Salcombe is a picturesque estuary town in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its famous for sailing, stunning views and some of the most desirable real estate in the country.
We’ve compiled some Salcombe information on this page, alongside details about where you can find out more.
Salcombe information in a nutshell
The earliest known written mention of Salcombe was in 1244. Fishing and smuggling is thought to have made up the bulk of the settlement’s economy for several hundred years.
At the time of the last UK Census, the population of Salcombe (Parish) was 1,909. The Salcombe and Malborough Ward had a population of 3,353.
Salcombe is 238 miles from the centre of London, 121 miles from Bristol, 111 miles from Land’s End and 759 miles from John o’ Groats.
The average property in Salcombe costs £671,759 according to the latest research. That’s said to be higher than London, and possibly the highest in the country according to some estimates.
Salcombe has been home to many celebrities, including Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Michael Parkinson, Mary Berry and Kate Bush, who have all either lived in the town or owned properties here.
Salcombe’s biggest events revolve around the town’s sailing and maritime culture. Leading the charge is the Salcombe Town Regatta, which in 2016 will take place between 30th July and 6th August.
Other sailing-related events include:
- The Doom Bar Merlin Rocket Week (10th – 15th July 2016)
- The Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta (7th – 12th August 2016)
- The August Cruiser Regatta (13th – 14th August 2016)
2016 also saw the first annual Salcombe Crabfest on 1st May. Crabfest is the town’s celebration of local crab and seafood. This year’s Crabfest was opened by Mary Berry and featured chef demonstrations, live music, and children’s activities laid on by our team at Coast & Coast Country Cottages.
Find out more about what’s on in Salcombe this summer or see these pages for comprehensive information about:
Places to eat in Salcombe
There are dozens of excellent eateries in and around Salcombe. Here’s a list of five of our favourite Salcombe restaurants. South Devon is also home to some excellent gastro-pubs for more casual dining. You can find out about five of the best South Devon pubs here.
Places to stay in Salcombe
One of the reasons that Salcombe is such a popular holiday destination is the extensive range of luxury holiday accommodation available. As the largest provider of exclusively South Devon-based holiday homes. Coast & Country Cottages offers over 140 properties in Salcombe itself, and around 400 in the South Devon area.
As well as offering excellent retail therapy, luxurious pampering opportunities and fine dining, Salcombe has some breathtakingly beautiful beaches just a short walk or ferry ride away. The unspoilt sandy coves of Sunny Cove, East Portlemouth and Mill Bay face the town from the other side of the Estuary, and the popular beaches of North Sands and South Sands are a little over a mile from the centre.
For more information about the best beaches in South Devon, see our South Devon Beach Bible.
Where to find more Salcombe information
These pages also contain lots of useful information about Salcombe:
- Salcombe Information Centre
- Salcombe Yacht Club
- Salcombe’s Wikipedia page
- Salcombe History Society
- Salcombe Maritime Museum
The best way to find out about this charming South Devon town is to see it for yourself.