Chillington

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Just a few miles from the South Hams capital of Kingsbridge, and a short drive from the beaches of Slapton Sands and Beesands, a holiday cottage in Chillington offers a fantastic base for exploring the beautiful South Hams coast and countryside.
 

About Chillington

Chillington lies a few miles from Kingsbridge as you head towards the coast. The village has a small shop/Post Office and pub, and benefits from being a short drive away from the popular Stokeley Farm Shop with its café, deli counter, butcher, grocery and garden centre. 

Take the coastal road to Dartmouth for a truly spectacular drive, and on your way, you’ll pass a number of beaches, the closest of which is at Torcross, a family-friendly and dog-friendly beach that is just a five minute drive away.

From Torcross you can walk for literally miles along Slapton Sands, which despite its name is actually a pebble beach! Or take a tranquil stroll around Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake and National Nature Reserve which runs parallel to the beach. Alternatively, whether you’re a keen hiker or simply fancy a ramble along the cliffs, you're sure to enjoy the scenic coast path in the opposite direction towards Beesands, the historic village of Hallsands and the lighthouse at Start Point.

With so much to see and do on the doorstep, a holiday cottage in Chillington is a fantastic base for exploring the beautiful South Hams coast and countryside.
 

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Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre

Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
(3 miles)

As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!

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Waterborn Stand Up Paddleboarding

Waterborn SUP
(4 miles)

If the weather’s right, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to really embrace the beautiful environment in the South Hams. Based in Kingsbridge Waterborn SUP offers lessons, board hire and a genuinely enthusiastic introduction to the variation on surfing whether you’re a pro or a beginner. They supply high quality equipment and tuition, whilst benefiting from a pretty spectacular learning environment.  They have all the equipment ready to hire, so just turn up with a big smile on your face ready to go!

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Enjoy 10% discount on Ready 2 Ride sessions with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card

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Fantastic early morning session with Crispin - got us two oldies up on our feet paddling around the Kingsbridge estuary - what a fabulous way to start the day. Five star - would like to do it again.

May 2018


Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.

September 2017


Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding

May 2017


Salcombe Paddleboarding
(4 miles)

Based in East Portlemouth, Salcombe Paddleboarding is in the ideal spot for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders to enjoy the calm waters and hidden coves of the Salcombe Estuary.  You’ll be in safe hands with Marcus and Denny, both qualified ISA Paddleboarding instructors and lifeguards, who provide private and group lessons as well as board hire. 

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Harbour House Art Gallery

Harbour House Art Gallery
(4 miles)

Harbour House Centre for Arts and Yoga sits in pride of place in Kingsbridge overlooking the estuary and offers yoga, meditation, Pilates and Tai Chi classes, a vegetarian café and art exhibitions in one beautiful, light filled environment. Friendly, healthy and holistic, they host local artists and a variety of artistic styles, but it’s not merely about observing, it’s about getting involved, so they also have life drawing, painting and arts classes available. The café overlooks the art gallery, adding another dimension to your lunch, but classes are popular, so while you can pop into most exhibitions, it’s a good idea to phone and check availability for classes before you turn up! Full details of timetables and current events on the site!

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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.

April 2017


South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Walks and Trails

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Walks and Trails
(4 miles)

We have said it before and we will say it again, the reason South Devon attracts so many visitors and captures their hearts is because it really is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world, and as such is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in many areas. So walking is a great pleasure when you’re on holiday here, especially as there are over 40 routes in the AONB itself, ranging in length from two to 12 miles. They are a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife, archaeology and history of South Devon, as well as the views and scenery along the way.

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Visit to the East Soar walkers hut with its self service cream tea is a must as part of a circular work in that area

September 2018


Outstanding restaurant. Have ben using it since 2005 and always book beforehand to ensure a table. Friendly staff and reasonably priced. Ready to book for next year.

September 2018


Walked the South West Coastal path from Plymouth to Hope Cove - fantastic!

April 2017



The Bear and Blacksmith
(Less than a mile)

A cosy local pub with a contemporary feel serving good value interesting menus for lunch and dinner, along with coffees and cake from 10am.

The Bear and Blacksmith Chillington, Kingsbridge TQ7 2LD (T: 01548 581171)

 

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What an absolute gem this is! We stayed in Kingsbridge for 2 weeks and ate here about 8 times. Wonderful food, lovely staff and the beer is excellent too. We are going to ring ahead next time we stay in the area and block book a table for every night!!

