Malborough

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A holiday cottage in the laid-back village of Malborough provides a down-to-earth base for exploring the popular Salcombe area at your leisure.

About Malborough

The small village of Malborough is situated just outside Salcombe, the waterside town that is enduringly popular among yachtsmen, writers, artists and celebrities due to its exceptional natural beauty, fine sandy beaches, sheltered harbour with excellent sailing facilities, and a fabulous range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. 

Malborough itself boasts a friendly local pub, The Royal Oak, and is within a very short drive from several stunning beaches, including North Sands, South Sands, Soar Mill Cove, Hope Cove and South Milton Sands.

The village also offers easy access to the South West Coast Path. The stretch along the cliffs from Bolt Head to Bolt Tail above Hope Cove has historically seen hundreds of wrecks and the area has been listed as one of outstanding natural beauty.

Slightly further afield, approximately a ten-minute drive away, the vibrant market town of Kingsbridge offers a wide selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs as well as a small cinema, and two supermarkets for all your essentials.

A holiday cottage in Malborough offers a wonderful base from which to explore a very popular corner of South Devon.

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Salcombe Shooting School

Salcombe Shooting School
(2 miles)

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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Sea n Shore
(2 miles)

A super friendly water sports company offering RYA courses, events and family friendly days out on the water around Salcombe.  A popular choice is the thrilling Fast Rib Ride, a 75 minute 007 style high speed rib ride taking in the magnificent South Devon coastline and its wildlife.  Or groups can try the exciting half day treasure hunts where teams are challenged to carry out fun tasks culminating in a raft race.  Other options include more relaxing rib rides up the Salcombe estuary taking in lunch and drinks, coasteering trips, wakeboarding, water skiing and banana boat rides.    

Sea n Shore are very flexible and can tailor courses and activities to your requirements.  They can also provide lunch time hampers, or decadent cream teas with champagne to enjoy on your day out. 

Sea n Shore (T: 01548 842276  M: 07713 745609)

 

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We had a brilliant time on the fast rib with Sea and Shore. Great fun and an amazing way to see the coastline.

February 2017


Had a brilliant ride on the RIB. Saw seals out near Start Point and the remains of the lost village of Hallsands. Good information and great fun on the boat. Suitable for kids and adults

January 2017


Salcombe Sea Kayak

Salcombe Sea Kayak
(2 miles)

Based at sunny South Sands in Salcombe, Salcombe Sea Kayak is the adventure paddle company linked to Bo’s Beach Café, so you know that in addition to an unforgettable seaside experience you can get a good cup of tea and a piece of cake afterwards to warm up. Offering kayak tours, white water sea adventure tours, full day tours and all the equipment to go with it, the experienced team will guide you along the South Hams coastline that boasts 68 beaches including secluded bays, isolated coves and caves and gullies to explore. Bring your sense of adventure and you’re ready to go.

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Very friendly staff with excellent knowledge and very safety conscious. Wet suits available if required at no extra charge. Staff happy to offer a quick tutorial if needed and suggestions of where to paddle.

July 2017


Maverick Charters
(2 miles)

What could be better than cruising along the stunning South Hams coastline on board a luxury 45ft catarmaran ? Salcombe based Maverick Charters provide crewed sunset and day cruises, as well as bespoke cruises to suit your requirements.  Fine food and drink are all part of the service with menus packed full of wonderful, locally sourced ingredients, coupled with wines from around the globe to ensure your cruise with Maverick Charters will be one to remember.

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Overbecks National Trust

Overbecks National Trust
(2 miles)

Once owned by inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck, this National Trust property and its gardens are perched high on the cliffs overlooking Salcombe with glorious views of the coast and estuary below. The house and gardens are both full of surprises from seasonal exhibitions and displays to permanent collections of historic artefacts, and of course the beautiful subtropical gardens to roam around in. They have a delightful café which serves a wonderful afternoon tea in the summer months, and they also host a number of events for children through the peak season, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website for those too!

