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South Sands hotel

Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LL

South Sands hotel

Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LL

The South Sands boutique hotel is located right on the beach in South Sands Bay, a perfect place to relax and unwind. There are twenty-two bedrooms and five Beach Suites, offering every home comfort. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and is perfect for old and young alike and popular with locals and visitors. With stunning views from the restaurant, terrace and bedrooms this is an ideal location for a wedding, family party or business meeting.

South Sands also has a Wedding Venue and Restaurant:

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South Sands is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Top 10 National Trails & Where to Stay by Adrian Mourby

"The South West Coast Path is the longest of Britain’s National Trails, a total of 630 miles of gorgeous sea views that starts at Purbeck and run west to Chesil Beach through Lyme Regis, of French Lieutenant’s Woman fame, and round Torquay, the fictional location of Fawlty Towers. Half way along the southern stretch of the route, just past Salcombe is a very different kind of hotel which is an ideal resting place for anyone undertaking even the smallest part of this trail.

South Sands sits on the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary, tucked away in a small niche cut into the coastline. And the trail runs right past its front door. You come down the hill from Salcombe into a tiny valley with its own beach and boat house and there it is, a modern hotel with the delicious smell of wood-smoke rising from its open fireplace.

The best rooms at South Sands – bright and white with a New England clapboard style - face out towards the estuary but the best view of all is from the cheery bar on a summer’s evening. Or a winter evening too when you can sit in one of the warm old armchairs by the fire. The food is intelligently ambitious and the glass-plated dining room makes the best use of that seascape outside.

From South Sands the South West Coast Path continues towards Cornwall, past Plymouth and through Polperro and Penzance to turn the corner at Land’s End. Nearer to home however a short wander up hill from the hotel will bring you to RAF Bolt Head which today is just a grass airstrip but which during World War II helped protect shipping in the English Channel. There’s a memorial to the airfield's war-time service in the centre of the site that commemorates the 17 service personnel killed here.

No matter how far you walk the hotel staff - who are hugely enthusiastic about their work - will come collect you if you get lost or too tired to stumble back. I have written on these pages before, this is a very kind, generous hotel. Its only cruel streak lies in the tempting nature of its wine list. Do not pick it up if you’re planning to continue along the South West Coast Path tomorrow"

Detox With Less Suffering by Adrian Mourby

"There are many ways to get healthy in the New Year and I somehow doubt that the excellent wine list at South Sands is one of the most effective, but I’d still recommend this coastal hideaway for a New Year retreat. South Sands sits on the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary in a steep little dark green fold in the coastline. You come down the hill into this small valley and there it is, a modern hotel right on the beach with the delicious smell of wood-smoke rising from its open fireplace.

The less you do at South Sands the better. The only important task is to get a room with a good view of the estuary then put your chair in the window and read a bit, fall asleep, wake up to watch the tide come and go and wander downstairs occasionally for meals. You can decompress at South Sands to a point when it’s difficult to remember your name or how long you’re staying —particularly the latter.

South Sands is right on the South West Coast Path which means you can also go miles on foot if you want to walk yourself healthy in 2107. The hotel will come collect you if you get lost or too tired to stumble back. This is a very kind hotel. Its only cruel streak lies in the tempting nature of that wine list. You just have to not listen to anything that Richard the Sommelier says."

Hotels with sea views by Kate Simon

"Choose a J-Class room for the best sea views at this stylish 22-room shorefront hotel with a New England theme. Two elegant freestanding baths have been discreetly positioned so that guests can keep their modesty while sinking beneath the bubbles to enjoy views of the water below. Down in the restaurant, a wall of windows keeps the sea within your sights while you dine on the fruits of the ocean, prepared by feted local chef Mitch Tonks"

Ten Great Places for a Romantic break with the Kids in Tow by Jessica Baldwin

"This charming New England style coastal retreat has five beach suites boasting fantastic dining and entertaining areas, panoramic views of the sandy bay and those all important spare rooms. Whilst the kids debate between horse riding, sailing and canoeing head out for a romantic ramble and pre-arrange the hotel to meet you with their champagne and oyster picnic before retreating to the roaring log fire for a cheeky nightcap."

Information on South Sands hotel , Bolt Head , Salcombe

No. of bedrooms: Total: 27        
Types of room: 22 Twin/Double, 5 Beach Suites
Room rates guide: Double/Twin:  £170.00-£385.00
Suites:  £340.00-£475.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (permitted in certain rooms, £12.50 per night charge applies)
Romantic Details: J Class room is our equivalent to the honeymoon suite with an eight foot wide bed, two slipper baths in the bedrooms bay window and a sit out balcony
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: two ground floor rooms equipped for disabled travellers

Room facilities: DVD player (hotel has DVD library), Flat screen TV, IPod docking station, radio, telephone, Complimentary wireless internet access, 24 hour room service, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, Luxury toiletries, duck-down pillows & duvets, Personal safe, most rooms have juliette balcony, hairdryer
General facilities: Bar, Restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, Meeting facilities
Activities nearby: Golf, Squash, Tennis, Kayaking, Sailing, Watersports, paddleboarding at sailing school next door, Horse riding, Shooting, Walking, pub walks
Local directions: Please see our website for directions & Map.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Plymouth (45 mins)
Exeter (1 hour)
Totnes (40 mins)

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Review of South Sands

Posted on by Terrence DCustomer stayed Apr 2012

superb rooms excellent food fantastic service what more can one say..oh yes also a beautiful location...a minor down being the huge hill you need to tackle ,in either direction,should you wish to take a walk.....it is really really steep

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