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4 Coastguards Cottage Hope Cove South Hams | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Web Ref: 3425 | Sleeps 8
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4 Coastguards Cottage 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | WiFi | Beach 115m | Pub 600m | | Sleeps 8
1/3 mile along the Coast Path from Hope Cove, in the smaller village of Inner Hope with its much photographed square of thatched cottages and sandy cove, a former coastguards’ cottage, 125 yards from the beach and the largest of a terrace of five. Reached along a footpath with, at the front, enclosed garden with shrubs, patio (table/bench, barbecue) and 3 steps down to lawn; at the back, enclosed courtyard with lots of space for surf/beach gear (neighbouring cottage has access through gardens).
Inside, a feeling of space, welcoming. Two steps up to front door. Large kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, electric cooker). Living room with woodburner and TV/DVD. Downstairs shower-room (suite). Steep stairs (top stairgate) up to four bedrooms (three with limited clothes-hanging space) – two double (5' beds), a twin (footboards), and one with two singles. Bathroom (suite). A brilliant family house at any time of year, moments from the beach with lovely coastal walks on the doorstep.
The South Hams: southernmost Devon; between the river Dart and river Tamar and south of Dartmoor, lush farmland and wooded river valleys turning to beautiful estuaries, its coast very beautiful and remarkably well preserved – sandy beaches and mighty cliffs between those estuaries, amazingly little sprawling modern ugliness. Inland too, away from main roads, it remains surprisingly peaceful.
Among special coastal places are Dartmouth; sheltered Blackpool Sands; Slapton’s long curve of pebble beach and nature reserve lagoon; the cliffs about Start Point and Prawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail; East Portlemouth’s beach and Salcombe’s location and views; Thurlestone proving that family seaside places don’t need to be brash; Bigbury’s huge sands and the fun of getting to Burgh Island; waterside, oak-wood-sheltered Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers; many others, less easy of access, are for you to discover.
Kingsbridge and Totnes, both old, attractive and small, are the towns at the area’s heart; Plymouth – the West Country’s biggest town, with Naval base, ferry port, theatre, cinemas, history, Hoe (great views) and Barbican (where the life is) – is on the area’s edge. Dartington Hall is an arts centre (films, plays, music, dance) with lovely gardens. Pleasure cruisers ply the Kingsbridge estuary and Dart and Tamar rivers.
Hope Cove: little fishing village (shop, pubs) with harbour and sandy beach between red cliffs 4 miles from Salcombe, very pretty along its shore and with an especially lovely old area of thatched cottages. Superb cliff walks - Bolt Tail to Bolt Head (Nat. Trust) and on to Salcombe. Golf at Thurlestone, 3 miles, and Bigbury, 11; Kingsbridge, 6.