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Lovely exotic garden with fabulous estuary views. Interesting museum. Excellent café.

July 2018


Stunning gardens and really interesting selection of plants. Amazing views and extremely peaceful. Very approachable staff and an enjoyable tour from a knowledgeable gardener. We also enjoyed a cream tea on the grass overlooking Salcombe. Heaven!!

July 2018


Interesting house, with Good Cafe. Best feature is the sub tropical garden with fantastic views over the Salcombe Estuary.

June 2018


We make sure we visit Overbecks every time we come to South Devon. It's a such a beautiful and peaceful spot with the most amazing location. The front lawn is the perfect place to sit and have a cream tea and there is plenty to keep the children interested too.

February 2018


Stunning!

June 2017


Such a beautiful spot. Amazing views of Salcombe and out to sea. The house is quite interesting and but we loved the gardens best. We had a great tour with Sam and then enjoyed a cream tea on the lawn!

December 2016



The Old Inn - Malborough
(Less than a mile)

A welcoming pub with cosy wood burner and plenty of atmosphere.  Enjoy a pint of Jail Ale or Doombar in the bar with the locals or some quality pub food in the dining area. 

The Old Inn  Higher Town, Malborough TQ7 3RL (T: 01548 561320)

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Great pub, warm welcome and good food

September 2018


Food was excellent and staff worked really hard to provide good service despite being under pressure at busy times.

August 2018


excellent food ,very friendly staff. proper pub

June 2018


Very friendly pub & excellent food.

March 2018


Eaten supper here twice in January / February 2018 - local Dexter steak and chips both times as it was so good & the wine was excellent too. Great atmosphere with the cosy open fire, welcoming staff and comfortable decor / furnishings. Great to see the old place back on form at last.

February 2018


Had a lovely lunch here. We had sandwiches, chips and also the homemade lasagne. Very dog friendly and the staff were an absolute delight, so friendly and welcoming. Would definitely visit again

October 2017


Pretty Local
(Less than a mile)

Like an online supermarket only better, Pretty Local supplies boxes of delicous local produce direct to your South Hams holiday home.  Discover the fantastic food products that West Country has to offer including fresh fish & seafood, high quality meat, organic veg, cakes, treats and lots more all brought together on one website, order by midnight the Wednesday before you arrive or during your stay for delivery Friday or Saturday.  

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Enjoy a free bottle of Heron Valley apple juice with orders over £30.  Use code 'salcombe2018'

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We used Pretty Local during our stay in Hope Cove after finding their details on the Toad Hall Cottages website. Andrea couldn’t have been more helpful in arranging our order & we arrived at our cottage to a fridge full of delicious local produce. Everything was locally sourced & was delicious, without any unnecessary packaging. The meat was particularly amazing! Would highly recommend using this fabulous service-we’ll be using them again next time we visit the area.

October 2018


So pleased I found this wonderful service. I placed my order the week we were coming to stay in Salcombe and when we arrived the fridge was filled with beautiful local produce. The website was simple to use and the service is truly amazing. I would recommend to anyone coming to stay in the area.

October 2018


Andrea delivered the most wonderful produce for the start of our holiday. Everything was locally sourced, we especially loved the Crab and BBQ box, the food was so fresh and waiting for us on arrival to our holiday home. Amazing service, I would recommend this to everyone coming down to the South Hams!

May 2018


Ocean Restaurant
(2 miles)

This smart yet relaxed restaurant and bar has 40 covers inside, a small bar area and additional seating outside on the sunny terrace.  It faces south and is glass fronted optimising the amazing views across Bolbery Down towards the sea.  All food is locally sourced and cooked and presented to the highest of standards. 

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Super food with excellent service and atmosphere

November 2018


We had Sunday lunch here on our wedding anniversary. My husband had roast beef, which was excellent and I had sea bass, also excellent. The service was very good and the surroundings are great. If the weather is good you can eat outside on the terrace. We would definitely go back as the choices are varied and interesting. They are happy to accept well behaved dogs and provide towels to wipe down any wet and muddy ones!

