East Prawle

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A holiday cottage in the lovely rural village of East Prawle, a mile inland from Prawle Point, offers a peaceful base from which to explore the magnificent rugged South Devon cliffs and coastline.

About East Prawle

East Prawle is a lovely rural village a mile inland from Prawle Point, the most southerly tip of Devon. The coastline here is rugged, with magnificent cliffs, delightful coves, hidden beaches, and a breathtaking stretch of the South West Coast Path. The area is quiet, unspoilt and boasts an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the rare cirl buntings which farmers and naturalists are working hard to protect. 

East Prawle village is surrounded by fields with stunning rural and coastal views. The village has a green, the quirky former smugglers' hide, The Pig'sNose Inn, and the seasonal Piglet Stores and Café which serves excellent, hearty breakfasts and delicious cream teas. The nearby stretch of coastline is said to resemble the shape of a pig's head, which explains the local pig references!

From East Prawle you can take a 2 mile stroll to East Portlemouth to catch the ferry over to Salcombe to enjoy shops, cafés, restaurants, and everything else that the sailing mecca has to offer. 

For walkers this area is idyllic rambling country which can begin or end at the award-winning Millbrook Inn, South Pool situated just off the main Kingsbridge to Dartmouth road. A walk in Pig country is guaranteed to be a most memorable and enjoyable experience!

Choose a holiday cottage in East Prawle for a peaceful base from which to explore the picturesque South Devon coast and countryside.

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Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse
(3 miles)

Built in 1836 to mark one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English coast, Start Point lighthouse was designed by James Walker and sits on a headland that runs sharply out into the sea on the south side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. Its style is largely influenced by the Gothic movement, and the optic used was the first of its kind. Coastal erosion has affected it over time and the lighthouse was automated in 1993, but it’s still in operation and can now be visited. Tours last around 45 minutes and are on the hour from 11am until 4pm, or 5pm in July and August. Prices start at £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children – remember to wear sensible shoes and keep in mind that tours are weather dependent… as you might expect!

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Had a really interesting tour at the end of September, which was the highlight of our holiday. Out guide, Mary, was very friendly and informative. Would highly recommend this. Fantastic location and views and very interesting history. Thanks Mary.

October 2017


We really enjoyed our visit. My husband and son had a tour (£5 per adult and under 5's free) and thought it was brilliant. Children under 1.1m's tall can not go on the tour so my younger son and I enjoyed the coastal views which were fantastic.

June 2017


Fantastic walk with wonderful views, you'll find the best beach in the South Hams hear, bit of a walk but it is glorious.

December 2016


Salcombe Paddleboarding
(3 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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Salcombe Dinghy Sailing

Salcombe Dinghy Sailing
(3 miles)

Salcombe is known for its unique sailing opportunities thanks to the spectacular coastline. A favourite destination amongst some of the best in the sailing community, getting out on the water is very much part of the South Devon holiday experience, and at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, owners Zoe and Ross are a highly skilled, warm and friendly duo who make you feel safe, happy, confident and well prepared on the water whether you’re having lessons, hiring a boat, are a beginner or a practiced sailor looking to sharpen your skills. You can opt for taster sessions, bespoke private tuition, or RYA teaching courses with up to four students per instructor. Just make sure you bring warm, waterproof clothing with you – it can get nippy our there!

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Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe
(3 miles)

Hiring a traditional Salcombe Yawl or launch is a fabulous way to explore the Salcombe estuary taking in the beaches and wildlife along the way.  The Salcombe Yawl is an attractive 16ft dingy unique to Salcombe suitable for racing or cruising with the family, or alternatively, less experienced sailors can hire a sturdier harbour launch with inboard engine to potter from beach to beach.  Both are available on a weekly basis along with everything you need to have and enjoyable yet safe time on the water.  Sailing tuition in a Salcombe Yawl, or leisurely skippered sails around the harbour are also available in the safe hands of experienced local sailor Scratch Hitchen. 

Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe (T: 01548 561619 M: 07966 840436)

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Whitestrand Boat Hire
(3 miles)

Everything in Salcombe revolves around the water, and Whitestrand Boat Hire offer a fleet of self drive boats aswell as skippered mackerel fishing trips so you can experience more of the beautiful estuary and coastline.    Book a boat by the hour, day or week and the friendly staff can advise on the best beaches, wildlife spots and pubs to visit.  No prior experience necessary. 

