Top places to live in Devon Shaldon
There aren't too many villages right on the water that come with gorgeous architecture, non-touristy eateries and a buzzing city less than half an hour's drive away. Shaldon ticks all those boxes and more, but be warned it doesn't come cheap! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Well, The Sunday Times named Shaldon in its Best Places to Live 2020 for starters. This waterside village sits 15 miles from Exeter on the Teign estuary and is brimful of cute cheek-by-jowl cottages and Georgian houses. There’s a pretty central bowling green, and a beach with a foot passenger ferry across the water to the back beach at Teignmouth just one mile away. It’s small and quiet, and not touristy (except when it’s the popular annual regatta in August – cancelled this year).
There’s some fab foodie spots, including the eco-friendly cafe Ode next to Shaldon car park and The Ness, for pub classics, as well as 10 minutes down the road along the Teign at Coombeinteignhead, the recently Muddy-reviewed Coombe Cellars, where you can eat gastro pub fare while watching the wind surfers and sailing boats. On Shaldon waterfront, there’s The Ferry Boat Inn for live music and beers on the beach and The Clipper for drinks, shakes and excellent fish and chips to eat in or take away.
Shaldon has those all important amenities including Shaldon Village Stores, a post office, butchers, and a bakery and the Ness Gift Shop (they also sell great ice-cream). You can also pick up nice scarves, accessories and coastal-style lines at the bijou Sail Loft.
It’s a five-minute drive (or more fun, a summer boat ride) to Teignmouth for a dose of comedy, film or culture at Teignmouth Pavilions and Exeter is just half an hour away down the A379. For kids, carry on along the coast road towards Torquay for Babbacombe’s iconic miniature Model Village and the harbourside ferris wheel.
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Trinity School is close by at Teignmouth with a bus service that picks up in the village or send them to Exeter School, an academically superb selective independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 7 to 18. Shaldon Primary has long been a fave with local parents for its ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
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Ness Beach – the locals’ favourite, accessed by the old smugglers’ tunnel tucked away behind Shaldon Zoo near the car park. Ooh, and the rock band Muse come from Teignmouth opposite.
Teignmouth train station is just five minutes over the bridge across the Teign Estuary, taking you 56 minutes to Plymouth or 20 minutes to Exeter St Davids for links to London Paddington 2 hours 10 minutes away. The A38 and M5 at Junction 30 is 20 minutes by car away for Bristol, Taunton and Plymouth.
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