- Property code: GWILO
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Near beach
- Parking (see description for details)
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Short breaks available
- Washing machine
Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope that rambles down to the beautiful tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orchard to the 800 ft private foreshore, row one of the dinghies provided round to South Pool to the pub (tides permitting!), barbecue by the old lime kiln on the foreshore and revel in the views of this dreamy stretch of water. The tiny hamlet of Goodshelter is on the edge of the Kingsbridge/ Salcombe estuary just a mile from East Portlemouth, the lovely beaches of Millbay and Sunny Cove and from there, a ferry ride to the popular town of Salcombe. The cottages are alongside a courtyard shared with the owner’s home, overlook an orchard that slopes down to the Creek and provide very comfortable, well-furnished and flexible accommodation. A Wayfarer sailing dinghy is available for use by the experienced as well as a couple of rowing dinghies, but entirely at guests' risk, (ask for details). Windfalls is an ideal spot and with access from both the ground and second floor may be suitable for those with limited mobility. With the addition of The Love Shack, accessed across the courtyard this property can accommodate up to 6 guests.
There is a shared laundry room accessed from the courtyard with chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board. The gravelled courtyard in front of the cottages is enclosed with a five-bar gate and provides ample parking. From here a pathway leads through the orchard to the creek.
Please Note: At spring high tides (which occur throughout the year) and for one hour either side of high water, it may be difficult crossing the fords on the tidal road that accesses the property. Tide Tables will be forwarded to guests with their travel directions.
From the courtyard door to tiled hallway with a large storage cupboard and a fine settle. Stairs up to the attractive open-plan living room with views to the creek across the courtyard. The sitting area has two armchairs, comfortable sofa (this converts to a 4ft 6in sofa-bed), satellite TV, telephone and circular dining table to seat 4. The kitchen area has electric hob and built-under oven, fridge with ice compartment, microwave and a breakfast bar with 4 stools. The bedroom has twin 3ft beds, a vanity unit and fitted cupboards and large double doors that open to a grassy area alongside the lane. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
The Love Shack-double bedroom- From the courtyard, door into tiled hallway with a wrought iron spiral staircase to the bedroom under a pitched ceiling with a 5ft double bed, large sofa, a desk and hanging wardrobe. Heating is provided by an oil filled radiator. The shower room is off the hallway on the ground floor with electric shower, basin with hot water dispenser and WC.
Windfalls has no garden, but a table and chairs have been put on top of the limekiln that overlooks the creek for guests’ use. It is short walk through the orchard, but definitely worth it when you get there.
- Included: Bed linen, towels, (guests must provide their own beach towels), WiFi, travel cot, high chair, heating (night storage) and electricity.
- Telephone: Provided, free UK calls only. Mobile reception mixed.
- Local Facilities: Beach 1 mile. Shops and pubs in Salcombe by passenger ferry 1 mile. Pub at South Pool 2 miles. Pub at East Prawle and Seasonal village shop 3 miles. Ashbys garage, convenience and leisure store 3.5 miles. Stokeley Farm Shop 5.5 miles. Kingsbridge with all conveniences 7 miles.
- Pets: Pet charge £30.00 per pet per week.
we had a fantastic time, the views were amazing form the lime kiln, we will definitely be back! on a separate note, the people using appletree cottage used one of the rowing boats but left it out all week, my husband and I tried to move it after they had gone but it was too heavy, I didn't want you to think we had left it there, we used the wooden rowing boat. Thanks
A small pub in a beautiful setting serving excellent classic English pub food with a hint of French thrown in. Under the watchful eye fo Head Chef Dave Gobbett, here you'll find true seasonal field to plate eating accompanied by local ales and good quality French wines. Sunday roasts accompanied by live Jazz are especially popular.
Millbrook Inn South Pool, Kingsbridge TQ7 2RW (T: 01548 531581)
Enjoy 20% off food for any pre-booked tables with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card (mention you are a guest on booking and present card )
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spent 3 evenings in the pub and very happy with it.....and a great band playing New Years day
Great atmosphere, good selection of beers.comfortable & welcoming & cosy.had food which was excellent but v expensive.cheapest main was about £15.a few cheaper options would have made this pub perfect.staff very helpful & welcoming
The Millbrook has a new bridge at the back to a grassy area with picnic tables, so great for kids. They do an outside BBQ at the front 5-9pm in the summer, also great for kids supper. A lovely old pub in an idyllic location!
Outstanding Sunday roast EVEN IF the lamb and the beef look exactly the same, they ain't. Fabulous staff too!
A beautiful old pub with real ales, very good food and friendly staff. Right on a stream, lovely wood fire. Lovely garden for the summer.
Lovely pub- excellent food and very dog friendly
Brilliant pub, friendly, fun staff, Charlie the landlord is working really hard to make this a great place for all to visit.
Lovely friendly and helpful staff. The best meal we had on holiday. Children were made to feel very welcome and a very reasonably priced children's menu.
My husband and I ate at Millbrook tonight, absolutely beautiful meal and great service, thank you!
