Beautiful South Hams beaches retain Blue Flag status!

May 23rd, 2013 | By Clare Levy

The beautiful South Hams beaches of South Sands, in the popular sailing town of Salcombe, and Blackpool Sands on the Start Bay coastline, have both received the coveted Blue Flag award for 2013. The list of Blue Flag awarded beaches, announced yesterday, features 23 coves in the South West, many of which are in Devon. Two of these award-winners are South Hams beaches, each offering countless watersports opportunities, safe waters for swimming and the perfect environment for a safe trip to the seaside.

With self-catering holiday properties within easy reach of these wonderful South Hams beaches, why not book a holiday with Coast & Country Cottages this Summer?

Blackpool Sands - one of two South Hams beaches awarded Blue Flag status

16 Bolt Head, South Sands, Salcombe (sleeps 4)
This stunning VisitEngland Four Star Gold awarded property is situated in a fabulous location, above the Blue Flag beach of South Sands.  This stylish duplex apartment is within a short walk of this stunning South Hams beach via the nearby path – relax on the sand with a book whilst the children build sandcastles, or perhaps enjoy a swim in the sea, before heading back to the property and dining alfresco on the spacious patio. Salcombe’s picturesque quayside, shops and restaurants are within a 30 minute walk, whilst the South West Coast Path, with breathtaking scenery is also easily accessible.

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Court Lodge, Hillfield Cottages and Country House, Dartmouth (sleeps 10)
The luxury VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property Court Lodge is perfect for those looking to stay in a larger property this Summer. Sleeping up to 10 people, with a private hot tub, this spacious house is ideal for an extended family gathering. Situated in Hillfield Village, near Dartmouth, facilities include an all-weather tennis court, children’s play area and acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The wonderful Blue Flag awarded beach Blackpool Sands is just a 10 minute drive away, great for a family day out. Try new watersports including surfing and paddle boarding, swim in the warm waters, or enjoy a game of rounders on the shingle. For those without a picnic, The Venus Café is on the beachside, providing various refreshments including delicious locally made ice creams (!

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Dolphins, South Sands, Salcombe
This very comfortable VisitEngland Four Star awarded property is in a glorious position on the south side of the Combe Valley with superb, uninterrupted views across South Sands beach, the Salcombe estuary and surrounding countryside. The property is the perfect base for couples or family groups, looking for a peaceful break by the sea. South Sands beach is just a short walk, where the small passenger ferry runs to Salcombe town every 30 minutes throughout the Summer. The property has a fabulous large terrace with estuary views, as well as a games room, superb open plan living area and ample parking.

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Call the Coast & Country Cottages team on 01548 843773 today for more information on properties close to these stunning South Hams beaches.

Looking for other things to do on holiday? Take a look at our guide to things to do in South Devon.