Strategically situated between the sea and the Dart estuary, it provided an excellent defensive position for Saxon farmers against Viking raids. It was the focal point to repel any Spanish Landing, a depot for the American army. The windmill was built during the Napoleonic Wars due to the increased need for flour. It is Torbay's greatest remaining open area of historical antiquity.
Dartmouth is steeped in history, although it's not old enough for the Domesday Book. It was once one of the richest towns in Britain and saw many a pirate and privateer including John Hauley former mayor and MP who fell in and out of favour with the king. He built Dartmouth Castle and led the victorious battle of Blackpool, although he also created it. Dartmouth also hosted the armies of the second and third Crusades.
A simply stunning and almost hidden beach and one of the most breathtaking in South Devon. It could be mistaken for the Mediterranean for the tropical plants that grow here. We stop at the Venus Restaurant for brunch, a stroll on the beach and the incredible story of The Battle of Blackpool Sands.
Known for its importance in the D- Day landings, however previously in 1831 it was a favourite with sporting and hunting enthusiasts and nearly became one of Britain's Safari Resorts. Slapton Lee was formed over 3000 years ago and It is home to some of the rarest and largest collections of biodiversity in England.
The Stokeley Farm Shop
Here we collect the products for our hamper on the River Dart Cruise. It's also a great opportunity to purchase some local products which we can keep fresh in the Gourmet Cool Box. We stop for a tasting from a selection of local cheeses and Mikes Smokehouse meats, real ale from the South Hams Brewery and Luscombe Drinks.
The Seafood Shack
Beesands is best known as a tourist destination but is an age old fishing village that concentrates mainly on crab and lobster. Which is the driving force behind our visit, we meet the fishermen of Britannia and hear about a communities connection to the land and sea and taste their freshly caught produce at the shack on the beach.
Sits on the opposite banks of the Salcombe estuary and hosts the sun-kissed beaches of Sunny Cove and Mill Bay. It has remarkable views out to the Mouth across to Salcombe and up to Kingsbridge, perfect for our first boat trip. It is an age-old parish that was once a thriving community of shipbuilders, fishermen and farmers.
is now one of the most expensive places to buy into in England with its exceptional marine views, fresh sea air, and turquoise waters. It is home to a rare population of Sea Horses due to its unique estuary that is not fed by a river system, which creates its own unique biodiversity.
South Sands Beach
Is one of the most unspoilt beaches in South Devon, it is actually part of a cove so you’re sheltered from the sea winds, and it provides a neat little sun trap if you just want to soak up the rays. We arrive by Sea Tractor, allowing us to take in the stunningly clear waters of the mouth of the estuary and a close up of Fort Charles..
The Oyster Shack
Is an atmospheric restaurant that is cut off daily by a tidal road that can catch out the unwary. The restaurant is hidden in the landscape and celebrates age old oyster recipes. An oyster farm with a history that serves day-boat caught fish and Fruits de Mer. We meet the chef as they talk us through the recipes and the food.
The Sharpham Vineyard
This thousand year old farm consists of five hundred acres owned by the Sharpham Trust. The house, designed in 1770 by Sir Robert Taylor, overlooks the beautiful rolling hills surrounding the lower meandering Dart. The setting of the vineyard is spectacular and made even more special by the Sharpham Sparkling Reserve. An elegant dry traditionally made wine with a rich depth of fruit.
Private River Dart Cruise
This concludes our adventure with a private charter on the River Dart, taking in the hamlets and villages as we pass by. From the walk down to the quay to the views from the river itself are memories you will keep forever. We compliment the cruise with blankets for comfort in the late evening, local produce, and wine are served from the Gourmet Guides luxury hamper.
We look forward to meeting you and your participation in our guided tours.