- Property code: HAYCOT
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Near beach
- Parking (see description for details)
- Ground floor accommodation
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Real fire
- Nearby shop
- Short breaks available
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
Hay Cottage is a charming thatched cottage located off a quiet pedestrian lane in the very heart of the village of Malborough in South Devon. The property, which has designated parking nearby, is situated just a short walk from two village pubs, a decent co-op shop and the village park and playing fields. The dog friendly cottage is just 2 miles from both Salcombe and Hope Cove so good sandy beaches and great coastal walks are never far away.
Front entrance to lounge with two sofas, armchair, 2 tub chairs, TV, DVD player, log burner and dining table to seat 6/7. Bedroom 3 with 3ft twin beds off lounge. Kitchen with electric hob and oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. At rear of property bedroom 4 with single 3ft day bed and adjoining shower room with shower cubicle, basin, WC and condenser dryer. Rear hall area with space for coats and boots. First floor: Master bedroom with 4ft 6 double bed. Bedroom 2 with 3ft twin beds. Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Enclosed garden with table and chairs and charcoal barbecue.
Designated parking space for one car 100 yards from the property. Further free parking available in the village hall car park.
Included: Bed linen and towels. Electricity, night storage heating (with additional portable oil filled radiator). Travel cot, high chair and fixed stair gate at top of stairs.
Telephone: Telephone. Mobile reception fair/good (very good signal just a short walk from the property though). Wi-Fi.
Pets: Up to 3 dogs allowed (Pet charge £30.00 per dog per week).
Local facilities: Beach: Hope Cove 2 miles. North Sands and South Sands 2 miles. Pubs: Both within 200 yards. Garage & Co-op Shop: 200 yards. Salcombe 2 miles. Kingsbridge with all facilities 4 miles.
Ideally located with very good local facilities - all within walking distance. Would definitely stay again
It is such a beautiful property and was perfect for our family holiday. Please extend our thanks to the owners and we hope to be able to stay again soon.
We really enjoyed our stay at Hay cottage
Yes lovely cottage. Lovely village. Ideal size for families
Stay was very enjoyable, super garden for evening barbecues, beaches close by and designated parking a major plus
We enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage is lovely but some equipment needs a bit of TLC. Don't know what is going wrong with rubbish collection, but needs to be sorted as there was 2 weeks rubbish in the shed in very hot weather - a bit smelly.
We enjoyed our stay at Hay Cottage and would return if visiting south Devon again. Its location was ideal as a base to travel around the area. the garden was ideal for our dog as we could safely let her out. All in all an excellent holiday made special by the wonderful weather
A really lovely cottage to stay in. Very clean and well presented. Malborough is a lovely relaxing village and great for walking the dogs. With the lovely weather just experienced we couldn't fault it. Will definitely visit again as a week was not long enough to see all the sights. Overbecks was a wonderful place to visit if you like tropical plants as well as a visit to the house and very reasonable entry price.
fantastic property...beautiful location
Perfect location and very well presented. Would definitely stay again.
Loved our stay at Hay Cottage in Malborough, such a nice little village which provides what you need for a country stay. Loved the walks into Salcombe...as did the dogs! A great location to be based at to explore South Devon, although we only scraped the tip of the iceberg in terms of places to go and see in the week we were there....we will be back soon! The cottage offered all the comforts of home you need and the amount of information provided in the various folders and guides was very useful to help us decide where to go each day.
Enjoyed the wood burner shove very cosy in evenings.
The Old Inn - Malborough
(Less than a mile)
We were staying in Malborough and had dinner here a couple of nights before we went home. Lovely food, charming premises and friendly staff. Very dog-friendly. Highly recommended.
Excellent dog friendly pub. Landlord and landlady and locals very friendly and welcoming. We ate there several times as best food and reasonably priced within in the area. Even if we didn't stay in Marlborough would definitely go to visit for the food.
Great pub, warm welcome and good food
Food was excellent and staff worked really hard to provide good service despite being under pressure at busy times.
excellent food ,very friendly staff. proper pub
Very friendly pub & excellent food.
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.
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
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
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!
The Winking Prawn
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!
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!
Great place. Very dog friendly. Good food.
Great food. Excellent location. Tiny car park, though, and a bit on the prices side!
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.
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.
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.
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)
Average food average service very expensive would not recommend.
