Shaldon appears to be developing into the next Salcombe! Everybody is talking about the renovations, the buzz, the new sea defenses and its village atmosphere. So why would it be considered as a contender to the very famous second home South Hams town?
Firstly it has a river frontage with a rich maritime history, yachts and small boats abound and the mouth of the estuary is only a few hundred yards away! Add to this the limited space for property to admire these views, the new developments, renovations of restaurants, houses and local hotels, the new sea defense walls and gates and the whole village is seeing a major face lift. It even has its own luxury Beach Huts that can be rented.
Shaldon is just across the bridge, over the river Teign, from its larger neighbour, Teignmouth, so there is no shortage of supermarkets and other types of shopping. If this isn’t big enough, head toward Newton Abbot with its Racecourse and larger stores, or head toward Exeter, the nearest city. Teignmouth is 5 minutes, Newton Abbot 10 minutes and Exeter 2o minutes. In the opposite direction is St. Marychurch, Babbacombe and then Torquay, all 15 – 20 minutes away. This all puts a small village like Shaldon in a very accessible position. However you do need a car, unless you want to use the bus. Car parking is scarce as you may imagine on such a confined river frontage, but continuing to end of the promenade and reaching right up past the hotel is a large public car park. Its not very convenient for residents of course, so expect some cramming! The beach ferry will take you across to Teignmouth, so that’s a great way of doing the shopping.
Shaldon was originaly in the “Hundred” (one of 32 Devon shires in Saxon times) of Wonford. The original settlement was hidden upstream in Ringmore where the rich and fertile, valley and marshes were farmed, but the locals were hidden from the sea and marauding invaders! Much of Shaldon has been built on reclaimed land and around 1800 the wall was built, now re-enforced and higher , to prevent flooding on surge tides and storms.
Shaldon has all the great English treats, a village green with bowls, with a pub next door, beach frontage, tea shops and plenty of cream teas. Add the small zoo, the smugglers tunnel to Ness Cove and Ness beach, a sea facing beach, a golf course way up the hill, back street restaurants and more pubs and you can see why property prices are above the average!
Below is an old map of Shaldon area and the picture below from where Shaldon is down to Ringmore. Follow this blog to read about Ringmore soon.
See the local Shaldon website