Bovisand Lodge Estate
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Sailing in Devon

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Whilst staying at Bovisand you can arrange almost any water sport including diving at the Mountbatten Watersports Centre which is only a 5 minute drive from Bovisand, from here it only takes 4 minutes by water taxi to the Barbican in Plymouth, where boat trips around the Sound and up the River Tamar to the Naval Dockyards and exclusive Royal William Yard can be arranged.


Only a mile away there’s the Staddon Heights golf club with panoramic views of Plymouth Sound, you don’t need to be a member, so don’t forget to pack your gold clubs. The nearest riding stables are at Wembury, five miles away and there are beautiful trails along the coastal path for leisurely walks.

Plymouth City Centre is a short seven mile drive away; there are lots of family activities including the Plymouth Pavilions with a fabulous leisure pool and ice rink. There’s even a dry ski slope and toboggan run, open all year round.
For more cultural breaks, The Theatre Royal regularly opens shows before they move onto London’s West End.

Recommended day trip
Early in the morning, take the water taxi to the Barbican from the Mount Batten Centre – a great way to reach Plymouth. Explore the cobbled streets with small artisan shops and real foodie restaurants. Watch the fishing fleet come in and break for lunch on the quay-side.
After lunch, it’s only a short stroll to the National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth Gin Factory which arranges regular factory tours, or take a boat trips around the Sound or up to Calstock past the Royal Naval dockyard.
From the Barbican it is only minutes to the famous Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake played his game of ‘Bowls’ whilst the Spanish Armada approached. Take in the panoramic views of Plymouth Sound, Drakes Island and the Cornish Coast and see the impressive war memorial to fallen servicemen of both world wars.
After an enjoyable day out, return on the water taxi.

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Historical facts
Bovisand Lodge was built as a home and headquarters to Joseph Whidbey, the Superintendent Engineer of the Plymouth Breakwater. In 1690 the Admiralty decided to make Plymouth its major base in the South West and from then on the shipping increased but unfortunately so did the shipwrecks due to the weather conditions, In 1804, on one day alone ten ships were wrecked in the Cattewater.
By 1806 the war against France was placing Britain in a precarious position and only the Royal Navy stood between the French and potential defeat. It was realised that only a breakwater could turn Plymouth Sound into a safe haven for the fleet from the prevailing weather. Finally the decision was taken to build the Breakwater, which became known as The Great National Undertaking. John Rennie was appointed as the designer (his most popular work was the building of London Bridge) and he appointed his old friend Joseph Whidbey as his main engineer.
The free standing Breakwater, the first of its kind took over four million tons of rock and thirty years in the making. It was one of the greatest engineering feats of its time and even today Plymouth has to thank these great men in securing the prosperity of the city by protecting the national fleet.

Whidbey himself was able to watch the development of the breakwater from Bovisand Lodge and in the mornings he could gallop down to Bovisand harbour and be taken out to his work by boat.