Soar Mill Cove Hotel

Salcombe, Devon

This single-storey hotel enfolded in a gorse-clad valley with views of the sea has been in the Makepeace family for three generations. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A ten-minute walk through National Trust land takes you from this single-storey hotel enfolded in a gorse-clad valley to a beautifully uncrowded beach. In the Makepeace family for three generations, it happily accommodates children with its flexible family suites and high tea for tinies. Book a cove-facing room for ‘a wonderful view down to the cove with the sea beyond’ framed by floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a patio. The look is contemporary and unfussy, with extras such as books and board games. ‘We had a spacious family room,’ a reader reports. ‘The beds were very comfortable, with good-quality sheets.’ Another praises a ‘good-sized room with comfortable chairs’, a ‘well-designed bathroom with the best shower in a bath I have ever seen’. At dinner, long-serving chef Ian MacDonald uses prime local produce in his tempting menus. ‘Food was first class. Wonderful soufflé, pan-roasted salmon, hand-picked Salcombe crab.’ Awake to a full Devon breakfast and take a packed lunch to the beach, or enjoy a scenic walk along the coastline. ‘The night sky was a deep navy with stars aplenty.’

Hotel details


Soar Mill Cove


01548 561566


22. 21 on ground floor.


all year.


lounge, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, in-room TV (Freeview), indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in restaurant and bar.


all ages welcomed, no under-7s in restaurant after 8.45 pm.


allowed in bedrooms (£15 a night), bar, coffee shop.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £249, singles 25% discount, family from £319. À la carte £39. 1-night bookings refused Fri, Sat and holiday weekends.

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Special offers

'February First Week Staycation Saver' Special Offer

Seize the day, every day at the Cove is the hotel’s motto. And as it prepares to reopen in February, you are invited to come for a South Devon staycation with not only 20% off, all bookings of 2 nights or more, but the jam on top delight of a complimentary Cove cream tea too…FEBRUARY FIRST WEEK STAYCATION SAVER*: Stay for 2 nights or more in a Garden View room. Breakfast every morning of your stay. Complimentary Cove cream tea welcome on arrival (special offer dates only). Rooms from £140pp (based on 2 adults sharing a garden view room for 2 nights). If you feel the lure of the Cove calling will be the best way to banish any January blues, the hotel will be waiting to welcome you back to this special Salcombe hideaway by the beautiful ‘blue’ sea. Click to book now using the promo code EARLYBIRD24. *All bookings subject to availability. Special offer applies to new bookings only, based on 2 adults sharing with babies foc and children’s normal charges will be applied. Special offer available on the following dates: February 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th only. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To benefit from this offer, please call the hotel directly and mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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