Hope Cove Devon - Accommodation, Self Catering, Cottages, Hotels And B&B's In Hope Cove
Hope Cove ~ South Hams ~ Devon
Hope Cove is a beautiful coastal sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind. Once a favourite haunt for smugglers, now a charming holiday destination.
The picturesque fishing village of Hope Cove is two villages in one - Outer and Inner Hope. At Inner Hope there is a collection of cob or stone cottages, thatch galore, around a tiny square. The windows are bright with geraniums and you need to bow your head to enter the cottages.
The village of Hope Cove nestles in the shelter of Bolt Tail in the curve of Bigbury Bay. With its charming thatched cottages, clean sandy beaches, and peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, Hope Cove offers the ideal holiday retreat. There are miles of delightful and varied scenery along this rugged Heritage Coastline.
Fishing at Hope Cove is not what it was, larger boats operate from Brixham and Plymouth, however the village is still famous for its crabs and lobsters. The area is renowned for its unique flora and fauna, including the nature reserve at Slapton Ley, and for its interesting walks to secluded coves and spectacular viewpoints. The lovely old sailing town of Salcombe is only a few minutes away.
Plymouth Sound is just 12 nautical miles away and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter, the resorts of Torbay and the wild expanses of Dartmoor are only about an hours drive away. Within easy reach of 12 golf courses, tennis courts and riding. Fishing is available from the breakwater and rocks, or from a boat.
Hope Cove is an ideal location from which to sail your own boat, with an open beach and a slipway at Inner Hope. With the high number of shipwrecks in the locale, diving is also a popular sport for visitors to Hope Cove. The spectacular sunsets are not to be missed.
A Little of Hope Cove's History....
Hope Cove has a long and fascinating history. First mentioned in the Azzise Rolls for 1281, Hope Cove comprises of two tiny villages, Inner and Outer Hope which are linked by a road and footpath. For much of its life a fairly remote fishing village, the principle means by which its inhabitants supplemented their incomes was by smuggling and plundering wrecked ships.
The main source of income here was once fishing. The locals still talk about the days when Pilchard Cove lived up to its name with a thriving industry based on the fish which mysteriously disappeared, taking many livelihoods with is. In the 1750's, Jeremiah Milles, a future Dean of Exeter wrote, that upwards of 20,000 mackerel were taken at one draught by a boat fishing not far from the shore. Fish still provides a boost in income for a few, mainly with crab and lobster pots, which the village is famous for. Many wrecks have occurred in and around the village over the years.
Hope Cove was the only place in England where Spaniards came ashore during the reign of Queen Elisabeth I. St. Peter the Great, one of the ships of the Spanish Armada was wrecked on the Shippen Rock in 1588. A number of buildings in the South Devon area incorporate old beams salvaged from the wreckage of the Armada.
In 1760 more than 700 people lost their lives when the HMS Ramilles was wrecked upon the rocks at the base of Bolt Tail. Another famous wreck was that of the Finnish Barque, Herzogin Cecilie. The 334 foot four masted training ship ran aground on the Ham Stone on the 25th April, 1936.
During the war Hope Cove was home to numerous RAF men and women who operated the Radar and Radio Stations in the area. Many aircrews were boarded at The Cottage Hotel prior to flying dangerous missions throughout Europe.
Fleeting fame has visited on a couple of occasions; Emperor Haile Selassie spent part of his exile here and the village square was featured during the opening sequence of A Queen is Crowned, the film made in 1953 to celebrate the coronation.
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