An interesting and different menu- think top end gastro pub. Lovely place to be, very friendly owners and helpful staff.
Great pub, great atmosphere.
The Millbrook Inn clear only wants rich adults to come and visit, its menu does not welcome children and this is a great shame.
Venus Café - East Portlemouth
This branch of the local Venus chain is takeaway only but with the beach on the doorstep who needs to eat-in? Here you find quality local pasties, baguettes, ice creams, coffee and cream teas as well as buckets, spades and beach games to keep the kids entertained.
Venus Café Ferry Steps, Millbay Road, East Portlemouth TQ8 8PU (T: 01548 843558)
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lovely icecreams & friendly staff, only downside was that they closed early if it was not busy
Gara Rock Restaurant
In one of the most stunning locations in South Devon with panoramic sea views, you're in for a treat at the newly refurbished Gara Rock Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and dinner daily, all year round. Chef Lewis' seasonal dishes feature ingredients from local producers and his own kitchen garden. Eat al fresco on the terrace overlooking the beach or in winter watch the waves crashing from the comfort of the restaurant with its huge floor to ceiling windows.
Gara Rock, East Portlemouth TQ8 8FA (T: 01548 845945)
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Sorry for late review. We stayed here in September and had a fantastic week. The owners were very friendly and the goodies were a lovely touch. The place was immaculate, very well furnished. The bed was so comfortable. The bed linen and towels were spotless. Had a lovely time and still talking about our walks and the fabulous beaches. Do not hesitate to stay here as its an unspoilt area and the Old Cow Shed is the place to stay.
The sunset view from here is impressive. The drinks were very pricey £12 for a GnT! The starters were unusual and the fish n chips was ok. Felt a lot to pay to be honest. Dogs welcome which suited us.
We had the most wonderful time at the restaurant. Sitting out on the terrace on a glorious September day with the amazing views surrounding us was a stand out experience. The service was enthusiastic and friendly if slightly chaotic. Some of the food was exceptional and some a bit disappointing. But that didn’t matter because the whole experience was so good
Still very much closed on 040518, and just a busy building site. I'd be surprised if it's open this summer.
A must visit after a long walk. Good menu and drink selections. Amazing views. Dog friendly.
Superb place for weekends cakes, breakfast and lunch and beautiful dinner menu through the summer and very dog friendly!
Dinner was amazing. Pre book a table and ask for a window view of the bay. Lunch was good. Staff really lovely.
Dick & Wills Brasserie
A sophisticated waterside brasserie serving high quality local fish, meat and shellfish accompanied by an extensive wine list. Eat inside in the chic restaurant or outside on the large terrace which enjoys fabulous views over the estuary.
Dick and Wills Brasserie Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8JG (T: 01548 843408)
Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
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A little disappointing this year. Food wasn’t as good, and ambiance was missing in the restaurant. In good weather, it’s a super place to sit outside.
The Ferry Inn
A lively and popular waterside pub, perfect for a few drinks after a day at the beach or out on the water. Watch the boats go by from the large sunny terrace whilst enjoying a pint of local ale or something from the menu full of good pub classics.
The Ferry Inn Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8JE (T: 01548 844000)
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Excellent food, very friendly accommodating staff
Great food at reasonable price and very friendly bar staff
Was our first visit to Salcombe and found the Inn by accident. What a find ! A great place to while away an hour or two on a gloriously sunny day with fab views
Lovely friendly pub convenient for the ferry
Poor and slow service and the food was not great. Had to wait 35 minutes for a sandwich.
Wonderful atmosphere and views
Really well situated with amazing views. Staff very friendly but Sunday roast was very disappointing as was food the rest of the party had. I don’t think we will return for food again just a drink because of its location.
This is our favourite pub in Salcombe. We had a lovely Sunday roast here. Very tasty and hubby had fish and chips later in the week which he really enjoyed. The fish was a whopper. Very filling. The beer garden is a real suntrap and must have the best view in Salcombe. The staff are always very welcoming and friendly too. Our pooch loves it here as she always get a biscuit.
(Less than a mile)
Based in East Portlemouth, Salcombe Paddleboarding is in the ideal spot for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders to enjoy the calm waters and hidden coves of the Salcombe Estuary. You’ll be in safe hands with Marcus and Denny, both qualified ISA Paddleboarding instructors and lifeguards, who provide private and group lessons as well as board hire.
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Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe
Hiring a traditional Salcombe Yawl or launch is a fabulous way to explore the Salcombe estuary taking in the beaches and wildlife along the way. The Salcombe Yawl is an attractive 16ft dingy unique to Salcombe suitable for racing or cruising with the family, or alternatively, less experienced sailors can hire a sturdier harbour launch with inboard engine to potter from beach to beach. Both are available on a weekly basis along with everything you need to have and enjoyable yet safe time on the water. Sailing tuition in a Salcombe Yawl, or leisurely skippered sails around the harbour are also available in the safe hands of experienced local sailor Scratch Hitchen.
Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe (T: 01548 561619 M: 07966 840436)
Salcombe Dinghy Sailing
Salcombe is known for its unique sailing opportunities thanks to the spectacular coastline. A favourite destination amongst some of the best in the sailing community, getting out on the water is very much part of the South Devon holiday experience, and at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, owners Zoe and Ross are a highly skilled, warm and friendly duo who make you feel safe, happy, confident and well prepared on the water whether you’re having lessons, hiring a boat, are a beginner or a practiced sailor looking to sharpen your skills. You can opt for taster sessions, bespoke private tuition, or RYA teaching courses with up to four students per instructor. Just make sure you bring warm, waterproof clothing with you – it can get nippy our there!
Whitestrand Boat Hire
Everything in Salcombe revolves around the water, and Whitestrand Boat Hire offer a fleet of self drive boats aswell as skippered mackerel fishing trips so you can experience more of the beautiful estuary and coastline. Book a boat by the hour, day or week and the friendly staff can advise on the best beaches, wildlife spots and pubs to visit. No prior experience necessary.
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Salcombe Water Limo
A family business offering skippered cruises on Salcombe estuary, aboard the beautiful motor launch, Baia Vita. Accommodating 4 guests, her looks are taken from the very best classic Italian 1960’s boats that once cruised the waters of the Riviera and Venice and guests can enjoy the renaissance of that era whilst cruising the estuary in style. Guests can choose from an hour-long cruise along the estuary, an evening cruise or, if they have a special occasion to celebrate, they can personalise the cruise to suit. Bring your own picnic and drinks - glasses are provided.
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A fabulous beach. Especially great fun at low tide for a water loving Labrador. We enjoyed our visits here. We also loved the passenger ferry from here to Salcombe. Beautiful beach.
Beautiful beach lovely and clean. Small car park free to N.T. members. Highly recommended. Drawback no immediate café available. Venus café nearest but a trek if not mobile.
Lovely beach well worth a visit. Dog friendly as well. Well worth the £7-50 national trust car parking fee.
amazing beach, dog friendly, only downside is the toilets near the National Trust hut are very poor
Gara Rock Beach
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Lovely beach. We arrived early after a steep walk down the cliff path. Had the beach initially to ourselves! Starts to get busier as the day goes on.
Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!
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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.
North Sands, Salcombe
The first beach as you walk along the Cliff Road out of Salcombe, North Sands sits in a valley and is a sandy horseshoe shaped beach that’s expansive at low tide. Thanks to its shape and location, it’s extremely popular in the summer because there’s plenty of space to set up camp for the day with buckets, spades and fishing nets in tow for avid marine biologists and sand castle connoisseurs. The beach has a fresh water stream running through it from the top of the valley, which, aside from providing hours of entertainment for accompanying dogs and a marvellous place to wash the sand off your feet, also means that the beach is largely wet sand, so don’t forget to take something to sit on if you’re heading there for the day. Popular with swimmers, despite the chilly water, North Sands provides a wonderful view out of the mouth of the Salcombe estuary and into the deep blue yonder so, for keen photographers, it’s ideal. If the weather is right then it’s a favourite amongst body boarders or even surfers on choppier days, and it’s a great place to take the paddle boards and kayaks if you happen to have them. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, unlike many of the beaches in the area, there are toilets over the road and there’s a car park with charges from £1 throughout the year. The cherry on top of this beautiful location is The Winking Prawn café and restaurant that’s right next to the beach. Open all year round they serve everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, tea and cake, and in the summer they provide a barbecue in the garden overlooking the sea. It is popular though so leave a little time to queue for that Salcombe Dairy honeycomb ice cream in the height of summer!
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North Sands is a wonderful beach great for families, the winking prawn restaurant is great for anything from snacks to a full meal stunning views out to sea
Very nice beach for dog lovers and good café.
Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!
Superb safe and stunningly picturesque
Rugged and unspoiled, Lannacombe is the beach for those looking for total escapism on their South West holiday. Small and perfect for escaping from the summer crowds, it’s one of the best places to visit to simply enjoy the Devon scenery in all its natural glory. There’s a small car park just behind the beach so do get there early in order to guarantee a space, although there is further parking a short walk away if need be. Dogs are welcome at the beach throughout the year and as it offers access to the Coast Path it’s a good idea to combine your visit with a walk to take in the views of sea and countryside, perhaps towards Start Point where there is further parking around 30-40 minutes away on foot. At low tide the beach offers gentle rock pooling so it’s a lovely spot to head to for a quiet afternoon with the family, building sandcastles and eating sandwiches if you remember to bring them. There aren’t any cafes and restaurants immediately on site, so do remember to take anything you need with you, and there aren’t any toilets in the near vicinity either, so that’s worth keeping in mind when you plan your day. If you have been on holidays in Devon and Cornwall before you will also know that you need to watch our for the tide at many of the beaches, including this one in order to avoid disappointment or getting wet, you can pick up a tide timetable at local post offices!
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Excellent secluded beach once you find it. Signs would be helpful but this would be detrimental as visitors would "flood" the small car park. Well worth visiting and walking along the stunning cliff walks
A lovely beach where we enjoy sitting and eating our sandwiches after walking from Start Point.