Owning and running a hotel for more than 125 years gives the Grose family unrivalled hospitality masterclass status.

Walk through the front doors and you’ll feel the benefit of the family’s long-standing experience immediately.

The hotel, standing white sentinel-like, has magnificent views of the wild South Devon coastline and the Atlantic, an ever-changing picture. Its proximity to the sea gives it a sense of nautical chic and authentic charm that can’t be manufactured. Its location within National Trust countryside adding to its sense of heritage. It’s reputation as an iconic building in this part of the country well earned.

Light, bright and airy indoors with a sense of space and contemporary luxury, outdoors a show-stopping pool and terraces overlooking the hills and sea. Fine dining and a state-of-the-art spa ensure this hotel will be welcoming guests for another 125 years, and beyond.

View Thurlestone Hotel’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide

Need to Know


Check-in at 4.00pm.


Check-out at 10.30am

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, 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). The tennis court is 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


From £200 per room per night

What the Experts Say

“The food in the evening in the stylish, yet child-friendly restaurant was exquisite, as was breakfast; everything from smashed avocado to smoked salmon and, of course, a full English.”

Little London



Thurlestone Hotel

Thurlestone, near Salcombe, Devon, TQ7 3NN.

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Hotel Manager

Alex McEwen

Managing Director

Matthew Grose

Offers & Packages



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 125 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)