3* Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton
Positioned on a headland dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston, the Redcliffe boasts a 400 metre water frontage, at sea level, in the very centre of the outstandingly beautiful Torbay, otherwise known as The English Riviera. Sea views, from elegant Torquay on one side to the quaint fishing port of Brixham on the other, can be enjoyed from all public rooms, many of the bedrooms and from the large seafront sun terrace.
Bar Restaurant Sun Lounge Indoor and outdoor swimming pools Spa Fitness Center Free Wi-Fi TV Complimentary toiletries Wake-up service/alarm clock Hair dryer Tea/coffee in room Lift at the hotel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Tea/coffee on arrival
Choice menu at dinner
1 drink per person with dinner each night (beer, wine or soft drink only)
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities
Entertainment on two nights
Train ride on Dartmouth Steam Railway
Circular River Cruise
Entrance to Buckfast Abbey
We depart and head to Paignton where we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee on arrival.
Dartmouth Steam Railway & Cruise
Today we embark on a steam train ride. Enjoy breath-taking scenery on this picturesque line along the English Riviera Geopark coastline and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart Estuary, before arriving in Kingswear. It is here we cross the River Dart on the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth where we board our pleasure boat for a relaxing one-hour return river cruise. There will be time in Dartmouth to explore or stroll along the river before returning to our hotel.
We spend today in the stylish seaside resort of Torquay. Enjoy a wonderful waterfront stroll along the palm-lined promenade, the Princess Pier, the marina and the well-manicured Princess Gardens. Perhaps enjoy a Devon Cream tea while gazing out to sea at this elegant resort. There is also a land train to all the major attractions such as Torquay museum featuring an Agatha Christie Gallery. There is also an 'Agatha Christie Mile' featuring landmarks from her books.
A full day at leisure in Babbacombe. Experience the stunning sea views, colourful promenade and picturesque buildings. Take a peaceful stroll around the small and tranquil village, dotted with independent shops, boutiques and cosy tearooms. There are plenty of attractions to explore, including the popular Babbacombe Model Village, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway (built in the same year Lucketts Travel was founded in 1926) providing passengers with spectacular vistas as it travels up and down the 240-foot cliff face to Oddicombe beach. Alternatively, Bygones has three floors of pure nostalgia where you can wander back in time, visit an authentic, life-size Victorian street including forge, sweet shop & apothecary.
On our way home we visit neighbouring Buckland Abbey, part museum, part house, crammed with a variety of historic artefacts surrounded by meadows and woodlands from where we can enjoy magnificent views of the Tavy Valley.