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We truly believe that you will not find more beautiful and diverse countryside anywhere in England than that found in South Devon.

Coast
We have a stunning selection of beaches within walking and driving distance. If you are looking for challenging coastal path walks to secluded picnic spots, or buckets and spades beaches with safe rock pools for kids, or surf shacks and big waves, you will find the perfect beach for you within easy reach of Swallows' Flight.

Countryside
We are surrounded by green fields and the softly rolling hills that Devon is known for. Slapton Ley nature reserve is 40 minutes walk or five minutes drive from us, offering great bird-watching opportunities for the enthusiast and duck feeding at close range for the children. Forty minutes drive away is Dartmoor which is well worth a visit for walks amidst rugged scenery, granite rock formations and wild ponies.

Towns
Kingsbridge is a picturesque town with convenient food shopping. A newly built pontoon offers ferry trips around the estuary and a great place for crabbing with lines and a little bacon for bait! How's about a spot of stand up paddle boarding or relaxing with a drink at the Crabshell Inn…?

Dartmouth is an historic town and home to the Royal Navy, with maritime links dating back to the middle ages. Today it houses a super smart marina (great for boat watching!) and a myriad of eateries from the Michelin-starred to the much loved fish & chip restaurants. Set in a stunning position on mouth of the river Dart, it has a fantastic regatta weekend every August.

Salcombe is a trendy seaside resort town home to famous fashion brands such as Jack Wills, Fat Face, Quba Sail and White Stuff who all began life, and still retail, there in the tiny high street. For white sand beaches, people watching, smart hotels and restaurants, and the best ice cream in the world found at Salcombe Dairy, Salcombe is the place to visit.

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As well as owning large swathes of the South Devon coastline the National Trust also look after a number of interesting historical venues.

Greenway House is the former holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.

If you fancy discovering a hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and eclectic collections then head to Salcombe and the Overbecks estate.

Coleton Fishacre is a 1920s country retreat previously owned by the D’Oyly Carte family. Wander round the RHS accredited gardens and arts and crafts style house.

The South Hams is a special place with some 2/3 of the area designated as either National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 60 miles of stunning coastline, estuaries and countryside.

You can find out much more about this unique place on the South Devon AONB website including a great range of walks and trails for you to explore.

English Heritage look after three wonderful historic venues in South Devon:

Dartmouth Castle is a beautifully located fortresses on the edge of the river Dart. For over 600 years this castle has guarded the Dart Estuary and the port of Dartmouth.

Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin found tucked away in a steep wooded valley.

Totnes Castle is a classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving views across the town to the River Dart.

EXPLORE THE SOUTH DEVON COUNTRYSIDE
GLORIOUS SOUTH DEVON

Set inland, Totnes is a vibrant market town with an eclectic selection of shops and restaurants voted as one of the British Airways world's top ten funkiest towns. With an ancient butterwalk and castle, and an alternative approach to retailing (townspeople recently voted against Costa coffee opening there as it was deemed too corporate!) the high street is bursting with quirky privately owned clothes shops and art galleries, bookshops and stores selling unusual gifts.

All of the above towns can be easily reached within 20-30 minutes drive from us.