Of course, Hope Barton wouldn’t be what it is without its idyllic location. There’s something extraordinary about being able to wake up in a country-cottage to views of green pastures, stretching across hills and fields. Or how about taking a step outside your front door to hear the faint whistle of the ocean, and smell the fresh sea air. Hope Barton wouldn’t be what it is without the surrounding Devon countryside, untouched and unspoilt on this working 35-acre farm.
Where once smugglers plied their illicit trade, travellers may now enjoy an enchanting holiday destination. Picturesque thatched cottages and it’s laid back and welcoming atmosphere makes Hope Cove an excellent venue for a holiday idyll. In Inner Hope, you will find the village centre. A square of thatched cottages surrounding the Hope and Anchor pub with The Cove beside it. Once a small but thriving fishing and crabbing village, it is still celebrated for its crabs and lobsters. The beach is sheltered from the breakwater keeping it idyllic, perfect for the kids. You will fall in love with the beautiful village.
The beautiful coastal town of Salcombe sits on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. Known for its outstanding coastal views and surrounded by countryside, as well as a centre for sailing. Visit the unique town sample the Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream, clothing, art galleries and locally sought meals.
Kingsbridge is the main market town in the area. With an eclectic selection of independent shops and a whole host of intriguing antique shops, gift shops, cafes, butchers, bakeries, fishmongers, pubs and restaurants. Kingsbridge sits on the Salcombe Estuary with a new addition of the miniature railway running alongside.
For nature lovers, South Devon has a bounty of beautiful and breath-taking sights, whether along the coast, clambering through well-preserved cave systems or trekking across green farmland. There are also wrecks, an underwater village, cider making, farming, estuaries, rich marine live, stately homes to admire and enjoy – an infinite number of activities and sights to sate any appetite for adventure.
Recently in The Times, our local area was ranked in the top 10 in the Best places to live by the sea: 10 coastal spots that stay hot when the weather is cold. See below.
The South Hams is lovely at any time of year, and while the millionaires choose Salcombe, we’d happily settle in Kingsbridge, where the lights stay on whatever the season and the population doesn’t shrink from 15,000 to 1,500 during the quieter weeks. It’s the perfect base for exploring Devon’s endlessly varied maritime scenery, from the Riviera-recalling Blackpool Sands to the huge shingle beach at Slapton or picturesque Hope Cove.
“This is an all-year-round town — it’s not like some other places, which can be a bit tumbleweed out of season,” says Jane Baxter, a chef and cookery writer (Yotam Ottolenghi is a fan) who moved here nine years ago to be closer to beaches and schools for her son David, 16. “It has a big school and leisure centre, a good high street with an excellent butcher, baker and fishmonger, and a farmers’ market every two weeks.”
Baxter is now a partner in Wild Artichokes, a catering and event company that also runs regular dining nights in the town. (They start again in late January.) Until then, you can feast on the great outdoors. “We’re not really a seaside town, but we’re spoilt for beaches,” she says. “If you take a small boat or a canoe out, the estuary and the wildlife are amazing.”
Buy in Detached houses here sold for an average of £400,000 last year, compared with £1.15m in Salcombe.
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