Now that summer’s here you’ll probably be thinking about a well-deserved holiday. After working hard for the first part of the year everyone needs some time to unwind and recharge. I’m always drawn back to Salcombe in Devon, which is nestled on the Kingsbridge Estuary. Staying in a holiday home in or around Salcombe gives the perfect base to explore the area, which is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Renting a holiday home or cottage in Salcombe means I have all the comfort of home, without having to structure my days around when a hotel restaurant is open for breakfast or dinner. I can go for a morning stroll on the clean, sandy beaches, enjoy a coffee at a waterfront café and then head back before setting out for somewhere further afield.
If you’re thinking of renting a holiday home in Salcombe but are wondering what to do besides hang out at the beach I’ll let you in on four perfect days out in the area.
Hit The Water.
Salcombe is a renowned destination for anyone with a nautical bent. Don’t miss out on the chance to cruise the sparkling waters that flank the town. Whether you’re an experienced mariner or a ham-fisted landlubber there are a variety of companies in the town that offer instruction and boat hire. You can enjoy a leisurely sailing trip up the estuary, or hire a powerboat or Jet Ski and hit the open sea.
Just a short walk from Salcombe, along the South West Coast Path, sits the National Trust property Overbeck’s. A grand Edwardian house, this was the home of eccentric scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck. The house is now a museum hosting a huge variety of Otto’s inventions as well as collections of natural and nautical history. Set in stunning sub-tropical gardens which are yours to explore and relax in, Overbeck’s is a perfect day out in Salcombe.
Take A Trip To Totnes.
In 2007 Time magazine named Totnes the capital of New Age chic. It’s certainly a fantastic place to visit if you’re into organic food, local arts and crafts, and history. With a huge array of shops, galleries and a twice-weekly market it’s a shopper’s paradise, especially if you want something a bit different to the usual high street stores. Totnes is also home to one of the best preserved Norman motte and bailey castles in the UK. Once you’re in Totnes it’s a short drive to Buckfast Abbey, and the otter and butterfly sanctuary.
Go Wild At Woodlands.
If you’ve got the kids with you then the 30 minute drive from Salcombe to Woodlands Leisure Park will be well worth it. With a huge variety of rides, slides and attractions Woodlands is the perfect day out for kids of all ages, and adults too. There’s even a zoo-farm which is home to pigs, meerkats and crocodiles. By the time you head back to your holiday home the kids will be exhausted and ready for a bath and bedtime.
Salcombe is the perfect holiday destination and there’s no better way to enjoy everything the area has to offer than renting out a holiday home. From a long weekend to a fortnight holiday, the comfort and luxury afforded by a local holiday home in Salcombe can’t be beaten. Try it once and you’ll be back for more.
For more information about holiday homes in and around Salcombe please visit: http://www.coastandcountry.co.uk/salcombe/
photo by Gary Tanner on flickr