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Dec 8, 2021 | Property Focus, Salcombe

The benefits of a Salcombe self-catering apartment

Self-catering is an increasingly popular choice for holiday makers. In this article, we discuss the benefits of hiring a self-contained property for your holiday in South Devon’s Salcombe. 

Why choose self-catering?

Choosing a self-catering apartment gives you complete control over your holiday. It provides freedom as you get to come and go on your own timetable. With no designated meal times and no set food being catered for you in the evenings, you have the luxury of spontaneity. Last-minute fish and chips on the harbourside sounds like an ideal Monday night dinner to us!

Self-catering also has the potential to bring the whole family together. Cooking can be the perfect bonding experience and often, with busy lives, we don’t get the chance to do this enough at home. The whole family can get involved on a self-catered holiday and you can even experiment with new recipes and ingredients. 

The space that a self-catering apartment provides you with is what is most appealing to guests. Naturally, self-catered holiday homes have larger kitchen/dining areas and a wider variety of cooking facilities. This extra space can be filled with all of your favourite people and is perfect for entertaining guests. 

The all-inclusive environment created by an open-plan kitchen space, in particular, is ideal for holidays where everyone wants to be social. Gone are the days of a designated member of the group spending the whole night cooking in a separate room away from everyone else. 


A home away from home

When travelling with friends, family, or young children who have special dietary needs, opting for self-catering gives you the freedom to cook what you want, when you want. You can stick to your schedule or deviate from it as you please. At Salcombe Finest, our holiday homes are equipped with fully functional modern kitchens, allowing you to regulate the ingredients, amounts, and cooking methods as necessary. 

Choosing self-catered means that you have total flexibility on your holiday. You can do everything at your own pace. At Salcombe Finest, we design our self-catered cottages and holiday homes so that they reflect the comfort of your own home. With touches such as towels and toiletries provided, you do not have to feel like you are living out of your suitcase, but are instead relaxing in a home away from home. 

You can enjoy the best seafood

In Salcombe, there is an abundance of fresh produce you can pick up from the town and nearby areas. Fresh crab, mackerel, and other types of fish are readily available, and local fishermen and retailers can provide you with the best advice on how to turn them into delicious meals for your family and friends. Here are some of the places where you can buy fresh seafood:

A Fishy Business, Salcombe

Fishy Business is based out of a The Store along the waterfront near the lifeboat station. There you can buy sustainably rod-caught fish, fresh crab and lobster from local fisherman. Check out their instagram page for real time information on their incredibly fresh produce.

Telephone: 07921 551421

Yeowards, Salcombe

Visit Yeowards on Island Street in Salcombe and take a peek into their tanks to see some of biggest crabs and lobsters Salcombe has to offer. You can buy a live or cooked lobster and crab to take home to pick and eat.

Telephone: 01548 844261


The Crab Shed, Salcombe

If you prefer not to get your hands dirty, The Crab Shed near the long stay car park sells freshly handpicked Salcombe crab meat. We promise you will not taste better crab than this.

Telephone: 01548 844280‍

Website: https://www.crabshed.com/

How to pick your perfect self-catering holiday home

When deciding on your perfect self-catering apartment, there are lots of things you should consider. It is important for the apartment’s kitchen facilities to be adequate. This means that the kitchen space should be plenty large enough to accommodate you, your friends, and your family.

Check if the kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary cooking equipment and any added extras. These can really make the difference in making your stay go even smoother. Outside cooking facilities such as BBQs and wood-fired pizza ovens are also lovely touches that can make the self-catered experience extra special. 

Although added extras, such as hot tubs, pools, outdoor dining areas, and private gyms, can make your stay especially enjoyable, the most vital thing to consider when deciding on your Salcombe self-catered holiday home is the location. At Salcombe Finest, our private holiday homes are selected first and foremost for their central location. Staying in a central location can make your holiday more relaxing as you have the convenience of shops and restaurants being just a short walk away, without having to worry about driving, parking, or public transport timetables.

The best self-catering accommodation in Salcombe

7 Victoria Quay (sleeps 2 – 6)

7 Victoria Quay is a Grade II listed fisherman’s cottage that is centrally located right on the sea wall looking out onto Salcombe’s estuary. The cottage is perfect for small groups, families or couples looking to get away. With a light and spacious combined kitchen and dining room, the cottage is perfectly set up for entertaining. The heart of Salcombe, its high street, can be found just a couple of minutes walk away from the cottage, so it is highly convenient for a self-catered stay.

1 The Strand (sleeps 8)

This luxury self-catered holiday home is located just 15 metres from the water’s edge. It sleeps up to 8 guests over 4 bedrooms, all boasting great views. With a large kitchen/diner space as well as an outdoor terrace with a dining area, The Strand has plenty of room for entertaining and is the perfect location for a larger family holiday or reunion with friends. 

Vine House (sleeps 6 – 10)

Vine House offers a truly luxurious self-catered stay in Salcombe. The waterside Georgian house is set in acres of gardens and has both inside and outside dining areas for up to 10 people, making socialising especially easy. The property also has guest houses that you can choose to make use of. Situated along the Batson Creek, Vine House is private and tranquil, meaning that you and your guests can have a truly relaxing and peaceful stay. 

Gull Rock (sleeps 8)

Gull Rock is a four-bedroomed villa that sits right on the water and even has direct access to the slipway. The kitchen is incredibly spacious and modern and this (combined with panoramic views of Salcombe) makes cooking in the evenings especially enjoyable. To make the space even more sociable, the kitchen/diner opens out onto a balcony with additional seating. 

Watch Hill (sleeps 11)

Watch Hill is a large Victorian house with glorious views over Salcombe and the estuary at the front, and a landscaped garden at the back. What makes this property the perfect self-catered holiday home is its dining and entertaining spaces. Watch Hill has both an open-plan kitchen with a large island and an outdoor dining area with a gas barbecue on the terrace. There is space for up to 4 cars to park at the property, making it the ideal spot for exploring the nearby area. 

Woodspring (sleeps up to 16)

Woodspring can sleep up to 16 guests in its 7 spacious bedrooms. It is the perfect entertaining house with all the added amenities you could ever need. Wetsuits, life jackets, boating waterproofs, fishing gear, and two paddle boards are all available for guest use in Woodspring’s boat house. Guests can also use the house’s running mooring at the bottom of the road, which is ideal for hopping on the boat for outings to the beaches or some of the area’s most popular country pubs. 

Not only does the self-catering holiday home have a large open plan kitchen, indoor dining, and seating area, with extras such as a Nespresso coffee machine and large drinks fridge nearby, but it boasts an open fire and a wonderful wood fired oven in the garden. Complete with a hot tub, this outdoor, wooded area is perfect for both relaxing and celebrating in the evenings. 

Here at Salcombe Finest, we know what it takes to make your self-catered holiday experience truly unforgettable. Our self-catering homes are equipped with everything you need and more. If you are interested in staying in Salcombe, let us know.

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