Agatha Christie-Queen of Crime
Wander the streets quaint Devon villages, pop in for a Devonshire cream tea, then continue walking, sightseeing, taking steam trains and small ferry boats – these activities would have played an important part of daily life for our Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. We recommend a relaxing train journey to the South-West coastal town of Torquay; you’ll witness the tranquil countryside and pass right beside the water’s edge, so expect stunning scenery throughout your journey. Home of the famous author of all time (apart from William Shakespeare), this base will allow you to follow in Agatha’s footsteps, discover various locations for her inspiration and the creation of famous sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Visit her home, Greenway, for a glimpse of her family life and don’ t miss the Boathouse, location for “Dead Man’s Folly”. Our award-winning, specially-selected, expert guide will share his bank of knowledge and stimulate your senses with the smells and tastes of Devon.
Sharpham Vineyard has produced English wines and cheeses to international acclaim for over 20 years. Ramble through the vines, meet the master winemakers, visit the creamery-and conclude with the ultimate wine and cheese tasting. Located along the River Dart, arrive by road or river, but either will provide panoramic vistas.
Dartmouth has so many small, boutique shops selling local produce and galleries with affordable artwork of local scenes-you won’t know where to start! It’s also home to the Britannia Royal Naval College who have trained naval officers since 1863. A tour of this magnificent estate will be time well-spent as you learn of its significance in today’s world of conflict. Complete the day with a relaxing river cruise along the estuary before retuning to your hotel.
Drive across Dartmoor and appreciate the views from Hambledown Ridge, take a fascinating guided tour of The Prison Museum and by then you’ll be ready for another cream team!
Those looking to relive the 1930’s glamour and art deco, experience a stay at Burgh Island. Used in many film scenes, the unique Burgh Island Hotel sits like an ocean liner on its own tidal basin and is served by the world’s only sea-tractor which transports to/from the mainland. True Agatha fans will recognise the decadent restaurant and ballroom; all bedroom themes differ, yet still reflect the bygone era. This retreat is special, including a formal black-tie dinner which requires a dinner jacket for men and cocktail dresses for ladies-but what a treat?