Gardens Breaks in Torquay

Berry Pomeroy Castle near Torquay


Historic Houses and Gardens in and around Torquay

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. For members of the National Trust, there are five or six properties close at hand.

Torre Abbey, Torquay

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.

Short Breaks in Torquay - all year round attractions include Torre Abbey

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.

Short breaks in Torquay - the walled garden in Torre Abbey, an all year round attraction.

Also, in the gardens are wonderful historic glass houses. One is a palm house and the other is an arid house for cacti.

Short breaks in Torquay - the Palm House at Torre Abbey, an all year round attraction.


Greenway, Galmpton

Perched above the banks of the River Dart a short distance from Paignton, 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.

Greenway House - visit historic houses and gardens on a short break to Torquay


Coleton Fishacre, Brixham

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.

Coleton Aglow - a winter attraction for visitors on short breaks to The Muntham Apartments in Torquay.


Compton Castle, near Paignton

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.


Tessier Gardens Babbacombe 

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.



Overbeck's, Salcombe

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.



Check availability & rates at our self catering apartments for your historic houses and gardens break

Please click on the links below for details of self catering accommodation in Torquay and to check rates, availability and to book.

Sovereign House Apartment Torquay

Sovereign House Apartment

Two Bedroom Apartment

Unbeatable central location

Muntham Holiday Apartments Torquay

Muntham Apartments

Luxury One Bedroom and Studio Apartments

Tranquil yet central location

Lisburne Place Town House - Luxury self catering accommodation in Torquay

Lisburne Place Town House

Three Bedroom Luxury Accommodation

Very central position minutes from the harbour

Muntham Town House with hot tub

The Muntham Town House

Luxury Three Bed Accommodation

Private garden and terrace with hot tub

The Stables Holiday Apartments At Meadfoot Bay

The Stables Apartments

Two bedroom Apartments

Close to beach and coastal walks

Braeside Apartment

Exceptionally Spacious Two Bed Apartment

Located In Wellswood Area of Torquay


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