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Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LL

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Bolt Head, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LL


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South Sands Boutique Hotel has 22 bedrooms and 5 Beach Suites (accommodating up to 6 people), located on South Sands Beach, Salcombe. The room categories are named after sailing boats and the décor matches this theme. The Hotel has a restaurant, bar and terrace area for guests and non-residents to enjoy stunning West Country Cuisine and memorable drinks and cocktails.

What makes a stay at South Sands unique?

The hotel's location is perfect for a relaxing vacation, with easy access to the beautiful South Sands beach and its calm waters. Guests can also enjoy amazing walks, starting with Bolt Head and further to enjoy astonishing views of the South West Coast path. South Sands Hotel is also a must-choose destination if you are travelling with a dog, most of the facilities are dog-friendly, making their stay just as special.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at South Sands?

South Sands Hotel has 6 different room types; the Optimist, small and cosy entry-level craft; Enterprise, elegance and comfort with inland view; "Yawl", generous and beautiful with partial sea views; "Dragon", large and sumptuous with fabulous sea views; the J-Class, the most opulent, pure luxury and beautiful frontal view; and last, the bigger Beach suites, most suitable for families with 2 bedrooms, living area and full kitchen. This totals for 22 rooms, and 5 suites. At least one of each room in these categories is dog-friendly and has space for an extra bed or cot. It is necessary to request a dog-friendly room when making a reservation. Twin beds can also be made available upon request.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Salcombe area?

The Stunning Salcombe, with its variety of beaches and astonishing cliff-sides. The South Sands ferry is available to take you into town with easy access to local shops – a unique form of transport! Must-try includes Cranch’s Sweet Shop, Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream, Salcombe Distilling Co. Gin Factory and Ali’s Sea N’ Shore rib rides! Salcombe is also the house of top brands such as Jack Wills, Crew Clothing and Quba Sails. You will find out how special Salcombe dog-friendly with its buzzing beaches, a fabulous estuary with lots of water activities and sailing going on, and the unforgettable coast and walkways.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Every morning, breakfast is served for all guests in the restaurant, where they can enjoy amazing views of the estuary, and on sunny days, the terrace is highly recommended. For lunch and afternoon tea, guests have access to a variety of menus, with the freedom to enjoy the breeze on the terrace, relax with their dogs in the bar or with a beautiful sea view table in the restaurant. Dinner is specially catered by head chef Allister Bishop, with a carefully crafted a la carte menu in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere, available whenever guests prefer!

South Sands also has a Restaurant:

South Sands (Restaurant Section)


South Sands is part of the following Inspirations:

Britain's Finest Child-Friendly Summer Holiday Destinations by Julie Vuong

"Grab your bucket and spade and set sail for South Sands, a gorgeous New England style gem that boasts a rather rare USP here in Britain: a hotel slap bang on the sandy shore. Snap up one of the stylish self-catering beach suites, designed for families of up to six, and lap up tranquil sea views with all the home comforts at hand.

It’s perfect for all the family – even your four-legged friends. Incidentally dogs of another kind – more accurately downward dogs – can be found on the beach outside during morning yoga, a gentle wake-up call if you’ve had a restless night’s sleep.

South Sands, near Salcombe, makes full use of its proximity to the sea. One highlight is the restaurant terrace, which overlooks the beach. It’s the ideal spot to sample the catch of the day while still keeping an eye on the kids and their sandcastle constructions. And when their small bellies need filling, the food menu offers enough options to cater to the fussiest of taste buds.

What’s more, there’s no need for a car. Take a hike or easy amble along the South West Coastal Path, or nip next door to the Sailing Club and take your little adventurers out on the salty sea."

Top 10 Hotels for Country Walks by Adrian Mourby

"South Sands sits on the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary, tucked away in a small corner of the coastline with a broad beach at low tide. It’s a delightful white clapboard hotel, very modern inside with the delicious smell of wood-smoke rising from its open fireplace.

