Hope Cove is one our most popular and sought-after destinations. A quaint old fishing village sat in picture postcard surroundings, it is home to some of the finest coastal holiday cottages in Devon. Hope Cove is the perfect location for those wanting a traditional British seaside holiday in a stunning, natural setting. Formed around the twin villages of Inner and Outer Hope, the cove benefits from two golden sandy beaches, and an abundance of rock pools for the kids to potter about in, looking for signs of marine life.The beach at Outer Hope often offers perfect conditions for safe body boarding.
Hope Cove is home to the Hope and Anchor pub and The Cove, an uber-cool café bar that serves late breakfasts and sunset suppers just a stone's throw from the scenic beach. The Hope Cove Gallery exhibits wonderful local art and crafts, and is a great place to pick up a souvenir or just have a lazy browse to escape the summer sun. Alternatively, treat yourself to an ice-cream, find a quiet bench and watch the waves gently roll into the bay. The adventurous might be inclined to set forth in search of little-known Beecon Beach, where they are likely to find themselves alone with only the gulls for company, while walkers can take the coast path east towards Bolberry and beyond, or west to South Milton Sands for a swim followed by a meal at the fabulous Beach House.
Quaint Thurlestone with its choice of stunning beaches is just a short drive away or can be reached by foot by following the coast path to the west. Bantham and Salcombe are also nearby, and you won't have to venture far to take in rest of the South Devon countryside.
A holiday cottage in Hope Cove is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a memorable holiday on the Devon coast.
Founded 20 years ago by Royal Marine Chris, and set in a valley in Bolberry, Salcombe Shooting School makes for the perfect location to simulate game shooting. They provide a variety of targets and a wonderful training ground for those wanting to hone their clay shooting skills. A fun and safe experience for all ages and levels, the school provides all safety equipment and offers individual lessons from £50 for an hour or two sharing for £80 for 90 minutes. They also offer air rifle sessions and cater for shooting parties which can be a wonderful way to spend birthdays, hen parties and stag dos in the South West.
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Had a great lesson with Discovery Surf. Two hours on the Sedgewell side of Bigbury Beach. All equipment provided, the guys really knew their stuff and we were on our feet in no time. Such a buzz, definitely recommend trying it out if you've not surfed before or want to build up your confidence in the sea.
Excellent lesson in tough conditions on a windy down a Bigbury, really clear instruction, great place to srat and get in to surfing
Central to the village and just steps from the beach, this is a warm and welcoming pub with characterful interiors and a spacious outside terrace. Friendly staff serve hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners using fresh local ingredients as well as a range of coffees, local ales and other drinks.
Hope & Anchor Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ (T: 01548 561294)
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Great pub! Massive improvement on the last time we came before the renovation. On sunny days we say out on the balcony looking out to sea, then when it rained we cosied up inside. The place is huge and the food was really good too. We ended up in there almost every day!
Lovely food and family friendly.
A beach style café bar with unbroken sea views and a great atmosphere, serving locally sourced meals along with coffees and over 30 craft beers, local cask ales and ciders. Live music in the evenings.
The Cove Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ (T: 01548 561376)
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Love this place. Great music, open fire, really good food. Always a good vibe in there, friendly staff and good service. Lovely range of drinks too! Such a good addition to the village.
Just had an amazing week in Hope Cove with incredible weather and ate here on two occasions. Both equally enjoyable. Cosy atmosphere, log fire, friendly staff , great food and dogs welcome! Loved it!! Thank you
Amazing place - food, drink, staff, atmosphere all excellent. Specials board for food and drinks especially recommended.
Fantastic beach café by day transforming into a romantic beach shack style seafood restaurant by night, and well worth a visit. Booking is essential for the evenings when delicious seafood dishes are produced from a tiny kitchen. A more limited menu as well as ice creams, coffees and snacks are available during the day.
The Beach House South Milton, Kingsbridge TQ7 3JY (T: 01548 561144)
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Great place. Have visited in winter and summer and think I might even prefer it on a blustery winters day. The food is great and good right next to you, which does make it a little bit smelly but it's all part of the experience. The building is really unique and has an amazing location right by the beach. Summer gets a bit crazy and we found ourselves queuing a lot for the takeout food which was a bit over priced.
All aboout the location. Lovekly fresh seafood :D
Amazing food and great service.
This is my favourite place to eat fish in England. Simple, delicious, friendly, atmospheric. A must.
A popular 16th century inn complete with beams salvaged from Spanish Armada ships wrecked nearby and today enjoying stylish modern décor and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere . Plenty of comfortable seating areas inside and out, along with a menu offering freshly prepared meals and daily specials. Children and dogs welcome.
The Village Inn Thurlestone TQ7 3NN (T: 01548 563525)
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we've been coming to thurlestone for years and loved the new look pub this summer. The renovation is really nice and we had a great meal on our last night
Lovely pub, good food.
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Absolutely love this place! Perfect for families, safe swimming and and lots of rock pools to explore. Our kids were down there every day. Can't wait to come back next year. Mrs Sutton
Beautiful coves and pretty cottages
A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.
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Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.
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Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.