English Riviera

Lush gardens, rugged coastline and intriguing historic houses close to South Devon’s classic holiday coast.

The house, seen from the garden at Greenway with bluebells in the foreground


At the holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family you can take a glimpse into their lives. This relaxed house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The romantic woodland garden drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary.

A view of the house from the Tulip Tree, Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

Travel back in time to the 1920s at the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family, built in the Arts & Crafts style and imbued with Art Deco elegance. In the RHS-accredited garden viewpoints give glimpses out to sea, and exotic plants thrive in the sheltered valley.

The north front of Compton Castle, Devon. This front is mainly sixteenth-century but parts of the building date back to the fourteenth century.

Compton Castle

A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, is set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards. Compton Castle is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. It has been home to the Gilbert family for nearly 600 years, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh. Compton Castle has closed it's doors for the winter and will reopen in April 2020.

Bradley Manor in Newton Abbot, Devon


This unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house is still a relaxed family home. You can wander through rooms untouched by time, warm yourself by the open fire, and unwind in the tranquil garden. Bradley is nestled in a green haven of riverside meadows and woodland, hidden away in the heart of Newton Abbot. Bradley is now closed for the winter and will reopen next year in April 2020.

View of the rugged coastline at Froward Point, Devon

Brownstone and Coleton Camp

This stretch of coast east of the Dart Estuary is complete with cliffs, beaches and farmland. From Coleton Camp car park a moderate walk leads to the South West Coast Path, with access to Scabbacombe beach. Close to Brownstone car park, at Froward Point, is one of the few remaining Second World War gun batteries.