THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
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.
Holbeton village and the surrounding area and beaches were settings for the films Sense and Sensibility, Rebecca, International Velvet and more recently My Cousin Rachel and the series Hornblower and the BBC TV series The Coroner. f you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01752 830484 and speak to Nicky and Rik or email us on [email protected]
THINGS TO DO
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 www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk
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:
HOLBETON PUBS AND EATING OUT
The Dartmoor Union has a modern wine bar type feel. They have a traditional pub menu. Guests love the pizza's. 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.
Our guests have recommended the following places to eat outside 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 Swan Inn Noss Mayo - 01752 873115 Dog friendly. Kitchen closed Sunday evening Monday and Tuesday
The Ship Inn Noss Mayo - 01752 872387
Rose & Crown Yealmpton - 01752 880223
The Victoria Inn Salcombe - 01548 842604
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.
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 www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/
STAND UP BOARDING/PADDLE BOARDING AND KAYAKING
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 www.electricalbicyles.co.uk
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.
THEME PARKS AND ADVENTURES
Dartmoor Zoological Park:(the real zoo behind "We Bought a Zoo") DZP
Dartmoor Safaris: www.dartmoorsafaris.co.uk
The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth: www.national-aquarium.co.uk
Paignton Zoo: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboarding Centre Plymouth PL6 8LW- 01752 600220
Plymouth Ice Skating Rink Plymouth PL1 3LF- 0845 1461460
PLACES TO VISIT
DZP The REAL We Bought A Zoo, zoo!
Widecombe in the Moor
WHAT'S ON IN THE AREA
Holbefest: Fun and Music for the family
Next year's date to be confirmed
Holbeton Film Club: The Victoria Inn
Friday 9th August The Greatest Showman (PG)
Saturday 7th September
Fisherman’s Friends (12A)
Friday 11th October
Green Book (12A)
Saturday 9th November
Mary Queen of Scots (15)
Friday 13th December
Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
The Holbeton Player's pantomime will be Cinderella
Thursday 6th Friday 7th, Saturday 8th February 2020
Other dates for Holbeton:
Saturday 3rd August Holbeton's 90th Annual Garden Society Show
Friday 9th August Holbeton Film Club at The Village Hall The Greatest Showman (PG)
Saturday 7th September Cream Teas at Battisborough House
Friday 27th September Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Saturday 7th December Quiz for the Bell Restoration Project
Thursday 6th Friday 7th, Saturday 8th February 2020 Cinderella
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