Shaldon is a delightful little Regency seaside village with some beautiful holiday cottages at the mouth of the River Teign on Devon's South Coast. It lies across the estuary from Teignmouth (locally pronounced ‘Tin-mouth’), a popular seaside resort with a Victorian pier and working harbour. Shaldon’s attractive cottages are complimented by an equally attractive choice of local pubs, tea rooms, little shops and even a small zoo.  The tidal estuary is a fascinating place to relax on a deck chair, or from your holiday cottage terrace to watch boats of all sixes from dinghies and yachts to larger merchant vessels navigating their way onto Teignmouth’s harbour. A ferry will carry visitors across the Teign between Shaldon and Teignmouth giving visitors pleasurable and easy access to the traditional seaside attractions there. Then after a day in this vibrant resort, catch the ferry back and return to the peace and tranquillity of your holiday cottage in Shaldon.

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A sandy beach, historic village centre and thriving food scene are all a stone’s throw from holiday cottages in Shaldon. This picturesque village lies on the southern banks of the River Teign estuary, backed by rolling countryside. With its narrow, winding streets and fine Georgian architecture, it is a popular base for exploring the south Devon coast. 

Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Shaldon and you will discover rows of thatched cottages, family-run shops and some great places to eat and drink. ODE is a renowned restaurant housed in a graceful Georgian building, serving exceptional dishes prepared by Michel Roux-trained chef Tim Bouget. Nearby, the Clipper is a laidback café run by a pair of Italian chefs, while Number One serves delicious tapas and the freshest locally caught fish. 

Self-catering holidays in Shaldon would be incomplete without a day on the beautiful, sandy beach, where swimming, sailing and rowing are popular. Low tide reveals a maze of rockpools, where crabs can be found. The village’s annual regatta has been held on the beach annually, for nearly 200 years, while the distinctive black and white boat which transports people across the estuary to the neigbouring town of Teignmouth is said to be Britain’s oldest passenger ferry. 

A craggy headland known as the Ness shelters the village from storms, with a smuggler’s tunnel running through the cliff-face to a hidden beach. The Homeyards Botanical Gardens are located on a hillside overlooking the village, with spectacular views of the Teign estuary. Originally built in the 1920s and ‘30s, they are known for the unusual folly known as Shaldon Castle. There are plenty of activities for kids in and around the village, including stand-up paddle-boarding and sailing at Sea Sports South West, in Teignmouth. Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village and Living Coasts are also nearby.