South Devon might have plenty of pretty coastal villages, but Hope Cove is impressive even by local standards, and every bit as idyllic as its optimistic name suggests. The village was actually formed by the merging of Inner and Outer Hope. No, that’s not some sort of path to enlightenment or a pseudo-spiritual journey, but in fact two separate villages combined together to make one perfect holiday destination that’s filled with zen-like peace at any time of the year.
Life’s a beach: Cottages in Hope Cove
Despite being only a small village, there are plenty of cottages in Hope Cove, and it’s a popular place to stay and to visit during a South Devon holiday. Perhaps most importantly, depending on your outlook on life, Hope Cove has its own beach that’s sheltered from the wind and the crowds. The beach is a favourite for families but not as busy as many of the bigger resort beaches, and the water’s great for swimming. In the unlikely event that it isn’t your type of beach, there are plenty more nearby including South Milton Sands, Thurlestone Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach, all within a radius of three miles.
One other beach in the vicinity worth noting is Bantham Beach – South Devon’s favourite surfing beach, and also home to a variety of other types of water sports for all levels and experiences. Just a little further afield you’ll find the classic British seaside resort of Torbay, well worth a visit during any South Devon holiday for its many beaches, family attractions and year-round entertainment.
Aside from the beach and some of the most sought after cottages in South Devon, Hope Cove boasts some fantastic coastal scenery, perfect for walking through, photographing, painting or whatever else your personal preference is. Part of the South West Coast Path runs through and beyond the village, providing a chance to see some picturesque scenes and local wildlife. Venture a little further afield and discover the wider charms of the South Hams area, which is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Back in the village, there are plenty of small shops and restaurants to keep you watered and fed. To get a real sense of life in this tranquil location, book into one of the many cottages in South Devon and spend a few days living with the locals. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with this rural idyll and come back to Hope Cove time and time again.
If you do one thing…
Walk up from Inner Hope to the coastal path… or head to the beach nearest to the pub and build dams!