Bed and Breakfast at Holbeton, near Plymouth


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The Ivy Barn is nestled in beautiful South Hams, 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.

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]


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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.




    Eating Out:

    The Mildmay Colours opposite the Ivy Barn Bed and Breakfast is now open again serving Devon real ale. It has a lovely wood burner and is dog friendly.

    The Dartmoor Union is currently closed.

    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 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




    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. The Ivy Barn is a great place to stay if you are exploring the South West Coast Path. We have had many guests who use the Ivy Barn as a base and have explored different parts of the path during the day and returning back to the bed and breakfast for a comfortable nights stay. There are a number of local taxi companies who can take you around the River Erme if the tide times do not correspond with your walk.

    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

    [email protected]


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


    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


    Holbeton Film Club: The Victoria Inn

    Holbeton Players:
    The Holbeton Player's will be performing Midsummer's Night Dream for Mayflower400

    Other dates for Holbeton:

    Saturday 14th March Downton Abbey,film at the Village Hall
    Thursday 26th March. Mildmay Colours monthly quiz
    Sunday 29th March. Open garden at Mothecombe House
    Thursday 16th April. Mildmay Colours charity quiz for Alzheimers
    Friday 17th April Once upon a time Hollywood, Film at The Village Hall
    Sunday 19th April. Open garden at Mothecombe House
    Saturday 9th May Yesterday, film at the Village Hall
    Friday 12th June Official Secrets, film at the Village Hall
    Sunday 21st June. South Hams singers concert at Mothecombe House
    Saturday 1st August. Holbeton Flower Show

    HOLBETON HARRIERS RUN Every Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 9.00am.
    Thursday 9.15am Couch to 5k. Meet outside the Mildmay Colours Pub.
    YEALM ROULEURS CYCLING GROUP meet every Saturday Yealmpton Post Office 8am.

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