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.

The Famous School House Restaurant sits in the car park for the beaches.

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



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.

Plymouth has an interesting and extensive history, and there are many sites to visit including the site where the Plymouth Fathers departed for the New World in 1620 in the Mayflower.
Plymouth has a number of Marina's with incredible views, some of which, such as the Barbican area offer a variety of eating places with a cosmopolitan café culture. The Barbican is also the home to The National Marine Aquarium.
Plymouth is an area of arts and culture with the popular Theatre Royal Plymouth and the city also hosts a number of exhibitions and events. The city is home to Beryl Cook, the artist whose work featured comical images of people whom she encountered in her everyday life and the infamous painter Robert Lenkiewicz whose work still exists on the walls of buildings within The Barbican.
Some interesting facts about Plymouth:

  • Plymouth Original Strength Gin has been distilled at England’s oldest working distillery, Black Friars on Plymouth’s historic Barbican since 1793. Why not take a visit to the Gin Distillery.
  • The original Eddystone Lighthouse (1698 - 1703) was the first offshore lighthouse in the world and constructed of wood. The third Eddystone Lighthouse (Smeaton's Tower) was re-erected on Plymouth Hoe in 1882 and is worth a visit. The fourth Eddystone Lighthouse is still in use and can be seen with the naked eye on a clear day whilst walking along the Coastal Path towards Noss Mayo.
  • Captain Cook left Plymouth on the Endeavour in 1768 on his first voyage.
  • Napoleon left Plymouth on the Bellepheron in 1815 on his way to exile in St. Helena.


    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 Sunday between 18:00 and 21:00 and Saturday and Sunday lunch between 12 noon and 14:00. The Pub changed hands in October 2017 and the new chef is producing some exciting new menus.
    Please check direct with the pub for confirmation of opening and food times and for bookings: 01752 830248

    The Dartmoor Union has a more modern wine bar type feel. Serving a new menu of traditional pub food 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. Please check direct with the pub for confirmation of opening and food times and for bookings: 01752 830346

    The School House is a 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. Check their opening times by calling direct on 01752 830522.

    For legal reasons we are unable to provide recommendations but detailed below is a list of other places to eat outside of the village:
    The White Hart Modbury - 01548 831561 Not open on Mondays.
    The Modbury Inn Modbury - 01548 831230
    The First and Last Bistro Ermington- 01548 830671 Not open on Monday or Tuesday.
    The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo Noss Mayo - 01752 872387
    Rose & Crown Yealmpton - 01752 880223
    The Victoria Inn Salcombe Salcombe - 01548 842604




    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 (other than the busy seasonal period) 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. As you may not be able to cross the River Erme due to the low tide times we offer a pick up and drop off service at Mothecombe Beach and across the Erme at Wonwell Beach. Advance booking is required and we would ask that you do this when booking the accommodation.

    A great tip for those walking from Plymouth - there is a fabulous cafe at The Yacht Haven Quay PL9 7HJ Plymouth. You can find out more about the café on their Facebook page under The Mess Room @ yacht Haven Quay.

    Further, heading away from Plymouth once you reach Mothecombe Beach there is the café/restaurant called The School House at the top of the hill. A great place to stop off for a break 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.

    For further information about the Coastal Path

    For legal reasons we can not provide any recommendations but provide a list of contacts below.

    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.

    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

    Why not try guided Alpaca and Llamas on Dartmoor. Walks are all year round subject to weather. Walks do need to be booked in advance.
    Llama Walks

    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

    CLICK HERE for Fitzworthy Equestrian Centre



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

    Places to Visit

    We have visited the following places since we moved into the Ivy Barn and you may also be interested in visiting these places:
    DZP The REAL We Bought A Zoo, zoo!
    Widecombe in the Moor
    Plymouth Hoe

    The Ivy Barn are proud sponsors of Heat 5 each week at Plymouth Speedway Plymouth Speedway

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