1. Life always feels like a holiday
Ok, so we can’t be on holiday all the time, but life in the bay always has a little touch of that laidback, flipflop feeling that makes summer feel so special. Even on a sunny winter’s day, you’ll find the harbourside cafes dotted with people-watchers soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views. Palm trees flutter in the breeze, those coloured lights that line the sea front reflect happily in the sea as the sun goes down, and everything just feels…relaxed. And if you want to wear those flip flops well into winter, nobody's judging here.
2. Greenway House & Gardens
There’s something nice about living in the town that Agatha Christie once called home, and Greenway House is one of my favourite National Trust properties. In the village of Galmpton, near Brixham, Greenway House was Agatha’s country retreat from the glare of the public, and it’s beautiful. Woodland slopes gently down towards the River Dart, and it’s the perfect spot for a walk on a quiet autumn day.
3. Dartmoor on your doorstep
I have to say it, I love being on Dartmoor. I love the way it feels as though you’ve stepped into a fairytale for the day, even though it’s only 20 minutes or so from Torbay. And no matter how often you pull on your walking boots and head up there, no two days ever look the same. Dartmoor’s a place where you’ll find ancient bridges, bubbling brooks, and cosy tea rooms with roaring fires. And if you love a cream tea, it’s home to some of the best.
4. The views still surprise me
I think the most memorable views are the ones that take you by surprise. Like the times when you’re wandering along the beach at Goodrington, near Paignton and the Orient Express chugs its way along beside you. Or the times when you wander your way home just as the sun sets and you look up to see it blazing, high above the sea, with a fire that makes you smile. Torbay’s home to some of the best stretches of the South West Coast Path too, but be warned – they’re hilly, so take plenty of water if you’re tackling them on a warm day!
5. The food...enough said
Now I wouldn’t say I’m a fully fledged foodie, but even I can’t help but take advantage of the bay’s passion for serving up local produce in style. It doesn’t have to be elaborate either, and I often while away a Friday evening tucking into fish and chips with a view of the seafront in Babbacombe. Speaking of Babbacombe, I don’t know a girl who isn’t in love with a place called the Angels Tea Room. With patterned china cups, tea strainers and heart shaped scones still warm from the oven, this gorgeous tea room’s packed with angels, and what a place to catch up with friends on a Saturday morning.
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