Shaldon in South Devon - we would have to admit that we had never heard of it before. Research showed it to be a village across the mouth of the River Teign from Teignmouth and about 8 miles or so up the coast from Devon's 'tourist capital' Torquay.
A special weekend deal for three nights B&B was on offer from of the internet sites - it was too good to miss! Shaldon still retains it's 'Devon-ness', is largely undeveloped and boasts it's narrow windy streets from long ago.
Potters Mooring guest House occupies a central position on the river-ward side of Shaldon Village Green. There is ample parking for 8-10 cars at the front, however, entry and access for large vehicles can be a little difficult due to parked cars on the opposite side of the road.
Our bell push was answered almost immediately by proprietor Linda with a warm and very friendly greeting. Establishment atmosphere is important to us - we were not disappointed. We had fallen in love with Potters Mooring before we reached our room. Linda introuced us to Room 5 and its features. The room on the second floor has sloping ceilings at it's extremities. Any visitor in excess of 6 feet might find the reduced height entry doorway uncomfortable equally sitting upright in bed. For the less evelated of us it was not a major problem.
The room was spotlessly clean and modern but still retained it's very comfortable feel. Ample tea and coffee facilities were provided with fresh milk in a small flask. The main window in the dormer structure gave a very pleasant view across the river to Teignmouth. The window to the right gave a slightly restricted view of the sea horizon over the roof tops.
LInda has a long association with Potters Mooring working there from 2000 to 2006 when she and partner Robert took it over when the then owner moved to Spain. The name has a very local connection and Linda will be pleased to tell you of this and show you the 'Potters Mooring' china.
Linda and Rob's breakfasts have been mentioned in previous reviews and could well be the subject of perhaps the shortest review ever - "WOW"! A very adequate choice of cereals and fruit juices etc. and a full english breakfast or any varitiaon of it with alternatives. Quality items, very nicely presented abd very adueqate portions taken in a warm and welcoming oak panelled room over looking the green.Tje friendly and attentive service added to the enjoyment of our stay.
Even in the depths of winter there are many local places to visit such as Dartmouth amd Slapton memorial to the tragic loss of 946 American soldiers during 'Operation Tiger', a practice for the D Day Landings. A Sherman Tank modifed to 'swim' still shows some of the propellor mechanism, commemorates the site.
One very 'enjoyable' destination was Princetown. The is the location of the soon to close Dartmoor Prison. Located centrally on Dartmoor it also boasts a fascinating museum showing the prison from it's construction around 1802 and use during the Napoleonic War and onwards.
As you might expect 'eateries' in a small village are limited. The London Inn, next door offers good food in the upper middle price bracket. A friendly family-run fish and chip shop around the corner offers a good range with an excellent Plaice and Chips at £5.50 (December 2013). A little further afield is the excellent 'Grand Stand' at Newton Abbott, one of the Harvester Chain.
All in all we had a wonderful weekend and if staying in the Shaldon area again there would be no hesitation in chosing Potters Mooring - absolutely thoroughly recommended!!!.
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