The RegionTotnes, South Hams, Devon, Dartmouth, Paignton, Kingsbridge
The Local Area
These are just a few of the local attractions and beautiful sights you can enjoy during your stay. We’d be happy to help you plan your excursions or sporting or cultural activities.
- Totnes, with its colourful alternative lifestyle, has been voted by travel writers as “one of the world’s most funky towns”. Visitors are always charmed by its warm and friendly atmosphere. The unique shops, the varied restaurants and pubs, the bustling Friday and Saturday markets – not to mention the castle – all add to a town that has something for everyone.
- The steamer trip from Totnes to Dartmouth is a must. Cruise down the beautiful River Dart with a unique vantage point. Visit the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company website for details.
- Wander the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall, which hosts many festivals and events including the famous literary festival ‘Ways with Words’. You can also pay a visit to Dartington Cider Press and shop for luxury glassware – among may other goods – at special factory prices.
- For those with a taste for viniculture, the world famous Sharpham Vineyard is only 2 miles away. There you can enjoy a delicious meal in the Sharpham Cafe in the most breathtaking surroundings, as well as a tour of the award-winning cheese and wine making facilities.
- Dartmouth, perhaps the “Jewel of the South Hams” is only 30 minutes away by car. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets and admire the many historic buildings, home to the numerous boutiques, art galleries and renowned restaurants. Dartmouth’s beautiful waterfront is alive with activity and always has something to see. From the harbour you can take a ferry up the Dart to Greenway (Agatha Christie’s home) and the charming village of Dittisham.
- Dartmoor National Park is just 20 minutes away. For walks on the moor, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh or Holne are excellent starting points. Highlights include Widdicombe, where the famous fair is held every year in September. If you’re up to it, climb Haytor and reward yourself with a drink or lunch at The Rugglestone Inn or The Rock Inn.
- The South West Coastal Path National Trail includes some of the most beautiful walks in the country. Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beauty spot, or to embark on the challenge of a long-distance hike, these walks have everything.
- We’re fortunate to have two steam trains nearby. Experience the Round Robin between Kingswear, Paignton and Totnes or go between Totnes and Buckfastleigh via Staverton.
- Buckfast Abbey: The country’s most famous working Benedictine Monastery.
- If all this isn’t enough…30 minutes will take you over the Tamar Bridge in to Cornwall.
There are many beautiful beaches within easy reach of Harbertonford, here are just a select few: Blackpool Sands is set in a lovely sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, not to mention its award winning Venus Café. Slapton Sands is a beautiful pebble beach with an accessible car park. Just behind the beach, Slapton Ley Nature reserve justifiably attracts visitors from all over the world. Bantham Beach is hugely picturesque and looks out to Burgh Island with its iconic Art Deco hotel that has played host to the likes of Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, and the Beatles. Access to the island is from Bigbury-on-Sea across the River Avon. At low tide you can walk out to the quaint Pilchard Inn on the island; if the tide is up there is an exciting ride to be had on the sea tractor to or from the island. All these beaches are approx 25 minutes drive away.
For the sporty amongst you there are numerous golf courses within easy reach of The Old Parsonage, including Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, Dainton Park, Stover Golf Club and Churston Golf Club. Sailing, fishing, clay pidgeon shooting and horse riding are widely available.
These are just a sample of the attractions the area has to offer. We’ll be happy to help you plan your excursions or sporting activities – when you’re not relaxing in the surroundings of your very own home in Devon.