“Sea view boutique hotel in the heart of Salcombe, with a lively restaurant and swanky new spa”
50 rooms span 4 floors and vary in size and view. Expect soothing colours (pale blues, taupes and neutrals), unfussy furniture (Lloyd Loom) and very comfy beds. All have showers and some have baths as well. You get toiletries from The White Company and some of the fluffiest bathrobes on earth. Gin and Sherry decanters (with a free first time top-up) tempt you for a pre-dinner tipple. You get nespresso machines, stocked mini-fridges and a touch screen tablet for techies. If you have a balcony, you'll enjoy natty sliding doors and baskets with blankets and binos to boot.
The higher you go, the better your view; even numbers face out, odds face inland. Our favourites at the top of the scale were Suite 516 with its own sitting room, and Best Estuary View 514 with equally exceptional views. Views from even-numbered 3xx rooms are slightly obscured by loungers and decking on the restaurant roof. Least impressive views are from the 'Glimpse' rooms (especially on level 1 above the pool), so these might suit those not intending to spend much time in their room. Of these, we liked 401, with a comfy sofa and glimpses of the sea.
On level 2 next to entrance, they've set aside a couple of rooms with access for disabled guests and dog owners. For families they have 3 pairs of interconnecting rooms.
The Jetty Restaurant forms the core of the hotel. It has oodles of space and a lively, buzzy ambiance. A long inviting marble bar divides the room in two: one side for lounging by fireplaces with post dinner drinks, the other with a vast banquette (built in situ!), tables and large windows overlooking the estuary. Outside are terraces with crackling fire pits and more seating, plus an arresting "Crustacean Bar" for fresh tasty seafood.
At breakfast, help yourself to croissants, fruit, juices, yoghurt and continental fare, as well as something cooked like full English or toasted muffins with eggs as you like.
Afternoon tea (3-5 pm) gives further opportunity to gorge on cream concoctions and cakes washed down with champagne. To sharpen your wits before dinner time, they have a very decent selection of cocktails, including our favourite Pink Grapefruit Cosmo.
For dinner, we chose from a simple "Catch of the Day" menu, as well as a more comprehensive a la carte. Sea bass fillet with sautéd spinach and beurre blanc sauce was delicious, and linguine with fresh clams did not disappoint either. However, our highlight had to be their lemon meringue: lemon sorbet, meringues, whipped cream, lemon curd and limoncello... so awesome we had it twice!
In Salcombe, Dick and Wills brasserie is an ideal waterside spot, or for a picnic, we recommend the freshly made sandwiches from the Salcombe Deli.
The Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa welcomes children of all ages, and with a great setting right on the estuary with some excellent beaches to hand and lovely coastal country to explore, there's much to keep them busy. One of each room type can fit a cot, a few can take extra beds, and there are 3 pairs of interconnecting rooms. You should book early for any of these. Our 7-year-old daughter was won over by the cinema with special viewing times for children (up to three films a day are family friendly).
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
#516 (Suite) and #412 (Estuary View with Balcony) are the largest rooms, and both have sofa beds so can host a family of four. A staff favourite is #514, with a roll-top bath, and which can take an extra bed. Of the interconnecting family rooms, all face the estuary, but the higher the number, the better the view
Can be arranged for an additional charge
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids menus are available and the puddings were especially successful. All rooms have a kettle, a few have a fridge and there is 24-hour room service