Destination guide

Escape to South Hams District holiday lettings

With its strong rural and maritime heritage, the South Hams District offers a stunning landscape, delicious local fare, rich culture and magnificent beaches. From exploring medieval architecture and rustic farmsteads to trying out surfing or diving in the crystal-blue waters, the South Hams District offers a range of activities for the world-weary traveller. Holiday lettings in South Hams District put you in the heart of this vibrant district and all it has to offer.


Explore history near South Hams District holiday cottages

The storied past of the South Hams District is chronicled in a range of historic homes, museums and heritage sites throughout the area. Holiday homes put you within reach of locations like the Sharpham House, a historic estate with a Georgian mansion house and gardens overlooking the river, and the Dartmouth Museum, a history museum with maritime exhibits, World War II artefacts and industrial displays. The Buckland Abbey, a centuries-old abbey with an estate museum and lavish gardens with walking trails, and Overbeck’s, an early Edwardian home with quirky artwork, lush gardens and panoramic views of the water, are also must-visit attractions for the history buff.

Things to do

Activities near South Hams District holiday homes

From family-friendly and quiet to daring and adventurous, the attractions in South Hams District offer a little something for everyone. Holiday homes can be found near locations like the Greenway House, an estate on the River Dart that was once the home of Agatha Christie, and Blackpool Sands, a shingle beach in a sheltered bay with ideal conditions for kayaking and canoeing. The Woodlands Family Theme Park, a large amusement park with indoor and outdoor play, thrill rides and an interactive zoo, is perfect for outings with the kids. History buffs will enjoy the Dartmouth Castle, a 14th-century fortress overlooking the Dart Estuary with dramatic towers and history displays.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near South Hams District holiday homes

Dense forests, deep valleys and cascading waterways become a natural playground for the outdoor adventurer in South Hams District. Thrill-seekers can find an adrenaline rush in treetop canopy walks, rigorous hikes, mountain biking, sea kayaking, surfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and diving. For a more leisurely experience, try horseback riding, nature walks, golf, archery and target shooting. Whatever your inclination, the vast landscape just outside your holiday rental in South Hams District will provide you with boundless opportunities for adventure.


Best beaches near South Hams District holiday homes

The fine-sand beaches and stunning blue waters of the coast are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports. Holiday homes are available near beach locales like Bantham Beach, a golden beach with calm surf for children’s swimming, and the Salcombe North Sands, a wide, long beach with plenty of space to play or relax. You may also enjoy Mill Bay, a sandy beach near the estuary that’s rich with plant and animal life, and Wonwell, a secluded, sheltered beach with ideal conditions for surfing and water sports.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in South Hams District

The South Hams District enjoys the local food culture and the emphasis on fresh, nutritious foods from Devon. From Devonshire cream teas to fresh-off-the-boat seafood paired with wines and ales, you’ll find a range of Devon delicacies in the country pubs, fine-dining restaurants and local cafes throughout the South Hams District. Try out something new or enjoy an old favourite with a creative, regional twist in restaurants and eateries near your holiday rental.

How many holiday rentals are available around South Hams?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,582 holiday lettings around South Hams. From 1,279 cottages to 558 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to South Hams?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in South Hams:

  • Torquay City Centre: 186 holiday homes
  • Babbacombe: 84 holiday homes
  • Roundham: 56 holiday homes
  • St. Michaels: 59 holiday homes
  • Chapel Ground: 237 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to South Hams? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in South Hams. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Burgh Island: 1,817 holiday lettings
  • Salcombe Maritime Museum: 1,840 holiday lettings
  • Royal Naval College: 2,028 holiday lettings
  • Slapton Sands: 1,927 holiday lettings
  • River Dart Country Park: 2,200 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around South Hams listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in South Hams?

Yes, of course. offers 1,279 Cottages in South Hams. Our other popular types of South Hams holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 558 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 33 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 499 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in South Hams?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 355 holiday homes with pool available in South Hams. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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