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Cottage with spectacular views from the terrace and own quayside for your boat!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Surrounded by National Trust woodland - Your own mooring for boat and a quay. Large terrace with spectacular views. Nearby Beach and Pubs

Enjoy a dry, warm cottage this winter with full heating, coal burning stove and an Aga. This cottage is in a special location, surrounded by National Trust woodland and only accessible by water or footpath. It is just a short row or ferry ride from the harbour pontoon (where free parking is available) or a glorious walk along the coastal path from the Wembury side. From the cottage you can walk to Wembury beach and cafe or row to the three local pubs in the village!

Built in 1835 it is a listed building retaining much of its original character including a range made by Carron works more noted for their cannons The whitewashed cottage enjoys panoramic views over the clear waters of the River Yealm. From the front terrace enjoy views that stretch from Dartmoor in the north, across the river to the village of Newton Ferrers and then round to Noss Mayo and the entrance to the sea.

Yachts and dinghies at their moorings and the ever changing water provide a view that will provide a relaxing break on the sunny terrace. To the front of the cottage is your own private mooring and quayside and behind the cottage is a garden with steps to National Trust land and footpaths. Bring your own boat or canoe!

A short walk and you are on the spectacular coastal path looking across to The Great Mew Stone, and then on to Wembury beach with its rock pools and water activities.

A short row or ferry trip from the cottage across to Newton Ferrers and enjoy a pub lunch at The Dolphin Inn or the Ship Inn. At low tide walk across the two vosses that appear and visit Noss Mayo (two pubs). Shop locally at Newton Ferrers and return to dine at the cottage using the Aga or go by car to Riverford farm shop (Yealmpton) for organic produce and a delightful meal at the Riverford cafe.

By car waterside Plymouth offers many attractions e.g. National Marine Aquarium, Blackfriars gin distillery or visit Dartmoor National Park.

More Details

Charles Stewart
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Charles Stewart

Charles and Jenny first visited the River Yealm by yacht in 2002 with their three girls, after circumnavigating France through the canals and the French coast. Since then they have gradually moved their current yacht "Shangri la" in family holidays from Turkey and she is now based just up from Coastguards on the Yealm.

When they first saw One Old Coastguards, they fell in love with the location and the property and the comfort of a "land based" yacht - the only disadvantage of not moving does not seem to matter - with the ever changing views and river activity!

Charles Stewart purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Charles Stewart chose Plymouth

Old Coastguard cottage waterside location, surrounded by National Trust land and the scenic costal walks provide an unbeatable combination. We loved the character of this 1835 listed cottage and the rich history of the Coastguard cottages, built largely to prevent smuggling and rescue shipwrecked sailors.

What makes this cottage unique

The location of this cottage is unique and the views are dynamic. Being near the water allows one to be in tune with the weather and tides at all times. In addition the area is a walker's paradise. The surrounding area is outstanding with villages to explore and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter nearby.

Indoors, the old range is a reminder of the history of the cottage when the coastguard protected us from smugglers and wreckers. However we do like the convenience of an Aga and induction hob for modern cooking! In addition the advantages of broadband and other modern facilities are also on offer.


Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Newton Ferrers
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Dolphin Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Sailing, canoeing, surfing and walking to name but a few.


A short walk from the cottage and you meet the South West coastal path, set in National Trust lands, where it looks across at The Great Mew Stone. 25 minutes walking from the cottage and you reach Wembury beach.


Nearest airport - Exeter (one hour by car).

Rail station - Plymouth (half and hour by car).


Newton Ferrers - a short row from the cottage to the village pontoon. At low tide you can walk across the Voss from Newton Ferrers to Noss Mayo. Wembury beach is a 25 minute walk away. By car you can access city facilities in Plymouth.

Further Details:

Local shops: Newton Ferrers - a Co-op store and a post office that stocks local goods. Wembury - a post office/general store. New Barton farm (Moostone meats) up the track from the cottage sell meat packs.

The Old Mill cafe at Wembury beach. The Dolphin Inn and Pellows' cafe/restaurant in Newton Ferrers. The Ship Inn and The Swan Inn in Noss Mayo. Riverford organic produce and cafe at Yealmpton.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Plymouth in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom upstairs with bath and shower. Shower room and cloakroom off utility room downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , That can be linked to make a large double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King Size Sleigh Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king size sleigh style oak double bed. Bedroom 2 has twin linked beds. Bedroom 3 has two single beds. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have full river views. All bedrooms have night storage heaters.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Non-smokers, sorry no pets Outside: Lovely sunny terrace in the front of the property with stunning views of the Yealm across to the village, and to the south the sea entrance and to the north Dartmoor can be seen in the distance. Utility Room: Large utility room with sink, washing machine and freezer and plenty of space to store boots, coats, oars and life-jackets! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels are provided by the week. A reduction can be offered if replacements are not required for a longer stay. Please provide your own beach towels. There is a washing machine and ironing facilities in the utility room. Other: Dining room with seating for 6 and side board - featuring an original Cannon cooking range (not in use). The dining room has full river views and direct access to the front terrace. There is a landline for incoming calls and emergency use.


