Chapter 1:
Greenway, The loveliest place in the World

“The loveliest place in the world” is how Agatha described Greenway House – her holiday home on the banks of the River Dart, which she treasured as a retreat for herself and her family.  Starting our journey in Paignton, it is here you will board the vintage steam train for the wonderful journey to Kingswear on this beautiful heritage railway.

2 Guests ask for price for additional guests

7 Days a Week: 9am to 5pm

Full Day Excursion

£195 for two guests

Details & Itinerary

“The loveliest place in the world” is how Agatha described Greenway House – her holiday home on the banks of the River Dart, which she treasured as a retreat for herself and her family. It is a fine Georgian building now owned by the National Trust and sits in exquisite gardens. We begin our journey in Paignton. Here you will board the vintage steam train for the wonderful journey to Kingswear on this beautiful heritage railway.

From Kingswear it is a short hop to Dartmouth where you can enjoy a visit to the Royal Castle Hotel. The hotel featured in the Parker Pyne story The Regatta Mystery. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the majestic river aboard the Christie Belle, before walking in the footsteps of Poirot himself who landed at Greenway Quay – the film location and inspiration for “Dead Man’s Folly”.

Wander through the beautiful gardens filled with rare plants and glorious woodland before you reach the stunning Georgian House which is Greenway. Agatha and her husband Max were great collectors and built up an extraordinary array of ceramics and archaeological artefacts, which can be seen here, along with first editions of her novels.

Miss Lemon would be delighted to meet you at Greenway for a Champagne picnic on the lawns should you wish, or you may choose to dine at The Barn Café in the grounds of Greenway. How you return can be personalised just for you – return by river boat and steam train or perhaps by car – the choice is yours.

  • From £195 for the day up to two people – please enquire for further guests 
  • Includes railway tickets
  • Includes entrance to Greenway House
  • Chauffeur service to and from the station price on application
  • Miss Lemon available as a guide and travel companion for additional £150
  • Refreshments and meals not included
We recommend taking the train around 10am and the train times are very frequent in the spring and summer months (up to 6 trips a day). Timings to be confirmed at time of booking. Travel time approximately 30 minutes.
What You Should Bring
Arrive at Kingswear and travel by ferry to Dartmouth (just a few minutes!). Spend an hour in Dartmouth before taking the Greenway Ferry to Agatha’s Greenway House (approximately 20 minutes, these run hourly). Lunch can be taken either in Dartmouth or at Greenway itself ( picnic hamper available on request). Allow approximately 2.5 hours at Greenway and take the return ferry to Dartmouth and the ferry back to Kingswear, where you board the steam train. This is a full day out and return to your accommodation will be approximately 5:30pm.
Best Times for This Excursion
The train and ferries do operate all year round, but there is some seasonal adjustment in the number of trains. Greenway House is open daily in high season and usually weekends only in the winter months, so please talk to us about your planned dates of travel.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can you collect me from an airport or railway station?

Yes absolutely, in fact we would love to do so, as it gives us chance to get to know each other before our wonderful custom days out.

Do you mix groups of travellers?

No, this is very much a private tour, custom made and tailored for single or duo travellers. We want you to write your own travel story and so exclusivity is really important to us.

Can I bring a dog?

Well behaved dogs are welcome on walks, but unfortunately, we can’t transport them in our own vehicle. Some venues and attractions also do not allow dogs (other than guide dogs), so please do chat to us before booking with English Riviera Custom Tours.

Can you arrange my accommodation?

While we ask you to book directly, we are very happy to offer guidance and suggestions using our extensive local knowledge. We also work closely with some providers and ask you mention English Riviera Custom Tours at the time of booking, to ensure you receive any preferential rates.

Can I book all year round?

Absolutely! The English Riviera has a mild climate and benefits from some of the best weather anywhere in the UK. There are some attractions and venues that operate with more opening times through the high season, but we are an all year round destination and welcome guests throughout the year.

I am thinking of hiring a car, can you help me with that?

We can certainly provide information for local car hire.

Do I need special walking clothes and equipment?

While we say no, obviously we ask you to consider your footwear for our lovely walks. The English Riviera coastline is stunning and every opportunity to see crystal clear waters and our rich geological landscape cannot be missed. So comfortable and appropriate clothing is essential. We can provide walking poles if needed. The Dartmoor chapter is probably the most important to consider layers of clothing, as it can change so quickly on the rugged moors.

Do I need to be a very good walker?

For most of our walks, no. We consider all the practical elements (including toilet stops) and terrain and so will assess your booked tours in advance for you. Some of the coastal walks have some undulating terrain and so a reasonable level of walking ability is needed. If you are unsure before choosing your custom tour, please ask.

I am driving to the area, what are the roads like and the parking?

Devon has more roads than any other UK county ( fun fact!) and while we have plenty of great major roads, some of our country roads can be a little challenging for first time users. Reversing skills need to be honed! Greenway House only allows prebooked parking – but all other attractions here on the English Riviera have good parking facilities. But do not worry, Miss Lemon will ensure you have all the info you require for each adventure.

What’s the weather like?

Well everyone knows we British are obsessed with the weather, so Miss Lemon will keep you updated on whether you need your suncream or your winter woollies, so do not fear! After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

I’ve heard of wild swimming, what is it?

Really it is just a posh name for sea swimming, but we do take it very seriously here on the English Riviera. Both Miss Lemons are seasoned all year round swimmers and so are very safety conscious and aware of the power of the sea. But if you’d like to give it a go, we suggest a sunrise swim for the most perfect start to the day. Let us custom make your day and maybe add a swim every morning – you might just love it!

I would love to find some great eateries, can you help me with this?

Definitely! We are happy to make bookings and recommendations and have some really great places to eat on the English Riviera. There really is something for everyone and we might even share some of our best kept secrets!

Have you got a question we haven’t thought of? Please drop us a note and ask us, Miss Lemon is here to take care of your every need.

Interested in this tour? If you would like to book or need more information, please get in touch with us below.

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