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Beautiful places to stay in Devon by the sea

Slapton Sands and Slapton Ley Nature Reserve in South Devon - plays to stay in Devon
Slapton Sands

If you are looking for a holiday cottage by the coast we have some location suggestions to help narrow your search. Here are some of the most beautiful places to stay in Devon by the sea.

Holiday in Dartmouth

Holiday Cottages in Dartmouth & Kingswear
The Boatfloat in Dartmouth

Historic Dartmouth is the ideal place to stay in Devon if you enjoy coastal walks, boat trips and unspoilt beaches.

Join the South West Coast Path at Dartmouth Castle and take a meandering walk along cliffs and past secluded coves towards the charming villages of Stoke Fleming and Strete. You’re bound to be tempted to dip a toe or more at one of the beaches along the way.

There are also plenty of things to do in Dartmouth itself, including dog-friendly pubs and restaurants. Children will love the playground at Coronation Park, crabbing from the Embankment and a ride on Dartmouth Steam Railway. Alternatively, take a boat trip to Agatha Christie’s Greenway, pretty Dittisham or Totnes. Or hire some paddle boards or kayaks to explore the river yourself.

Dartmouth is also perfect for a couple’s getaway. Explore the Tudor streets, independent shops and stalls in Dartmouth Old Market. 

Stay a while and use Dartmouth as your base for exploring the Medieval market town of Totnes and other places within easy reach of the South Hams area of outstanding natural beauty. 

And if you need any more reason to holiday in Dartmouth check out these intriguing facts about the town.

Take a look at our range of Dartmouth holiday cottages in town. Many come with parking included.

Holiday in Kingswear 

Holiday Cottages in South Devon

On the opposite side of the River Dart is the village of Kingswear with its pastel coloured houses climbing up the valley to give them an incredible river view.

Kingswear is connected to Dartmouth by passenger and car ferries. It’s also a short drive from the fishing town of Brixham and the English Riviera holiday resorts of Paignton and Torquay. This makes it a great place to stay in Devon if you want a mix of bustling seaside fun and quiet river life.

Take a trip to Paignton by steam train from Kingswear Station and you’ll travel along one of England’s most stunning railway lines. You can also walk the South West Coast Path to the Coleton Fishacre National Trust property and, if you really enjoy a hike, Berry Head Nature Reserve.

Kingswear has a village store, cafe and two pubs to choose from. And of course, it’s just a short ferry ride to Dartmouth where you’ll find independent shops to browse and numerous restaurants serving local produce.

If we’ve whetted your appetite for a stay in Kingswear, here are some Devon holiday cottages to explore.

Holiday in Stoke Fleming

Holiday Cottages in Stoke Fleming & Strete
Blackpool Sands

Picturesque Stoke Fleming is a short drive from Dartmouth. It is one of the best places to stay in Devon if you want to base yourself in a quiet village while also being close to the coast.

It has a small shop, pub and restaurant, and the Blue Flag beach Blackpool Sands is a short walk away. Here you’ll also find the Venus cafe. This is open all year round. There is also water sports hire in the summer.

Continue South and you’ll come to Slapton Sands – a three mile long stretch of shingle beach that runs from Strete Gate and along the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve to Torcross. Slapton is another of South Devon’s best beaches and has plenty of space to spend a day by the sea even in the summer holidays. If you enjoy water sports, this is one of the best places to try windsurfing in South Devon.

Slapton Ley is an ideal spot for bird watching in Devon. A variety of migrating birds and waterfowl pass through this freshwater Site of Special Scientific Interest each year.

Torcross, at the far end of Slapton Sands, has lots of places to reward yourself with fish and chips or a Devon cream tea after a coast walk. 

If this sounds like your ideal place to stay in Devon take a look at these holiday cottages in Stoke Fleming.

If you need more help picking the best location for your holiday in South Devon then get in touch. As an independent Dartmouth-based cottage company we are experts in the very best places stay in Devon.

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