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Destination guide

South Devon cottages offer rolling hills and sparkling water

In the South Devon region, you might book your holiday cottage in Salcombe. Settled on the banks of the shining Kingsbridge Estuary, this town is noted for its picturesque landscapes with rolling green countryside and sparkling waters. The water is perfect for a variety of activities including sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. You can even enjoy a spot of surfing in certain areas with the appropriate waves. Meanwhile, the beaches themselves are filled with soft golden sands and plenty of room to relax.

 
History

Dive into Salcombe's maritime heritage

The town has a long maritime heritage and, up to a century ago, residents here all made their living from the sea – mostly fishing, shipbuilding or seafaring. When you come to stay in a Salcombe holiday let, you can hear the stories and tales of 19th-century smugglers, pirates, captains and fishermen at the fascinating Salcombe Maritime Museum. Just before the turn of the 20th century, a branch of The Great Western Railway was constructed, with stops nearby. This opened Salcombe up as a seaside resort and tourism in the area was born, fuelling the growth of attractions, hotels and public transport.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Salcombe

Are you hoping to discover things to do in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Salcombe has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Woodlands Leisure Park (9.8 mi / 15.8 km)
  • Paignton Zoo (16 mi / 25.7 km)
Outdoor activities

You'll never be bored when you stay in a Salcombe holiday rental

With its location along the coast, it's hardly surprising that most of the outdoor activities near your Salcombe holiday let are water-based. You could spend sunny summer days hoisting the mainsail to cruise along the coast, hopping in a sea kayak to paddle out to sea or hitting the consistently good waves on a surfboard. Salcombe is located right in the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it's no surprise that some of the best coastal hikes are found leading away right from your doorstep. Alternatively, if all that sounds just a little too much effort, why not stake out a spot for yourself on 1 of the nearby beaches and spend your days cooling off in the English Channel?

Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Salcombe

If you're planning a holiday around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 19°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Salcombe

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Salcombe is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Overbecks Museum and Garden (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Hope Cove Beach (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Thurleston Beach (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Bigbury-on-Sea Beach (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Burgh Island (6.8 mi / 11 km)
  • Slapton Sands (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
How to get around

Getting around Salcombe on foot or by pedal power

The quickest and easiest way to reach Salcombe is to drive – make sure you pick one of the holiday lets that have free parking spots. If you get there by other means, consider renting a car when you arrive. This gives you the freedom to explore further afield, like making a visit to Dartmoor National Park or taking drives deeper within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. That said, the town itself is easily explored on foot and there are several reliable bus routes along the coast to get you further afield. Alternatively, consider bringing your bike along, particularly in the spring or summer when the weather is glorious.

Food & drink 

Seafood feasts at your Salcombe holiday let

If you love seafood, you've come to the right place. You won't have any trouble finding kitchens serving up fresh seafood from catches landed that day, whether they're in fine-dining restaurants or simple crab shacks by the shore. The local speciality is spider crab, a spiky crustacean known for its sweet meat. Don't be disappointed if you're not a fan of eating creatures of the deep. The sunny region of South Devon produces some fine meats, vegetables and cheeses, too. Whatever you decide to eat, you can pair it with some award-winning English wines, made from grapes grown locally, near Salcombe.

How many holiday rentals are available around Salcombe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 885 holiday lettings around Salcombe. From 599 cottages to 127 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 are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Salcombe?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Salcombe. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Salcombe Maritime Museum: 2,307 holiday lettings
  • Overbecks Museum and Garden: 2,022 holiday lettings
  • Salcombe Tourist Information Centre: 2,306 holiday lettings
  • Sea N Shore: 2,255 holiday lettings
  • Hope Cove Beach: 2,131 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Salcombe listed on HomeAway.co.uk 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 Salcombe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 599 Cottages in Salcombe. Our other popular types of Salcombe holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 127 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 599 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 84 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Salcombe?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 163 holiday homes with pool available in Salcombe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.