Picture-postcard Ashprington has been described as ‘the village that time forgot.’ If you choose to rent a holiday cottage in Ashprington, you can expect views of wooded hills, rolling meadows, and unspoilt countryside stretching down to the banks of sleepy Bow Creek, where water gently laps as it wends its way to meet the River Avon.
Ashprington’s breath-taking scenery and peaceful setting, make it an ideal location for those looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday in South Devon. However, if you prefer to be active on holiday, there are also plenty of things to see and do nearby that will keep you busy.
The ancient market town and river port, Totnes, with its busy narrow streets full of architectural and historic interest, is just 2 miles away. Or take a trip into nearby Dartmouth, famous for its maritime history and Elizabethan port. Dartmoor National Park, and several outstanding beaches and stunning South Devon coastline are all within easy reach by car.
End your day at either the Durant Arms, Ashprington’s traditional 18th century inn, or The Waterman's Arms, with its wonderful waterside location, good food and drink, and beautiful riverside beer garden.
For a day out with a difference, why not visit the nearby Sharpham Estate, perched on the banks of the River Dart, for a fabulous tour of the vineyard, winery and house followed by some indulgence and a taste of their award winning wines and cheeses.
Experience the charm of one of Devon’s best kept secrets by booking a holiday cottage in Ashprington.
Giving you the opportunity to take canoeing to the next level with guided tours in long canoes along the beautiful River Dart, Canoe Adventures offer a variety of options and opportunities to really make the experience your own with canoe share for families, riverside picnics, ice cream, wildlife, history and fire craft to be enjoyed. You can join a tour or opt for private hire with visits to the popular Sharpham Vineyard for family celebrations, hen parties, stag dos, school trips and corporate outings. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!
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On a thousand-year-old farm of five hundred acres, Sharpham vineyard is one of England's foremost quality wine and cheese producers, and in the summer months they invite you to visit, explore, experience and learn about the production processes in this beautiful corner of South Devon near Totnes. Designed and built in 1770, the house itself overlooks fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, making it the perfect setting to experience the best of South Devon produce. Both wines and cheeses boast award winning statuses so you can imagine the pleasure that comes from a tour, a Vineyard Ramble, a Trek and Taste visit or a complete Sharpham Experience lasting a decadent four hours exploring the estate.
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What better way to explore the beautiful river Dart than by kayak. Totnes Kayaks gives you the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the river, experiencing nature and wildlife close up. All equipment is rigourously safety checked, all gear is provided and no previous experience is necessary. The friendly team also monitor tidal conditions to ensure your safety and offer friendly guidance on where to go and things to spot.
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Looking for something to take home to remind you of your stay in South Devon ? At this gorgeous interiors and gift emporium in Totnes you'll find beautiful ceramics in easy muted colours, soft throws and blankets to cosy up with, kitchen enamelware to parade on your worktops, pretty glassware for outdoor dining and a unique range of creative activities for kids that will keep them busy if the sun goes away.
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Travel back in time to the days when Elizabethan merchants lived in this fascinating building in the centre of Totnes. Kids can dress up in the nursery or discover what people ate in the Elizabethan kitchen and herb garden, and the whole family can enjoy the wealth of interesting exhibits about Totnes through the ages.
Totnes Elizabethan House Museum 70 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU (T: 01803 86382)
Brilliant country pub, good homemade food, great real ales (listed in the good beer guide 2017) Child & dog friendly, gets very busy for Sunday lunches. Closed Mondays
Fantastic food and hosts, thoroughly enjoyed our several visits.
Excellant sunday lunch enjoyed by all eight of us. Warm welcoming with some good beers
Lovely food, and good service. Pub interior very welcoming....a real village pub. Would recommend.
Relax in the friendly atmosphere of this pub by the cosy log fire in the winter or outside overlooking the river in the warmer months. Enjoy Devon’s finest produce accompanied by good beer and wine. Children will enjoy paddling in the river as well as the play area. Dogs welcome.
The Watermans Arms Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG (T: 01803 732214)
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amazing pub. Great location by the river, really nice food and friendly staff. The dogs loved it too and we made to feel very welcome :)
A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded
Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in
An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.
We visited 3 times. Very friendly pub. Good food, if anything to comment, the portions were on the large side for us.
We ate at the Watermans Arms every evening during our stay in Tuckenhay, which was an enjoyable stroll from our cottage. The staff were very welcoming and the menu was quite extensive. We both managed to eat something different each night during our weeks stay and the service was quick. Food was attractively presented and very good; we didn't have one bad experience. We were well looked after by the waitresses and would highly recommend.
