The Local Area
Few, if any counties match the wealth of diversity in Devonshire. Whether you want to ramble through nature's creations, or indulge in more active sport, you couldn't have a better range of opportunities.
There are many beaches within easy reach of Kingston, too many to list but here are a few, there is also a list of Dog friendly beaches in each cottage. Blackpool Sands has a Venus Cafe and loos and is very beautiful, has a Blue Flag Award for cleanliness. Slapton Sands has a good car park and is ideal for doggie walks. Bantham Beach is very sandy and good for sandcastle making, Burgh Island has a portion of beach for dogs and at low tide you can walk out to the old pub on the island, if the tide is up there is an exciting ride to be had on the sea tractor to or from the island. On the mainland there is also a Venus Cafe who have won countless awards these are all approx 25mins drive.
The trip from Totnes to Dartmouth is a must down the River Dart leaving the car in Totnes. Visit the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company website for details.
Dartmoor is just 15mins away with Chagford, an interesting old village, Hey Tor to climb, then lunch at The Rock Inn at Haytor village. Widdicoombe where the famous fair is held every year in September.
Greenway House and gardens where Agatha Christie lived is interesting and the trip across the river to a pub or restuarant is worthwhile from the quay where you may park whilst lunching, if lucky. We have an Information Room with plenty of information and flyers about things to do and places to visit.
There is a wealth of National Trust locations to visit around Devon & Cornwall. For more information, please visit the National Trust website.
Golf: Numerous golf courses are within easy reach of Kingston, including Dartmouth Golf and Country Club.
Also available are: Fishing, coarse and sea; horseriding - there are two riding establishments that we recommend; Hayes Farm Riding Centre with 300 acres at Ideford Luton 01626 852941, about 25mins drive, or Shilstone Rocks at Widdicombe 01364 621281, about 30 mins drive. Sailing, Clay Pigeon shooting, Carriage Driving.
The River Dart: Described as "the most beautiful river in England"
River Trips: We especially recommend the steamer from Totnes to Dartmouth
Beaches: Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bigbury-on-Sea and many more
Walking: The wild wilderness and rugged beauty of Dartmoor is on our doorstep with either Ashburton, Buckfastleigh or Holne being excellent start points
Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens: There are numerous properties in the area, including Dartington Hall, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Saltram House
Steam Trains: The Primrose Line; Totnes to Buckfastleigh via Staverton; Paignton to Kingswear
Buckfast Abbey: The country's most famous working Benedictine Monastery
Dartington: Visit the famous gardens, and shop for glassware at special factory prices, and many other goods
These are just a sample of the attractions that the area around Kingston has to offer. We'll be happy to help you plan your excursions or sporting activities - when you're not luxuriating in the surroundings of your very own home in Devon.
The Kingston Estate is a member of Premier Cottages.
This site lists many Totnes attractions and traders, places to stay and eat.
The online resource for the Staverton area, including a comprehensive history of surrounding features like the 14th century bridge,the "Sea Trout Inn", church and South Devon Railway.
Ponies and piglets, slides, go-karts, quad bikes and train rides, eagles and owls, walks and mazes, goats and guinea pigs, reindeer and rides, hedgehogs and bunnies, trampolines and tractors, ice creams and a licensed restaurant. Every half an hour a new fun activity is started - come and join in, watch, learn and have fun, almost everything is included in the entry price and all the day's activities are on a notice board as you walk in.