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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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


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



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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(1)

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



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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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


Stunning!

June 2017



Paper Bird Island

Paper Bird Island
(2 miles)

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.

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Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.

November 2016


The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity

December 2016




The Old Inn - Marlborough
(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, Marlborough TQ7 3RL (T: 01548 561320)

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(1)

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



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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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


Grossly overpriced.

June 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


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


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

August 2017


Great place. Very dog friendly. Good food.

September 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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(1)

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



Island Street Bar & Grill
(2 miles)

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.

Island Street Bar & Grill Island Street, Salcombe TQ8 8FE (T: 01548 844007)

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(3)

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.

May 2017


Funky restaurant serving seafood, burgers, steaks and ribs. Plus plenty of rum cocktails. It was a nice change to dine here instead of on the main street in Salcombe.

June 2017


We went here twice for our evening meal on our recent week in Salcombe, the food is lovely and the restaurant is in a nice quiet location away for the main strip... would recommend

July 2017



The Crab Shed
(2 miles)

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. 

The Crab Shed The Fish Quay, Salcombe TQ8 8DU (T: 01548 844280)

 

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(1)

Called in for lunch one Friday - lovely staff, nice food, although not the largest of portion sizes, but still lovely - would recommend and will return when in Salcombe next year

July 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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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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Superb safe and stunningly picturesque

June 2017


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

August 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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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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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


Beautiful coves and pretty cottages

April 2017


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

April 2017


Lovely and well worth a visit.

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


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


Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.

June 2017


Fantastic place

July 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


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

August 2017


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

August 2017


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

October 2017


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