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Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge, Devon
Soak up timeless charm at the Thurlestone Hotel, a coastal retreat perched on the clifftops with sweeping ocean views, near the beautiful seaside towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Over a century old, the Thurlestone has been managed by the Grose family since 1896. Its traditional elegance has been preserved and the best of south Devon is right on your doorstep - explore the many sandy beaches and coastal walks nearby before sinking into luxury in the spa. Suited to those after a restful getaway, with sub-tropical gardens, a nine-hole golf course and West Country cuisine created using the freshest local produce. The panoramic views are sure to wow.
The spectacular hike along the coastal path to the tidal sands of Bantham Beach, with views across to Burgh Island, is an absolute must.
The hotel is in a secluded location, a short walk from idyllic Thurlestone Beach and 15 minutes' drive from Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
By car: The hotel is 1 hour from Exeter, 2 hours 30 mins from Bristol and around 4 hours 20 mins from London. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: London Paddington to Totnes takes around 2 hours 50 mins. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
By plane: Exeter airport (45 miles)
Style & Character
Suited to both couples and families looking for a traditional seaside escape with a touch of class. The quiet homely style, with inviting comfy sofas, lets the coastal views take centre stage - perfect for lazy afternoons gazing out to sea.
Service & Facilities
Croquet on the lawn, followed by a quintessential afternoon Devon cream tea - what's not to love? Stunning countryside makes the Thurlestone perfect for dogs. They can join you in both Inland and Classic rooms for £15 per night, pampered with a goodie bag on arrival, including Forthglade dog treats, a ball, dog waste bags and tips on idyllic dog-friendly beaches in the South Hams.
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Golf course
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Sea View Suites are well worth the extra outlay, with their sea-facing balconies designed for afternoons lazing against the backdrop of the spectacular south Devon coastline. Waking up to the dreamiest views across Thurlestone Bay before tucking into a delicious room-service breakfast in the comfy lounge is an indulgent treat.
Inland, Classic Sea View, Premier, Deluxe, Deluxe Plus, Accessible, Family, Dog-friendly, Inland Suites, Sea View Suites, Sea View Suites with Balcony
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Temple Spa toiletries, hospitality tray, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The tasting menu provides a true taste of the county - hand-dived Start Bay scallops, West Country beef and Cornish blue cheese. It's hard not to fall for the Village Inn - a traditional Devon pub with a charm of its own; think hearty gastro-pub fare enjoyed with a local craft beer.
Trevilder Restaurant: European and British inspired fine dining, local produce, daily 'Market' specials. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Two courses £32. Tasting menu £70 per person.
The Village Inn: fresh seafood, pub classics, pizzas, sandwiches, light bites, local beers. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from £13.