- Property code: GATEH
- Changeover day: Saturday
- Nearby shop
- Designated parking
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Central heating
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
Gatehouse East at the Colmer country estate is an attractive, bright and spacious cottage. It is situated on the east side of the gateway that opens out to the outdoor swimming pool. Comfortably furnished, the cottage enjoys a suntrap garden and is perfect for families wanting to indulge in all that Colmer has to offer.
The beautiful 18th Century country estate is set in 28 acres of private grounds that include woodland, a fishing lake and meadows. Centrally situated in the heart of the South Hams, close to many beautiful beaches, this is a wonderful holiday destination with fantastic facilities on the doorstep. Whilst there is plenty to occupy busy people at Colmer, there are many places within the extensive grounds of this lovely location for those seeking peace and tranquillity in an idyllic location. Pub (with good bar food and restaurant) and shop 300 metres. Beaches 6 miles.
- Outdoor kidney shaped swimming pool (heated June, July and August).
- An excellent indoor heated (all year) swimming pool.
- Newly surfaced all weather tennis court (please bring own equipment).
- Croquet lawn.
- Opportunities to play basketball, football, table-tennis and boules.
- Coarse fishing and picnicking by the private lake. (Fishing tackle and
- Water garden with board walk.
- Magical walled garden with play equipment, a boules pit and picnic
- Fitness gymnasium with a good range of equipment.
- On site payphone.
- Guest membership link with Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
(approx. 15 minutes drive) with a 25% discount on access to all leisure
facilities in addition to the championship standard golf course.
- Visitor information and coin operated laundry facilities.
Front door opens directly into the spacious living room with a comfortable seating area, large sofa, 2 chairs, Smart TV and DVD. The kitchen/dining area overlooks the pool and is very well equipped with fitted units, hob and electric fan oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. Stairs to landing. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and hanging area. Twin bedroom with 3ft beds and pool views. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, basin and WC. On site laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer.
The cottage has its own south facing garden area with terrace, a lawn, garden furniture and charcoal barbecue.
One designated parking place and plenty of visitor parking.
- Included: Bed linen, towels (not swimming towels), travel cot, stair gate, high chair all on site facilities, central heating (gas) and electricity.
- Telephone: Wi-Fi, no telephone, payphone on site.
We had a superb stay. A few minor issues as noted above but these did not really detract from our enjoyment of the stay
The property was in a good, quiet location. The facilities were excellent, especially the heated pools and the tennis court. Close proximity to good beaches, coastal and country walks. Nearby pub provided good quality food.
California Country Inn
(Less than a mile)
An award winning traditional country pub popular for its good food, lively bar and pretty beer garden. Enjoy the bar menu for traditional pub favourites, the restaurant for a la carte, or Sunday Roasts with a choice of meats and excellent veggie option.
California Country Inn California Cross, Modbury PL21 0SG (T: 01548 821449)
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Wow! what a lovely reasonable priced place to have an evening meal. We stayed at Colmer Estate just down the road so well within walking distance. The food was great quality, smaller portions for adults with small appetite and childrens selection too. As a family of four we always found something to eat and staff very friendly and happy to accommodate and cleaniliness was very good. Overall I would give 5 stars and would recommend to book (day or two before we found ok) as gets busy due to popularity.
Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.
South Devon Chilli Farm & Café
A ten acre site dedicated to farming chillies of all shapes, sizes and heat! Lots to do here including tours of the farm, chilli tastings, kids play area and a bright and airy café with beautiful views. Chilli beer, savoury cream teas with chilli jam and chocolate chilli con carne are specialities using chillies grown on the farm, alongside more traditional offerings.
South Devon Chilli Farm & Café Wigford Cross, Loddiswell TQ7 4DX (T: 01548 550782)
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An excellent small venue - with everything chilli and everything you wanted to know about chillis - with a good little café and very friendly staff. Lots of 'gifts' to buy or things with which to spoil oneself. Easy to find and with plenty of parking.
Well worth a visit and ideal for a chilli themed breakfast - staff are helpful and provide expert advice in respect of chilli growing. Lots of produce to buy too - home grown Padron Peppers were available to buy and were perfect!
Fabulous place to see all kinds of chillies growing, and a chance to take home some hot goodies! We've visited at different times in the year, and there is always something different to see (and activities for younger children, such as crafts).
The Ship Inn
A tastefully modernised 16th century free house serving a wide variety of locally sourced seafood, steaks and vegetarian options both a la carte in the restaurant or from the more relaxed Pub Menu served in the bar. All meals are beautifully presented and accompanied by an extensive wine list or range of local beers and ciders.
The Ship Inn The Square, Ugborough PL21 0NS (T: 01752 892565)
The Loddiswell Inn
Good local with good selection of pub grub and special deals. Sunday roast particularly good!
Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Helpful staff. Friendly villagers.
The Modbury Inn
A family friendly pub with pretty beer garden, pool table and darts and a separate restaurant area for families with plenty of games to keep kids occupied. Serves a good selection of ales and ciders from local breweries along with good quality food including their speciality gourmet burgers.
