Do as you please – the perfect antidote to today's hectic pace of life!
Relax and unwind with Hope Cove's stunning coastal scenery or explore inland in the heart of Devon's glorious countryside.
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Explore on foot |
Horse riding |
Bird watching |
Painting holidays |
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National Trust properties
Recommended Gardens in Devon
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington
The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton
Coleton Fishacre, near Kingswear
Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter
Overbeck's, near Salcombe
Saltram House, near Plymouth
Plant World, Newton Abbot
Dartington Hall Gardens, Dartington
Explore on Foot
A country village or market town, coastline or estuary. Self-guided walking guides are available on loan from the hotel reception. They will enhance your enjoyment of the area.
Choose from a short stroll from a car park or walk from Hope Cove, a coast path hopper bus runs from May to September.
In addition to sea fishing from Hope Cove, from the Breakwater or rocks, deep-sea fishing trips operate from Salcombe.
There are opportunities for fresh water fishing nearby at Kingsbridge, Ermington and Sherford.
There are 12 golf courses within about an hour's drive from the hotel; enjoy discounted rates at Bigbury and Dartmouth. Please contact hotel reception or visit our golf page.
Available locally at Dittiscombe near Slapton or try trekking over Dartmoor.
Nature Reserves and Bird Watching
- Slapton Ley Field Centre and Nature reserve, near Kingsbridge – organise guided walks
- South Milton Ley, near Hope Cove
- The Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary
Also excellent bird-watching at Prawle, Bowcombe Bird Hide, just past Kingsbridge towards Torcross.
If you are lucky you may spot the rare Cirl Bunting, Little Egrets and visiting Ospreys.
There are numerous migratory birds in the autumn.
A sample bird watching itinerary is available from hotel reception.
Click here for a PDF of free events at Slapton Ley
The hotel has contacts with local artists for tuition individually or to a small group; please contact us or visit our Art Breaks webpages.
Paint from our hotel terrace, the beach, cliff tops – no shortage of good views!
Launch your boat from Hope Cove and enjoy sea sailing, or the harbours of Salcombe, Newton Ferrers and Dartmouth can offer excellent sailing opportunities.
At Salcombe hire sailing dinghies or motor boats, go scuba diving, etc, or cruise the fascinating estuary nearby. At South Milton Sands, hire windsurfing equipment, surf skis, etc. (tuition available).
There are tennis Courts nearby at Thurlestone, Malborough and Salcombe.
An enjoyable experience with fascinating town centres offering a unique collection of small shops with unusuaI gifts, craft products and local food and drink.