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Piglet Café
(Less than a mile)

A tiny café on the village green serving light lunches, coffees, cream teas and ice creams.  A good spot to take a break after walking on the South West Coast Path.

Piglet Café East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (T: 01548 511486)

 

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Adorable cafe with nice food. A bit overpriced, but worth it!

May 2018


Lovely afternoon teas!

April 2018


Really high quality, homemade food with great service. Fantastic!

August 2017


A beautiful, clean little café with a good menu. Very tasty food and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

May 2017


Pigs Nose Inn
(Less than a mile)

A traditional 16th century inn overlooking the green in the pretty, windswept village of East Prawle with regular live music nights, and serving quality pub grub and real ales straight from the barrel. 

Pigs Nose Inn East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (T: 01548 511209)

 

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Quirky, could be much cleaner. Not too impressed with dogs climbing on furniture next to people eating food.food basic but OK.beer good.good atmosphere

September 2018


Very good local beer and terrific atmosphere with old-fashioned opening hours.

May 2018


Why oh why didn't we go there more often...only went on our last night. Such a lively, personable and vibrantly vivid place with wonderful staff and exceptional food - loved it!

May 2018


Great little pub - nice pint of Red Devon and Devon Pride!

April 2018


Lovely friendly and quirky pub. Excellent cask ales and one of the best Fish and Chip lunches ever. Would love to come back for one of their gig nights.

April 2018


Beer good, but food extremely indifferent (a Saturday lunch time). Very disappointed this time as last time we came to the area, we could have eaten there every day.

October 2017


A really fabulous, relaxed, enjoyable pub, with a great mix of locals, tourists, old and young and lots of lovely dogs. Fabulous food and a selection of games to play too. Really loved it.

September 2017


What a great pub. Friendly atmosphere, good food and local cider.

August 2017


Needs a good clean and then it could be a great pub.

May 2017


A fantastic pub - wonderful atmosphere, great food, and friendly staff

May 2017


This place is like walking into the moulin Rouge.... It's an incredible experience. You never quite know what to expect when you enter into the rabbit hole of East Prawle. However, one thing is for sure, it's all happening in the Pigs Nose. With Atomic Kitten playing last year it draws crowds from far and wide. You would never know what awaits behind the doors of the pigs nose when you drive into the sleepy little village of East Prawle. Whatever the night holds, quiet or explosive, you are sure to be entered. Recently there have been some insanely talented musicians playing at the pub. The landlady and her son gives everyone a warm welcome and makes you feel like your in your own sitting room. It is definitly worth coming the extra mile for.

April 2017


Coast @ Gara Rock
(2 miles)

Closed until Spring 2018 In one of the most stunning locations in South Devon with panoramic sea views, Coast@Gara Rock is a great place to visit in all seasons.  In summer sit on the terrace for light lunches, burgers, cream teas, or an ice cream on the way up from the beach below; and in winter watch the waves crashing from the comfort of the restaurant with its huge floor to ceiling windows. 

Coast Gara Rock, East Portlemouth TQ8 8FA (T: 01548 845945)

 

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Still very much closed on 040518, and just a busy building site. I'd be surprised if it's open this summer.

May 2018


A must visit after a long walk. Good menu and drink selections. Amazing views. Dog friendly.

September 2017


Superb place for weekends cakes, breakfast and lunch and beautiful dinner menu through the summer and very dog friendly!

September 2017


Dinner was amazing. Pre book a table and ask for a window view of the bay. Lunch was good. Staff really lovely.

August 2017


Millbrook Inn
(3 miles)

A small pub in a beautiful setting serving excellent classic English pub food with a hint of French thrown in.  Here you will find true seasonal field to plate eating using the best produce the local area has to offer accompanied by local ales and good quality French wines.  Sunday roasts accompanied by live Jazz are especially popular. 

Millbrook Inn South Pool, Kingsbridge TQ7 2RW (T: 01548 531581)

Enjoy 20% off food for any pre-booked tables with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card (mention you are a guest on booking and present card ) 

 

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Great atmosphere, good selection of beers.comfortable & welcoming & cosy.had food which was excellent but v expensive.cheapest main was about £15.a few cheaper options would have made this pub perfect.staff very helpful & welcoming

September 2018


The Millbrook has a new bridge at the back to a grassy area with picnic tables, so great for kids. They do an outside BBQ at the front 5-9pm in the summer, also great for kids supper. A lovely old pub in an idyllic location!

