Devon, United Kingdom

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

Rates per night from$117.22

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP89.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Breton-striped bolthole

Setting

Yacht-dotted waterside

Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa looks as though it’s sailed in to this pretty Devonshire estuary straight from New England, but it’s true Brit through and through, down to free decanters of gin and seaside-kitsch knick-knacks in each room. Clubby and chic, the hotel’s outfitted in nautical blue-and-white and furnished with wicker. Guests can gaze over gliding yachts while taking traditional afternoon tea on the terrace and dining on fresh-that-day seafood in the Jetty restaurant. Add soothing Espa treatments and pretty Salcombe surrounds and you’ll be mooring here in no time… 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Fifty, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $117.22 (£89), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include a Continental or full English breakfast

Also

The hotel offers weekly zumba and pilates classes and there are four daily film screenings in their private cinema (at 10.30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm).

At the hotel

Spa, cinema, rooftop terrace, private boat moorings, gym, free WiFi. In rooms: a balcony basket (binoculars, rug, pashmina, slippers), selection of books, free decanters of gin and sherry, tablet, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a locally made candle, hotel’s own newspaper, White Company toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

There’s just one suite – the Estuary Suite – which overlooks the estuary and the quayside. This cream and periwinkle room has a separate sitting room and a large balcony for yacht-watching.

Poolside

The heated indoor pool in the spa has blue-and-gold mosaic tiles and colonnaded sides. It’s flanked by breton-striped day-beds, with extra privacy from gauzy white curtains.

Spa

Spread over two floors, with five treatment rooms, a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and steam room, the spa is handsomely dressed in boat-faring style, with navy towels, hurricane lamps and lime-washed wood accents. Espa treatments pamper guests from top to toe, offering holistic facials, body scrubs and wraps, massages, reflexology, treatments for men, mani-pedis and indulgent rituals tailored to the season.

Packing tips

Boat shoes, in case you hear the call of the sea, and a salty Hemingway tome for your balcony.

Also

Public areas are wheelchair accessible, there’s a lift to all floors, and the hotel has two guest rooms – available on request – outfitted for mobility-impaired guests.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome to stay in the Estuary Glimpse & Juliette Balcony Room for £15; dog bowls and a bed are provided and four-legged friends are allowed in the reception lounge and outside on the main terrace. See more pet-friendly hotels in Devon.

Children

Cots (free) and extra beds (£15 a night) can be added to all rooms except cosy doubles (there's limited availability, so ask when booking). There’s a special Little Alex menu for kids, and the hotel’s private cinema regularly screens U-rated films.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Rolling fields? Merrily bobbing boats? Check and check: the tables for two by the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows are the most romantic.

Dress Code

Subtle sailor-chic: bold, colour-clashing stripes for Mrs Smith and a baby-blue blazer for Mr Smith.

Hotel restaurant

Trawlerman turned chef Alex Aitken is the captain of the Jetty Restaurant’s team. His affinity for the sea manifests in a menu filled with simple yet moreish fish dishes, and a fresh-catch flaunting Crustacean Bar, offering River Yealm oysters, Poole Bay shrimps and Salcombe-sourced lobster. Country comfort food is well represented too, with twice-baked soufflés, sticky farm-sourced pork belly, and creamy desserts. The sea-foam banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the estuary make it bright and beachy. Afternoon tea is taken seriously here too, with five offerings, from a light take with scones and a pot of tea, to a full spread with pastries, sandwiches and Billecart-Salmon champagne.

Hotel bar

The terrace doubles up as the hotel’s bar, where cocktails are served and guest DJs provide a chilled-out soundtrack. Order a pint of the local Devonshire Dumpling beer, or sip a zhuzhed-up classic cocktail – we like the Honeysuckle, with Jack Daniels, Chambord, honey, lemon and almond syrup. Small seafood plates are available, including zesty oysters, prawn cocktail and dressed crab.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am, lunch from noon to 3pm, and dinner from 6pm to 10pm. Take afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm, and drinks are poured until midnight.

