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Latest News Category: Blogging (21 posts)


Anthony Salmon | 03rd September 2019 | General Articles
When visiting the gorgeous county of Devon, it is hard as a true pet lover to leave your best pals behind. So if your bringing your fabulous fury friend along this summer, be sure to check out the best dog walks in Devon.   Here are The Best Dog Walks in Devon!   Parke - National Trust Located near to the old market town of Bovey Tracey (a miles walk). There’s a real treat for all visitors of Parke. Both yourself and man’s best friend are guaranteed to absolutely love the rural grounds. You can take a short stroll around the garden for the little or older dogs, or a longer more adventurous walk through the woods and along the meandering river.   With much more than just a walk available, this beautiful estate was once the home of a wealthy local family – now open for the public to enjoy, you can explore:   Vegetable and fruit gardens an orchard, fish pond Wildflowers and cattle A café onsite serving delicious food both inside and outside     Dartmoor It is as though Dartmoor was created to be a doggy heaven, with open wide spaces for running free and crystal clear steams and rivers for cooling off their paws. Dartmoor is home to so many beautiful walks, each one taking your breath away with it’s rugged natural beauty. Dartmoor has miles of well-worn paths to follow and enjoy as well as the option for miles of remote wilderness.   The South West Coast Path For many, a beautiful coastal walk is the ‘go to’ when having a doggy day out, and in South Devon we really are spoilt for choice. Enjoy beach side walks and spotting trains with the Starcross to Teignmouth walk, or dip in and out of beautiful coves with the Babbacombe to Exmouth route. When choosing your dog walk, be sure to check out reviews and suggestions for abilities, terrain and distance – but with such a big and brilliant stretch of coastline, there really is something for everyone.   Dawlish Warren What dog does not love bounding between sand dunes and hid...

Anthony Salmon | 13th June 2019 | General Articles
Your planning your summer trip down to the beautiful coast and you want to make sure that your stay is going to be an unforgettable beachside experience. So, we have put together 10 of the best beaches in South Devon for you to get your toes on this summer.   Bantham Beach Situated along the South Devon coast at the mouth of the meandering Avon River, is the admired Bantham Beach. The combination of sheltering dunes, sandy stretches and not to forget that surf break make Bantham Beach a must visit spot when visiting the best beaches in South Devon.    Hopes Cove If exploring the beaches in South Devon is high on your agenda this summer then Hopes Cove must be added to the agenda. It is made up of two beautiful sandy beaches, located near Salcombe in South Devon. To the North you will find Mouthwell Sands, and to the South the Harbour beach. Easy to access and with lifeguards present during the summer months Hopes Cove beaches are great for a sunny family day out. Once you have had enough of building sandcastles and bathing in the sea, you can easily make the short journey to the village for an ice-cream and refuel.   Shaldon Beach Positioned on the Teign Estuary, Shaldon beach boasts both river and sea views. Enjoy watching the numerous water activities take place up and down the river and hum along to the local bands singing their hearts out in the riverside beer gardens. With ample options for local grub and a proper Devonshire cream tea, this is what Beaches in South Devon are all about.   Blackpool Sands If this is your first experience of the South Hams, then Blackpool sands is a must visit beach. With a fabulous pebbled beach and stunning countryside surrounding you, you really won’t want to be anywhere else. If you or the kids love a dip in the ocean, Blackpool Sands has a pontoon for swimmers to splash out to and enjoy jumping off.     Babbacombe Beach Home to local mascot Sammy the seal, Babbacombe Beach is a picturesque...

Anthony Salmon | 18th February 2019 | General Articles
But if you want something different, why dont you try A murder mystery trail.  Download at a reasonable cost from treasuretrails.co.uk, follow the clues, solve the mystery, it a fun activity for all ages, with a walk included. For adults and children alike, the treasure map,  is a who done it which takes you on an easy route in the Park, solving the clues. Really good fun. Its a circular walk, only about one and half miles. ...

Anthony Salmon | 18th February 2019 | General Articles
The Drum Inn and various cafes.  ...

Anthony Salmon | 18th February 2019 | General Articles
There are lovely walks, craft studios, a tea room with outside sitting space. Cockington village dates from Saxon times, its narrow streets are Lined with thatched cottages. It has a forge, a beautiful church. ...