The South West Coast Path runs right past the hotel’s front door. This is one of the longest of Britain’s National Trails, 630 miles of sea views that begin at Lands End and run through Penzance, Polperro and on to Plymouth before arriving at South Sands. This section of the route loops round the old disused aerodrome of Bolt Head, which in the 1940s was an airstrip for RAF planes protecting shipping in the English Channel. There’s a sharp descent from Bolt Head down to the hotel and a warm welcome inside. The best rooms at South Sands face out towards the estuary but the best view of all, in my opinion, is from the cheery bar on a summer’s evening -- or a winter evening for that matter, when you can sit in one of the armchairs by the fire. The food by chef Greg Coleman is adventurous and the glass-plated dining room makes the best use of that seascape outside.

From South Sands the coast path continues on to Torquay and Lyme Regis before reaching Chesil beach and ending at Purbeck.

It’s a glorious route to be done over several weeks, but whether you’re just out for a weekend stroll or attempting all 630 miles, make sure you spend a night at South Sands, enjoying the wash of waves crashing under that bar.


Britain's Best Autumn Getaways by Adrian Mourby

"It’s rare for a hotelier to recommend someone else’s hotel for the perfect getaway, but that is how I first found South Sands - and I’m very grateful to the general manager who did. We were sitting together in Kent talking about our love of log fires and he said he knew of a hotel on a beach with a great open fire in its bar. The hotel in questions turned out to be South Sands, a white clapboard -almost New England style building in a sandy cove on Devon’s south coast.

South Sands is possibly just too popular in the summer but in autumn and winter, it’s a sweet, gentle place where you can escape daily life.

Relax in the evenings on ancient leather sofas in front of that real fire within the small but efficient bar. Wake for a bracing swim on the Blue Flag beach that extends right up to the hotel’s nautical-looking deck. Eat great seafood in the bright sun-kissed restaurant with its views of a ruined royalist fortress guarding the estuary. And in the afternoon walk the South West Coastal path a few miles to an old RAF aerodrome on the headland (now all-but lost to nature) and in the evening fall asleep as the sea washes to and fro underneath your window.

Inside, the hotel is lined with maritime paraphernalia, modern line drawings and photos of the Salcombe coast - plus some sculptures of distorted heads by the Sussex artist John Humphreys which can prove disconcerting as you take the spiral staircase up to bed after a particular good meal.

There’s a free shuttle bus to Salcombe for those who want to spend ten miunutes getting into town but this really is a hotel that you will not want to leave. For gourmets the daily menu by executive chef Allister Bishop is yet another reason not to venture far in fact it’s a reason to consider booking half board.

Easting Allister’s Eggs Benedict at breakfast time as you sit and watch the waves splash impressively right in front of the restaurant (tide dependent of course) is a great way to start the day."

Britain's Best Coastal Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"South Sands in Devon is a gorgeously restful hotel whatever time of year you visit. It sits on the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary, tucked away in a small bay carved out of the coastline. The remains of an old royalist fortress guards the bay and the approaches to Salcombe, but centuries of waves have reduced it to little more than a rocky stump visible from the hotel’s dining room.

In the autumn, waves smash dramatically against the quayside at South Sands and in winter - as recently - you may even see snow on the beach, but in summer the wide expanse of sand in front of the hotel makes a great place for families who want to swim, paddle and build sand castles. You also can hire canoes and surfboards at Sea Kayak Salcombe, which operates from the old lifeboat station next-door to the hotel. The company also run rock-hopping excursions through the caves and flooded gullies around South Sands. As well as being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, South Sands beach is part of Britain’s National Heritage Coastline.

Staying at the hotel is the best way to enjoy this hidden Devon beach because you have it to yourself when the day-trippers have all gone home. Set the alarm for dawn and come down early. When the tide is in, the sea surges immediately below the hotel’s terrace, a thrilling presence in the half-light of morning. When the tide is out, you have a long beach walk ahead of you down to the east-facing shoreline.

In the evening sit on the terrace and dine on local produce prepared by chef Allister Bishop in a big glazed dining room that makes the most of the bay view."

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, £19.50 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
Accreditation: Taste of the West GOLD 2017 - South England
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 Licences, Conference and Meeting Facilities
Outdoor activities on site: Sailing and Boating, Walking, Hiking, Scrambling or Trekking, Wildlife Watching
Activities nearby: Golf, Squash, Tennis, Kayaking, Sailing, Watersports, paddleboarding at sailing school next door, Ferry to Salcombe Town 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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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 is really really steep


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