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Where to buy a second home - Dart Marina

South Devon, with its beautiful beaches, breathtaking South West Coast Path and unspoilt rolling countryside, is an exceptionally desirable holiday destination for all generations. If you are wondering where to buy a second home, there are so many popular, picturesque towns and villages to choose from… so how do you know where to choose?

Here is our guide to some of the top spots for investing in a successful holiday home, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


where to buy a second home - salcombe

Known for its pristine beaches, bustling boating scene, and superb shops and restaurants, the popular sailing town of Salcombe has long since been a paradise for holiday makers. Generations of families have been visiting the town for decades, enjoying traditional pastimes like crabbing on the quayside, rockpooling at North Sands, and flying kites at East Portlemouth, as well as the town’s popular events such as Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta and Salcombe Town Regatta. Whether you choose to invest in a luxurious apartment overlooking the estuary or a spacious newly built townhouse, one thing is for sure… Salcombe is always a popular option. For added appeal, choose a property with water views and parking, and you are sure to enjoy bookings all year long!


Where to buy a second home - Dartmouth

This naval town offers not only wonderful scenery and perfectly manicured gardens – it has an abundance of history, apparent everywhere you look… ideal for those looking to soak up a little culture during their holiday! With the Britannia Royal Naval College (the first meeting place of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip), Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth Steam Railway not to mention the museum and Newcomen Engine, the town is rich in historical significance.

Dartmouth also has a vibrant events scene, giving it an all-year-round appeal as a holiday destination. With numerous festivals, the famous Dartmouth Regatta and arts events, there is never a lack of things to do. The town is popular with foodies, with a number of award-winning restaurants and excellent cafés just waiting to be visited. Holiday homes within a short walk of the town centre are always popular, and those accepting dogs are particularly sort after.

Hope Cove

Where to buy a second home - Hope Cove

A former smugglers’ haunt nestled on the South Devon coastline, just a short drive from the historic market town of Kingsbridge and popular Salcombe, Hope Cove is a pretty fishing village with two beaches (Inner Hope and Outer Hope), a restaurant, a superb café bar, and a village shop. As a really special coastal village, with the South West Coast Path ‘on the doorstep’ offering walking opportunities galore, this is an exceptional place to holiday. Family homes accommodating those with children are certainly important in this village – during the summer season those with youngsters looking to enjoy watersports flock here!


Were to buy a second home - Kingsbridge

A pretty market town, Kingsbridge has a lively, cosmopolitan food scene, a fantastic choice of shops, ranging from independent clothing boutiques to artisan bakeries, and an attractive tidal estuary. This is a great central location for families or couples looking to explore the region – the beaches on the Start Bay coastline, the region’s many all-weather family attractions and the towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth are all easy accessible via a short car journey.


Where to buy a second home - Thurlestone

Home to the iconic Thurlestone Rock, not to mention cosy thatched cottages, beautiful beaches, a superb pub and village shop, Thurlestone is a village with so much to offer those planning a holiday. The coastal villages of Hope Cove and Bantham are accessible on foot, whilst the golf course and spa in the village offer added appeal for all generations. For those looking to buy, there are so many options to consider… from luxury beachside apartments to grand holiday homes surrounded by private gardens, accommodating large parties, there are many property options to consider!

Start Bay

The beautiful Start Bay region is home to unspoilt shingle beaches, freshwater leys and lakes. Teeming with wildlife and historical significance, this is an extremely popular destination for those looking for a picturesque holiday destination for walking and exploring, within easy reach of Dartmouth. Villages include Beesands, Torcross and Hallsands, all of which are great places to fish, swim or kayak! Just keep in mind, that if you choose one of the more remote villages or hamlets to purchase your holiday home, guests may need to drive to reach the nearest shop or pub!

Bigbury Bay

Where to buy a second home - Bigbury Bay

Home to the intriguing Burgh Island (accessible on foot at low tide and via sea tractor at high tide), as well as an exceptional sandy beach, a beachside restaurant and two surf schools, Bigbury-on-Sea is a fabulous place to invest in a holiday home. Whether you choose an apartment or house with views out to sea, demand for this area is always huge, particularly for families looking to try watersports such as surfing or stand-up paddleboarding.

These are just some of the best places to consider in South Devon when looking to invest in a second home. It is also worth thinking about choosing a property in a more secluded, remote location… Coast & Country Cottages has a number of properties in peaceful, rural spots, ideal for those planning to truly get away from it all and experience Devon’s tranquillity.

For more advice on where to buy, contact our professional, experienced New Properties team on 01548 843773 – they would be delighted to assist you. Alternatively, click here to visit our ‘let your cottage’ page, where you can order your free owner guide today.