City Break Ahoy…

A stay at The Sail Loft, Royal William Yard

Why did we choose Plymouth for a break? Simple, Plymouth is a city we pass on our South West adventures but have never taken any time to explore and the Sail Loft at Royal William Yard looked to be the perfect base.

Arriving at Royal William yard I was pleasantly surprised by the number of cafes, restaurants, galleries and even a very cool wine bar.  With the added bonus of being surrounded by impressive Grade 1 listed ex-navy buildings.  The beginning of the weekend to living yard life was already looking good!  All the better as my husband arrived as an advanced party, chilling the fizz and unpacking bags.

On arrival at The Sail Loft, I continued to be impressed.  The view from the apartment is great. The view out to a small marina with the River Tamar in the background is very relaxing, especially with a glass of fizz in hand! The apartment is very swish, my husband was very impressed, so much so he claimed he could easily live there!  I’m not sure if I should be worried!!

The Sail loft is a fine example of open plan living; the tasteful décor, comfortable surroundings and well equipped kitchen made all the difference to a luxury city break base. Being able to stream your own music through a sound dock, adds to the feeling of being home from home. The electronic candles operated by remote control were a great touch, a very homely feel when the lights were dimmed, and candles lit!

Arriving to a welcome of fresh milk, tea and coffee pods was a great touch; for those travelling light and maybe arriving by train – perfect!  There is also a very well written guide to the property and surrounding area, which is very informative. I became fascinated with the books on Devon, Plymouth and the South West and spent some rare peaceful time reading with no distractions!  Bliss… 

The following day we decided to be energetic and go for a run, a great way (running or walking) to enjoy the sea views and explore the area. Our route took us from Royal William Yard, along the coastal path over The Hoe and finally arriving at the Mayflower Steps in the historic district of the Barbican. Standing on the steps, you could picture the Mayflower pilgrims departing for the New World in 1620, what an adventure and what a fantastic setting.

On arriving back to the Sail Loft, the day was ahead of us. First stop lunch at the cool wine bar spotted on day one, “Le Vignoble”. Great platters of food and a wonderful selection of wines. We then headed off to the city, catching a small passenger ferry a few minutes walk from The Sail Loft. After a bit of shopping in the city, we made our way back to the Barbican for a tour of the Plymouth Gin distillery.  Gin has been distilled at the distillery since 1793, we’ll not share more as the tour is a must!  You may have guessed it; my husband and I are big foodies!

The evening involved yet more food as we had booked a table at Positano, possibly the best authentic Italian restaurant we have been to outside of Italy!  Our only warning is book in advance and save room for the fantastic food! The atmosphere is great, a place bustling with guests and staff who take pride in service and food, so it's definitely worth a visit, but do book.

Arriving back at the Sail Loft after an action-packed day was a perfect end, candles lit, comfy surroundings, quiet – perfect for snugging down for a good nights sleep. After a great nights' sleep, a bit more reading and a breakfast prepared in the lovely kitchen it was time to head off home. One thing is for sure, we will be back, maybe to run the Plymouth half marathon followed by a large amount for food and wine in the lovely base of the Sail Loft, Royal William Yard! 

Click here to check out The Sail Loft at Royal William Yard. 

About the author


The Blue Chip family welcomed me in 2016 as the Commercial and Finance Director. I work with the team to grow Blue Chip without compromising the quality of our guest and owner experiences. My spare time is spent with the family hanging out at our beach hut, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and generally enjoying what the wonderful South West has to offer!

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