No two South Hams holidays are ever the same, and this region in South Devon is one of the most beautiful in the county. South Hams breaks are always popular with culture vultures, thanks to the patchwork of intriguing towns and villages that make up the district. You’ll find a unique heritage thanks to strong rural and maritime roots, so there’s plenty to keep you bust when you’re not admiring some of the UK’s prettiest coastal scenery. Pretty much most of the region is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so prepare to discover Devon in a whole new light. 

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Did you know? A local’s guide to holidays in the South Hams…


South Hams holiday cottages  

Our South Hams holiday cottages are popular with walkers, dog owners, foodies and families. The lovely thing about the variation of the region is that there’s a South Hams break to suit every kind of guest. You’ll be a short drive away from the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park, and that means a whole selection of walks and tors to enjoy (with the odd pub lunch of course!).  

No matter which part of the South Hams you choose to call home for your stay, you’ll never be far from sailing regattas, the fluttering bunting of fetes and festivals, village food events and everything in between. You’ll be more than welcome at all of the above, and what a way to really embrace Devon life.  

Our favourite South Hams attractions 

The South Hams was certainly in the front of the queue when the attractions were handed out. One day could see you hopping aboard the South Devon Railway, and the next could see you crossing the threshold to Greenway House – the former summer home of local girl Agatha Christie. Greenway’s one of the region’s best-loved attractions, and the grounds are just as impressive as the National Trust property.  

If you have the kids in tow, head to Woodlands Family Theme Park. Home to more rides and attractions then you’ll cover in a day, this is one of the best year-round days out for the whole family. For a slower pace, head to the market town of Totnes with its sloping cobbled streets and historic castle. This is the kind f place where you might just catch some Morris dancers strutting their stuff, and the historic Dartington Estate nearby is another charming spot for a day out.  

South Hams beaches 

If you like your beaches with a touch of ‘Famous Five’ intrigue, then you’re in luck. The South Hams beaches are rugged, secluded and unspoilt, and part of the fun is just following your nose and finding the next beautiful bay. Bantham Beach is a firm favourite, perfect for surfers and home to scenery that’ll take your breath away.  

Bigbury Bay is a large sandy beach close to the peaceful village of Bigbury-on-Sea. Great for a spot of windsurfing or kitesurfing, this one sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This beach is joined by a causeway to the beautiful Burgh Island, where Dame Agatha Christie penned some of her bestsellers. If you’ve ever read ‘And Then There Were None’, this little island was the inspiration for the novel.  

Dog friendly holidays in the South Hams  

South Hams is one of Devon’s most dog friendly resorts. Those gorgeous beaches welcome dogs as warmly as their owners, so your pet will be welcome on Bantham Beach, South Sands, Bigbury-on-Sea and a whole host of sandy stretches. That means plenty of opportunity to watch your dog dance with the waves and stretch his legs on the sand…bliss.  

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