If it’s a room with a view you’re looking for, cottages in Salcombe are a good place to start your search. This pretty South Hams town is located by the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary, and the many houses and cottages that overlook the water from the bank create a real ‘picture postcard’ scene of a typically English town.
Though it has a history as a port town and was once home to a busy shipbuilding yard, today Salcombe is known for its luxury yachts, pleasure craft and leisure sailing. On most days you’ll see a flotilla of vessels making the most of the estuary. Thanks to its close association with the sea, it’s a particularly popular South Devon holiday destination for anyone with a passion for sailing. Even if you don’t have any experience at all with sailing or boating, you can still join in the nautical fun with courses in power boating, sailing and yachting.
Why book a cottage in Salcombe?
Even judged by the exceptionally high standards of cottages in South Devon in general, the accommodation on offer in Salcombe is in a league of its own. Locations range from welcoming converted townhouses to luxury cottages with all the mod cons you could wish for, combined with stunning views overlooking the estuary.
As a base for your South Devon holiday, Salcombe is ideally placed, and there are plenty of beaches for you to work on your tan or develop those sandcastle architecture skills. The imaginatively named North Sands and South Sands beaches are both close by, and regular ferries run to whisk you away to beaches on the other side of the estuary, such as Millbay.
Things to Do
When you’re not cruising around the estuary or sunning yourself on the beach you’ll probably be making yourself at home in one of the ample bars and restaurants along the waterfront. If you’re worried about adding a few extra inches to your waistline then you can burn some excess calories off quite easily. Salcombe is great for walking and is on the popular South West Coastal Path.
If you like to discover a bit about the history of places you visit, then head over to the Salcombe Maritime and Local History Museum on Market Street to really get under the skin of the town. If you’re visiting in August you might also catch the annual sailing regatta, viewable from some of the finest cottages in South Devon.
If you do one thing…
We’re thinking chips at the Winking Prawn, any of the beaches or visiting the quirky Overbecks inventor of “The Rejuvenator”