Holbeton

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A holiday cottage in the charming, quiet village of Holbeton with its pretty traditional thatched and stone cottages, is a great base for exploring this picturesque corner of South Devon.

About Holbeton

Holbeton is a quiet South Devon village, with a mix of thatched and stone cottages that give it a quaint, traditional charm. The village benefits from having a Post Office and village shop, and two pubs. The Dartmoor Union, in particular, is renowned for its great choice of food, and even offers a takeaway menu. The unspoilt Mothecombe beach is just a few minutes’ drive from the village, and both the beach and Holbeton itself have been featured in a variety of films and TV series including Sense and Sensibility, The Hornblower, Jonathan Creek and Rebecca, all due to their wonderfully picturesque location.

From Holbeton you can easily explore the nearby villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, set on the beautiful wooded banks of the Yealm estuary. Wonwell Beach, on the east shore of the Erme river, is another popular local spot, particularly among dog owners as there are no restrictions here. Low tide reveals a large expanse of golden sand perfect for your four legged friend to chase a ball and run off some excess energy.

The nearby elegant town of Modbury offers lots of independent shops and cafés to choose from, and is famous for becoming the first town in Europe to go plastic bag-free in 2007.

A holiday cottage in Holbeton is a great base for exploring this pretty corner of South Devon.

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Bigbury Discovery Surf School

Discovery Surf School
(5 miles)

Based at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay, Discovery Surf is a fun, friendly and professional environment where the team always have a smile and a word of encouragement to go with their expert tuition. Providing the opportunity to quite literally interact with South Devon’s primary asset - the environment - they offer lessons, courses and equipment hire, as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking. 

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Had a great lesson with Discovery Surf. Two hours on the Sedgewell side of Bigbury Beach. All equipment provided, the guys really knew their stuff and we were on our feet in no time. Such a buzz, definitely recommend trying it out if you've not surfed before or want to build up your confidence in the sea.

December 2016


Excellent lesson in tough conditions on a windy down a Bigbury, really clear instruction, great place to srat and get in to surfing

December 2016



Bigbury Golf Club

Bigbury Golf Club
(5 miles)

A friendly cliff top golf course close to Kingsbridge, Bigbury Golf Club is a links course with spectacular views of the South Devon coast. It is an 18-hole course where you can play as an individual or as part of a group. It’s 6,035 yards for men, 5,544 for ladies and par is 70 and 73 respectively. There’s a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, but remember that dress should be smart/casual at all times, and in the clubhouse they ask that you don’t wear golf shoes, hats, untailored shorts, general beach wear, collarless tee shirts and non-golf sportswear like tracksuits and rugby shirts. The club offers rates for groups of 6-14 and society golf days for numbers over 14. Green fees are seasonal and depend on the time of day that you’re visiting so keep an eye on the website for full details.

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Friendly and a lovely course, with great views. Tricky in any wind!

May 2017


Good course to play. Very hilly on the front 9. Don't forget the VIP card for the discount. You can book tee times on their website. Take plenty of balls if it's windy. ????

June 2017



Dragonfly Adventures
(5 miles)

Boat trips departing Noss Mayo or Newton Ferrers with local wildlife enthusiast and angler, Jonathan Rundle.  Explore the the local coast and estuary from the beautiful River Yealm observing bird and marine life, as well as the stunning scenery.  Maximum 4 passengers, fishing opportunities available on request.  

Click here for futher details or contact Jon Rundle on 07377 138690 

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Bantham Surfing Academy

Bantham Surfing Academy
(6 miles)

Operating from the car park at postcard perfect surfer’s paradise Bantham Beach, Bantham Surfing Academy is run by experienced SurfingGB qualified instructors who offer tuition and coaching for all levels, including beginners, as well as supervised surfing sessions and a Kids Club. In addition to surfing lessons, the team offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, hire and tours around Burgh Island and the River Avon, and lifeguard and surf instructor tuition and qualifications. 

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My granddaughter had expert tuition and was so thrilled to be able to stand on her board. She was well looked after (5yrs)

August 2017



Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo
(6 miles)

Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor. It was the subject of the book and hollywood film We Bought a Zoo, which has gained the Zoo world wide fame. However the personal charm and up-close feel to the whole park has not disappeared.

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School House
(2 miles)

A worthy sister restaurant to the Beach House and White House in the South Hams, the School House opened in 2017 to rave reviews from some seriously hard to please food critics. In a fabulous location just a few minutes’ walk from Mothercombe Beach, the restaurant has lovely views and plenty of outdoor seating to soak up the sunshine.  The perfect place to enjoy a cold beer or a cocktail whilst you browse the menu full of delicious things to share along with fish, meat and seafood all cooked to perfection.

The School House  Mothecombe, Devon, PL8 1lB (T. 01752 830552)

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The Dolphin Inn
(3 miles)

A classic village pub in the heart of the village, popular with the locals and walkers on the South West Coast Path.  Here you will find a short menu of well cooked, quality pub favourites and local ales and ciders, all served by friendly staff. 

The Dolphin Inn Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (T: 01548 810314)

 

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Lovely food

October 2017



Plantation House
(3 miles)

A beautifully restored Georgian rectory set in pretty gardens in the Erme Valley, now a boutique hotel and highly acclaimed a la carte restaurant serving high quality English cuisine.

Plantation House  Totnes Road, Ermington PL21 9NS (T: 01548 831100)

 

 

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The Volunteer Inn - Yealmpton
(3 miles)

Good value pub food including Sunday Roasts accompanied by local beers and ales – all served by friendly staff.

The Volunteer Inn Fore Street, Yealmpton PL8 2JN (T: 01752 880463)

 

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The First & Last Bistro
(3 miles)

A popular, family run bistro in this pretty village offering menus with a Mediterranean influence using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.

The First & Last Bistro Church Street, Ermington PL21 9NJ (T: 01548 830671)

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Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
(2 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



Mothecombe Beach
(2 miles)

One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.

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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa

April 2017



Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(4 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



Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay
(4 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
(4 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


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