27 St Marychurch Road
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If you've read the books of Agatha Christie, then you've surely visited Torquay in your imaginations. The great mystery writer has used a number of locations in and around the town as the setting for her many stories. You could spend a whole holiday just seeking them out. The Imperial Hotel, for example, has been graced by both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple in their respective careers. The Grand was where the young Agatha and her new husband Archie spent a one-night honeymoon in 1914 and has now got an Agatha Christie suite. But if you can't afford the prices of the Imperial and Grand hotels, both them and many other Christie sites of interest are within easy reach of the Albaston House Hotel. Dare I say it? Yes, of course I dare. You will be cosier and receive much more personal attention with us.
Torquay is within easy reach of many historic and beautiful places. Dartmouth is an old and very attractive naval town at the mouth of the River Dart. Its many attractions include the Britannia Royal Naval College which sits imposingly on the side of the hill overlooking the river and Bayards Cove (in the picture) which has a history going back to the 12th century when Richard the Lionheart left on his Crusade from there. The 15th century Dartmouth Castle stands at the harbour entrance. And, in 1944, Dartmouth and Kingswear (pictured top right) witnessed the American fleet setting off to take part in the D-Day landings. Back to Agatha Christie, if you take a trip on one of the many pleasure cruises up the River Dart, her house can be seen through the trees; it is still owned by her family.
You can also visit the world famous Dartmoor, where Sherlock Holmes solved the mystery of The Hounds of the Baskervilles. If you don't want to see the infamous Dartmoor Prison you can visit one of the many beautiful villages and other attractions of the moor, including Becky Falls, set in an ancient and unspoilt wooded valley; or, for the children, the Miniature Pony Stud and Farm (pictured here) where you can meet and touch over 150 animals - all of them small, especially the ponies. As well as ponies, there are pigs, pygmy goats, lambs, birds and lots of other animals. The kids among you will love it.
These are just a few of the many places of interest within easy reach of the Albaston House Hotel. Other attractions are:-
And why the palm tree?
It's all to do with the climate in this part of England. Come and visit Torquay and stay with us and you will see exactly why Torquay has adopted the palm tree as it's symbol.
Every guest is our most welcome guest at The Albaston House Hotel.