This delightful, cosy old Fisherman's cottage is in a perfect location, right on the beach overlooking Start Bay in the village of Beesands. It has been modernised to a high standard, but retains bags of charm.
You enter the cottage into a very comfortable sitting room with an open fire for the winter plus an electric stove that fits in front of it for chilly summer evenings. There is a fold out dining table with room for 4 people.
Just behind the sitting room is the bathroom and the kitchen which looks out onto the sunny rear garden. The kitchen has an electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment and a washing machine.
Stairs lead up to the two upstairs bedrooms. The double room, with wash basin, has sea views. The single room has a fold-out bed that allows 4 people to be accommodated.
At the front of the cottage are some seats where you can sit and watch the world go by or take a couple of steps across to the shingle beach.
Just outside the kitchen is a very well tended and sheltered lawn just big enough for some sun bathing if there's an on shore wind.
The cottage doesn't have wifi but free wifi is available in the Cricket Inn 3 doors away.
Close to Kingsbridge and Salcombe in South Devon, Beesands has all the ingredients for the perfect beach holiday. There is a mile long shingle beach with fields and a freshwater lake, Widdecombe Ley, just behind it. Day fishing boats still operate from the beach and fantastic local seafood can be purchased at the Britannia Fish cafe. You can have perfectly fresh fish and chips on the premises or buy Start Bay lobster, hand-dived scallops or other local fish to cook at the cottage. Just three doors from the cottage is the Cricket Inn. This gastro-pub offers an excellent range of high quality food or you can just drop in for a drink.
Beesands beach has picked up a Blue Flag award for its which means its reached high standards of cleanliness and safety and also merits an entry in the Good Beach Guide from the Marine Conservation Society. Beesands is a great spot for water based activities such as windsurfing, canoeing, sailing and surfing or body boarding.
One of the most stunning sections of the Devon coast path can be reached directly from Beesands. You can walk past the remnants of the lost village of Hallsands, swept away by huge storms in 1903 and 1917 to reach Start Point lighthouse and some stunning hidden sandy coves. Other great sandy beaches such as Lannacombe, Gara Rock and East Portlemouth can be reached in a few minutes by car.
If you tire of the beach at Beesands there are plenty of other options. For families with young children it’s hard to beat Blackpool Sands (strictly no dogs at any time).
However our favourite beaches are the hidden sandy coves a little further West round the coast (OS map recommended). These wilder beaches also mean you can take dogs all year round. You’ll have to arrive early to grab one of the handful of parking places at Lannacombe Cove (otherwise you can usually park at the top of the lane about half a mile away) Or you park and walk to reach Gara Rock. A beautiful and fairly gentle 10 minute walk gets to you this large sandy beach from the parking field located on the lane between Rickham and High House.
Elender Cove is a hidden cove just 10-15 minutes walk from Prawle Point car park. There is a steep and slightly tricky path to reach the beach. This beach is best at low tide and before the setting sun puts the beach into shadow.
East Portlemouth is a short drive from the cottage and has three lovely beaches; Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay (dogs allowed all year round), so you can find your own own secluded spot. All the beaches have Safe Bathing status so if you bring the kids then you know that the water is shallow, clean and safe for paddling. At low tide there are shallow rock pools, to explore. There are also regular ferries to Salcombe’s popular South Sands beach. It’s a lovely stretch of easily accessible sand and there is a cafe and shop and you can rent kayaks and paddleboards and catamarans. North Sands beach, just along from South Sands is one of the beaches that allow dogs all year round.
A lovely sheltered sandy cove. The local pub does excellent fish and chips. It’s also an excellent place for dam building as there’s a fresh water stream right in the middle of the beach.
Bigbury on Sea.
If you want to try your hand at surfing the beach at Bigbury, about 25 minutes drive, is considered the best place in South Devon. You can hire surfboards and wetsuits here. It’s also popular with kitesurfers. But Bigbury also has a large family friendly sandy beaches, a couple of great cafes and a chance to explore Burgh Island and ride the sea tractor which links the island to the mainland when the tide is high. Bantham Beach, just round the corner from Bigbury is also popular. Bantham has the particular virtue of facing due West and so gets the setting sun late on a summer evening. Dogs are restricted on these beaches from May to September.
