Last updated on September 1, 2023
Looking for a place to stay in Salcombe? Here’s our guide to the best Salcombe holiday homes, featuring everything from Salcombe holiday cottages to quirky shepherd’s hut stays. We’ve also included a selection of holiday homes across the bay in East Portlemouth.
And don’t miss our guide to the best things to do in Salcombe, which includes all the best restaurants, shops, beaches walks and more. We’ve been going there regularly for the past 13 years, so we have lots of favourites to share.
It’s a good place to visit as part of these gorgeous UK road trips, or as an add-on to a trip to Cornwall. If making a trip of it, also check out our guides to the best Devon Airbnbs, Cornwall Airbnbs, and hot tub lodges in Devon and Cornwall.
12 Beautiful Salcombe Holiday Homes
Year of the Ox
This former writer’s retreat just outside Salcombe has an elegant Scandinavian style and huge panoramic windows that make it feel akin to a treehouse.The woodland escape has two acres of grounds with winding paths through terraced gardens. And a big highlight is the deck, complete with outdoor jacuzzi and perfect for alfresco dining.
This stylish three-bedroom apartment, The Bowline, has a gorgeous shared swimming pool that brings to mind Italy rather than Devon. It has a nautical theme with comfy furnishings that make the most of the small space. Note that the pool is shared with three other homes.
The Stables at Salcombe Farm
This pastel-hued stable conversion has heaps of natural light and a serene aura. You can fix meals in a bespoke kitchen with granite worktops (absolutely love the pink oven!) and dine on the terrace while enjoying the countryside views. There are two more properties on site (two barns for 18 and 12 people) both in a similar style.
What the guests say: “We loved our time in Freya and Felicity’s barn – we found it easily and the setting was fabulous. Kitted out brilliantly and very stylishly, it’s a great home from home. An easy walk into the centre of Salcombe along the estuary, yet far enough out to feel secluded with views of the fields around you. Can’t recommend this place enough!”
Merchants House Salcombe
One of the most stylish holiday cottages in Salcombe, Merchants House is a luxury four-bed home with gorgeous landscaped gardens.
It’s in the Victorian Quarter of Devon Road, and just a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront and Fore Street.
Attached to Merchants House is a two-bedroom apartment, The Booty, which is also available for hire (around £335 per night for four people).
What the guests say: “Just spent a wonderful weekend with family at Merchants House Salcombe. The house is superbly decorated, furnished and equipped with everything you could imagine. The garden is also very beautiful with plenty of outdoor equipment to keep all ages happy. I can’t rate this property highly enough, it is just excellent.”
2 Channel View
You don’t get views much better than this – the aptly named 2 Channel View looks out over the Salcombe estuary and the beaches of Mill Bay and Sunny Cove. It sleeps six in three bedrooms and has a fabulous terrace to take advantage of those sea views. It’s just a short walk from the town centre.
What the guests say: “2 Channel View was just what we expected. Fantastic view, a beautifully clean, comfortable and well-appointed property. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite awful February weather for 2 weeks. Good internet connections helped, so that we could work, read and relax when the weather forced us to stay in – two named storms and rain every day! the 50 steps were not an issue for us (aged 75) at all but we like walking. Also 10 minute walk to shops and restaurants was ideal. Having on-site parking spaces was very helpful. The owners responded quickly to resolve any tiny problems. We hope to return.”
There are some very cute fisherman’s cottages in Salcombe and here’s your chance to stay in one of them at the charming Sherbourne Cottage. It’s in the centre of town off the main road, so the only sound is that of the water. It’s definitely one of the most charming places to stay in Salcombe.
What the guests say: “This cottage is in a stunning location close to everything but really quiet we sat outside watching the boats sailing by very relaxing the cottage is very well equipped and comfortable Ann the owner is lovely very accommodating we will definitely be back Salcombe is amazing.“
The Villa, Salcombe
Another Salcombe holiday home with stunning views is The Villa, a five-bedroom waterside home overlooking the beautiful beaches of East Portlemouth. The stylish property is next to the Salcombe Harbour Hotel where you can enjoy the facilities, including its lounge bar, restaurant and spa.
What the guests say: “This house is a great choice for a family or group of friends and is perfectly placed being just a short walking distance to the town centre and ferry. We were a family of 10, of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.The open plan living room/kitchen is stunning and has everything you need for self catering and the adjoining glass balcony that leads off this room overlooks the estuary where there is always lots going on to watch.
“The enclosed balcony and a fitted stairgate at this level and basement level was a welcome addition and meant we didn’t have to worry about toddlers on the stairs or going outside. All the bedrooms are spacious with quality fittings – the master bedroom and two others having great estuary views…”
The Old Cow Shed
The Old Cow Shed is over the water from Salcombe, close to East Portlemouth. The beautifully refurbished cottage has space for four guests and a light modern cottage feel. The patio area is a highlight, looking out over the water and countryside. You can even get homemade salad dressings and spicy nuts from the owner’s cottage next door.
What the guests say: “We had a lovely time staying here. Peace and quiet just what we wanted. The place is spotlessly clean and comfortable. We would stay there again.”
Oyster Boat, East Portlemouth
The Oyster Boat is across the estuary from Salcombe in East Portlemouth. The secret hideaway is moored at the bottom of an ancient quarry path, and there are beaches and a ferry boat nearby. It’s not far from the spectacular Gara Rock Hotel.
What the guests say: “A fantastic retreat on beautiful estuary, a unique and special place to take a love one! We enjoyed watching the birdlife whilst enjoying our morning coffee and reading our books. We will certainly return. John is really helpful and shows you how everything works and gives you some local knowledge to get your stay off to a nice start! Will be recommending to friends and family!”
Sweetsides Shepherds Hut, South Pool
This beautiful handcrafted Shepherd’s hut with a wood burning hot tub, overlooks the Salcombe Estuary, and is just 2.5 miles from Salcombe town. The hut has been lovingly crafted from reclaimed materials salvaged from the working farm and is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Enjoy cosy evenings spent under starry skies warming yourselves by the fire or in the hot tub, and spend your days paddling down the beautiful estuary with kayaks you can hire from the owners. One of the best of Airbnb Salcombe.
What the guests say: “We had such a relaxing stay at Becky’s hut. The views from the bed were gorgeous in the morning and it was so nice to have the kitchen space to spend time in in the evening (whilst the rain was pouring!). The bedroom was lovely and cosy despite the terrible weather. The hut and kitchen are just as nice as you would expect from the photos. Recommend walking the local area- walked to Salcombe on one day and to the local pub in the evening for dinner- both lovely walks without too much planning!”
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