Food was good but service very poor. There did not seem to be any organisation amongst the staff and nobody seemed to know which tables had been served and which hadn't. Think it is living off its past history with Keith Floyd, but definitely not to that standard now. Starting to look shabby inside as well.
Sorry, my review submitted a few minutes ago was submitted in error, and related to another pub in the area. We enjoyed the food at the Watermans Arms and the service was good. Lovely spot on the river and would recommend.
Set in a beautiful location alongside Bow Creek and with a predominantly fish menu, this is a great place to enjoy some delicious food or a cold beer in the sunshine. Watch boats mooring, kayaks launching and children crabbing during the summer, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere and open fires in colder months.
The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay, Totnes TQ9 7EH (T: 01803 732350)
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Only stopped for a drink on the way to Dittisham but loved sitting out by the river and watching all the wildlife passing by
Excellent food and great atomasphere.
Looks lovely if pricey Tried to eat here on a Thursday but it was fully booked
A friendly pub in great location, with very good food.
Really lovely meals again here. Very welcoming and accommodating to our two children.
Great food and service in a delightful village by the river. One of our favourite places.
As we were staying in the village, we tried to eat here one evening, but they were fully booked. The bar man was quite abrupt when we asked for a table, which put us off trying again for another evening. We heard from another couple that they had experienced the same thing, hence why we ate at the Watermans Arms each evening, as they were most welcoming.
Food good but service extremely poor. Staff appeared very disorganised. I think the pub is living off its past history re Keith Floyd. Pub also starting to look a little tired and needs some money spending on it.
In a fabulous alfresco setting at Sharpham Vineyard overlooking the River Dart, The Vineyard Kitchen draws from the Middle and Far East to create exciting and delicious dishes. Expect superb local fish and shellfish and meat cooked in the wood fired oven or over vine prunings, accompanied by exceptional salads and, of course, Sharpham wines.
The Vineyard Kitchen Sharpham Vineyard (T: 01803 732178)
In between Brixham and Paignton, this long, sandy beach is a popular spot with families, thanks to its sheltered waters, year-round facilities and easy parking. The Blue Flag beach is perfect for making sandcastles and searching for wildlife in the rockpools. There are toilets, and two places to get ice creams, coffees and soft drinks. What’s more, the car park is right by the beach, so there’s no need to lug your provisions a long way. Behind the pretty row of colourful beach huts, there’s a large grassy area, so don’t forget to pack a ball or rounders bat to keep the whole family entertained. Broadsands Beach is a popular dog walking spot throughout autumn and winter, but there is a seasonal dog ban during the summer months (1st May - 30th September).
Far from the bustling crowds of Paignton and Brixham’s bigger beaches, this small pebbly cove is a truly relaxing spot. The calm waters are great for swimming and are said to have been one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Elberry Cove even features in one of her crime thriller novels, The ABC Murders. This picture-perfect cove, surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides and crystal clear water, can only be accessed by the coast path, with the nearest carpark at Broadsands Beach. From here, it is only a 10 - 15 minute walk, but make sure to pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at Broadsands Beach before you set off, as there aren’t any facilities at here. Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year.
If you’re willing to venture off the beaten track, you’ll discover one of Brixham’s hidden gems, Churston Cove. Surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides, this beautiful little cove isn’t the easiest to get to, which makes it an idyllic, peaceful place to while away the day. The crystal clear water is safe for kids to paddle and play in, and is a popular swimming spot. Parking is available at Freshwater carpark, a 15-minute walk away. There are no toilet facilities or cafes, and the beach is accessed via a long, steep path, which is uneven in places, but this beautiful little cove is worth the effort. Churston Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
Take the coast path from Brixham and escape the crowds at Fishcombe Cove, a peaceful shingle cove, protected on all sides by tall red cliffs. Access to this little cove isn’t easy, via a steep path from Freshwater carpark, but it is definitely worth the effort. The clear, blue sea is sheltered and calm, making it a favourite with swimmers and kayakers. Fishcombe Cove is also a popular place for boats and yachts to moor up and make the most of the beautiful water. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a seal popping its head up to say hello. There is a café and toilets here, but both are only open during the summer months. Fishcombe Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
One of the cleanest beaches on the English Riviera, Breakwater beach is a Blue Flag, shingle beach right next to Brixham’s bustling harbour. With disabled ramps to the promenade and beach, as well as toilet facilities, adjoining parking and a café, this lovely, family-friendly beach is accessible for everyone. Hire out a deckchair and spend the day watching the kids splash about in the safe, clean water, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, learn to scuba dive! Breakwater beach is a great place to learn how to scuba dive, thanks to some of the warmest and calmest waters in the country. Whilst dogs are welcome out of season, there is a dog ban in place from May to September.