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Well placed for the Ocean City...
Quietly situated at the top of Abbotts Road in Mannamead, overlooking Plymouth and the sea beyond, Beechfield Grove enjoys a convenient location amidst the areas fine, predominantly Victorian houses. Well placed for local shops, parks, schools and transport links, yet only a mile and a half from Plymouth city centre, this is a perfect location for families.
Set between the rivers Plym and Tamar, overlooking Plymouth Sound, the city has a long and interesting history extending back to the Bronze Age. Being particularly rich in maritime heritage, it is here that the city’s most famous resident, Sir Francis Drake, is said to have insisted on finishing a game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588. As a port it was the last point of embarkation for the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620, it has been of great importance for shipbuilding, and home to a Royal Naval base at Devonport since the Restoration. Because of its strategic importance, Plymouth was heavily bombed during the Second World War.
Today, Plymouth is an exciting city with a vision to become one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. As a shopping centre, it is the largest in the south west, with Drake Circus providing everything from specialist independents to large national retailers, all under one roof. Plymouth’s city centre is largely pedestrianised and has an extensive range of shops, while there are always bargains to be found at Plymouth City market.
There are many places to visit and things to do in Plymouth, including the Barbican’s cobbled quayside, the National Marine Aquarium and Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. You can sample Plymouth’s most famous export at the Blackfriars Gin Distillery, or enjoy the art at the Plymouth Arts Centre and the City Museum and Art Gallery. On the water you can take boat trips to Drake’s Island, the Naval Dockyards and the River Tamar. You could even learn something new at the Mountbatten Watersports Centre, or take a tour of the Devonport Naval Base. And for entertainment, there’s a multiplex cinema and ten-pin bowling at the Barbican Leisure Park, acclaimed productions at the Theatre Royal, ice rink and live shows at the Pavilions, plus a host of cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
...and the surrounding countryside
For keeping fit there are sports facilities, health and fitness clubs, leisure centres and swimming pools, including the wonderful art deco Tinside Lido, overlooking the sea. Open space is provided through several local parks and gardens, while the iconic Plymouth Hoe makes a wonderful location for fun and relaxation. Good education facilities from pre-school to sixth form are available in and around the city and Plymouth is home to one of the country’s largest universities.
A further advantage of living at Beechfield Grove is that the nearby countryside provides great family-friendly visitor attractions and some of the finest scenery in England. The gentle farmland of Devon and Cornwall meets in the Tamar Valley, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while a few miles away, Dartmoor is one of Britain’s largest National Parks, with its dramatic landscape providing an ideal location for walking, cycling and horse riding. Either side of Plymouth, the coastline of Devon and Cornwall offers a range of wonderful beaches and romantic hidden coves. Perfectly placed for excellent transport links, there’s a great local public transport system, with frequent bus services from nearby Mannamead Road and Weston Park Road into Plymouth city centre.
The A38 is just a mile away, and in an easterly directon connects to the M5, while to the west, via the Tamar Bridge, it reaches into Cornwall. Plymouth train station is a mile and a half from Beechfield Grove, offering services to many destinations and a fastest journey time of 3 hours* to London Paddington. The closest airports are Exeter International and Newquay Cornwall, while there are good ferry services from Plymouth to France and Spain.
*Source: National Rail Enquiries.