Brixham and Galmpton Holiday Cottages
Brixham Holiday Cottages
Brixham is a hidden gem. Situated at the southern end of Torbay, it has a quintessential harbour, colourful hillside fishermen cottages overlooking the water and fishing boats coming into land their catch.
In the harbour you’ll find the Golden Hind, a replica of Sir Francis Drakes galleon, now museum, which sits alongside all the working trawlers that form one of the largest fishing fleets in the country.
The mix of character and tradition is Brixham’s charm, with cultural and arts events taking place across the year, unique attractions and excellent local food. You certainly will be spoilt for choice in this coastal town!
What can I do in Brixham?
As you would expect, there are plenty of opportunities to get on the water in Brixham. Try your hand at mackerel fishing on one of the many charter trips and bring some fish home for tea. Take a boat excursion across to Torquay or one that explores the the craggy coastline and spot local seals and sea birds.
If you don’t mind an early start, there are regular fish market tours where you get to see all the different varieties of fish being sold. It’s a riveting experience and at the end of the visit you get to sample the fish of the day as part of fishermen’s breakfast platter.
Walking west along the marina you will find Breakwater Beach which is a small pebbly beach, perfectly sheltered for a dip in the sea. The beach café is handy for ice creams and lunches and you can sit outside and enjoy the stunning view of the bay.
A bit further around the headland is Shoalstone Pool, a popular open seawater swimming pool which if you don’t mind the initial chill, is a great place to have fun in the water. About a mile from the centre of Brixham is Berry Head, a must to visit place for its magnificent views and opportunities to spot wildlife both on land and in the sea. There are also some nice walks along the South West Coastal Path which takes you further along the coast towards Kingswear.
Where can you eat in Brixham?
If you love fish, you will be hard pushed to find it fresher anywhere else and as you’d expect it’s a popular menu choice across the towns pubs and restaurants.
One of the nicest spots to eat, is RockFish, overlooking the harbour and run by chef and restauranteur Mitch Tonks. Fish dominates the menu as you would expect with an amazing choice of locally caught fish, which is brought in by the fishing boats a stone’s throw away.
The interestingly named Poop Deck restaurant which takes its name from the top deck of a sailing, offers another amazing array of fish dishes and is perfectly positioned on the main Quayside.
If you want to enjoy your meal in more informal surroundings then look no further than Simply Fish which also offers excellent take away Fish and Chips.
The Guardhouse Café is well worth the long walk to as it’s situated inside a Napoleonic fortress on Berry Head with its breath-taking views out to sea. Go there for an amazing breakfast or a cream tea as their scones are to die for.
Galmpton Holiday Cottages
Situated by the River Dart, just a short drive away from Brixham and close to the beautiful beaches of Torbay is the picturesque village of Galmpton. You’ll find everything you need here for an enjoyable Devon holiday, a village store crammed with everyday essentials, a fabulous local butcher and a great pub, The Manor Inn, which serves good food and is dog-friendly.
What can I do in and around Galmpton?
If you are a keen walker, discover a fantastic network of walks straight from the door of your holiday cottage. Enjoy a walk-through woods and fields and take in some spectacular views of the River Dart, or join the South West Coastal Path and head to Berry Head in Brixham for a panoramic view of Torbay.
Just a mile down the road, perched on the hillside overlooking the River Dart is Greenway House & Gardens, Agatha Christie’s former home and now run by the National Trust. Just below Greenway House on Greenway Quay you can catch a short passenger ferry across to the charming riverside village of Dittisham. Grab a drink at the Ferryboat Inn (known as the FBI to locals) or enjoy a freshly cooked seafood platter in the Anchorstone Café overlooking the water.
Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Brixham and the neighbouring village of Galmpton. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special South Devon holiday