Thurlestone - The village with the Hole in the Rock
The picturesque village of Thurlestone takes its name from Thurlestone Rock, the so-called ‘thirled stone’, an arch-shaped rock formation just offshore in Thurlestone Bay. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and was famously immortalised in a painting by William Turner. It has an impressive 13th century church built of dark grey local slate, pretty thatched cottages and a village pub that offers superb food.

In years gone by they say, in Thurlestone’s ancient All Saints’ church the parson would be preaching hellfire and damnation to all smugglers whilst above the pulpit there would be smuggled kegs of brandy hidden in the roof!

The renowned Golf Course close by is set in over 200 acres with fabulous sea views. South Milton Sands (also known as Thurlestone Sands) with its wide sandy beach is one of several locally owned by the National Trust. It is highly rated for its water quality and for surfing. At its southern end, you can explore the rock pools around Thurlestone Rock. It is a children’s and dogs’ paradise all year round.