Anthony Salmon | 18th February 2019 | General Articles
You are able to get the 22 bus from Shaldon, which is a pleasant trip along the coast to the stop at the Livermead Hotel alight, On foot Cockington Court is just a one mile walk from Torquay sea front. There is a walking route signposted from the seafront starting at Cockington Lane, just before the Livermead Hotel. The route takes you through the water meadows on a boardwalk. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  You can of course travel by car as there is parking.                ...

Anthony Salmon | 16th July 2018 | General Articles
Guy's Tiki Bar arrived in Shaldon over the weekend. Opening hours to be confirmed....

Anthony Salmon | 09th May 2018 | General Articles
Dog Friendly - Why Shaldon And Devon Are The Perfect Destination For You And Your Pooch   If you are planning a holiday to the coast this spring or summer and cannot bare to leave your pups at home- Then do not fear! The picturesque village of Shaldon and the county of Devon is the idyllic location for coastal dog walks, exploring beautiful countryside, eating at outstanding eateries and much much more.  Dog Friendly Properties Here at Cottages South West we offer a wide range of dog friendly properties to accommodate everyone, from large 5-bedroom home from homes with views over the estuary, to small apartments right by the beach.  Below is a picture of the lovely Amber snoozing whilst on her holidays at Topcliff Cottage. Beautiful Beaches The Ness Cove Beach - Shaldon Just a few minutes’ stroll for the main village of Shaldon, you will find the Ness Cove Beach accessible via the old smugglers tunnel. This beach is a well-kept secret due to its location, meaning it is often quiet and peaceful. With views up the coast, this beach is the ideal spot for a lovely dog walk, picnic and touch or relaxation.  Dog friendly all year round with toilets, a café and gift shop nearby. Putsborough Beach – Near Croyde This stunning beach is located in North Devon, around an hour’s journey from Shaldon but well worth the day trip. In the summer months this beach is bustling with beach goers, local surfers and a great place to get you and your dog’s toes in the sand. During high season half of the beach is kept dog friendly meaning you will have lots of space to mooch up the beach. It has parking close by and a number of dog friendly and outside cafes. Dog Groomers In the village of Shaldon we are lucky enough to have our own personal puppy day spa. ‘Sticky Paws’ is a fabulous dog groomers right in the centre of the village and is well trusted by locals and returning visitors alike. So after all that fun on the beach, Sticky Paws Dog Groomers may...

Anthony Salmon | 05th March 2018 | General Articles
A day of stand up paddle board rental with Teignmouth’s SeaSport Centre   If you are one for giving things a go, and love the outdoor lifestyle then renting a stand up paddleboard front SeaSports has got to be on your list of things to do whilst down here in Devon. For myself this sounded fantastic, but I can promise even for the less active it is a really enjoyable and relaxing sport. So my adventure kicked off late morning (yes let’s not get carried away, I’m on holiday and needed a lie in). With super friendly and enthusiastic staff talking my partner and I through all important safety bits and kitting us with wetsuits and buoyancy aids so we were nice and warm and also very afloat. The centre is right on Teignmouth’s Back Beach so we were all set and ready to give this our best shot. The blue skies really added to the initial experience, with views from the Estuary down the sparkly Teign River all the way to the Moors. We started on our knees as the instructor gave us a gentle encouraging push. Luckily the conditions were sheltered, making the water calm and reasonably easy to paddle on. So dodging through moored boats and sea kayakers and now up on our feet, we were off! To put it briefly, it seemed, to successfully paddle board you need to just keep paddling and not fall off. We paddled up the river and towards Shaldon Bridge, taking in the beautiful scenery and soaking up the winter sunshine. Throughout our time on the water, the young gentleman on the safety boat checked in with us, making sure we were happy and giving us a few basic but extremely helpful paddling tips.   I know you’re wondering/ hoping… Yes I did fall in! Luckily right at the end and yes it was absolutely freezing. To make myself feel better, I also pulled in my partner, whilst he was kindly trying to help me back onto my board. This seemed like a sign, so we eventually decided it was time to head back towards the beach, we were helped in with the boards and got to warm...

