Start Bay FSC, Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP

Call them on 01548 580466 (Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm)


FSC Start Bay is a Field Studies Council centre with panoramic views of the South Devon coastline. This former school set in its own grounds now offers 4* accommodation to groups of 20-40. Facilities include a well equipped self catering kitchen, a large dining room and adjoining sitting room with interactive whiteboard, both of which can easily seat a group of 40. There's also a TV room and a separate games room. Outside you will find a BBQ area and terrace, a fire pit, low ropes course and a large enclosed garden. Available for sole use only, the centre is perfect for schools, clubs, and groups of friends and families. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and overlooking Start Bay the centre gives a wonderful sense of remoteness but with the convenience having of the village of Slapton, with it's well stocked shop and pubs, nearby. There is lots to do in the local area; relax on Slapton Sands, explore Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, visit the lighthouse or go seal watching at Start Point and much more. The South West Coast Path and NCN 28 both pass close by and a range of outdoor activities can also be organised for your group. Overflow camping is also available. The centre has received the ‘Good to Go’ mark in recognition of following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    40: 1x8, 3x6, 2x4, 2x3
  • Open:

    All year. Incl. Xmas and New Year
  • Price per night:

    From £378 per night (midweek)
  • Booking:

    A reservation deposit is required for all reservations, with full balance payable twelve weeks prior to arrival.
  • Directions:

    20 miles (30km) from the A38. As part of the FSC's environmental commitment all visitors are encouraged to travel by coach or train.
  • Public Transport:

    The nearest train station is Totes (13 miles). On the South West Main Line it is less than 3 hours direct from Birmingham New Street and London Paddington. Pick ups can be arranged. The no 3 Stagecoach bus from Plymouth or Dartmouth to Slapton stops outside the centre. For the more energetic the centre is on the South West Coastal Path and NCN route 28.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is by the sea, is available only to groups, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Field Studies Council page, the map of accommodation for school groups, the Hostels with Camping map and the SW Coast Path.

It has availability at New Year and Christmas.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
8Green Tourism Award: Gold
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
wGroups Only


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