Access Statement

Riviera Apartments, a collection of Five Luxury Penthouse Apartments in the heart of Teignmouth. 

In 2010 we had a vision to create the very best in self catering accommodation.  The beautiful area of Teignbridge is deserving of the best that holiday accommodation has to offer.  Riviera Apartments can now provide the accommodation to match the beauty of this fantastic landscape.

While creating these apartments we have tried to provide everything you could need for a relaxing, enjoyable holiday.  If there is anything you felt you needed whilst staying with us but didn’t have in your apartment then please let us know.

This booklet is designed to enhance your holiday and make it more enjoyable.  If you would like information on something that is not included don’t hesitate to contact us.  We wish you a lovely, relaxing holiday.


Riviera Apartments Office

Should you have any query, in the first instance please call the office on 01626 772660 during office hours or send an email to   In the event that there is no answer please leave a message and someone will get back to you.   Alternatively please send a text to 07833 761465.

Emergency Contact Details

If there is an emergency that requires immediate attention from the police, fire brigade or ambulance service then please call 999.  If you require assistance please call 01626 772660, out of office hours this telephone will automatically transfer to a mobile.  Please note that if there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned.  Please only call the office out of hours if it is urgent.  



The nearest Doctors surgery is:

Channel View Surgery
3 Courtenay Place
TQ14 8AY
Tel:  01626 774656    Web:


From the front of the building bear left heading past the Carlton Theatre towards the seafront.  Take a left down Den Promenade and the surgery is approximately 100 yards on the left hand side.


The nearest pharmacy is:

Lloyds Pharmacy
4 Den Road
TQ14 8AJ
Tel:  01626 773617


From the front of the building turn immediate left onto Den Road.  Lloyds Pharmacy is approximately 200 yards on the left hand side.


The nearest 24 hour pharmacy is:

Unit 1
Wren Retail Park

Tel:  01803 615874


From Teignmouth take Orchard Gardens to Exeter Rd/A379.  Follow the A379 to Happaway Rd in Torquay.  Turn right onto Happaway Rd.  Follow Beechfield Ave and Browns Bridge Rd.  Turn left, destination will be on the right


The nearest Dental Surgery is:

Oasis Dental Care
5 Den Crescent
TQ14 8BG
Tel:  0844 387 9900


The Dental Surgery is approximately 200 yards to the left of the building.


The nearest hospital with a minor injuries unit is:

Teignmouth Hospital
Mill Lane
TQ14 9BQ
Tel:  01626 772161


Take a left onto Den Road, and continue onto Orchard Gardens.  At the roundabout take the first exit onto the B3199.  Turn right at Mill Lane and Teignmouth hospital is the second exit on the left.

Torbay Hospital (Full A&E Unit)
Newton Road
Tel:  01803 614567


Turn onto Den Road and continue onto Orchard Gardens.  At the roundabout take the first exit onto the B3199.  Continue onto Bishopsteignton Road, follow A381.  Take first exit onto A380 Besigheim Way.  Stay on A380, through one roundabout and turn right at junction. 



Please use your accommodation and its contents with care and leave it in a clean and tidy condition on departure.  Please remove rubbish and please do not leave dirty dishes.  We reserve the right to charge you for any extra cleaning, missing items or damage.


Balcony areas for each individual apartment are defined with a row of palm trees, unfortunately we cannot have permanent fixtures as we have been advised by a structural engineer that any fixed structure would act like a sail in the very strong winds we can sometimes experience in the winter.  Please ensure that children are supervised on the balconies at all times. 


Barbecues are not permitted on the balconies at Riviera Apartments.  Barbecues are permitted on Teignmouth beach, please ensure you remove all rubbish afterwards. 


Each apartment is equipped with a non-slip bath mat, this can be found in individual utility rooms.


All beds are made up prior to your arrival.  If guests have booked the use of the sofa bed within the apartment the bedding can be found in the master bedroom wardrobe.  If you require sofabed linen but have not ordered it please call the office as soon as possible after your arrival and we will make every effort to ensure that you receive it as soon as possible.  Guests staying longer than 7 nights will have their bed linen and towels changed for them mid-week. If guests would prefer to change the beds themselves them please let the office know and we will provide you with a linen bag. 

For hygiene reasons and to avoid the risk of allergies, our duvets and pillows are hollowfibre.   


Should you accidentally break anything, please let the office know via email or telephone.  Although minor items such as glasses are replaced free of charge we reserve the right to charge for any larger or unique items. 