Anthony Salmon | 26th February 2018 | General Articles
A long weekend of walks, waves and wine Our break away at Golden Dawn in Stokeinteignhead,Devon   Our two musts when booking any time away, is one, its suitable for our three children and two that ‘Rusty’ our ridgeback can come with us. We wanted to find a location close to the coast but still within the countryside, Golden Dawn ticked all the boxes.   The Village Living and working in Birmingham, we agreed that this February we would take a short vacation to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. Stockeinteignhead is located south of the Teign Estuary. Nestled in grassy valleys but less than a mile or so from the coast, the village is a quaint, beautiful and a calm place; It has picturesque winding country roads and thatched cottages. There is a pub, local shop and church.   Golden Dawn   The property was everything we had imagined, beautiful country kitchen with aga and roaring fire in the lounge and dining room, it made a perfect family home from home. With four bedrooms( 3 en-suite) we all had plenty of room for our own space and privacy, but the lovely cosy lounge and spacious kitchen meant we had ample social  space too.   The Sounding Area Just a few minutes’ drive from the property we enjoyed some of Devon’s most beautiful spots with  walks for Rusty along the coastal path, exploring seaside villages and plenty of toasty pubs and restaurants. Devon and the South West really do offer some of the best eateries and wine bars around.   If you’re after a stay that’s going to give you full bellies, idyllic scenery, a seaside experience and a comfortable bed after a long days exploring then Golden Dawn Stokeinteignhead is a property well worth a stay. I can confidently say, we will be back! http://bit.ly/2BQyBeo...

Anthony Salmon | 10th February 2018 | General Articles
A NIGHT AT A SHALDON BEACH HUT.  The perfect place for your seaside break. I visited Beach Hut No1 for the first time early January and knew then, that it was going to be a personal battle to leave again. My wife and I had both been to Shaldon in Devon as children and were excited to return. Shaldon is the perfect location to really ‘get away’, tranquil and stunningly beautiful the small coastal village lived up to our fond memories. With weather as expected in January the Beach Hut No1 is still an ideal place to stay to just unwind in luxury, with estuary and beach views from the toasty confines of your hut. Our first morning in Shaldon consisted of waking up to chatter of birds and whistle of sails. With coffee cups in hand, we walked across our terrace and straight onto the beach, the views of the seascapes, countryside and bobbing boats really are quite outstanding. We chatted with a few local residents out walking their dogs who gave us a few pointers on the best eateries and places for a good local ale. We enjoyed the gentle social buzz of this beautiful village even at this quiet time of year. We could not have been more pleased with our holiday home for our stay. The whole interior of the Beach Hut was perfectly presented. With an elegant and modern kitchen which had everything you could need! The sleeping area was equally as brilliant with a mezzanine comfy, white linen bed. The glass front wall allows you to admire the view from both your bed and couch which was perfect to relax and enjoy an evening curled up together with a glass of wine. With the glass door out on to the deck and a table and chairs to enjoy an outside meal. We hope to be back again this summer to take full advantage of this properties idyllic beach and riverside location. A truly luxurious stay, perfect for that much needed break. If you’re planning a trip to stay at Beach Hut No1 then make sure you go and make the most of beautiful Shaldon village and its surrounding area....

Anthony Salmon | 27th January 2018 | General Articles
Five Reasons why this new property is the one for your next seaside break!  We have been lucky enough to add ‘Beach Cottage’ to our list of beautiful seaside holiday homes. And oh my gosh isn’t it perfect.  1.Location This gorgeous property is situated right on the seafront of the coastal town of Teignmouth in Devon. We love Beach Cottage because it’s so close to the sea. When it’s warm you can nip from your room to the sand in seconds. When it’s stormy you can watch the tides from your bed or an armchair. At night you can open your window and listen to the waves. 2.Interior Beach Cottage is light and airy, with the sunny Devon weather bouncing  off our white walls! The cottage contains all the bits and bobs you might need, whilst keeping it calm and uncluttered.  The living room is comfy and relaxed. Watch television or a DVD, or you may find it’s more entertaining to watch the comings and goings along the seafront and on the water. There are board games, books, some LPs and a record player, yoga mats – in case you feel inspired - and a selection of magazines. We know you’ll find this place cosy and welcoming. In the summer you can enjoy the outdoor shower to rinse off al-fresco! With plenty of room to store your stand up paddle-boards.   3.Something for everyone We would happily suggest this cottage to anyone, and believe that it really does tick all those holiday property boxes. Luxurious and beautifully presented yet a real home from home. This exquisite property sleeps up-to 9 adults and even excepts dogs if you cannot bear to let them miss out. 4.Attractions The sea and the beach – They are different every day and of course at Beach Cottage the Front beach changes before your very eyes.  Seasport Activities - There are sailing classes, paddle board classes– or even a day’s fishing trip. For the kids - The Pier, the award-winning children’s Playground and Skate Park, the tennis courts,  Swimming at the Lido, the Den...

