- Property code: NUCK
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Near beach
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Real fire
- Nearby shop
- Short breaks available
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
Nuckwell Cottage enjoys a peaceful and secluded setting bordered by fields and cider orchards where sheep and cattle graze. With many original features such as slate floors and beamed ceilings, Nuckwell Cottage is full of character but also enjoys modern comforts such as a log burner, wifi and central heating. There is a newly built games barn adjacent, complete with table tennis table and swingball, and a fantastic tree swing hanging from a beautiful old oak tree. Located within walking distance of the village of Churchstow with a popular 13th century Inn, post office and village store, and a short drive brings you to the glorious sandy beaches of Bantham, Thurlestone and Bigbury on Sea, Nuckwell Cottage is perfectly situated to provide the perfect base for couples and families to enjoy all the South Hams has to offer.
Ground floor entrance leads into the farmhouse kitchen diner with electric cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave. Dining table to seat five, Bluetooth radio & MP3 player. Lounge with natural slate floor, two sofas, wall-mounted flat screen TV and DVD player, log burner, door to the front lawn. Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Ground floor family bathroom with bath and hand held shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC. First floor: Bedroom 1: 5ft King sized bed with wardrobe and chest of drawers, garden views. Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds, wardrobe and dressing table, TV, french windows leading to secluded paved patio, perfect for a morning coffee al fresco. Bedroom 3: 3ft single bed, wardrobe and garden views. Family bathroom with power shower, Basin and WC.
The cottage is surrounded by lawns, fields and orchards, with a barbecue area and low stone walls perfect to sit on. Garden furniture and barbecue provided. A stream runs beyond the orchard.
- Included: Bed linen and towels (guests must provide their own beach towels). Tavel cot, high chair, stair gate, Wifi, electricity and oil fired central heating, inital basket of logs.
- Pets: 1 Well behaved dog welcome - must be kept under control as livestock in surrounding fields. Pet Charge: £30 per pet per week.
- Telephone: Not provided, mobile reception good.
- Local facilities: Bantham beach 2.5 miles, Thurlestone beach 3.5 miles, Bigbury on Sea 6 miles.
- Village Shop / post office 3/4 miles Pub 3/4 of a mile in Churchstow Bigbury Golf club 6 miles. All shops, pubs and cafes in Kingsbridge 2.5 miles.
We had a lovely stay ....fabulous location and very peaceful.
A beautiful cottage
The Fisherman's Rest
(Less than a mile)
A large riverside pub with extensive menu catering for most tastes, including a dedicated gluten free menu. Eat in the sit down restaurant or at the bar where regional beers are sold, along with a wide range of wines and other drinks.
The Fisherman’s Rest Fore Street, Aveton Gifford TQ7 4JL (T: 01548 550284)
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Cold atmosphere, locals made you feel welcome, but the landlady! Food just like your mom would have made 30 years ago, microwaved, drab and unimaginative.
Nice pub food and friendly staff.
Aune Valley Farm Shop & Café
A butchers, deli, farm shop and café located in a beautiful setting, selling high quality local produce from the surrounding area. The Valley View Café provides home cooked, fresh and tasty meals, either inside in the vintage decorated café or outside on the terrace.
Aune Valley Farm Shop & Café Rake Farm, Loddiswell TQ7 4DA (T: 01548 550413)
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We visited Aune Valley Farm Shop on a couple of occasions as we were based in Loddiswell. Very clean and tidy and lovely meats and pies. We tried the pork chops and pasties and they were absolutely delicious. Well worth a visit.
We bought the most delicious rib of beef and their own Christmas pudding which is the best we have ever tasted. Friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend.
Went for breakfast as a holiday treat. Lovely views, we were able to sit outdoors as the weather was so lovely. The breakfast was plentiful and of very high quality. Great coffee too.
If you are staying anywhere nearby, absolutely visit this deli, butcher and cafe. The butcher (being a meat company) is first class, the deli is excellent and best of all - the cafe is fantastic - the best breakfast I think I have ever had (the big butchers), which had everything and the very best quality and best tasting ingredients. Do not miss this amazing treat!
Super little find, enjoyed the ambience. Location out of the way not the easiest place to find but worth the effort.
An absolute gem of a place. We had 2 cream teas here and also lunch and cakes. Food was superb on all occasions, dog friendly and the staff couldn't do enough for us. Well worth a visit you will not be disappointed
Lovely cream teas and the Farm Shop has excellent produce. Highly recommended.
A superb breakfast - very friendly staff - excellent view - reasonable prices. And the farm shop is small but decently stocked and alongside what I guess (I'm vegetarian) is an excellent butcher's. Go there!
Lovely food, good views
Popped in here for lunch and loved it. Quite a small cafe but brilliant views and really generous portions. Would defintiely recommend.