Room service

is available 24 hours a day. During restaurant hours, the full menu can be ordered to your door; outside dining hours, deep-filled sandwiches are available.

Location

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Address
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Cliff Road, Salcombe, South Devon, TQ8 8JH
Salcombe
TQ8 8JH
United Kingdom

Overlooking a yacht-dotted estuary in a pretty Devonshire seaside town, Salcombe Harbour Hotel is a 15-minute drive from market town Kingsbridge and a 30-minute drive from Dartmoor National Park.

Planes

International hubs Heathrow and Gatwick are both a three-hour drive away. Alternatively, flights from major European cities and North Africa arrive at Exeter International (www.exeter-airport.co.uk) just over an hour’s drive away.

Trains

Totnes station, a 40-minute drive away, or Plymouth, just under an hour’s drive, are the nearest. Trains arrive direct from London and Birmingham New Street stations.

Automobiles

Eye-catching countryside and tucked-away villages make hiring a car worthwhile. There’s an Avis booth at Exeter International and free valet parking at the hotel.

Other

If you’re the boat-owning type, private moorings mean you can sail straight to the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Salcombe is a picturesque fishing village on the southerly tip of Devon, surrounded by pretty, pastel-hued villages, rugged coastline and rolling countryside. The 16th-century Salcombe Castle is a five-minute walk from the hotel and the Yacht Club just downstream organises boat races throughout the year. During the immensely popular annual Salcombe Regatta in August, more than 200 boats compete along the estuary, and underwater treasure hunts, crab catching, air displays and more take place close by. Want to find your sea legs? Take a one-day course at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing or pump up your adrenaline with a power-boating lesson with Salcombe Sea-N-Shore. More experienced mariners can hire a ‘yawl’ dinghy or cabin boat from Salcombe Boat Hire & Fishmongers.

Paddle a canoe, or take a bracing three-hour hike past snap-worthy panoramas to and from Bolt Head, following the South West Coast Path. For beach flopping, hop on a ferry across the estuary to East Portlemouth, where quiet Fisherman’s Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay are perfect picnicking spots. Bunting-garlanded Fore Street, a five-minute walk from the hotel, has quirky shops and cafés and Kingsbridge, a 15-minute drive away, has a historic farmer’s market. Drive north to quirkily cool market town Totnes to browse indie shops, visit the Guildhall and Totnes Castle and stop for a swift pint in the Totnes Brewing Co. Or make a quick pit stop at Sharpham Wine & Cheese in Ashprington for a tasting, before roaming Dartmoor National Park.

Local restaurants

Modern brasserie Dick and Wills has top-quality West Country fish and meat dishes. Book a terrace table, and gorge on prime-fillet burgers, fish curries and lobster mac and cheese – make room for the decadent desserts and the excellent cheese plate too. Weathered-wood eatery The Winking Prawn is set by the beach at North Sands, a laid-back and lively establishment with fishy comfort food and a seasonal barbecue menu. They have their own ice-cream truck too – a seaside essential.

Local cafés

Sailor V (see what they did there) is a friendly local hangout with smoothies and overloaded sandwiches and a dedicated hot-dog menu. Wash down with a pint of prawn juice: don't worry, it's just the name of the very drinkable house brew.

