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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 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.
By Tess on 01-Jan-2018
Charles and Jenny have made this beautiful, remote little coastguards cottage snug and homely. The Aga is heaven and the renovation is sympathetic and authentic as well as having all mod cons to make it a really lovely place to stay. We came in the mid-winter which is not for the faint hearted but enjoyed the adventure - the walk to the cottage through the woods, the incredible views towards the mewstone and down to kitley, and up the estuary. If you are sea people its very heaven and a hundred different walks outside your door. Go! Its Wonderful.
A Little Piece of Paradise
By Heather on 17-Jul-2017
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 :)
By Stephen on 08-Jun-2017
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...
Cottage on the magical River Yealm
By Lesley on 03-Mar-2017
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!
Picture postcard stay
By Abby on 06-Apr-2016
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.
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.
The most tranquil holiday we have taken in the UK, bar none, ever.
By Geoff on 29-Mar-2016
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)
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!
Beautiful, quiet setting with amazing view
By on 01-Jan-2016
We stayed here for New Years Eve 2016. We had a really lovely time. It was very remote which made it all the more special and a great place for a bit of R&R! The property has great amenities and the view over the river is the most amazing thing to wake up to every morning. Would highly recommend to friends and family.
By Lazer on 31-Jul-2015
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.