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South Sands Boutique Hotel & Beachside Restaurant

South Sands Boutique Hotel & Beachside Restaurant

South Sands Boutique Hotel & Beachside Restaurant

Bolt Head, Salcombe

Devon, TQ8 8LL

tel: 01548 859 000

www.southsands.com

 

 

Just a few hours outside London and nestled along the picturesque coast of Salcombe in Devon is South Sands.   A 4/ 5 star hotel for those looking to swap the hustle and bustle of the big smoke for the crisp sea breeze of a quaint coastal community. Driving up to South Sands is a relaxing experience in itself - windy country roads and the smell of fresh salt air at every corner.

The hotel encompasses a mix of beautiful rooms in different shapes and sizes in the main hotel, which are high quality, well appointed, light and spacious with most having panoramic views of the sea and surrounding hinterland. Although, some of the rooms are on the smaller size, the freestanding bath and view is enough to make up for it.  The rooms in the main hotel are sophisticatedly decorated in natural tones with a real feeling of space and relaxation. We arrived to be told the exciting news that we had been upgraded to a beach suite.  There was just the two of us but the suite would comfortably sleep a family of six, with two en-suite bedrooms, large beds and crisp bed linen, and a large sitting and dining area - superbly decorated with a Devon "by the sea" theme and all the mod cons you’d expect of a getaway retreat. The bed in the main room was huge and plenty of space around for a couple like us who more often than not unpack on the floor rather than the wardrobe! My only gripe - and it's small - is tthat the mattress was too hard for me - I think years of sleeping on a feather topper have made me spoilt, but it certainly didn't stop me sleeping. Some of the rooms in the main hotel and the beach suites have sea views but life is never perfect and ours didn’t afford us that luxury but certainly made up for it in so many other ways. Did I mention the walk in shower, the freestanding bath, the plasma TV with full sky channels, space for a King and Queen.

After we sampled dinner on the first evening there was no way a utensil in the kitchen was going to get used - the beachside restaurant was right at our fingertips and I can honestly say was one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. A real hidden gem - I am surprised the hotel doesn't use it as more of a marketing tool. The gastronomic feast available at Mitch Tonks Beachside Restaurant (which is truly beachside – ask for a window seat) was a particular highlight that I wasn't expecting. The restaurant is a favourite with locals who come back weekly - I know that because a couple behind tested the patience of the waitress for at least fifteen minutes by describing every cheese they had ever eaten and that south sands cheese selection was still the best and they keep coming back. The menu caters to all tastes and makes the most of the daily catches of the local fishing village. As a lover of seafood I was particularly keen to make the most of the extensive range offered on the menu. My boyfriend - more a steak and chips kind of chap loved the Aberdeen Angus rib eye and chips – cooked just to his liking. For me, the crab crostini followed by lobster linguine really left an impression. The service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable - the staff throughout South Sands from reception, to the bar and the restaurant are young but certainly experienced at making their guests feeling like they are part of a first class service. After dinner, the bar provided a warm and inviting area to curl up and finish what little was left of our Sancerre, which was very reasonable priced. 

The price of our weekend stay included dinner and breakfast in the restaurant, which made it a really good deal. South Sands, and the local area of Salcombe have plenty to offer the active visitor, providing easy access to some brilliant walks along the coastline. Be sure to pack your camera to make the most of some wonderful rugged coastline. Sailing, watersports and shooting are among some of the other activities on offer.  I can recommend this hotel highly to anyone wanting a mix of relaxed, yet upmarket accommodation, with idyllic views (ask for a sea-facing room or beach suite) and fabulous food.... unless you're a family or larger group opt for the rooms in the hotel as they are probably a bit more cosy...and less pressure to cook up a storm with all those cooking utensils on offer....

Melissa Davies, Legal PR

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