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Review: Shaldon


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Shaldon in Teignbridge

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

    144 reviews

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  • Aug 2012
  • Family including children under 16

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Our family of six (children aged 7 and 10, parents and Grandad and I) stayed in a delightful property in Shoreside in the village of Shaldon just over the bridge from Teignmouth on the Devon coast. There was just everything we needed for a perfect holiday: 3 bedrooms (one with en-suite), a good sized living room with flat-screened TV and games cupboard, dining kitchen, separate utility room, family bathroom and ground floor WC. The house was built in 2003 but in traditional cottage style.

The pretty village of Shaldon is located on the shoreline with small shops, restaurants, pubs, bowling green, fishing boats and parks. The grandchildren were able to 'let off steam" before bedtime at the nearby swings. (We babysat whilst the parents went out for a drink – then it was our turn).The public transport is excellent with frequent buses and a train station just over the bridge in Teignmouth.

We travelled down south by car via the Forest of Dean stopping off for tea and cakes at the Old Tintern Railway Station – a "Green Flag" attraction.

Our first day was spent in and around Shaldon walking up to the Ness and through the smugglers tunnel to the other beach. There is also a wildlife zoo up there.We had a nice meal at the Ness Hotel. It tasted great but there seemed to be insufficient waiters to cope with the numbers of diners.

On Monday, whilst the others went off to a sandy beach, the two of us travelled to Kingswear to view the steam trains, then took the ferry over to Dartmouth. In the evening the whole family went for a carvery at the Smugglers Inn on the Dawlish Road. I can heartily recommend this establishment for good food and service.

The next day we took the bus to Exeter, sheltered during a rain shower in the museum, then walked the wall route to the Quayside. Then we enjoyed "steak night" at one of the most impressive Wetherspoons ,the Imperial near to St David's station.

Wednesday morning after watching the Shaldon Regatta we looked at the stalls on the Green with stallholders in Georgian costume. Then we took the train to Plymouth where the others went for a swim in the open-air lido. The two of us went up to the Hoe to enjoy the view and take photos. Our evening meal was taken at Cafe Rouge located on the corner of Whimple Street and St Andrew Street – it was a former bank building.The children were given a small menu booklet with puzzles and games. (They have lived in France so could practise their French) From the adult menu I chose Pave D'Agneau, which was delicious.

Thursday we were out bright and early to travel by train to St Austell in Cornwall from Newton Abbott. The car parking cost £6 per car, but the train fare was only £27 return for a group ticket. Our visit to the eden Project was an unforgettable experience. There was so much to see and do in this tourist attraction,educational charity and social enterprise. To find out more look up on It was Wetherspoons "curry night" near St Austell station for our meal before getting back on the train.

In my opinion, the best place we visited was on Friday to Greenway, the National Trust property and home of Agatha Christie. We are all fans of the author, even the children who love Poirot. The views from the garden were magnificent of the River Dart, the hills and the woodlands. The family collections were fascinating. If you are staying in the area this is a must. Our evening meal was at Prezzo on the front at Paignton. We had excellent service, the food was great and good value. I has chicken Caesar salad, which I can recommend. But all good things come to an end….

All in all a great holiday! We just love Shoreside, Shaldon and Devon.

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