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Pride of Plymouth: Thanks to a makeover and some star patronage, this seaside city of Plymouth is finally on the up: Thinking of visiting Plymouth with Luxury Sea Views in Luxury Holiday Accommodation or Serviced Apartments, an interesting article…

Thinking of staying in Plymouth in luxury holiday accommodation and serviced apartments: An interesting article For Guests in the Daily Telegraph.
Luxury Sea Views team liked the Article in the Daily Telegraph by Lesley Gillilan. See below:

Daily Telegraph aricle: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/cities/8874192/Pride-of-Plymouth.html
By Lesley Gillilan
7:00AM GMT 09 Nov 2011

If it’s true that the patronage of a celebrity chef can help beef up a town’s image, boost its tourism economy and put a spring in the step of the local property market, then Plymouth is set for a double celebration. In a couple of weeks , Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is to open his second River Cottage Canteen on Plymouth’s historic waterfront on November 15. Two weeks ago Gary Rhodes announced his plans to open a 100-seater seaside restaurant on Plymouth Hoe in 2012. The south Devon city can hardly contain its excitement. But you have to ask, why Plymouth?

Fearnley-Whittingstall’s first Canteen restaurant is tucked away in rural Axminster, a small market town on the Dorset-Devon border – classic River Cottage territory. Rhodes has three restaurants in London, two in Dubai and one in the Caribbean. Thus an unfashionable, uber-provincial naval city seems rather an odd choice for either of these new ventures. But what these two pioneering chefs clearly recognise in Plymouth – often overlooked by West Country buyers – is a fascinating urban waterfront with huge potential.

Rhodes’s newly branded Rhodes West – due to open next summer – is to occupy the Dome, a former visitor centre (built in 1989, closed since 2006), overlooking Plymouth Sound beyond the Hoe’s Thirties Lido, from what the chef describes as “the city’s most dramatic location”.

Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Canteen is at Royal William Yard, an early-19th-century naval victualling yard and harbour, set on an eight-acre peninsular, jutting into the sound where the mouth of the River Tamar meets the sea. A Grade I listed monument, its collection of dressed-granite industrial buildings (bakery, brewhouse and cooperage) are being transformed into a mixed-use community under the strict guidance of English Heritage, by developer Urban Splash.

“Plymouth is a really interesting city with bags of history,” enthuses Fearnley-Whittingstall. “I always wanted to open my next version of the Canteen somewhere by the water. Royal William Yard is an incredible place in an extraordinary setting. For years it’s been like a sleeping dinosaur, so it’s wonderful to be part of its restoration, part of its new and vibrant life.”