Kingston is a small village in the heart of Devon’s idyllic South Hams district. Surrounded by farmland, near the mouth of the River Erme, it’s a beautiful rural base for a break in South Devon. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Kingston and you will discover a thriving community which time seems to have forgotten, with thatched cottages lining the narrow streets and a scattering of family-run businesses. Self-catering holidays in Kingston would be incomplete without a pint of local ale or cider at the Dolphin Inn, an atmospheric 16th century pub with a reputation for serving excellent food, prepared with the finest local ingredients. A stroll away from Kingston holiday cottages, Westcombe Beach is a sweep of sand and rocks, where oyster catchers swoop above the waves and butterflies float above the grassy clifftops.

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The coast and countryside around Kingston are wonderfully unspoiled, with windswept moors, gently rolling hills and a rugged coast, dotted with secluded, rocky bays. A lovely walk follows the banks of the river and meanders through woods carpeted with wild garlic and bluebells before joining the coast for amazing views across the sea and inland, towards the village, nestled in a patchwork of fields and hedgerows. Just to the north of Kingston, Dartmoor is an enchanting expanse of open heaths, mossy boulders, gentle streams and imposing hills, where you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. Kingston is perfectly located for exploring the stunning South Hams coast, much of which lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Challaborough, Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham and Hope Cove are all a short drive away. For great shopping and maritime history, head to the bustling city of Plymouth, 14 miles west of Kingston.