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South Devon and The South Hams

Devon is the only county in Britain with an interrupted coastline on two different stretches of water, the Bristol Channel to the north, and the English Channel to the south. The coastline, and landscape, varies immensely, with long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, muddy estuaries and small ports littering the coast, and the interior being occupied by the bleak, but beautiful, wilderness and many cottages on Dartmoor to the south and a part of Exmoor in the north. In addition there are the delights of the English Riviera, and the sailing centres of the Teign, Dart, and Kingsbridge estuaries, with Totnes, Dartmouth and Salcombe being the most popular resorts for those who like messing about on the water, and yet the north coast is a draw for surfers. A note of warning to those not familiar with tidal boating, if you rent a boat and head up-river remember that the tide goes out, and you can end up stranded on a mud bank. This is fine if you have moored up to a pub and enjoying a good lunch, but not so clever if you are trying to get back to return the boat to the yard or heading home to your rental cottage. The largest of these is the River Dart which reaches deep into south Devon and has a myriad of tributaries which lead to secluded villages, well protected from the outside world and normally reached by land along narrow winding lanes. This has preserved the character of the architecture, the local atmosphere, and the natural charm of the area. Quite a lot of the little cottages in the South Hams district tend to have a pub situated next, or very close to, the village church and so represent the hub of the community; so find the church and you will doubtless find a drink within a few yards. The largest town on this estuary is Totnes, founded in the 12th century, finally gaining much of its wealth trading cloth with the French in return for wine. There is a substantial marina, and, for those with a big car, an excellent bathroom shop. The centre of the town has plenty of heritage sites, including the house of a merchant who made a fortune from pilchards. At the mouth of the river is Dartmouth with its world famous Royal Naval College perched on the shore and still retains a strong connection with the sea. Every year cruise and tall ships stop here, and this year is no exception with the star of the Hornblower series due to visit this summer offering short trips out to sea giving you a taste of 18th century life in the navy. The town has various other non-nautical attractions throughout the year with food and walking festivals happening on a regular basis. The English Riviera stretches north up the coast from Dartmouth and comprises the three towns of Brixham, Paignton, and Torquay that skirt Tor Bay. Brixham, at the southern end, is an old fishing town and the harbour is at its heart. Always associated with the sea, this town was once a haven for smugglers and all sorts of skulduggery. Narrows alleys lead away from the quay and the old part of town has changed little over the years, and the fishing boats still land their catch on a daily basis, so you can expect the seafood to be of the freshest. Around the town there are lovely cliff walks, small coves and old smugglers caves to explore. The town with the most beaches is Paignton and boasts nine which stretch for over several miles around the bay and you can view most of them from the comfort of the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. This runs a regular service during the summer and on special occasions during the year and is a spectacular way to see this part of the county. The town is at the heart of the tourist trade and has plenty to offer for all ages, with a cinema, zoo, pier, theatre numerous hotels and self-catering accommodation and, in addition, the seafront is softly lit up at night for romantic late night strolls. On the edge of the town are the offices of the town council, in Oldway Mansion, the former home of Isaac Singer, the American founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Forced to leave his home country owing to his scandalous private life, this self-made multi-millionaire settled down here and the result of some of his fortune is now enjoyed by the good burghers of Paignton, and with its marble hall and staircase, frescoes, mirrored ballroom etc. is well worth a visit. Mr Singer was some man as he fathered upwards of twenty-two children by at least four different women. No wonder he had to vacate New York. The title of 'Queen of the Riviera' falls to Torquay, given to the town by its Victorian visitors. The town was originally a small fishing port, similar to Brixham, and a home to smugglers, but was expanded when tourism began flourishing and money started to come in with Italianate villas springing up overlooking the Bay, many of them now converted from private houses into small hotels, or available to rent. The town was the birthplace of Agatha Christie and a trail has been created for the thousands of fans who flock to the area to visit her old house, and see many of the sights that feature in her detective novels. Inland, and on the river Teign is the market town of Newton Abbot which sprang into life with the arrival of the railway in 1846 and since then it