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two days in June

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two days in June

My wife and I are travelling around England by car in June July and we want to spend two nights in Plymouth in the hoe area. Our budget is 150GBP per night including full breakfast. My wife likes hotels that are quiet.

We are coming from Exeter and we plan to drive through Dartmoor on the B3212. Is this road ok. How far is it and how long will it take at a sightseeing pace.

Any suggestions hints and comments in your area would be appreciated. We are going down to say St Ives then North when we leave.

What about lands end in June.

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1. Re: two days in June

If you want a quiet hotel in an excellent location then you have no need to spend £150 a night.

I have stayed at The Avalon Guest House on Plymouth Hoe several times and although you won't get all the fancy trappings eg. trouser press etc. this is a lovely family run guest house in a fantastic location.

I have always found it to be spotlessly clean, nicely decorated and the owners extremely friendly. The full english breakfast is pretty good too.

The road through dartmoor should be fine in June - just watch out for the crossing sheep!

Lands End in June - ok - a little commercialised for my tastes of late!

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The B3212 runs from Exeter to Yelverton and is around 30 miles in length. Regarding time, it totally depends upon what you want to see along the way and where you may want to stop for a while. I'd suggest that you buy the Ordnance Survey Explorer Sheet OL28 which covers all of Dartmoor and gives a huge amount of detail and information. The maps can be bought in any decent bookshop for around £8.

Close to the Yelverton end of the road you have Buckland Abbey which was home to Sir Francis Drake, Morwellham Quay, and Cotehele House. From Yelverton,you can head north through Tavistock to Launceston which is a very historic town with a lovely old castle, or head south to Plymouth and cross the Tamar into Cornwall via the road bridge which runs parallel to Brunel's wonderful Royal Albert Bridge that carries the railway across the river to Saltash.

Once in Cornwall, the list of possibilies becomes almost endless. If you are heading for St Ives, consider stopping off in Bodmin and/or Lostwithiel - both are hugely under-rated towns with so much historical background. If in the St Austell area, consider dropping down to the tiny harbour at Charlestown - it used to be a working port for exporting China Clay but now plays host to square-rigger ships that use the harbour for repairs, re-rigging, etc.

As I say, the list is endless - perhaps if you could indicate your preferences, e.g. historic places, views, walks, peace and quiet, etc, I could make some more relevant recommendations.

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Thank you for your replies. We are interested mainly in history especially naval and mining. We are not great walkers nor do we go shopping.

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For a central hotel withi n your rice range I think the Holiday inn wuld be a great choice. Great location close to all main attractions. Shoulg get room within youyr budget & worth paying extra for upper room with view if within budget.

Other choice hotel is: Kitley House Hotel near about 6 miles from Plymouth. Very exclusive & quiet. Various room types £119 upwards incl breakfast plus some extras. Highly recommended.

On route from Exeter places I would suggest: Castle Drogo just off A30. A little off the route, not huge detour. Also Llanhydroch House (agina off A30 but close to Bodmin area (in Cornwall).

As suggest a good Ordenance Suvery map would be useful to show directions to these places.

So much else to see & do, but dont think you will be disappointed with these ideas.

Useful website are: www.ichhotels.com for Holiday Inn Properties.

www.kitleyhousehotel.com or .co.uk cant rememeber which.

Also www.nationaltrust.com or .co.uk for the above properties I mentioned & loads more in the area.

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Hi again

If you are into the history of minig in Cornwall, there are several sites well worth seeing. You have the Geevor tin mine and Levant Steam engine, both of which are situated close to St Ives on the B3306 that runs from the town to St Just in the far west. You have Cornish engines at Pool between Redruth and Camborne- these are two restored beam engines that were used for both pumping out water and for raising workers and ore from the mines.

Just outside St Austell on the B3274 to Roche, you have the Wheal Martyn Heritage Centre. These are the three that spring to mind immediately but there are other sites in Cornall plus the landscape is littered with old engine house, particularly west of Truro.

Probably the best sight is the old chimney that sits on the crest of Cape Cornwall - this was the chimney for the old St Just United mine that reputedly ran out beneath the sea for several hundred yards.

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If you are interested in naval history then Plymouth is the place to visit. There are serveral boat trips that run around the Dockyard and the warships. Plymouth is steeped in naval and maritime history.

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7. Re: two days in June

you have chosen a very pretty route on the B3212.

You will pass through some lovely Devon villages and plenty of opportunites to stop.

Along the way you have the Warren House Inn nr Postbridge which claims to be dartmoor's remotest inn.....its right on the B3212 and has seating outside and wonderful views of the moor. Also a bit further on down the road you have the Two Bridges Hotel, a lovely hotel/inn right on the river.

I would say without stopping the trip would take 2 hours, but as your'e stopping allow a lot more time to take in the attractions of the moor.

The road is very bendy and hilly in places and lots of sheep (and tourists in the hotspots) so take your time.

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One aspect of your mail that others haven't commented on is Land's End. DON'T GO THERE! It's over-priced over-commercialised and there isn't anything to see.

Along the North Cornwall coast I'd strongly recommend Padstow, Port Isaac, Bedruthan Steps and Boscastle. Much more rugged than the South Coast but to my mind more beautiful.

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Exeman - good point.

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Hi

Go to Cape Cornwall instead - it's a couple of miles north of lands End, close to St Just, far more atmospheric and largely ignored by visitors.