This 26-acre lump of grassy rock houses an old whitewashed smugglers pub and a natural seawater bathing pool – but what makes it famous is the landmark art deco hotel. In its 1930s heyday aristocracy and wealthy celebrities danced the Charleston to big bands playing on floating pontoons. Sipping cocktails under the Palm Court Bar’s stained glass dome is one of South Devon’s most memorable experiences. Period costume is optional.
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The biggest city on the SW660 sits in a world-class location between Dartmoor and the islands and inlets of Plymouth Sound, with the lush twists of the Tamar Valley alongside. Many are initially disappointed by a city hastily rebuilt after wartime bombs and it attracts fewer tourists than some villages.