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Cottage with spectacular views from the terrace and own quayside for your boat!
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A Little Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing stay here at the Old Coastguards Cottage. Billy the Ferry man is absolutely hilarious and always around to give you a ride across from the Harbour if you need it, otherwise there is a lovely rowing boat that can be used to get up and down the Estuary. We did the lovely coastal walk to Wembury beach which takes about 30-40 mins and has the most stunning views. We did a paddle boarding lesson which started from the Harbour across the way so perfect and a lot of fun! we swam in the water every day which was lovely, even did a bit of snorkeling . The Ship Inn, The Swan Inn and The Dolphin are all accessible by boat (make sure you know when the tide is going out though as can be very muddy) I would recommend the Swan Inn for food it is delicious. The cottage itself is well equipped with everything that you could need including life jackets. The fire is an absolute delight and lovely and warm after a long day of walking and activities. The outside space is gorgeous and the view is out of this world, it really does feel like your in another country. The local town has everything you need, a butchers, co-op, post office, cash point and pub. parking was very easy. I cannot fault anything about out stay and would highly recommend to any couples, families or groups of friends. We will definitely be back.

Thank you very much Charles and Jenny for sharing your little piece of Paradise with us.

Heather & Darryl :)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing time

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we were dropped off on the private quay, until it was time to leave a week later, we felt we were in another glorious world. The rowing across the estuary added adventure and fun without being a chore. The cottage itself was lovely, with amazing views and everything we needed for a comfortable stay. So much to do and see in the area but so hard to drag yourself away from the beautiful cottage. We look forward to returning soon...

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage on the magical River Yealm

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cottage in March. Its in a well -protected position, fully equipped, and well-heated. Its a comfortable, surprisingly roomy house, complete with front terrace and rowing boat. There is a village shop for the necessities, and several pubs, and with access to good walking behind. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The most tranquil holiday we have taken in the UK, bar none, ever.

  • 5 of 5

Wow! This was the most tranquil holiday we have taken in the UK, bar none, ever.

As far as holidays go, this was pretty unique for a number of reasons - beautiful location, sense of isolation, cracking house, quirky transportation and waking up to a view that just makes you grin, ear to ear, every day.

You feel kind of privileged to be there - you have your own beach, your own crab fishing jetty, your own National Park for a back garden - and because you are on the crook of the estuary, you get the most fantastic panoramic view of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo beyond. My kids loved it - a real change from the everyday for them. We used our car once - and that was to visit a beach a few miles away.

Would we recommend it? No! (we want next Easter for ourselves).

To sum it up, we had a great time and came home totally relaxed. Totally!

(Geoff, Sarah, Henry, Livi, Nell 2016)

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We too feel privileged to stay there and the view of the Mew Stone and Cornwall in the distance never fails to take our breath away - and is always different, due to the light and weather!
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Picture postcard stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very clean and pretty with amazing views of the river. It was a joy to be able to hear the tide rippling past and with no road to or from the cottage there is no road noise. The ferry trip across on arrival was easy though there is the risk of it not running in bad weather - 65mph gusts on our last day meant we made the decision to leave the day before to row all our things back across to our van. We took our own kayaks and paddleboards by towing them across behind the cottage row boat and used these to visit the local pub with its own pontoon. Plan ahead for food provision as nipping to the shops takes 20 mins by boat or a good 40 min hilly walk! We all had a great adventure and would like to go again in summertime for longer.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Getting to Coastguards is is part of the attraction and it can be very cosy with a gale blowing - but do make sure you have some provisions - although we do leave basic supplies. In case of bad weather it is possible to access the cottage via a farm track for loading and unloading that gets you to within 200m of the cottage.
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  • 5 of 5

No words would do justice to express the 2 week holiday we experienced at the cottage. At first we were apprehensive about a cottage with access via a boat and having to leave our car on the other side of the river. Additionally we were worried about having to bring all our luggage over by boat. But let me say, that this only added to the adventure! We ended up using our car 3 times over the 2 week period! From the cottage you are minutes from the coastal path with the most scenic views and endless miles of breathtaking beaches. With the boat and kayaks provided, you can explore the river and have access to many more days out.

The cottage itself is superb, fresh and clean, with spectacular surround views. You can sit for hours gazing out to sea watching the constant action of boats going in all directions.

All in all, this was by far our most adventurous and exciting holiday experience to date. We immediately booked another 2 week stay for the coming summer.

Charles and Jenny were amazing and hands on, helping us out with all and familiarising us with the ways of life on the river etc.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Plymouth, Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
February Half Term
10 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Easter Hols
30 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Early Summer
15 Apr 2018 - 18 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Half Term
19 May 2018 - 9 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer Peak
21 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October HT
19 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

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Changeover Day:
Friday changeover for weekly bookings in the peak season. Arrival by 4pm. Departure by 10am. Other booking arrangements by negotiation.

Notes on prices:
Prices are inclusive of bed linen, towels and electric night storage heating. Short breaks available by arrangement. 10% Discount for couples outside peak season.

A rowing boat is not included in the hire but may be used at your own risk if you have the knowledge to use a small boat in sheltered tidal waters and you are responsible for checking lifejackets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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