Discover the hidden treasures of Devon and Cornwall that feel, quite often tropical yet, so delightfully off the beaten track. Explore Dartmoor National Park, Teign Valley, South West Coast Path, Fowey, St Mawes, St Agnes, Falmouth and St Ives
Devon - 2 nights
Cornwall - 3 nights
Remote and wild, this Secret tour of Devon and Cornwall will take you to places off the beaten track with a series of historical, cultural and modern-day treasures - a feast for all the senses. You’ll visit some of the wildest and dramatic landscapes from the Dartmoor Tors to mystical Bodmin Moor, both with their own stone circles, and magical valleys including the Teign, the Fowey and the Fal which tumble down from the moors to beautiful estuaries on their way to the sea. We travel on the quiet roads through the ever-changing countryside and visit wonderful seaside locations including Fowey, St. Mawes, Falmouth and St. Ives. There are great seafood and pasties to both eat and make, and some stunning gardens, including Trelissik, Lanhydrock and the natural heather, filled cliffs at St. Agnes, to visit along the way. This tour will immerse you in Secret Devon and Cornwall, far from the crowds but rich in vistas and historical and cultural treasures.
Heritage & Culture
Landscapes & Seascapes
Scenic Rail Journey
Cornish Cooking Lesson
Group Size: 6 – 12
Day 1 Meet at Exeter St. David’s train station. Your tour begins with a visit to the iconic Castle Drogo, perched above the Teign Valley. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the self-made millionaire Julius Drewe, it appears ancient, but this remarkable building was only constructed 100 years ago, the last castle ever built in England. Later walk along the Teign Valley to our hotel the beautiful thatched 5-star inn, the Three Crowns in Chagford for a two-night stay. Chagford has a heated, open-air, river-fed lido for those fancying a late afternoon dip before we dine at the hotel’s gastro-pub restaurant. (D)
Day 2 A guided morning walk takes you into the heart of North Dartmoor, on a loop through Gidleigh Park’s woodlands, up onto the moors for some Tor spotting and round to an ancient stone circle. We discover the history of the area, its myths, landscape and secrets. We stop in Belstone with the option for lunch at the Tors Inn, which has panoramic views over Dartmoor’s rolling hills, later we return to explore Gidleigh Park and the chance for a spot of tea in this gorgeous manor before returning to Chagford. (B)
Day 3 Transferring to Cornwall turn off the A30 at Jamaica Inn, where Daphne du Maurier’s famous book of the same name is set, before visiting the Hurlers Stone Circles nestled in Bodmin Moor. These ceremonial circles are, according to legend, the remains of men petrified for playing hurling on a Sunday. We transfer to the River Fowey and walk along its banks to reach impressive Lanhydrock Gardens and explore, you can enjoy lunch in this magnificent late Victorian country house set within historic parkland and a wooded estate. In the afternoon, sit back and relax on a boat trip from Fowey along the estuary to Golant, with commentary from our skipper on the history and culture of this serpentine river. Transfer to the Plume of Feathers, a former 16th-century coaching inn in Mitchell for a three nights stay. (B)
Day 4 Head to St. Ives on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the UK, hugging the cliffs past Caribbean like beaches and into the town where the pasties are great - but watch out for the seagulls! St. Ives is famous for its great light and is a haven for artists, including the Tate Modern and has some wonderful streets to explore. The evening sees us journey to Cornwall’s Beaver Project for an evening ‘Beaver Walk’ and the chance for a classic Cornish dinner of fish and chips. (B)
Day 5 After breakfast, take the seasonal ferry to Trelissick Gardens to enjoy the jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species from varied woodland planting, mixed borders and exotic perennials, there will be the chance to take lunch at the National Trust café here. We hop on the ferry to Falmouth and then round to St. Mawes, one of Cornwall’s most stunning coastal villages. In the afternoon we head up the Roseland Peninsula to the Philleigh Way Cookery School for some traditional Cornish pasty making with head chef Rupert and dinner, including your freshly made pasties, all with a stunning estuary backdrop. (B, D)
Day 6 This morning, explore the St. Agnes Heritage Coast and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, take a stroll along the coastal cliffs and beaches with a stop for lunch in St. Agnes. Transfer back to Exeter from where we make our return journeys. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
Passengers with National Trust Membership receive a credit of £10 per person, please register membership numbers at the time of booking.
Located within the Dartmoor National Park, the Three Crowns is a beautiful thatched 5-star inn set in the heart of the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford. A striking mix of 13th-century features and contemporary comfort and style. From beamed ceiling and huge inglenook fireplaces, to a glass atrium and stunning courtyard garden, the Three Crowns is a delightful place to enjoy great food and a comfortable stay.
The Three Crowns has 21 en-suite boutique bedrooms refurbished to a high standard and successfully blending character with modern design and convenience. In each room you will find a contemporary en-suite , flat-screen TV, Teas and coffee making facilities and WiFi.
Set in the picturesque Cornish village of Mitchell,this 16th-century coaching inn is a true gem, with easy access to the coast but just far enough away from the crowds to be a luxurious countryside retreat. With a traditional-chic restaurant sat within an elegant conservatory and serving locally and ethically sourced delicious meals.
Rooms at The Plume of Feathers are set within separate converted barns and stables. The elegant rooms are equipped with an en suite bathroom, a TV with satellite channels and tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi.
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £315
(Apr 24 £375)
Trains from London Paddington to Exeter, St. David’s £110
First Class Supplement from £75
Secure Parking at Exeter, St. David’s Station add £75
Extra Nights - Exeter
Southernhay House Hotel
(per night) £115
Single supplement £95
5 night’s hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, scenic rail journey, itinerary as described, entrance fees and, the services of expert driver/guide.
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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