Few areas of the UK, or even Europe, have a lure greater than beautiful South Devon. Dramatic Dartmoor gives way to rolling hills, wooded valleys and stunning coastline that never fails to leave visitors wishing they could stay just that little bit longer. While away days in market towns and villages that have retained their tradition whilst now offering great dining and excellent shopping, or leave the townships behind and head to any one of the outstanding sandy beaches that dot the South Devon coast. It’s hard not to fall for the otherworldly pace of life making a stay in a South Devon holiday cottage the perfect escape from the 9-5.
Picturesque Thurlestone with its thatched cottages and colourful gardens benefits from its own microclimate resulting in more sunny days per year than neighbouring villages a mile or two further inland. With a range of sandy beaches which are great for games, splashing about and sunset barbecues all within walking distance of our holiday properties, Thurlestone is the perfect destination for those wanting a traditional British coastal holiday.
A relatively short coastal walk away from Thurlestone is Hope Cove, another firm favourite and home to some of the finest seaside holiday homes in Devon. Formed around the idyllic twin villages of Inner and Outer Hope, the cove contains two great beaches, always a hit with families, as are the local pub and cafes.
As one of the regions most desired destinations, holiday homes in Salcombe are an increasingly popular choice for visitors to South Devon with the town rapidly becoming iconic as a playground for the rich and famous. A mecca for sailors and water sports enthusiast, Salcombe is the UK's answer to Saint-Tropez, offering a wonderful blend of old and new in the most stunning surroundings.
Across the water is quieter East Portlemouth village which offers exceptional access to the Coastal Path and is home to a cluster of small but beautiful sandy beaches, each looking across the water to the villages more prominent neighbour. A ferry service between East Portlemouth and Salcombe allows guests to enjoy the best of both worlds
For those looking to really getaway from it all, East Prawle is found at Devon's southern most tip and is a more rural choice than nearby East Portlemouth. With its legendary pub, The Pig's Nose, and great coastal access, East Prawle has a unique appeal that keeps holiday makers coming back, year after year!
Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers lie opposite each other on a creek of the beautiful wooded Yealm estuary. Noss Mayo is one of the most attractive and un-spoilt areas of the county and is home to some spectatular waterside holiday cottages. Newton Ferrers meanwhile is a haven for artists and yachtsmen and equals its picturesque neighbour for natural beauty. Both villages share three excellent pubs among other local amenities.
The Avon Valley is an unspoilt, rural haven and Modbury, once a prosperous market town is in the heart of this rich farming region. Five miles away is the small village of Aveton Gifford located at the head of the Avon Estuary which leads down to the sea at Bantham.
The attractive village of Bigbury boasts a good local pub in The Royal Oak, a village store and is just a short distance from a fabulous 18 hole golf course, the highly acclaimed 'Oyster Shack' seafood restaurant and wonderful stretches of rugged coastline.
Two miles South West you will find Bigbury-on-Sea and iconic Burgh Island, with its Agatha Christie/Poirot connections and legendary Pilchard Inn, which dates back to the 14th century as a favourite haunt for smugglers but is now more popular for its local ales and fine views back to the mainland and Bigbury Beach, itself a vast stretch of castle building sand, excellent for games and watersports.
Kingsbridge, the capital of the South Hams and our home, offers an assortment of things to do and see, including an excellent range of shops; from clothing boutiques to delis and a three screen cinema. In addition, two large supermarkets service Kingsbridge and the surrounding villages and there is a large indoor public pool, great for those rare (cough) rainy days.
There are a selection of great pubs and restuarants including the brilliantly located Crabshell Inn on the estuary banks and the Creeks End on the town square which becomes the venue for various events throughout the summer including the Toad Hall Cottages sponsored Food and Music Festival!
The 6-mile road from Kingsbridge to Torcross passes through a handful of attractive villages including creekside Frogmore, Chillington and Stokenham, each with their own local pub and basic amenities. Torcross itself has a brilliant coastal location with immediate access to the vast shingle beach at Slapton Line, a beautiful nature reserve and a selection of great places to eat and drink.
Half-way along the line and slightly inland lies the pretty village of Slapton which also offers great access to the nearby coast and countryside and is home to two well respected pubs. Continuing up the beach, the small village of Strete with it's great pub and highly regarded Laughing Monk restaurant is perched on a hill with Slapton sands down to the west and beautiful Blackpool Sands to the east.
Dartmouth and The Dart Valley
Beyond Slapton, comes the Dart Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that delights visitors with fantastic scenery and pristine waterside villages like Dittisham, Tuckenhay, Ashprington and Stoke Gabriel make this area unique with their country pubs and fabulous settings. For a day out with a difference, a wine and cheese tasting tour at the Sharpham Estate is a must.
Dartmouth itself, like many coastal towns, is built on the side of a steep, wooded valley overlooking the river and is a picture book location. The Britannia Royal Naval College stands proudly on the hillside overlooking the town which offers a stunning array of bistros, pubs, restaurants, boutiques, galleries and specialist shops, all lining its narrow streets and passageways. Boat trips make the gentle journey up river to Totnes, another castle town with a bohemian charm and wonderful for shopping, dining and general mooching.