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No 2 Old Coastguards Cottage is a unique waterside retreat that offers magic and charm from the moment the owner, Diana meets you on the pontoon in the lovely village of Newton Ferrers and takes you to the cottage in the rowing boat that is yours for your stay. Also, from March to September there is a ferry which also runs and is another way of accessing the cottage. In winter months and if the weather is absolutely atrocious it is possible to access the cottage by a cliff track and then a walk through a wood.
The cottage is remote in access but has the most fabulous views of the twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, and a row across the creek brings you to all the attractions of those villages with three pubs, a yacht club and shops for food and wine. What more could you want? It is a perfect place for those with a passion for being on or near the water, and rightfully once earned a position in the Sunday Times 'Top 100 Destinations' due to its truly spectacular setting.
No. 2 is one of a small row of pretty white cottages perched on the waters edge on the River Yealm, just before its beauty spills out into the ocean further around at the creek mouth. It overlooks the yachting havens of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, a hive of water-based activity where you will find three good pubs and shops for newspapers and provisions including a fabulous butchers with deli counter serving great pasties, olives, meat, local cheeses etc - all a short row or walk from the cottage. You can also catch the bus (or drive) to Plymouth which is within easy reach offering a great selection of shops, places for a meal out and attractions including the historic dockyard.
Whilst access by boat may lull you into a sense of isolation, the area actually offers a great deal of things to see and do. Bring your walking boots and explore the South West Coastal Path which runs just a hundred yards from the cottage. This famous coastal walking route offers miles of incredible scenery which will challenge and reward in equal measures with secret beaches and coves to explore enroute. Combe the rock pools when the tide goes out at nearby Wembury beach or surf the waves when the conditions are right and the tide is high. For those who can tear themselves away from the beauty and tranquility of this idyllic setting, you also have the stunning South Hams on the doorstep and Dartmoor National Park within easy reach.
Bring your own boat, canoe or kayak and enjoy messing around on the water from dawn until dusk. Try your luck at crabbing from the quay steps at the front of the cottage or simply sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life sipping a glass of wine on the terrace watching the antics on the water.
When dusk falls, the cottage is every bit as inviting with its coastal theme as the waterside setting outside. Rustle up a seafood supper for everyone in the well equipped kitchen then chat about the days adventures whist you eat it in front of the fire in the dining room. There is also a log burner in the sitting room to relax in front of once you retire with your favourite tipple. No television reception only adds to the charm of the holiday and provides the perfect excuse to enjoy chatting, playing old fashioned games, reading books or watching your favourite movie (TV and DVD provided and there is also internet with unlimited access) in front of the flickering flames.
Wake up in the morning fully refreshed and ready for the next days adventures with the water beckoning from the moment you open the curtains (both the double and twin bedrooms have views over the river). And once you have enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, the days adventures can begin all over again! Moorings are available so bring your own boat, or kayaks or paddle boards.
Diana Green joined Independent Cottages in November 2016
Accommodation and facilities:
Outside: There is a terrace where you can sit out and enjoy alfresco dining or a glass of wine overlooking the water during the warmer months.
Additional information: Bed linen and towels are provided (please bring beach towels). All utilities are included in the price along with the use of a rowing boat and a bag of charcoal for your first BBQ. Unlimited internet access. During the months of May to September inc, a welcome basket of logs is provided for each log burner and then available at £5 per basket thereafter. There is a private quay at the front of the cottage for use and also a deep water mooring by prior arrangement with the owner. Short breaks (three night minimum) available outside of school holidays from £450 - £500. The cottage is only rented to non-smokers (no smoking allowed inside or anywhere around the outside of the cottage) and unfortunately no dogs. The cottage is only available to parties of over 30's unless by prior arrangement when complete groups of under 30's may be considered. Please note there is no washing machine or television reception but lots of DVD's, books, cards and games. Mobile signal is varied but there is a landline for emergency calls (honesty box in operation).
Access: As mentioned, access to the cottage is via rowing boat (included in the rental). You can park alongside the road (close to the pontoon) at Newton Ferrest and safely leave your car there for the duration of your stay. For times when the weather is bad, the cottage can also be accessed via a National Trust track along the cliff which you can drive down to within half a mile of the cottage, and then walk the last leg via a pretty wooded track. You can also pay the ferryman to take you to the cottage from Easter through until 30th September between the hours of 10:00 - 16:00 daily.
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Access is by a rowing boat which we provide although a ferry does run between the hours of 10am and 4pm from Easter until mid-September. I always meet and greet you with the rowing boat
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