The day of our break at Royal William Yard finally dawned. The drive down to Plymouth was easy and once we arrived we stopped off at Sainsbury’s to pick up the essentials – Gin, Cheese, Steak etc. – you know - your staple holiday food and drink! When we arrived at Royal William Yard the wow factor just from seeing the beautiful entrance archway and stunning building architecture had us grinning from ear to ear.
We found a parking space easily, just a minutes or two’s walk from the apartment. The parking meters were simple to use, you can choose from 2, 5 or 24 hours stay, so for us we put 48 hours in at a cost of £20 for the weekend. That said, we could have found cheaper options a little further away if we’d preferred to.
Thanks to the sunny day, the Royal William Yard was bustling and lively, but it was easy to spot the friendly face of the Property Manager waiting to meet us outside the entrance to The Mills Bakery building where we would be spending the weekend. He kindly helped us with our luggage up to the apartment and stayed to show us how to work the essentials – heating, hot water, cooker etc. – and provided some milk for a much needed cuppa after our journey. Tea, coffee and sugar were already in the cupboards for us.
Stepping outside to explore the yard, we had a quick look around. There’s so much to enjoy, from Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Wild Wood and Cornish interiors located in the ground floor of the Mills Bakery building. With the Martin Bush gallery opposite, plus Bistrot Pierre and Le Vignoble opposite, and Wagamamas, Las Iguanas and River Cottage in the Brewhouse building.
We soon became completely distracted by the most amazing sunset, which I could have happily watched for hours. As the sun dipped down, the sky was lit up in beautiful pinks and reds, and we headed inside where I curled up on the window seat in the open plan living and dining area to admire the views whilst listening to the faint sound of music and chatter of the people enjoying Seco Lounge below.
My personal chef then popped on the radio and started about making us some dinner, amazed with how well stocked and organised the kitchen was. There were even a few cook books for us to peruse and me to plan my request for next weekend’s dinner.
Our only struggle was the cooker, which the Property Manager had wisely told us to read the instructions for before use and this was good advice as it was a little more complex than the one we have at home but once you read the booklet though it all made sense and worked well. We set out some candles on the table (which are provided) and enjoyed a lovely meal.
We considered heading out for a drink after dinner but our full tummies had left us feeling rather sleepy so we decided to call it a night. The bed really was comfy and we enjoyed a leisurely lie in on Sunday morning, waking up fresh to explore the day!
For breakfast we headed down to Seco Lounge (because we were up too late for Bistrot Pierre who stopped serving breakfast at 11am). We enjoyed pancakes, with bacon and maple syrup with cappuccinos at a reasonable price too. Next we went for a walk around the yard and ventured up the award winning architectural staircase up onto the coast path and enjoyed the views and fresh air from Devils Point.
Returning to the yard, we took a little time to wander around Martin Bush’s gallery and Cornish Interiors café and shop, and we may still return later for the painting and the lamp that we fell in love with but for some reason talked ourselves out of buying!
In the afternoon, we had booked to visit Plymouth Gin Distillery for a tour. We took a taxi there of course, which came in at just under £5. The tour was great, we got to hear all about their history, and how they make their gin and enjoyed the little tasting session and free G&T at the end too. A great time was had and of course we used our £1 off vouchers given to us to buy a bottle of sloe gin for later.
We crossed the road to stock up from Coop for the evening, and then grabbed a taxi back to the Yard – you see England were playing at 5pm so we had a deadline! Once back to the apartment we popped the football on TV and relaxed for the evening, even taking a moment to google how much it would be to live at the yard as we loved it so much!
We had a wonderful weekend at Harbour Corner, and it's a place we would truly recommend whole heartedly! Click here to find out more about the apartment.