Thurlestone is a popular village with its thatched cottages and pretty gardens. The bungalow Peacehaven, is tucked away in a quiet corner, on the fringe of the village. It is the ideal base from which to explore all the wonderful things South Devon has to offer. The local Village Inn, partially constructed with ships timbers from a stricken Armada vessel, draws an eclectic mix of local characters and popular with visitors eager to sample the abundance of local ales and excellent food, occasionally accompanied by live music on selected nights. The village boasts one of the best hotels in Devon offering a restaurant, a 9 hole golf course and for a little indulgence a Beauty treatment salon, all open to non residents. At the centre of the village you will find the lovely old church beside the village green and a small village supermarket/post office.
The name "Ham" comes from the Anglo-Saxon, "Hamme", meaning a sheltered place. This probably accounts for the area's pleasant climate, although for those who choose to visit or live in the district there is more than just good weather. The area boasts a number of historic towns and villages, excellent sailing and walking opportunities, dozens of clean beaches and many events and shows, regattas, fairs and festivals throughout the year