CDs can be played through the DVD players.


Although on holiday, it is vital to know where your children are and supervise them at all times, in and out of the apartment.  Teignmouth beach is patrolled by lifeguards in peak season this is from the 3rd July – 5th September on the North Beach (to the left of the pier) and from 29th May – 5th September on the south beach (to the right of the pier in front of the beachcomber restaurant).  Please take a few minutes to read the Beach Safety Leaflet at the rear of this folder which gives vital information on the dangers of Rip tides, lifeguard flags and other beach safety advice.


Cots and highchairs are available on request prior to arrival.  We request that you bring your own cot linen.


Please arrange to promptly vacate your apartment by 10am on the morning of your departure to allow cleaning to begin, this is especially essential during the Covid-19 pandemic as specialist deep cleaning and sanitisation needs to take place. 


We welcome guests with restricted mobility, a disability, medical or particular care requirements.  Apartments 1 and 2 are suitable for persons with mobility problems as there are no stairs within these apartments.  Should you have any questions or are experiencing any difficulties please call the office and we will be happy to discuss these with you.


To load the dishwasher:

  • Firstly remove any scraps of food from the dishes. 
  • Pull the lower basket out and arrange the saucepans and plates and use the cutlery baskets.
  • Slide the baskets back into the machine and ensure the spray arms can rotate freely.
  • Place the dishwasher tablet in the detergent dispenser on the door and close the dispenser lid.
  • Turn the dishwasher on by pressing the on button.
  • When the cycle has finished, switch off and wait 15 minutes before opening the door.  This will allow the dishwasher to cool down and prevent any scalding. 
  • There are two dishwasher tablets provided to get you started.  Further tablets can be obtained from any supermarket/convenience store.

If the ‘salt’ or ‘rinse aid’ light is on then please ignore it, most modern dishwasher tablets have these within the detergent. 


We cannot accept dogs whether staying or visiting and they are not permitted in the building.


Blu-Ray DVD players are provided in all apartments.


Electricity is included in the charge of your rental.  The hot water and under floor central heating is supplied by electricity. 

In the event of a power cut, in the first instance please look out of the window to ascertain if it is the entire area (streetlights, other businesses etc).  If the whole area is affected the local electricity board will be aware of it and will work to fix it as soon as possible.  If it is just the apartments then please call the office on 01626 772660.  If it is out of office hours the call will automatically transfer to a mobile phone, if there is no answer please leave a message as someone will return your call promptly. 

Emergency lighting is provided in all apartments which will come on automatically.  Please note that the use of candles is strictly prohibited.


Riviera Apartments are taking various measures to protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint by including the use of low energy lighting, energy efficient boilers and under floor heating systems.  Please help us to conserve energy by switching off all appliances when not in use and turn the lights off in your accommodation before going out.  Use only as much water as you need.


If you notice any faults please report them to the office by email, telephone or text.


The apartments are protected by a fire alarm system, the entire building is all linked together on the same system.  There are smoke alarms in every living area or bedroom, fire extinguishers in the living areas and fire blankets in every kitchen. 

There are two fire exits from the Penthouse Apartments.  One on the right hand side and one on the left hand side (next to the lift) of the building.  These exits are clearly marked, please familiarise yourself with them.  There is emergency lighting to assist your evacuation. In the event that you discover a fire please head for the nearest exit and call 999.  The address of the building is:

Riviera Apartments

Den Crescent



TQ14 8BD

Please assemble on the Den Green (in front of the building) and await assistance.  If the fire alarms should sound for no apparent reason please vacate the building and call the office on 01626 772660. 

The fire doors in the main communal walkway are magnetic and will automatically close if the fire alarm sounds, the alarm will have to be reset before the doors can be secured back again. 

To minimise the risk of fire, the use of candles at Riviera Apartments is strictly prohibited.


Nearest convenience store within walking distance:

The local co-op is located just two minutes from the building.  From the entrance turn right, right again, and right again.  Take a left by Lloyds Pharmacy and left again, the co-op is just a few doors down. 

There is a Lidl Supermarket in Teignmouth within easy walking distance of the apartments.  Head up Den Road and onto Orchard Gardens, at the roundabout turn right and the supermarket is approximately 200 yards on the right.

