South Huish

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South Huish is a tiny rural hamlet nestled in picturesque countryside close to some of the most beautiful beaches in South Devon.

About South Huish

South Huish is a tiny hamlet, peacefully nestled in picturesque countryside in one of the loveliest corners of Devon, between the sailing mecca of Salcombe and popular village of Thurlestone.

Less than a mile away is the beach at Thurlestone Sands, wonderful for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. The village of Thurlestone is a little further on, home to the recently refurbished Village Inn, and the famous links golf course. The beautiful waterside town of Salcombe, with its array of independent boutiques, cafés and pubs and family-friendly golden beaches is only 3 miles away.

Other excellent beaches in the vicinity include South Milton Sands, Hope Cove and Soar Mill Cove, to name just a few, and the nearby South Huish Reserve, visited by up to 200 bird species a year, is a fantastic spot for nature lovers to relax and watch the wildlife.

The pretty market town of Kingsbridge is just a 10-minute drive away and offers a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, plus two supermarkets, a small cinema and a leisure centre with indoor pool.

A holiday cottage in South Huish offers an idyllic rural escape from everyday life, close one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in 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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Thurlestone Golf Club

Thurlestone Golf Club
(2 miles)

On the coast with spectacular views of the sea, Thurlestone Golf Club can be seen from the beach and is fortunate enough to be on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. The 18-hole course is a mix of links and cliff top terrain and aims to cater to all ages and abilities with a variety of tees. All visitors are welcome and will be pleased to know that there are two bars on site as well as a separate dining room. Green fees vary according to the season but start at £36 per person in the low season. As with most golf courses, there is a dress code so golf shoes must be worn and denim isn’t allowed, but a full list or restrictions are listed on their main website.

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Bantham Surfing Academy

Bantham Surfing Academy
(3 miles)

Operating from the car park at postcard perfect surfer’s paradise Bantham Beach, Bantham Surfing Academy is run by experienced SurfingGB qualified instructors who offer tuition and coaching for all levels, including beginners, as well as supervised surfing sessions and a Kids Club. In addition to surfing lessons, the team offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, hire and tours around Burgh Island and the River Avon, and lifeguard and surf instructor tuition and qualifications. Prices start at £35 for a two-hour beginner lesson and equipment is available but remember to bring a towel, a swimming costume, and change for the car park which has charges in operation through the peak seasons.

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Bigbury Golf Club

Bigbury Golf Club
(3 miles)

A friendly cliff top golf course close to Kingsbridge, Bigbury Golf Club is a links course with spectacular views of the South Devon coast. It is an 18-hole course where you can play as an individual or as part of a group. It’s 6,035 yards for men, 5,544 for ladies and par is 70 and 73 respectively. There’s a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, but remember that dress should be smart/casual at all times, and in the clubhouse they ask that you don’t wear golf shoes, hats, untailored shorts, general beach wear, collarless tee shirts and non-golf sportswear like tracksuits and rugby shirts. The club offers rates for groups of 6-14 and society golf days for numbers over 14. Green fees are seasonal and depend on the time of day that you’re visiting so keep an eye on the website for full details.

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Friendly and a lovely course, with great views. Tricky in any wind!

May 2017


Good course to play. Very hilly on the front 9. Don't forget the VIP card for the discount. You can book tee times on their website. Take plenty of balls if it's windy. ????

June 2017



Bigbury Discovery Surf School

Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-on-Sea
(3 miles)

Based at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay, Discovery Surf is a fun, friendly and professional environment where the team always have a smile and a word of encouragement to go with their expert tuition. Providing the opportunity to quite literally interact with South Devon’s primary asset - the environment - they offer lessons, courses and equipment hire, as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking. Prices start at £20 an hour, just make sure you take a towel and swimming cossies with you and arrive 20 minutes before your lesson.

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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.

December 2016


Excellent lesson in tough conditions on a windy down a Bigbury, really clear instruction, great place to srat and get in to surfing

December 2016




The Hope & Anchor
(Less than a mile)

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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(17)

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!

December 2016


Lovely food and family friendly.

December 2016


Are here twice great food, daily fish of the day was lovely, we didn't book but the staff accommodated us and were lovely and chatty. Dogs made very welcome too

May 2017


A very welcoming place with good food and very pleasant staff

April 2017


Excellent, very kid friendly and great food.

May 2017


Great pub with amazing food- fishfinger bun and chips delicious and lots of other more grown up fish dishes to choose from. Happy, fun staff and super atmosphere. Nicely buzzing every time we went there . Ping pong table ,too !

