Modbury

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A holiday cottage in Modbury offers a great base for families, couples, and dog owners to fully appreciate the charms of this stunning corner of South Devon.

About Modbury

Famous for being the first town in Europe to ban the use of plastic carrier bags among its retailers, the vibrant market town of Modbury has a great sense of community and takes responsibility for protecting the environment very seriously.

The Avon Valley is a beautiful, unspoilt, rural haven and Modbury is in the heart of this rich farming region. With its dignified terraced houses, slate hung walls and enticing old-fashioned shop windows it creates an impression of going back in time. However, do not be deceived by this timeless character, this little town is a hive of activity with three inns and an array of excellent specialist shops and cafés.

Situated close to Dartmoor, as well as numerous outstanding nearby beaches, including Bigbury-on-Sea with its huge sandy beaches and views out to the iconic Burgh Island, a holiday cottage in Modbury offers a great base for families, couples, and dog owners to fully appreciate the charms of this stunning corner of South Devon.

 

 

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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



Bigbury Discovery Surf School

Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-on-Sea
(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. Prices start at £20 an hour, just make sure you take a towel and swimming cossies with you and arrive 20 minutes before your lesson.

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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



Bantham Surfing Academy

Bantham Surfing Academy
(5 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. Prices start at £35 for a two-hour beginner lesson and equipment is available but remember to bring a towel, a swimming costume, and change for the car park which has charges in operation through the peak seasons.

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(1)

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



Triocean Surf Shop

Triocean Surf Shop
(6 miles)

When in South Devon get out onto the water – or at least, that seems to be the unwritten mantra. So what you will need is the right equipment and for that you need to go to Triocean Surf Shop. South Devon's largest surf and water-sports shop located just two miles from Bantham Beach, well known as one of the premier surf spots in Devon and where, as we have mentioned, you will find some excellent tutors to get you riding waves like a pro. This is the place to buy wetsuits, surfboards, surfboard shapers, kayaks, body boards and paddle boards. See you on the water!

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(2)

Bought a wetsuit from here for the summer and the guys were so helpful. Price matched a website I'd seen the suit on and gave me loads of good advice about the local beaches. Bantham is great but mind the rip!

December 2016


Great place to hire equipment, they even provide soft racks if you don't have one

December 2016



Thurlestone Golf Club

Thurlestone Golf Club
(6 miles)

On the coast with spectacular views of the sea, Thurlestone Golf Club can be seen from the beach and is fortunate enough to be on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. The 18-hole course is a mix of links and cliff top terrain and aims to cater to all ages and abilities with a variety of tees. All visitors are welcome and will be pleased to know that there are two bars on site as well as a separate dining room. Green fees vary according to the season but start at £36 per person in the low season. As with most golf courses, there is a dress code so golf shoes must be worn and denim isn’t allowed, but a full list or restrictions are listed on their main website.

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The Exeter Inn
(Less than a mile)

A historic family friendly 14th century coaching inn in the centre of town, offering good traditional home cooked food using local produce.  Enjoy real ales or a range of wines and other drinks around the log fire in winter, or in the lovely walled garden in summer. 

The Exeter Inn Church St, Modbury PL21 0QR (T: 01548 831225)

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(1)

The kitchen doesn't open until 6.30, which was not great for eating with fidgeting toddlers. The food came very quickly though, and was nice, quite traditional "pub grub". Portions are huge!

August 2017



The White Hart - Modbury
(Less than a mile)

A traditional British pub in the heart of Modbury with plenty of seating and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Lunch time offerings include fresh cut sandwiches and snacks and the evening menu is full of pub classics including grills and steaks and plenty of local fish, followed by some tempting home made puddings. 

The White Hart 2 Church St, Modbury, Ivybridge PL21 0QW (T: 01548 831561)

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(3)

Great food and lovely friendly people. Very dog friendly.

May 2017


Nice place to eat. Good varied menu. Great Sunday lunch, worth a visit. Might need to book on a Sunday.

June 2017


Worth a visit. Evening food was great but not cheap. Dog friendly with helpful staff - Sunday evening food available July/August only

July 2017



Bistro 35
(Less than a mile)

A family run well established wine bar serving locally sourced food, an extensive wine list and plenty of local ales. 

Bistro 35 35 Church Street, Modbury PL21 0QR (T: 01548 831273)

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(1)

Excellent and tasty food.

July 2017



Royal Spice
(Less than a mile)

Authentic Indian food cooked to order, either to eat in or takeaway.

Royal Spice 9 Broad Street, Modbury PL21 0PU (T: 01548 831191)

 

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(3)

Had a good takeaway from here. Not a big restaurant for a sit in meal but worth a try. Nice food.

June 2017


New Managment July 2017. Takeaway was slow but good food was cooked fresh. Price was no different to eat-in. Portions were big so we over-ordered.

July 2017


Had an absolutely delicious takeaway from here, and the people running it were SO nice and friendly when we went to pick the food up. Great!

August 2017



The Modbury Inn
(Less than a mile)

A family friendly pub with pretty beer garden, pool table and darts and a separate restaurant area for families with plenty of games to keep kids occupied.  Serves a good selection of ales and ciders from local breweries along with good quality food including their speciality gourmet burgers.

The Modbury Inn Brownston St, Modbury, Ivybridge PL21 0RQ (T: 01548 831230)

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(2)

Nice friendly pub with good food.

April 2017


Great fun Sunday Quiz night . Dog friendly, good food at good price. Recommended

July 2017



Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
(4 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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(1)

Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones

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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(1)

Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful

June 2017



Mothecombe Beach
(4 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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(1)

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

April 2017



Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay
(5 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
(5 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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(3)

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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