Devon, United Kingdom

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$207.50

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 (GBP185.00), 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

50, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $207.50 (£154), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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 (GBP154.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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. The Estuary View Room with Balcony category is equally top deck in style, but a little less costly.

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 allowed in the hotel rooms outside the main building. Speak to the hotel in advance. 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

Photos Salcombe Harbour Hotel food and drink

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 12 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

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

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 (+44 (0)1548 842 593) 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 (+44 (0)1548 843 927) or pump up your adrenaline with a power-boating lesson with Salcombe Sea-N-Shore (+44 (0)1548 842 276). More experienced mariners can hire a ‘yawl’ dinghy or cabin boat from Salcombe Boat Hire & Fishmongers (+44 (0)1548 844 475).

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 cafes and Kingsbridge, a 15-minute drive away, has a historic farmer’s market. Drive to Totnes to visit the Guildhall (+44 (0)1803 862 147) and Totnes Castle (+44 (0)1803 864 406) making a quick pit stop at Sharpham Wine & Cheese (+44 (0)1803 732 203) in Ashprington for a tasting, before roaming Dartmoor National Park (+44 (0)1626 832 093).

Local restaurants

Modern brasserie Dick and Wills (+44 (0)1548 843 408) has top-quality West Country fish and meat dishes. Book a terrace table, and gorge on prime-fillet burger with manchego and Serrano ham, lobster and king prawn thermidore or Massaman curry made with local monkfish – make room for the decadent desserts and the excellent cheese plate too. Weathered-wood eatery The Winking Prawn (+44 (0)1548 842 326) is set by the beach at North Sands, a laid-back and lively establishment with fishy comfort food on the menu: smoked haddock with bubble and squeak, scallops with bacon, and baked cod with a pine-nut crumb. They have their own ice-cream truck too – a seaside essential. 

Local cafés

Bone china and silver cake stands: Vintage Tea café (+44 (0)1803 849 499) in Totnes has the quintessential afternoon tea down pat. Dine daintily on buttered crumpets, jam and cream-stuffed scones and petit fours – or take a picnic in the garden – then browse vintage trinkets in the shop. 

Local bars

The Ferry Inn (+44 (0)1548 844 000) 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 with us, 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

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 mini bar 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.

Rating

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

We loved

The hotel room was cosy and comfortable, just as we remembered. It offered a little haven of relaxation with a lovely view; the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by with a cold G & T.

Don’t expect

Although the room was lovely, sadly, the hotel's restaurant let the whole stay down, and rather than eat there both evenings, we chose to eat elsewhere on the second night. The quality of the food was disappointing and we generally felt that it was overpriced. Sadly, we were given the impression that the staff were winding down at the end of the season, and they seemed generally disinterested in providing good customer care. We were so looking forward to this visit as we had such a wonderful time during a previous stay, but unfortunately, we will not be visiting again.

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2017

We loved

The service; the very friendly and attentive staff; and the great views.

Don’t expect

The room was a little smaller than we expected, and some small touches of paintwork needed attention in room (top of the door into toilet in particular). Housekeeping finished at 7pm.

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2017

We loved

Excellent views; location of the hotel. Dick and Wills restaurant for very good fish and friendly service. Bibi and Mac for good value clothes shopping. South Sands hotel is not recommended for lunch – lacklustre service and mediocre food. Relies on its location.

Don’t expect

Four star service; there were too many small instances of a lack of care and attention to warrant the price. It seems as if the management believes that the location is a sufficient pull to not try their hardest to excel.

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2017

We loved

Great views of the estuary, nice terrace with sun loungers, great position for Salcombe, gin sherry in your room.

Don’t expect

Extensive buffet breakfast; it was a little limited. Tight parking but a good concierge who will help.

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Stayed on 26 Jun 2017

We loved

The cleanliness, the friendly welcoming staff, the decor, the service and the food. The decanter of sherry and gin is lovely touch, as were the kettle, coffee machine and well stocked mini bar. Really comfortable beds and white company products.

Don’t expect

It to be noisy – it's very relaxing.

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Stayed on 4 Jun 2017

We loved

The food and the staff. The outside 'eating area' was also wonderful.

Don’t expect

Replacement dry towels. The food is delicious but the dining room is rather like a canteen and there's not enough staff – but the food made up for this!

