Visiting South Devon For The First Time (With Coast & Country Cottages)

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132 miles from where we live, just outside of Bournemouth; is the beautiful and popular seaside resort town of Salcombe in South Devon. A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to visit thanks to Coast & Country Cottages

Arriving on Saturday 23rd March, we enjoyed three nights staying at Dory Cottage a traditional and stunning three storey cottage right in the centre of Salcombe. It was the perfect base for our family – and with it’s coastal decor, well sized living area with smart TV, off road parking and attic den – it ticked the boxes for all of us.

Even Dolly our Pug came along! Coast & Country Cottages have over 100 pet friendly cottages in South Devon, which meant Dolly could have a holiday with us too.

We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather and we made sure we made the most of the two full days we were in South Devon, visiting local beaches we’d been recommended to check out.

I fell in love with Hope Cove, a very small seaside village, and it’s two stunning beaches. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most popular spots in South Devon, with stunning scenery, rock pools and amazing sea glass finds we were smitten. From Hope Cove we took the coastal path to South Milton Sands, it wasn’t ideal terrain for a pushchair but the views were breathtaking. The Beach House  looked great whilst we were there, perfect location and amazing looking food. Unfortunately, we were so busy we could only stop for an ice cream!

On the second day we discovered North Sands, and we timed it perfectly as it was low tide so we could do more rock pool exploring; and even found the most perfect sneaky sunbathing spot.

Whilst we were there we visited The Winking Prawn . So many people had recommended it to me, and it didn’t disappoint, perfect for the children too.

The cottage has a shower room on the first floor, but the bath is ideally placed on the ground floor which is perfect for sandy toes after a day on the beach.

We ate out every night, and although I was prepared with a few microwave meals we decided to make the most of it. The first night we walked into Salcombe and had a yummy pizza at The Victoria Inn. The second night we ate at the Hope & Anchor in Hope Cove where I had an amazing halloumi burger. Our last evening couldn’t have been more perfect, watching the sunset at the Lobster Pod Bistro. Such an amazing idea overlooking Hope Cove, I want one of the pods in my garden now!

The village of Salcombe itself is lovely, such a beautiful quaint seaside village.  We ran out of time to go crabbing on the quay, and luckily the weather was in our favour so we didn’t go to Kidz and Co Play Café, which is an ideal rainy day place to go. We did discover the Salcombe Gin distiller, Cranch’s sweet shop, and squeezed in a spot of shopping in Joules and Seasalt Cornwall.

The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed, even a bbq for the summer. We hired stair gates and a high chair from a local company, and their service was great.

Both of my eldest boys were sad to go home which is always a good sign of a holiday. Coast & Country Cottages have a property for everyone. Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a family getaway. If you’re thinking of visiting South Devon I highly recommend you check them out.

We had a discounted stay at Dory Cottage in return for social media coverage. My views are my own.

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