has been the hub of the local area. An attractive, mainly Victorian, town with weekly markets selling local produce, Newton Abbot also has a National Hunt racecourse that has regular meetings. Amongst other local attractions to feed the visitor is a hedgehog hospital! Not that you get to eat them, you understand. To the west, and on the edge of Dartmoor, is Buckfastleigh and the famous Buckfast Abbey, home to Scotland's second most popular alcoholic drink. The tonic wine that the monks produce is potent enough to have caused more than one M.P. to have called for their excommunication but it is popular with all sorts all around the world. Do not drive after a glass of this, or if you do then pray for some divine intervention. The monastery is the only one in the U.K. that is open to the public and the Benedictine monks are happy to show visitors around. Drifting south, and west, along the edge of Dartmoor, the next town you will encounter is Ivybridge. As you will discover there is little or no access to the moor by car from this side, only on foot, but you can rent a quiet and isolated cottage that will help. Standing on the river Erme the town benefited from being the only crossing of the river and so all traffic between Exeter and Plymouth had to pass through it. This encouraged the establishment of a few coaching Inns and the river provided the power to keep several woollen mills in operation, and bargains are still to be had just outside the town. This part of south Devon gained its wealth from wool production and some of the small towns became quite rich, however with the main road moving north the town of Modbury has remained virtually unchanged over the last two hundred years, and this charming market town is a jewel just off the main road. With a wealth of Georgian and agricultural architecture, this is a genteel stopover and is Europe's first plastic-bag free town cementing its environmental credentials. The town has an annual May Fair, a weekly market and is a convenient base to explore the local wildfowl sanctuaries and the western side of the South Devon Heritage Coast. The southern tip of Devon centres around the Kingsbridge Estuary, and most importantly the sailing hub of Salcombe. A sheltered anchorage, with sheltered beaches at the estuary entrance this town is very popular with sailors of all ages, especially those wanting to make a dash across the Channel to France. The town has a very limited access for cars as the streets are narrow so it is suggested that you leave your vehicle at one of the municipal car-parks and take a shuttle-bus into the centre and enjoy the peace and quiet of your rented property. Not only a haven for yachtsmen Salcombe is also one for the artistic community, with a host of galleries and craft shops littering the old town, and with bars and restaurants overlooking the water this is an idyllic place to relax for a while. Kingsbridge itself is the local administrative centre, and being at the head of the estuary tends to dry-out at low tide. A more modern town in some respects and where most of the locals do their shopping. Although it has modern amenities on its fringes the centre has familiar narrow lanes and cobbled streets. Again it has a market but where it differs from other towns they sell different things on different days of the week. The largest place in west Devon is the city of Plymouth, at the mouth of the river Tamar, famous as the place from which The Pilgrim Fathers embarked for the New World, and Sir Francis Drake enjoyed a game of bowls or two. The city is still heavily involved in naval affairs with its Royal Naval Dockyard, training establishments, and ships and submarines moored in the harbour. So, as you can imagine, quite a few sights have a nautical theme, or name, or both. The centre of the city is much like any other commercial hub in England, but as befits a holiday resort there are numerous attractions for all ages from the National Marine Aquarium Centre to ancient Castles and places of interest, and seeing as you are so far from Scotland why not visit a distillery, and Plymouth Gin Distillery is the oldest working one in England and offers tours around the facilities. North of Plymouth, and just off the road to Tavistock, is Buckland Abbey, the former home of Sir Francis Drake and nearly the end of the Drake trail, you may be pleased to hear. The former monastery was converted in the mid-1500s, and came into Drake's possession soon afterwards. Needless to say most of the exhibits centre on the old sea dog. And so onwards north to Tavistock on the western shore of Dartmoor and Drake was born just outside the town. There, finished. This is the western gateway to the wilderness of Dartmoor and in fact there is only one east-west road which will take you all the way to Exeter. The town itself is nowhere near as quaint as those in South Devon as it was founded on the back of the tin, lead, copper and silver mining industries of east Cornwall and west Devon and as it was through Tavistock that most of this metal passed, and was assayed, a certain staidness has clung to the place. Notwithstanding this, the town has a certain charm, and does offer excellent facilities for walkers, most notably several excellent Doctors, and a handful of Dentists, oh, and some charming cottages up for rent in the vicinity.

