The ancient rural hamlet of Washbourne, nestled in the heart of the South Hams close to the village of Harbertonford, offers a quiet escape from the stresses of modern day life.
The hamlet is formed around the small valley of the river Wash, a tributary of the River Dart, and is situated in an idyllic setting of unspoilt tree-lined banks, secret creeks and rolling countryside. There are many picturesque walks to enjoy within the vicinity.
Every day needs can be met in Harbertonford, which has two handy village stores, and the hamlet is also within 20 minutes' drive from the vibrant market town of Totnes, with its winding streets, ancient castle and bohemian culture, and the historic harbour town of Dartmouth with a fantastic selection of shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants.
The nearest stretch of coast can be accessed at the blue flag beach, Blackpool Sands, popular with families for its stunning scenery and superb beach-side restaurant, the Venus Café. From here you can also join the magnificent South West Coast Path to enjoy breathtaking cliff top walks.
A holiday cottage in Washbourne offers a peaceful retreat in one of the most naturally beautiful corners of Devon.
Giving you the opportunity to take canoeing to the next level with guided tours in long canoes along the beautiful River Dart, Canoe Adventures offer a variety of options and opportunities to really make the experience your own with canoe share for families, riverside picnics, ice cream, wildlife, history and fire craft to be enjoyed. You can join a tour or opt for private hire with visits to the popular Sharpham Vineyard for family celebrations, hen parties, stag dos, school trips and corporate outings. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!
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If you’re looking for a wonderful family day out in Devon that is suitable for all ages a trip to Woodlands Family Theme Park should be top of your list. As one of Devon’s largest family attractions there is something to entertain the whole family from little ones to grandparents.
With the biggest indoor play centre in the South West full of slides, play areas, soft play, climbing adventures and ball pools, whatever the weather there is plenty to do! Don’t miss Woodlands’ Farm with 5 barns full of wild, exotic and cute animals. With 11 Play zones full of rides, attractions, and a falconry centre with daily displays there is something for everyone in this 100-acre Family Park.
There are seasonal opening times with a range of ticket options so check the website for the latest information.
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My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed this park and was amazed how big it was and how many attractions it had.
Don't expect Alton Towers- but if you want a great place to spend the day and keep the kids entertained, then this is the best there is in South Devon. I'd say better for 7-13s than anything over....
No matter what the weather is you'll have a day of fun. Only downside is that if your 7 year old is a bit tall for their age they will be charged an adult ticket price
Brilliant day out for all ages.
I like Woodlands because it is entertaining whatever the weather
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 .
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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing
On a thousand-year-old farm of five hundred acres, Sharpham vineyard is one of England's foremost quality wine and cheese producers, and in the summer months they invite you to visit, explore, experience and learn about the production processes in this beautiful corner of South Devon near Totnes. Designed and built in 1770, the house itself overlooks fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, making it the perfect setting to experience the best of South Devon produce. Both wines and cheeses boast award winning statuses so you can imagine the pleasure that comes from a tour, a Vineyard Ramble, a Trek and Taste visit or a complete Sharpham Experience lasting a decadent four hours exploring the estate.
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We loved the walk around the vineyards, which are set in beautiful countryside. The staff were friendly and helpful and the wine and cheese tasting were excellent. We had our dogs with us, and they were also made very welcome! A perfect location and experience - highly recommended!
A beautiful location with delicious looking food - unfortunately had 3 children in tow so totally unsuitable for us! A touch of luxury that I would like to visit again minus the offspring!
Situated near Dittisham, Blackness Marine is ideal for those wishing to bring their boats on holiday to explore the stunning River Dart, its waterside inns and cafes as well as the scenic surrounding coastline, all from the security of this convenient base situated half way between Totnes and Dartmouth. This family run facility offers visitor rates for trailer boat storage & self launch during summer months, access 7 day per week access from Easter – October alongside their annual membership packages. Access to the river here is both user friendly and convenient with ample car & trailer parking, customer facilities and comes highly recommended, booking essential.
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Rough and ready. Didn’t fancy eating their.
great pub with tasty food and good service in pretty village.
Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money
Set in a beautiful location alongside Bow Creek and with a predominantly fish menu, this is a great place to enjoy some delicious food or a cold beer in the sunshine. Watch boats mooring, kayaks launching and children crabbing during the summer, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere and open fires in colder months.
The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay, Totnes TQ9 7EH (T: 01803 732350)
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We especially liked the Malsters Arms, which was just a few minutes’ walk away from where we were staying. We enjoyed having a drink sitting outside on the quay, take away fish and chips and an excellent meal in the restaurant (on different days).
Good food and friendly staff, would recommend booking
Food good but service extremely poor. Staff appeared very disorganised. I think the pub is living off its past history re Keith Floyd. Pub also starting to look a little tired and needs some money spending on it.
As we were staying in the village, we tried to eat here one evening, but they were fully booked. The bar man was quite abrupt when we asked for a table, which put us off trying again for another evening. We heard from another couple that they had experienced the same thing, hence why we ate at the Watermans Arms each evening, as they were most welcoming.
Great food and service in a delightful village by the river. One of our favourite places.
Really lovely meals again here. Very welcoming and accommodating to our two children.
A friendly pub in great location, with very good food.
