St. Christopher's Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
When location matters! Offering a real sense of holiday nostalgia, this pretty 2 bed cottage enjoys a timeless setting within the highly-desirable coastal charms of Shaldon.
Nestled close to the river amongst a row of historical cottages, with an authentic local pub on the doorstep and the local village amenities all within easy reach, families and groups of 4 can easily savour a sedate and memorable stay here.
The cottage interior faithfully retains a lovely sense of simple country living, with an inviting beamed open plan living area to greet guests upon arrival. Bright and airy, the room offers a restful and welcoming spot throughout the day. A cosy sofa suite with a gas fire, a flat screen TV and DVD player plus newly installed free Wi-Fi access (end of January) enables guests to easily feel at home, whilst the open plan kitchen diner allows guests to rustle up delicious meals in a relaxed and sociable setting.
The pretty country-style kitchen is equipped with all the must-have appliances, such as a gas cooker hob, oven, toaster and kettle alongside all the necessary cooking utensils and cutlery. A charming dining area for 4 allows guests to easily soak up a lazy morning coffee or relaxed evening meal here. Outside to the front, a sunny private terrace complemented by outdoor dining furniture offers the perfect excuse to enjoy an alfresco meal in the warmer months.
Adjoining the kitchen diner is a bright and spacious utility room. Guests will find a microwave, washing machineand fridge freezer here alongside convenient laundry facilities and an iron with ironing board. Under the stairs of the ground floor, a lovely contemporary shower room fitted with a power shower and wash basin features. A coastal themed WC & hand basin can be found to the first floor of the period cottage.
Upstairs the charming cottage reveals two bright and spacious bedrooms. Equally welcoming and furnished to a comfortable and tasteful standard, the arrangement is ideal for groups of 4; comprising a double bed perfect for couples and a single bedroom with a pull-out single bed to sleep 2. A wardrobe features to the master bedroom and a set of drawers features to the single bedroom.
Guests are pleased asked to note that bed linen & bath towels are included in the tariff. The accommodation is also conveniently pet-friendly, ensuring you can easily bring along your four-legged friend for a holiday!
Public parking is within easy walking distance of the holiday cottage. It is also possible to easily unload upon arrival, by parking at the pub car park before moving onto the public one around the corner. The public car park itself is situated just 5 minutes' walk away and is reachable from the nearby playing field & through the pub garden. The parking rates here are very reasonable, with a daily charge of just £3 or a weekly ticket costing just £20.
Providing a wonderful base for exploring the delights of Shaldon, guests can easily savour a local tipple, family roast or tasty crab sandwich at the local pub, which features to the end of the terrace row. Oozing country charm throughout, with roaring fires, a pool table and a sunny pub garden, the friendly pub offers a great bonus during your stay! The track also leads to the idyllic riverside walkway which leads in turn to a large children's playground and football pitch. The picturesque village surroundings of Shaldon are ideal for embracing a carefree getaway, with bakeries on hand alongside a wealth of shops and local amenities. Jam packed with lively cafés, eateries and pubs, Shaldon boasts some highly acclaimed foodie hot-spots; from the Michelin star Ode Restaurant and its little sister, Ode Café to the equally impressive No. 1 The Strand and the charming Clipper café.
Conveying a sedate and timeless quality from its authentic fisherman village charm, guests can easily picture the bygone age that made the area renowned for fishing, boat building and supporting the country through the zealous might of the industrial age.
Shaldon today is home to a 9-hole golf course, small zoo, lovely beaches and the Homeyard's Botanical Gardens. In the August time the Shaldon Regatta offers a wonderful opportunity for coastal fans to descend here to enjoy this lively seaside spot.
The coastal village also operates a charming passenger ferry service to the Victorian seaside resort of Teignmouth and in turn a train operates from there to nearby Exeter, Plymouth & London. By car, guests are within easy reach of the lively delights and amenities of Torquay (just 20 minutes away).
Guests are spoilt for choice for things to do in this delightful part of South Devon, with a wide range of activities and attractions open to all ages and interests.