Anthony Salmon | 05th December 2017 | General Articles
How to do Christmas in Shaldon.. The right way!  Decembers Festive Events  We should probably start with Shaldon’s newest addition to good coffee, wine and dinner. Relocating across the road from the Coffee Rush, ‘The Clifford Shaldon’ is where you need to be on those chilli evenings. Our personal favourite is an Espresso Martini, made by the man himself Dominic. If you’re a Jazz fan, check out their wicked music events throughout December.  Mon 11th December -Over Dinner - Philip Clouts Trio philipcloutsquartet.co.uk Mon 18th December - Over Dinner - Drat Pack Special www.thedratpack.co.uk www.theclifford.co.uk   The Clipper Café holds an extremely popular Christmas Artisan Market on Wednesday 6th December from 6pm. The Clipper stands in one of the most idyllic locations in Shaldon, right on the beach. So grab yourself a mulled wine, some Christmas gifts and enjoy the breath-taking views of the River Teign. www.theclippershaldon.co.uk   If you have the little ones with you then a must visit is the Shaldon Zoo. Their ‘Magical Christmas Weekends’ are not to be missed with Santa’s grotto on the December 9th,10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th. For its size, this small but perfectly formed zoo offers an amazing experience for the kids, with animals such as Golden lion tamarins, Yellow-breasted capuchins, Ruffed, Ring-tailed and Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, Madagascan giant jumping rats, Pied tamarins, Azara’s agoutis and many more. www.shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk The Shipwrights Arms is a short level walk and has Pete Burrows playing on the 16th December at 9pm and Carol singing with Jude Rose and Company on the 23rd December at around 6.30 to 7pm , after the carol singing  Guy Stockwell is playing at 8.30. www.shipwrightsshaldon.co.uk   Another one for the lovers of great music. Our local lad Ollie Stephens is performing his album launch in the stunning St. Peter’s Church. All of us here in Shaldon have already purchased our tickets ...

Anthony Salmon | 04th December 2017 | General Articles
  Last nights supermoon ( perigee syzygy ) was a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, the distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit. It appears to be slightly bigger and brighter than normal. The furthest point in its orbit is called the apogee. The New Year skies will be brightened up by two appearances in January. The Old Moon or Wolf Moon on   January 1-2 and the Blue Moon on January 31. The River Teign was still tricklling out when this was taken on December 4th. It looked like you could walk to Teignmouth.  ...

Anthony Salmon | 20th June 2016 | General Articles
 The Legend Sir Elton John and his talented band were brilliant at Westpoint, Exeter last night. The Cottages South West team had a fantastic time and have had great feedback from our guests in the Shaldon Holiday Lets. Despite  the downpour, missing the first hour, and record breaking two hour and forty minutes seventeen mile drive from Shaldon we had had a fantastic time. The colourful Westpoint crowd were rocking in the isles. It all came to an end too soon, 'Like a Candle In the Wind'. Wishing him the best of luck for the rest of his tour. Elton John Twitter @eltonofficial www.eltonjohn.com ...

Monica Ducard | 26th May 2016 | General Articles
Enjoy some great music events in Shaldon    Summer draws nearer and why not spend a short break in Devon at one of our cottages in the beautiful South Devon town of Shaldon. There is much to see and do during the day and for the evening, why not grab tickets and enjoy any of these music events coming up in the next month?   Live Jazz at The Clifford Arms From June 5 to June 27, Monday nights will be filled with jazz music at The Clifford Arms. You can enjoy some jazz music, a glass of wine and a bit of supper. In the warm summer evenings, there is nothing better than enjoying some funky and relaxing music.   Shaldon Classical Music Festival Starting on Thursday June 16, with the final concert on Saturday June 19, you can enjoy some great examples of classical music as the London Winds, Chetham’s School of Music Chamber Ensemble, Choral Workshop and Busch Piano Trio will appear. This year celebrates the 27th year of the festival in Shaldon.   The Shrine The rock cover band have a busy year appearing at different music festivals, private events and they regularly play around South Devon. On June 10th you can see them at The Ferry Boat Inn at Shaldon, where they will be playing songs from bands like Kings of Leon, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol and the Foo Fighters.   New Heroes Another great cover band New Heroes will be appearing at The Ferry Boat Inn on June 24. The four-piece band put on a professional and very fun show, featuring music from U2, Elton John, Queen, Muse, The Who and more. They are definitely one of the best bands out their covering all your favourite hits....

