South Milton Beach, or as it’s often called Thurlestone Sands Devon has some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches in England, and this is one of them. You can drive, walk or cycle. If like exploring an e-bike is cool. You’ll ride down some often windy, and narrow country lanes. After taking right at the church heading towards Hope Cove, you head down the hill traveling from Malborough (South Hams). Take a right after a mile, then drop down and you’ll be greeted by an expanse of golden sands. This inviting coast has beautiful clear seas, which are perfect for swimmers and paddles too.
If you like the outdoors life, water sports like paddle boarding, and kayaking are all popular on this beach. During the summer months the sea is often like a mill pond, nice and calm. There’s a huge rock that sticks out of the water with a hole and cave through the middle. Strong swimmers often swim out and paddle boarders also like to ride round and through it.
What’s the story of the area?
South Milton footpath is part of the 630 miles of Devon’s South West Coast Path. It’s cared for and looked after by the National Trust. There’s ample parking in their cars park, and in busy months they extend it using a big country field. There’s plenty of wildlife, as there’s a nature reserve and fresh water lake. You’ll spot many sea birds, Canadian geese, and highland cattle grazing. You’re an easy ride or walk to the next beach along, Hope Cove, which takes about 20mins.
Rest, Relax and Sleep
People come to Devon to relax. The air feels fresher, cleaner, it’s that quiet and peaceful country living. Brightham House’s 8 rooms can sleep up to 16 guests. It’s a mainly set up for adults only. It’s got all the style and comfort of a London or maybe Brighton hotel. The houses decor creates an atmosphere that has whimsical, but eclectic feel about it. ‘There no place like Brightham House’ as this is a place that guests often say is a home-from-home experience.
The ultimate chill after a long day exploring Devon is the wood-fired hot tub experience. Soaking warm water, with relaxing aromatherapy salts, sipping a Salcombe Gin. You’ll be submerged in houses wonderfully designed garden. This garden has a mix of tropical palms, Tuscan trees, and a strong Asian feel with bamboo sprouting from many places.
Bedtime is a real treat. Each of this Boutique Bed & Breakfast’s bedrooms are uniquely styled. The decor in this room the ‘Dartmoor room’ is based around the Devon outdoor experiance. It’s forest and VW camper theme is your setting for the night. It’s got all the modern touches, Nespresso coffee machine, huge spa rain shower, and smart TV. The bed in this room is a massive super king, dressed with crisp white linen and soft feather pillows. All you need to a good night’s sleep.
What’s the best eating places?
Brightham House’s breakfast menu is obviously number one on the list. It’s menu has everything from a ‘Full Devon English’ cooked with locally farmed meats. Fresh free range eggs from Ashley’s chickens at ’The Farm’ If you’re staying for a long weekender break, the American pancakes are a must. Three fluffy pancakes that are topped with creme fraiche, cherries, berries and a dusting of crushed ginger biscuits. Oh and not forgetting the Aunt Jemimas maple American syrup. A totally delicious way to start anyones day.
If it’s seafood you like, you’re spoilt for choice. Being so close to Salcombe you’ll often find Crab on the menu. At South Milton there’s a small beach restaurant the ‘Beach House’ that serves all day. It’s got a real relaxed beach bum vibe. A basket of fresh battered calamari, yummy. Washed down with a Salcombe beer, double yum, yum. Lunch or dinner, it’s a great casual dining experience.
In Thurstone, just a 1 mile walk from the beach you’ll find the ‘Village Inn’ pub. It’s got a great mix of gastro pub grub on their menu. This pub is often a nice choice for an evening meal out, and a short 10 min. taxi ride from the B&B.
What travellers come here?
Couples from Nottingham, Bristol and Londoners love to holiday here. European visitors on UK road trips from the Netherlands, Germany and France also come for the picturesque coastal feel and stunning coastal views. It’s a popular stop off with the international travellers that like to visit Devon & Cornwall.
You can arrive by a private plane (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) landing at Bolt Head Airfield. Groups of motor bikers often tour through the West Country too. However most visitors travel by car. A train to Totnes is also a good one, if you fancy letting the train take the strain.