Why Easter in Salcombe, South Devon is eggstra special

Amy Hopkins
7th March 2017

Easter at Soar Mill Cove

This Easter, there are loads of eggciting things happening at Soar Mill Cove, the luxury, family-friendly beach hotel in Devon. 

Fab family activities include:

• A traditional Easter egg hunt on the beach

• Egg ’n’ spoon races for all – with your own skillfully decorated eggs of course!

• Dress-up madness with the Alice in Wonderland croquet match

• And for the slightly more energetic, there’s a family fun run to the cove and back, with hot Toddys and fully loaded hot chocolate waiting back at base

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Plus, there’s plenty of unspoilt beach, wonderful coast walks, a spa and swimming pool with time to relax before enjoying the award-winning, seasonal and very locally biased menu created by head Chef Ian McDonald.

Soar Mill Cove: the lowdown


Three nights of family fun with b&b and cream tea starts from £699 for a family of four and just £179 a night for the Grandparents

A family room with sea views for five nights (based on a family of four) starts from £1,345 for b&b; or from £1,705 for dinner plus b&b 

All direct bookings include a complimentary cream tea upon arrival

Find out more about Soar Mill Cove and book your Easter stay


Fun things to do nearby  

Spring stroll

You’ve tried the wine but have you visited the estate? On 9 April, Sharpham House & Gardens open their gates and invite you to take a stroll through spring delights in the gardens and discover secret stories in the house. With music and storytelling, the grown-ups can take a tour or a talk and the kids can enjoy an Easter trail around the gardens, campfire cooking, and nature arts and crafts under the Yew Tree.


Sailing boats on the sea at Salcombe

Dinghy racing

If by then you’re in need of some vitamin sea, treat the family to afternoon tea in the sunshine on board your own exclusive yacht. Enjoy stunning views of Salcombe, the ria (valley) and the dinghy racing aboard Sailfunk. Relax, unwind and let the world pass you by while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. A selection of sandwiches and mini tartlets, followed by scones, jam and clotted cream, all served with a pot of tea and a glass of their house Champagne, of course.

Bat detecting

Think you’ve seen everything there is to see of the Kingsbridge Estuary? Head out after dark with Singing Paddles and try your hand at bat detecting by canoe. Or, take things one step further and go on a mini expedition, set up tents and camp under the stars on the 13 and 14 April.

Gin tasting

This year sees the Salcombe Distilling Co. open its doors to students with the ultimate gin experience for the curious gin lover. At their outstanding distilling laboratory for adults, you will take charge of a beautiful copper mini-still to develop and distil your very own 70cl bottle of gin. Under the guidance of one of their distillers, you will learn about the art of distillation and what it takes to produce a well-balanced and harmonious gin, whilst enjoying a Salcombe & Tonic or two… the perfect way to learn!

Paper Bird Island

No need to worry if it’s a wet day with papier mâché boxes, animal shapes and our hanging bird greeting cards all waiting to be decorated at Paper Bird Island. Suitable for all ages from two years including adults, join one of their bookable art workshops and get creative.


Spring is the perfect time for a Forest Day

Forest adventures

Not scared of a little mud, book the kids in for a Forest Day and you’ll wish you could stay with them as they spend the day exploring the woods, building dens and fire lighting with the guys at Beeson Forest & Beach. At the end of the day join them round the fire pit for hot chocolate, marshmallows and a bit of outdoor cooking!

Chocolate heaven 

If Easter really is just all about the chocolate then there are plenty of Easter egg hunts at National Trust properties across South Devon or attraction such as Pennywell Farm where egg rolling, tossing and miniature pig racing are the norm. Arrive early on Good Friday and you can enjoy a free hot cross bun with every drink purchased before 11am. Guess the weight of the Easter bunny and bottle feed the lambs and goat kids for a complete day out in Devon. After the tenth chocolate egg, you may want to spice things with some chilli chocolate from the South Devon Chilli Farm. With a chilli shaped playground, the Chilli Challenge and trails for the children, it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch or a chilli cream tea!

Family Traveller writer Kim Jones stayed at Soar Mill Cove with her kids and the family pooch – read Kim’s review of Soar Mill Cove.

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