Local bars

The Ferry Inn on Fore Street is just a wander down the road from the hotel. Warm and welcoming staff, satisfying pub grub, and a good beer and wine selection make this traditional boozer a brilliant spot to while away an afternoon. Come the Regatta, punters can take part in pig racing here (not with live hogs, we’re glad to say).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this refined waterside hotel in Devon and unpacked their bag of creamy local fudge and his ’n’ hers sailcloth jackets, a full account of their luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, and get your deck loafers damp, here's a postcard from Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa…

Even if wayward waves make you queasy, you’re unlikely to get sick of the sea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa. Here art installations of nets and buoys, engine-room-telegraph ornaments and driftwood-and-rope ‘Do not Disturb’ signs – that bear the legend ‘The sea air has made us sleepy’ – nod to nautical chic in tasteful style. This waterside stay offers respite from the workaday life (as long as you’re not a fisherman on leave), with lungfuls of fresh sea air and sailboat-dotted views to gaze at through your in-room binoculars. It’s likely you’ll gain a few pounds from the cream teas alone, and Alex Aitkens moreish cuisine, but a brisk walk along the coast and a virtuous spell in the spa (hey, massages count as low-impact exercise) and you’ll be ship-shape again before check-out. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Salcombe Harbour Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Lots of little details in the room – real milk and decent coffee! The spa was fabulous and the restaurant was also really good; high quality food. There are amazing views from the estuary view room, and excellent staff.

Don’t expect

Although there were a few children and dogs we decided not to bring ours and felt it was the right decision. It's too high end to have tantrum-y toddlers running around!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Aug 2019

We loved

The hotel, walks and seafood. This was a hotel recommendation from Clemmie and Emily who got us a great room overlooking the estuary. Don't take a car unless you own a speedboat or enjoy reversing down narrow lanes for oncoming traffic.THE way to go is GWR Pullman from Paddington/Reading – the only proper dining car on National Rail, run by Mitch Tonks and with excellent Dover sole and scallops. Then taxi from Totnes. This is a lovely hotel in a superb position, with a great bedroom and bathroom. Nice touches included fresh milk in the fridge (not UHT) and ice and lemons brought round at 5pm for G&Ts. We didn't try the spa but it looked very good. There's really good coastal walking; try Bolt Head and Overbecks House Gardens (National Trust) and have a crab lunch on the way back on the terrace at South Sands hotel. Also get the ferry to East Portlemouth (every 10 minutes) and walk along the coast path (NT again) for lunch at Gara Cove hotel – an hour there and 20 minute quick route back. Two other dining recommendations – Dick and Wills (near the hotel) and Crabshed a 15 minute walk away (superb seafood but only 25 covers so booking essential).

Don’t expect

Glitz.

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Stayed on 5 Jul 2019

We loved

Lovely bedrooms and great views. Good breakfast. The location is excellent. There were great facilities and it's good for children. 

Don’t expect

Anyone to do anything quickly – the service was very slow.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2019

We loved

The hotel is in a great spot for people watching, playing with boats and even taking a 200m ride over to the other side of the estuary for the fabulous beaches. The town is a two-minute stroll to the shops and bars. We were given a great welcome by staff who showed us around the hotel and suggested that we arrive at the bar before 6pm for our welcome drink. Our room faced the estuary with a balcony that had great views of the comings and goings of life on the river. It was very relaxing – if it's cool then wrap up with rugs from the room's box and soak up the atmosphere.

Don’t expect

An empty car park, we arrived to a full one. You're requested to leave your car keys at reception so that the staff can park for you. The system worked well and the car was always available (if very cramped in).

Rating

Stayed on 14 May 2019

We loved

The location and views of the estuary.

Don’t expect

Fine dining – the food is good but not exceptional.

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Stayed on 13 May 2019

We loved

The location is great and the views from the sea-facing rooms are glorious. The restaurant and bar are very good. The rooms are spacious with good amenities.

Don’t expect

Our room overlooked the car park which meant that if we sat on the balcony we would be in the car park effectively. The comforter was also stained. I think rooms could do with a slight refresh but apart from that it was a lovely stay.

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Stayed on 4 May 2019

We loved

The spa, decanter of sherry, the breakfast. 

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Stayed on 25 Feb 2019

We loved

We loved the extra little touches that were added to our stay – it was out mini–moon and were very spoiled. The maitre d' was amazing, very charismatic and genuinely interested in why we were staying. Food was extremely good and the rooms are beautiful.

