Salcombe is the southernmost town in Devon and occupies an idyllic location in the centre of the lush South Hams countryside.
Famous as a sailing centre, the town has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the more exclusive holiday destinations in the South West of England.
Located at the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a holiday in Salcombe presents you with a wealth of opportunities. Watersports are in evidence everywhere with sailing, windsurfing and powerboating ever popular.
The harbour and estuary provide a natural haven for many species of birds who flock here in thousands. The estuary also supports a host of plant and fish life, some of which is extremely rare. Dolphins and basking sharks are frequent visitors. Famous for its warm microclimate Salcombe has many species of plant flourishing here that are not found anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
There are a host of specialist shops in the town – many with a nautical theme and some of the best pubs, cafes and restaurants in the South West.
Take advantage of the tranquil countryside, walk the breath-taking South West Coast path, enjoy the area’s numerous beaches and indulge yourself with award-winning cuisine.
The lovely village of Hope Cove clings to the South Devon coast in the shelter of Bolt Tail. In the past, this isolated little village was the home of smugglers & fishermen. Now it attracts holidaymakers, drawn to its two lovely beaches and quaint thatched cottages.
Hope Cove is actually made up of two villages, Inner & Outer Hope, seperated by a dramatic headland and linked by a narrow footpath. The village has a lovely pub, general store and art gallery. Two lovely sandy beaches are a firm favourite with the children and watersports are in abundance. There is a slipway for launching small boats and dinghys.
Despite its remote location and small stature Hope Cove has been the scene of plenty of drama in the past. In Elizabethan times, the village was the only place where sailors from the Spanish Aramada made land.
There have also been numerous ships wrecked on the coastline here. In 1760 more than 700 people lost their lives when HMS Ramilles was wrecked on the rocks at the base of Bolt Tail. Another famous wreck was that of the Finnish Barque, Herzogin Cecilie which ran aground on the Ham Stone in 1936.
However, don’t let these stories of shipwrecks put you off. Hope Cove is a wonderful little village with plenty to attract you on a cottage holiday, particularly if you just want to take things easy!
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