We checked out the weather forecast and then booked a couple of nights in one of Route2's apartments above the Cafe / Bar. The apartment, Estuary, overlooked the Topsham Quay and the River Exe - Route2 is at the back of the Quay so it's a mid-distance view of the river and quayside activity.
The apartment was quite spacious and recently refurbished, with lounge/diner/kitchen room facing the quay. Two sofas, one of which was a sofa bed for an extra 2 guests. Large screen TV. Large round diniing table and well-equipped run of fitted kitchen units, including induction hob, oven, fridge, dishwasher.
Large double bedroom with window, plus modern ensuite shower room - with a great shower - completes the accommodation.
Lovely smells wafting up from the Cafe / Bar below at Breakfast time were matched by the great breakfasts that they serve. And really lovely coffee - I had to have a second black Americano each morning.
Very friendly and helpful staff at Route2 - and keen cyclists too. How many cafes do you know that sell spare inner tubes??
Topsham's a great place to use as a base if you're cycling. We arrived at Exeter St David's station with our Brompton bikes, straight on to the Cycle Trail down to 'The Quays' with a choice of eateries - try 'Mango' for a light snack and good coffee. A gentle cycle down river to Topsham with lots of activities, bird-watching and wildlife to see.
You'll find your own favourite places but Turf Locks pub we found was superb on the west bank of the Exe. Exmouth has a number of places - The Waterfront really *is* on the waterfront, with tables above the sea wall.
When the short section of Trail between Turf Locks and Starcross is completed soon, the Exe Estuary will have a great cycling circuit (at the moment, it's a short stretch of footpath but used by cyclists with mountain bikes).
We're looking forward to going back again in the Autumn sometime.
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