our ethos

food glorious

all we are really bothered about is fabulous food….so, whichever, whenever, you chose of our two uniques venues, you will find great service, a casual atmosphere, a host of talented chefs, & the desire for you to feel part of our family!

so, at the beachhouse, south milton sands & our  schoolhouse at mothecombe, we do try to do just that.

first class


uniquely situated on the private flete estate, located on the coast between newton ferrers and the yealm estuary, with wonwell beach t’other side to us at the mouth of the river erme, we are lucky to be in this special part of the south hams, maybe a stretch of this stunning area of the south devon coast you haven’t yet discovered?

schoolhouse has been a labour of love for Tamara, the totnes girl with big visions. from a design background, & with a flair for hospitality, (she first created ‘mr and mrs smiths’ favourite south devon boutique B&B, the whitehouse’ in chillington)  before being offered the opportunity to create the unique and well loved ‘beachhouse’ (link) on the dunes above south milton & thurlestone rock.
the beachhouse rocks!………but then,

she has been given carte blanche to create the perfect restaurant at the schoolhouse mothecombe. this beautiful building, in the most amazing situation above the beach, tamara has had the vision to create a destination restaurant that both compliments & highlights the historical old school building, with sensitivity- & a few cheeky schooltime references, it is after all a well loved local landmark.

previously struggling as a seasonal tearoom, it cried out for love & affection, & to be filled with laughter & love again, & …..well….here it is! with knobs on! a remarkable renovation, the love invested is tangible, and after only three weeks of opening, it already has been nationally reviewed as one of europes best up & coming foodies spots (twitter link)

whether swinging by with the dog in the morning for a barista coffee & a bacon sarnie, or a lunch with friends, whether up from your rib on the beach for a cold beer & to pick over a local crab, or whether you fancy a perfectly made sundowner, with the newly revealed spectacular view to the sands and snuggling up by one of our fire pits…” whether you are taking your time with fine wines, our superbly interesting a la carte feast with friends in our quirky old schoolhouse dining room, we aspire to always give our best to you & yours.

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how to find us

mothecombe, holbeton, devon
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