Boats & Ferries
A trip to the South Hams isn't complete without taking to the water at some point during your stay. If you don't have, or don't want to hire your own boat there are lots of trips available. The Castle Ferry is a fun & affordable boat ride and the perfect way to reach Dartmouth Castle. The Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company offers a variety of wonderful scenic cruises along the River Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes and also out to sea. Combine this with the wonderful Kingswear to Paignton Steam Train a great day out for all the family, young and old. The historic Lower Ferry Dartmouth is a good way of travelling between Dartmouth & Kingswear by car, where you can then drive on to visit towns such as Brixham, Paignton & Torquay. If you are planning to make a visit to Agatha Christie's Greenways then the Greenway Quay & Ferry Service is the best way to go. Or enjoy the perfect private river cruise on The Fizz Boat & enjoy an exquisite selection of food & fizz as you cruise the River Dart in style between Dartmouth and Totnes. (up to 12 pax)
For all available River & Boat activities and details of Boat Hire please click HERE
If you plan on keeping up your training regime whilst you are away (to keep all those calories from Fish & Chips and Devon Cream Teas at bay!) then look no further than Willpower Fitness Devon. Will Wood & his team offer personal training sessions & can put you through your paces in a fun and relaxed environment whilst you are away.
Eating & drinking
There are so many fabulous pubs, restaurants & cafés to choose from in the area. In the village of Stoke Fleming itself Radius 7 is a small bistro style restaurant specialising in fresh locally sourced fish, meat and produce. It also offers takeaway meals early evening. The village pub, The Green Dragon, is a local institution, popular with both locals and visitors alike for real ales and good pub grub. The village hotel Stoke Lodge, also serves excellent food and is open to non-residents.
If you are heading into Dartmouth to eat then Andria and The Seahorse both serve exceptional food. YARN serves the most amazing burgers and a delicious brunch, and is open for drinks in the evening. If cocktails are your thing, then Bar 1620 Dartmouth serve the best cocktails in the SouthWest for sure, booking is essential. Our favourites include the Bayards Cove Inn, The Dartmouth Arms, Rockfish and Café Alf Fresco (aka Alf's!) is a MUST for breakfast or brunch. The Wheelhouse Restaurant is popular for Fish & Chips, & you can eat-in or takeaway, or stylish Browns Hotel & Restaurant for tapas and fine wine, or try the ever popular Royal Castle Hotel.
If you want to go slightly further afield The Tower Inn in Slapton is fantastic and has a lovely garden overlooking the tower at the rear and The Cricket Inn at Beesands is located right on the beach overlooking Start Bay and has fabulous sea food, its the perfect pub to go to after a walk round Start Point and a trip to Start Point Lighthouse.
We welcome children of all ages at Waves and have aimed to make it as child-friendly as possible. We offer free use of high chairs, travel cots, changing mat, DVDs, toys, books, games, plastic plates, bowls, cups & cutlery.
Stoke Fleming has a wonderful park, great for children of all ages, and the fabulous Blackpool Sands beach is a 10 minute walk down the hill.
As well as the many beaches and watersports available there is a wealth of things to do with children across the South Hams.
Below is a list of just a few attractions nearby.
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Dartmouth Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company
National Marine Aquarium
Dartmoor Zoological Park
Pennywell Farm Activity Centre
Plymouth Ski Centre
Dart Rock Climbing Centre
Dartmoor Treasure Trail
Quaywest Water Park
For a full list of Days out with the children please click HERE
Events & Festivals 2021
DUE TO COVID-19 EVENTS & FESTIVAL DATES TBC
Dartmouth Music Festival - 12th-14th May
Kingswear Regatta - late June/early July
Shakespeare Week - 25th-29th July
Rockfish Crab Party - 20th July
Dittisham Regatta - August
Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week - 19th-27th August
Dartmouth Royal Regatta - 24th-26th August
Agatha Christie Festival - 13th-17th September
Dartmouth Galleries Week - October
Dartmouth Food Festival - 20th-22nd October
Candlelit Dartmouth - 24th & 25th November
New Year Fancy Dress & Fireworks - 31st December
Waves is located close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Devon if not the UK, below is a list of a few of them, all of which are well within a 45 minutes drive or indeed walk from our properties.
Blackpool Sands - approximately 10 minute walk
Slapton Sands - approximately 10 minute drive
East Portlemouth Beaches - approx 30 minute drive
North & South Sands Salcombe - approx 40 min drive
Bantham Beach - approximately 30 minute drive
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is approximately 4 miles inland, about a 10 minute drive. It is the South Hams only Championship Course. Designed by Jeremy Pern, it offers 2 exceptional golf courses, both created with sweeping fairways, ample all year round tees, and of course superb greens created from the dramatic surrounding landscape, all built to USGA Championship specification. The 7,200 yard, par 72 Championship Course, which has hosted the West Region PGA Championships on no less than 6 occasions, has been designed to challenge the most proficient golfer, with the strategic positioning of tees, meandering streams, 12 water features and undulating greens providing an excellent and enjoyable challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Thurlestone Golf Club is about a 35 minute drive away and is situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Running along the stunning coastline of Bigbury Bay, the course is a mix of links and cliff-top terrain with the latter providing breath-taking views of the legendary Thurlestone Rock to the East and the beautiful Avon Estuary and Burgh Island to the West. It is an exhilarating course with majestic rocky seascapes above the coves where smugglers used to operate. It is ideal holiday golf - not too severe, with quite generous fairways but the wind, of course, can blow with a vengeance. Peter Allis once favourably compared the 18-hole course with the world-famous Pebble Beach in California.