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Jan 9, 2017 | Area Guides, Dartmouth, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Strete

Firstly, Salcombe Finest would like to wish all of our guests past and present and very happy new year! We hope you had a splendid festive period, whether you were here in Salcombe enjoying the picturesque winter waves, bathing on a remote tropical island, or just hanging at home with family, friends and a lovely glass of fizz. Explore the hidden gems of Devon with us.

In Salcombe, we have been enjoying the winter sunshine as it lights up the estuary and coastline and makes for some fantastic walks. And at night, the Christmas lights twinkle like gems in the sky, illuminating this charming seaside town for miles around.

But we can’t help but wonder whether you’ve heard about the other gems in Salcombe? The hidden ones! There are plenty of them – you just have to think like a local. Luckily for you, we know Salcombe like the back, front and sides of our hands. We welcome you to explore the hidden gems of Salcombe this year and make your holiday that little extra special.

Serene Scenes at Soar Mill Cove

There are lots of things to do in South Hams. Escape the hustle bustle and take a stroll to Soar Mill Cove. This beach offers tranquillity, stunning views and is only accessible by foot – or canoe/boat if you are feeling a little more adventurous! Even Visit South Devon comment that it’s “well worth the effort of getting there”. Build sandcastles with the kids, take a peaceful dip in the sea, or walk until your heart’s content beautiful South Hams beaches. But do be aware, that there is no lifeguard patrolling this stretch of beach, so be careful when swimming. This hidden spot is a favourite among local dog owners/lovers!


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A History Lesson at the Maritime Museum

The harder you look, the more hidden gems in Devon you will find at the Salcombe Maritime Museum – “a treasure trove of models, paintings, photographs and artefacts” so the guys at the museum say! Come and learn about the history of Salcombe and its close, historic relationship with ships and the sea. Visit the museum between April and October and discover more about our wonderful town. Even though Salcombe has become a trendy sailing town, we never forget our roots – and you won’t too with a visit to the Museum.


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Grab a Bite at the Winking Prawn

One of our favourite eating spots in the area, the Winking Prawn serves up some tasty local dishes all year round. Grab a hot breakfast, seaside lunch or Devonshire cream tea, or even just a beer or a coffee and watch the world and waves go by. This beach cafe has its own treasure trove – a dressing up box filled with vibrant outfits and accessories that children and adults love equally. Order a bucket of prawns and try a new look with our range of costumes while you wait – the perfect holiday snap!

Stroll to the Start Point Lighthouse

Rough seas, jagged coastline and EPIC scenery make Start Point a spectacular walking route. Follow the South Devon Coast Path to the stunning lighthouse, which flashed its warning light for ships for the first time in 1836. If you don’t fancy the walk, there is a car park right next to the lighthouse. During the summer, there are special tours around the lighthouse – we recommend taking one of these as the view from the top of the lighthouse is just phenomenal! If heights aren’t your thing, even visiting Start Point to watch the sunset is a remarkable experience! A real hidden gem in Devon.

Indulge the senses on the Picnic Boat

Fancy a dining experience with a difference? Come on down to the River Dart and experience the picturesque Devonshire countryside while bobbing along on the Picnic Boat. The boat offers a range of delicious menus with local delicacies and caters for up to 12 guests. Enjoy canapes with friends while you cosy up near the onboard heating, take your other half on a romantic meal for two, or book the Picnic Boat for an exclusive corporate event. The perfect, peaceful boat ride for viewing some of Devon’s wonderful scenery and wildlife.


Relax among the ruins of Charles Fort

Located in South Hams, and only accessible during low tide from North Sands, Charles Fort is perched on a rock just off the beach. This ruined fort was captured during the civil war in 1647, but its origins date back to around 1540. The fort is an intriguing visit and a historic landmark in its own right. Combine a visit to this wonderful hidden gem with a walk along the beach and learn more about our local area.

Salcombe Holiday Homes 2017

2017 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year! With new additions to our property portfolio, such as Castle Cove and Cable Cottage, we have a great selection of luxury Salcombe holiday homes for our guests to enjoy. Enquire today luxury-accommodation/harbour-watch to find out more about our stunning accommodation in Salcombe!

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