Looks lovely if pricey Tried to eat here on a Thursday but it was fully booked
Excellent food and great atomasphere.
Only stopped for a drink on the way to Dittisham but loved sitting out by the river and watching all the wildlife passing by
Relax in the friendly atmosphere of this pub by the cosy log fire in the winter or outside overlooking the river in the warmer months. Enjoy Devon’s finest produce accompanied by good beer and wine. Children will enjoy paddling in the river as well as the play area. Dogs welcome.
The Watermans Arms Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG (T: 01803 732214)
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This pub was just a few minutes walk from where we were staying. Although the food was good basic pub food it was let down by the 'atmosphere' in the pub.
Friendly pub with good food and good service
Lovely location, food and service good but basic pub grub.
Sorry, my review submitted a few minutes ago was submitted in error, and related to another pub in the area. We enjoyed the food at the Watermans Arms and the service was good. Lovely spot on the river and would recommend.
We ate at the Watermans Arms every evening during our stay in Tuckenhay, which was an enjoyable stroll from our cottage. The staff were very welcoming and the menu was quite extensive. We both managed to eat something different each night during our weeks stay and the service was quick. Food was attractively presented and very good; we didn't have one bad experience. We were well looked after by the waitresses and would highly recommend.
We visited 3 times. Very friendly pub. Good food, if anything to comment, the portions were on the large side for us.
An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.
Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in
A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded
amazing pub. Great location by the river, really nice food and friendly staff. The dogs loved it too and we made to feel very welcome :)
This conveniently placed country pub, originally built in the 14th century and today offering good quality locally sourced food is a great place to stop off and enjoy lunch, dinner or a traditional Devon cream tea. Ample parking, friendly staff and a large garden add to the appeal.
The Old Inn Halwell TQ9 7JA (T: 01803 712329)
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Absolutely lovely pub, owners & food was excellent, and Sadie was adorable, would highly recommend and would certainly return, thank you Lisa, Matt & Holly from Manchester
Very friendly staff and a very good meal.
An ethical and fairtrade store selling an assortment of antique Indian furniture, homewares and other unusual pieces. Take a break from shopping at The Nkuku café which serves an all day menu including the finest artisan coffee, light meals, wood fired pizzas and a selection of wines, craft beers, organic ciders and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings.
Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café Brockhills Barns, Harbertonford TQ9 7PS (T: 01803 465365)
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Best coffee of our holiday! Lovely setting .
Super place for light breakfast or morning coffee. Stylish place, we love it!
A delightful cafe and shop filled with gorgeous pottery and stylish accessories for the home. A great place for a treat. Lovely coffee.
In between Brixham and Paignton, this long, sandy beach is a popular spot with families, thanks to its sheltered waters, year-round facilities and easy parking. The Blue Flag beach is perfect for making sandcastles and searching for wildlife in the rockpools. There are toilets, and two places to get ice creams, coffees and soft drinks. What’s more, the car park is right by the beach, so there’s no need to lug your provisions a long way. Behind the pretty row of colourful beach huts, there’s a large grassy area, so don’t forget to pack a ball or rounders bat to keep the whole family entertained. Broadsands Beach is a popular dog walking spot throughout autumn and winter, but there is a seasonal dog ban during the summer months (1st May - 30th September).
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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Parking charge between £3 - £8 depending on time of year, Also food good but e.g. Hawaiian Prawns (£9) consisted of 5 prawns. Not good value for money.
Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.
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.
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
The cost of the parking steep
Our family 's favourite beach
Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
Far from the bustling crowds of Paignton and Brixham’s bigger beaches, this small pebbly cove is a truly relaxing spot. The calm waters are great for swimming and are said to have been one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Elberry Cove even features in one of her crime thriller novels, The ABC Murders. This picture-perfect cove, surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides and crystal clear water, can only be accessed by the coast path, with the nearest carpark at Broadsands Beach. From here, it is only a 10 - 15 minute walk, but make sure to pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at Broadsands Beach before you set off, as there aren’t any facilities at here. Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year.
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Lovely quieter beach, dog and BBQ friendly. We had teens that hired kayaks from nearby Broadsands beach and paddled around the coast to meet us. Very accomodating kayak hire and not too expensive.
If you’re willing to venture off the beaten track, you’ll discover one of Brixham’s hidden gems, Churston Cove. Surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides, this beautiful little cove isn’t the easiest to get to, which makes it an idyllic, peaceful place to while away the day. The crystal clear water is safe for kids to paddle and play in, and is a popular swimming spot. Parking is available at Freshwater carpark, a 15-minute walk away. There are no toilet facilities or cafes, and the beach is accessed via a long, steep path, which is uneven in places, but this beautiful little cove is worth the effort. Churston Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
Take the coast path from Brixham and escape the crowds at Fishcombe Cove, a peaceful shingle cove, protected on all sides by tall red cliffs. Access to this little cove isn’t easy, via a steep path from Freshwater carpark, but it is definitely worth the effort. The clear, blue sea is sheltered and calm, making it a favourite with swimmers and kayakers. Fishcombe Cove is also a popular place for boats and yachts to moor up and make the most of the beautiful water. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a seal popping its head up to say hello. There is a café and toilets here, but both are only open during the summer months. Fishcombe Cove is dog-friendly all year round.