South Pool

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South Pool village offers an idyllic rural escape in unspoilt countryside on the edge of a beautiful tidal creek.

About South Pool

The picturesque village of South Pool, with its pretty cottages and welcoming pub serving exceptional food, The Millbrook Inn, lies at the head of the idyllic South Pool Creek, an arm of the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Estuary.

The village is well located for walkers, who will enjoy the unspoilt countryside, as well as those who like messing about on their boats, or taking to the water on kayaks or paddle boards. It is also close to some fantastic sandy beaches at East Portlemouth, from where you can catch a passenger ferry across to the vibrant town of Salcombe, to appreciate the array of boutiques, pubs and restaurants that line the town's main street.

Just one and a half miles from South Pool you'll find the neighbouring creek-side village of Frogmore, home to a pub and excellent village shop and bakery. Further along the coast road towards the historic naval port of Dartmouth (which is well worth a day trip) you'll pass numerous appealing coastal villages on the way, including Torcross, with its nature reserve and three miles of shingle beach, and one of Devon's most popular beaches, Blackpool Sands.

Meanwhile, the market town of Kingsbridge is just 15 minutes' drive away and caters for all your holiday essentials.

A holiday cottage in South Pool provides an idyllic rural escape in stunning countryside on the edge of a beautiful tidal estuary.

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Salcombe Paddleboarding
(2 miles)

Based in East Portlemouth, Salcombe Paddleboarding is in the ideal spot for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders to enjoy the calm waters and hidden coves of the Salcombe Estuary.  You’ll be in safe hands with Marcus and Denny, both qualified ISA Paddleboarding instructors and lifeguards, who provide private and group lessons as well as board hire. 

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Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe
(3 miles)

Hiring a traditional Salcombe Yawl or launch is a fabulous way to explore the Salcombe estuary taking in the beaches and wildlife along the way.  The Salcombe Yawl is an attractive 16ft dingy unique to Salcombe suitable for racing or cruising with the family, or alternatively, less experienced sailors can hire a sturdier harbour launch with inboard engine to potter from beach to beach.  Both are available on a weekly basis along with everything you need to have and enjoyable yet safe time on the water.  Sailing tuition in a Salcombe Yawl, or leisurely skippered sails around the harbour are also available in the safe hands of experienced local sailor Scratch Hitchen. 

Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe (T: 01548 561619 M: 07966 840436)

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Salcombe Gin School
(3 miles)

Following on from the success of Salcombe Gin and their onsite Distillery Bar you can now attend Gin School at the Salcombe Distilling Company on bustling Island Street.  Here you take charge of a copper mini-still and a range of different ingredients to develop and distil your very own bottle of gin.  Great fun and a unique souvenir to take home and remind you of your holiday …. if you don’t drink it first that is ! No children for obvious reasons

Salcombe Gin School The Boathouse, 28 Island St, Salcombe TQ8 8DP (T: 01548 288180)

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My Gin School experience was a real highlight of my holiday in Salcombe. From the delicious (& very generous!) G&T served on arrival, to the fun of selecting my own unique blend of botanicals, and the the final joy of taking my beautifully presented, personalised bottle of gin home, the whole afternoon was interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

May 2018


Paper Bird Island

Paper Bird Island
(3 miles)

A beautiful art space on Island Street in Salcombe, Paper Bird Island is where you can ‘let your creativity fly’. Owned by artist Alice Alderson, the walls are painted so that you feel like you’re entering an illustrated tropical island dedicated to colouring in, being creative and if you really want to give it your all, getting the glitter involved as well. Refreshments are available and it’s a wonderful spot to relax in peace whether you’re in a group, on your own, whether you’re bringing children or going as a group of adults. Available for parties or simply somewhere to pop in on a rainy day, it’s a charming space to visit and make your own South Devon souvenirs.

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Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.

November 2016


The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity

December 2016


The whole family love this place

April 2018


My four year old son and I spent an hour here quietly absorbed in decorating some elephants for his grandparents. There were other children present, but the place was so quiet and peaceful. Great experience for children, but equally enjoyable for adults.

April 2018


Whitestrand Boat Hire
(3 miles)

Everything in Salcombe revolves around the water, and Whitestrand Boat Hire offer a fleet of self drive boats aswell as skippered mackerel fishing trips so you can experience more of the beautiful estuary and coastline.    Book a boat by the hour, day or week and the friendly staff can advise on the best beaches, wildlife spots and pubs to visit.  No prior experience necessary. 

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Millbrook Inn
(Less than a mile)

A small pub in a beautiful setting serving excellent classic English pub food with a hint of French thrown in.  Here you will find true seasonal field to plate eating using the best produce the local area has to offer accompanied by local ales and good quality French wines.  Sunday roasts accompanied by live Jazz are especially popular. 