May 2017


Lovely location and wide menu choices. Food was great and service good.

May 2017


Superb location with sea views from the upstairs dining room and terrace. A quality varied menu and the seafood was excellent.

May 2017


Great local pub when you are staying in Hope Cove. Really friendly and welcoming staff who are well presented and very helpful. Menu varied and all the food we ate, was very well cooked and tasty.

June 2017


Food ok. Very friendly staff. Furnishings have been improved.

June 2017


Fantastic location great food and helpful service. Dog friendly!

June 2017


Overpriced but adeqaute

June 2017


Great food, great views, friendly staff, dog friendly. My grandson enjoyed the sand pit

June 2017


Lovely staff very friendly, food fab.

June 2017


Lovely food and staff. Very dog friendly too. Most welcoming...we went back twice. Thank you

July 2017


Very busy. Great staff. Cod and chips, delicious and very reasonably priced.

July 2017


Every time we visit hope cove,we come here.The food is 5 star,had seabass and mackerel on 2 separate visits.taste amazing.The service from the staff,both on food and bar was first class,nothing was to much trouble,also rattleys cider is on draught,just perfect.

July 2017



The Cove
(Less than a mile)

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.

January 2017


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

February 2017


Amazing place - food, drink, staff, atmosphere all excellent. Specials board for food and drinks especially recommended.

April 2017


A great atmosphere , super ,friendly staff and lovely food - vegetarian breakfast was the best !

May 2017


We ordered 3 cream teas, for 3 adults and a toddler........ maybe we should have ordered 2 and shared, there was so much. The scones were amazing and the coffee was spot on. Do go inside to order tho as I stood at the hatch for 10mins and was ignored.

June 2017


Went there for a meal for 4 adults and one child. Food was terrific the kiddies meal was devoured rapidly by the little one. Good price and very welcoming although rather chummy inside

June 2017


Friendly and efficient place. Good food. Lovely views. Highly recommend

July 2017


Great little place, very busy. The food was very nice and the service was excellent.

July 2017



The Cottage Hotel & Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

A hotel restaurant with unbroken sea views specialising in locally caught fish and seafood as well as popular three course Sunday lunches. 

The Cottage Hotel & Restaurant Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HJ

 

 

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The Beach House
(Less than a mile)

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.

December 2016


All aboout the location. Lovekly fresh seafood :D

December 2016


Amazing food and great service.

December 2016


This is my favourite place to eat fish in England. Simple, delicious, friendly, atmospheric. A must.

March 2017


fantastic Supper and sunset view - what a wonderful find - will re-visit

April 2017


Very good but pricey and not the best service. No kids menu at breakfast, they expect children to have a £9 fry up which isn't great for our 6 and 8-year-old. We also asked for poached eggs rather than fried and they didn't do this.

May 2017


Wonderful location and great food, but the prices are expensive as you're paying for its premium site. Also very small inside area so you need to book if you want to sit undercover.

May 2017


Rather expensive during the day but captive audience as no other option in the area

July 2017


Excellent fish food/snacks served by happy helpful people and just next to a great beach. It can get very very busy.

July 2017


Great place to eat on a sunny day food is of high quality and the atmosphere is fab

July 2017



The Village Inn
(2 miles)

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

December 2016


Lovely pub, good food.

January 2017


Great pub, gets busy so I'd advise booking a table if you want to eat and their Sunday lunches are great.

May 2017


Visited twice, lovely meals both times, friendly staff and good that we could take our dog with us.

May 2017


Excellent service provided by happy efficient staff. The food was super

May 2017


This was a very dissappointing experience the staff require some good professional training and food is poor quality.

June 2017


Quintessential pub! As a 3-generational family on holiday, we had a lot of fun here each evening. The pub is fine for families (childrens menu etc), but there isn't any outside space suitable for families.

June 2017


Incredible pub. The food is outstanding with a newly earned rosette. The staff were really friendly and a great atmosphere. Would 100% recommend it for families and romantic couples!!

July 2017


A very nice meal at quite a reasonable price. Really helpful to be able to take the dog in.....!

July 2017


Food was good but service was rushed

July 2017



Hope Cove

Hope Cove
(Less than a mile)

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



South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands
(Less than a mile)

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.

April 2017


Beautiful.

May 2017


Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views

June 2017


A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.

July 2017



Leas Foot Sands

Leas Foot Sands
(2 miles)

A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.

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A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!

July 2017



Soar Mill Cove

Soar Mill Cove
(3 miles)

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!

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North Sands

North Sands, Salcombe
(4 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


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