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    Cosy Dartmouth Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Dartmouth

    S87042

    Located right in the heart of Dartmouth and within easy walking distance of the town and all that it has to offer is 'S87042' a brilliant property sleeping up to 4 guests. This apartment caters for all of your holiday needs and provides comfort...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Dartmouth Apartment S77964

    Wonderful Dartmouth Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Dartmouth

    S77964

    Located right in the heart of Dartmouth and within easy walking distance of the town and all that it has to offer is 'S77964' a brilliant property sleeping up to 4 guests. This apartment caters for all of your holiday needs and provides comfort...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Salcombe Cottage S113706

    Quaint Salcombe Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Salcombe

    S113706

    Explore the iconic estuary town of Salcombe with its turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches from this detached bungalow located within just a fifteen minute walk. S113706 provides a great central base to discover this very beautiful...

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    Delightful Kingswear Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Kingswear

    S132873

    A cosy couples hideaway in the heart of the South Hams.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Totnes Cottage S19524

    Beautiful Totnes Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Totnes

    S19524

    The motorcycle Junior Academy is ideal for the opportunity to try two-wheel off road motorcycling for the first time.
    Set within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland with footpath

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Hallsands Apartment S135290

    Wonderful Hallsands Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Stokenham Torcross

    S135290

    A stylish apartment situated in a stunning cliff top development with far reaching sea views.
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    Open plan living space.
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Ivybridge Cottage S85284

    Quaint Ivybridge Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Ivybridge

    S85284

    This deceptively large 1750s cottage is the ideal place for groups of friends or family to spend quality time together.
    Close to the beautiful beaches at Bigbury and Wonwell, S85284 is also perfect for walkers and golfers. It even has a sun-...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Ashprington Cottage S80451

    Stunning Ashprington Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Ashprington

    S80451

    Complimentary Welcome Hamper
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Superb Ivybridge Lodge S19543

    Superb Ivybridge Lodge

    Devon South Hams District Ivybridge

    S19543

    With its own outdoor heated swimming pool and large windows in the living room this Swedish-style house offers truly stunning accommodation.
    S19543 is something quite unusual. A contemporary, detached, Swedish-style house built of local ston...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Totnes Cottage S19525

    Cosy Totnes Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Totnes

    S19525

    Boasting idyllic countryside views, an ideal retreat for couples just a short walk from Totnes town centre.
    Set on the edge of Totnes within walking distance of the town centre, this spacious holiday bungalow adjoins the owners’ home a...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Superb Totnes Cottage S19528

    Superb Totnes Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Totnes

    S19528

    Ideal for large groups, S19528 sleeps eight and is ideal for countryside admirers who wish to explore the beautiful surroundings.
    This beautiful, adjoining barn conversion, one of a cluster of five holiday cottages and part of Westmoore Farm...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Gorgeous Modbury Apartment S132817

    Gorgeous Modbury Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Modbury

    S132817

    A well-appointed bright apartment located on a beautiful country estate. First Floor:
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    Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Totnes Cottage S132828

    Charming Totnes Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Totnes

    S132828

    A delightful one bedroom barn conversion with idyllic rural views.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Stoke Fleming Apartment S132707

    Captivating Stoke Fleming Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Stoke Fleming

    S132707

    Penthouse luxury within a few minutes walk of an award-winning beach, yet close to Dartmouth.
    Second Floor:
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Adorable Stoke Fleming Apartment S132706

    Adorable Stoke Fleming Apartment

    Devon South Hams District Stoke Fleming

    S132706

    A luxury apartment within a few minutes walk of an award-winning beach.
    9 steps to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Modbury Cottage S125717

    Tasteful Modbury Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Modbury

    S125717

    S125717 is a beautiful, modern and spacious property located in the lovely countryside village of Modbury. S125717 is centrally located in the village a couple of minutes walk away from the local shops, Co-Op and the local pub the White Hart In...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Hope Cove Cottage S135372

    Delightful Hope Cove Cottage

    Devon South Hams District South Huish Hope

    S135372

    Detached bungalow with stunning countryside views and private heated swimming pool.
    Step to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
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    • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Kingsbridge Cottage S122586

    Captivating Kingsbridge Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Kingsbridge

    S122586

    S122586 is a charming two bedroom Victorian end of terrace property. Accepting two pets, S122586 provides an ideal base to discover Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Hope Cove as well as many of South Devons most beautiful beaches. In less then five mi...

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    Splendid Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Salcombe

    S113709

    Explore the iconic estuary town of Salcombe with its turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches from this detached bungalow located within just a fifteen minute walk. S113709 provides a great central base to discover this very beautiful...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint  Cottage S121314

    Quaint Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Kingston

    S121314

    S121314 lies in a tranquil setting with a vast array of beautiful plants, shrubs and wild meadow surrounding the property. This fragrant garden is home to many species of birds, wildlife and insects and provides outside a wonderful relaxing pla...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Kingston Cottage S121297

    Luxury Kingston Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Kingston

    S121297

    For peace and tranquility, S121297 offers an abundance! Set in a large garden attracting many birds and insects and is host to herbaceous plants, fruit trees and vegetable plot as well as a generous lawned area, this pretty cottage makes for a ...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Modbury Cottage S125769

    Exquisite Modbury Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Modbury

    S125769

    S125769 is a luxury property with a swimming pool, games room and garage parking located in the centre of the beautiful village of Modbury in South Devon. Modbury is in an ideal location, it is a village that offers short driving distances to s...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Strete Cottage S101019

    Cosy Strete Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Strete

    S101019

    S101019 is a pretty semi detached cottage located on the fringe of the Devon countryside but within a short walking distance of the quintessential village of Strete and the South West Coastal path that is extremely popular with walkers. From he...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Totnes Cottage S92499

    Tasteful Totnes Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Totnes

    S92499

    There is fun for all the family with an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre, all set in the stunning, Devon countryside.
    Set within 240 acres of unspoilt farmland with footpath

    Heated indoor swimming pool, with private ...

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