I was very excited when I was asked to visit Sea Gem, near Dartmouth to ensure everything's perfect for its first Blue Chip guests. I have many fond memories of visiting Blackpool Sands as a child and couldn’t wait to take my little ones too! My children are two and a half years old (Tommy) and 1-year-old (Tillie), so as the thought of going anywhere can be quite stressful I brought my sister along for a helping hand.
On our way to the property, we decided to stop off at Woodlands Family Theme Park. It was a cloudy day but that didn’t matter. We got soaked on the water flumes but dried off relatively quickly walking between the rides. They’ve recently opened a new dinosaur attraction “Dino Trek”, where you can get up close to a Stegosaurus or admire the humongous T-Rex! They have lots of animals there too from rabbits to pigs to horses.
By the time we arrived at the Endsleigh Court apartments, we couldn’t wait to get in our pj’s and have an early night. First impressions of the apartment were excellent. Everything was so clean and tidy which is always a worry when travelling with small children, particular a crawling baby. We were almost unpacked when we decided to check out the bathroom. Our pyjamas would have to wait…the Jacuzzi bath was calling! The kids thought it was a swimming pool and Tommy couldn’t wait to try out his doggy paddle. We decided to have a chilled evening so we popped over to Radius 7, the bar opposite, ordered a take away pizza and watched a DVD. When we got in to bed, we all fell asleep in minutes in one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept on.
Up bright and breezy for a day at the beach! There is a coastal path which starts just behind the apartments however, it is not for the faint hearted. The journey down to the beach is lovely but the walk but up is steep to put it mildly. With a double buggy, we decided it might be best to drive down to Blackpool Sands. There is a large carpark, a small shop and a restaurant so we were all ready for a full day at the beach.
We had a beautiful lunch at The Venus restaurant, the cakes looked lovely but we decided to save ourselves for the giant ice creams we had seen on the way in! The beach is a pebble beach but it does have a number of sandpits for those all-important sand castles! We eventually decided to call it a day and head back to the apartment. Before I had a chance, my sister was straight in the Jacuzzi bath and we didn’t see her for a good hour!
Sadly, we couldn’t stay forever. On the way home, we decided to take a trip to Dartmouth. We had a lovely morning looking around the shops and watching all the boats in the river. We waved at all the people on the steam train and we saw the river cruise boat which runs along the Dart to Totnes and back before it goes to Dartmouth Castle. We took the higher ferry and before we knew it we were on our way to Torbay and home. We cannot wait to visit Sea Gem again!
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