- Property code: GATEH
- Changeover day: Saturday
- Access statement available
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Garden or outside space
- Swimming pool
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Nearby shop
- Tumble dryer
- 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.
Excellent accommodation. Very happy. Thanks!
we had a great week and the facilities were good and we enjoyed using them. The indoor pool was closed for a couple of days due to some maintenance (not that this caused us any problem) and on these days we struggled to access the gym facilities.
The Colmer Estate is really well equipped and well located for all the beaches in the area (the BP a short walk away is really well stocked too which is very handy). Both swimming pools are great and warm! The tennis court was well used by us too. The cottage is well decorated and well equipped, especially all the kitchen equipment (except the oven glove :-) ) The kitchen cupboards are a bit old and rickety - that's not a complaint, just might be useful to know a something that might be next on the list to replace?... We loved it and had a great week.
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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Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.
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.
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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We popped to the Chilli Farm twice during our more recent stay in Devon (Feb 2019). It was the wrong time of year to see much going on at the farm or make use of the playground (too wet), but we enjoyed lovely coffee made by friendly staff and picked up a few chilli-related treats in the shop. We were able to take our dog in the cafe area too and there were some toys for our toddler to play with.
Excellent place , interesting talk given at 12 o’clock which is free. We had a lovely cream tea and feel this place is worthy of a visit.
We visited twice during our weeks stay and I have to say, the cream teas were delicious! Staff very friendly, chilli chocolate a must and such beautiful chilli plants everywhere, we got some amazing photos!
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).
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!
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.
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)
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Very welcoming, great food
A light and airy, welcoming pub with open fire, local ales, a great wine list and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty meal or Sunday Roast in the dining room, with good options for kids too, or simply sip your pint in one of the comfy chairs by the fire.
Anchor Inn Lutterburn Street, Ugborough PL21 0NG (T: 01752 690388)
The Loddiswell Inn
Lovely welcome from the landlady and locals. Ate there every night except Monday when closed. advisable to book for Sunday lunch, and Thursday and Friday nights. Lovely food. Is dog friendly
Lovely food..very welcoming to both my friend and myself and also to our four legged friends.
We went for drinks most evenings. The staff and locals were very welcoming.
Nice pub with good food at a reasonable price. Nice large portions and good beer. However it open some rather strange hours.
Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Helpful staff. Friendly villagers.
Good local with good selection of pub grub and special deals. Sunday roast particularly good!
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.
For a unique beer tasting experience, take a tour with Salcombe Brewery Co. at their Kingsbridge Brewhouse with incredible views over the Devon hills towards the Salcombe estuary. Try the range of beers on offer and meet the brewers who make them with tours taking place every Thursday 15.00 - 17.00. Tickets £10pp, book online or buy in store. The Brewery Shop is open Monday – Friday 10.00 - 16.00 and Saturday 10.00 – 14.00.
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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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Great place to hire equipment, they even provide soft racks if you don't have one
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!
Simply Soulful Yoga
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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Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
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.
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.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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Glorious especially at low tide.
Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
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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.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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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Fab, sand spit beach, covered at high tide, access to Burgh island. An absolute must.
Gorgeous beach - very large and areas suitable for dogs. Check tides before you go. Walk over to Burgh island is great. Good toilets and shop - very clean.
Wonderful beach and great view of Burgh Island and the marvellous hotel.
Spent a happy afternoon watching the sea.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.