We always like to take advantage of at least one week in the summer to stay in Brixham ourselves, and 2022 was no different.
As well as all of our favourite haunts, this time we explored the area a little more, and found a couple of local gems to recommend visiting s part of your trip.
First up was Greenway – Agatha Christie’s summer residence on the banks of the Dart. It’s a lot more than “a house” – practically a stately home, and all preserved in the exact state it was in when she passed away complete with all of her writing materials, notes and the fax machine she sent manuscripts to her publisher on – the life of one of the world’s most famous authors preserved in aspic.
The house itself would be worth a visit even if it wasn’t for the Agatha Christie connections, and also has a huge amount of beautifully landscaped gardens to explore too – so next time you see that “Greenway” brown sign on the way into Brixham just before the railway, you now know what it is for!
Man Sands Beach was our other great find – a lovely secluded and sandy cove that you can find down a (steep and unpaved) turnoff on the road from Higher Brixham to Kingswear
Definately one to go back to with a picnic, bathers and beach towels next year!
Of course, we also spent plenty of time around Brixham, and took a few photos along the way too..
And, of course, we took full advantage of the view of Brixham Harbour from our balcony every time we could!
With our original managing agent (Brixham Holiday Homes) having been taken over by a huge national agency, we’ll be using a new local company from November 1st this year to manage bookings for The Captains Cottage – Luxury Coastal.
Luxury Coastal are a local agency who specalise in managing (what we think is) a sensibly-sized portfolio of luxury properties in the South West, as well as all working and living in the area too. The team at Luxury Coastal have really impressed us with their personal support, local expertise and knowledge – they certainly know the South West holiday market inside out, with most of the team having worked for many of the other agencies in their time too!
We’ve also conscious that “holiday rental” properties have become a bit of a contentious topic in some parts of the country in recent years, and so it’s always been really important to us that we make sure The Captains Cottage is contributing positively to Brixham and the local community.
Using local businesses based in the South West, employing people who live and have grown up in the area to market and manage our property has always been part of that plan, and so we’re really pleased to now be able to work with Luxury Coastal going forward.
(They’ve also taken a whole set of great new photos of The Captains Cottage too – you’ll see them on our new “Gallery” page as well as their own website!)
With Easter almost upon us we’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of trips down to Brixham ourselves, both tidying up The Captains Cottage for this years summer season and also – of course – squeezing in some Brixham downtime ourselves too.
Here’s a few highlighths – and remember, these photos were taken a few months before the actual “Summer” !
We took a quick trip down to Brixham recently to check that everything was all in order (spoiler alert – our cleaners are doing a great job, everything was spotless!).
While we were there we had time to have a quick flick through the guestbook – and it seems that our guests so far this year have been loving both Brixham and The Captain’s Cottage!
With Devon currently (December 2020) in Tier 2, it’s still permitted (and very easy) for possible for anyone who doesn’t live in a Tier 3 area to take a break down in Brixham – as long as you keep within your household group you can visit all of the shops, restaurants and take-aways, as well as taking in the amazing views and brisk outdoor walks during your stay.
If you’re “working from home” at the moment, why not even grab a change of scenery for a days and “work from The Captain’s Cottage” instead?
The views – and the fish and chips – are guaranteed to be better than at home !
With a huge break between posts, there’s been a lot happening at The Captains Cottage in the second half of 2019… which all then came to a screeching halt as CV19 put a stop to us being able to do the great many finishing touches after the builders handed us the keys for the last time.
But, with the prospect of holiday lets in self-catered accommodation rumoured to be starting perhaps as soon as July we’re gearing up and getting the place ready to finally starting to take bookings via Steve at Brixham Holiday Homes later this summer.
We’re not qute there yet, but not long to wait now… !
On our last trip down to Brixham we were fortunate enough to catch some simply stunning sunsets across the harbour, on a couple of separate nights.
First up we had dinner in the Breakwater Bistro , a first for us (in terms of dinner – we’ve had a cream tea there almost every trip!) where we were treated to a beautiful sunset along the outer harbour wall set off nicely by the lights of the Bistro itself.
The following night we ate in Rockfish, right on the harbour where we had a fantastic view out over the trawlers as the sun went down.