September 2018


Outstanding Sunday roast EVEN IF the lamb and the beef look exactly the same, they ain't. Fabulous staff too!

May 2018


A beautiful old pub with real ales, very good food and friendly staff. Right on a stream, lovely wood fire. Lovely garden for the summer.

November 2017


Lovely pub- excellent food and very dog friendly

September 2017


Brilliant pub, friendly, fun staff, Charlie the landlord is working really hard to make this a great place for all to visit.

September 2017


Lovely friendly and helpful staff. The best meal we had on holiday. Children were made to feel very welcome and a very reasonably priced children's menu.

August 2017


My husband and I ate at Millbrook tonight, absolutely beautiful meal and great service, thank you!

May 2017


An interesting and different menu- think top end gastro pub. Lovely place to be, very friendly owners and helpful staff.

May 2017


Great pub, great atmosphere.

May 2017


The Millbrook Inn clear only wants rich adults to come and visit, its menu does not welcome children and this is a great shame.

April 2017


Venus Café - East Portlemouth
(3 miles)

This branch of the local Venus chain is takeaway only but with the beach on the doorstep who needs to eat-in? Here you find quality local pasties, baguettes, ice creams, coffee and cream teas as well as buckets, spades and beach games to keep the kids entertained.

Venus Café Ferry Steps, Millbay Road, East Portlemouth TQ8 8PU (T: 01548 843558)

 

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lovely icecreams & friendly staff, only downside was that they closed early if it was not busy

July 2018


nice paninis

December 2016


Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe Beach
(2 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


Gara Rock Beach

Gara Rock Beach
(2 miles)

A short ferry ride over the estuary from Salcombe to East Portlemouth, followed by a scenic walk along the coast (around 40 minutes depending on how speedy you are), will lead you to a dramatic headland and beach café known as Gara Rock. With panoramic views of the sea, the café is open for teas, cakes, lunch, and afternoon tea before you descend to Gara Rock Beach below. The beach is a sandy cove flanked by rocks, and can also be reached by parking at the Mill Bay car park which is around two miles away on foot. The beauty of this beach is that it is only accessible either on foot or by boat, so it does have a wonderful sense of escapism alongside its rugged splendour. Although it is a little bit of a climb back up to the café, the proximity of food and toilets means that you can set up camp here for most of the day, dipping into the water as and when you choose if the weather is warm enough. Alternatively, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop if you’re spending the day walking along the coast path towards Prawle Point and Dartmouth beyond. Dogs are allowed on the beach but not in high season, so keep that in mind, and while it’s a slightly tricky beach to get to it’s worth the effort… maybe just see if you can get a takeaway brownie and a cup of tea from the café to keep you going!

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Lovely beach. We arrived early after a steep walk down the cliff path. Had the beach initially to ourselves! Starts to get busier as the day goes on.

July 2018


North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(3 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


Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(3 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016


Mill Bay
(3 miles)

A sandy beach on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary, at low tide Mill Bay stretches all the way up the coastline to East Portlemouth beach. It has the most wonderful view of Salcombe itself and is popular with everyone, especially families, because of the large swathes of sand on which you can set up camp for the day and enjoy safe, clean swimming conditions. Parking is limited, so the best way to get to it is either by boat or by catching the East Portlemouth Ferry from Salcombe and strolling along. That way you can also nip past The Venus Café by the slipway to pick ice creams, sandwiches and refreshments before settling in for the day. There are rock pools to explore, sandcastles to build and swimming to be done, just make sure you’re careful of any boats coming in and out of the beach. Dogs are welcome at Mill Bay all year round, and it makes an excellent spot to run around with them whatever time of the year. Like the other beaches along this stretch of coast, Mill Bay makes for an ideal place to spend the day right into the evening, although it is a little stroll to the nearest facilities. It’s also a lovely beach to meander across en route towards Gara Rock or on a longer walk along the coast path.

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Beautiful beach lovely and clean. Small car park free to N.T. members. Highly recommended. Drawback no immediate café available. Venus café nearest but a trek if not mobile.

September 2018


Lovely beach well worth a visit. Dog friendly as well. Well worth the £7-50 national trust car parking fee.

July 2018


amazing beach, dog friendly, only downside is the toilets near the National Trust hut are very poor

July 2018

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