Cupped high in the folds of the South Hams hills, 2 Holset Cottages is a delightful three bedroom terraced house with dramatic views inland towards South Pool and beyond and a short distance from some of the cleanest, safest and most beautiful beaches in Devon. The hamlet of Holset is within walking distance of East Portlemouth where a regular foot ferry provides a service across the estuary to Salcombe. The market town of Kingsbridge and the historic port of Dartmouth are within easy reach of this cosy South Devon outpost.
The downstairs lounge has a homely wood burning stove (with a log supply) and an electric heater, Freeview TV/DVD and an adjacent dining area. There are plenty of books and games together with information about the surrounding coast and countryside. From the lounge the front door opens into the conservatory porch, well suited for sitting and soaking in the view.
The kitchen is fitted with cooker, cupboards and telephone for incoming calls. The back door opens onto a small lobby with microwave, fridge, immersion heater tank and washing machine. The bathroom has a bath with electric shower over, WC, heated towel rail, wall heater and shaver point. Click on this link to see interior images of the cottage.
Bookings: after confirming availability with the proprietor, you can secure your booking by completing the Booking Form and returning it with a deposit of £50. The balance of your holiday rental, please, six weeks before you are due to arrive.
Please check availability before making a booking.
Here is a printable booking form.
All enquiries to the address above, or telephone us on :- 01892 723640
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During the off-season we're happy to offer special long weekend rates.
There is a minimum charge of £75.
Footpaths and Walks
Once at Gara Rock, you can join the coastal footpath for an invigorating walk. It connects just below the lookout on the way down to the beach, and from here you walk along high above the waves, swinging back in up the estuary to Sunny Cove and Mill Bay.
Following the path down to Gara Rock beach itself you can cross over the stream and walk back up the opposite hill. This heads east round the imposing headland towards Prawle Point and on to Start Point and its lighthouse if you are up to a days hike.
Mill Bay and Sunny Cove are connected by a footpath through National Trust woodland. Mill Bay is the larger with a broad expanse of sand and a stream running down its side, practically made for damming and diverting. Sunny cove is well named and at low tide it is possible to walk out onto the sandy bar at the mouth of the estuary, though be careful of the tides return!
Further away is Lannacombe Bay. Parking is very limited so first come first served, but well worth a visit. For a complete change, and if your prefer swimming to digging, Beesands has a steeply shelving shingle beach with ample parking and public toilets, and strewn with irresistibly skimable pebbles.
From Salcombe you can take the colourful bunting-waving ferry from Whitestrand Quay to South Sands, visit the old lifeboat shed, which now hires windsurf boards and sells ice cream, and look back across the water to Sunny Cove.
Pubs and eating places
The quirky Pigs Nose in East Prawle is a very short distance away and allows children, does good food and beer, and is equipped with pool table. Very popular with groups of gaitered walkers doing the South West Coast Path. A good spot for sitting outside on a pleasant evening with a good pint watching the flashes from Start Point lighthouse illuminate the clouds.
At Stokenham the Church House Inn is a very busy pub for lunches and suppers catering for children with a special menu and play area outside.
The Open Arms in Chillington has a games room with pool table and dartboard. Basic but good pub food and well kept real ale. For really excellent quality pub food and ale head out to The Tower (tel: 01548 580216) in Slapton near Torcross, nestled by the ruins of a medieval chantry. The food is really first class and the array of well kept ales is well worth the trip.
Although the creek here empties out at low tide when boats are stranded on the mud, regular boat trips depart from the quay for trips down the estuary during the season. Or you can sit and watch the world go by on the quayside.
There is a sports centre with swimming pool, a small museum at the top of Fore Street and a small but character cinema (The Reel Cinema) in the old town hall up the hill, showing current films. As well as many good shops on the main street, there is a large supermarket on the outer road.
The town itself, its streets circling the steep hill it is built on, like whitewashed contour lines, is a maze of narrow streets that are mainly traffic free. It has art galleries, trendy shops and a wealth of pubs and restaurants. At the working end of the town the big crabbing and fishing boats rub bows with all manner of smaller craft. Boat chandlers abound along Island Street towards Batson creek. Not to be missed is the small town museum and RNLI museum.
The foot ferry across to the sandy beaches goes from the bottom of the steps leading down to the Ferry Inn, where you can enjoy a pint if there is a queue for the boat!
If you're feeling adventurous, you can hire a boat at Whitestrand Quay and explore the estuary for yourself
East Charlton: Ashby's Easy Stores is attached to the service station and is on route to the cottage coming from Kingsbridge. A useful spot to stop at for supplies before you arrive.
Stokenham: On the A379 in between Stokenham and Torcross, Stokeley's Farm Shop is a superb establishment selling all manner of local produce imaginable, an interesting change from the usual supermarket fodder.
Both Ashby's and Stokeley's do £50 cashbacks with purchases.
Chillington: Has a butchers shop (rather discreetly tucked away!), a general stores and post office.
Kingsbridge: The nearest supermarket is Somerfields in Kingsbridge.