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Surrounded by stunning countryside and situated a little off the beaten track, East Allington is a rural and very much agricultural South Devon village. Nestled amongst working farms and quiet country lanes, it provides the perfect bolthole for a secluded escape, far from the madding hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the towns of Totnes, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth just a short distance away, and easy access to the beautiful South Devon coast and also Dartmoor National Park, it is conveniently placed to explore the surrounding area. When the 2011 Census was conducted, East Allington’s population was recorded at just over 700, and so as you can imagine, this small and wonderfully formed village is tight knit and proud of its agricultural roots. Home to a thriving and active local community that supports a collection of young families, couples and retirees, expect to find an active church, small village store, primary school and extensive playpark when you visit, not to mention the annual East Allington Whacky Races, depending upon the time of year! Well-known as the home of one of the region’s most popular pubs, it also provides some lovely views and enjoyable rural walks, and so despite its size, you won’t find yourself short of things to do when visiting.
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The village is well–served by The Fortescue Arms, a beautiful nineteenth century pub still full of features from many years ago, and as such, expect an eclectic mix of rustic tables, antique settles and a roaring log fire. As you would expect, it’s a favourite watering hole with locals as well as visitors who’ve been lucky enough to make the discovery, and it’s particularly well-known for its warm welcome. Customers are encouraged to bring their dogs in the bar area. In fact, pets are so warmly welcome that you can even purchase a ‘dog’s dinner’ for just £5, so be sure to ask a member of staff for details if your four-legged friend has worked up an appetite. What’s more, there is a tethering post and fresh water for horses located in the car park. Families are encouraged, but the owners do request that children remain seated and supervised. The menu focuses on traditional pub classics using local and seasonal produce, in keeping with its cosy rustic décor and village location. Take a look at the lunch, dinner and Sunday menus here, and always try to book a table in advance because it does get busy.
Whilst the village of East Allington may appear small and secluded, don’t be deceived. You will find a wealth of things to do, both in doorstep adventures and activities a little further afield. Should you want to stay within the village, spend your time exploring the myriad of local footpaths that take in panoramic country views and enjoy a bounty of local wildlife. If you’re looking to venture slightly further afield, perhaps bring your road bike and tally up a few miles navigating the local area, Slapton Sands is around five miles to the South East should you want to escape to the coast, or for yet another beautiful South Devon village visit Blackawton. For those after something a little more gentle, head to the pub for some sumptuous food and a little downtime or relax in the comfort of your self-catering holiday cottage. The village of East Allington provides its visitors with the ultimate opportunity to really slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer.
Just a short drive away you will find a wealth of activities to enjoy. For those in search of a little retail therapy, why not head to the bustling market town of Totnes where you will find a huge variety of things to do, or perhaps the harbour towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe, all of which are home to a range of independent boutique stores. For those with children hankering after something a little different (and needing to burn some energy!) there are several popular family attractions nearby, including Woodlands Theme Park and Pennywell Farm, as well as Paignton Zoo a little further afield and well worth the visit!
For outdoor enthusiasts, the South West Coast Path provides an abundance of nearby walking adventures, as does The Dart Valley Trail, not forgetting the Dartmoor National Park boasting incredible Dartmoor walks for all ages and abilities further afield. Walking aside, within close proximity you will be beside the water or in stunning countryside, whether that is down by the river at Dittisham and Tuckenhay, or on the coast where you can wild swim, surf, paddle board and kayak– the list is exhaustive! The region of South Devon is the ultimate playground regardless of age, taste, rain or shine, so be sure to take some time and read our comprehensive round-up on things to do in South Devon.
The East Allington Whacky Races is an exciting downhill go-kart race where homemade carts compete in an exhilarating race against the clock. This is one of South Devon’s wackiest days out, jam-packed with family fun, stalls, activities and refreshments. Car parking for the event is free, and all proceeds raised are divided between the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and a combination of local groups and organisations. The races began in 2005, and have to date, raised over £30,000 for charity, which we think is an incredible achievement! If you’re feeling really up to the challenge then you can enter the Wacky Races, the best way to move forward on this is to get in contact via their active Facebook page.
