Places of interest, things do during your stay and restaurants & cafes

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Places of interest, things do during your stay and restaurants & cafes

Outdoor activities
Family activity centre in the Tamar Valley. Try your hand at tree surfing, mountain biking, archery or canoeing. Cafe on site. You will need to book activities prior to arrival. Activities are suitable for children 6 years and over.
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Tamar Trails Centre
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Visit and feed the donkeys and other animals. Indoor soft play area with adjoining cafe.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park
Visit and feed the donkeys and other animals. Indoor soft play area with adjoining cafe.
A great theme park for families with children of all ages.
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Crealy Theme Park & Resort
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A great theme park for families with children of all ages.
About a 45 minute drive. Easy for parking and no narrow lanes to access. Recommend you head to left side of the beach towards Downderry for a peaceful spot and best for rock pooling at low tide. Spacious sandy beach, perfect for sand castles, some beautiful pink flat pebbles at the top of the shoreline. RNLI lifeguards are present at this beach and the waters have calm currents.
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Seaton Beach
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About a 45 minute drive. Easy for parking and no narrow lanes to access. Recommend you head to left side of the beach towards Downderry for a peaceful spot and best for rock pooling at low tide. Spacious sandy beach, perfect for sand castles, some beautiful pink flat pebbles at the top of the shoreline. RNLI lifeguards are present at this beach and the waters have calm currents.
There is limited parking at Yellowmead. A flat ten minute walk to this stunning quarry which is a favourite for Royal Marines training and other rock climbing enthusiasts. You can walk around the basin of the quarry and a steep path takes you up to the top of the quarry for some fantastic views across Dartmoor.
Foggintor Quarry
There is limited parking at Yellowmead. A flat ten minute walk to this stunning quarry which is a favourite for Royal Marines training and other rock climbing enthusiasts. You can walk around the basin of the quarry and a steep path takes you up to the top of the quarry for some fantastic views across Dartmoor.
A fabulous circular flat walk (around an hour at a slower pace). See Dartmoor ponies and sheep around the reservoir. There is a visitors centre, please check their website for opening times. Often an ice cream van parked up too.
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Burrator Reservoir
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A fabulous circular flat walk (around an hour at a slower pace). See Dartmoor ponies and sheep around the reservoir. There is a visitors centre, please check their website for opening times. Often an ice cream van parked up too.
Around 10 minutes drive from Tavistock. Easy to park. Stunning views across Dartmoor.
Cox Tor
Around 10 minutes drive from Tavistock. Easy to park. Stunning views across Dartmoor.
A lovely bustling fishing harbour. Plenty of cafes, shops and a beach. Visit the RNLI station for a friendly welcome from the volunteers.
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Looe
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A lovely bustling fishing harbour. Plenty of cafes, shops and a beach. Visit the RNLI station for a friendly welcome from the volunteers.
Around an hours drive. Visit this beautiful upmarket town. Some great restaurants and cafes. Take the boat (around 5 minutes) across to East Portlemouth Beach (Sandy) with a small cafe and toilets. Don’t forget your bucket and spades.
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Salcombe
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Around an hours drive. Visit this beautiful upmarket town. Some great restaurants and cafes. Take the boat (around 5 minutes) across to East Portlemouth Beach (Sandy) with a small cafe and toilets. Don’t forget your bucket and spades.
Beautiful beach. Take the tractor ride over to Burgh Island at low tide. Please check the tide times as beach space can be limited at high tide.
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Bigbury Beach
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Beautiful beach. Take the tractor ride over to Burgh Island at low tide. Please check the tide times as beach space can be limited at high tide.
Sandy beach accessed by a narrow lane (around 2 miles from main road). There is a surf school and kayak rentals.
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Bantham Beach
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Sandy beach accessed by a narrow lane (around 2 miles from main road). There is a surf school and kayak rentals.
Morwellham quay is about 10 minutes drive away. Once a thriving copper mine. It has a visitors centre and a great pub, The Ship Inn.
Morwellham
Morwellham quay is about 10 minutes drive away. Once a thriving copper mine. It has a visitors centre and a great pub, The Ship Inn.
The zoo that inspired the Hollywood film “We Bought a Zoo”. See tigers, lions, cheetah, Jaguar, lynx, wolves, tapir, meerkats, monkeys and a huge array of bugs and reptiles. A little tired in places but still a great family day out.
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Dartmoor Zoo
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The zoo that inspired the Hollywood film “We Bought a Zoo”. See tigers, lions, cheetah, Jaguar, lynx, wolves, tapir, meerkats, monkeys and a huge array of bugs and reptiles. A little tired in places but still a great family day out.
A great place to visit in conjunction with Looe town or Seaton beach. Home to over 40 monkeys. An active rescue centre many from the pet trade which still exists in the UK. Set in a glorious coastal location. There is a tea room and gift shop Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. See website as they seasonal opening dates. A very reasonably priced day out for the whole family. £9.50 for adults and £5 for children aged 4-15.
