Cargreen is a tranquil location sitting on the picturesque banks of the River Tamar. Well-situated, the village is perfect for those wanting to explore the best of both Devon and Cornwall but also great for getting away from it all. The local slipway provides the opportunity to take small boats, kayaks and canoes out onto the river to enjoy a day out on this stunning waterway.
Cargreen is situated within easy reach of the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor, and also Kit Hill Country Park, with over 400 acres of natural heathland to explore and an abundance of birds and wildlife to spot.
The lovely market town of Tavistock is a just a 30-minute drive away and offers an array of independent shops, a pannier market and weekly farmers market. Those who enjoy an active holiday will appreciate Tree Surfers, featuring extensive tree top ropes, zip wires and woodland trails to challenge the whole family, as well as The Barn indoor climbing wall, both of which are located in Tavistock.
As for beaches, the traditional fishing town of Looe, with its family-friendly beaches, is just over 30 minutes away by car, whilst the popular fishing village of Polperro, and the stunning Talland Bay and Whitsand Bay, both of which are dog-friendly beaches and excellent for rock pooling, are also all easily accessible.
A holiday cottage in Cargreen offers a great base for exploring the beautiful Tamar Valley, Dartmoor and the South East Cornish coast.
On an industrial estate close to Plymouth, Plymouth Karting is the ultimate playground for grown ups and nearly grown ups complete with indoor and outdoor karting, combat gaming and laser tag. This is your chance to get involved with the latest in motor-sports with features including challenging circuits, separate adult and children or family sessions, a coffee lounge and spectator area, LCD screening to detail scoring, washroom facilities and free parking, and exclusive booking for birthdays and special events available. You can just turn up but it’s advisable to phone ahead to check availability, particularly in larger groups. All equipment, clothing and safety information is provided but do wear trainers rather than flip-flops or sandals, and remember that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
A Tudor house and estate with delightful collections, a garden and its own quay, Cotehele was the ancestral home of the Edgcumbe family and is perched high on the hill above the River Tamar. Decorated with tapestries, armour and lots of original features, the inside is testament to its adoring owners while outside there are formal terraces and a valley garden to get lost in, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote leading down to the river. It’s peaceful and tranquil and a delightful place to explore while you’re visiting Cornwall, plus they have an excellent restaurant in the 15th century barn, serving homemade cakes, hot soups, wine, ale and lager.
On the border of Devon and Cornwall, the Tamar Valley Donkey Park is home to donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs to feed and pet. Guests can also visit Holly’s Café for hot and cold meals or a Cornish cream tea, there’s an indoor play barn as well as a soft play area, and lots of different parts of the park to explore and experience, including mini tractor rides. Opening times are seasonal so do check the website before you visit, and prices start at £7.95 for adults and £7.50 for children.
Sailing is an exhilarating way to explore the South Devon coast and Plymouth based company Devon Sailing Experiences offer a range of options to suit most abilities. Popular with our cottage guests are the skippered Day Sails around the sheltered waters of Plymouth Sound, where you can experience boat handling and anchor up for a delicious lunch. Alternatively, you could add on a 2 day sail to your Toad Hall Cottages holiday where you can sail to locations such as Salcombe or Fowey and stay on board overnight with lunches and your own private cabin included.
Devon Sailing Experiences King Point Marina, Plymouth PL1 3EF (T: 01752 424514)
Traditional family-run country pub in a stunning location overlooking the Tamar River. Good ale, a warm welcome and a great selection of excellent home cooked food and a constantly changing specials board, wich the chefs use to compete and see whose creations are most popular!
The Wilcove Inn, Pengelly Hill, Wilcove, Torpoint PL11 2PG (T:01752 812381)
A proper Cornish pub just like they used to be. Full of character, with roaring fires and eclectic decor and very friendly staff and a landlord that makes you feel welcome. Serving excellent ales and delicious food, this quirky pub will have you coming back for more before the end of your stay.
Rod & Line Inn, Tideford, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 5HW (T:01752 851323)
A traditional pub surrounded by beautiful Dartmoor scenery with a well-stocked, comfortable bar and large rear garden. The menu has a Mediterranean feel and makes use of the wealth of quality ingredients the surrounding area has to offer.
Skylark Inn Clearbrook, Yelverton PL20 6JD (T: 01822 853258)
Serving homemade hot food, including a popular all-day breakfast, and family favourites such as cod and chips, sausage and mash and burgers, as well as a selection of homemade cakes and of course, Cornish clotted cream tea.
Open 7 days a week from 9am. Louis Tea Rooms also serve evening meals. A very family friendly venue which even has a special play corner in the family dining room. Also a Farm Shop selling local Cornish products and homemade Cornish pasties too.
Louis Tea Rooms, Kit Hill Approach Rd, Kit Hill, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8AX (T: 01579 389223)
A spacious, grey sand beach that’s popular with families, Seaton Beach enjoys views across the green, surrounding countryside and walks in Seaton Valley nearby. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton Beach to Downderry Beach. There are facilities close by and there is are two car parks as well as road parking, but it does get busy quickly in the summer. The beach is great for surfing, but do be wary of undercurrents. There’s also a café and beach shop close by as well. Dogs are welcome at the beach all year round.
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Visited Seaton Beach several times during our stay fantastic dog friendly beach with the advantage of having the river as well my dog enjoyed swimming in the sea and the river thoroughly recommend this beach.
Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide. It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path. Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away. The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.
A small and pleasant grey sand beach with rocks exposed at low tide, Plaidy Beach is simply a nice place to visit and take in the scenery. There aren’t any facilities, and there’s no parking nearby so it’s one to reach on foot. There’s a slipway to the beach, but you will have to access it by walking along the coast path, parking at Millendreath or Looe and it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s quite steep from both directions. Millendreath is closer and the walk should take around 20 minutes. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, so it’s a charming place to take them for a walk while you’re in the area.
Half a mile west of Looe, stretching along the coast, Hannafore Beach is a sandy, shingle bay with a rocky reef and views of St George’s Island. At low tide it’s brimming with rock pools, making it fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful sun trap in summer months thanks to its south east facing position. Because of its location over the river, the beach never really becomes too busy, but equally there aren’t any facilities nearby. It’s popular with dog walkers as it’s amongst the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and having explored you can extend your excursion to a stroll along the promenade or a potter around the coast path to the wonderfully scenic Talland Bay. There is roadside parking along the sea front above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space. Alternatively, there is a large car park in West Looe, around 10 minutes away on foot.
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One of the many dog friendly beaches we visited lovely coastal walks to Talland Bay the nature reserve island is very interesting great refreshments available and not forgetting the free parking available all day which is very useful.
In East Looe, the beach sits directly in front of the old town, sheltered by the Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat. A good family beach that has something for everyone, at low tide the sandy location is safe for swimming although it’s recommended you steer clear of the river mouth beyond the pier. The beach backs on to a seafront walkway which runs its length all the way to Second Beach to the east, where it tends to be less busy and it’s good for snorkeling. As it’s in the centre of the town there are lots of facilities and cafes nearby, but in the summer it’s a very popular spot and parking can be tricky, with traffic prohibited during these months, so be prepared for a bit of a walk.