Our nearest beach is nine miles away and is one of the best and most unspoilt beaches in the West Country. But there are many wonderful unspoilt beaches all along the South Devon coast and within easy driving distance of the cottage. These include Bantham/Bigbury, the best surfing beach in South Devon, and you are welcome to borrow our surfing bodyboards free of charge.
The wilds of Dartmoor, five miles away, provide unrivalled walking country, with stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys and rushing rivers. Dartmoor is also famous for its many prehistoric remains, some dating back to the Neolithic, 4000 years ago. The moor has the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, with numerous mysterious stone circles, standing stones and stone rows.
The cottage is seven miles from the ancient market town of Totnes and the same from Dartington, with its international music and literature festivals. We are also near the attractive and historic small towns of Dartmouth, Salcombe, Modbury and Ashburton. There are numerous characterful pubs and excellent restaurants in the area, including Michelin starred restaurants.
The National Trust has several fascinating properties in the area, including Agatha Christie’s Greenway and Saltram House, where Sense and Sensibility was filmed, and there are a number of very beautiful gardens and nature reserves to explore in the area. Within easy reach are several golf courses, canoeing on the rivers, boat trips around the coast and up the rivers, safe beaches for swimming and pony trekking and cycling on the moor. Burgh Island, reached over a sand causeway or by the 'sea tractor', is a fascinating place to visit with its Agatha Christie and Noel Coward connections and famous Art Deco hotel.
Some Devon festivals and other events 2017
Dart Music Festival: May 12-14
Devon County Show: May 18-20
Totnes Canoe Festival: May 21
Green Scythe Fair: June 11
Ways with Words Festival, Dartington: July 7-17
Yealmpton Show: July 26
Dartington International Summer School and Festival: 29 July - August 26
Totnes Show: July 30
Sidmouth Folk Week: August 4-11
British Firework Championships: August 9-10
Dartmoor Folk Festival: August 11-13
Dartmouth Royal Regatta: August 24-26
Staverton Fair: August 28
Kingsbridge Show: September 2
Widecombe Fair: September 12
Two Moors Festival: October 13-21
Dartmouth Food Festival: October 20-22