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The Torbay Towns of Torquay, Paignton & Brixham.

Torquay is the largest of the three and almost certainly affords the best shopping opportunities. Union Street are the high street shopping areas with Fleet Street and Harbour side providing a good selection of specialist tourist and independent traders including a genuine French market.

The modern complex in Fleet Walk with its undercover shopping and pedestrianised zone is very shopper friendly. For those seeking more unique gift ideas then the Pavilion Centre is worth a visit.

Out of town, ‘The Willows’ retail park hosts a range of big name shops and stores such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Next, Mothercare, Comet and many others. Do not neglect the two smaller shopping areas of Babbacombe and St Marychurch which provides a less hurried atmosphere than the main town. Whilst in Torquay it is well worth a visit to Living Coasts or St Marychurch which has the famous ‘Model Village’ and ‘By Gones’ in Victoria Street.

Paignton and Brixham are shopping centres in their own right and more ‘oldy worldy’. Take a stroll around the harbour in Paignton. Sit on one of the many seats provided and read a book, watch the pleasure boats pass or simply meditate. When you feel rejuvenated take a walk along the promenade and possibly visit the various exhibitions such as the classic car event, motor cycle show, bicycle show & race and many others depending on time of year. Visit the pier which is free or take refreshment from one of the many eating places and bars.

Roundham Head is a pleasant little park with superb views. On the green is a miniature golf course. From the park is a cliff walk to the well known Goodrington Sands beach which has a quiet promenade and a lake for small boats as well as a pleasure swimming park.

Still in Paignton, a visit to the world renowned ‘Paignton Zoo’ is a must.

Venture a little further and we arrive at Newton Abbot a bustling market town with a very good selection of shops for all tastes. There is a pedestrianised area and very good parking although one sometimes has to queue for a few minutes. Travel a little further and you can spend several hours at the Trago Mills shopping and leisure centre, ideal for children, situated near Bovey Tracy, Newton Abbot. Around this same area is ‘The House of Marbles’ There are demonstrations of glass blowing and a museum. Marbles of all sizes are on display. There is also a coffee shop on the premises. (We have many pamphlets in the reception which can help you to plan out your day) There are also some 16 invigorating walks for those with plenty of energy. Maps are available on loan should you wish to attempt any of these.
Totnes,  a real quaint town with its own 11th century castle. Situated high on a hill this would have presented a difficult target for an enemy in the middle ages.

Totnes always had a sense of consequence. If the legend is to he believed It takes credit as the cradle of the british race. The word British, according to Tomes history is derived from ‘Brutus’ a Trojan hero who sailed here after the fall of Troy. As legend would have it, he leapt ashore on to the ‘Brutus Stone’ in Fore Street and exclaimed the immortal lines ‘Here I stand and here I rest, This place shall be called Totnes.’ This may be fantastical but Totnes certainly has been a place of influence having the status of a royal borough and its own mint. En 1206 the town aquired its charter from King John. The first MP wasappointed in 1295.

There is a conical hill with shops flanking both sides of the narrow street making it quite harmonious On the side of the old riverside warehouses there are new developments and pleasant walks along the river where many yachts and cruisers are moored.

Berry Pomeroy Castle between Paignton and Totnes is the most haunted castle in Britain. The feint of heart need not visit!

Dartmouth  & Kingswear. Travel by car or take the train from Paignion to Kingswear. Then on to the passenger ferry to Dartmouth. Only a few minutes crossing but very pleasant. Walking around Dartmouth is a visual feast for there are so many interesting buildings with stunning architectural features such as Agincourt house, circa 1380. near the lower ferry with its massive black timbers and attractive diamond window panes or the stunning York House on the corner of the Quay. One can venture up the river to Totnes or there is the famous Dartmouth Castle with its strategic fortifications and a stunning array of armaments including a Victorian gun battery complete with audio and visual effects. There is also the Britannia Royal Navel College which houses the Britannia museum. There are guided tours around the college in the summer period.
Dartmoor. You may wish to visit the wonders of Dartmoor. Several well known spots are the famous Hay Tor, Fogintor Quarry, Cadover Bridge, Princetown that has a museum housed within the prison (careful they don’t keep you in!) The scenery of Dartmoor is spectacular albeit in summer or winter snows. Morton Hampstead is also a pretty place to visit. Another place worth visiting is the medieval town of Tavistock near Dartmoor. There is good parking and walks by the river.
These are but a few of the Interesting places to visit. There is so much to see within 20 30 minutes drive from Paignton. Even a trip to North Devon or Cornwall is only 1.5 -2 hours away from Roundhnm Lodge.

Agatha Christie

Greenaway Gardens on the bank of the river Dart at Galmpton was the one time home of author Agatha Christie.
Although it was much loved it was only a holiday home but bad a special place in her heart as it was in her beloved Devon where she grew up and launched her literary career. Greenaway itself features in a number of her noseb under pseudonyms as does the whole area around Dittisham and Dartmouth. In her novels thereare several tracts of countryside mentioned between Okehampton in the north. Salcombe inthe west and Teignmouth in the east with Torquay being the place of her birth.

Greenaway was requisitioned during W.W.2 for evacuees. Then used as an officers mess for a flotilla of the American navy.
The Gilberts built the original Greenway Court in 1530. Sir Walter Raleigh was half brother to one of the Gilbert family of a later generation. From the Gilberts the property passed to ownerships of relative obscurity between 1701 and 1780. In 1781, however, the property was bought by a family of merchants Roope Harris -  Roopes of Dartmouth. They demolished the old ‘Court’ and built the basis of the present day house. The new house was bought in 1791 by the Elton family who had a forty year occupancy. The property then became a second home firstly to the Carlyons of Cornwall then the Huttrells of Somerset, then to the Cornish gardening families of the Harveys, Bolithos and Williams. Eventually it was sold to an estate investment company in 1938 when the estate was broken up.As soon as Agatha Christie heard about the availability of the property, she knew she had to have it. The next owners Roaslind & Anthony Hicks continued to develop the gardens. They gifted the property to the National Trust in 2000. The contents of the house was passed on to Rosalinds son Mathew Pritchard, Chairman of the Agatha Christie Society. He is considering donating some of this when the house is eventually open to the public.

There is a huge 17th century overmantle plasterwork plaque showing the biblical figures of Shadrack Meshak and Abednego. This was rescued from Greenway Court when it was demolished.

The house is now open to the public. There are frequent buses from Paignton but anyone travelling by car must first telephone for a parking space which is limited.Telephone number for a car space 01803 842382. For more information visit The National Trust website.

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