Bed and Breakfast at Holbeton, near Plymouth

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The Ivy Barn is situated in the beautiful South Hams District, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideal en-suite B&B holiday accommodation near Dartmoor, also close to the South West Coast Path
With beaches around every corner of South Devon there is lots to explore and enjoy.
Mothecombe beach is situated approximately 2 miles from The Ivy Barn. It is suitable for swimming and surfing. Dogs are only allowed on the beach between October and March. There is a car park and the beach is accessed via a wooded path.

Coastguards Beach is down a paved path from the same car park as Mothecombe Beach. It is an ideal place to kayak and paddle board. Dogs are allowed all year round on this beach and the beach is a fantastic place to take your dog at Low tide. Between High Tides you can walk between the two beaches among the rock pools.

We display the Low Tide times for these beaches in the Breakfast room each morning.

We are pleased to confirm that as from the 1st July 2017 The School House ,which is situated by the car park at Mothecombe and Coastguards beach, will open as a restaurant. This is exciting news for those using the beach or wishing to dine out in the evening.

Bantham Beach is approximately 9 miles away and is a large flat sandy beach ideal for surfing, good rocks for rock pooling, sand dunes and a large car park. Dogs are not allowed on the main beach from 1st May to 30th September.

Bigbury on Sea is 10 miles away where you can visit Burgh Island either walking over the sand at low tide or taking the Sea tractor when the tide is in.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01752 830484 and speak to Nicky and Rik or email us on


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The Local Area

The Ivy Barn is situated in a delightful unspoilt area and is an ideal spot for nature lovers.
The nearby South West Coastal Path offers fantastic sea views and is much loved by walkers, bird watchers, artists and photographers. For information on walking the South West Coast please see

The Dartmoor National Park has a dramatic landscape from the magnificent granite tors to the steep wooded river valleys, heather covered moorland to the tucked away villages and hamlets. If you are seeking tranquility or in contrast the activities of walking, cycling, canoeing, climbing or horse riding then Dartmoor National Park is the place for you.

The City of Plymouth is 9 miles away from The Ivy Barn . Plymouth Hoe is well worth a visit for the dramatic coastline views . Take a walk along the sea front, then sit down and relax with a Devonshire cream tea, lunch or dinner whilst watching the ships sail in.


Travel & Transport

Trains: Ivybridge, British Rail (approx 6 miles)

Taxis: Ivy Bridge Taxis- 01752 892222
Ivy Cabs - 01752 696969
Wembury Cars - 01752 881651

Airport: Exeter Airport (approx 35 miles)
- The Modbury Inn


Holbeton Pubs & Eating Out

Eating Out:
The Mildmay Colours Inn is the traditional village pub in the village offering evening meals from Tuesday to Saturday between 18:00 and 21:00 and Saturday and Sunday lunch between 12 noon and 14:00. Traditional English pub menu with Steak Pies worth the trip alone!The Mildmay Colours Inn Holbeton - 01752 830248
Please check direct with the pub for confirmation of opening and food times:

The Dartmoor Union has now re-opened and has a more modern wine bar type feel. Serving an anglofied Italian menu with food served from 12 noon to 14:30 and 18:00 to 21:30 Monday to Friday 12 noon to 16:00 and 18:00 to 21:30 Saturday and Sunday.

The School House. A new destination Sea Food Restaurant at Mothecombe. Created by the team behind The Beach House at South Milton Sands. This is a very popular venue and it is better to book in advance for evening meals there.

Other local places recommended by us and our guests:
The White Hart Modbury - 01548 831561
The Modbury Inn Modbury - 01548 831230
The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo Noss Mayo - 01752 872387
Rose & Crown Yealmpton - 01752 880223
The Victoria Inn Salcombe Salcombe - 01548 842604

We are expecting The First and Last Bistro at Ermington to reopen at the end of September under new ownership.

Recommended Places to Visit

We have visited the following places since we moved into the Ivy Barn and think they are worth a visit:
The Ivy Barn are proud sponsors of Heat 5 each week at Plymouth Speedway Plymouth Speedway

DZP The REAL We Bought A Zoo, zoo!
Widecombe in the Moor
Plymouth Hoe




If you like walking then this is the place for you as there are walks to appeal to every level. The Coastal Path is beautiful all year round. Unlike many places we do not have a minimum number of nights stay as we appreciate walkers may stay for one night before carrying on with the Coastal walk the next day. Alternatively you may wish to stay at The Ivy Barn longer and explore the area returning to the bed and breakfast in the evening.There is a local taxi company in the village if you are walking the South West Coast Path and are unable to cross the River Erme due to the tide times who will take you around the River Erme to Wonwell Beach or pick you up from there. Advance booking is advised.

A great tip for those walking from Plymouth. There is a fabulous cafe at The Yacht Haven Quay PL9 7HJ Plymouth. It is in the Boat yard. You can find them on Facebook under The Mess Room @ yacht Haven Quay.

Further heading away from Plymouth once you reach Mothecombe Beach as from 1st July The School House restaurant will be open. A great place to stop off before reaching The Ivy Barn.

The Dartmoor National Park is a 30 minute drive away where there are plenty of beautiful areas to explore and lovely villages with quaint village pubs or tea rooms.

We provide a walkers lunch if ordered in advance should you become peckish on your walk.

The River Erme at Coastguards Beach is a popular destination for paddle boarders and kayakers. Reactive Watersports at Plymouth can be seen regularly at the River Erme. Contact them direct for further information.
Paddle Boarding is also popular at Bigbury Beach.Discovery Surf School is popular with locals and tourists. Contact Discovery Surf School for more information. The surf school sometimes has yoga sessions before a paddle board session as this helps with the muscles you use whilst paddle boarding.

Surfing is popular at Mothecombe Beach and Bigbury Beach.


Our three closest golf course are:
Bigbury: 01548 810557 or 810412
The Boringdon Park Golf Club : 01752 339113
Thurlestone: 01548 560405


Enjoy the challenge of the South Devon Hills along the Coastal Path or in The Dartmoor National Park

Contacts for cycle hire, advice and routes:
Dartmoor Electrical bicycles 01364 631292/07980632158
Alltraz' Cycle Scene: 01752 863553
Devon Cycle Hire: 01837 861141

Dartmoor Zoological Park:(the real zoo behind "We Bought a Zoo") DZP
Dartmoor Safaris:

The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth:

Paignton Zoo:

Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboarding Centre Plymouth PL6 8LW- 01752 600220

Plymouth Ice Skating Rink Plymouth PL1 3LF- 0845 1461460

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