Monica Ducard | 18th May 2016 | General Articles
Rare bird spotted on Dartmoor   A rare vulture has been spotted on Dartmoor, and it is the first time the bird has been seen in Britain. The bearded vulture, also known as a lammergeyer, lives on the marrow from animal bones. The bird, was reported to have been seen around the Avon Damn, and further north around the River Severn. It is thought that there are fewer than 10,000 pairs that exist in the wild, and is commonly found in high mountains in southern Europe, Africa and Tibet. The bird seen on Dartmoor looked to be a juvenile, as a full grown lammergeyer has a wingspan of more than 9.3ft (2.83m). Dale Kedward filmed the bird when out walking his dog. He said: “It looked prehistoric. I thought it was going to pick up my dog, it was that big.” The species has been reintroduced in Europe, around the Spanish Pyrenees and the Swiss and Italian Alps, after it was previously wiped out from the European continent. It is still listed as ‘near threatened’ on conservation lists. The bearded vulture is the only bird of prey to live almost entirely on the marrow from bones, and has been known to crack large bones that it can’t break with its beak, by dropping them from a height of 160-490ft (50-150m). According to birding websites who were noted of the bird’s appearance on Dartmoor and further north, said the bleached flight feathers that are common to reintroduced species that keep track of them were not seen on the vulture, suggesting it is a wild bird. Dartmoor is home to many fascinating birds and animals. If you are having a short break in South Devon, we recommend visiting some nature reserves across Dartmoor, but we can’t guarantee you will spot an enormous vulture flying about! Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar ...

Monica Ducard | 11th May 2016 | General Articles
Fun family activities near Shaldon   South Devon is the ideal destination for a family holiday, and you can really kick back and relax at our Shaldon holiday rentals. There are tonnes of attractions in South Devon for the whole family to enjoy too, take a look below at some of our favourites:   Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh Head to the edges of Dartmoor and Pennywell Farm where the kids can get friendly with a whole range of cute and cuddly animals. There are activities happening where everyone can get hands on interaction with the animals. Just some of the animals to look out for include rabbits, miniature ponies, lambs, alpacas and miniature pigs.   Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth All the family will enjoy some thrilling rides at the largest theme park in the South West. At Woodlands, you are guaranteed all weather fun when you have a go on the Watercoasters, Taboggan Run or Avalanche Ride, and experience real G-force on the high flying Swingship.   Splashdown Quaywest, Paignton Head along the coast from Shaldon to a fun – and wet – day out at the water park. There are slides, rides, wave machines and more that the kids will surely enjoy. The park is also close to the beach, so you can even take a picnic with you and do some sunbathing too!   Haldon Forest Park, Exeter If you want to see some of the stunning Devon scenery, a trip to Haldon Forest Park will get you out into nature. You can explore the park on bikes, on foot, or even in the tree tops. This place is great for the family to see some of the best wildlife and nature in South Devon.   Dawlish Warren Beach If you want all your family activities in one place, then the beach at Dawlish Warren will have everything you need, with miles of Blue Flag beach, a golf course, amusement arcades and tonnes of pubs, fish and chips and gift shops where you can pick up a souvenir to remember your fun holiday in South Devon!   Photo by Derek Harper...

Anthony Salmon | 21st October 2014 | General Articles
Robson Green was thought to have been on board....

Anthony Salmon | 13th October 2014 | General Articles
We stayed at Homesdale at the end of August, and absolutely loved it there, so cosy and beautifully decorated, so relaxing.... and promised we would come back next year.The hosts are wonderful. MB....

Anthony Salmon | 10th October 2014 | General Articles
River Teign Estuary from the Teign Crest garden....