Thurlestone is an historic village in South Devon, home to a beautiful links golf course, a 13th century church, a busy village shop and a traditional village pub. Known by many because of the iconic Thurlestone Rock (the inspiration for numerous artists including the celebrated painter Turner), this fascinating settlement is nestled on a captivating stretch of coastline, with a coloured history of shipwrecks and smugglers! Where you are interested in the history of the area, a walking break admiring the beautiful views along the South West Coast Path, or a relaxing getaway enjoying good food, Thurlestone could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
Here are just three great things to do for those visiting this pretty village, whatever the time of year!
1. Enjoy a day at the beach!
Thurlestone is positioned on the very edge of the South West Coast path, providing access to many pretty beaches. Head to South Milton Sands where you can try rockpooling or surfing, or why not bring your dog and let them stretch their legs before enjoying a paddle in the sea (weather depending!). If you are visiting in the winter months, why not enjoy a bracing stroll along to the Yarmer Beach via Leasfoot beach, to blow away those cobwebs before heading to the traditional pub The Village Inn, where you can warm up by the roaring wood burner with a glass of real ale.
2. Spend the day getting sporty
Whilst Thurlestone is a relatively small village on the South Devon coastline, it does offer a number of great facilities for those with a preference for sport. With a fabulous cliff top gold course and 12 tennis courts the opportunities are endless for those looking to enjoy a sports-filled day in a spectacular location. After all this activity why not relax and book a beauty treatment or a spa experience (including use of the indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna) at the luxurious Voyage spa in Thurlestone.
3. Explore the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path offers many walking opportunities for those staying in Thurlestone. Explore the surrounding area on foot - head towards the beach at Bantham in one direction, where you can walk along the sand admiring views across to Burgh Island with its art deco hotel - the inspiration for some of Agatha Christies greatest works. Heading from Thurlestone in the opposite direction, visit the former smuggler's haunt of Hope Cove, to enjoy a well-deserved drink or something to eat at the Cove Cafe bar, whilst looking out over the bay, before retracing your steps back to Thurlestone.
If you would be interested in booking a holiday in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, find out more about Thurlestone cottages here.