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There are so many beautiful places to visit in South Devon. Read below to find more information on things to do and places to visit on your holiday including some images of some local areas near to the property including Salcombe and Kingsbridge.

 

 

 

Information on Salcombe HERE

Salcombe is just over the estuary from East Portlemouth (there is a small ferry that takes you across for a small fee) It has art galleries, trendy shops and a wealth of pubs and restaurants.  At the working end of the town the big crabbing and fishing boats rub bows with all manner of smaller craft.  Boat chandlers abound along Island Street towards Batson creek.  Not to be missed is the small town museum and RNLI museum. The foot ferry across to the sandy beaches goes from the bottom of the steps leading down to the Ferry Inn, where you can enjoy a pint if there is a queue for the boat! For those feeling adventurous you can hire a boat at Whitestrand boat hire, and explore the estuary for yourself!

 

Information on Kingsbridge HERE

Kingsbridge has some great shops, a small traditional cinema: The Reel Cinema and also conveniently has a couple of supermarkets to stock up on essentials.

 

Beaches

All of the beaches on the East Portlemouth side of the estuary are safe, sandy and sheltered - surrounded by the gentle hills.  Gara Rock is one of the few beaches on the Portlemouth side that face the open sea. It is accessed by a long track that tumbles down the hill to the sand, at the top of which you will find the original thatched lookout point, the views from which are truly breathtaking in any weather.  The looming, rocky and rugged coastline here contrasts beautifully with the undulating hills of the countryside further inland and the beaches up the estuary.  Although popular it is rarely overcrowded.  Well worth the haul back up the hill at the end of the day.

Car Park at top of Gara Rock with honesty box.

National Trust car park available at Mill Bay.

Mill Bay and Sunny Cove are connected by a footpath through National Trust woodland.  Mill Bay is the larger with a broad expanse of sand and a stream running down its side, practically made for damming and diverting.  Sunny cove is well named and at low tide it is possible to walk out onto the sandy bar at the mouth of the estuary, though be careful of the tides return!

Further away is Lannacombe Bay.  Parking is very limited so first come first served, but well worth a visit.  For a complete change, and if your prefer swimming to digging, Beesands has a steeply shelving shingle beach with ample parking and public toilets, and strewn with irresistibly skimable pebbles.

 

From Salcombe you can take the colourful bunting-waving ferry from Whitestrand Quay to South Sands, visit the old lifeboat shed, which now hires windsurf boards and sells ice cream, and look back across the water to Sunny Cove.

 

 

 

 

 

 'The South Sands ferry'

 

 

 

Local pubs include:

There are many great pubs in the area, some quirky and interesting, some with  award winning food. Here are a few of our personal recommendations.

 

  The Pigs Nose inn

The Pig's nose is a fantastic quirky little pub serving great food and some lovely local ciders and also features a small village shop outside called the Piglet store, which now also features a cafe to the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Millbrook inn 

Award winning pub/restaurant in South Pool, great traditional feel and wonderful food, with a stream running alongside the pub.

 

 

 

Groceries

A few useful places to know about to pop in and get your supply of food are:

 

Frogmore: The small shop opposite the bridge has its own bakery at the back where you can buy fresh bread, cakes and pasties, as well as general groceries.

East Charlton: Ashby's Easy Stores is attached to the service station and is on route to the cottage coming from Kingsbridge.  A useful spot to stop at for supplies before you arrive.

Chillington: Has a butchers shop (rather discreetly tucked away!), a general stores and post office.

Kingsbridge: Here you will be able to find Morrisons and Tesco (newly built). also local bakery and butchers shops.