Agatha Christie Country Weekender

With its unique old-school feel, the Redcliffe Hotel is a wonderful complement to this itinerary of mystery from yesteryear! We combine olde worlde charm with beautiful scenery and a poison plants tour in Agatha Christie country, to create an intriguing tour. It’s not a crime to crave a weekend by the seaside!
PACKAGED ITINERARY
Day 1 Arrival

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Cruise
Today is all about exploration and sightseeing. We start by boarding a Dartmouth Steam Railway train at Paignton and enjoy a 30 minute journey to Kingswear, with breathtaking views of the coastline along the way. On arrival, we cross the River Dart on the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth from where we join a 1 hour circular river cruise, passing amazing scenery, including Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village and the Royal Britannia Naval College. From the cruise, we can also see Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s home from 1938 to 1976, which featured in several of her novels and which she described as “the most perfect” of the houses on the River Dart. On returning to Dartmouth, we retrace our steps to board our train and return to Paignton.

Day 3 Torre Abbey & Torquay
We take a step back in time this morning with a visit to Torre Abbey. Founded in 1196, it is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the UK and today serves as a museum. The Abbey’s collection includes a wealth of incredible works of art, ranging from the 18th Century to the present day. There are lovely gardens to explore including the walled garden behind the main house. We enjoy a guided tour of the Potent Plants Garden. Inspired by Torquay’s most famous former resident, the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie, who had over half her characters poisoned, we discover just how much she knew about plant pharmacy, and how looks can be deceptive! Fans of the author have the chance to solve the mystery of the missing story titles by interpreting clues and plants in the four outside beds. We have the remainder of the day in Torquay at leisure.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.
Legend

Redcliffe Hotel Paignton

Paignton
AAAA Beachside Location Breakfast Room with Panoramic Views Excellent Hotel Standard New to Albatross Seafront Location Spa Facilities
The seafront Redcliffe Hotel is in a prime spot on the beach, situated on a promontory dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston. With a real old-school attention to detail and service, this hotel enjoys an excellent reputation amongst groups. With a whopping 400 metre water frontage, this place makes the most of its location with a sea view restaurant and a sun terrace overlooking the coast. All 70 attractive bedrooms are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities, while guests also enjoy free use of the leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, spa pool, sauna and steam room.
3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £249pp
No Single Supplement (max 9 incl driver)
Based on Friday arrivals

Dates available
14/05/21, 21/05/21, 28/05/21

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 2 nights (this is based on a 4 night stay and we are using a 3 night)
• Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Cruise return package (1000 - Board train at Paignton; 1200 board boat at Dartmouth - River Cruise; Return train to Paignton - 1415/1500)
• Entrance to Torre Abbey & Potent Plants tour
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Prices starting from...

£249 for 4 days

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Features of this tour

• Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Cruise return package
• Entrance to Torre Abbey & Potent Plants tour