There is something special about a road trip in England. It offers the best of English country side , quaint villages by the dozen, rolling hills, flower laden fields, working farms and orchards full of fruits.For a break you can stop at a village pub, have a beer and the soft fish with a crisp batter on the outside wrapped in a newspaper and thick chips and finishing off with a rich dairy ice cream. Bliss!!!
We chose to stay at Dartmouth in a beautiful Air B and B cottage . The town is home to the Brittania Naval College and is at the mouth of River Dart. It’s a great place to walk around and explore. Dotted with several tea rooms, fish and chips take aways and several pubs , it also has lovely stores selling antiques and paintings.
The first excursion for the day of course was to visit Greenway House and Garden , the former holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family. Now run by The National Trust , it holds the family collection of art and artefacts of the author. The family were great collectors and the house is filled with archaeology, silver, china and books.
The route to reach the house itself is so interesting. We had to first get a ferry which drops you at Kingswear. It leads directly into a platform which reminds you of the famed platform 93/4 from Harry Potter. An actual steam engine rolls in front of you to take you to Greenway Halt. There are three ways to get to the house and garden. We chose the large woodland to walk towards the house.
A visit to Greenway is not complete without seeing the boat house , scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly and The Battery complete with cannon. The Top Garden , is a vantage point from which you can view the river and the boats.
The common sight here is the young and old fishing or crabbing. And it’s sheer heaven if you are a sea food lover. Yes, very difficult for a vegetarian but the cream teas will more than make up for it.