On the south coast of the county and known as a haven for sailors and yacthies, Salcombe is a vibrant, busy little town that still manages to retain that unique Devon charm. With mild weather throughout the year, Salcombe is a popular destination thanks to its waterside location, West Country character and appeal, and stunning natural environment.
Set in an accredited Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can stay in some great accommodation in the area, with excellent restaurants and bars in which to sample the local cuisine.
Salcombe’s history is innately linked with the sea. Until about 100 years ago, the residents of Salcombe earned their living from the estuary and the sea with fishing, seafaring and boat building the main occupations. Houses and settlements however tended not to be built at the water’s edge but further inland due to smuggling and even piracy. Today, Salcombe is still a thriving harbour, but without the pirates!
Salcombe is popular with all ages and delivers beautiful golden sand beaches, sparkling blue seas, wonderful coastal walks and great food. There are perfect opportunities for exploring as a network of ferries operates in and around Salcombe, giving you easy access to a selection of local beaches that would otherwise be difficult to get to. East Portlemouth beach includes some picturesque coves and fine soft sand. North Sands beach is also the perfect beach at low tide for everyone to stretch their legs including four-legged friends.
If you fancy trying your hand at sailing there are local schools where you can learn the ropes, and the popular Regatta is held here annually. The Dartmouth Railway and River Boat Company also offer boat trips during the summer to and from the town with wildlife watching trips also on offer for nature lovers.
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay while in this beautiful coastal town then look no further than Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa. Gold award winner in the 2015 Visit Devon Tourism awards, this hotel offers a waterside stay with a luxury yacht-club feel. The hotel's estuary-side position delivers views of merrily bobbing boats, and its terrace is the ideal spot for watching the tradition of Salcombe Regatta, come August.
Nestled right in the middle of the South Hams district, Salcombe Harbour Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the market town of Kingsbridge with its thriving arts and crafts community and a 30-minute drive from Dartmoor National Park which offers visitors a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy.
The hotel rooms have a trendy seaside finish – the perfect setting in which to cosy up in the warm and admire the amazing views across the harbour. It’s also the perfect chance to indulge in trawlerman-turned-chef Alex Aitken’s enticing food offerings in the hotel’s new stylish Jetty restaurant and enjoy delicious seasonal dishes made with the finest locally sourced produce.
If you’re are in need for some relaxation, pamper yourself with a luxurious treatment at the hotel’s own coastal retreat spa complete with an indoor pool and Jacuzzi recently refurbished into a glamorous retreat. This tranquil hotel really is a breath of fresh, sea air.
Top 5 things to do in Salcombe:
Overbeck’s Museum and Gardens
The garden at Overback's is a history lesson in itself, with its plants and trees collected from around the world.
South West Coast Path
With Salcombe being located along the coastline, there are many incredible routes and paths to enjoy. There’s nothing like exploring a stunning landscape on foot.
Start Point Lighthouse
This fantastic, historic lighthouse stands on one of the most rugged landscapes along the coastlines of the English Channel. This lighthouse has been a beacon for over 170 years!
The ruin of Salcombe Castle, otherwise known as Fort Charles is situated just off the beach of North Sands. The castle is easily reached on foot, especially during low tide.
Salcombe Maritime Museum
You’ll find historic models, paintings, photographs and artefacts here which tell the story of Salcombe’s link with the sea.