September 2018


The Winking Prawn
(2 miles)

A quirky beach- shack style café with plenty of inside and outside seating, and a menu brimming with quality local seafood and other tempting options.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as popular daily barbeques in high season.  Ice creams, coffees, wines, beers and snacks available throughout the day. 

The Winking Prawn North Sands, Salcombe TQ8 8LD (T: 01548 842326)

 

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Always a must when visiting Salcombe. Wonderful seafood restaurant almost on the beach. Don’t miss it!

June 2018


We visited the Winking Prawn for breakfast on the last day of our holiday, after hearing from numerous friends that we mustn't leave Salcombe without having sampled their legendary breakfast! We were not disappointed. It's perfect for families, as rather than having to choose from a menu and then ask for substitutions for things you don't like, you just choose how you like your eggs, and then help yourself to as much as you want of bacon, sausages, beans, toast, fried potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes and black pudding. It's all great quality and regularly topped up, so we left happy and set up for the day ahead! The service is helpful and friendly and the beachside location is gorgeous, I would love to go back for lunch and dinner next time we're in South Devon. Highly recommended!

May 2018


Great place. Very dog friendly. Good food.

September 2017


Great food. Excellent location. Tiny car park, though, and a bit on the prices side!

August 2017


Great place to look at but it is overpriced. You can't see the sea from there due to the sea wall but it is there so handy if you've been on the beach.

July 2017


We ate here 3 times in all and were made really welcome. A great place if you have dogs who can have a swim on North Sands Beach right opposite! Very fresh and tasty sea-food and one night we enjoyed the BBQ which was great value for money, all swilled down with a bottle or three of their lovely house rose wine. A place to sit and watch the world go by, and great for an evening/afternoon out with friends and/or dogs.

June 2017


Grossly overpriced.

June 2017


Can't believe that this is the first review of this ever popular food outlet. Perfect location on the beach at north sands, plenty to entertain the kids and food is good, decent grub. A must visit if you're in the area.

May 2017


Beachside Restaurant
(2 miles)

Enjoy the sea views from this bright and airy restaurant within the South Sands Hotel.  Seafood is the speciality here, with the dishes created to suit the seasons as well as the day’s catch.  A fine selection of high quality spirits, cocktails and wines are also available. 

Beachside Restaurant  South Sands Hotel, Bolt Head, Salcombe TQ8 8LL (T: 01548 845900)

 

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Friendly, comfortable and great service every time i ve been (about 8 times)

November 2018


Average food average service very expensive would not recommend.

July 2018


Only went here for drinks but it was a beautiful hotel.we sat outside overlooking the beach ,what a spot! Staff were very friendly and efficient.

June 2017


Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove
(2 miles)

Nestled between the cliffs in the undulating Devon landscape, Soar Mill Cove is something of a hidden gem, only really accessible on foot. The easiest way reach it by walking down from the Soar Mill Cove Hotel, where there is a car park, or if you’re making a day of your jaunt, why not stroll along the South West Coast Path from Bolberry or even from Salcombe? The beach is a mix of sand and stone and has seen a fair amount of weathering in storms in recent years, which has merely added to its character and charm. There are no facilities in the immediate vicinity unless you wander up to the hotel. Dogs are welcome throughout the year at Soar Mill Cove, and it’s definitely worth the effort to visit!

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Recent storms have left piles of seaweed and rocks across the beach. The rocks made it impossible to swim and board in with my family.

August 2018


This has been a hidden gem for many years with our children enjoying wonderful swimming and body boarding. I cant explain how disappointed I was to arrive in August 18 to find piles of seaweed but more importantly the damage caused by this years storms. There are rocks all over the beach where you would normally surf or swim. This has ruined a wonderful beach for the time being and will not be returning anytime soon.

August 2018


Lovely secluded cove.

