Historic Properties for days out, just a selection from many in the area:
- Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, home to St Francis Drake.
- Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, an historic house and park with forest trails and scenic coast line.
- Castle Drogo, a dramatic castle overlooking the Teign Gorge.
- Cothele, the ancestral Tudor home to the Edgcumbe family, set in the beautiful Tamar Valley, with its own delightful gardens and quay.
- Antony House, Torpoint, the family home of the Carew Pole family who were caught up in the civil war. The film set of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
- Saltram, a magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden on the outskirts of Plymouth.
- Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, the last remining working 19th Century water powered forge in England.
- Okehampton Castle, the dramatic remains of a medieval motte and bailey castle, once the largest castle in Devon, with its own ghost story.
- Launceston Castle, a Norman castle set on a large natural mound.
- The Church House, Widecombe in the Moor, a two-storey granite building dating from c.1537.
Churches – there are so many interesting churches and cemeteries nearby including:
- Brentor, near Tavistock, an impressive rock outcrop with St Michael’s church at the top. Spectacular views across Devon and Cornwall.
- Tavistock’s St Eustachio’s with its William Morris stained glass window.
- Princetown, the church of St Michael, built by prisoners from the Napoleonic and
- American Wars.
- Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, a fascinating Victorian cemetery.
- Tavistock Victorian cemetery, used between 1834 and 1882.
The coast is within easy reach. There are several beaches in the Plymouth area but definitely worth a visit is Kingsand / Cawsand and Bovisand.
The North Cornish Coastal resort of Bude is just under an hour’s drive and offers unrivalled surfing.
- Dartmoor Railway, steam trains at Okehampton station.
- Tamar Valley Line, a journey from Gunnislake in the Tamar Valley to Plymouth which crosses the impressive Calstock Viaduct, 120 feet above the river Tamar.
- South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, a seven-mile steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.
- Launceston Steam Railway, an enchanting narrow gauge railway offering rides on a restored Victorian locomotive through unspoilt Cornish countryside.
There are several events in the area, including Tavistock Steam Fayre and Classic Cars at Morwelham in June.