If you require a larger supermarket, approximately 3-4 minutes by car you will find a Morrisons on Teignmouth Road in the direction of Newton Abbot.  For larger supermarkets and 10 minutes by car in Newton Abbot you will find:

Penn Inn
Newton Abbot  TQ12 1BN

Tescos Extra (Open 24 Hours)
Newton Road
Newton Abbot  TQ12 3RN

Alternatively in Torquay, 20 minutes by car you will find:

Marks and Spencer
The Willows
Nicholson Road
Torquay   TQ2 7XA


One of the most fantastic things about living and holidaying in Devon are the abundance of farm shops!  Even if they don’t have the particular vegetable you are looking for on display, the chances are they have it in a field somewhere and will go and pick one for you!

We hope you will take the opportunity to visit one or two while you are here and we are certain you will be glad you did!

Taverners Farm Shop and the Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour

Local farm produce, activities for children and fantastic homemade ice creams from their very own cows!

Taverners Farm
Lower Brenton
01392 833776

Riverford Organic Farm

Wonderful organic produce grown and sold on the farm

Riverford Organic Farm
01803 762059

Shute Fruit and Produce

A slice of heaven in Devon!  For the freshest produce – pick your own!

Shute Farm
TQ14 9PN
01626 777570

Darts Farm – BBC  Food Magazine Top Ten UK Farm Shops

You can spend an entire day at Darts Farm in Exeter, not only do they have a farm shop they also have a handful of restaurants and takeaways, lovely gift shops including Fired Earth, Aga and Orange Tree, toy shop, play areas, local ciders and Cotswold Outdoor Clothing Company.  You can also hire a bike from them and travel the Exe Estuary Trail, a lovely cycle route which travels along the estuary all the way to Exmouth. 

Darts Farm




Telephone: 01392 878200,


Unfortunately the glass domes are no longer in operation and have been permanently closed.  This is due to them being opened in extremely high winds. 


There is no gas supply at Riviera Apartments.


A hairdryer is available in each bedroom for your use.  This can be found in the bedroom drawers.  Please check all drawers before calling the office! 


Your heating is controlled by thermostats located in every room of your apartment.  For your comfort you can adjust the heating to suit your individual requirements.  For guests that are unfamiliar with under floor heating please be aware of the following points:

  • Each apartment has their own boiler and hot water cylinder with the settings switched to ‘constant’.  Large parties may find that they empty the tank and use all of their hot water, if this occurs please wait for it to be re-heated which can take up to an hour. 
  • Heating is turned up to 20⁰ for guests 24 hours before arrival ensuring a comfortable temperature is reached. (in winter months) 
  • Under floor heating is not an instant heat, rather an ambient heat and when a higher temperature is demanded it will take longer than a conventional system to reach the desired temperature.  This could be 6 – 8 hours.
  • If windows are left open for any length of time the heating will take some considerable time to recover. 
  • Due to the large amount of glass surrounding the apartments it is advisable to draw the curtains in winter months to retain the temperature.
  • If rooms are too hot please turn thermostats down.
  • For the comfort of subsequent guests we request that guests do not switch heating off upon departure.  If you experience any problems with the heating please call the office, do not try to rectify the problem yourself.


There is WIFI fitted throughout the apartments with boosters for individual apartments.  Simply connect and quote the password:  riviera2010. 


There is an Ipod or MP3 playing facility on the Blu-Ray DVD system which will play thorough the surround sound system.  Simply attach your charging lead via the USB outlet.


Irons and ironing boards are provided as standard and are located in the utility room within your apartment utility room. 


The instruction manuals for the kitchen appliances are located in the drawer in the kitchen.  Please ensure that you leave them behind when you depart for the benefit of other guests


Please help us to help the environment by switching off lights when vacating your apartment.


The lift is limited to a maximum of 4 people (or equivalent luggage weight).  Please ensure that this limit is adhered to at all times.  COVID-19 pandemic:  Please do not share lifts with members of other households or other guests.  Please ensure to stand back to enable other guests to vacate the lift safely while maintaining social distancing. 


Full instructions for use can be found within the manual in your apartment, please see the ‘Quick Guide’ below for general re-heating.  Please be aware of the following when using a microwave:

  • Do not use any metallic cookware or tinfoil in the microwave oven.
  • Do not heat airtight or vacuum-sealed bottles, jars, containers or airtight food (e.g eggs, nuts in shells, tomatoes).
  • Do not operate the microwave oven when it is empty.
  • Always use oven gloves when removing a dish from the microwave.
  • Take care when heating liquids – do not overfill.


Turn top dial to select food/beverage type.

When desired food type is flashing press the ‘M’ button

Turn middle dial to select time required.

