Yesterday marked the beginning of Agatha Christie Week and the International Agatha Christie Festival. Agatha Christie, or the Queen of Crime as she’s often known, wrote 80 books during her lifetime and sold over 2 billion copies worldwide, outsold only by the Bible and William Shakespeare. Born in Torquay in 1890, Christie spent some of the most important chapters of her life in the English Riviera, so here at Sykes Cottages, we’re taking a look at this picturesque corner of the country, which influenced and inspired her writing for 85 years.
Agatha Christie’s Torquay
No fan of Agatha Christie can head to the English Riviera without paying a visit to Torquay, the pretty seaside town where Christie grew up. Torquay has long been considered one of the jewels of the south coast with its rows of palm trees, bustling marina and vibrant promenade. However, one of the reasons it’s most well-known is as the setting and inspiration for many of Christie’s novels; over 20 of her novels were set in and around Torquay. Christie also bought a holiday home here, which you can still visit today. Now owned by the National Trust, Greenway is open to visitors, who can experience it as it would have been in 1950s when Christie holidayed there.
Relaxed Coastal Towns & Café Culture
With its clear blue seas, palm trees and mild climate, you might be forgiven for thinking that you were abroad when holidaying in the English Riviera. The quaint harbours, cosmopolitan cafés and stunning beaches give this part of Devon an almost Mediterranean feel. Head to Torquay for fabulous Victorian architecture and waterside restaurants, whilst Brixham is ideal for lovers of all things marine-related; this bustling fishing town has been described as the “home of British fishing”, boasting a traditional harbour and many outstanding sea-food restaurants. If you’re looking for somewhere with a vibrant nightlife, then Paignton is a must-visit, with plenty of bars, restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy.
Days Out for Kids
It’s not just adults that will enjoy a holiday in the English Riviera as there are plenty of fantastic activities and events to keep the kids entertained too! Paignton Zoo is one of the south-west’s best days out and children will love discovering all of the animals they have to offer which include crocodiles, gorillas, elephants, lions and tigers. Another idea that’s sure to be popular with the kids is a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which runs for seven miles from Paignton along the coastline to Kingswear; the journey can also be combined with a boat trip. Adults will enjoy the spectacular views and the old-fashioned steam train is sure to fascinate younger visitors.
Book a holiday cottage in the English Riviera
If you’re looking to holiday in this wonderful part of the country, or you’re visiting for the International Agatha Christie Festival, then make sure you take a look at our selection of self-catering cottages in the English Riviera. We have something to suit every budget so please get in touch by sending us an email or giving us a call on 01244 356 695.