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13th August 2012

Holiday 2012: Part 2–Devon & Cornwall @ 21:10

 

On the Monday we got up, packed, grabbed our bags and headed down the M5 towards Plymouth.

I didn’t really know what to expect with Plymouth. It has been on my list of “Places to Visit” since I was about 8 or 9. Mostly because of the Smeaton Tower on Plymouth Hoe and my love of lighthouses. But more of that later.

We had booked a five night stay at the Elfordleigh Golf and Country Club in Plymouth which, looking at the website, seemed to tick all our boxes. Those being:- Spa, Pool, Comfortable, Quiet and Affordable. So after a three or four hour drive we arrived in the vicinity of the Hotel. At first we thought we had been given the wrong directions or something. Reason being that the sat-nav had us going through what appeared to be a residential estate of the social kind. But within a few minutes the estate gave way to rural lanes, farms and country manses before we arrived at the bright pink rendered gateway of the Elfordleigh Golf and Country Club.

View from the window

The room was lovely and cosy with two windows and a small canopy over the bed. The bathroom long. The shower powerful and hot.

View from window

As usual we perused the room literature, no, not the Gideon Bible; the leaflets hotels like to leave with the bar and restaurant menus and suggestions of places to visit. In this case they had left a magazine detailing the local eateries. Having settled on possible contenders for dinner we headed out to Plymouth’s Barbican district for a bit of an explore and a look around.

Plymouth’s Barbican district is a proper touristy area. Think Albert Dock in Liverpool only not as enclosed and lots more interesting buildings. There are many nice looking bars and restaurants there. So many, we had difficulty deciding which restaurant was going to be our definitive choice of the evening.

We settled on Rocky’s Grill for our first night. I had the 16oz T Bone Steak, Zoe had the mammoth mixed grill. Following dinner we went for a walk around the Royal Citadel towards the Hoe and did a small bit of Geocaching on the way. Unfortunately, Zoe’s food may have been closer to dairy products than she had hoped and so we cut our walk short and headed back to the hotel.


Smeaton’s Tower


Plymouth Wheel and Memorial

Coming soon-> Day 2: Rain Rain Go Away

 
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From:meathiel
Date:14th August 2012 05:27 (UTC)
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Wow - that hotel looks really lush!

Don't think I've ever been to Plymouth ... not 100% certain, though.
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From:stegzy
Date:14th August 2012 17:59 (UTC)
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If you have never been...you've missed a treat
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From:fj_warren
Date:14th August 2012 17:01 (UTC)
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I warn you now, intrepid travelers, the weather in Cornwall is predicted to be 'unseasonable' from Wednesday onwards! Make of this what you will:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/tr27?day=1

Doesn't look too peachy, does it? :(


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From:stegzy
Date:14th August 2012 17:58 (UTC)
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Ah, I've been and gone! These are an account of last weeks antics :-)
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From:fj_warren
Date:14th August 2012 18:44 (UTC)

Losers!!!

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Been and gone!!!!

But (splutters) but .... I was going to make you pasties, heavy cake and even (if pushed) star gazey pie!

(Sobs loudly) - (sniffs) - Well, I shall just have to open the large tub of Cornish clotted cream I got in especially for your visit . . . . and eat it all myself . . . so there!
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From:stegzy
Date:14th August 2012 19:56 (UTC)

Re: Losers!!!

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:-(

We didn't get as far as your neck of the woods sadly...but next time ;-)
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From:fj_warren
Date:15th August 2012 08:32 (UTC)
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You be fergiven, me 'ansomes! :)
From:ladyinthewood
Date:15th August 2012 19:57 (UTC)
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The hotel sounds lovely and I love the last pic of the wheel :)
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From:stegzy
Date:15th August 2012 20:16 (UTC)
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Yeah I was pleased with the wheel pic too so I turned it into a postcard to send to my Mum and Dad. :D

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