There is great walking on South Devon Coast Path, straight from Beesands. There are various golf courses. The whole area is also great for cycling and canoeing. Singing Paddles
You’ll no doubt try the Britannia Fish Cafe and the Cricket Inn during your stay. A local favourite is the Pigs Nose Pub (website hidden) at East Prawle. There’s also a good cafe next door. But most of the pub’s in the local area, such as the Tradesmans Arms (website hidden) in nearby Stokenham, also sell food. There’s also a great farm shop/deli/café just outside Stokenham see Stokeley Farm Shop, Stokeley Barton,TQ72SE.
Full access to the whole cottage
Regular email contact and available on the phone if needed. I also supply contact numbers for the owners to all confirmed bookings.
My favourite stretch of coast in the whole of Devon. The walk or run from Beesands to Prawle Point is exceptional. Great local pub and fish cafe too.
Car highly recommended
Full access to the cottage
Interaction with Guests
Regularly by email & phone if need be.
I live in Devon and my favourite stretch of coast in the whole area is section from Beesands, where the cottage is, to Prawle Point. Stunning hidden beaches, wonderful coast path. What's not to like?
Other Things to Note
Linen is provided but you need to bring your own towels.
7 night minimum in June, July, August and May half term.
Well behaved pets are accepted if notified in advance for a small additional charge. Pets must be kept downstairs and off the furniture.
Strictly no smoking in the house although you can smoke in the garden.
We are in love with South Devon now, thanks to this cottage too. Exactly as advertised.
Beautifully unique cottage right on beachfront. We were able to explore amazing scenery with easy to access walking trails, cliffs, coves and little hidden beaches. With short bike ride we visited a working lighthouse, visible from the cottage. (Check opening times before going). Enjoyed our evenings relaxing in front of the fireplace. In all a great stay, definitely recommend it.
Lovely cottage. Exactly as described. Wonderful spot - perfect for kids, walkers and runners. Friendly locals and nice holiday crowd. Eating at the Britannia Fish Shack is a 'must'.
Quaint little cottage full of character in a brilliant location. We had a great stay and enjoyed a full weekend of sun, local beaches, trail running etc. Not the most child-proof of places and fairly tight squeeze with 2 kids, but lots of places for them to run around and burn energy with a shared back garden, beach at the doorstep and very scenic playground.
A beautiful little terraced cottage in a beautiful little secluded yet nicely busy seaside village. Really the most adorable little cottage - the pictures don't do it justice.
Remember to take some pound coins for the electricity metre and only turn the immersion heater on when you need hot water to make the most of your money.
The open fireplace and chimney are functioning so you can comb the beach for drift wood during the day and stay in as it keeps you warm at night. Make sure the fire basket is right at the back of the fireplace though as otherwise the room can become smoky.
The cottage and the surrounding areas are truly wonderful with some excellent walks and plenty of places to visit by car. The cottage will be wonderful in summer and cosy in winter - a great trip all year round. Perfect for a few days away.
Shell cottage is in a truly wonderful location, right on the seafront. Beessands really is the perfect old fishing village, completely unspoilt but with a good pub and a cafe which was closed when we visited in January but looks like the authentic no frills beach shack selling great seafood you always wanted to find. The cottage is cosy and completely charming, with a view out to the sea from the bedroom. The directions were detailed and accurate with lots of info on local places to eat, trips out etc - these things are important. One small beef - we had problems with the meter, maybe update to normal electricity bills.
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Director of a holiday cottage agency called West Country Lets in Devon. We specialise in hand-picked cottages and apartments in the South Hams and Devon areas.
I moved out of London in summer 2010 to Devon. Married with two teenage sons and in my spare time into cycling (on and off road), trail running. skiing and the occasional triathlon.
In the past I worked as a journalist & magazine publisher but more recently have run my own companies: a dating company, a travel company and now my agency.
I'm happy with lots of styles of travelling. I have particularly fond memories of cycle camping around Europe. But a bit of luxury can be good too.