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The Monkey Sanctuary
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A great place to visit in conjunction with Looe town or Seaton beach. Home to over 40 monkeys. An active rescue centre many from the pet trade which still exists in the UK. Set in a glorious coastal location. There is a tea room and gift shop Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. See website as they seasonal opening dates. A very reasonably priced day out for the whole family. £9.50 for adults and £5 for children aged 4-15.
Explore the beauty and tranquility of Lopwell Dam, around 10 mins walk from the house. A steep walk there downhill and what feels like a steeper walk back up. The ground is uneven (rocky) under foot and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Time is right (low tide) and you can walk across on the footpath by the Dam, where you’ll find a seasonal cafe on the other side. Kayaks can be hired (advance booking) here. Great for some wild swimming as it is low current and sheltered spot. Please exercise caution with young children as this is a tidal area.
Lopwell Dam
Explore the beauty and tranquility of Lopwell Dam, around 10 mins walk from the house. A steep walk there downhill and what feels like a steeper walk back up. The ground is uneven (rocky) under foot and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Time is right (low tide) and you can walk across on the footpath by the Dam, where you’ll find a seasonal cafe on the other side. Kayaks can be hired (advance booking) here. Great for some wild swimming as it is low current and sheltered spot. Please exercise caution with young children as this is a tidal area.
This is a highly impressive restored Art Deco building and pool. The pool is filled with purified salt water and gives a dramatic view across the Plymouth Sound. Swim and watch the ships and pleasure craft sale past. Please note you need to pre-book sessions well in advance and this has seasonal opening times.
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Tinside Lido
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This is a highly impressive restored Art Deco building and pool. The pool is filled with purified salt water and gives a dramatic view across the Plymouth Sound. Swim and watch the ships and pleasure craft sale past. Please note you need to pre-book sessions well in advance and this has seasonal opening times.
An open air pool on Dartmoor suitable for the whole family. There’s a cafe on site and parking is available. Booking is essential. Chagford is a beautiful old town, bustling with independent shops and mouth watering delicatessens.
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Chagford Pool
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An open air pool on Dartmoor suitable for the whole family. There’s a cafe on site and parking is available. Booking is essential. Chagford is a beautiful old town, bustling with independent shops and mouth watering delicatessens.
For the committed and fearless wild swimmers, this natural pool in the heart of Dartmoor National Park is a local gem. Some 100m in length it is incredibly deep. There are many local legends and fables that form this history of this pool. The best place to park at the far end of Burrator reservoir and walk up to the pool (around 15 mins walk). Don’t forget to pack your towels and warm clothes as the water temperature is bracing!
Crazy Well Pool
For the committed and fearless wild swimmers, this natural pool in the heart of Dartmoor National Park is a local gem. Some 100m in length it is incredibly deep. There are many local legends and fables that form this history of this pool. The best place to park at the far end of Burrator reservoir and walk up to the pool (around 15 mins walk). Don’t forget to pack your towels and warm clothes as the water temperature is bracing!
One of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. Just under an hours drive from Collytown. Please note there are strong currents along this shoreline and rip currents can be prevalent here. Surf boards and wetsuits can be hired from a local company at the beach. Booking is essential.
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Bude
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One of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. Just under an hours drive from Collytown. Please note there are strong currents along this shoreline and rip currents can be prevalent here. Surf boards and wetsuits can be hired from a local company at the beach. Booking is essential.
Newquay is favoured by young travellers and backpackers but has a huge amount to offer people of all ages. It is just over an hours drive from Collytown and has a dual carriageway (a novelty in these parts) for the last half of the journey. We recommend you check out Little Fistral beach to the right hand side of Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa (they do a fantastic afternoon tea). It is much quieter and is more sheltered. Newquay harbour has some great fish restaurants or you can try out Rick Stein’s fish and chip restaurant on Fistral Beach. Parking is limited in Newquay so we recommend you head out early. We tend to park along the lane that borders the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, it’s a Pay & Display.
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Fistral Beach
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Newquay is favoured by young travellers and backpackers but has a huge amount to offer people of all ages. It is just over an hours drive from Collytown and has a dual carriageway (a novelty in these parts) for the last half of the journey. We recommend you check out Little Fistral beach to the right hand side of Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa (they do a fantastic afternoon tea). It is much quieter and is more sheltered. Newquay harbour has some great fish restaurants or you can try out Rick Stein’s fish and chip restaurant on Fistral Beach. Parking is limited in Newquay so we recommend you head out early. We tend to park along the lane that borders the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa, it’s a Pay & Display.
Sightseeing
National Trust. Visit the home of Sir Francis Drake.
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Buckland Abbey
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National Trust. Visit the home of Sir Francis Drake.
National Trust. Beautiful house and Gardens. Wander down to the mill for some interactive activities for the whole family.
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Cotehele House
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National Trust. Beautiful house and Gardens. Wander down to the mill for some interactive activities for the whole family.
Climb to the top of this historic landmark with stunning views across the Plymouth Sound and Hoe.
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Smeaton's Tower
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Climb to the top of this historic landmark with stunning views across the Plymouth Sound and Hoe.
Please check their website as the house and gardens have a limited opening season.
