Oldaport Farm Cottages

Local Area

South Devon offers many areas of interest:

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There are many various types of beaches from sandy beaches to mixed with sand and rocks that visitors will enjoy exploring, swimming / paddling and relaxing. Some of the popular beaches are:
Wonwell Beach - lies on eastern side of river Erme, Wonwell is the closest beach and is totally unspoilt. Low tide reveals a wide sandy beach where one can ford the river and walk over to Mothercombe. Access is along a narrow lane with limited on road parking. There are no facilities
Bigbury-On-Sea - A sandy beach on western side of River Avon and is ideal for children and has lifeguard coverage with facilities. One can stroll over to Burgh Island up to the ruins of Hewers Hut during low tide. There is a sea tractor to bring you back to inshore if the tide has beaten you!
Bantham Beach - Lies on the eastern side of the Avon estuary. This is a wide sandy beach with sheltered dunes. There are toilets and lifeguards.

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View from South Coastal Footpath
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Ivybridge woods in the autumn

The South Hams offers spectacular walks and views while walking that one can do ranging from walks around the farmland, woods, the South Coastal Footpath and

Dartmoor. We have books on local walks that our guests are welcome to borrow during their stay at Oldaport

Food and Drink:
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There are plenty of pubs and restaurants offering excellent food and drinks in lovely surroundings like the Ship Inn at Noss Mayo with views of the river Yealm estuary. Many establishments are child friendly.

The Royal William Yard in Plymouth has several eating establishments in former historic Grade 1 victualling buildings with stunning views of the Waterfront. The historic Barbican and fishing harbour in Plymouth is well worth a visit. In September, they have a Sea Food Festival.
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Plymouth Sea Food Festival

The Oyster Shack near Bigbury offers delicious locally caught fish dishes in friendly atmosphere while the Lazy Cow cafe in Modbury, offers delicious lunches and home made cakes.
We have a list of local establishments that we offer to our guests when they arrive.

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Yealmpton Show

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Local Events:

There are many local events in the area - some examples are:

Agricultural shows throughout the late spring and summer like the Devon Country Show - a three day show at Westpoint in Exeter in May, Yealmpton Show & Totnes Show, both one day shows in July and finally Kingsbridge Show, another one day show in September.

<-- Camel racing at Kingsbridge Show!

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In Modbury we have a
Modbury Fair which is usually held in early May and runs throughout the week.

One event worth seeing is the August British Firework Championship held over the Plymouth waterfront.
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Above is photographs taken from Jennycliff Bay, Plymouth during the firework championship

For Food Festival and Festival events - www.visitdevon.co.uk will give you an update list of events in Devon.

Country Houses and Gardens:
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The Garden House

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Dartington Hall

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Lukesland Garden.

There are many gardens that are worth visiting like:

  • The Garden House, (Buckland Monachorum, Dartmoor)
  • Greenway (National Trust, where Agatha Christie lived)
  • Buckfast Abbey
  • Saltram House.
  • Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park (you can take the foot ferry from Plymouth to Mount Edgcumbe).
  • Dartington Hall near Totnes.
  • Lukesland Gardens, Ivybridge
  • Overbeck's House & Garden (National Trust)

There are many more examples but the above list gives you an example of where you could visit.
Adventure Parks
Some of the parks that our guests enjoy are:- Pennywell Farm, Woodlands Leisure Park, River Dart Country Park, Crealy Park

Nearby golf courses are Thurlestone Golf Club which runs along the coast of Bigbury Bay with fabulous views of the legendary Thurlestone Rok to the East and the beautiful Avon Estuary and Burgh Island to the West.

Bigbury Golf Club is a very friendly club which offers warm welcome to visitors and offers wonderful views from the course.

Yelverton Golf Club is a moorland course using the old mine workings as natural hazards to challenge golfers of all standards. It offers outstanding views across Dartmoor and Cornwall with Dartmoor ponies and cattle sharing the fairways.

Sailing, Surfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Boat Trips and Sea Angling are available on the River Dart, Salcombe, Beesands, Newton Ferrers and Plymouth

Other Attractions:
  • Paignton Zoo, Paignton
  • Living Coast, Torquay
  • National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth
  • Dartmoor National Park
  • Day trip to the Eden Project
  • Dartington Cider Press, Totnes
  • Quaywest, Torquay
  • South Devon Railway
  • Horse Riding
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth
  • Cycle Hire