Tourists in our own Town

Published: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Written by: Charlotte Reynolds

On a sunny weekend in May, some of the Blueriver Cottages team got together to take a step back and appreciate our home towns as our guests do by becoming Tourists in our own Town! Here’s a diary of some of the things we got up to:

Day 1 – Saturday

We had a great start to the day with Brunch at Café Al Fresco in Dartmouth accompanied by some French accordian players taking part in Dart Music Festival.

We took a stroll down to Bayards Cove where crowds were gathered, listening to some more jovial tunes by the river.

At 1pm, we took the Greenway and Dittisham Ferry up river and even met some of our guests on board, who were staying in one of our holiday cottages in Dartmouth!

We alighted at the picture-perfect, thatched boat house that makes up part of the National Trust’s Greenway Estate – formerly Agatha Christie’s home and walked the path up to the main house itself. Following a rest in the wonderfully placed deckchairs to the front of the property, we could hold back no longer and went inside for a peek at this stunning regency home.

An obligatory cream tea followed (with jam on cream of course!) which we walked off around the gardens before taking the beautiful Bluebell-lined walk down to Greenway Halt Station where we caught the Dartmouth Steam Railway back to Kingswear.

We arrived at our holiday property, Ravenswell in Kingswear at around 17:30 and excitedly ran around exploring the stunning house and drinking in the exceptional views across the river Dart to Dartmouth Castle.

Agnese cooked a fab dinner of pasta, pizza and salad which we ate on the terrace and then we tore ourselves away from our beautiful home for the night to head back over to Dartmouth and enjoy Dart Music Fest, cheering very loudly when our Blueriver Cottages logo appeared on the big screen on the main stage!

A quick ferry hop back to Kingswear and we were in our beds before midnight!

Day 2 - Sunday

We rose at a reasonable hour and were back out on the terrace for a breakfast of pastries, strawberries, orange juice and coffee.

At 10am, we reluctantly packed our bags and said goodbye to Ravenswell and then took a drive over to Salcombe for the day.

Our first port of call was Salcombe Gin Distillery where we were treated to a tour of the distillery and gin school by Mark – what an experience! ‘Students’ at the school have the opportunity to distil their very own gin from their pick of the many aromatic botanicals available.

We then took a stroll through the town and caught the boat over to East Portlemouth where we met Marcus from Salcombe Paddleboarding for a lesson on the stand-up paddleboards! What a great instructor he was, we were all novices but he had us on our feet in no time and come the end, we were pirouetting on the boards too!

And then it was time to head home – not that any of us had far to go! But what we took away with us was a renewed appreciation of why our guests love to visit South Devon – and a greater knowledge of some of our favourite local attractions which we can now impart to our visitors.


Charlotte Reynolds

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