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Hope Cove is a lovely fishing village on the south coast of Devon. With its pair of stunning, sandy beaches and ancient harbour, it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for a tranquil base for self-catering holidays in Devon from which to explore the county’s idyllic South Hams region. The dramatic Bolt Tail headland provides shelter from Atlantic storms, where smugglers once came to shore. In the village centre, thatched, stone-built cottages with windowsills full of geraniums huddle around a pretty square. Hope Cove lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a walk along the coast path reveals rocky coves, towering cliffs and an abundance of wildlife.

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Easy access to a pair of fine, sandy beaches is undoubtedly one of the main draws of holiday cottages in Hope Cove. Mouthwell Sands is the closest to the village, with rockpools to explore at low tide and the chance to spot passing pods of dolphins. A little further south is Harbour Sands, a popular swimming spot, sheltered by the harbour wall. For a refreshing drink overlooking the sea, try the Hope and Anchor, a friendly pub known for serving plates of fresh mussels, whitebait and lobster. A holiday cottage in Hope Cove is hard to beat if you want to explore the stunning South Devon coast. Travelling west, you’ll find some of the region’s most beautiful beaches and a scattering of lovely villages, including Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham and Challaborough. A short drive eastwards will bring you to the classic resorts of Salcombe and Dartmouth. A steamboat ride along the Kingsbridge or Avon estuaries, surfing, sailing or a day trip to the bustling city of Plymouth are easily arranged. Holiday cottages in Hope Cove tend to be within easy walking distance of the village’s local shops, cafes and gallery.