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.
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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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)
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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Meandered from the cottage. Nice view over the creek. Good explanation about the several gins. Enjoyed the experience. Maybe a touch expensive but it was nice!
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!
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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.
The whole family love this place
The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity
Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.
A family business offering skippered cruises on Salcombe estuary, aboard the beautiful motor launch, Baia Vita. Accommodating 4 guests, her looks are taken from the very best classic Italian 1960’s boats that once cruised the waters of the Riviera and Venice and guests can enjoy the renaissance of that era whilst cruising the estuary in style. Guests can choose from an hour-long cruise along the estuary, an evening cruise or, if they have a special occasion to celebrate, they can personalise the cruise to suit. Bring your own picnic and drinks - glasses are provided.
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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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Great atmosphere, good selection of beers.comfortable & welcoming & cosy.had food which was excellent but v expensive.cheapest main was about £15.a few cheaper options would have made this pub perfect.staff very helpful & welcoming
The Millbrook has a new bridge at the back to a grassy area with picnic tables, so great for kids. They do an outside BBQ at the front 5-9pm in the summer, also great for kids supper. A lovely old pub in an idyllic location!
Outstanding Sunday roast EVEN IF the lamb and the beef look exactly the same, they ain't. Fabulous staff too!
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.
Lovely pub- excellent food and very dog friendly
Brilliant pub, friendly, fun staff, Charlie the landlord is working really hard to make this a great place for all to visit.
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.
My husband and I ate at Millbrook tonight, absolutely beautiful meal and great service, thank you!
An interesting and different menu- think top end gastro pub. Lovely place to be, very friendly owners and helpful staff.
Great pub, great atmosphere.
The Millbrook Inn clear only wants rich adults to come and visit, its menu does not welcome children and this is a great shame.
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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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.
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.
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.
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)
What an absolute gem this is! We stayed in Kingsbridge for 2 weeks and ate here about 8 times. Wonderful food, lovely staff and the beer is excellent too. We are going to ring ahead next time we stay in the area and block book a table for every night!!
Hospitality and food was excellent. Great Sunday lunch and good seafood. Dog friendly with a lovely atmosphere.
Lovely food and great service. Ate here several times during our holiday and would happily recommend.
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
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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!
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.
Friendly village pub with good food (try the steak on the rocks!)
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A fabulous beach. Especially great fun at low tide for a water loving Labrador. We enjoyed our visits here. We also loved the passenger ferry from here to Salcombe. Beautiful beach.
Beautiful beach lovely and clean. Small car park free to N.T. members. Highly recommended. Drawback no immediate café available. Venus café nearest but a trek if not mobile.
Lovely beach well worth a visit. Dog friendly as well. Well worth the £7-50 national trust car parking fee.
amazing beach, dog friendly, only downside is the toilets near the National Trust hut are very poor
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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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.
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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.
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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Excellent secluded beach once you find it. Signs would be helpful but this would be detrimental as visitors would "flood" the small car park. Well worth visiting and walking along the stunning cliff walks
A lovely beach where we enjoy sitting and eating our sandwiches after walking from Start Point.
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I've been coming to Beesands since I was 2 years old (61 now!). Not every year since adulthood but still can't stay away. Its an ideal location for those who want to get away from it all. Its close enough to Kingsbridge and within easy reach of Dartmouth , Salcombe and Brixham. The locals are very friendly and will always be up for a chat. Its almost tempting to keep this little coastal secret to myself!
Bit scary driving down to the beach due to the narrow road but worth it when you got there. Had fish and chips and ate them on the tables that were provided while looking out to sea.
Had a wonderful meal in the beach cafe .
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.
Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.
Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)
Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!
Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.