Millbrook Inn South Pool, Kingsbridge TQ7 2RW (T: 01548 531581)

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The Millbrook Inn clear only wants rich adults to come and visit, its menu does not welcome children and this is a great shame.

April 2017


Great pub, great atmosphere.

May 2017


An interesting and different menu- think top end gastro pub. Lovely place to be, very friendly owners and helpful staff.

May 2017


My husband and I ate at Millbrook tonight, absolutely beautiful meal and great service, thank you!

May 2017


Lovely friendly and helpful staff. The best meal we had on holiday. Children were made to feel very welcome and a very reasonably priced children's menu.

August 2017


Brilliant pub, friendly, fun staff, Charlie the landlord is working really hard to make this a great place for all to visit.

September 2017


Lovely pub- excellent food and very dog friendly

September 2017


A beautiful old pub with real ales, very good food and friendly staff. Right on a stream, lovely wood fire. Lovely garden for the summer.

November 2017


Outstanding Sunday roast EVEN IF the lamb and the beef look exactly the same, they ain't. Fabulous staff too!

May 2018


The Globe Inn
(2 miles)

A tastefully renovated village inn surrounded by beautiful countryside with a traditional restaurant and cosy bar both with open fires, and tranquil outdoor seating area with lovely views.  Menus include well-cooked pub favourites along with daily specials, and regular barbeques are available for larger parties.

The Globe Inn Frogmore, Kingsbridge TQ7 2NR (T: 01548 531351)

 

 

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Food here we find is pretty good,nice clean well kept pub nice place. However don't get on the wrong side of the canadian landlady by asking to move tables.????...Fawlty Towers comes to mind.

April 2017


Lovely pub and lovely landlords!! Three of us ate here over three nights and each meal was delicious and cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommed.

June 2017


Friendly and helpful staff. We had a very nice meal here. Two young children with us and we were in an area to one side of the main bar, so it was not crowded and we were not rushed. A good selection on the menu. would definitey go back again.

August 2017


Springfield Farm Shop
(2 miles)

A friendly farm shop, tea room and butchers set in the heart of the South Hams between the villages of East Charleton and Frogmore.  Buy some local meat and vegetables to create something delicious back at your holiday cottage,or take a break in the tea room and enjoy the beautiful view of the Frogmore estuary.

Springfield Farm Shop East Charleton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AR (T: 01548 531523)

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We had a most wonderful cream tea - beautifully presented and all homemade. All staff were very friendly and helpful both in the tea room and in the farm shop (even though it was the end of a very hot day)

July 2018


The Bear and Blacksmith
(3 miles)

A cosy local pub with a contemporary feel serving good value interesting menus for lunch and dinner, along with coffees and cake from 10am.

The Bear and Blacksmith Chillington, Kingsbridge TQ7 2LD (T: 01548 581171)

 

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Lovely food and great service. Ate here several times during our holiday and would happily recommend.

September 2017


Hospitality and food was excellent. Great Sunday lunch and good seafood. Dog friendly with a lovely atmosphere.

June 2018


The Ashburton Arms
(3 miles)

Popular for its rock-grilled steaks, local real ales and homemade food, this a good place to stop off for a meal or pint of local ale.

The Ashburton Arms  West Charleton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AH

Enjoy 10% Early Bird discount off food with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card

(6pm - 7pm Monday - Saturday, 7pm - 8pm Sundays)

 

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Friendly village pub with good food (try the steak on the rocks!)

December 2016


Went for steak on the rocks. Very accommodating for our requested time but things went down hill from here. Pint of lager smelt like bad eggs, returned it to be given a fresh one and told everyone else is drinking it and no complaints. We requested a child's vegan meal due to a milk intolerance, we received an adults seafood meal, we sent this back and was told the chef won't make a child's portion. Our bill came and we were charged for a seafood linguine instead of the vegan meal which was £4 cheaper. We were told the menu had changed and the prices are now the same even though the menu we saw begged to differ. The good points, the steak was lovely.

September 2017


We visited this friendly pub 3 times during our holiday because it was a couple of minutes from our accommodation. We had the Sunday roast, which was plentiful and delicious, and on one of the other occasions we had the famous 'Steak on the Rocks' which was interesting and very tasty! Our dog was made very welcome too, and on each visit was given his own portion of beef! He would love to go back, as would we!