The passing South West Coastal Path allows a breath taking range of coastal and countryside walks on the doorstep; with nature trails, bird watching and forest walks accompanying most of the routes. The area is also home to a treasure trove of National Trust attractions; making this ideal for days out in all seasons!
Children will find adventure around every corner, from a day at the Zoo, discovering sea life at Living Coasts in Torquay to exploring the smugglers tunnel which leads to the secluded Ness Cove and splashing about at the local beach and scenic Labrador Bay.
There is also a vast range of opportunity to get out and about on the water, with boating trips, water sport activities and sailing clubs. Nearby Dartmoor also offers the perfect chance to enjoy the great outdoors with mountain biking, wild swimming and extreme sports.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Shaldon 500 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 30 km, Nearest railway: Newton Abbot 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The West Country region
Shaldon has a very close but welcoming community. A tightly woven fabric of small backstreets with lots of small cottages, it remains one of the best kept secrets in Devon. House prices actually reflect this however.
It is quintessentially English especially when you see the locals playing bowls on the small central village green. You could even think the Spanish Armada may be appearing off the Ness at any moment! The green, as you would expect is overlooked by the local pub and each Wednesday in the season there is a local gift market, the 1785 day! People dress up in Georgian costume and there are often entertainers, including local musicians.
The green is central to the Village and leading off from this you can explore further inland (but not too far) or walk to the water edge where at low and mid tide you can walk down the estuary. The estuary stretches across to Teignmouth its larger neighbour and can be reached by Ferry from the beach! The main channel is relatively deep water which is why you will see the occasional larger industrial boat moving up of down the far channel under guidance of the Shaldon and Teignmouth Pilot.
In 1909 the ferry moved into the modern era and installed an engine. No more oars and when the tide is in flood you may imagine they were relieved when fuel replaced muscle! ! The boats have been traditionally painted black and white for 300 years and remain this way today! Records show that a ferry has been operating since the 13th century! That's before the Pilgrim Fathers reached their new home!
If you walk to the top of Shaldon, along the shore front and then narrow road, you will find the Shaldon Wildlife centre, which is a dedicated conservation “zoo”. This “Trust” is next to the public car park and this is the easiest place to park to reach the Ness beach.
Further Activities & Attractions Include:
Boat Rentals/Charters, Canoeing/Kayaking, Crazy Golf/Pitch & Putt, Exceptional Views, Gallery, Grocery Shopping Nearby, Museums, National Trust Properties, Playground, Public Transportation, Restaurants & Bars, Rowing Boats, Train Station, Waterfalls, Winery Tours, Wildlife Centre and Zoo.
Teignmouth Golf Club is justifiably proud of its heritage. The course was designed by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie and opened in 1924, some 9 years before he completed his most famous work at the Augusta National, home of the US Masters.
Teignmouth's course is situated near to the South Devon coast and, at 800 feet above sea level, it commands spectacular views of the sea and nearby moors.
The 18 hole moorland links presents a great test of golf for players of all abilities. Features include six varied and challenging par 3s and no fewer than 11 two-tier greens, a true MacKenzie trademark.
Teignmouth Golf Club, Haldon Moor, Teignmouth, Devon. TQ14 9NY - Telephone: 01626 777070
Teignmouth also has that relaxed holiday ambience generated by its people and buildings, such as the Georgian crescents found in the town. Teignmouth is a true historic seafishing and industrial port and also a classical seaside resort. Both industry and fishing are now much reduced, but watching the ships and pleasure boats passing the Ness between Shaldon and Teignmouth is always enjoyable.
Teignmouth boasts a promenade, a Victorian pier, a swimming lido, plenty of shopping, a theatre, very safe main beach, great walks, a railway station and parks.
Add to this the great selection of restaurants, such as the Crab Shack, and local pubs touching the water front, beach huts sitting proud on the "spit" and the ambience is complete. Teignmouth is easy to reach by car, just 15-20 minutes from Exeter by car or by train. You can even arrive by boat provided you can find a mooring.
For fishermen Teignmouth is a true haven, with a large beach front, and an estuary that sees a good number of bass and flatfish caught by locals every year. Float fish off the spit on a full tide with sandeel, spin in the estuary or beach cast into the surf (watch the surfers however when an easterly is blowing).
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