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Stylish, Self-catering Beachside Holiday House With Magnificent Estuary Views.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

4 bedroom holiday home, with amazing estuary views, seconds from the beach with a private boathouse and access to 2 moorings

A glorious seaside cottage tucked away above the beautiful beach of Millbay, East Portlemouth. There are estuary views through nearly every 1st floor window, and the house is the perfect getaway summer or winter! The house is located right on the Southwest Coast path, and during off-peak weeks dogs are more than welcome. Children and adults alike wil simply fall in love with this wonderful home with its beachside location and private boathouse.

Mr James Fisher
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2018

About Mr James Fisher

Kingsgrove is owned by the Fisher family, & the 3 siblings (John, Jane & James) look after the cottage & rent it out when the family are not using it. John is a lawyer living in Upton-upon-Severn, & is married to Sue. They enjoy their weekends on the beach with their daughter Olivia & their dog. Jane is a teacher & photographer & lives in Oxfordshire with her husband David. Their Labrador & Alsatian love tearing up the untouched golden sand directly below the house, especially over the quieter months. James is a management consultant living in Leigh-on-sea with wife Victoria. Their children Emily & Edward especially like taking the rib across the estuary in the morning to go for a milkshake. Kingsgrove is loved & cherished by them all!

Mr James Fisher purchased this house in 1980

Why Mr James Fisher chose Salcombe

Originally from Worcestershire, our parents first came to Salcombe on honeymoon (a days drive in the days before the M5). After years of staying on their boat they searched for a cottage with stunning views and away from the madding crowds of the main town. Kingsgrove met this idyll and the family bought the property in 1980.

There is a family joke that the views from the kitchen sink are so divine that the boys actually help out with the washing up.

It's perfect location on Millbay with its 2 moorings, private boathouse and fabulous views make the house simply perfect for a family holiday in Devon.

What makes this house unique

All the family like to enjoy a pint or two at the Pigs Nose in East Prawle, an evening meal at the Millbrook in Southpool and Sunday lunch at The Cricket Inn, Beesands.

Family favourite bits:

Making fresh tracks across the sand in the morning.

Crossing the water by RIB or ferry.

Buying live lobster off the local fishermen and BBQing them in the boathouse.

Crab fishing (at Fishermans Quay at Batson).

Walking around the rocks at low tide right round past Sunny Cove & playing in the surf at the "hog".

River trip to the Millbrook in Southpool or Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge for a meal with the children.

Kid’s tea time on beach, followed by adults Dinner party

Sitting on the balcony in the evening sun with a glass in hand.

The run/walk around the cliff path to Gara Rock.

Just being!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An unforgetable stay in a magical place. Every age catered for from Grandma to Rupert aged 2. Thank you for your thoughtful sharing of all the useful equipment and lovely house and boathouse. A place to put body and soul together!"
Feb 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Salcombe in East Portlemouth

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with basin, bath, power shower over and heated towel rail. Separate WC. Large travertine tiled shower room with double shower shower, wash basin, heated rail and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master - 5ft bed, built-in wardrobe, TV Twin - 2 x single beds, chest of drawers, built in wardrobe King - 5ft bed, wardrobe, drawers, TV Bunkroom - 3ft single bunks & a pull out truckle bed beneath, TV with Wii games console, & games
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: The house is extremely well-placed for a perfect for a beach holiday, a walking holiday, or just a short break to get away from it all. Its location is idyllic, and the house is very well-equipped with everything you would need for your holiday. It is perfect for 1 large family, or for a 2 family holiday. Outside: Kingsgrove is located in mature well-stocked gardens. There is a stone patio at the top of the garden with beautiful views over the Salcombe estuary. There are also 2 balconies off the house, both with stunning views and outdoor furniture, and a Bar-B-Q. The fabulous boathouse on the beach also has a Bar-B-Q, tables, chairs and deckchairs for use on the beach itself. Utility Room: A washing machine, tumble dryer and extra freezer are located in the utility area on the ground floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and bathroom towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels. The property is cleaned every changeover. Other: The fabulous boathouse is generally the most used "room" at Kingsgrove in the summer months. Fully equipped and located right on the beach, just across the lane from Kingsgrove itself.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Perfect beachside location.

