Living in Salcombe

If you are thinking of a move to Salcombe, our specific area information will help you learn more about this stunning coastal location in the South Hams. Whether you're looking for property for sale in Salcombe or property to rent in Salcombe, the team at Marchand Petit Estate Agents in the Salcombe office is always happy to help. We're conveniently located at 24 Fore Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8ET.

Attractions / Things to do in the area

Jump aboard the ex Mersey ferry Egremont permanently moored in the Salcombe Estuary to experience a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sail Training Centre and Multi Activity Centre with ICC Salcombe. A team of qualified instructors deliver courses to all ages or you can B & B on board merely to enjoy the peaceful location, amazing views and facilities.

South Sands is a fantastic, contemporary boutique hotel on the beach in South Sands bay, just outside Salcombe, South Devon. Beautiful rooms and beach suites sit above the beach side restaurant and terrace that offer stunning views of the estuary.

With its doors now open, the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa is already being recognised as one of the UK's most desirable waterside destinations. The extensive revamp has resulted in a chic new hotel on the edge of the Salcombe Estuary, cinema room and new Jetty Restaurant; overlooking one of the most dramatic coastlines in the UK.

Overbeck’s is an exotic and fascinating paradise of subtropical gardens perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, in the loving care of the National Trust. Explore the banana garden, wander through the woodland, or relax and enjoy spectacular panoramic views across miles of beautiful coastline and estuary. Discover the Edwardian seaside home of eccentric scientist Otto Overbeck, who lent his name to this fabulous location.

The South West Coast Path is a fabulous opportunity to take in the breath-taking views in and around Salcombe and the estuary.  

Sea Kayak Salcombe operating from the Old Lifeboat House at South Sands offers beginner to advanced sea kayak coaching and guiding. It also provides activities for groups wanting to have fun on the water from stand up paddle boarding, coasteering and adventure kayak tours.


The population of Salcombe and Malborough Wards is 3,351 according to the 2001 census. This swells substantially – especially in Salcombe during the summer months. Around 39% of all households in Salcombe are classed as holiday homes.

About the Area & History

About a 100 years ago Salcombe earned its living from the estuary it sits on and the sea, by a variety of occupations from fishing, boat and shipbuilding, smuggling and possibly a bit of piracy thrown in. The name Salcombe first appears written in 1244, when it was little more than a fishing hamlet with a few simple buildings to keep fishing nets and gear in. Between the two World Wars the charms of Salcombe began to catch on, as it gradually developed as an exclusive holiday resort for those who appreciated the benign climate, the stunning scenery, sea fishing and sailing.  Salcombe Yacht Club, dating from the early 1890s to cater for sailing interests of the time, still welcomes members and visitors to this day, to enjoy the excellent facilities and services, including the clubhouse offering a grandstand view of the harbour.

Today Salcombe is enjoyed as a beautiful unspoilt holiday destination for all age groups. Located in the most southerly part of Devon and surrounded by picturesque villages, stunning coastal scenery and beaches, it’s no surprise Salcombe is the bustling, popular holiday destination it is. In fact with plenty of activities such as coastal walking, sailing in the estuary, ferry trips, local produce and boutique shopping, fabulous restaurants and bistros, Salcombe can rightly be called a town for all seasons.

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