Spring time adventures to the sea are some of my favourite. Blowing away the cobwebs, feeling the sun peeking out behind the clouds with warmth in its rays, blustery days that allow you to indulge in relaxation and hearing the ocean roar as it shakes off the last of the winter throes. We love heading west in every season and springtime in Devon is just beautiful. Our wonderful weekend in Devon at Soar Mill Cove hotel & Spa was just what we needed to feel spring beckoning and to look forward, in every sense, to the warmer days that are around the corner.
A wonderful weekend in Devon at Soar Mill Cove hotel & Spa
Soar Mill Cove is one of our favourite hotels. It is family run and you can feel that individual touch in everything it does. The Makepeace family have run the hotel for three generations and I can see why they fell in love with it, perched as it is just back from the wonderful Soar Mill Cove where the sea crashes against the rocks and sandy beaches sit ready for sandcastles to be made. This is a small hotel (there are just 22 rooms, 2 self catering villas and a holiday home to rent) but it certainly doesn’t lack in facilities with a wonderful indoor pool, games room, lounge overlooking the sea, spa and some amazing food on offer. With Salcombe just a short hop away there’s plenty to go out and explore but there’s enough going on at Soar Mill Cove that you might not be able to tear yourselves away.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – Sleeps:
Soar Mill Cove has a mix of rooms including country view doubles and family suites. We stayed in one of their sea-view family suites, The Eddystone which had the most beautiful views down to the cove and the sea beyond.
We had a main double bedroom with seating area and those views down to the sea.
There was a separate bedroom for the children and they squeezed three beds in to it which was perfect for us. The kids loved that they had their own tv.
The bathroom was lovely and large with a separate shower and I loved the Molton Brown products which came in non disposable bottles which is my absolute favourite, I really don’t like all those little plastic bottles that many hotels use and which just end up in landfill.
The suite had everything we needed with some good teas and coffee, some games left for the children to play and plenty of space to spread out and relax.
I imagine in summer it would be wonderful to have those patio doors open and the children able to play on the grass outside.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – Food:
The food at Soar Mill Cove is exceptional. We absolutely loved every meal we had there and if we were in the area wouldn’t hesitate to stop off and book in for lunch or dinner.
Breakfast was such a treat with a lovely cold buffet spread including juices, cereals, croissants and fruits and my favourite, the home made marmalade. There was then a hot menu where you could order amazing mackerel ‘Salcombe’ smokies, scrambled egg and smoked salmon right through to full veggie English breakfasts. It was all delicious.
We also ate dinner at Soar Mill Cove which we absolutely loved. The stilton mushrooms were so good I keep thinking I’m going to have to drive down to Soar Mill just to have a portion of them again. We also had a delicious Salad of honeyed figs with whipped goats cheese and walnuts and Mr G loved his Cornish hake with rainbow chard, creamed mashed potatoes, creamy parmesan sauce and soft poached egg. I loved that the kids could have smaller portions of the main dishes.
We were visiting on Mother’s Day weekend and decided to stop for the special lunch they had on offer for Mother’s Day on the Sunday which was such a treat. A wonderful tomato and red pepper soup and the sticky toffee pudding was delicious.
The food at Soar Mill Cove really is something to stop in for and we ate so well on our weekend stay.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – The Spa:
The Spa at Soar Mill Cove is lovely. There’s the indoor, heated salt-water pool which is the perfect size for a fun splash about or to get in those lengths and I adore the wall mural with photos of the boats out at sea. The children loved having it so close to our room for a pre-dinner swim.
While they were there all in the pool I took the opportunity to have a facial, something I love at this time of year as my skin is always so dehydrated. I had the Spa Find Youthful You Anti-Ageing Facial which was an hour and quarter of total pampering. This particular facial uses seaweed so the therapist had to check there was no shellfish allergy before we started. With time for a head and arm massage too it really was the perfect opportunity to relax, really relax and my skin was just so grateful for someone taking the time to really pamper it.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – The Best Bits:
Soar Mill Cove is family run and it really feels like you’re part of the family when you visit. The staff are without fail welcoming and friendly and if you’re ever in need of some recuperation time or just to regroup as a family this is the perfect place to do it. There’s plenty of spaces to go and relax and chill out and we loved the cream tea voucher that comes with your room when you book your stay direct with Soar Mill Cove, a definite benefit.
For me, having an opportunity for a spring walk down to the cove which the hotel overlooks was just wonderful. It really did blow away the cobwebs and I felt so refreshed after it, that beautiful salty sea air on my cheeks and the children hunting for smooth pebbles on the beach.
We also saw, from our bedroom window, a family of deer in the fields beyond which was wonderful to look out over.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – Worth Bearing in Mind:
The internet can be a little glitchy in the far rooms but we managed to make it work enough for what we needed to and it’s much stronger in the main lounge if you needed to get work done. It’s also worth noting that there’s very little phone signal there which we saw as a bonus.
Soar Mill Cove, nr Salcombe, Devon – Child Friendly?
Soar Mill Cove is so wonderfully old school child friendly. There are cupboards of board games and puzzles and my 11 year old and I spent ages engrossed in a game of chess together.
There’s a game room that could be updated but has table tennis and a pool table and the grounds also have a couple of playgrounds scattered about which is great for energy to be burnt off.
More than these though it’s somewhere that children are welcomed, catered for and made to feel as at home as the parents. Soar Mill Cove is a wonderful weekend retreat and we can’t wait to return. Check out our short video of our time at Soar Mill Cove here –
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We were guests of Soar Mill Cove but as always all opinions are our own.