Planning your next escape to the South West? Dreaming of five star luxury loafing by the sea? Whether you’re after a summer retreat or a winter bolt-hole, this beachside holiday cottage delivers laid-back beach chic in spades.
Hope Lodge, situated on the outskirts of the popular coastal village of Thurlestone, sleeps up to 14 guests in 2 large apartments (each with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) – available to rent separately for family holidays, or together for larger gatherings. Enjoying uninterrupted sea views overlooking the iconic Thurlestone Rock and stretching across Bigbury Bay, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better located base for an idyllic holiday in Devon.
Make the most of the stunning seaside position and head straight for the comfy outside seating for a spot of ocean-gazing, or if you can tear your eyes away from the view, lose yourself in a great book, or indulge in an afternoon snooze lulled by the distant murmur of waves. Spend memorable evenings dining alfresco under the stars, or in the cooler months, cosy up in front of one of the real fires while a storm rages outside.
Inside, Hope Lodge is bursting with coastal charm. Breathtaking views, generously-sized rooms and stunning interiors – this cottage has it all! And with the beach just a leisurely 2 minute amble from the garden gate, sandcastles, rockpools, sea swims and coast walks effortlessly beckon, whilst strolls to the nearby village inn or beach house café make for a care-free holiday schedule.
Thurlestone is a thriving village all year round, boasting a golf course, shop, pub and luxury hotel with day spa facilities. From here, you’re also ideally placed to explore the whole of the picturesque South Hams countryside and coastline.
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Things to Do In Thurlestone
Beaches: Leas Foot Beach (right next to Thurlestone Golf Club) and South Milton Sands are both easily accessible on foot from the village. Slightly further afield, you can also walk to the two Hope Cove beaches in one direction, or the famous surfing beach at Bantham in the other. A short drive offers a choice of many more outstanding sandy beaches, including those at Salcombe and Bigbury-on-Sea.
Golf Club: If you fancy a spot of golf (or tennis) during your holiday, Thurlestone golf club offers a challenging clifftop course with magnificent views from every hole.
Surfing Lessons: Both Bantham and Bigbury-on-Sea beaches are home to excellent local surf schools also offering board/wetsuit hire. Suitable for all ages and all levels.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding: There are several spots locally for trying this hugely popular watersport. The Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge is home to Waterborn – offering tuition and/or board/wetsuit hire and easy conditions on the tidal estuary. Or if you prefer the pretty harbour at Salcombe, try Sea Kayak Salcombe at South Sands, where you can also (surprisingly!) hire kayaks, with the option to sign up for a guided tour along the coast.
South West Coast Path Walks: With the coast path on your doorstep, you can walk from Thurlestone to Bantham, or in the other direction, to Hope Cove, Bolberry, Soar Mill Cove and beyond. Discover craggy cliffs, hidden beaches, sheltered coves en route – walking the coast path is a joy whatever the season, or weather, as long as you dress appropriately.
Kingsbridge/Salcombe: Thurlestone is just a 10 minute drive from either of these popular towns, where you will find a wide selection of independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and galleries to while away a happy afternoon.
Places to Eat in Thurlestone
Village Inn, Thurlestone: This recently refurbished, family and dog-friendly village pub offers a warm welcome, real ales and delicious gastro pub fare.
Beach House, South Milton Sands: This laid-back foodie destination – renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, sociable shared tables, and its simple yet excellent fish and sea food offering – offers breakfast, lunch or dinner just yards from the beach, but in peak season be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
The Cove, Hope Cove: Stroll along the coast path to Hope Cove and reward yourself with breakfast, lunch or an evening meal (or drinks) at this uber cool beachside café-bar. Cosy, great atmosphere, quality food and regular live music slots that are well worth catching if you can.
Hope & Anchor, Hope Cove: Large family-friendly pub with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Locally sourced quality pub grub. Table tennis and sand play area to entertain the kids, and also right next to the beach.