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A Winter Weekend Escape by the South Devon Coast: Relax, Unwind, and Recharge

As winter casts its icy spell, there's nothing quite like a weekend escape by the South Devon Coast to warm your soul. Picture yourself strolling along deserted beaches, taking leisurely walks along the Southwest Coast Path, indulging in locally-sourced seafood, and curling up beside a roaring fire in a cosy Devon pub. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a relaxing winter break, doesn't it? Well, pack your bags and explore the delightful coastal towns of Salcombe & Thurlestone, where you can experience the magic of winter by the South Hams coastline

E X P L O R E & U N W I N D

Nestled on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary, Salcombe is a truly picturesque town brimming with charisma and charm. With its stunning sandy beaches and rolling countryside, it serves as an ideal base for your winter adventure. Take leisurely walks along the sandy shores of East Portlemouth, bracing hikes up to the majestic Bolt Head. Wander along the charming high street to explore the many independent boutiques or try you hand at a spot of gin making (tasting) at the stylish Salcombe Gin Distillery.

For an even more rural experience, venture just behind the South West coastal path to the delightful village of Thurlestone. Known for its stunning beach and charming thatch cottages, this hidden gem offers the perfect winter getaway. Whether you prefer long walks on sandy shores, exploring rugged cliffs, or simply cozying up by the fireplace in the delightful Village Inn, the winter months bring a different kind of beauty to this village. With just the village shop and pub, it has everything you need for a peaceful weekend escape.

For those with a heightened spirit of adventure and a thirst for adrenaline, the picturesque seaside towns not only offer breathtaking natural beauty but also a plethora of exhilarating activities. Experience the thrill of cliff-jumping into crystal clear waters of the rugged South Hams coastline, or ride the waves at the surfer's paradise, Bantham Beach. Lace up your runnings shoes and pound along the awe-inspiring trails of the renowned South West Coastal Path or for those daring enough, coasteering is an excellent way to explore the coastline from a unique angle. Discover the local wildlife as you test your skills paddleboarding or kayaking amidst the surreal beauty of the Salcombe Estuary or dive in and take an open-water swimming lesson. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or someone looking to venture out of your comfort zone, the area will undoubtedly fulfill your longing for adventure and desire to reconnect with nature.


After a day full of adventure, why not reward yourself with a luxurious spa day? You'll find a variety of stunning spa retreats in the area, such as the recently constructed Harbour Beach Club, the Classic Voyage Spa at Thurlestone Hotel, and the breathtaking boutique clifftop spa at Gara Rock. Take some time to indulge in soothing treatments, rejuvenating massages, and calming facials that will leave you feeling completely pampered and refreshed. Allow yourself to unwind in the serenity of these beautiful surroundings and watch your worries drift away.

If spa's aren't your vibe why not just head back to your lovely holiday home and take some you-time. Embrace the hygge way and get cosy. Snuggle up in soft blankets and sumptuous sofas, sip a warming cup of yumminess, breathe in those gorgeous scents from a Salcombe Candle Company candle flickering away, curl up, relax and get lost in a good book, calming podcast or just indulge in afternoon nap.


No winter getaway is complete without sampling the local cuisine, and South Devon won't disappoint. As a coastal gem, fresh seafood is in abundance here. Devour succulent scallops, mouthwatering oysters, and hearty chowders, all caught fresh from the nearby waters, try the Crab Shed Salcombe for the best local crab around, The Beach House for local seafood combined with best sea view over South Milton Beach or The Oyster Shack for, well for the best oysters! For an authentic dose of English charm, make sure to visit one of the cosy pubs in the area. Picture yourself settling into a snug corner with a bottle of red, as the crackling fire warms your frost-kissed cheeks. Enjoy the friendly banter of locals, indulge in some traditional pub grub, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere that only a cosy Devon pub can offer.


When it's time to rest your head after a day of adventure, look to Taylor Made Salcombe to find a luxury holiday home in stunning locations in Salcombe & Thurlestone. Imagine waking up to breathtaking ocean views, enjoying a lazy breakfast in a cozy nook, and wrapping yourself in the warm embrace of our complimentary amenities. Whether you're seeking a cottage nestled in the countryside or a contemporary beachfront abode, we are here to help you find your perfect winter retreat. Whether you are after a midweek retreat or a weekend escape Taylor Made Salcombe offer short stays and weekend breaks at all our properties during the Autumn and Winter months.

( W O R K )

For those who prefer to mix business with pleasure, a winter break by the South Devon Coast offers an ideal environment for remote working. Bring your laptop, find a quiet corner with panoramic sea views, and let the peaceful surroundings inspire your productivity. Take breaks to breathe in the crisp sea air and take a stroll on the beach during lunchtime. Working has never felt this refreshing!

Escape the winter blues and embrace the magic of the South Devon Coast this winter. With its stunning beaches, invigorating coastal walks, delicious seafood, cosy pubs, luxurious holiday homes, and the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, it's the ultimate destination for a winter break. So, pack your bags, wrap up warm, and immerse yourself in the beauty of this coastal haven.

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