The Modbury Inn Brownston St, Modbury, Ivybridge PL21 0RQ (T: 01548 831230)
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Nice friendly pub with good food.
Great fun Sunday Quiz night . Dog friendly, good food at good price. Recommended
Wrangaton Golf Club
Founded in 1895, Wrangaton Golf Club is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor between Ivybridge and South Brent. Today the nine hole course continues to be a rugged and raw experiences, underlined by the natural beauty of the area - the rich Devonshire countryside and the coastline and the sea 10 miles away. It is a test of any golfer’s ability, and it is said that you never play the same hole twice. Warm and welcoming, visitors are invited to attend with green fees starting at £22.50 for 18-holes. Feel free to pop into the clubhouse afterwards to have a snack, drink or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch to round off your day.
Triocean Surf Shop
When in South Devon get out onto the water – or at least, that seems to be the unwritten mantra. So what you will need is the right equipment and for that you need to go to Triocean Surf Shop. South Devon's largest surf and water-sports shop located just two miles from Bantham Beach, well known as one of the premier surf spots in Devon and where, as we have mentioned, you will find some excellent tutors to get you riding waves like a pro. This is the place to buy wetsuits, surfboards, surfboard shapers, kayaks, body boards and paddle boards. See you on the water!
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Bought a wetsuit from here for the summer and the guys were so helpful. Price matched a website I'd seen the suit on and gave me loads of good advice about the local beaches. Bantham is great but mind the rip!
Great place to hire equipment, they even provide soft racks if you don't have one
Simply Soulful Yoga run by Donna McCheyne offers holistic treatments, yoga classes, workshops and retreats in Salcombe & Kingsbridge. Seasonal yoga classes include Stand up Paddleboard Yoga and Beach Yoga, and treatments are available in her Kingsbridge based treatment room or your holiday cottage. Donna is a qualified Yoga Teacher (FRYOG), SUP instructor and Holistic Therapist.
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The Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, located on Fore Street in the original 17th century Grammar School, contains something for all the family, whatever the weather. Visitors can discover the story of Kingsbridge and the South Hams and explore the original schoolroom, the Victorian Kitchen, the Farm Gallery and much more.
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Bigbury Golf Club
A friendly cliff top golf course close to Kingsbridge, Bigbury Golf Club is a links course with spectacular views of the South Devon coast. It is an 18-hole course where you can play as an individual or as part of a group. It’s 6,035 yards for men, 5,544 for ladies and par is 70 and 73 respectively. There’s a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, but remember that dress should be smart/casual at all times, and in the clubhouse they ask that you don’t wear golf shoes, hats, untailored shorts, general beach wear, collarless tee shirts and non-golf sportswear like tracksuits and rugby shirts. The club offers rates for groups of 6-14 and society golf days for numbers over 14. Green fees are seasonal and depend on the time of day that you’re visiting so keep an eye on the website for full details.
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Friendly and a lovely course, with great views. Tricky in any wind!
Good course to play. Very hilly on the front 9. Don't forget the VIP card for the discount. You can book tee times on their website. Take plenty of balls if it's windy. ????
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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
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Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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.
Bigbury on Sea
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited that Bigbury on Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for sand castles and rock pooling as well as tucking into lengthy summer picnics, it is an unusual beach to visit because the tide comes in from both sides. As a result, it is an endless source of fascination for children, not least for its sea tractor which provides transport from one end of the beach to the other in order to reach Burgh Island. Burgh Island is connected to mainland England by the beach alone, it’s home to the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel which has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward since its incarnation in 1929, and has even made an appearance in the TV adaptation of Christie’s Poirot. On a practical note there is on-site parking available close to the beach with daily charges from £3.50. Toilets and shower facilities with disabled access are also nearby, and lifeguards are present from May to September. The Venus café offers teas, coffees and other refreshments including the ice creams that are of such fundamental importance for a day at the beach. Meanwhile, dog lovers will be pleased to know that four legged friends are welcome at Bigbury on Sea, but restrictions apply from 1st May until 30th September. Ultimately, Bigbury on Sea is a supremely beautiful location and fun family day out with abundant wildlife to enjoy and coastal footpaths to explore as well, making it a wonderful destination to visit on holiday in Devon, no matter what time of the year it is.
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Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.
Rather run down and disappointing that visitors are made to feel rather unwanted with only a small section of the pub open to non-residents and the hotel off limits completely to non-residents. View from the top lovely, but I wouldn't drive miles and miles to visit. What attracted me was the parting of the sea and that was a lovely view
Lovely place. Child friendly with fantastic views. Only downside is the dogs that are allowed on. It can get very busy in high season and the dogs can be a pain if running loose especially if you have got little ones. We have got a dog so it's not because we aren't dog lovers!
Great beach for walking the dog - only part of the beach is restricted. Not overcrowded as we visited out of season and some lovely views in all directions.
Perfect location. Excellent to walk across the tombolo and explore the island. Very safe for dogs. We visited on a very sunny day in April and were lucky to get a free parking spot right by the slipway. Views from the top are wonderful. Watching the waves meet from both directions is fascinating.