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.
Pretty Local - Salcombe
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.
Click here for further details
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.
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.
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!
Salcombe Shooting School
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.
Sea n Shore
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.
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
Salcombe Sea Kayak
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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We had a great morning kayaking. Highly recommend a trip out with Ben and his team.
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.
Overbecks National Trust
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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We have visited Overbecks many times, but this year for the first time we visited in Spring, the garden was beautiful with so many spring flowers and amazing magnolias. The views as always are fantastic , a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Lovely exotic garden with fabulous estuary views. Interesting museum. Excellent café.
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!!
Interesting house, with Good Cafe. Best feature is the sub tropical garden with fantastic views over the Salcombe Estuary.
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.
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!
Paper Bird Island
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My four year old son and I spent an hour here quietly absorbed in decorating some elephants for his grandparents. There were other children present, but the place was so quiet and peaceful. Great experience for children, but equally enjoyable for adults.
The whole family love this place
The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity
Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.
Soar Mill Cove
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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We have visited Soar Cove many times and we love the tranquility. We go out of school holidays and often have the cove all to ourselves amazing .
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.
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.
Lovely secluded cove.
North Sands, Salcombe
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
Very nice beach for dog lovers and good café.
Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!
Superb safe and stunningly picturesque
South Sands, Salcombe
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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.
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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Hope Cove's Lobster pods were great - lovely food and spectacular views!!
Nice little coastal village but not a lot there really and spoilt by way too many holiday homes with very little full time community or interest. Lovely small beaches, safe for the youngsters but best avoided at peak times as it simply gets too crowded. Decent pub but they served us a cold meal so we didn't eat there again. Narrow road down to Hope Cove from the main A381 is a nightmare with the traffic using it, the impatience of some drivers not giving enough room and we had our car hit and damaged by some ignoramus builder in a transit who tried squeezing past our stationary car, whilst yelling obscenities from his window even though it was us who stopped when he ought to have reversed back a whole 5 yards. Charming. Expect these sorts of things if driving in and out each day as there's no other roads in and out other than single-track. Clifftop walk in either direction is stunning and it's well worth the walk towards Thurlestone until you reach South Milton Sands Beach which is simply lovely...a real cracker of a beach with lovely views and plenty of room. Beware the kite surfer school who think that they own the beach as they had the cheek to ask people to move as they were about to hold a class in the water near the rocks where lots of kids were rock pooling. They needed to be reminded that it was not their beach... From Hope Cove, the walk to Bolt Head was very pleasant and then on towards Salcombe. Hope Cove itself seems to have very little community atmosphere and no-wonder as it comprises 250 full time residents scattered between inner and outer Hope Cove and up to 5000 visitors staying in holiday homes. Practically the whole village is made up of holiday homes with the only industry being hotels and the pub, a few B&Bs and the odd fishing boat. Such a great shame as it seems to have no sense of "self" which you get with a living, thriving community but to be expected as our small fishing fleets are all but killed off. Still, a nice place for a short break.
Gorgeous place. Parking is reasonable and close to both beaches, providing easy access to SW Coastal Path. We visited early May so few other visitors around, just sat and soaked up the sun.
We can highly recommend the Cottage Hotel and the Lobster Pod. We had 2 amazing meals, really efficient, friendly service and reasonable pricing.
Feel this once must visit cove has gone backwards. The "pods" on the slopes of the Cottage Hotel seem completely out of character.
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.
Beautiful place with a lovely beach and several places to eat. We would definitely go back.
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.
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.
Lovely place to walk to, great places to eat
Great beach’s and place with good views
Great food and great location
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.
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
Very busy during the bank holiday week but superb beaches which we very much enjoyed.
Wonderful cove, my grandchildren absolutely loved playing on the beach - beautiful.
Great place if the weather good.
Love it. And it's a great base for this part of Devon. Excellent coastal/cliff walking.
Well worth the walk along the coastal path,stunning views and 2 nice pubs for lunch
Lovely location, beautiful beaches and some great places to eat!
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.
Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.
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.
Friendly , beautiful - everything you could want in a holiday spot - didn't matter what the weather was like ,plenty to do and see .
Lovely and well worth a visit.
A really pretty place with all you need fir a relaxing holiday, beautiful views and lovely coast walks
Beautiful coves and pretty cottages
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
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.