If there were an encyclopaedia entry for ‘quaint English seaside village’, Thurlestone would probably be the picture they’d use to illustrate it. This typically Devonian village has a population of less than a thousand, though this swells during the summer months on account of the high tourist demand for cottages in Thurlestone. The village takes its name from an unusual arch-shaped rock formation in Thurlestone bay, which is well worth a closer look.
Cottages in Thurlestone and all the fun of the seaside
If you’re looking for sun-kissed beaches during your South Devon holiday (and let’s face it, most people are), you’ll be pleased to know that Thurlestone has two to choose from – Thurlestone Sands and South Milton Sands. Thurlestone Sands, which is owned by the National Trust, has been awarded with Blue Flag status for its cleanliness and has plenty of space for visitors and residents, without getting too crowded. South Milton Sands has received an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its environmentally sound waters and protection of key natural habitats. It’s also home to a rather delightful cafe – the Beachhouse.
Both beaches are also popular destinations for a variety of water sports enthusiasts, and equipment and tuition can both be hired in Thurlestone. Bantham Beach, one of Devon’s top surfing beaches, is also not far from Thurlestone.
Things to do during your South Devon holiday
Sand of a different sort is probably best avoided at Thurlestone Golf Course. The course, and indeed Thurlestone and most of the South Hams area, is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but those words take on new meaning after playing a few holes. The golf course stretches right along the coast, looking down from the cliff to the sea and rocks below – just don’t let the scenery put you off your swing. Tennis courts are also available at the golf course, just a short distance from some of the best cottages in South Devon.
If you’re keen to discover more of the natural beauty and wildlife that surrounds Thurlestone then there are an abundance of nature walks to embark on, with the chance to see an array of wildlife including kestrels, seals and dolphins off the coast.
As with all cottages in South Devon, a stay in Thurlestone also puts you within easy visiting distance of lots of other places of interest – Hope Cove just a short walk in one direction, Bantham and Bigbury a slightly longer walk in the other direction and Salcombe is only 5 – 10 minutes by car.
If you do one thing…
Fish finger sandwich at the Beachhouse Cafe…