South Sands Hotel

Salcombe, Devon

Just outside Salcombe, a lively water-sports hotel right on South Sands. Seafood is served with views and you can self-cater in a suite


27 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Two coves west from yachtie Salcombe, this breezy hotel stands above the beach with gorgeous views of water, hill and sky. There are clean sands, safe swimming, and a sea tractor to get you to the coves.

It’s a short walk from the hotel to Overbecks (NT) for a fascinating house and beautiful garden, join the South West Coast Path from here and walk all day, surf on Bantham beach, catch the taxi shuttle to Salcombe and try out deep sea fishing. Return to dinner in the restaurant – in summer out on the vast terrace. Below you a beach for swimming (towels provided) and crabbing (gear is here); the sailing school is next door.

Estuary-facing rooms are airy and bright, while the apartment suites are brilliant for families or anyone who wants the fabulous position but not the full hotel experience. Breakfast is still included in the rate.

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We think you'll love

  • The amazing beach setting
  • The food is unfussy, fresh and flavourful
  • Exploring the coves and estuaries by boat
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You should know

  • Roadside rooms can be noisy with French windows open at night
  • The restaurant gets booked up days ahead in high summer
  • On cold and wet days there are just two fireside sofas


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay two nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £17.95. Dinner £15.95-£40.


Nightly price
from £215
6 Twin/doubles
From £215
16 Doubles
From £215
5 Suites for 4
From £595


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The neighbourhood

This is a great location - sitting on a Blue Flag beach, with a pretty sailing town a half-hour walk away. For speedier access to Salcombe's restaurants and boutiques you can take the hotel shuttle (on demand in high season) or the summer ferry (April to October). Spectacular walks to Bolt Head start close by while the ferry gets you to Mill Bay, and a stroll to the Pig’s Nose in East Prawle. North Sands beach welcomes dogs all year round.


Stephen Ball

Owner Stephen Ball’s family have lived in and loved this area for centuries - and Stephen’s aim is to pass on that love and understanding. He grew up catching fish, collecting seafood and exploring the landscape for wild ingredients (now known as 'foraging'): hence the kitchen team’s passion for local sourcing.