Diptford

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A holiday cottage in the small village of Diptford provides a lovely rural escape with easy access to the beautiful wilderness of Dartmoor and the stunning South Devon coastline.

About Diptford

Diptford is a small village is within easy access of both Dartmoor and the quirky town of Totnes with its lively weekly markets. Totnes is best known for its thriving arts, music and bohemian culture, which has resulted in a fantastic variety of things to do from buying hand-made shoes to relaxing in a flotation tank. This historic town also has a classic Norman motte and bailey castle overlooking the town and River Dart.

Diptford is within an easy drive of numerous stunning south coast beaches and is just a short journey to the edge of beautiful Dartmoor. Drive through South Brent and on to Shipley Bridge where you’ll find a moorland car park with toilet block and an easy access walk to the Avon Dam reservoir. This walk is particularly good for those with limited mobility, or families with pushchairs, or young children on bikes, as the path is metalled and has some lovely picnic spots by the side of the river along the way. This makes for an easy stroll onto the moors without missing out on the picturesque scenery.

You can also access the moors via the nearby lively town of Ashburton, which has a range of antiques shops, an artisan baker, cafés and delis. For those seeking more wilderness, venture into the heart of Dartmoor and you’ll discover a wide open, barren landscape in sharp contrast to the wooded valleys below. Make sure you take sensible footwear, clothing and a map if you’re going for more than a light stroll as the weather is renowned for its changeability. Take a drive to the famous Hay Tor where it is possible to make a careful ascent to the top of the tor, or stay below and watch climbers attempt to conquer the vertical side of this imposing granite outcrop.

A holiday cottage in Didtford provides a lovely rural escape with easy access to Dartmoor and the beautiful South Devon coast.

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Wrangaton Golf Club
(4 miles)

Founded in 1895, Wrangaton Golf Club is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor between Ivybridge and South Brent.  Today the nine hole course continues to be a rugged and raw experiences, underlined by the natural beauty of the area - the rich Devonshire countryside and the coastline and the sea 10 miles away.  It is a test of any golfer’s ability, and it is said that you never play the same hole twice.  Warm and welcoming, visitors are invited to attend with green fees starting at £22.50 for 18-holes.  Feel free to pop into the clubhouse afterwards to have a snack, drink or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch to round off your day.

www.wrangatongolfclub.co.uk

 

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Pennywell Farm Activity Centre

Pennywell Farm Activity Centre
(5 miles)

If you have spent any time in South Devon before, chances are you’ve heard of Pennywell Farm. A petting zoo taken to another level, you can visit with the family for piggy cuddles, egg collecting, goat milking, bottle feeding orphan lambs, seed planting for home grown souvenirs, treasure hunts, pond dipping, pony pampering and deer feeding amongst other things from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. There are a variety of ticket options available and children under the age of three go for free. There’s a number of options for eating while you’re there from the coffee cabin, to Henny Penny café, ice creams and picnic tables in the summer. They have won numerous awards and for anyone on holiday with the dog they have a kennel on site which is free of charge while you potter about – just remember to bring their bed and water bowl.

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Excellent day out with the kids that offers wholesome family fun you don't find in a lot of places.

December 2016


Totnes Castle
(6 miles)

A classic Norman motte and bailey castle within walking distance of the centre of Totnes.  Climb to the top for stunning views over the town and River Dart or enjoy a peaceful picnic in the grounds under one of the ancient trees. 

Totnes Castle Castle Street, Totnes TQ9 5NU

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Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
(6 miles)

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)

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Totnes Guildhall
(6 miles)

Totnes Guildhall has nearly a thousand years of history for you to explore with the original priory building dating back to 1088. This fascinating building has been used as the town gaol, boy's school, magistrates court, and is still used today as the Council Chambers and Mayor's parlour for Totnes Town Council. Open to visitors May to October, check website to avoid disappointment.

Totnes Guildhall 5 Ramparts Walk, Totnes TQ9 5QH (T: 01803 862147)

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Turtley Corn Mill
(3 miles)

A beautiful old mill set in six acres of grounds housing a large restaurant and bar open for breakfasts, family meals, Sunday lunches and romantic dinners.  Classic menus full of locally sourced, freshly produced dishes are accompanied by a carefully selected wine list and a selection of local ales, beer and ciders on tap.