Press start button


Help us to look after the environment by recycling your glass.  Glass that ends up in landfills will never decompose and it is 100% recyclable meaning it can be used again and again.  Please separate your glass and take your rubbish to the bins located behind the small green shutter doors outside to the left of the main entrance lobby for disposal.  Please place your glass in the green crates and dispose of your other household rubbish in the bins provided. 

There is a number pad on the doors the code is 1408X – please turn to the LEFT.


As we are situated by the coast the local wildlife can encroach from time to time.  Although we have taken many preventative measures please assist us by NOT EVER FEEDING THE SEAGULLS or encouraging them by leaving food unattended outside.  If you feed them during your stay they will remember and will be a constant annoyance to subsequent guests.  Occasionally a fledgling will appear to become trapped on the balcony of the apartment, they will have arrived there by flying and once they have regained their strength they will take off again.  You can encourage them to do so by running after them clapping if you so desire! 


Each apartment is provided with one set of keys.  Although the building is extremely secure, please be prudent about security as you would at home; when you leave your apartment please ensure the door closes firmly behind you and pay attention to patio doors that may have been left open.  Upon exiting the lobby downstairs please ensure the door closes behind you.  Each set of keys is also fitted with a fire exit key, the fire exit can be found two doors down from the main entrance.  When using the fire exit key please ensure you turn the key a complete 3600 turn to enable the door to re-lock.  Guests using the car park do so at their own risk and should ensure their car is locked at all times.


Smoking is not permitted at Riviera Apartments.


A complimentary supply of tea and coffee and a small bottle of milk are provided for your arrival.


The televisions in the bedrooms and living areas are Digital Freeview.  To get the TV Guide please press the ‘Guide’ button.  Further instructions can be found towards the rear of this manual.


Toilet rolls are provided in all bathrooms and cloakrooms.  Further supplies can be purchased at the local convenience store. 


To minimise plastic use we are proud to be working with The Clovelly Soap Company.  Handmade in Devon, their Ocean Breeze soap is an fresh blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass & Lime with a delicate scrub from ground pumice stone.

Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Sustainably sourced Palm Oil, Bergamot, Lemongrass & Lime Essential Oils.  No animal testing – Free from artificial ingredients – No animal ingredients – No SLS or Parabens


We provide towels and beach towels free of charge for the duration of your stay. We politely request that you only take the coloured beach towels to the beach and not the white towels.  The beaches of Teignmouth and Shaldon have red sand and it is especially difficult to remove from white towels!


The tourist information office is located within the new Pavillions building (the large building in front of the apartments) where they will be delighted to assist you with any information you require.


Whilst water is included in your rental charge, Riviera Apartments strives to be an environmentally aware company.  Please help us to preserve our beautiful planet by using water wisely.


If you require ventilation you can tilt the doors in the open position.  The windows of the apartments are cleaned regularly weather permitting.  Please be aware that during stormy/windy weather sea spray and the red sand can make the windows look dirty overnight! This is due to our close proximity to the sea and is beyond our control.    


The Tourist Information Office is situated just to the front of the building.  Here you will find an abundance of leaflets and advice on the best days out for you and your family.  That said, below are just a few of our favourites to whet your appetite!

Paignton Zoo

This famous zoo is a great way to view animals in their natural habitat. The zoo’s emphasis is on conservation and environmental concerns and is sure to keep adults and kids alike amused and interested all day.

Totnes Road
0844 474 2222

National Marine Aquarium

The aquarium experience comprises of a total of 50 live exhibits including 3 massive tanks. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. In addition, the technological zone, Exploreocean focuses on ocean exploration and sustainability through innovative, interactive exhibits.

Rope Walk,
Plymouth,  PL4 0LF
Tel: 0844 893 7938

Kents Cavern

These caves are officially the oldest recognised human dwelling in Britain. Take a stroll through the beautiful caverns and enjoy the same experience as your ancestors did, nearly half a million years ago.

Cavern House
89/91 Ilsham Road
Torquay  TQ1 2JF
Tel: 01803 215136

Shaldon Wildlife Trust

The Trust is a unique organisation which cares for some of the world’s most endangered species. Our centre, set in an acre of natural woodland gardens with lush semi-tropical planting, nestles into the hillside above the attractive coastal village of Shaldon in South Devon.

Ness Drive
TQ14 0HP
Telephone 01626 872234.

