Hooe

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A holiday cottage in the beautiful and quiet waterside village of Hooe, with its abundance of wildlife, offers a tranquil base from which to explore South Devon and South East Cornwall, whilst offering easy access to Plymouth.

About Hooe

Sitting on a tidal estuary, off the River Plym, this quiet waterside village is perfectly located to explore both South Devon and Cornwall. The estuary is an ever-changing waterscape with an abundance of wildlife and the village benefits from a large green with play park, a small village shop and a good waterside pub.

Less than a mile from Hooe is Mount Batten, home to the Mount Batten Centre, and marina - a favourite haunt for sailing enthusiasts. From here you can access a wide range of water sports and also enjoy the popular Bridge Bar and Restaurant. The Mount Batten ferry provides a short passenger ride across the bay to the historic city of Plymouth. Back on dry land, you can discover the fascinating Barbican area with its colourful naval past, National Marine Aquarium and plenty of shopping opportunities. Mount Batten also sits on the South West Coast Path and hosts the annual British Firework Championships every August, attracting thousands of people from far and wide.

The beautiful sandy beaches at Bovisands are only a short drive from Hooe and offer stunning views over the River Tamar towards Cornwall. Wembury beach is also nearby and is a popular choice with surfers.

One of Devon’s best cliff top golf courses, Staddon Heights Golf Club, is just a short distance from the village and offers stunning views of the Plymouth Sound and the surrounding coastline, perfect for a relaxing round of golf and a well-earned pint of Devon ale in the clubhouse.

A holiday cottage in Hooe offers a beautiful waterside base with close proximity to Plymouth.

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National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium
(2 miles)

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is the Nation’s largest aquarium as well as being a charity organisation, and as such has an extremely exciting and prevalent role to play in driving marine conservation. Alongside the tourist attraction they run learning programmes for more than 30,000 children each year, have a consultancy branch and host events from weddings to birthdays and corporate functions as well. While you’re on holiday in South Devon, however, you will be more interested to know that this underwater world of discovery has the largest native exhibition in the UK exploring all the fish you have heard of and rarer varieties as well. In addition to British beauties there’s an Atlantic Ocean tank with large Nurse Sharks, sand tiger sharks and lemon sharks as well as ray and clownfish. The Aquarium has a café on site, is open daily, and has a variety of ticket types available for families, students and senior citizens.

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Tinside Lido
(2 miles)

Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers beautiful surroundings in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.

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Devon Sailing Experiences
(3 miles)

Sailing is an exhilarating way to explore the South Devon coast and Plymouth based company Devon Sailing Experiences offer a range of options to suit most abilities.  Popular with our cottage guests are the skippered Day Sails around the sheltered waters of Plymouth Sound, where you can experience boat handling and anchor up for a delicious lunch.  Alternatively, you could add on a 2 day sail to your Toad Hall Cottages holiday where you can sail to locations such as Salcombe or Fowey and stay on board overnight with lunches and your own private cabin included. 

Devon Sailing Experiences King Point Marina, Plymouth PL1 3EF (T: 01752 424514)

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SUP Rental
(3 miles)

The popularity of SUP, or Stand Up Paddle Boarding, in the last few years has been fast growing and with good reason. The sport is a beautiful way to cruise along the coast, glide up the estuary, or catch some waves in a versatile and accessible activity that you can make as challenging or relaxing as you wish. With SUP Rental you can have lessons to get the basics or brush up on your skills, join a paddle board evening for a group jaunt, or simply hire your equipment and head off out yourselves with family or friends (they deliver to much of SE Cornwall, so you can have one delivered to your holiday home). The friendly company was established by Reuben and Lucy, who are both watersports enthusiasts and are eager to share their passion for this lovely sport. Click here for further details 

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Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre

Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre
(4 miles)

While skiing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a holiday in South Devon, Plymouth Ski Slope & Snowboard Centre is a large leisure facility and dry ski slope that’s the perfect rainy day activity should you need one. Offering skiing, snowboarding, toboggan and sno-tube downhill fun, and of course parties for birthdays and special occasions, it’s a family friendly experience that adults can enjoy as well. They offer kids adventure days including lessons, lunch and treasure hunts during peak season, and they also offer special functions to really give that ski holiday experience in their Alpine Lodge with its panoramic views of the River Plym! Equipment is available for hire and prices start at £8 for children and £15 for adults.

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Langdon Court Hotel & Restaurant
(2 miles)

A stunning 16th century manor house hotel, with bar and award winning restaurant open to non- residents for lunch, dinner and high tea.  All meals are beautifully presented and served either in the candlelit restaurant or less formal brasserie. 

Langdon Court Hotel & Restaurant Adam’s Lane, Down Thomas, Plymouth PL9 0DY

 

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Eddystone Inn
(3 miles)

Friendly pub serving meals and bar snacks in a stunning location.   A great place to stop for refreshments and enjoy the panoramic sea views after a walk on the South West Coast Path.

Eddystone Inn Heybrook Drive, Wembury PL9 0BN (T: 01752 862572)

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The Odd Wheel
(3 miles)

A warm and cosy family-friendly pub just a short distance from Wembury beach, with two bars and a restaurant serving an extensive menu including good Sunday roasts.  Outside there is a large sunny decked area with tables and a kids play area. 

The Odd Wheel Knighton Road, Wembury PL9 0JD (T: 01752 863052)

 

 

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(1)

We loved this pub, the landlady and regulars were absolutely lovely to us, so friendly and caring. the landlady even helped us when our car broke down by letting us use their phone to call the RAC and drove my husband to meet the mechanic. Even my 14 year old son loved it as the locals and the landlady would entertain him by playing darts. The food is outstanding well worth the visits they made our holiday.

August 2017



The Old Mill Cafe
(3 miles)

A friendly National Trust owned café with lovely views over Wembury beach.  A great spot to enjoy a coffee, ice cream or light meal after a walk along the coast of during a day spent at the beach. 

The Old Mill Café Church Road, Wembury PL9 0HP (T: 01752 863280)

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(2)

This lovely cafe has a great position overlooking the beach. Nice food and good coffee.

April 2017


Lovely little café, we loved sitting outside with our coffee and pasty watching everyone enjoying themselves on the beach. highly recommended. August 17

August 2017



The Dolphin Inn - Newton Ferrers
(5 miles)

A great spot for a pint of real ale or glass of wine on the sunny terrace overlooking the River Yealm. Good pub food and excellent hampers can be made up for trips to the beach.

The Dolphin Inn Riverside Road, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AE (T: 01752 872007)

 

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(3)

Great local pub, very warm welcome, dog friendly and a nice pint.

May 2017


Great food and selection of ciders.

July 2017


A brilliant pub, fantastic atmosphere day & night. Live music and a great menu - including a great vegetarian selection. The staff were on the ball and service was quick. The chef was able to adapt the menu to suit 'fussy'children. Highly recommended.

August 2017



Mothecombe Beach
(8 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



Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
(8 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
(11 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
(11 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



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


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