Thurlestone is named after a beautiful arched rock formation - the dramatic ‘thirled stone’ that sits just off the shoreline. The village itself is beautiful, set against its dramatic coastal back-drop, with many of Thurlestone’s traditional thatched cottages dotted throughout this South Devon town.
Steeped in history, it’s rumoured that the ancient village inn is built wood from the remains of the Spanish Armada fleet, and first records of a settlement at Thurlestone date back as far as 846. Today, this rustic pub serves a wealth of delicious local produce and tasty ales, and also welcomes friends of the four legged variety.
If you’re thinking about bring your pooch along on holiday in Thurlestone, you’ll be pleased to know that the beach is also dog friendly, so there’s plenty for you both to enjoy during a stay in the village. Children will also adore the vast stretch of golden sands, which are perfect for sandcastle building and games of rounder’s or frisbee. The shore is also shallow and the beach is lifeguarded during the summer, meaning you can relax while the kids play in the water.
The beach is in fact made up of two smaller beaches, Thurlestone which is slightly smaller, and the largest further along the coast towards South Milton. Both are beautiful and relatively quiet, great for those of you looking to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and escape from everyday life.
If you fancy something a little more exciting or adrenaline fuelled, there are many watersports that you can try your hand at while on holiday in Thurlestone. The beach has in fact won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean water, so you can rest assured you’re in a desired location. Due to this, the beach is great for snorkelling, as well as surfing, wake boarding and kayaking to mention just a few (top tip: the waves are said to be best in winter).
As the village is located in an Area of Natural Beauty, you’ll want to get out and explore as much as you can, which is made easy by the South West Coast Path links and river cruises that are available.
As the village is located in an Area of Natural Beauty, you’ll want to get out and explore as much as you can, which is made easy by the South West Coast Path links and river cruises that are available. Take a picnic and venture to Bantham, where you can marvel at the stunning views across to Burgh Island, or instead take either a coastal or wildlife cruise to view the spectacular scenery from the water.
The neighbouring coastal villages of Salcombe and Kingsbridge can be easily reached and Thurlestone is just half an hour away from Plymouth, you’ll also be ideally situated for family days out, fantastic city dining, cultural experiences and a spot of retail therapy. With our collection of accommodation, you’re sure to find a base to suit you, with Thurlestone cottages, hotels and holiday parks to choose from.