We have a lot to say about Real Plymouth! Britain’s ocean city may not seem like the obvious place for a Devon getaway, but with more than 600 holiday rentals it is certainly a favourite spot for us at Real-Places!
The waterfronts and countryside on the edge of the city are the perfect away-from-it-all destinations. And in the city itself, the plush apartment renovations on William’s Yard offer stunning sea views. You will find =contemporary, minimalist décor within.
Plymouth is a popular destination for a short break with couples and families in the local region. And at Real Plymouth we know it is increasingly popular with holidaymakers from further afield.
And regardless of the travel time, there is nothing that guests appreciate more when reaching their destination than a warm welcome. Here is our list of the favourite things we look out for in a holiday home – and what to do if you’ve just landed in Plymouth!
Welcome baskets are commonplace now, but the element of surprise cannot be beaten. Take it from Real Plymouth (because we do like a mini break or two even if we’re lucky enough to live year-round in this glorious place!), local produce goes down well. But we appreciate the everyday essentials we probably forgot to pack: washing liquid, salt and pepper, teabags and coffee!
And in the bathroom fluffy towels are welcomed, but not as much as toilet rolls, toothpaste and proper shampoo and conditioner!
At Real Plymouth we love a well-stocked games cupboard. It is as much of a winner as a bookshelf – and a couple of rugs will further add to the feelings of comfort and relaxation for all.
A quick poll of the office was divided on this, but if you don’t have free wifi, guests might wish to know beforehand. For some, this excuse to digitally detox is as much a reason for the break as the fresh air outside, but for others this could easily sour a family weekend.
It goes without saying that crisp, cotton bedding and an uncluttered space to sleep and unwind is by far and away the best thing about a mini break! A quick tour on arrival and it is the pressed beds and piles of towels that will be reviewed before any kitchen cupboards are opened.
Fresh flowers can be a homely touch in summer, and in winter the logs for a fire and extra blankets are a must.
But above all, think of yourselves in your guests’ shoes as they arrive: likely tired, possibly a bit frazzled having got lost, or weary after refereeing excited children desperate for ‘there yet’ to arrive. The extra touches that you put in place will be most needed, and most appreciated, during their arrival.
This first five minutes through the door is an opportunity to not only make them feel treasured and welcome as guests, but to set yourself apart from other places they will have stayed. And it is these small flourishes that contribute to a happy stay, to positive reviews, and to those all-important recommendations and repeat visits.
Real Plymouth eats out:
White stone-walled dining room for internationally influenced brasserie food in a famous distillery. This is a fantastic collaboration between the distillery and restaurant. Top-notch food in Plymouth’s bustling Barbican district.
When Real Plymouth visited, the restaurant was part of the ‘Dine and Donate’ scheme that raised money for Children’s Hospice South West. The 2 and 3 course lunch and dinner menus were exceptionally good value. After eating, envelopes will be passed round and diners will be able to make further donations to support the charity.
We would eat… roast pork belly with parmesan polenta!
Where to relax:
Real Plymouth would take the Cremyl Ferry to Royal William Yard. These Grade I listed buildings were once victualling, or food storage, premises for the Royal Navy.
The Yard has been renovated and along with a number of luxury apartments, there are a number of fantastic places to eat. Even just a stroll around the grounds is relaxing enough, especially on a sunny spring day.
We might have a coffee at the River Cottage Canteen, or breakfast at the artisan William Yard Bakery. A bit later in the day and we would definitely head to Prezzo if we were en famille. Later still (or not!!) and we would not be able to walk past Le Vignoble and their outstanding wine and tapas!