Babbacombe Model Village

The Babbacombe Model Village contains over 400 models making up a miniature Westcountry, and with many special features throughout the year, it is a great place to spend a fun-filled afternoon, or a relaxing evening when the whole village is completely illuminated.

Hampton Avenue
Tel:  01803 315315

Crealy Adventure Park

Situated just outside of Exeter, about 30 minutes drive away from the hotel, you will discover a theme park designed for the younger members of the family. With fun, small versions of the popular rollercoaster, pirate ship and log flume, combined with grassy picnic areas, inside and outdoor play areas, Crealy Adventure Park , makes for a fantastic family day out!

Sidmouth Road
Tel: 01395 233 200

Living Coasts

In July 2004, we saw Paignton Zoo’s latest addition in the form of ‘Living Coasts’, a unique attraction with underwater views, taking you to the coastal habitats around the world. Situated on Beacon Quay, with spectacular views across the bay, it is a short walk away from Torquay’s bustling marina.

Torquay Harbourside
Beacon Quay
Torquay  TQ1 2BG
Tel 0844 474 3366

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Journey along the beauty of the Torbay coastline to the banks of the river Dart, on this full size steam railway. Enjoy a wonder around Dartmouth’s picturesque town and waterfront, then a relaxing ride back on the steam train or a gentle journey around the coastline by ferry.

Queens Park Station
Torbay Road
Paignton   TQ4 6AF

Splashdown at Quaywest Water Park

The only outdoor water park to be found in Devon, and certainly the wettest fun to be had during your holiday. Choose from 8 of the flumes, catering for a range of age groups, with a separate swimming and paddling area.

Goodrington Sands
Paignton  TQ4 6LN
01803 555550

Woodlands Adventure Park

Situated just a few minutes away from Dartmouth , you will discover the magic of Woodlands Adventure Park, a real treat for families, or the young at heart. The park has many exciting outdoor activities, enormous water slides, a toboggan run and many indoor and outdoor activity areas for all age groups.

Totnes   TQ9 7DQ
Tel:  01803 712 598


The Beachcomber

Fresh, local ingredients are the order of the day here. Whether you are looking for the finest full English breakfast to start your day, a light lunch on a sunny terrace, or an early evening meal while you watch the sun go down, the Beachcomber exceeds expectation every time.

Newly refurbished for 2010!

Den Promenade
TQ14 8SZ
Tel:  01626 778909

The Crab Shack

Award winning seafood restaurant the Crabshack have a ‘catch of the day’ menu inside the shack,  this changes daily depending on the local catch.  For the non-seafood lovers they always offer a vegetarian option, or a meat option. Booking advised

3 Queen Street
Back Beach, Teignmouth
South Devon
TQ14 8BY

ODE Restaurant – Shaldon

Located in the picturesque coastal village of Shaldon, you’ll find Devon’s most exciting new restaurant: ODE. Head Chef Tim Bouget has finally brought his classical training and world-renowned expertise home.

21 Fore Street
Tel: 01626 873977

ODE also have a pizza restaurant and a café at Ness Cove in Shaldon, further information can be found on their website. 

Coombe Cellars

A short car journey away is Coombe Cellars, a traditional village pub set on the southern bank of the Teign Estuary between Newton Abbot and the Teignmouth Bridge at Shaldon, The Coombe Cellars sits in the pretty coastal area of Combeinteignhead, right on the edge of the estuary. Specialising in freshly cooked food all day and a comprehensive Specials Board.

TQ12 4RT
Tel: 01626 872423

The Owl and Pussycat

The Owl And The Pussycat has developed an enviable reputation for good food and service with locals and visitors alike. With it’s bow fronted exterior, stylish and contemporary interior and charming courtyard garden you will be hard pushed to find a better place to eat in the area.

3 Teign Street
TQ14 8EA
Tel: 01626 775321

The Colosseum

Teignmouth’s premier Italian Restaurant, The Colosseum is always busy with diners enjoying the very best, freshly prepared, authentic Italian cuisine where even the bread is made fresh each day. Pasta, Pizza and grilled meats are all prepared by the very talented owner and head chef Franco Cafaro who has been cooking great Italian food in Devon for over twenty years. Great staff and simply superb food. A little piece of Italy on the South Devon coast.

15 Regent Street
TQ14 8SJ
Tel: 01626 870000

The Ness House

The Ness is an elegant Georgian pub, located on the outskirts of the charming village of Shaldon with magnificent views of Teignmouth and the beautiful unspoilt Devon Coastline.