August 2018


Hospitality and food was excellent. Great Sunday lunch and good seafood. Dog friendly with a lovely atmosphere.

June 2018


Lovely food and great service. Ate here several times during our holiday and would happily recommend.

September 2017


The Tradesman's Arms
(Less than a mile)

A warm and friendly traditional thatched pub in the heart of Stokenham with a cosy bar popular with the locals, and separate restaurant.  Enjoy sandwiches and bar snacks in the bar, or lunch and dinner in the restaurant where the award winning chef creates seasonal menus using fresh local produce.

The Tradesman’s Arms Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580996)

 

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Had a meal in the evening here on the day we arrived as it was close by and after the drive down was just the tonic. Nice atmosphere and great service. Food was good too!

September 2018


We visited The Tradesmans arms many times during our stay at Stokely Barton,and what a great pub it is.Kath and her team make you feel so welcome, and provide just the right atmosphere that you want whenever you visit.

July 2018


Visited for dinner. Food was delicious , staff were friendly and service was excellent. Made us very welcome. Will definitely return.

June 2018


We went there about 3 times although only once to eat. Lovely pub and the Sunday lunch was very good indeed. Nice thing was they offer a small portion for Sunday lunch and as neither of us are huge eaters it was much appreciated and more than adequate at a very reasonable price. Very good atmosphere and very welcoming

June 2018


Lovely pub atmosphere, and the food was outstanding! Make sure you book as people were turned away for lack of tables when we were there.

September 2017


Very accommodating for our large party Excellent lunch.

August 2017


We tried this pub on Sunday evening but the welcome was not very welcome and we only went there once. Food was OK but there was better in other pubs in the area.

August 2017


An excellent pub we have used several times as a refreshment break mid-walk. Their sandwiches are very reasonably priced and delicious. Staff always friendly when we've visited and would recommend.

June 2017


Have visited this pub for past two years and the food and service have always been excellent. High class and friendly establishment.

April 2017


Church House Inn
(2 miles)

This dog-friendly countryside pub offers a large restaurant and delightful beer garden. New to the culinary agenda is the Josper oven, an indoor barbecue grill which runs solely on charcoal and gives a delicious flavour to food. The menu features steaks, seafood, Sunday roasts and daily specials.  You’ll also find a selection of local ales, ciders and local soft drinks. Open daily for drinks and from Weds-Sun for lunch, dinner and cream teas.  

Church House Inn Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580253)

 

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Lovely family meal here, very tasty. Great professional service. Dog friendly. Would definitely eat here again.

October 2018


EXCELLENT FRIENDLY SERVICE AND GREAT FOOD IN A GOOD LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS.

June 2018


Excellent food. Sunday lunch was presented very well & served quickly. Evening food was just as good, with a fairly big menu.

November 2017


Friendly, helpful staff, lovely food

September 2017


We ate at this great pub several times and the welcome was very warm and the food and service was great.

August 2017


Good food, nice setting.

December 2016


The Globe Inn
(2 miles)

A tastefully renovated village inn surrounded by beautiful countryside with a traditional restaurant and cosy bar both with open fires, and tranquil outdoor seating area with lovely views.  Menus include well-cooked pub favourites along with daily specials, and regular barbeques are available for larger parties.

The Globe Inn Frogmore, Kingsbridge TQ7 2NR (T: 01548 531351)

 

 

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We had a lovely meal for four here. Excellent steaks, good wine and friendly staff. Also dog friendly which was a bonus.

December 2018


Friendly and helpful staff. We had a very nice meal here. Two young children with us and we were in an area to one side of the main bar, so it was not crowded and we were not rushed. A good selection on the menu. would definitey go back again.

August 2017


Lovely pub and lovely landlords!! Three of us ate here over three nights and each meal was delicious and cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommed.

June 2017


Food here we find is pretty good,nice clean well kept pub nice place. However don't get on the wrong side of the canadian landlady by asking to move tables.????...Fawlty Towers comes to mind.

April 2017


Springfield Farm Shop
(2 miles)

A friendly farm shop, tea room and butchers set in the heart of the South Hams between the villages of East Charleton and Frogmore.  Buy some local meat and vegetables to create something delicious back at your holiday cottage,or take a break in the tea room and enjoy the beautiful view of the Frogmore estuary.

