Our guide to Salcombe holiday cottages
Salcombe holidays are a firm favourite with the sailing set, and the lovely thing about this South Hams harbour town is that there’s something for everyone. Thanks to its mild climate and waterside setting, the resort’s perfect for those of you who are happiest tinkering by the water, whether that means paddling, fishing or trying your hand at water sports.
Salcombe may be one of the county’s more, shall we say, well-to-do resorts, but rest assured that it still has that West Country charm. You’ll find plenty of traditional pubs with local beers to welcome you, and the restaurants serve up the catch of the day for those of you keen to sample the seafood.
Some of the prettiest beach in the Salcombe area are tricky to reach by car, but that means you get to take a ferry and find your little slice of beachy South Hams Heaven. East Portlemouth beach is made up of shimmering coves and golden sand, and it’s a lovely spot to take the plunge and have a swim. And, if the kids are keen to have a go at some of the local water sports, you’ll find local schools where they can get started.
Things to do in Salcombe
Ok, so in the main, Salcombe holidays are all about enjoying the water and taking in the scenery, but there’s plenty to do in Salcombe on those days when you gather the kids and head out to see what you can see. Overbeck’s Musem and Garden was once the home of the scientist Otto Overbeck, and it’s perched high up on the cliffs that overlook Salcombe. One of the best vantage points to stop for awhile and take in those estuary views, the garden’s like a mini adventure. You’ll find banana plants, palm trees, olive trees…and that’s before you’ve even stepped into the house.
It’s easy to miss the Salcombe Maritime Museum, but it’s open from April to October and it’s well worth a visit. Filled with treasures that tell the tale of Salcombe’s history, the museum’s one of those that bring the past to life for younger visitors as well as the mums and dads. The hands-on displays and the young sailors corner make the museum great fun for the younger members of the clan, and it’s a great starting point for your first visit to the town.
There’s one very important thing to do in Salcombe that we’re only too happy to help with, and that’s the all-important day on the beach. Hope Cove’s home to a pair of sandy beaches, and they’re the kind of coves that make you want to dig out your inner explorer and make your visit an adventure.
We know what you’re thinking, you need to know those unmissable Salcombe restaurants so you can start looking up the menus and planning to treat your inner foodie. So, let’s start with the Millbrook Inn. One of the things we love most about this rustic pub is that it sits on a little brook, so you’ll need to journey to it from Salcombe by boat, so summer sees its punters (as it were) turn up with the tide and leave when it goes back out.
Now, if you’ve visited Salcombe before you’ll already be familiar with The Winking Prawn. A foodie favourite when it comes to Salcombe restaurants, this one’s got it all. Perched on North Sands beach, this gorgeously laidback restaurant has shabby chic and good food down to a T. Whether you pop in for some serious dining, a cold beer and snacks or for one of their barbeques, you’ll be glad you did.