Locations: Our South Hams Holiday Cottages

Our South Hams holiday cottages stretch over a range of locations. Whether you prefer the coastline views of Salcombe or the cultural history of Dartmouth, we can help find the perfect holiday home for you. Explore the towns and villages below where we have given a brief introduction to guide you. Using this and our blog you can choose your dream holiday location.


The beautiful waterside town of Salcombe, with its outlook across the stunning harbour to golden beaches and sea beyond is one of South Devon’s most desirable holiday destinations.


Steeped in maritime history, Dartmouth lies at the mouth of the River Dart. This waterfront town is well known for its medieval cobbled streets which are filled with shops, galleries and restaurants.


The lively market town of Kingsbridge sits in a picturesque position in the heart of the South Hams. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and at the head of the Kingsbridge Estuary.

Torcross / Start Bay

Start Bay, an outstanding beautiful part of this coastline, extends from the entrance to the River Dart, Blackpool Sands, the glorious sweep of Slapton Sands and the cliffs round to Start Point Lighthouse.


Bigbury-On-Sea is located in the heart of South Devon’s AONB. The golden sandy beach is joined by a causeway to the iconic Burgh Island which hosts the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel.

Hope Cove

Formed around the pretty twin villages of Inner and Outer Hope. Hope Cove was once famed for pirates and smugglers. When you picture a traditional Devon Holiday, Hope Cove ticks all the boxes.


Thurlestone is a picturesque seaside village providing the backdrop to a series of wonderful sandy golden beaches a scattering of rocky coves and the iconic Thurlestone Rock.

Why visit South Hams holiday cottages

The South Hams is a region of Devon known for its breathtaking beauty. In fact, many of the areas are acclaimed Areas of Outstanding Beauty. Coastlines, moorland, rivers and castles – the district is not short of views to enjoy on your trip. With our South Hams holiday cottages, you can enjoy the stunning views even whilst relaxing at home. 

An aspect of the South Hams not to be overlooked is its quality local food. There are several award-winning seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a fine dining experience. The area is also known for high-quality local beef and lamb. As well as fresh fruit and vegetables. The range of restaurants, cafes and pubs ensures a great food and drink experience for every visitor. 

Once you are staying in your South Hams holiday cottage, activities are not sparse. Outdoor enthusiasts thrive here with a plethora of options for outdoor activities. Watersports are a particularly popular activity with the sea being such a desirable location. The coastline here has actually won more clean water awards than anywhere else in Britain! 

Or if you would prefer to remain on land, there are plenty of walking trails to explore. The South West Coast Path and Two Moors Way are particularly rewarding if you enjoy a long walk. The South Hams has a rich heritage, leaving lots of landmarks and castles for you to explore on your travels.

South Hams Towns And Villages

Choosing which area of the South Hams to stay in can be a difficult choice! Each location has its own unique beauty and assets. Salcombe is known for its charming beaches and range of chic, independent shops. Or if you are a nature enthusiast perhaps Start Bay is the town for you. With rugged cliffs, golden beaches and nature reserves there is much to explore there.

If you would like advice on which area is best suited to you we are happy to help. Simply get in touch and we can call back whenever is best for you.

A brief history

The history stretches back to between the fourth and eighth centuries when the South Hams were part of The Celtic Kingdom. Then in Anglo-Saxon times when communities settled there. In later years, the port became a lucrative part of the area due to the trade of local products – particularly wool. With the ports being such a huge part of the South Hams’ success, the Royal Navy has consistently had a large presence there. 

There are many landmarks relating to the history you can enjoy whilst staying at South Hams holiday cottages. For example the Torcross Sherman Tank, a WWII US tank that was recovered from the sea. Or take a trip to the lost village of Hallsand. A community tragically lost to the high January tides of 1917. 

Weather in the South Hams

Weather in the South Hams is typically warmer than in other places in Britain. In fact, the name South Hams comes from the old English word ‘hammes’ meaning an enclosed space. This refers to the warm climate of the area. Which is a result of the southern location and Dartmoor’s granite hilltops. 

Typically the weather will reach highs of 21 degrees Celsius and lows of 3 degrees Celsius. So if you are looking for a holiday away in a slightly warmer area of Britain this is ideal.

Book South Hams holiday cottages

All in all, there are a number of great reasons to book a holiday in one of our South Hams holiday cottages. With amenities such as dog-friendly cottages and cottages with hot tubs, you can find the best place for you to stay. 

Our team are here to help from the booking process through to during your stay. We can advise you on the best local spots, hidden gems and holiday activities. Book your dream holiday today!

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