Tucked into a hill overlooking the sea, this contemporary development offers you your own little corner of paradise on the beautiful South Devon coast. As the name suggests, The Cove is a small contemporary development which settles into the slope above Brixham’s picturesque Fishcombe Cove overlooking the bay.
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The fifty four homes that make up the development include two, three, and four-bedroom houses as well as apartments, and all come with high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. Each property is individually owned and managed, with its own outside space and uniquely styled interior, and there is also access to a communal outdoor swimming pool which opens during the warmer months, as well as private parking on site.
From the development’s terrific vantage up on the hill, the views from here reach right across the bay to Torquay and beyond, and in favourable conditions the water is peppered with sailing boats and yachts looking to make the most of its sheltered beaches and calm waters. Flanked either side by tall trees and vegetation, Battery Gardens lies to one side, and Churston Woods to the other, with the South West Coast Path which runs behind the development, linking the two and providing scenic coastal walks in both directions.
This part of the coastline offers walkers many scenic routes to explore so whether you’d like to get the dogs out for their daily dose of exercise, let the kids burn off some of their energy, or simply take in the sights and sounds of the landscape, you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Fishcombe Cove to the Breakwater
A lovely, fairly gentle route with stunning views over the bay. This 3-ish mile walk begins right on your holiday property’s doorstep and passes beneath Battery Gardens. You’ll continue past the fish quay, round the harbour, along the marina and on to the lighthouse at the end of the Breakwater. Although there are plenty of restaurants and café’s along the way, we suggest holding out for that slice of cake or fish and chips until you reach The Breakwater Bistro which sits on the beach alongside.
Fishcombe Cove to Elberry Cove
Roughly 1.2 miles in the direction of Paignton, this route takes you through the woods that run alongside the coastline. Your first stop is Churston Cove – a picturesque spot for a swim or a picnic. In the summer you’ll see yachts and leisure boats anchored up, giving it a Mediterranean-esque atmosphere. Continue on through the woods until you reach the steps leading down to Elberry Cove – a white pebble beach with clear water and the ruins of Lord Churston’s bathhouse.
Berry Head Nature Reserve
This stunning spot provides visitors with some of the best sea views in Devon, where the remains of an old Napoleonic Fort complete with battlements and canons as well as a WWII lookout make for a fascinating day out. The Guardhouse Café is a lovely place for a cream tea or light bite, especially if your walking party includes dogs, with the café welcoming canines with open arms and even including a little dog-friendly menu.
Brixham abounds with fantastic foodie spots so if your idea of relaxation is zero time spent in the kitchen, you’ll be pleased to hear there are enough places for you to eat out somewhere new every single day of your stay.
Within walking distance of the town centre and the harbour, guests can enjoy a stroll along the coast path into town, where a plethora of fantastic restaurants can be found.
A firm favourite for locals and visitors, Mitch Tonk’s seafood restaurant chain made its debut in Dartmouth in 2010 and is still growing from strength to strength. Set right on the fish quay with great open-air decks and terraces where you can enjoy views over the water, this is casual holiday dining at its best. The menu celebrates fresh, local seafood and remains an absolute winner for a lovely meal out.
Set on the upper floor of a building right on the harbour edge, this fabulous seafood restaurant with its nautical décor and relaxed atmosphere is a must-visit stop on your culinary adventures through Brixham. With dishes curated using whatever’s fresh, local and seasonal, you can enjoy your hand dived scallops with fantastic views over the boats and water below.
Larder & Garden Cafe
Tucked into Bolton Street, this fab little coffee house is a not so well-kept local’s secret anymore. Since 2019 they’ve been on a mission to deliver a selection of the most delicious coffees that the Brixham has to offer…and they’ve succeeded. They also happen to have a range of superb homemade cakes and bakes (vegan and gluten free options too), so if you have a sweet tooth you’re in luck. Their breakfasts and deli lunch specials are also pretty terrific. Open Tuesday to Saturday. From 8am in the week; and 9am on Saturday!
La Petite Maison
With its fabulously decadent dishes (cream, butter and garlic galore) this gorgeous little French bistro which is housed in refurbished 1800’s cottage on Brixham’s quayside, is your go-to for a memorable evening out. Steal away to a quiet table in the corner if there’s just the two of you, or gather the family together and enjoy the atmosphere. We like the sound of homemade French Onion Soup with chunky croutons, Portabello Cassoulet, Beef Bourguignon and Duck Confit Pie – yum!
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