Turtley Corn Mill  Avonwick, South Brent TQ10 9ES (T: 01364 646100)

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Glazebrook House Restaurant
(3 miles)

A stylish fine dining restaurant, where Michelin starred chef and Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski serves up exciting and creative menus, using the best local and seasonal produce.  Take a cocktail in the relaxing bar, or try a whisky of wine tasting before your evening meal with the professional sommelier. 

Glazebrook House Hotel  Glazebrook, South Brent TQ10 9JE (T: 1364 73322)

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California Country Inn
(3 miles)

An award winning traditional country pub popular for its good food, lively bar and pretty beer garden.  Enjoy the bar menu for traditional pub favourites, the restaurant for a la carte, or Sunday Roasts with a choice of meats and excellent veggie option.

California Country Inn California Cross, Modbury PL21 0SG (T: 01548 821449)

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Wow! what a lovely reasonable priced place to have an evening meal. We stayed at Colmer Estate just down the road so well within walking distance. The food was great quality, smaller portions for adults with small appetite and childrens selection too. As a family of four we always found something to eat and staff very friendly and happy to accommodate and cleaniliness was very good. Overall I would give 5 stars and would recommend to book (day or two before we found ok) as gets busy due to popularity.

August 2017


Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.

September 2017


The Ship Inn
(4 miles)

A tastefully modernised 16th century free house serving a wide variety of locally sourced seafood, steaks and vegetarian options both a la carte in the restaurant or from the more relaxed Pub Menu served in the bar.  All meals are beautifully presented and accompanied by an extensive wine list or range of local beers and ciders.

The Ship Inn The Square, Ugborough PL21 0NS (T: 01752 892565)

 

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The Church House Inn
(4 miles)

A family and dog friendly pub in a beautiful setting with a reputation for serving good quality, classic dishes.  Dating from the 13th century this is a fine example of a traditional Devon long house and still retains lots of original features. 

The Church House Inn  Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF (T: 01803 863707)

 

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Delicious Sunday lunch especially the roast beef. Only disappointment was the treacle tart. Everything else was lovely. Would only add that the vegetables need to be brought out immediately after the meat.

September 2017


Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(9 miles)

Roughly one kilometre (20 minutes depending on your pace) from the National Trust car park at Ringmore, and with a selection of footpaths to get to it, Ayrmer Cove is a quiet secluded beach on the South West Coast Path. For anyone on holiday in South Devon it’s a peaceful place to sit and contemplate the natural scenery amongst the shingle, pebbles and rock pools, admiring the cliffs. It makes for a beautiful destination to walk to from Ringmore itself, which is a small village (population 230) with views towards the cove itself as well as Bigbury Bay – it makes for a wonderful holiday cottage destination in South Devon as well as a place to visit as part of your day. Walking to the beach allows you to discover the surrounding woodland, wildlife and history of the area – taking in old smugglers’ routes and hedgerows that have been in situ since the 1800s. It is a little tricky to get to so it’s not ideal for wheelchairs, and there aren’t any toilets or facilities at the beach itself so if you want to stay for a little while don’t forget to take snacks or a picnic if the weather is right. This is all about enjoying the environment that’s such a proud part of the National Trust – it’s everything a holiday in Devon is about, and yes, dogs are permitted all year round and will very much enjoy the walk!

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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful

June 2017


Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.

September 2017


Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.

April 2018


Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
(9 miles)

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wonwell is a sandy beach on the east shore of the Erme river which joins Mothecombe at low tide. It affords visitors a large expanse to explore and is accessed via a woodland path from the road which takes about 10 minutes. Alternatively, there is a slipway from the road to the shore of the river and at low tide you can walk along the edge to the beach itself, so make sure you get your timings right to make the most of this one. Parking is limited at Wonwell Beach so keep that in mind when you’re heading over. Road parking allows for around 20 cars depending on their size and there aren’t really any facilities around, although there are toilets nearby. This does mean you need to be prepared if you’re heading there for the best part of the day, but also makes for a very peaceful experience whether it’s lounging about on the sand with a picnic in the summer, or a stroll in the cooler months, simply taking in the atmosphere. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round so it’s the perfect place to take them for a run around. Something to be careful of – do keep an eye on the tide to avoid getting cut off when it comes in and getting very wet en route back to dry land!

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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones

April 2017


Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.

