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A super comfy bolthole by the sea, set right on the South West Coastal Path, The Cricket Inn, at the heart of Beesands village, is designed for soaking up ocean views whilst savouring locally-caught seafood. Unwind to the sound of the waves and wake to a picture-postcard sunrise across Start Bay.

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Situated a stone's throw from the beach in the charming fishing village of Beesands, in the South Hams - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - The Cricket Inn provides a south Devon escape in a spectacular location. The South West Coast Path stretches south to Start Point, whilst a 30-minute drive will take you to the marine town of Dartmouth with its picturesque harbour and host of independent boutiques and cafes.

By car: 1 hour 20 mins from Exeter, 2 hours 40 mins from Bristol and around 4 hours 45 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.

By train: London Paddington to Totnes takes around 2 hours 50 mins. The hotel is a 40-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Totnes.

By plane: Exeter airport (47 miles)

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Centuries ago, the pub stretched right out into the bay, where playing cricket was a popular pastime, hence the name. Since it first opened in 1867 it's had strong seafood connections; today there are three skippers living in Beesands who are descendants of those original families, supplying fresh catch to the Cricket Inn. The décor stays true to its roots within the black and white paintings hung in the restaurant and bar. Light-filled and understated, a nautical thread runs throughout with a nod to the cricket heritage.


Enjoy excellent food without the frills and friendly service. The affable owners are happy to advise on walks and day trips and happy to offer a little history of the area. Coast path maps are available to buy from reception, and there is plenty of parking right outside.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Outdoor seating
  • Beachside
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Home to seven bedrooms, five with stunning sea views, including a large family room. The two suites are perfectly positioned, overlooking Start Bay. Blue and white striped armchairs, and a calm coastal palette with a nod toward New England create relaxed spaces to while away the hours.

Room types: Headingly, Old Trafford, Trentbridge, The Oval, Lords, Botham Suite, Trueman Suite

Key amenities: King-size bed, ensuite with walk-in shower, TV, walk-in wardrobe, dressing table, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi


True to its seafood heritage, menus brim with flavoursome dishes that showcase the very best of locally caught fish and shellfish. Guests will be impressed with the range of fresh produce right on the doorstep, and meat lovers can tuck into steaks or the classic Cricket Inn burger. Don't forget to visit sister pub - the Church House Inn - just a short drive away.

The Cricket Inn: award-winning food, fresh fish, pub classics, local produce, steaks, local ciders and real ales. Open all day, every day. Mains from £12.50.

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