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Stayed on 31 May 2017

We loved

This was a 24 hour break so very short. On arriving our bags were taken to reception, booked in and shown to our room. The room was very clean and had a partial sea view which we did not expect. There was complimentry sherry and gin for us if wanted which I've not seen before. We arrived early afternoon so went to the restaurant for a snack and were greeted with a complementary drink, again the staff were very friendly and could not have been more helpful be helpful. Our evening meal was great and finished the evening on a high. Salcombe is a nice, quiet town with lots of walks to explore including the beaches. The swimming pool and spa were exceptional and made for a nice relaxing time. Overall we could not fault the hotel from the staff to the high standards they keep. We will be back!

Don’t expect

Noisey nights in Salcombe.

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Stayed on 23 Apr 2017

We loved

The location, facilities and the staff. Dick Wills restaurant and the Crab Shack are must-go to places to eat.

Don’t expect

A lively holiday, this is a spa hotel and a lovely place to relax.

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Stayed on 14 Apr 2017

We loved

The view from the room and sunrise over the estuary.

Don’t expect

Salcombe to be cheap... it is not.

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Stayed on 3 Apr 2017

We loved

Excellent rooms and staff. Lovely beaches at Mill Bay, Lannacombe and Start Point. Try the Tradesmens Arms at Stokenham for excellent food.

Don’t expect

Nothing.

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Stayed on 15 Mar 2017

We loved

The food and the spa.

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Stayed on 2 Mar 2017

We loved

Location, spa and cinema. Take a boat ride to Gara Rock for beaches and great walks.

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Stayed on 20 Feb 2017

We loved

The comfy, tranquil room with lovely views across the harbour. The decanters of gin and sherry were a nice touch, along with the 'ice and a slice' service to the rooms about 6pm. Breakfast gives you lots of choice and is well organised.

Don’t expect

Lots for kids... This is geared more for the grown ups.

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2017

We loved

The extra attention to detail such as ice and lemons/lime around cocktail hour, tea and flavoured water in the pool area, and how well run the restaurant was. We couldn't get a table at the time we wanted, but the staff sat us at the bar, got us drinks and snacks and allowed us to pre-order our dinner. The breakfast buffet was lovely and comprehensive as well. The room was comfortable and well appointed and the beds spacious and warm with plenty of blankets and a soft duvet. Walk to North Sands and South Sands. Catch the little ferry which leaves every half hour back to Salcombe. Make a dinner or lunch reservation at the Crab Shed. The food is simple and excellent and they only take one full seating in the afternoon and evenings.

Don’t expect

...lively nights out. Salcombe is scenic and calm.

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Stayed on 18 Oct 2016

We loved

The View. Check out Jam Industries on Salcombe Street.

Don’t expect

Good Food

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Stayed on 14 Aug 2016

We loved

Location

Don’t expect

Price was expensive for the room we had

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! Recommend Victoria Inn, Good pub food, Good prices and champagne by the glass was excellent.

Don’t expect

Nightlife, although we didn't look for it anyway

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Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

The lovely location, the views the relaxed vibe of Salcombe. Being able to take our little dog to the hotel. Try Dick Wills restaurant which is a 5 minute walk away The Winking Prawn which is a 20 minute walk away.

Don’t expect

Perfect service in the restaurant. Food is excellent and staff are very friendly but disorganised service lets the restaurant down unfortunately.

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2016

We loved

The position of the hotel; our balcony, the indoor pool and the food. And No. 55 is a lovely local restaurant less than 5 mins walK.

Don’t expect

Impeccable service - mainly very friendly but poor communication between the team. Several times we looked longingly at our drinks sat on the bar; other times our plates were whipped away and we felt rushed!

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Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The rooms, the views, the location. 8/10

Don’t expect

Better than haphazard service in the restaurant

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

Level of service, food, views of Salcombe Estuary from our bedroom and spa treatments. Walk to North Sands and visit to Winking Prawn Restaurant. Beaches easily accessible by ferry estuary trips from pier in middle of Salcombe

Don’t expect

Live music every night

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The view! There is a pub down the road, The Victoria, which is the best run pub I have ever been to. Staff and food were both fantastic, also, lovely garden on the first floor, and dog beer and a dog menu!

Don’t expect

Unhelpful staff

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016