September 2017


Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay
(9 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge, Challaborough Bay is a sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s perfect for enjoying all the seaside activities nature can afford. At low tide the beach is ideal for visiting families to build sandcastles and explore the rock pools, while the swells and shore breaks also attract surfers and bodyboarders. There are some beautiful walks along the coast path that surrounds it, heading towards Bigbury on Sea in particular. Making it an ideal spot to spend the day, the beach has toilets, a café and a beach shop close by, although access is via steps and small paths so accessibility isn’t wheelchair friendly. There is a car park but it’s rather small, so it’s good to know that a 15-minute walk to Bigbury will see ample parking available – seasonal charges apply so remember to bring cash with you. While four legged friends are welcome in the winter, they are not allowed on the beach between May and September, so do plan their walks with that in mind. It’s a lovely spot along the coast path to bring them to, you can even beach hop from one to the next!

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Lovely beach

April 2017


Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach
(9 miles)

At the mouth of the Avon River, Bantham beach is easy to reach from Salcombe, Kingsbridge and our other favourite holiday home locations, as well as being a beautiful area to stay in its own right. The beach looks out over Bigbury Bay and offers a wonderful view of Burgh Island, which is famous for its art deco hotel of the same name that has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward amongst its illustrious guests an can reach by sea tractor. Bantham beach has a popular reputation amongst both novice and advanced surfers, and as such there are lessons available from the Bantham Surfing Academy, which operates from the beach. They also offer other water sports including paddle boarding, and a day pottering up the Avon River on one of those when the tide is right, is a day well spent. When the tide is out at Bantham the sandy beach reveals rock pools and great swathes of space so you can happily set up a picnic and stay there for the whole day. If the mood strikes, why not walk along the coast path towards Thurlestone around the corner, and South Milton Sands beyond that, particularly as it’s also a popular beach for dog owners? Just keep in mind that from 1st May until 30th September restrictions apply, so look out for signposts with more information. If you’re spending the whole day on the beach it’s worth popping to the Gastrobus which is open seasonally in the car park, offering everything from freshly made baps to coffees, teas and cakes, or for a larger meal head the short walking distance to The Sloop Inn gastropub. There is plenty of parking available by Bantham, with charges from £3.50 per day, so make sure you have change on you as it’s a bit tricky to find parking otherwise. There are toilets in the car park, and from May to October from 10am until 6pm there is also lifeguard cover on the beach. All in, Bantham has something to offer everyone throughout the year and is one of many beautiful locations to spend time while you’re in South Devon.

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Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.

April 2017


A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.

July 2017


Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.

July 2017


Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.

April 2018


Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea
(10 miles)

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited that Bigbury on Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for sand castles and rock pooling as well as tucking into lengthy summer picnics, it is an unusual beach to visit because the tide comes in from both sides. As a result, it is an endless source of fascination for children, not least for its sea tractor which provides transport from one end of the beach to the other in order to reach Burgh Island. Burgh Island is connected to mainland England by the beach alone, it’s home to the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel which has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward since its incarnation in 1929, and has even made an appearance in the TV adaptation of Christie’s Poirot. On a practical note there is on-site parking available close to the beach with daily charges from £3.50. Toilets and shower facilities with disabled access are also nearby, and lifeguards are present from May to September. The Venus café offers teas, coffees and other refreshments including the ice creams that are of such fundamental importance for a day at the beach. Meanwhile, dog lovers will be pleased to know that four legged friends are welcome at Bigbury on Sea, but restrictions apply from 1st May until 30th September. Ultimately, Bigbury on Sea is a supremely beautiful location and fun family day out with abundant wildlife to enjoy and coastal footpaths to explore as well, making it a wonderful destination to visit on holiday in Devon, no matter what time of the year it is.

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Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.

April 2017


Rather run down and disappointing that visitors are made to feel rather unwanted with only a small section of the pub open to non-residents and the hotel off limits completely to non-residents. View from the top lovely, but I wouldn't drive miles and miles to visit. What attracted me was the parting of the sea and that was a lovely view

June 2017


Lovely place. Child friendly with fantastic views. Only downside is the dogs that are allowed on. It can get very busy in high season and the dogs can be a pain if running loose especially if you have got little ones. We have got a dog so it's not because we aren't dog lovers!

July 2017


Great beach for walking the dog - only part of the beach is restricted. Not overcrowded as we visited out of season and some lovely views in all directions.

September 2017


Perfect location. Excellent to walk across the tombolo and explore the island. Very safe for dogs. We visited on a very sunny day in April and were lucky to get a free parking spot right by the slipway. Views from the top are wonderful. Watching the waves meet from both directions is fascinating.

April 2018

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