If you're thinking of booking a holiday cottage South Hams could be the perfect destination. This is deepest Devon, a pastoral landscape of flowering hedgerows and ancient sunken lanes, carved by the richly wooded valleys of the Avon and Dart and villages of thatched, white, pink and ochre cottages. South Hams enjoys one of the mildest year-round climates on mainland Britain. As a consequence, summer stretches out that bit further, hard winters are almost non-existent and spring invariably arrives earlier than in the rest of the country.
The stunning coastline, sweeping rivers and estuaries, golden beaches and rolling countryside are easily accessed from any of our South Hams cottages. The rural landscape between the coast and the majestic granite slopes of Dartmoor has hardly changed in centuries. South Hams cottages conjure the image of picture-postcard villages and the breathtaking scenery is worthy of its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The beach is a popular destination for those staying at any of our South Hams cottages. The coastline has many moods and has been defined as a Heritage Coast. It ranges from sheltered hidden coves to the jagged cliffs of Bolt Head and from the long, golden expanses of Slapton Sands to the cool, tree-shaded serenity of the Dart and Kingsbridge estuaries, some of Britain's finest ria (drowned river valley) coastline.
For visitors to South Hams cottages make an ideal base from which to explore some of the delightful towns in the area. Dartmouth (pictured above) is one of the most popular of all the South Hams coastal towns, carved into the banks of the beautiful River Dart, with narrow streets, long flights of steps, overhanging medieval houses and old quays. The streets are full of galleries, restaurants and shops selling crafts, gifts and antiques and the views over the estuary are breathtaking. Be sure to walk the cobbled pavements of Bayards Cove, which looks much the same now as it did in the 16th century. As well as a popular boating centre with a famous regatta, Dartmouth is also a fishing port and fresh catches are traded on the quayside at Kingswear.
A ten mile cruise up the Dart River brings you to Totnes, an attractive market town with a Norman castle and Elizabethan houses. This charming town, built on a hill rising up from the River Dart, has a bustling main street and quayside with restored warehouses. The castle dominates the skyline and offers splendid views of the town and Dart Valley from its ramparts.
For a short break in a holiday cottage South Hams has a lot to offer. Salcombe is one of Devon's southernmost resorts, almost at the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary and reachable by ferry from Kingsbridge during the summer months. The town became famous for the schooners which brought fruit from the West Indies. Gardens are terraced down to the edge of the water and contain such exotic plants as palms and orange and lemon trees. Salcombe is also a centre for pleasure craft and ferries. Sailing and motor boats are available for hire with or without tuition. Travelling the estuary by ferry is one of the nicest ways to get around. The Rivermaid Ferry sails to Kingsbridge and the East Portlemouth Ferry crosses the estuary to the lovely, sheltered beaches of Smalls Cove, Mill Bay and Sunny Cove.
I've come up with a selection of South Hams cottages, near the coast and in the heart of the countryside. So, if you are looking for South Hams cottages to rent, why not browse my selection to find something that catches your eye?
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