October 2017


Mill Bay
(3 miles)

A sandy beach on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary, at low tide Mill Bay stretches all the way up the coastline to East Portlemouth beach. It has the most wonderful view of Salcombe itself and is popular with everyone, especially families, because of the large swathes of sand on which you can set up camp for the day and enjoy safe, clean swimming conditions. Parking is limited, so the best way to get to it is either by boat or by catching the East Portlemouth Ferry from Salcombe and strolling along. That way you can also nip past The Venus Café by the slipway to pick ice creams, sandwiches and refreshments before settling in for the day. There are rock pools to explore, sandcastles to build and swimming to be done, just make sure you’re careful of any boats coming in and out of the beach. Dogs are welcome at Mill Bay all year round, and it makes an excellent spot to run around with them whatever time of the year. Like the other beaches along this stretch of coast, Mill Bay makes for an ideal place to spend the day right into the evening, although it is a little stroll to the nearest facilities. It’s also a lovely beach to meander across en route towards Gara Rock or on a longer walk along the coast path.

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amazing beach, dog friendly, only downside is the toilets near the National Trust hut are very poor

July 2018


Lovely beach well worth a visit. Dog friendly as well. Well worth the £7-50 national trust car parking fee.

July 2018


Sunny Cove

Sunny Cove
(3 miles)

Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!

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Gara Rock Beach

Gara Rock Beach
(3 miles)

A short ferry ride over the estuary from Salcombe to East Portlemouth, followed by a scenic walk along the coast (around 40 minutes depending on how speedy you are), will lead you to a dramatic headland and beach café known as Gara Rock. With panoramic views of the sea, the café is open for teas, cakes, lunch, and afternoon tea before you descend to Gara Rock Beach below. The beach is a sandy cove flanked by rocks, and can also be reached by parking at the Mill Bay car park which is around two miles away on foot. The beauty of this beach is that it is only accessible either on foot or by boat, so it does have a wonderful sense of escapism alongside its rugged splendour. Although it is a little bit of a climb back up to the café, the proximity of food and toilets means that you can set up camp here for most of the day, dipping into the water as and when you choose if the weather is warm enough. Alternatively, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop if you’re spending the day walking along the coast path towards Prawle Point and Dartmouth beyond. Dogs are allowed on the beach but not in high season, so keep that in mind, and while it’s a slightly tricky beach to get to it’s worth the effort… maybe just see if you can get a takeaway brownie and a cup of tea from the café to keep you going!

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Lovely beach. We arrived early after a steep walk down the cliff path. Had the beach initially to ourselves! Starts to get busier as the day goes on.

July 2018


Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe Beach
(3 miles)

Rugged and unspoiled, Lannacombe is the beach for those looking for total escapism on their South West holiday. Small and perfect for escaping from the summer crowds, it’s one of the best places to visit to simply enjoy the Devon scenery in all its natural glory. There’s a small car park just behind the beach so do get there early in order to guarantee a space, although there is further parking a short walk away if need be. Dogs are welcome at the beach throughout the year and as it offers access to the Coast Path it’s a good idea to combine your visit with a walk to take in the views of sea and countryside, perhaps towards Start Point where there is further parking around 30-40 minutes away on foot. At low tide the beach offers gentle rock pooling so it’s a lovely spot to head to for a quiet afternoon with the family, building sandcastles and eating sandwiches if you remember to bring them. There aren’t any cafes and restaurants immediately on site, so do remember to take anything you need with you, and there aren’t any toilets in the near vicinity either, so that’s worth keeping in mind when you plan your day. If you have been on holidays in Devon and Cornwall before you will also know that you need to watch our for the tide at many of the beaches, including this one in order to avoid disappointment or getting wet, you can pick up a tide timetable at local post offices!

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A lovely beach where we enjoy sitting and eating our sandwiches after walking from Start Point.

May 2018


Beesands

Beesands
(3 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


Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)

March 2018


Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.

June 2018


We've been coming to this general area for over 20 years now and have stayed in many of the surrounding villages . This was the first time we'd stayed in Beesands - but we had walked through it on our coastal walks on many, many occasions. We both loved the peaceful charm of the place - secluded , tranquil and away from it all . But unlike Hallsands (next village along) , it does have two places where you can eat ( The cricket Inn and the Britannia0)and they are both very good . The beach is great - shingle - but really uncrowded in June . ( We were lucky with the weather) and on a clear,sunny day - it is quite magical. ( What a shame the water is so freezing cold !!) This stretch of coastline is stunning - and even if you do no other walks - walk over to Hallsands and read about the old village that was washed away in January 1917 - or just drink in the stunning views . I love this part of Devon and it never fails to take my breath away when you stand on the coast path near the lighthouse and look back across Start Bay to Hallsands , Beesands , Torr Cross , and over towards Dartmouth. Wonderful.

June 2018

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