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Stayed on 3 Feb 2019

We loved

We loved everything about our two-night stay over the New Year. The staff were amazing, very professional and most helpful. The hotel location was truly wonderful and our upgraded room with the view of the estuary and out to sea was absolutely stunning. The restaurant food was as expected – excellent!

Don’t expect

Absolutely no disappointments.

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Stayed on 31 Dec 2018

We loved

The situation. The decor. The staff. The view. The food. A cosy warm comfortable hotel with excellent staff good views car parking.

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Stayed on 30 Nov 2018

We loved

The great facilities, the attentiveness of the staff. Terrific attention to detail. Beautiful jaw dropping location.

Don’t expect

Nothing to do with the hotel but the roads in the area are very narrow country lanes.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Nov 2018

We loved

The great facilities, the attentiveness of the staff. Terrific attention to detail. Beautiful jaw dropping location.

Don’t expect

It's nothing to do with the hotel, rather its more to do with the location and getting to and from it, very narrow country lanes.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Nov 2018

We loved

The hotel was modern, super comfortable with a warm welcome from welcome from everybody we came into contact with. We ate in the restaurant and the food was first class – although we were slightly surprised by the menu, which included fish and chips, burgers, etc; catering for a range of tastes/ages. One point which did slightly wrangle was the pre-visit option to bid to upgrade our room. This seemed to us to be an unnecessary process and left a bad taste when accompanied by the use of the word "denied" in respect of an unsuccessful bid seeking to secure the upgrade.

Don’t expect

Do not expect a romantic venue – this is a place for relaxing. Enjoy the environment of the hotel and all that Salcombe has to offer. Would we go to the hotel in the height of summer – certainly not. This is not a reflection on the hotel more on Salcombe itself.

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2018

We loved

....the upgrade to a sea/estuary view room, everything you should ever require in the bathroom, free gin, spotless rooms and reception areas – all smelling beautiful, friendly and professional valet parking, great position within Salcombe for day and evening walks, fresh fruit and water at the spa.

Don’t expect

.... the service to be super quick service, however, it is certainly friendly.

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2018

We loved

The view was beyond expectations - stunning! Decanters of sherry and gin were a nice touch. Will 100% be back! Visit North Sands beach for a lovely lunch time spot and The Winking Prawn does a decent crab sandwich. 

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Stayed on 21 Jun 2018

We loved

We loved the fabulous views from our balcony overlooking the estuary. The blanket, binoculars and decanters of gin and sherry provided in the room were also appreciated. Breakfast was of a good quality and food cooked to order rather than sitting on a buffet table. There are some stunning walks from Salcombe. We did three that were recommended by a very helpful lady in the Tourist Information office. We ate in the Fortescue Inn, the Victoria and Boatswains. All are within a short walk of the hotel and the food and service was great in all of them.

Don’t expect

Don't expect too much from the restaurant for dinner. The location is nice but there are so many other places in Salcombe to get better value for money.

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Stayed on 10 Jun 2018

We loved

We loved the view from our room looking over the river estuary, the staff were very pleasant and accommodating and the decanter of gin was a lovely treat in our room.

Don’t expect

Car parking was difficult and confusing.

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Stayed on 12 May 2018

We loved

The comfort, feel and welcome of the hotel. The stay went very smoothly and the things that didn't go well were soon sorted. The room and bathroom was very clean, tidy and comfortable. A decanter of free sherry and gin was a surprise! Free hand cream and soap. (The tonic water in the minibar wasn't free!). Ice and lemon and lime were delivered to the room daily about 5.30pm. The view out over the estuary was magnificent. The food was very good and the service almost flawless (a suspicion that the bread rolls were yesterdays!). The spa and pool (small) were clean and lovely (there is no lifeguard). We didn't use the gym but all facilities were included. Parking is a nightmare. We were lucky to find a space on both days down the steep single lane drive and even got a ride on the turntable at the bottom by the front door. Leaving car keys with reception for the porter to move the car if need be was a little unsettling ! There were some little irritating things wrong but were soon corrected without a fuss. Ordering stuff in the restaurant and then needing to remind the waiter/s we were still waiting, being charged an additional £200 for someone else's dinner the night before(!), finding the minibar not as full as the list in the room suggested and being charged for the deficit. Overall, a great stay for weekend. Dartmouth, Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Dartington, Brixham and even Torbay all within easy reach, too.

