Also within walking distance and passing Preston sands on the way to the long expanse of sandy beach at Paignton. Once there the pier, cinema and amusements for children make this a fun day out for all the family. The harbour area and seafront also have a number of restaurants and cafes. The steam train to Kingswear / Dartmouth can be accessed from Paignton station ,running all season through to the magical ‘Train of Lights’ in November and December.
Take the bus, or the boat from Torquay marina (Western Lady) to experience this beautiful and historic fishing port. Restaurants and cafes are set up around the harbour and the fish and seafood available is world renowned.
An old pirate and smuggler haunt Brixham provides fun for the children along with a reconstruction of the Golden Hind for you to visit and explore.
Explore the local area:
Cockington Village and Country Park:
The entrance to the water meadows, leading to Cockington Village and Country Park is situated at a 1 minute walk (50m) from The Charterhouse.
The historic Saxon Village of Cockington with its thatched cottages, tea rooms and local pub and artisan craft centre are all within a short stroll.
The Domesday Book village of Cockington has hardly changed through the centuries. Come and explore this special village, its historic manor house and the 460 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland around. It is completely free to enter and you can entertain yourself and relax here for a whole day!
The Our Glass working studio is situated within Cockington Country Park occupying part of the stable yard adjacent to the 17th Century Manor House. Open daily with no admission charge, you are welcome to watch the traditional manufacturing process and take this opportunity to buy direct from the maker.
A 20 minute walk from The Charterhouse:
Watch the very best shows Including West End shows touring the country, comedy, musicals and big bands.
Babbacombe Model Village :
From The Charterhouse this is a 10 minute drive along the sea front and into Babbacombe. Parking is available. Alternatively, the bus route to the Model village is situated 2 mins walk from us.
Famous for its miniature landscaped gardens, leading it to be branded as one of Europe's Premier Model Villages and one of Torquay's most beautiful gardens.
Drive from The Charterhouse for 15 minutes or take the bus from the seafront with one change at Paignton Bus station.
Home to over 2000 animals, Paignton Zoo is a registered education and scientific charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage.
A 10 minute drive from The Charterhouse through Cockington and the Devon countryside:
A local farm, contributing to the work of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, a local conservation charity. Park & Play including visiting the animals and the Deli and Café make for an enjoyable family day out.
A 10 minute drive from The Charterhouse to Wellswood Village:
Kent's Cavern Pre-historic caves is Britain's Oldest Scheduled Ancient Monument and the site of the earliest evidence of humans in Britain.
Becky Falls within Dartmoor National Park.
A 45 minute drive from The Charterhouse to Bovey Tracy and the entrance to Dartmoor.
Becky Falls, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a private woodland estate that has been a much-loved attraction since Victorian times.
The Charterhouse is ideally located for a drive along the sea which will bring you to a number of glorious beaches and bays.
Explore Goodrington, Broadsands/Elberry Cove and Fairy Cove on the way to Brixham. A little further afield and on the other side of the River Dart , Blackpool Sands is well worth the journey.
Please visit www. englishriviera.co.uk for a full list of restaurants and attractions to help you to plan your stay.