September 2017


North Sands

North Sands, Salcombe
(2 miles)

The first beach as you walk along the Cliff Road out of Salcombe, North Sands sits in a valley and is a sandy horseshoe shaped beach that’s expansive at low tide. Thanks to its shape and location, it’s extremely popular in the summer because there’s plenty of space to set up camp for the day with buckets, spades and fishing nets in tow for avid marine biologists and sand castle connoisseurs. The beach has a fresh water stream running through it from the top of the valley, which, aside from providing hours of entertainment for accompanying dogs and a marvellous place to wash the sand off your feet, also means that the beach is largely wet sand, so don’t forget to take something to sit on if you’re heading there for the day. Popular with swimmers, despite the chilly water, North Sands provides a wonderful view out of the mouth of the Salcombe estuary and into the deep blue yonder so, for keen photographers, it’s ideal. If the weather is right then it’s a favourite amongst body boarders or even surfers on choppier days, and it’s a great place to take the paddle boards and kayaks if you happen to have them. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, unlike many of the beaches in the area, there are toilets over the road and there’s a car park with charges from £1 throughout the year. The cherry on top of this beautiful location is The Winking Prawn café and restaurant that’s right next to the beach. Open all year round they serve everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, tea and cake, and in the summer they provide a barbecue in the garden overlooking the sea. It is popular though so leave a little time to queue for that Salcombe Dairy honeycomb ice cream in the height of summer!

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North Sands is a wonderful beach great for families, the winking prawn restaurant is great for anything from snacks to a full meal stunning views out to sea

October 2018


Very nice beach for dog lovers and good café.

July 2018


Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!

August 2017


Superb safe and stunningly picturesque

June 2017


South Sands

South Sands, Salcombe
(2 miles)

Over a (rather large) hill along the road from North Sands and around a 30-minute walk from the centre of Salcombe, South Sands is a sandy beach, with a stream running through it, that’s particularly geared up for water sports. South Sands is also accessible from the centre of Salcombe by the South Sands Ferry, a merry looking yellow, blue and red boat that takes around 15 minutes at a cost of £3.60 per adult and £2.60 for children over the age of three. You’re then greeted at the beach by a sea tractor to take you onto the dry sand, where you will find the South Sands Hotel as well as the enchanting Bo’s Beach Café. The beach café is a family run business serving all the necessities for a day on the sand including tea, cake, coffee and light lunches as well as beach essentials and toys. It runs in conjunction with Sea Kayak Salcombe who provide kayak and paddle board rental and tours for all levels. During the Salcombe Town Regatta, South Sands also plays host to the annual sandcastle competition, an illustrious occasion that welcomes all participants with enthusiasm, so make sure you keep an eye out if you’re a budding architect or artist, or potter along and take a look at the local and visiting handiwork if you’re more of a spectator. It’s worth noting that there’s limited parking at South Sands so it’s a good idea to either walk to it, park at North Sands a short walk away, or park in Salcombe and catch the ferry over. Dogs are also welcome at South Sands.

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A beautiful sandy beach that is superb for children as you have to go out quite a way before the water gets deep. Water sports available. Access is via very narrow lanes so be prepared to reverse and parking is very limited.

July 2017


Sunny Cove

Sunny Cove
(2 miles)

Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!

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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.

August 2018


Hope Cove

Hope Cove
(2 miles)

