Holiday Cottages & Apartments
Thurlestone | Bigbury | Bantham
We have gathered together the best holiday cottages in Thurlestone, Bigbury, Bigbury- on- Sea and Bantham in South Devon. All these holiday cottages and apartments are available to rent from the top holiday cottage letting agencies.
South Devon is the perfect place for a holiday at any time of the year. With wonderful countryside and some of the finest beaches in the country its a great place for a family holiday. Combined with fantastic food & drink, a massive range of activities plus a superb range of holiday cottages you can be sure of a holiday that will exceed all your expectations. Read on to find your perfect holiday cottage…
Thurlestone is a picture- postcard village occupying a stunning location on the South Devon Heritage coast in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This lovely South Hams village takes its name from the ‘Thirled Stone’, an arched rock that sits out in the small bay. The village itself features many old thatched buildings, an 18- hole links golf course, traditional inn and post office.
Situated on the South West Coast Path between Bantham & Hope Cove, Thurlestone is a great place for walkers with some outstanding coastal walks plus some great opportunities to head inland and explore some of the green lanes and old smugglers paths that wind their way through the lush South Devon countryside.
There are two main beaches at Thurlestone – the smaller is by the Golf club, whilst the larger is a little further along the coast towards South Milton. Both have a fine, shingle sand and sheltered waters. As well as the usual watersports on the beach golfers will have plenty of opportunity to hone their skills. The course at Thurlestone is a mix of links and cliff- top terrain with some wonderful views towards Bolt Tail in the East and Plymouth to the West.
About Bigbury & Bigbury-on-Sea
Bigbury and Bigbury-on-Sea are twin villages just a few miles apart with the former being a pretty inland settlement and the latter perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
As you emerge from the narrow Devon lane that winds its way down to Bigbury- on- Sea you are greeted with one of the most stunning views in Devon. Ahead of you is the wide expanse of Bigbury Bay with its stunning beaches and, of course, Burgh Island and its famous hotel.
As with may of the small villages that dot the the South Devon coastline Bigbury- on- Sea was originally a small fishing community. Pilchards, caught using seine nets and small boats, were the main catch.
Nowadays tourism has largely replaced fishing as the main industry locally. Bigbury- on- Sea has a splendid blue- flag beach which stretches all the way across to Burgh island at low tide. With a large car park, a range of watersports and one of the famous Venus Cafes this is one of the top beaches in the south west.
A visit to Burgh Island is a must. At low tide you can walk across and at high tide the wonderful sea tractor carries you with water lapping at its wheels. Facing Bigbury from the island is the famous Art Deco hotel. Built in 1929 by Archibald Nettlefold, the hotel played host to a number of famous guests including Agatha Christie, Edward & Mrs Simpson and Noel Coward.
Bantham is, more than anything else, known for its stunning beach however it also has a rich history dating back to Roman Times when it hosted a trading settlement selling tin. As with nearby Bigbury- on- Sea it was also traditionally a centre for Pilchard fishing.
The village has a highly rated pub, the Sloop, plus a village store and is close to Kingsbridge or Dartmouth for more shops, cafes and restaurants.
Bantham beach pretty much has it all. At the mouth of the river Avon and flanked by sand dunes it has stunning views across to Burgh Island. At low tide there are wide expanses of sand and plenty of rock pools – ideal for young families. RNLI lifeguards are present throughout the season.
Bantham is also consistently rated as one of the best surf beaches on the whole of the South coast of England – surf boards and lessons are available on the beach. You can check out the surf forecast and webcams on the Magic Seaweed website.
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