Idyllic Salcombe’s steep, pastel-hued terraces tumble towards the mouth of the glittering Kingsbridge Estuary where boats bob and seabirds swoop. Further along the shoreline, deep wooded valleys hug the rugged cliffs of the National Trust’s Bolt Head, sandy little beaches wait to be explored and kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and swimming are all on the cards. Up river, discover down-to-earth Kingsbridge, a charming market town with a waterfront of its own, informal meals at The Henley Hotel and fine dining at Twenty Seven, featured in the Michelin Guide. Boutique shops, independent cafes and sublime coastline walks tempt crowds in high summer, but off-season visits are quieter and utterly charming.
Stay at No.2 Buckley Cottage, a charming hillside abode in a peaceful Devon hamlet, with three bedrooms, an idyllic sun terrace, and Salcombe an easy walk away.