Dream retreats by the sea in Salcombe

August 20th, 2015 | By Vicky Rogers

Salcombe retreats by the sea - views over Sunny Cove

If you are wondering which Salcombe beach is the very best for traditional seaside activities, here is our guide on where to head, and which holiday retreat by the sea to choose for your break!

For lovers of fine sandy beaches, ideal for building sandcastles, head to East Portlemouth beach. Accessed via the small foot passenger ferry, visitors can take a picnic of the finest South Devon produce from Salcombe across the water and spend the day soaking up the sunshine on the fine golden sand. If you are looking for a true beach break, book a getaway at one of Coast & Country Cottages’ most popular retreats by the sea, Ferrycot. Situated just steps from the beach at East Portlemouth, this uniquely positioned property boasts stunning views over the Salcombe estuary, and direct, private access from the sun terrace, down to a beautiful stretch of sand below. Why not spend the day building a sand fortress with the children, before returning to Ferrycot for supper in the dining area, with unsurpassed sea views.

Salcombe retreats by the sea - views of Salcombe from East Portlemouth

Looking for a little more privacy? Why not book a break at one of the three Woodside apartments available with Coast & Country Cottages in Salcombe. These luxury properties by the sea also have access to a private beach, exclusively for the guests staying at Woodside. Head down to the water’s edge where you can spend a peaceful afternoon paddling in the water, or simply relaxing and soaking up the South Devon sunshine. The Penthouse, 1 Woodside, is a stylish VisitEngland Five Star awarded apartment perfect for a couple or small family. Boasting two sea facing balconies, both with wonderful views over the water and out to sea, this family friendly property is a delightful base. For a little more room, book a break at the similar apartment, The Beach House, 3 Woodside, which sleeps up to 6 people.

The aptly named bay ‘Sunny Cove’ is another warm spot not to be missed. Situated on the East Portlemouth side of the estuary in Salcombe, this delightful sandy inlet is only accessible from the water or on foot from the South West Coast Path, meaning it is often quieter than some of the other, more easily accessed beaches. This beautiful secluded beach is perfect for those looking to sunbathe whilst enjoying beautiful views over the mouth of Salcombe Estuary and across the water towards the other Salcombe beaches. Book a break at the stunning luxury property Woodwell, one of the best located homes by the sea in South Devon – this wonderful, recently constructed VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property is situated close to the water’s edge and just a short walk from Salcombe’s boutique shops and restaurants. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views across to Sunny Cove, from the open plan living area or delightful terrace.

Salcombe retreats by the sea - North Sands

For families in search of beautiful beaches in Salcombe that are safe and suitable for young children to paddle, both North Sands and South Sands are wonderful options. For watersports enthusiasts, head to the Blue Flag awarded beach of South Sands where you can hire equipment and try something new on the water, or catch the passenger ferry in to Salcombe for an ice cream on the quayside. There are a fabulous choice of holiday getaways by the sea available close to South Sands including the beautiful, spacious property Oversteps House. Situated on the hillside, this contemporary house overlooks the bay with easy, private access to the beach below, as well as a beach house, ‘The Hobbit House’, complete with sun loungers and a beer fridge!

North Sands is also ideal for families, particularly those for a penchant for food! Relax on the beach, or walk across the rocky pools to observe the historic ruins of Fort Charles, before heading back to the Winking Prawn, a delightful eatery where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood caught off the Salcombe coastline, as well as delicious meat reared locally.  For those looking to enjoy a break near North Sands, why not book a break at one of the Grafton Towers properties. Many of these places offer jaw-dropping ocean views.

South Devon is home to many more ideally-located homes by the sea, for those prepared to travel further afield from Salcombe. For example, just a short 10 minute drive from Salcombe sits the small fishing village of Hope Cove. This former smugglers haunt has two beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for those looking to try a spot of rockpooling. For a base to accommodate up to 10 people, book a holiday at Drake House, a luxurious recently renovated property just two minutes from the beach, finished to an exceptional standard.

Thurlestone Sands

8 Ocean’s Edge is one of a delightful selection of beautiful properties by the sea at nearby South Milton Sands. Within easy reach of both Hope Cove and Thurlestone, via the nearby South West Coast Path ‘on the doorstep’, this picturesque beach has fabulous views over Thurlestone Rock, as is a great place to try your hand at traditional past times like kite flying or beach cricket!

If you have found this article interesting, why not read more about beach breaks here:  ‘4 beach activities for you and the family to enjoy’

For more information on Salcombe holiday cottages by the sea available with Coast and Country Cottages, visit the website today!