Aune Valley Food Hampers
Aune Valley Deli, Butchers and Cafe are reknowned in the area for selling high quality meat and a range of the finest local produce. But if you're too busy on the beach you can order one of three luxury hampers packed with delicious things to be delivered direct to your holiday home. Choose from a Family Holiday Hamper, Devon Cream Tea Hamper or Cheese & Wine Holiday Hamper, details below. Please note the hampers need to be ordered two days in advance.
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Lovely lunch and good shop the latter is quite expensive but the quality is excellent
The Oyster Shack
In a glorious location overlooking the Avon Estuary, Devon’s award winning seafood restaurant serves local oysters and other super fresh sustainable seafood in a laid back setting. Menus updated daily with what’s been landed that morning, a large sunny terrace, chilled wine and delicious cocktails make this a popular choice.
The Oyster Shack Stakes Hill, Bigbury TQ7 4BE (T: 01548 810876)
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We loved The Oyster Shack, great service and good value. Very dog friendly and they even have a dog menu for your hungry pups
Actually visited twice plus a take away. Staff went out of their way to be helpful and excellent food, especially the oysters!
An excellent venue, we had a lovely meal here,
Went for a late lunch, it's very Mediterranean in style. The food was very tasty but portions were small and in order to have sufficient nutritional intake you needed to order extras - no veg or potatoes included in price of main.
Friendly and zingy place to eat in an interesting location. A nice alternative to some of the more traditional restaurants and pubs. Good food but not dog friendly.
Great food, friendly service. Excellent.
One of our favourite places and it never disappoints. The food was as good as ever.
Lovely meal here exceptional fish dishes not cheap but we were on holiday!
Very disappointed with the slow service. The food was ok but certainly not somewhere we would not race to go again.
Quaint location. You wouldn't know it was there unless someone had told you about it. Every friendly staff, lovely oysters and lobster. Not a place to go unless you like seafood, but great if you do
A great fishy experience
Great on a sunny day
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!
Triocean Surf Shop
(Less than a mile)
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 Haven Spa
The Haven is a friendly local spa in a quiet corner of Kingsbridge providing an opportunity to revitalise the mind, regenerate the body, and above all rest and relax in a peaceful and calming environment. Choose from an extensive range of Elemis therapies and spa packages to heighten the relaxing experience of a holiday break.
The Haven Spa The Old Workhouse, Kingsbridge TQ7 1EQ (T: 01548 855922)
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Great little spa with friendly professional staff - loved it
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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The Art Café
On Fore Street in Kingsbridge, The Art Café is one of those joyous places where children and adults can enjoy visiting thanks to good coffee, good cake, toasted sandwiches and tea cakes alongside a welcoming, peaceful environment. Choose from mugs, ornaments and lots more to decorate yourselves, the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the kids (they happen occasionally), or for a little peace and quiet after a long day outdoors.
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Really good place to visit (especially if weather isnt great) that'll keep kids happy for a few hours. Be warned that whatever you make will need firing in the kiln, so will be a day or two until picking it back up usually!
Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day
Leas Foot Sands
A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.
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Great quiet beach with wonderful coastal walk alongside gold course round to Bantham. Parked free in field adjacent to golf club, although we understand they will be charging for parking soon. Only downside was that the public toilets were closed - we went October 2018.
This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England
A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!
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A lovely beach at the end of a beautiful valley. Absolutely perfect for dogs and never busy.
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
South Milton Sands
A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.
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A lovely beach with plenty to look at. Dogs are allowed - very good for children if supervised.
Lovely beach, stunning views and a safe place for children to rock pool, and swim. Spoiled for us by the large numbers of kite surfers dominating the water along with the surf school who took little account of those families enjoying the beach ordering people out of the water when they had a schooling session on. Words were had. They need to understand it isn't their property and if people want to enjoy the beach, they need to move to a spot where they aren't bothering people. Good car parking and a nice little cafe selling cakes/flapjacks and coffee with WC next to it, so beach-goers are well catered for. Could have done without the thump thump music and bar flies in shades but that's typical of many such places these days. On the whole a great beach with decent accessibility via car or foot and preferable in many ways to the larger beach at Thurlestone during peak times, and preferable to the beaches at Hope Cove when busy.
great beach only bad thing is its owned by the national trust and parking is £5.00 no matter how short or long you want to stay no option of paying by the hour
A great beach but at £5 a day to visit (National Trust!) rather expensive. Variable rate better.
Excellent beach, well maintained and dogs allowed all year round. Great range of activities to enjoy from swimming, snorkelling, SUP, kite surfing, kayaking and scrambling when the tide is out. Loved it and will return
Amazin beach - especially when the tide goes out and all the rock pools come out to play!!! Shame about the coarse 'sand', but that can't be helped; just get some shingle shoes. If you want sand go to North Sands or Bantham!
A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.
Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views
Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.
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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Excellent beach for small children. Very clean. The sea tractor gave it an added dimension. Our 2 year old granddaughter loved riding on it!
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.
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