Single holiday let sleeping up to 6 guestsNo 2 Old Coastguards Cottage is situated on the banks of the River Yealm, overlooking the estuary and river which leads to the lovely twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Access to this cottage is by rowing boat. The cottage supplies a boat and has its own outhaul and quay. The ability to row a boat is therefore very important.
The location of the cottage is very special because once you have left your car on the Newton Ferrers side and rowed across you can literally leave your car all week. You won't need it. If you like messing about on boats, walking the SW cliff path which is literally on your doorstep, rock pooling, walking to the lovely Wembury Beach for rock pools or body boarding depending on the tide you will be in heaven. It is quite simply breathtaking in its beauty.
There are some great shops in the village of Newton Ferrers; a pharmacy, a lovely Butcher where Trevor's pasties are second to none - he originates from Cornwall, here the delicious pasties. His meat is superb and his bacon a must for the children and the crabbing they want to do. There is a community shop selling fresh bread, crabbing buckets, ice creams, a post office and newspapers. There is also a co-op.
When the tide is in you can row all the way down to the village and do your shopping by boat. You can row to one of three pubs and a yacht club. When the tide is low you simply row across the river, tie the boat up and walk along a pretty public footpath to the village. If you want to eat at The Ship which is a delightful pub in Noss Mayo and the tide is out we now have an outhaul on the other side of the river so that you can tie the boat up on the Noss side and walk through the woods to the pub - or the tennis courts which are in Noss too.
It is a very old-fashioned type of holiday. It is a messing about on the river type of holiday. All ages love it. We have had a cottage in the terrace for over 20 years and go back each and every summer for days of BBQ's, kayaking, sailing, swimming and walking. It is fabulous.
The cottage is in a group of 4 terraced cottages. Three of them, including No 2, are owned by us. Only No 2 is rented. No 1 Old Coastguards is owned by someone else and is rented out from time to time. All the cottages open up onto a superb terrace with the most spectacular views of the estuary and creek beyond. Every terrace has its own private siting area but in an open plan way with the other cottages.
Inside the cottage has three bedrooms. Two are large and have super views over the estuary and the third is small with twin beds and windows facing a bank of wild flowers. One of the front bedrooms has a double bed and the other has twin beds. There is a bath upstairs and a separate loo. Downstairs there is a sitting room and a dining room both overlooking the terrace and estuary, both with log-burners. The kitchen is big, has an electric hob and oven and built in fridge. There is a separate freezer. There is a dishwasher but as yet no washing machine. There is also a microwave. In the kitchen and as a focal point is an old aga. I am afraid this does not work. It is oil filled and there is no way of getting oil to the property now.
Off the kitchen is a room will access to a back door where you can come in with your wet gear on or in your wetsuits, dry your clothes on a heated dryer which is on all the time and more importantly jump into a hot electric shower which you can access even if you have forgotten to put the immersion heater on.
You get the first set of logs free - for the two log-burners - an thereafter they are £6 per basket.
There is no TV reception, but we do have a DVD player and loads of DVD's. Board games and shelves of books.
Due to demand we have now installed internet.
We have our own outhaul and mooring and deep water moorings can be arranged through the harbour-master. Please bring your own boat if you have one, kayaks or paddle boards. It is an amazing place for all these things.
We only rent the cottages to non-smokers.