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Fast Rabbit Farm Garden

Fast Rabbit Farm Garden
(2 miles)

In 42 acres of secluded Strawberry Valley, Fast Rabbit Farm Garden is the largest garden featuring acid loving plants in the county. Founded in 1991, the garden has something to offer visitors through every season, and provides a range of habitats for a vast family of wildlife and plant life. A beautiful sight, showcasing the intricacies of the South Devon climate and the magic it creates, visiting here is about a peaceful wander and experiencing the quieter side of Devon. They have a self-serve refreshment facility and picnic tables to take advantage of, and in the summer they even offer ‘Clothing Optional’ days if that strikes a chord.

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Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre

Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
(3 miles)

As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!

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Dartmouth Golf Club

Dartmouth Golf Club
(4 miles)

Dartmouth is a particularly beautiful part of South Devon, and at the The Dartmouth Golf Club there are two courses to visit. It is one of the South West's most comprehensive golf resorts, and has been included in Golf Monthly's list of Great Britain and Ireland's best 80 courses. The Dartmouth Course is a more relaxing par 66, nine-hole experience and offers seven-day membership as an option. Meanwhile, the Championship Course is an 18-hole, 7,200 yard, par 72 course and has hosted the West Region PGA Championships on no less than six occasions. Dress codes apply and there is a bar and restaurant on site as well as a spa to complete your holiday in South Devon.

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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing

April 2017



Dartmouth Castle
(4 miles)

Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dartmouth Harbour for over 600 years and today is an interesting and enjoyable attraction for all ages.  Thanks to English Heritage’s restoration and careful upkeep, visitors can enjoy the wonderful position with breathtaking views across the estuary whilst learning the fascinating history of this fortress built to protect the harbour from invaders. 

There’s plenty to do inside the castle with grisly tales and interactive displays, and if the weather is fine you can take a river boat trip from the town quay up to the castle which makes a nice day out.  After you have explored the castle you can visit the Castle tearooms for light lunches, cream teas or a glass of wine in the sunshine.  

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dartmouth-castle/

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Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat C

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company
(4 miles)

Giving you an alternative way to explore the attractions of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth, Kingswear and Totnes along the Rover Dart, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company offers a Dartmouth River Cruise, a Sea Train and a trip to Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie. There’s also a steam train and cruises on a paddle steamer amongst other options, so take a peak at the website for full details. They have offers and discounts available for groups and seasonal fares as well as membership cards if you are so inspired you would choose to visit again or want to buy the experience as a gift for seasoned South Devon holidaymakers.

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The Kings Arms
(Less than a mile)

A Grade II listed family friendly pub with cosy interiors, large restaurant and lovely rear garden with great sea views. Vegetarian and gluten free options feature on a menu full of classic favourites for lunch or dinner, and the pub is also open from 11am for coffees, teas, cakes and cream teas.

The Kings Arms Dartmouth Road, Strete, Dartmouth TQ6 0RW (T: 01803 770380)

 

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The Laughing Monk
(Less than a mile)

A warm and welcoming restaurant housed in the old village school house, serving beautifully presented dishes using seafood straight from the local fishermen and carefully sourced local meats.

The Laughing Monk Totnes Road, Strete TQ6 0RN (T: 01803 770639)

 

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Very impressive food in a quirky setting. If there's one restaurant you go to when holidaying- this'd be my tip.

May 2017



Venus Café - Blackpool Sands
(2 miles)

A light and airy café with alfresco seating overlooking the beautiful beach at Blackpool Sands.  A great spot to enjoy a peaceful breakfast, light lunch or sunset dinner, or just a glass of wine or cup of coffee – the speciality here is fresh fish and seafood along with homemade traditional classics.

Venus Café Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth TQ6 0RG (T: 01803 770209)

 

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The Tower Inn
(2 miles)

Tucked away beside the 14th century tower that gives it its name, this is a family run pub serving excellent food in a beautiful setting.  Sit outside in the sunny courtyard or let the kids run around in the rear garden in summer, or on cooler days enjoy the cosy panelled bar and restaurant.  There is a wide selection of meat, poultry and fish options on the menu, all locally sourced, as well as veggie options, kids menu and popular Sunday roasts. 

The Tower Inn Slapton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2PN (T: 01548 580216)

 

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I very much adore the outdoor space with many interesting objects, such as chickens and incredible plants like magnolias and so on. The food is also rather good, and always makes the walk around the Ley worthwhile

December 2016


Nice food, friendly staff - definately worth a visit!

May 2017


Fantastic food

April 2017


old and atmospheric but not impressed by food or prices

May 2017


Great pub. Atmospheric and nice staff.

June 2017


Loved this place. Fantastic ambience and food. Helpful friendly staff and locals.

June 2017


Less than average food and I fail to see how the children can play in the courtyard - it's tiny and the front leads onto the road. Impossible to pay the bill with the contactless system - you literally have to walk to a tiny area and hope the wifi picks it up.

July 2017


We had a wonderful meal here. The place was lovely and staff were very friendly and were very accommodating with our dog. Would come again.

July 2017


A lovely pub that accommodated us at short notice for my daughters birthday and the food was superb.

August 2017



The Green Dragon
(2 miles)

A traditional village pub with a stone floor, large fireplace and lots of attractive traditional features.  The bar serves real ales and good affordable wines by the glass and the restaurant offers classic food including lots of local fish and meat, all at pub prices.

The Green Dragon Church Street, Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth TQ6 0PX (T: 01803 770238)

 

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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(2 miles)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017


Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .

August 2017


Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.

August 2017



Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(3 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017


Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017



Beesands

Beesands
(5 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



North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(6 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017



Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(6 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016


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