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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A beautiful art space on Island Street in Salcombe, Paper Bird Island is where you can ‘let your creativity fly’. Owned by artist Alice Alderson, the walls are painted so that you feel like you’re entering an illustrated tropical island dedicated to colouring in, being creative and if you really want to give it your all, getting the glitter involved as well. Refreshments are available and it’s a wonderful spot to relax in peace whether you’re in a group, on your own, whether you’re bringing children or going as a group of adults. Available for parties or simply somewhere to pop in on a rainy day, it’s a charming space to visit and make your own South Devon souvenirs.
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.
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.
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.
Famed for its burgers, seafood and cocktails as well as live music events, this bar has a great atmosphere and a popular terrace overlooking the water. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks as well as breakfast during peak season.
A lively and vibrant place to spend an evening in Salcombe. There's often music on during the high season weekends (at least). Good little terrace that sits out over the water too. Food very reasonable and tasty.
A vibrant seafood restaurant on the water’s edge serving 100% hand-picked crab meat along with some of the finest fish and seafood delivered straight from the fishing boats. Expect relaxed dining in the contemporary restaurant with its waterside terrace overlooking Fish Quay.
A family friendly restaurant in the heart of Salcombe serving a wide selection of pizzas, pasta, burgers, steaks and salads as well as wine, cocktails and other drinks. Friendly staff and efficient service.
Nestled between the cliffs in the undulating Devon landscape, Soar Mill Cove is something of a hidden gem, and the kind of beach that would be well placed in a movie. An inlet below towering, black rocks, it’s small and 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 along 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, although the Port Light Café is about a 25-minute walk away back towards Bolberry where there is also further parking.
Dogs are welcome throughout the year at Soar Mill Cove, and it’s definitely worth the effort to visit!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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 really pretty place with all you need fir a relaxing holiday, beautiful views and lovely coast walks
Lovely and well worth a visit.
Friendly , beautiful - everything you could want in a holiday spot - didn't matter what the weather was like ,plenty to do and see .
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.