Plymouth

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Plymouth offers a fantastic holiday location for those who'd enjoy exploring South Devon's cultural capital, whilst also being within a short drive of the natural beauty of Dartmoor and the magnificent south west coastline.

About Plymouth

Plymouth's rich maritime history, and its position as the region's cultural capital, combine to make it one of the most dynamic places to visit in Devon. Must-see spots include The Hoe, with its iconic lighthouse and stunning views across one of the world's most spectacular natural harbours, the fascinating National Marine Aquarium, and the vibrant Barbican area with its continental ambience and numerous waterside bars, cafés and restaurants.

If you are looking to escape the city for the day, Plymouth is well-placed for accessing both the remote wilderness of Dartmoor, and the stunning south west coastline. There is a fantastic choice of unspoilt beaches nearby, including family-friendly Wembury, hidden gem Mothecombe, and dog owner's paradise Wonwelll, as well as the famous Bigbury-on-Sea where you can have the unforgettable ride on the quirky sea tractor that connects from Bigbury-on-Sea to Burgh Island at high tide.

Plymouth lies on the South West Coast Path, as do several visit-worthy neighbouring waterside towns and villages, such as the picturesque twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, hidden away on the edge of the wooded Yealm estuary.

A holiday cottage in the Plymouth area is perfect for visitors who'd love to get to know South Devon's cultural capital better, whilst also being within a short drive of the natural beauty of Dartmoor and the magnificent south west coastline.

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Devon Sailing Experiences
(Less than a mile)

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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National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium
(Less than a mile)

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
(Less than a mile)

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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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
(3 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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The Wilcove Inn
(4 miles)

Traditional family-run country pub in a stunning location overlooking the Tamar River. Good ale, a warm welcome and a great selection of excellent home cooked food and a constantly changing specials board, wich the chefs use to compete and see whose creations are most popular!

The Wilcove Inn, Pengelly Hill, Wilcove, Torpoint PL11 2PG (T:01752 812381)
 

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The Devonport Inn
(4 miles)

Perched in a unique position in the historic, charming and traffic -ree village of Cawsand, and just a stone's throw from the small beach that overlooks the Rame peninsula.

Offering light meals and snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, featuring locally sourced and home cooked food, with a daily changing specials menu. In fine weather there's no better place to enjoy this picturesque position than sitting outside for a few pints, or al fresco dining, in the Cornish sunshine.

The Devonport Inn, The Cleave, Kingsand, Torpoint PL10 1NF (T:01752 822869)

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Langdon Court Hotel & Restaurant
(4 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
(5 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 Cross Keys Inn
(5 miles)

A traditional Cornish inn at the heart of the pretty village of Cawsand, and just a stone's throw from the beach. Offering an excellent range of cask ales, ciders, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, and serving meals in the dog and family-friendly bar or restaurant, with a varied menu which includes daily changing specials and local fish and seafood and locally sourced produce.

The Cross Keys Inn, The Square, Cawsand, Torpoint PL10 1PF (T:01752 822706)

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Mothecombe Beach
(10 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
(10 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



Seaton Beach - Cornwall
(11 miles)

A spacious, grey sand beach that’s popular with families, Seaton Beach enjoys views across the green, surrounding countryside and walks in Seaton Valley nearby. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton Beach to Downderry Beach.  There are facilities close by and there is are two car parks as well as road parking, but it does get busy quickly in the summer.  The beach is great for surfing, but do be wary of undercurrents.  There’s also a café and beach shop close by as well.  Dogs are welcome at the beach all year round.

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Visited Seaton Beach several times during our stay fantastic dog friendly beach with the advantage of having the river as well my dog enjoyed swimming in the sea and the river thoroughly recommend this beach.

June 2017


Great beach easily accessible and dog friendly

September 2017


Great beach dog friendly and no mess everyone respected the fact they could take dogs there

September 2017



Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(13 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
(13 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


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