No two South Hams holidays are ever the same, and this region in South Devon is one of the most beautiful in the county. Here you’ll also discover a place that’s deeply connected to nature and the sea of course, and with most of the region being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll have stunning scenery as the backdrop to your holiday adventures. 

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



Things to do in South Hams

Our South Hams holiday cottages are just as popular with walkers, dog owners and foodies as they are with couples and families, in fact with so much variety to its towns and villages, there really is a break to suit everyone. From dreamy Dartmouth and its fabulous foodie scene, to the tucked-away Torcross and its beautiful Ley. Just a short drive away is the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park, which means walks and pub lunches can be enjoyed in equal measure too.

A very dog-friendly part of the world too, most restaurants, pubs and shops will welcome your dogs as warmly as they welcome you, and with miles of coastline offering a host of sandy stretches like Bantham Beach, South Sands, Bigbury-on-Sea and Slapton, there will be plenty of opportunity for outdoorsy escapades together.  There’s a wonderful atmosphere to the place too, so no matter where you choose to stay you’ll never be far from sailing regattas, the fluttering bunting of fetes and festivals, village food events and everything in between. 

Attractions in South Hams

With so much to see and do in the area no two days need be the same, from steam train trips and sailing to picnics at places like Greenway House  and Coleton Fishacre. If you have children in tow, Woodlands Family Theme Park is one of the best year-round days out for the whole family with plenty of rides to enjoy both inside and out. For a slower pace, head to the market town of Totnes with its independent shops, cobbled streets and historic castle. Nearby is the historic Dartington Estate with its beautiful grounds and gardens. 

South Hams beaches 

An incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline means that beaches here range from rugged and secluded where you need to do a little hiking to get to them, to easily accessible and buzzing with activity. Bantham Beach is a firm favourite and is also perfect for those learning to surf.

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  


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