Whatever time of year you choose to visit you will never be short of easy-to-reach activities, whether visiting with family, a loved one, or a four legged friend. If you are looking to get into the festive spirit or enjoy a quiet retreat, there are so many things to enjoy this winter.
Winter can be one of the best times to enjoy yourself in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Get outside in the fresh air and leave footprints on almost deserted beaches, or wrap up warm and explore the South West Coast Path for stunning views unspoilt by the busier crowds of summer. Take a wintery walk over the sand dunes and around the estuary at Bantham beach, followed by a traditional Sunday lunch at the Sloop Inn, ideal for either a romantic getaway or a family break. There is so much to enjoy around this beautiful coastal area, including lots for dogs, such as enjoying views of the sparkling sea from the top of Burgh Island before escaping from the cold with a drink by the open fire at the Pilchard Inn.
For those looking to get into the festive spirit there are several events for you to enjoy, such as Candlelit Dartmouth, a two day celebration including carol singing around the Christmas tree, late night shopping and an enchanting lantern procession through the town. Close to Dartmouth, bring the family to stay at Hillfield Farmhouse, a luxury, fully renovated property sleeping ten, where you can cosy up and enjoy family time together playing games around a wood burning stove.
Browse and buy Christmas gifts for your loved ones at one of several festive markets in the area such as Dartington Hall ‘All Things Vintage and Unique Fair’ on the 28th and 29th November, with over 45 stalls and live music throughout the day. Visit the Totnes Christmas Market on Tuesdays throughout December, where local handmade crafts, hot mulled wine and Christmas lights create a jolly atmosphere throughout the afternoon and into the evening, another popular event in the local calendar.
Indulgent activities for those looking for a relaxing escape, experience delicious menus at local restaurants such as Buckland Tout Saints Hotel, where you can put your feet up in front of the roaring log fire and tuck into a festive afternoon tea including a selection of mince pies, sandwiches and cakes, with a glass of champagne or mulled wine. Visit the Salcombe Harbour Hotel for a luxurious spa day, one of the most relaxing options, perfect for couples that want to unwind together. Alternatively, browse the unique shops and boutiques of Salcombe before visiting the Winking Prawn for dinner, for an exquisite menu and wine list made up of local produce and views of the gentle waves at North Sands beach. With breathtaking views over Salcombe town, the Kingsbridge Estuary and beautiful surrounding countryside, stay at Soundings, a cosy yet modern property with a feature gas fire sleeping up to eight. For more inspiration on the perfect holiday home for your break, visit our blog ‘Winter Wonderland: 5 beautiful Salcombe cottages for your winter break’.
Book one of Coast & Country Cottages Salcombe Holiday Cottages, for fabulous accommodation for your winter break.