An internationally known all-year round paradise destination for holidaymakers and homebuyers in Devon, Salcombe makes the most of its beautiful setting at the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary. Of particular interest to the sailing fraternity, Salcombe has for many years been a magnet for both temporary visitors enjoying a well-earned break or those buying a property for the lifestyle living in this wonderful spot will bring them.
A step back from the water’s edge will find you in a bustling, thriving community offering designer shops jostling with artisan food and drink producers, a smattering of fabulous hotels, pubs and restaurants and some first-rate B&Bs.
A fabulous base from which to explore the wider delights of the South Hams or traverse to some of the nearby beaches along the coastline, Salcombe is a truly special place to make your home.
What a property buying agent can purchase
£1m: A three-bedroom apartment overlooking the estuary a few minutes’ walk from the town centre or a four-bedroom detached house further inland.
£3m: a brand new house with harbour views.
£5m: a beach front house with a private mooring.
Best hotels in Salcombe
The Salcombe Harbour Hotel (www.harbourhotels.co.uk), on the edge of the town, is a super cool, bright, modern spot with a great restaurant and fabulous views. The South Sands Hotel (www.southsands.com) is an idyllic position right on the beach and has a well regarded restaurant with a great outlook. A ten-minute drive from Salcombe is The Soar Mill Cove Hotel (www.soarmillcove.co.uk), a beautifully appointed, idyllic place, nestling in a valley close to the beach.
Best restaurants in Salcombe
According to resident buying agent, Nigel Bishop, The Winking Prawn (www.winkingprawngroup.co.uk) is worth a visit for the name alone – and that’s before you have even tried the seafood! If it’s family friendly you want, then head for the Victoria Inn (www.victoriainn-salcombe.co.uk) and delight in fabulous food while the youngsters are kept entertained by friendly staff. The Crab Shed (www.crabshed.com) makes the absolute best of its prime location near to The Fish Quay – the catch of the day is as fresh as it could be!
Best school in Salcombe
For good independent schools, a small amount of travel from Salcombe is necessary. Stover School (www.stover.co.uk) is a well-known and respected mixed independent school. Plymouth College (www.plymouthcollege.com) is an excellent mixed school which has gained a deserved reputation for mixing academic and sporting success, especially swimming and diving. In the state sector, Kingsbridge Community College (www.kingsbridgecollege.org.uk) boasts a fine reputation, backed up by an outstanding Ofsted report.
Buying agent fact
The popular and fashionable clothing chain Jack Wills (www.jackwills.com) was founded in Salcombe. Salcombe Gin’s new distillery (www.salcombegin.com) affords amazing views of the copper stills at one end of the room – and a long lingering look down the creek at the other as you sip on a cocktail or a locally-created G&T. The stretch of the South West Coast Path (www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk) in the Salcombe area is truly some of the best you will find along the path’s 630-mile route.
How to get to Salcombe from London
· Train: total 3 hours, 35 mins. Trains from London Paddington take just over three hours to Totnes. A taxi from Totnes to Salcombe is a 35-minute drive.
· Car: total 4 hours, 30 mins.
· Plane: total 1 hour, 55 mins. Fly from London City to Exeter Airport (55 mins) and then a one-hour drive to Salcombe.
Helicopter – 1 hour, 30 mins from Battersea Heliport.