English Riviera

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

The Buttery with a wooden table and dresser, and the original rough limeash concrete floor at Bradley Manor, a medieval house at Newton Abbot, Devon

Bradley

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.

The coast path and view of the sea around Coleton Fishacre in autumn

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.

The house surrounded by spring flowers

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. You can get an insight into life 'upstairs and downstairs' from the glamorous Saloon and the airy servants' rooms. In the RHS-accredited garden viewpoints give glimpses out to sea, and exotic plants thrive in the sheltered valley.

A view of the front of Compton Castle

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.

Greenway House in spring

Greenway

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.