Destination guide

South Hams: an area of outstanding natural beauty

South Hams District makes up a large swath of Devon, in south-west England. It's long been a vacation spot with families escaping cities for the fresh sea air for well over a century. It's noted for its picturesque landscape that starts from the pebble beaches of the south shores of the county and transform through rolling green meadows to the high moorlands and craggy peaks of Dartmoor. It might not have the most consistent weather, but a little drizzle never dampens the spirit, with plenty of attractions or pubs to dive into for cover. Catch it right, though and the weather can be glorious.

Things to do

South Hams: Britain's original seaside vacation

Devon teems with attractions and whether you're into ambling through elegant stately homes, taking the kids to ride the coasters at theme parks, or admiring the art at local galleries, it can all be found around your South Hams District vacation rental. There's more though. You'll find charming little museums, well-manicured English gardens and local wildlife sanctuaries and zoos to boot. Alternatively, you could dive into one of the cafes for a cream tea or a cozy pub for a pint by a roaring fire. Come and experience Britain's original seaside vacation spot.

Activities

Adventures for all the family in South Hams

If you love the great outdoors, you'll love the countryside South Hams District vacation rentals, where you can bring the whole family on myriad adventures. The rivers, moors and coast offer all sorts of activities. If you're by the sea, you can charter one of the sailing yachts for a day, cruising along the county's southern shores or take to sea kayaks to paddle at your own pace. There are endless walking trails that wind up through the national parks, through the woodland and around the coast. Cycling is popular around Devon and if you've brought your road bikes there are endless country lanes to ride along.

Weather

Don't let South Hams' weather put a dampener on things

Britain's maritime climate is evident in Devon and whichever time of year you visit you could experience all 4 seasons in 1 day. The summers can be sunny and when they are, the pebble beaches become mighty appealing. June through August sees the beaches and attractive towns fill up with families from the cities and the prices of South Hams District vacation rentals creep up. It's also the festival season, with outdoor foodie events and concerts taking advantage of the balmy evenings. If the crowds aren't for you, consider visiting just outside the summer, in May or September, when things are decidedly quieter.

Natural features

South Hams: the wild moors of Dartmoor

The moorland and craggy hills of Dartmoor National Park is one of Britain's most celebrated regions. Ramblers come from all over the country and beyond to hike up through the high, windswept Devonshire landscape. It also serves as a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging from otters scampering around in the rivers to buzzards which soar overhead in search of prey and wild roaming ponies. If you've nabbed a South Hams District vacation rental in spring, you've hit just the right time, when the wildlife wakes from the winter thaws and the young are born.

Where to stay around South Hams District?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,543 vacation rentals near South Hams District. From 1,419 Cottages to 1,156 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Hams District for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Hams District?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Hams District:

  • Torquay City Centre: 297 vacation rentals
  • Roundham: 78 vacation rentals
  • Chapel Ground: 253 vacation rentals
  • St. Michaels: 83 vacation rentals
  • Millendreath: 63 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to South Hams District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Hams District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Buckfast Abbey: 3,482 vacation rentals
  • Blackpool Sands: 2,801 vacation rentals
  • Burgh Island: 2,402 vacation rentals
  • Golden Hind: 2,987 vacation rentals
  • Salcombe Maritime Museum: 2,522 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Hams District listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in South Hams District?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,419 Cottages in South Hams District. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Hams District include:

  • Houses: 1,156 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 1,419 rentals available
  • Barns: 91 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Hams District?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 461 vacation rentals with pool available in South Hams District. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.