Springfield Farm Shop East Charleton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AR (T: 01548 531523)

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We had a most wonderful cream tea - beautifully presented and all homemade. All staff were very friendly and helpful both in the tea room and in the farm shop (even though it was the end of a very hot day)

July 2018


Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(3 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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A totally unspoilt stretch of beach with wild flowers and wonderfully coloured rocks. We were lucky to be staying on a stones throw away and spent a few happy hours there with our dog watching the locals beach fishing in the evenings - bliss!

August 2018


Lovely walking -

June 2018


Lovely walk for wild flowers, bird watching sea views

May 2018


Clean beach.No plastic.

May 2018


This is certainly a lovely beach and so little rubbish.

April 2018


Really interesting area and good walks along the coast and by the Ley. Generous provision of toilets and parking and a number of places to eat. Would particularly recommend The Start Bay Inn, The Boathouse and Seabreeze Cafe at Torcross. Also very handy that there is a bus should you want to walk one way and get a bus back. Very beautiful and peaceful.

October 2017


Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage

September 2017


Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.

September 2017


Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.

September 2017


Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017


Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017


Beesands

Beesands
(3 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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I've been coming to Beesands since I was 2 years old (61 now!). Not every year since adulthood but still can't stay away. Its an ideal location for those who want to get away from it all. Its close enough to Kingsbridge and within easy reach of Dartmouth , Salcombe and Brixham. The locals are very friendly and will always be up for a chat. Its almost tempting to keep this little coastal secret to myself!

October 2018


Bit scary driving down to the beach due to the narrow road but worth it when you got there. Had fish and chips and ate them on the tables that were provided while looking out to sea.

September 2018


Had a wonderful meal in the beach cafe .

July 2018


We've been coming to this general area for over 20 years now and have stayed in many of the surrounding villages . This was the first time we'd stayed in Beesands - but we had walked through it on our coastal walks on many, many occasions. We both loved the peaceful charm of the place - secluded , tranquil and away from it all . But unlike Hallsands (next village along) , it does have two places where you can eat ( The cricket Inn and the Britannia0)and they are both very good . The beach is great - shingle - but really uncrowded in June . ( We were lucky with the weather) and on a clear,sunny day - it is quite magical. ( What a shame the water is so freezing cold !!) This stretch of coastline is stunning - and even if you do no other walks - walk over to Hallsands and read about the old village that was washed away in January 1917 - or just drink in the stunning views . I love this part of Devon and it never fails to take my breath away when you stand on the coast path near the lighthouse and look back across Start Bay to Hallsands , Beesands , Torr Cross , and over towards Dartmouth. Wonderful.

June 2018


Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.

June 2018


Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)

March 2018


Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017


Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(3 miles)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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Parking charge between £3 - £8 depending on time of year, Also food good but e.g. Hawaiian Prawns (£9) consisted of 5 prawns. Not good value for money.

October 2018


Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded

August 2018


Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.

May 2018


Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.

August 2017


Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .

August 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(4 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017


Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe Beach
(4 miles)

Rugged and unspoiled, Lannacombe is the beach for those looking for total escapism on their South West holiday. Small and perfect for escaping from the summer crowds, it’s one of the best places to visit to simply enjoy the Devon scenery in all its natural glory. There’s a small car park just behind the beach so do get there early in order to guarantee a space, although there is further parking a short walk away if need be. Dogs are welcome at the beach throughout the year and as it offers access to the Coast Path it’s a good idea to combine your visit with a walk to take in the views of sea and countryside, perhaps towards Start Point where there is further parking around 30-40 minutes away on foot. At low tide the beach offers gentle rock pooling so it’s a lovely spot to head to for a quiet afternoon with the family, building sandcastles and eating sandwiches if you remember to bring them. There aren’t any cafes and restaurants immediately on site, so do remember to take anything you need with you, and there aren’t any toilets in the near vicinity either, so that’s worth keeping in mind when you plan your day. If you have been on holidays in Devon and Cornwall before you will also know that you need to watch our for the tide at many of the beaches, including this one in order to avoid disappointment or getting wet, you can pick up a tide timetable at local post offices!

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Excellent secluded beach once you find it. Signs would be helpful but this would be detrimental as visitors would "flood" the small car park. Well worth visiting and walking along the stunning cliff walks

September 2018


A lovely beach where we enjoy sitting and eating our sandwiches after walking from Start Point.

May 2018

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