Owned and run by the Grose family since 1896, Thurlestone is more than a family concern, it’s a family passion, with every generation adding to the special identity and amenities that keep the hotel in a class of its own. Traditional values combine seamlessly with the latest facilities to create a luxurious classic country hotel in a delightful coastal setting.

Surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, the hotel is just a short walk from a beautiful ‘Blue Flag’ sandy beach overlooking the picturesque ‘thirled stone’ rock, which gives the area its name. This stunning vista is also a feature of the luxurious Sea View rooms, some of which have their own large balconies.

The delightful National Trust coastline offers scenic cliff walks and, for boating enthusiasts, Salcombe is only a short distance away. In addition, the hotel has its own extensive indoor and outdoor facilities, including a 9-hole golf course.

Its AA rosetted restaurant, with picture windows and stunning views, offers a contemporary slant on traditional Devon fare, using fresh local produce. Lighter meals are available in the Terrace Bar, by the pool in the al fresco Rock Pool, or in the Village Inn, a 16th century pub owned by the hotel.

Need to Know


Check-in at 3.00pm.


Check-out at 11.00am.

Also Worth Knowing


Big T’s Surf Club available for children aged 3–15 years, during the school holidays.

Hotel Facilities


9 hole par 3 golf course, badminton, squash, tennis courts, croquet lawn, 19 acres of private gardens.

Hotel Bar

16th century pub – the Village Inn – situated right next door. Owned by the Grose family since 1896; providing over 100 years of enjoyment to guests at the Thurlestone Hotel.


The Trevilder Restaurant

The Trevilder Restaurant provides our guests with excellent, unspoilt views out across Bigbury Bay to Bolt Tail. Head Chef, Hugh Miller, creates a mouth-watering combination of local and traditional ingredients. The Terrace Bar is open all year round for delicious lunches. The Rock Pool Bistro is open from May-September for Al Fresco dining. With an open kitchen and glass windows all around, the Rock Pool is a taste of the Mediterranean at home.

Restaurant dress code

Gentlemen required to wear jackets for dinner.

Restaurant opening times

  • Lunch is served from 12.30-2.30pm in the cocktail terrace bar, gardens or lounge.
  • Dinner is served from 7.30–9.00pm when we offer an extensive high quality 4 course Table d’Hote dinner menu & wine list.

Room service

Light refreshments are available from our Room Service menu 24 hours a day. Restaurant meals are also available in your room. These meals are normally served at an additional charge.

The Spa

The Voyage Spa

Thurlestone Hotel is like a mini holiday resort. Our extensive on-site Leisure Club offers a great choice of free indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities for all the family; ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable break. With the exception of our Decleor beauty, hair and spa treatments, all Leisure Club facilities are free of charge for hotel guests.

Spa opening times

The indoor pool, fitness studio, spa bath and sauna are open from 8.00am until 9.00pm. The outdoor pool is open between 8.00am-8.00pm (May-Sept). Tennis, badminton & squash are open from dawn till dusk. Golf course open weather depending from dawn till dusk.

Spa facilities

The indoor spa has Swimming Pool, Hydrotherapy Pool, Laconium, Steam Room, Fitness Studio, Speciality Showers and Beauty rooms with relaxation area.

Spa treatments

Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Energy Balancing reiki, Mind-calming hypnotherapy, facials, massages, hands and feet, hair and beauty


Winter tariff: Double room for two people per night including breakfast and VAT from £190. Minimum stay of two nights including breakfast from £240.

Summer tariff: Double room for two people per night including breakfast from £280. Minimum stay of two nights including breakfast and VAT four-course dinner from £320.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929



Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone, near Salcombe, Devon, TQ7 3NN.

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Hotel Manager

Alex McEwen

Managing Director

Matthew Grose

Offers & Packages

Inclusive Packages

Thurlestone Hotel

And the dog comes too

Situated by the beautiful South Devon coastline with dog friendly beaches the Thurlestone Hotel is perfect for dogs

Dogs may be accommodated in your room and are normally charged at £12 daily but all FOR PRIDE OF BRITAIN DOGS THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. 

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Family Holidays

Family comes first at the Thurlestone Hotel in South Devon.

Under-five’s – Children sharing with two adults in family accommodation to include breakfast, Children’s supper


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Christmas & NYE

Christmas Breaks at Thurlestone Hotel

23rd – 27th December 2019

MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER – Relax after your journey and enjoy a Devonshire Cream Tea in the lounge – Traditional Christmas Carols in the Terrace Bar – Champagne Cocktail Party hosted by the Grose Family and management, followed by Table d’hote Dinner Pianist Clive Sanders entertains.

TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER – Join us for a coast path walk with refreshments on return in the Village Inn. – Afternoon tea in the lounge – Magician Gary Jones for your entertainment – Table d’hote Dinner followed by South Hams Jazz – First Communion of Christmas the All Saints Parish Church followed by mulled wine and mince pies

WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER – Christmas Day Service at All Saints Parish Church – Father Christmas drops in to meet the children and hand out gifts – Thurlestone Christmas Buffet served in the Yarmer Suite** – Quizzes, and Christmas Tea – Traditional Gala Christmas Dinner, followed by relaxing music with pianist Clive Sanders

THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER – Golf competition- Shot Gun start on our par 3 – Optional excursion to the Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth (to be pre-booked) including luxury coach and Dress Circle seats – Silhouette Artist in the lounge – Competition prize-giving followed by Table d’hote Dinner – Silhouette Artist Mike Herbert in the lounge.

FRIDAY 27TH DECEMBER – after breakfast it is time to say Goodbye unless we can tempt you to stay on another night or two? (See our special “twixmas” terms).

*If you would prefer a traditional Christmas Day lunch in the Trevilder Restaurant please advise reception who will be happy to reserve a table for you.


From £1,070.00 per person

Available until 23/12/2019

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By Road

On M5 at J31 continue forward onto A38 (Plymouth bound). At Buckfastleigh on the A38, take the A384 into Totnes, then the A381 towards Kingsbridge. After 10 miles, turn right at a mini-roundabout onto A379 towards Churchstow. At the roundabout beyond Churchstow, turn left onto B3197 then right into a line signposted to Thurlestone.

By Air

22 miles from: Plymouth City Airport , 40 miles from: Exeter International Airport

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Attractions Near Thurlestone Hotel

Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium

Located in the coastal town of Plymouth is the National Marine Aquarium, and is the perfect place to entertain the family. The aquarium is one of the Britain’s biggest with Europe’s deepest tank and homes a huge variety of marine life for all to appreciate. Individual tickets cost between £8.75 & £12.75.

The South West’s Slapton Ley Nature Reserve

Slapton Ley Nature Reserve the largest natural lake in south-west England, and is a half an hour drive from Thurlestone Hotel. Although the reserve is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely fresh water. Trails can be traced around the reserve, and events are held throughout the year so that visitors can enjoy the great outdoors of Devon.

Agatha Christie’s House in Brixham

The elegant Greenway house and garden is situated in close proximity to the small fishing town of Brixham, and is a 25 mile drive from Thurlestone Hotel. Once the wonderful holiday home of famous author Agatha Christie, Greenway is now an open house to visitors who wish to explore the family’s collections which include an array of archaeological pieces, Tubridgeware and botanical China. Admission to the house is £9 per adult, and £5 per child.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and explore how we can all work with the land towards a better future. The charity and social enterprise has stunning gardens, fantastic arts and music events as well as environmental projects on their doorstep. Some of the projects they work on go towards bringing about environment, social and economic regeneration with the main purpose to inspire people about the world we live in.

Weddings at Thurlestone Hotel

Family owned and run since its foundation over 110 years ago, the hotel is located in the peaceful and unspoilt South Devon countryside, with stunning coastal views and many years experience in organising and hosting wedding receptions.

Need to know

Facilities & Features

Whether you want an intimate occasion with close family and friends or a large reception for up to 150 guests, we pride ourselves on having the know-how, flexibility and a team of dedicated staff to provide everything you need for a truly unforgettable day.

Included in our wedding package, we have pleasure in offering the bride and groom the best sea view room available in the hotel for their wedding night, including champagne, bed and breakfast, with our compliments.

Menu Options

A variety of wedding menus are available including the Wedding Package menu, the Al La Carte Wedding menu and the Formal Wedding menu.


The Thurlestone Wedding Package includes everything that you require to ensure that your wedding is enjoyed by all, with all the extras included. The price is £75 per person.

Civil Ceremonies

Thurlestone Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Planning Services

Planning services are available.

Meetings at Thurlestone Hotel

Day delegate rate: from £65
24-hour delegate rate: from £195

Maximum number of delegates:
40 (boardroom style)
150 (theatre style)