Harbertonford is nestled in the heart of the South Hams, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is particularly popular with sailors, artists, fishermen, and anyone who enjoys peaceful tranquillity in a truly beautiful rural setting. Along with the nearby villages Dittisham, Tuckenhay, Ashprington and Stoke Gabriel, Harbertonford enjoys unspoilt tree-lined banks, secret creeks, and magnificent green countryside sweeping down to the river's edge.
Harbertonford is just over 3 miles away from the historic town of Totnes, with its ancient castle, winding streets, bohemian culture, and lively market. From here you can take a river cruise on a vintage paddle steamer down to the maritime town of Dartmouth, where you'll find plenty of cafés, restaurants, shops and art galleries, as well as an abundance of breathtaking coastal walks. Or for a day out with a difference, why not visit the nearby Sharpham Vineyard for English cheese and wine tasting, and lovely riverside walks.
A holiday cottage in Harbertonford is perfectly placed for enjoying the beautiful Dart valley and its surrounding picturesque countryside.
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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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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Not much to see not worth the £5 entry.
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)
Accessed via the Narnia Shop on Totnes Fore Street, the Timehouse Museum is a four dimensional installation fusing art, music and film that will engage inquisitive minds of all ages. Expect the extraordinary!
Timehouse Museum 69 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5NJ (T: 01803 862109)
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Just the most amazing place, words cannot describe. So sad it's shutting soon!
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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Oh my goodness what a beautiful shop!!!!
Rough and ready. Didn’t fancy eating their.
great pub with tasty food and good service in pretty village.
Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money
An ethical and fairtrade store selling an assortment of antique Indian furniture, homewares and other unusual pieces. Take a break from shopping at The Nkuku café which serves an all day menu including the finest artisan coffee, light meals, wood fired pizzas and a selection of wines, craft beers, organic ciders and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings.
Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café Brockhills Barns, Harbertonford TQ9 7PS (T: 01803 465365)
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Best coffee of our holiday! Lovely setting .
Super place for light breakfast or morning coffee. Stylish place, we love it!
A delightful cafe and shop filled with gorgeous pottery and stylish accessories for the home. A great place for a treat. Lovely coffee.
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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Excellent food, lovely old pub and village. Worth a visit.
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.
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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This pub was just a few minutes walk from where we were staying. Although the food was good basic pub food it was let down by the 'atmosphere' in the pub.
Friendly pub with good food and good service
Lovely location, food and service good but basic pub grub.
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.
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.
We visited 3 times. Very friendly pub. Good food, if anything to comment, the portions were on the large side for us.
An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.
Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in
A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded
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 :)
This conveniently placed country pub, originally built in the 14th century and today offering good quality locally sourced food is a great place to stop off and enjoy lunch, dinner or a traditional Devon cream tea. Ample parking, friendly staff and a large garden add to the appeal.
The Old Inn Halwell TQ9 7JA (T: 01803 712329)
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Absolutely lovely pub, owners & food was excellent, and Sadie was adorable, would highly recommend and would certainly return, thank you Lisa, Matt & Holly from Manchester
Very friendly staff and a very good meal.
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.
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Lovely quieter beach, dog and BBQ friendly. We had teens that hired kayaks from nearby Broadsands beach and paddled around the coast to meet us. Very accomodating kayak hire and not too expensive.
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.
Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.
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.
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
The cost of the parking steep
Our family 's favourite beach
Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
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.