Ness Drive
Shaldon  TQ14 0HP
Tel: 01626 873480

The Oystercatcher Cafe

The Oystercatcher prides itself on home made, rustic honest food. Home smoked, line caught Teign River Mackerel and a great Fish Pie stand out on the specials board with freshly prepared traditional favourites on a menu using local produce. A dining room where staff offer a warm and friendly welcome, good food and the best of gourmet coffee.

12a Northumberland Place
Teignmouth   TQ14 8DD
Tel: 01626 774652

Cockhaven Manor

Cockhaven Manor is a 16th century farmhouse located in Bishopsteignton. The pub retains a lovely warm rustic atmosphere and on cold winter days you will be met with a roaring log fire. The food is mainly sourced from local suppliers and offers plenty of variety. The mussels come from just down the road and the pork roams free in woodland at nearby Dawlish. The Cockhaven Manor is a must for those searching for excellent food at fantastic value.

Cockhaven Road
Teignmouth  TQ14 9RF
Tel: 01626 775252

Nautilus Seafood Restaurant

Continental Tapas through the week and a full a-la-carte menu at weekends make the Nautilus Seafood Restaurant a real jewel in Teignmouth’s culinary crown. The extensive Tapas menu rich in seafood keeps the restaurant buzzing through the week and leads into a full a-la-carte menu on Friday and Saturday that you really should book early for!

34 Brunswick Street
Teignmouth  TQ14 8AF
Tel: 01626 776999

The View Restaurant

The latest addition to the Teignmouth restaurant scene, The View Bar & Cafe is part of the new Pavilions Teignmouth Theatre complex prominently positioned on the seafront.


Whether it’s a relaxing drink while the kids play on the beach, live music or a quiet pint while the football is on you should find what you are looking for below: 

The Ship Inn

Stunning views up the Teign Estuary, A garden bar right on the beach front, visiting yachts at anchor or on their moorings and live music drifting out over the waters. The Ship Inn has it all, friendly staff, outstanding food, fine ales and a welcoming atmosphere.  Check out their website for info on live bands.

Queen Street


TQ14 8BY

The King William (Sports Bar)

19 Northumberland Place


Tel:   01626 879186

The Jolie Brise (Weatherspoons)

9–15 Station Road
TQ14 8PE

Tel:  01626 778853

Ye Olde Jolly Sailor

Low beams, open fire, backing onto the beach and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s the town’s oldest pub and is as authentic as you’ll get.

46 Northumberland Place


TQ14 8DE

Tel:  01626 772 864

Dicey O’Reilly’s  (Irish Pub)

24 Regent Street


TQ14 8SX

Tel:  01626 776677


The Beaches at Teignmouth and Shaldon are truly wonderful places to visit.  Teignmouth boasts a front beach, where you can often see surfers in the early mornings catching a few waves.  The Back Beach is a really fascinating place to walk along, watch the fishing boats land their catch and go over to Shaldon on the passenger ferry.

The promenade at Teignmouth has much to offer.  There is a wonderful play park for children complete with splash zone and a new skate park which has been designed especially for the under 14s.  There are also tennis courts and crazy golf.  The green in front of the apartments is perfect for a kick around or even a game of rounder’s!

Take a trip over the ferry to Shaldon and you can wander around the quaint streets with local gift shops, cafes and restaurants.  The beach, is perfect for relaxing on while you watch the boats come and go – wait until the tide goes out and go on a treasure hunt amongst the rock pools where you can find the biggest shells.

One of Shaldon’s best kept secrets is Smugglers Tunnel which leads to the Ness Beach.  The Tunnel, originally used by smugglers leads to a lovely sandy beach.



This idyllic village is hidden in a deep valley just one mile from the bustle of Torquay. Visitors find themselves transported to a magical land, so peaceful you can almost hear a pin drop. Narrow winding lanes open out onto beautiful chocolate box cottages, old English gardens and thatched gift shops. These sell locally produced crafts and Devonshire Cream Teas.  There are 450 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes to explore. On the edge of the woods is the famous Gamekeeper’s Cottage dating back to the 16th century. The Gamekeeper was entrusted with raising pheasants, hares, duck and rabbits and keeping the area free of poachers. Today the cottage is the meeting place for many guided woodland walks.


  Within easy driving distance, Dartmoor National Park has something to offer at every turn.  From hiking and biking, lazing by a river, Dartmoor ponies, villages, castles, culture, tradition and heaps of community spirit.  Dartmoor boasts a wealth of small village inns where you can drink local ale and eat local food.