With outstanding views of Lyme Bay, The Victoria Hotel is a gem – a luxury hotel which sets new standards in four-star hotel accommodation. The Victoria is the perfect base for exploring the timeless charm of Sidmouth, a picturesque Regency town. With a reputation as one of England’s very finest hotels, The Victoria Hotel epitomises traditional values of attentive service, superb comfort and sumptuous cuisine. Discover ultimate luxury.
The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven-mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction.
Situated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon, Sharpham Wine & Cheese’s vineyards, creamery and dairy farm have been producing wines and unpasteurised cheeses for over 30 years to local, national and international acclaim.
The 10-acre vineyard lies between 12m and 25m above sea-level on south-facing, well drained slopes – perfect for growing a range of carefully selected cool-climate grape varieties, from which 70,000 bottles of wine are made each year. New World and traditional winemaking techniques are used.
Founded in 1278, Buckland Abbey was the last of the Cistercian monasteries to be built in medieval England and Wales. For over 250 years, the monks who farmed the vast estate lived in the peaceful solitude of the Tavy valley. The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw Buckland sold to Sir Roger Grenville, who began to modify the abbey into a house and home, and later it was sold again to privateer Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
Buckland Abbey remained in the Drake family for around 400 years, until, following a fire in 1938, it was sold to Captain Rodd, who presented it to the National Trust in 1948. Visitors have been welcomed here since 1951, and the Trust has slowly been purchasing back pockets of the estate to form the comparatively modest 650-acre property you see today.
What’s included – 4nts / 5days staying at the luxury Victoria hotel – half board -Devon steam train – Buckland Abbey- Sharpham wine and cheese tasting and executive coach travel on 08th May for 4 nights £499.00 per person