Harbertonford

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A holiday cottage in Harbertonford is perfectly placed for enjoying a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Dart valley with its unspoilt tree-lined banks, secret creeks, and magnificent green sweeping countryside.

About Harbertonford

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.
 

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Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures
(3 miles)

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!

Click here for further details

 

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Totnes Castle
(3 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
(3 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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Timehouse Museum
(3 miles)

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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Totnes Guildhall
(3 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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The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford
(Less than a mile)

A traditional Devon pub serving real ale

The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford, Totnes TQ9 7SZ (T: 01803 732258), 
 

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(1)

Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money

August 2017



Nkuku Café
(Less than a mile)

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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The Church House Inn
(2 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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(1)

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



The Watermans Arms
(2 miles)

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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(4)

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 :)

December 2016


A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded

May 2017


Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in

August 2017


An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.

September 2017



The Old Inn
(3 miles)

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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(1)

Very friendly staff and a very good meal.

August 2017



Blackpool Sands

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

May 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 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


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

August 2017


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



Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(9 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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(6)

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


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


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


Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.

September 2017


Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage

September 2017


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



Beesands

Beesands
(11 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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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



Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(11 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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(2)

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



Leas Foot Sands

Leas Foot Sands
(11 miles)

A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.

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A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!

July 2017


This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England

July 2017


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