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National Trust Antony
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Please check their website as the house and gardens have a limited opening season.
National Trust property.
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National Trust - Saltram
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National Trust property.
Visit this infamous prison and it’s museum. You can pick up some great ales from the Dartmoor Brewery close by.
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Dartmoor Prison Museum
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Visit this infamous prison and it’s museum. You can pick up some great ales from the Dartmoor Brewery close by.
The UK’s largest aquarium. A great day out for all the family. Parking is available in a nearby multi-storey car park. Visit the marina for a number of restaurants, cafes and shops.
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National Marine Aquarium
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The UK’s largest aquarium. A great day out for all the family. Parking is available in a nearby multi-storey car park. Visit the marina for a number of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Take a trip down to Weir Quay. There’s a new cafe at the boat yard which is open 10am until 4pm
Weir Quay
Take a trip down to Weir Quay. There’s a new cafe at the boat yard which is open 10am until 4pm
Around an hours drive from Collytown. Located in an old china clay pit, a complex of adjoining domes emulate natural biomes, housing thousands of plant species. The larger of the two biomes boasts the largest simulated rainforest in the world. There are also outside botanical gardens with many plants and wildlife that thrive in our South West English micro-climate. Check the website for seasonal opening times. Please note they are only operating a pre-booked ticket system.
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Eden Project
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Around an hours drive from Collytown. Located in an old china clay pit, a complex of adjoining domes emulate natural biomes, housing thousands of plant species. The larger of the two biomes boasts the largest simulated rainforest in the world. There are also outside botanical gardens with many plants and wildlife that thrive in our South West English micro-climate. Check the website for seasonal opening times. Please note they are only operating a pre-booked ticket system.
Food scene
Our local market town is around 6 miles away. Visit the indoor market for some lovely local crafts and gifts. Lots of delicatessens and a fabulous Cheese shop (next to the indoor market). The Bedford Hotel does a great cream tea!
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Tavistock
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Our local market town is around 6 miles away. Visit the indoor market for some lovely local crafts and gifts. Lots of delicatessens and a fabulous Cheese shop (next to the indoor market). The Bedford Hotel does a great cream tea!
Pub dates back to the 1500’s. Great menu and family friendly. Open Monday - Thursday 12-3pm and 6-10pm. Friday and Saturday 12pm-11pm. Sunday 12pm-10:30pm
The Who'd Have Thought It Inn
Pub dates back to the 1500’s. Great menu and family friendly. Open Monday - Thursday 12-3pm and 6-10pm. Friday and Saturday 12pm-11pm. Sunday 12pm-10:30pm
Our local pub, in Bere Ferrers at the waters edge. Take away food is available, please check details for eating in as this has been subject to change during Covid. 01822 840358
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The Olde Plough Inn
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Our local pub, in Bere Ferrers at the waters edge. Take away food is available, please check details for eating in as this has been subject to change during Covid. 01822 840358
Fish & Chips and lots more to take away. In Bere Alston, 5 mins drive away. We recommend phoning to place your order from the menu above, as it can get quite busy.
Tap Hill Takeaway
7 Station Road
Fish & Chips and lots more to take away. In Bere Alston, 5 mins drive away. We recommend phoning to place your order from the menu above, as it can get quite busy.
The Yard Cafe is open for cream teas Wed-Sun 10am - 4pm. They serve bacon butties on a Saturday 10am-4pm.
Weir Quay Boatyard
The Yard Cafe is open for cream teas Wed-Sun 10am - 4pm. They serve bacon butties on a Saturday 10am-4pm.
Cafe in Bere Alston which is also a restaurant in the evenings. Family friendly. They offer a take-away service too. Steak Night is on a Wednesday £20 for dinner for 2 people inclusive of a small glass of wine each. Booking advised on 01957 701144 Open: wed-sat 11:30am - 4pm & 6pm - 10pm Sunday 11:30pm - 4pm
The Voting Tree
Cafe in Bere Alston which is also a restaurant in the evenings. Family friendly. They offer a take-away service too. Steak Night is on a Wednesday £20 for dinner for 2 people inclusive of a small glass of wine each. Booking advised on 01957 701144 Open: wed-sat 11:30am - 4pm & 6pm - 10pm Sunday 11:30pm - 4pm
Fine dining. 2 AA Rosettes. An award winning restaurant within a romantic Country House hotel, with a lovely view. Approximately 4 miles away. Children are welcome but it maybe more of an adult’s treat. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to arrange childcare for the evening. Opening times: Lunch: 12 - 2pm Afternoon tea: 2:30pm - 5pm Dinner: 6pm - 9pm Booking advised: 01822 832528
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The Horn of Plenty
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Fine dining. 2 AA Rosettes. An award winning restaurant within a romantic Country House hotel, with a lovely view. Approximately 4 miles away. Children are welcome but it maybe more of an adult’s treat. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to arrange childcare for the evening. Opening times: Lunch: 12 - 2pm Afternoon tea: 2:30pm - 5pm Dinner: 6pm - 9pm Booking advised: 01822 832528