Thurlestone, named after the large sea rock with a hole through the centre famously painted by the artist, Turner, is the perfect choice for a seaside holiday. Thurlestone Sands, with its wide sandy beach is one of several locally owned by the National Trust and attracts both families and water sports enthusiasts. The wide sandy beach is backed by a nature reserve where rare and exciting birds have been spotted. Those preferring exercise to sunbathing can take off along the South Devon Coastal Path for wonderful walks with spectacular views. Picturesque and historic Thurlestone village, slightly inland, with its 13th Century church and pretty thatched cottages also offers a pub, a hotel and post office/village stores.
The waters here are particularly well suited to surfing, windsurfing or canoeing. During the summer months a range of watersports equipment can be hired on the beach.
Nearby Thurlestone Golf club is set in about 50 spectacular acres on the cliff top with beautiful sea views. Thurlestone village has a large hotel and forming part of the hotel is the Village Inn whose timbers are said to have come from the wreckage of the armada vessel 'San Pedro'. The hotel has its own tennis courts, putting green, swimming pools, gym and rackets courts that are normally open to the public.
Thurlestone Church dates back to the 13th Century and it was from a fire pan placed on the turret of its tower that the first beacon fire was lit on the Spanish Armada being sighted.
The quaint harbour of Hope Cove is also nearby and the interesting town of Salcombe, with it's fine yachting harbour is a short drive away. Kingsbridge, at the head of the estuary, has a wider range of shops and places to eat.
Further afield, Dartmoor lies to the north, and the towns of Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay (the 'English Riviera') are an easy drive away.
To come to this part of the South Hams is to step back in time. Whilst the roads may be a little busy during the peak holiday periods, once school holidays have ended the pace becomes tranquil and relaxed. In the autumn months the weather can be very mild and the seas remain warm with swimming sometimes continuing into October. Frequently there are, during those mellow months, the most spectacular sunsets.