Hope Cove is the perfect name for this inspiringly beautiful little corner of the South Hams. Divided into two areas, Inner Hope and Outer Hope, both linked by a footpath and road, and each with their own respective beaches, Outer Hope is also home to the Hope and Anchor Pub and a collection of shops and cafes, while Inner Hope is a quieter more residential area. At Outer Hope you will find Mouthwell Sands, a sandy cove scattered with pebbles and backed by rocky cliffs with a slipway and steps from the road down to the beach. It’s a popular spot with surfers, despite being a fairly small beach, and watching the sunset from here is a beautiful way to spend the evening. There is a car park by the beach where charges apply so make sure you have cash on you as you arrive, and dogs are permitted out of season with restrictions applying from 1st May until 30th September. Meanwhile, Harbour Beach is a short stroll away and bridges the two villages of Inner and Outer Hope. It is a wide sandy beach that’s perfect for rock pooling and sand castle building, and there is a harbour wall that makes for spectacular crashing waves in the winter as well as a tempting spot from which to jump into the water in the summer at high tide. Just make sure you don’t jump in when the water is low as it’s too shallow. Harbour Beach is also an ideal spot from which to paddle board or kayak across the bay, with the really intrepid amongst us pottering all the way along the coast to Thurlestone and Burgh Island. Finally, at Inner Hope itself there is a small sandy beach that’s accessible down a slipway. This is home to the old lifeboat station and is a quiet spot that marks a juncture along the coast path from Bolberry. Speaking of which, you can walk either way along the coast from Hope Cove, either towards South Milton Sands, Thurlestone and Bantham, or towards Salcombe. If you are making a day of it then why not start at the Winking Prawn at North Sands and stop at Hope Cove for lunch?

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We can highly recommend the Cottage Hotel and the Lobster Pod. We had 2 amazing meals, really efficient, friendly service and reasonable pricing.

September 2018


Feel this once must visit cove has gone backwards. The "pods" on the slopes of the Cottage Hotel seem completely out of character.

September 2018


This is our favourite find in the South Hams. It’s beautiful. There is everything you need nearby; lovely pubs and afternoon tea, friendly locals and beautiful beaches.

August 2018


Beautiful place with a lovely beach and several places to eat. We would definitely go back.

August 2018


Been going for years even if busy still a lovely holiday feeling. Great to see no rubbish on the beach and facilities for people to pick up rubbish. Fascinating for children - fish, rock pools, jelly fish etc. endless fun. Crowded when the tide comes in though.

August 2018


Great Cove. Fab location. Unfortunately the one cove had a lot of seaweed washed in due to the windy and stormy weather over our first weekend, but that can't be helped. But it meant we only went to the beach there once.

August 2018


Lovely place to walk to, great places to eat

July 2018


Great beach’s and place with good views

July 2018


Great food and great location

July 2018


Inner Hope is the best part and the village is very nice with many thatched cottages. The Sun Bay Hotel is very good and does excellent cream teas on its balcony overlooking the sea.

July 2018


Visited 16/06/18 for a week with Toad Hall Cottages. Lovely quiet location with a fabulous beach nice shops, a good pub and some good restaurants

June 2018


Very busy during the bank holiday week but superb beaches which we very much enjoyed.

June 2018


Wonderful cove, my grandchildren absolutely loved playing on the beach - beautiful.

June 2018


Fascinating

May 2018


Great place if the weather good.

May 2018


Amazing!

January 2018


Love it. And it's a great base for this part of Devon. Excellent coastal/cliff walking.

October 2017


Well worth the walk along the coastal path,stunning views and 2 nice pubs for lunch

August 2017


Lovely location, beautiful beaches and some great places to eat!

August 2017


A really nice walk over the hill tops from Thurlestone, Hope Cove is pretty but a bit busier than other places we visited. Lovely views.

July 2017


Fantastic place

July 2017


Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.

June 2017


A beautiful coastal village with two sandy beaches. The village centre has some pretty thatched cottages and there is a good choice of places to eat most with sea views. We ate most nights at the Hope and Anchor and they are dog friendly. We enjoyed walking along the coastal paths with fine views from both sides of the village. Hope Cove is a good base to explore South Devon with Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Totnes within easy reach.

May 2017


Friendly , beautiful - everything you could want in a holiday spot - didn't matter what the weather was like ,plenty to do and see .

May 2017


Lovely and well worth a visit.

May 2017


A really pretty place with all you need fir a relaxing holiday, beautiful views and lovely coast walks

April 2017


Beautiful coves and pretty cottages

April 2017


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

December 2016

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