“Beach boutique hotel near Salcombe with a buzzing restaurant, sea-view rooms and 5 beach apartments”
The 22 rooms (named after sailing boats) and 5 Beach Suite apartments are all decked out in beach-chic style. There's a real nod to New England, with solid American white oak and seaside touches: portholes under sinks, plantation shutters, local art, wooden sea birds and tide clocks. Expect striped linens from Ian Mankin and armchairs upholstered in coral patterns.
Each room is slightly different but all have big comfy beds, smart limestone bathrooms with rainshowers, and Molton Brown toiletries. Local forger Joff Hopper made all the twirly ironwork, and you can count on flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, WiFi and minibars stocked with complimentary mineral water.
Most rooms face the sea, with fabulous views across bobbing boats and rolling wooded hills. The cheapest Optimist and Enterprise rooms face the rear instead (a view of tree-lined back lanes). Of the sea-facing rooms, most have small Juliet balconies and a couple have full balconies (rooms 9 - Dragon & 10 - J Class).
We'd recommend the Dragon rooms, which have the best sea views, claw-foot baths and walk-in showers. The slightly cheaper Yawls are a bit smaller but still have partial sea views. If money is no object, go for the J Class room 10; more of a suite, really, with its vast Caesar bed and 2 free-standing baths overlooking the sea, plus a big balcony. All rooms have baths and showers with exception of Enterprise 1, Yawl 18 and Dragon 8.
We loved the room we stayed in (Dragon No 11), which had a bath in the bedroom and space for an extra bed for our daughter (as have most). We also spent a night in a Yawl room, which was great but do be prepared for baths with fixed glass shower screens, which make it difficult to reach your taps without first getting in.
The 5 Beach Suites are ideal for families, allowing more independence and privacy, but you still get breakfast included in the rate. Each has 2 ensuite bedrooms (a double and a twin), a large living/dining room with Quba-sail beanbags, 2 sofas (1 of which can convert into a sofabed), a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. No 33 has the best sea view; the others are partial except No 31 which faces inland but makes up for this in terms of size.
The restaurant is the heart of the hotel with magnificent floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows and a wide deck. The whole room is light and airy, and is a joy to eat in, thanks to its fresh seaside decor. Renowned chef Mitch Tonks created the menus, so expect simple fresh seafood and grilled meats. You won’t find Michelin towers and foams here, just honest delicious dishes. We wolfed down our ribeye steak and brill with bernaise and fries, followed by warm guiness cake with caramel sauce and ice cream. Within 6 months of opening the place was buzzing and locals still flock here, so be sure to make a reservation before you arrive otherwise you’ll be having room service (which was very efficient when we stayed).
At breakfast (included in your tariff), help yourself to croissants, glasses of fruit with yoghurt and granola and cooked fare, or order something hot from the kitchen: American pancakes with caramelised bananas, smoked salmon bagel with scrambled eggs or smoked haddock. Take your time and linger over the papers with a cappuccino.
The bar has raised the game in Salcombe. You can get Champagne by the glass, a pint of local Otter Ale, or a well-conceived selection of fulfilling cocktails. Our mojitos certainly hit the spot, but their mocktails weren’t bad either.
If you're staying in the Beach Suites, you'll probably self-cater a couple of meals and you're well set up to do so with decent kitchens and contemporary dining areas. There are grocery stores in Salcombe.
Dining out: try The Winking Prawn in North Sands for a casual alfresco lunch or supper, or head up river to the legendary Milbrook pub at South Pool. 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.
This place is very popular with families. Despite not having any communal space or specific facilities for children, the hotel's setting on the beach is ideal. Older children will love learning to sail, kayak, surf and windsurf, and playing cricket on the beach; teenagers will love Salcombe's cool vibe; younger kids will love playing on the sandy beach. And crucially, parents can enjoy long lazy lunches in the restaurant with full view of their children playing on the beach.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Beach Suite apartments are best for families as they have kitchens to self-cater or whip up snacks and baby meals, breakfast in the restaurant is included in the tariff. Each sleeps 4-6 with a double ensuite, twin room and bathroom, and the sofas can be made into additional beds meaning there is more space to spread out.
Babysitting available by arrangement. See rates.
Baby monitors can be borrowed from reception. They work from the restaurant area to the bedrooms so you can enjoy dinner safe in the knowledge that your little one is sleeping soundly.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Early tea and children's menus are available in the restaurant and there are plenty of child-friendly eateries a short drive away. The Beach Suites are self-catering.
There is no lift, but the porter is happy to help if you need to bring a pushchair up and down stairs. The nearest shop for baby/child gear is in Salcombe. The ground floor terrace area of the Beach Suites is open to the road with no gate.