East Allington boasts an enviable recreational ground, enjoying a multi-purpose fenced play area with newly installed equipment, football field, skateboarding ramp, picnic area and large dog-friendly meadow. It comes as no surprise that the village is proud of this green space, and it is the perfect place to take small children (and canine companions alike!) should they need to burn off some excess energy. Located opposite the grounds of the East Allington Football Club, there is limited (but not often busy) roadside parking.
St Andrew’s Church in East Allington stands proudly in an elevated position, adjacent to the Fortescue Arms pub. A Grade II listed building, the parish church was enlarged in the 14th Century, and its origins are thought to be rooted in the century prior. It underwent extensive work in the early 1500s before a major restoration in the 19th century. The church is particularly famous because it was the venue for a significant announcement during World War II, when large parts of South Devon were evacuated for what turned out to be the D-Day preparations. The church is particularly active on its Facebook page, so do check this for regular updates. Leading to the church you will find a footpath from the village park, which makes for a lovely, gentle family stroll, best enjoyed with a meal in the pub afterwards – the perfect Sunday day out.
In the village of East Allington itself you will find a small village store (situated just off Laburnum Way), and from here you can pick up various day to day essentials you might need. The nearest larger supermarkets are situated in the towns of Kingsbridge and Totnes should you want to do a more extensive shop, and if you don’t fancy venturing to the shops then perhaps order a Riverford Organic food box for delivery.
East Allington is conveniently located in the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just off the A381. Nestled in rolling countryside, the village is just over 3 miles from the village of Halwell, approximately 4 miles from Kingsbridge and around ten miles from Totnes. There is no central car park in the village but residential roadside parking is plentiful, and as always, please park with respect.
The Mounts is a small hamlet on the A381 consisting of just 17 houses. Officially part of the Parish of East Allington, it is located about one mile from the main village.
East Allington and the surrounding South Devon countryside makes for a wonderful place for a holiday, with its picturesque villages, relaxed pace of life and simple pleasures – most notably traditional pubs and secluded walks. Coast & Country Cottages offer an extensive selection of village properties, from country escapes to traditional coastal cottages and even rural farmhouses. Regardless of whether you’re a couple in search of a romantic break, a larger group or family looking for a spacious holiday home, or you want to bring your canine companion for a dog friendly holiday in South Devon, we have holiday cottages to suit your requirements. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for then please do contact our friendly team who will happily help.
Location: East Allington
Situated on the outskirts of East Allington, Cuttrye Old Dairy is an open plan annexe cottage that boasts pretty and traditional decor. The chocolate-box interior even includes an authentic wood burning stove – perfect for cosy nights spent relaxing after a day exploring the area. The property is ideal for a couples break, and is within easy access to the South Devon coastline and Dartmoor, and also the towns of Kingsbridge, Totnes Dartmouth and Salcombe.
Location: Goveton, near Kingsbridge
An elegant country escape, The Hall is nestled in the gentle folds of the South Devon landscape and is enveloped by peaceful communal gardens, providing the ultimate luxury holiday experience. The property itself is situated over three floors, and is extremely spacious and light – the modern living space, open tread staircase, high ceilings and bedroom Juliette balconies all play hand to this. For those with energy in abundance, you can also enjoy use of the indoor power pool, a heated haven where you can swim lengths, or take a gentle morning swim.
Location: Goveton, near Kingsbridge
The Granary is a barn-conversion in the tasteful Buckland Court development, which is ideal for families including those with canine companions, as well as couples or friends. A little over two miles from East Allington, The Granary is located in the hamlet of Goveton, a secluded spot that’s close to the pretty market town of Kingsbridge. This property is beautifully presented inside, with a similarly attractive enclosed garden and terrace.