This year, we set out to escape the crowds by visiting Devon, out of season. We stayed in Salcombe, a small town full of pretty pastel houses, set on an estuary with a harbour in South Devon. The weather all week was beautiful, you couldn’t have imagined it was February!Being in Salcombe, at this time of year takes you into a different pace of life. Life moves more slowly here, and you can take that time to truly relax and wind down. Many of the properties here are holiday lets, and at this time of year, there is plenty of choice. We booked through Coast and Country and chose a lovely house on Raleigh Rd, with a view across Salcombe. Salcombe is on a steep hill, down to the harbour, so be prepared for lots of exercise getting up and down (there are two car parks at the bottom).
Views from Snape’s Point
There are beautiful views in Salcombe, I would actually love to see the water in summer when there are dozens of boats sailing. We walked from where we were staying to Snape’s Point. Whilst this is National Trust land, it doesn’t cost anything to walk here. It was a fairly long walk for us, as we walked from where we were staying and came back through the harbour. However, if you drive to the car park, it is about a mile long circular route.
Paper Bird Island
Georgie loved this quirky craft studio, designed for people of all ages. This involves picking a paper mache model, went for a star shaped dish, and then using paint, decopatch (paper and glue), and sand to decorate. We even got offered a cup of tea or coffee. I also couldn’t resist buying a piece of gift wrap, with the most gorgeous pattern. The woman who runs the shop was really friendly, and made this an enjoyable couple of hours getting creative.
There is a wide range of lovely shops including a good range of independent shops. I continue to be a fan of handmade UK items. On Island Street, there is a company called Will Bees Bespoke. The shop, and workshop is beautiful and the items they sell are high quality. Whilst there is nothing I could justify buying right now, I am putting one of the saddle bags, on my wish list!
Food and drink
Our favourite place we found to have a meal out was the Victoria Inn, This was a cosy traditional pub with friendly staff. Would recommend for Sunday lunch. Another pub worth a trip to, the Old Inn is on the way to Kingsbridge, a short drive away.
A good place we stopped for lunch was Ashby’s Garden Centre, on the main road on the way out of Salcombe. The Salcombe Meat Company is based here, and we picked up some fresh beef burgers here for making a meal in one night. The garden centre had lots of local produce, and a wide selection of local beers including Salcombe Brewery bottles.In addition, you can’t forget Salcombe Dairy Icecream and Roly’s Fudge.
Nearby places to visit
Kingsbridge – A few miles from Salcombe is the bustling market town of Kingsbridge. Georgie liked buying a second hand jigsaw puzzle from the seller in the car park who told us he had been there for ’22 years’ and browsing for books in the Harbour bookstore. It is great to see an independent book store, as there isn’t many left.
Hope Cove – Just along the coast is the tucked away bay of Hope Cove. We came along and had tea at the Hope and Anchor, and then watched the sunset from up the hill, come down over the beach. So picturesque. There is a popular craft ale bar the Cove right next door.
Blackpool Sands – We went a little further afield to spend time on the beach due to the fabulous weather. It amused us there is a Blackpool in the South. We had lunch at the cafe (super food), and spent a couple of hours, wandering on the beach and looking in rock pools during low tide. The beach here is pebble based, and as such although we had a bucket and spade, there was no hope of sandcastles here!
We have had a brilliant time, now back to the real world.Until next time ~ Hayley x