Living in Salcombe

Salcombe, South Hams, Devon, is a stunning location that has gathered a lot of attention for its impressive natural beauty, enchanting beaches, and surrounding, expansive countryside.

When thinking of where you might like to purchase or rent your home away from home, or relocate your life in a scenic escape, there is a good chance that Salcombe could tick off all of your ideal boxes. Let the team at Marchand Petit Estate Agents in the Salcombe office offer invaluable advice about the area, the process, and help you make the move you have been waiting for.

What’s On in Salcombe?  

While Salcombe offers its dream coast and country living as a primary selling point, there is actually so much more than meets the eye. It offers a plethora of unique and boutique experiences that can keep even the most adventurous and active of residents busy.


For those who are partial to a spot (or a lot) or boutique shopping, the sweet side streets of Salcombe have you covered. There are plenty of hidden gems which can have you leaving with some unique pieces of jewellery, luxury beachwear, designer clothes, and artisanal homeware, just to name a few.

Choose from traditional store favourites such as FatFace, Boots, Joules, White Stuff and Jack Wills to name a few. Or explore the independent small businesses such as the Salcombe Clothing Company for top brand names or Chattels of Salcombe for sustainably sourced homewares and gifts.

Food and Drink

The range of food and drink in Salcombe is impressive, and there are plenty of options for experiencing anything from fine dining to a quick artisanal snack while you are on the go.

Support your 'soon to be' local greengrocers such as Cranch’s Pantry by buying their fresh fruit and vegetables. Indulge in some ‘just caught’ seafood from the Salcombe Fishmongers to take home, or treat yourself to the freshest, handpicked crabs which have been delivered by local fishing boats to The Crab Shed. Take a trip to the Salcombe Deli, which will be able to supply you with every picnic essential your heart desires. Or why not spend the afternoon having a long lunch at a renowned independent restaurant? 

Whether you are in the mood for an impressive, luxury meal, or a wholesome, hearty pub lunch, Salcombe will not disappoint. 

The Ferry Inn, which is a not so secret local favourite, is an immaculately placed family pub surrounded by beautiful buildings, that offers patrons a breathtaking view of the waterside, and a locally sourced plentiful menu with choices for all tastes. If you find yourself in the artisanal side of Salcombe looking for a decadent meal experience or something a little more upmarket than your traditional pub grub, then the Island Street Bar and Grill might be right up your alley. It is still family friendly, while presenting you with an unmatched view of the Kingsbridge Estuary, exceptional seafood, and a wine pairing to match.

For those who like an education with their tipple, the Salcombe Distilling Company host's a bar with delicious, handcrafted gin products. You can opt for a tasting session and also choose to learn about the art of distillation while creating your very own bottle of gin.

And if you are craving something sweet on the way home, pop into Cranch’s Sweet Shop which has proudly been offering traditional sugar rushes and sweet treats since 1896.

Activities in Salcombe

Salcombe is well known for its variety of water-based activities, so for those who are feeling particularly adventurous, Salcombe Watersports is a fantastic place to start. Here you can hire your own kayaks or paddleboards to explore the estuary in your own time, or even with a private instructor until you feel confident by yourself. This is a brilliant activity for those who want to relish in the nature and wildlife of the southwest or want to discover the secret coves and caves of Salcombe.

If you are looking to be a little higher on the water, there are also options for boat hires, immersive river cruises, and even fishing trips if you want to try your hand at catching your own supper.

For those who prefer to be on land and immerse themselves in the finer things in life in this inclusive town, different art displays and museums are abundant. You can find many different bespoke art shops and independent galleries such as the Salcombe Art Club, where aspiring artists can enjoy a wide variety of workshops such as live drawing, printmaking, and painting. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Tonic GalleryGallery 5, or get your and your family’s hands dirty in Paper Bird Island, where you are able to enjoy getting involved in the heart of arts and crafts.   

These are only a handful of activities and insights that Salcombe has to offer, which is only to be expected in a vibrant community-based town that is forever changing and engaging. This town continues to offer an affordable luxury lifestyle whether you are a resident or a visitor, and is a wonderful mix of both the slow and simple pleasures that life has to offer and the excitement and adventure for those that crave it.  

An insider tip from Victoria, Marchand Petit Salcombe Branch Manager:

Recently, the Harbour Hotels group have added to their portfolio with The Beach Club Hotel & Spa. It’s perfect for a chic yet relaxed staycation.