Places to VisitThere are no end of picturesque villages and quaint fishing towns to visit in the area. There are also historic buildings, nature reserves and bustling towns with superb art galleries, cafes and restaurants. The following are just a few ideas to whet your appetite.
Berry Head National Nature Reserve
Berry Head National Nature Reserve is an internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and history and with recently-restored Napoleonic War fortifications. Enjoy stunning views, visit the Visitor Centre and cafe or walk the ramparts of this spectacular coastline. It's also a good site for serious rock climbing and kayaking.
A picturesque town which is popular with holidaymakers and locals alike, Salcome has a quaint array of shops and boutiques as well as some great restaurants and two beaches. Walk the coastal footpath, take a short ferry ride or enjoy sailing in the estuary at Salcome.
A captivating destination, visitors to Dartmouth experience winding Elizabethan streets with independent shops, art galleries and a bustling market and Enjoy gourmet restaurants, bistros, bars and cosy cafes. Children love crabbing on the waterfront during the Summer months and you can sail, fish, or explore by boat. There is a ferry which takes you to Dartmouth from Totnes Steamer quay - a fun way to start your day out.
Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy
Sharpham vineyeard can be reached directly from the house by walking a beautiful 3 mile footpath through open countryside, which overlooks the spectacular Dart Valley. A working vineyard and cheese dairy, visitors may go on guided tours around the estate followed by wine and cheese tasting.
Start Point Lighthouse
Situated on one of the most rugged and exposed peninsulas in the English Channel, Start Point lighthouse has shone for over 170 years. There are some fantastic coastal paths around the coast leading to the lighthouse and this is a truly spectacular location to visit.
Life in the busy fishing town of Brixham has always centred around the harbour, where yachts, trawlers and day-boats jostle for space. The fishing industry here is thriving and there are many restaurants in town where you can sample the catch of the day. Visit the world-famous Brixham Fish Market or enjoy a cruise on a heritage trawler across the bay, taking in the stunning coastline. Children of all ages enjoy Brixham's hearty 'Pirate Days'.
Haldon Forest Park
Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just half an hour from the house. There is a visitor center and mountain bike rental available on site.
The Exe Esturay is a huge sweep of grazing marsh on the banks of the Exe, bounded by city and sea. The Exe Estuary nature reserve is two areas of coastal grazing marsh that are on opposite sides of the river, not far from Exeter. Thousands of birds and other wildlife live in or migrate through the area, which is protected by the RSPB, every year.
A small tidal island near the quaint village of Bigbury on Sea, Burgh Island can be reached by foot at low tide. At high tide visitors enjoy riding the sea tractor across the sandbar to reach the island, which is famous for its historic, art deco style hotel. Take a short stroll around the island or walk to the top where you will find the remains of the former chapel.
Becky Falls Woodland Park
As well as being voted Devon's Top Beauty Spot, Becky Falls was chosen as one of the World Wildlife Fund's Amazing Family Days Out. Choose the Blue Trail for Children's Letterboxing activity (with a small prize for every child), the Red Trail for a more challenging walk or visit the Main Falls and try the Purple Trail and Lower Falls for a real sense of adventure!
Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village
Managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority, this isolated Dartmoor Hamlet was probably abandoned in the early 15th century. View the remains of four 13th century stone farmsteads, on land originally farmed in the Bronze Age.
Greenway - National Trust
Greenway, the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie, gives you an extrodanary glimpse into the life of this famous author. Managed by the National Trust, visitors can tour the property or walk through the gardens and woodland, leading down to the sparkling Dart estuary.