  • 5 of 5

Located in a sylvan setting, this has to be the perfect place for an away from it all break, yet there is never a moments boredom. A lazy moment sitting with drinks on the balcony is perfect for viewing the bay and the beautiful changing light on densely wooded hillside above............or for people watching on the busier days. The Coastal walks are stunning and the coastal path a stones throw from the property. The house itself is well equipped and the boathouse opens onto the fine soft sand. The toughest part of the holiday was making decisions, BBQ at the house or the little ferry over to Salcombe to a Pub or restaurant .......or go to for a gourmet experience at the Pub in South Pool. A week is not long enough to explore the area..........we will have to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect location for a beach family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kingsgrove for just over 2 weeks and left wishing we could stay forever. With 2 young children it is hard to find places that actually allow you to have a holiday yourselves and due to the fantastic location, Kingsgrove let us truly relax. The biggest assets of the house are the views over the estuary from the balcony where we cooked lobster bought from the local fishermen and drank gin and tonics, and the boat house. Being able to go to the beach at any time of day with minimal fuss was a revelation for us! The dog was in 7th heaven on the beach, I enjoyed a morning swim every day and the kids and my husband spent hours rockpooling and playing in the sea and sand.

Salcombe is a short walk and ferry ride away which with 2 little ones is an activity in itself and a highlight for all, and in the other direction are the most beautiful coastal walks. I have stayed in Salcombe many times as a youngster but have totally lost my heart to the other side and cannot praise Kingsgrove and East Portlemouth enough.

The house was well equipped and very comfortable, although the kitchen was a little cramped when the house was at full capacity with people and compared to the rest of the house looked a bit tired, but we spent such a small amount of time actually in the house it didn't matter too much.

Needless to say we have booked to stay again next year and even 4 months on our 3 year old is still asking when we are going back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Holiday beside the Sea.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed another wonderful holiday at this unique property a short ferry ride away from Salcombe. Very comfortable. good modern bathrooms, kitchen etc. Dog friendly and relaxed. Access to stunning beach and large beachside hut with bbq, well equipped for enjoying a beach holiday to the max!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Mill Bay is a gorgeous sheltered beach situated in the mouth of the Salcombe estuary. Mill Bay is MCS recommended for it's high quality water standards it is also a dog friendly beach where dogs are welcome all year round. As well as plenty of golden sand Mill Bay beach has rock pools and safe bathing.


Nearest airports - Exeter and Plymouth - approx 1 hour drive, Bristol - approx 2 hours drive.

Nearest train station - Totnes - Approx 45-minute drive - fast train to London = 2 hours 45 minutes.

Nearest Port - Plymouth - Approx 45-minute drive with regular ferries to Roscoff in France, Cork in Ireland and Santander in Northern Spain (Brittany Ferries).


Kingsbridge - 20 min drive

Slapton Sands - 20 min drive

Blackpool Sands - 30 min drive

Dartmouth - 35 min drive

Totnes - 45 min drive

Dartmoor - 1 hour min drive

Further Details:

The shops, restaurants and pubs of Salcombe are accessible by private boat or via the passenger ferry and it takes about 5 minutes to cross the estuary. There is a Venus Cafe serving food and drink & beach gifts & toys during peak season located about a 5 minute walk from Kingsgrove. An out of hours water taxi runs until 11pm from April to early September.

The village of East Portlemouth is less than a mile road or footpath and the market town of Kingsbridge is approximately 9 miles away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Salcombe, South Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Whitsun 2018
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
School Summer Holidays 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid/Late Sept 2018
14 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season 2018
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season 2019
4 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb Half Term 2019
8 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Please check availability on this website, and then send an email with your initial enquiry. 1/3rd non-refundable deposit is required. Balance is due 8 weeks prior to start of your holiday. Payment can be made by BACS bank transfer or by cheque.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday.
During off-peak months short breaks are available, and changeover day is also flexible at this time.
Arrival time is after 3pm.
Departure time is before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Please note during off-peak times short breaks will be considered.
Please email us for a price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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