Winter breaks in Devon in and around Salcombe and Dartmouth

November 21st, 2015 | By Vicky Rogers

Why book winter breaks in Devon?

Devon is a magical county to visit during the winter months. With spectacular scenery that looks even more picturesque under a glistening blanket of crisp frost, the South Devon coast and countryside is particularly special at this time of year. An out-of-season visit to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty brings a whole host of benefits, including quieter towns, beaches and footpaths, and uninterrupted dramatic coastal views – often these are all the more impressive when drenched in winter sunshine, or when being buffeted by blustery winter weather in the depths of December! Book winter breaks in Devon over the coming months, and you can enjoy all the delights of this wonderful area in peace and tranquility.

Winter breaks in Devon

Where to stay for your winter breaks in Devon?

Thinking of places to stay for your winter breaks in Devon? If you are looking to spend time shopping, or soaking up the history and culture of South Devon, Dartmouth is a fabulous holiday destination. Stroll along  the picturesque cobbled streets, perusing the boutique shops and art galleries along the way and stopping for a warming hot chocolate in one of the tea rooms. For history or literary enthusiasts, there are numerous activities to enjoy. Head to the Britannia Royal Naval College for a tour, or walk to Dartmouth Castle – a fortress guarding the mouth of the river, where you can stop for a delicious Devonshire Cream Tea, before your return walk.

For wildlife fans, why not wrap up against the elements, and take a river cruise along the River Dart to Dittisham, spotting birds and marine life along the way, before returning to Dartmouth for Rockfish Fish and Chips – delicious!

Looking for slightly more beach orientated winter breaks in Devon? The popular sailing town of Salcombe could be the holiday destination for you. With numerous beaches, including a number on the opposite side of the estuary at East Portlemouth (accessed by a foot passenger ferry that runs all-year-round, weather permitting!), you will be spoilt for choice. Spend wintry days walking along Salcombe’s coastline, rockpooling, beach combing or – if you are very brave – enjoying a surf or swim!

For those who prefer to stick to dry land, why not simply admire the beauty of the waves lapping along the shoreline, whilst walking on the beach making fresh footprints in the sand. Looking for a bite to eat? Head to the beachside café The Winking Prawn at North Sands in Salcombe, where you can enjoy light refreshments, lunch or dinner. With a menu offering a host of the finest, locally caught seafood (Salcombe is perhaps best known for its locally landed crab), as well as various other seasonal dishes, this is a must for foodies!

Holiday cottages for your winter breaks in Devon

If you are looking for cosy holiday cottages for your winter breaks in Devon, Coast & Country Cottages have a host of self-catering properties, offering stylish accommodation for an out-of-season getaway.

Winter breaks in Devon - The Linhay

The Linhay, Higher Ash Farm, Dartmouth (sleeps 6)
This luxurious VisitEngland Five Star awarded barn conversion is situated in a peaceful spot, in the grounds of Higher Ash Farm, near historic Dartmouth.  Perfect for a cosy winter break with your dog, this pet friendly accommodation has a woodburning stove – ideal for warm evenings spent together after action packed days exploring the nearby South West Coast Path.

kirkdale2010addsHR-2Kirkdale, Thurlestone (sleeps 11)
A magnificent house, providing excellent accommodation for a short break or longer holiday with friends or family this winter. Built with entertaining in mind, this spacious VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property has a fabulous open plan living area, ideal for socialising together.


kikrkdale_0064The property also has a separate TV room, and a games room complete with a full size pool table – great for the occasional rainy day this winter! The beaches at Thurlestone are a short walk away, whilst the South West Coast Path is also easily accessible on foot.

Winter breaks in Devon - Higher Collaton

Higher Collaton Cottage, near Salcombe (sleeps 6)
For those planning winter breaks in Devon and looking for luxury accommodation with character, Higher Collaton Cottage could be a superb option! This delightful 16th Century ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage is nestled in the countryside, yet within easy reach of popular Salcombe. Renovated to provide VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded accommodation, whilst retaining many of the characterful features like exposed beams and cob walls, this is a great base for winter breaks in Devon. Explore Salcombe’s shops or dine in one of the restaurants, before returning for an evening beside the open fire.

Winter breaks in Devon - Vantage Point

Vantage Point, Hillfield Village, near Dartmouth (sleeps 8)
For luxury winter breaks in Devon over the coming months, look no further than Hillfield Village. In particular, the VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property Vantage Point offers unique, stylish holiday accommodation. With a ‘wrap around’ decking boasting stunning country views, as well as a private hot tub and sauna, this property is particularly suited to those looking for an extra special retreat this winter, for up to 8 people.

Winter breaks in Devon - Soundings

Soundings, Salcombe (sleeps 8)
New with Coast & Country Cottages for winter 2015, this delightfully presented holiday home is finished to a very high standard throughout, offering picturesque country views towards the Salcombe estuary, and across to Dartmoor. Situated within a 10-15 minute downhill walk of Salcombe’s waterfront, this immaculate property is well located for those looking to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this winter. Spend exciting days visiting the fascinating town of Totnes, or the traditional market town of Kingsbridge, before settling in for the night in front of the feature fireplace at Soundings.

Introductory winter Offer! £50 off November and December early season weeks. Now £573 per week! Short breaks also available.

Coast & Country Cottages have a fabulous range of cosy cottages, many with wood burning stoves, ideal for your winter break. If you would like to know more about winter activities to enjoy during your winter break in the region, read this great article Top Winter Devon Activities.