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Stayed on 27 Apr 2018

We loved

The hotel is in a great location overlooking the Salcombe Estuary. Our Estuary View Room with large balcony was extremely good and we were entirely satisfied with the quality of accommodation. My wife enjoyed the spa. On our second evening we ate at Dick Wills. We highly recommend this bar/restaurant. Richard, the owner, was behind the bar and was charming as were his young staff members. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The location overlooking the Estuary is wonderful.

Don’t expect

We ate dinner the first night we were there and thought the food and service were very good so decided to book a table again for our third and final evening. Our second meal was extremely disappointing. My wife ordered the same meal she had enjoyed so much on the first evening but on this occasion it was a great disappointment. I ordered the Sea Bass at Market Price which should have been deliciously fresh but the chef had grossly overcooked it and it was inedible. The whole experience was deflating and given this is not an inexpensive stay, it is improbable we would return.

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Stayed on 10 Apr 2018

We loved

The views from our room. The Victoria pub is a good place for food, is friendly and serves great Cornish whisky.

Don’t expect

We have stayed at this hotel before and Salcombe is a great location and our room (not cheap) had great views of the estuary. Our previous stay we loved which was why we returned. This time we were rather disappointed: the hotel services had definitely deteriorated. The breakfast was very ordinary. The selection, or lack of it, of breakfast cereals was very evident and there was a noticeable lack of restaurant staff. On our last morning there were only two staff on duty. My wife's tea arrived cold and the coffee was lukewarm. Generally speaking the staff were friendly and helpful but we got the impression that the attention to detail that we expect at a hotel of this standard was missing. We shall be looking for alternative accommodation when we next visit Salcombe.

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Stayed on 25 Mar 2018

We loved

The view of the estuary from the room and excellent food. 

Don’t expect

Sloppy and sullen service at the main desk reception. Not greeted with a smile on arrival and ignored for 10 minutes before the individual looked up. Singularly unimpressive and for a hotel which carries 5 star room prices this is not what we expect. Spa underwhelming and again the same sulky attitude when we tried to book treatments. To no avail as they were fully booked up for a wedding. We know Salcombe well and hope that this recently refurbished hotel doesnt slip into something mediocre. The restaurant staff however were excellent as was the chef.

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Stayed on 16 Mar 2018

We loved

The peaceful, beautiful setting of Salcombe. The comfortable and beautiful room. The little added extras in our room. The amazing food in the restaurant.

Don’t expect

To be busy and have lots to do, this is a relaxing peaceful pamper stay.

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Stayed on 18 Feb 2018

We loved

The setting is wonderful with views along the estuary and lucky for us we had glorious sunshine which made the balcony a good asset.  The room we had was a really good size and luxurious. The staff were all very helpful and extremely friendly especially with the car parking and the amazing turntable at the entrance of the hotel. 

Don’t expect

The room was a bit tired and in need of some refurbishment, the curtains were snagged all over which made them look shabby. The floor boards creaked as you walked across the room which was annoying and I'm sure disturbing if you had the room underneath as we could hear the people in the room above. The cleaning was not very good with dust on the skirting boards and other surfaces, not sure who checks the standard of cleaning? The steelwork on the balcony looked awful with lots of rusting and blistering paint, not a difficult maintenance task to perform at quiet times.

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Stayed on 5 Feb 2018