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Old Coastguards Cottage - Self-catering in Devon

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River Yealm, Newton Ferrers, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Diana Greene

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+44 (0)1579 351631 (landline)

Beautiful, romantic riverside spot for families near the sea in pretty yachting village. Reach by rowboat or South West Coastal Path

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You reach it by rowboat, or by foot along the South West Coast Path – a dramatic and privileged spot near a beach of rock pools and foamy surf. The white terraced cottage is a five-minute stomp to where the river Yealm spills out to sea, sliced into a wooded hill opposite pretty yachting villages with shops and good pubs. It once guarded the river's deepwater moorings from smugglers – the cottage has its own 23-foot mooring – but most guests row across or take the boatman's ferry for a few coins. Charming Diana, who spends happy summers boating here, will show you. A cosy, coastal theme pervades: a wood-burner ringed by brown leather sofas, gingham curtains at a window seat, a drying room for damp boots and beach paraphernalia, stable doors to a wide riverside terrace. The kitchen is perfect for family feasts: cook up fresh fish and goodies from the National Trust farm shop, natter around the dining table, then drift off to the plink of halyards against high masts in bedrooms of rustic oak adorned with family art. It's not about luxury but about being close to the water – and adventure, romance and family time.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Local points of interest from Diana Greene:

Local points of interest from
Diana Greene:

  • We provide you with a rowing boat all within the cost of the holiday. Moorings are available for your own boats after contacting the Harbour Master. A perfect holiday for those of you who like messing about on boats. Bring your own paddle boards/kayaks.
  • There is direct access onto the River Yealm from the cottage. You have your own quay where you can sit and while away the time, spend hours crabbing from or just sit in the sun and watch the world go by on various boats - it is huge fun.
  • Not only has the cottage got direct access onto the water - it has direct access to the South West Coast Path. You never need get into your car. Just walk along the terrace and in minutes you are on the beautiful cliffs with breathtaking views.
  • You can walk easily to Wembury beach which boasts marvellous rock pools and sometimes good surf. There is a lovely cafe there with great scones and delicious ice-creams too. The walk along the cliffs from the cottage is fabulous - almost heaven!
  • The twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo boast three good pubs and a yacht club and the best thing is that you can row to all of them when the tide is in - so no worries about driving home. When the tide is out, you can row across and then walk.
  • Everyone who comes to the cottage adores the location. It is unique. The row across makes it extra special. Quite simply the views are magical. I can say no more. Come and see for yourselves.....Sumer 2018 is booking fast, only a few weeks remain.
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Guest feedback
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"A wonderful week in Old Coastguards,first visited the other cottage 18 years ago,and it is still a magical place. Our family came for the weekend and our 10 yr old grandson was entranced by it all,especially the approach across the estuary. The comfort and decor is second to none ."

Dorothy - Chester, United Kingdom

September 2017
"I first visited The Coastguards Cottages in the mid 70s as a child and finally got around to bringing my own family to this very special place 40 yeas later. We had a wonderful time messing about in boats, walking, fishing, eating, relaxing and recuperating. I would recommend it to anyone."


August 2017
"We took three kayaks and explored the whole area. The cottage was well fitted out and being at mast height we had wonderful views up and down stream. Second night had dinner in the Ship Inn which was spot on. We also paid three visits to the Dolphin which also serves excellent food with side steps down to the water allowing us to come and go by kayak. I have been a yachtsman all of my life and suggest that only those who are very competent rowers should attempt the crossing on the third and fourth hour after high water springs. Estimate the current to be 2.5 knots at theses times. Wear boots."

Graham - Midhurst, West Sussex, United Kingdom

May 2017
"Gorgeous cottage! We stayed towards the end of May 2017 and were blessed with good weather. The cottage itself is lovely and is in such a beautiful setting, completely idyllic and relaxing. We loved messing around on the rowing boat. Diana is a super host. Thank you, hope we'll be back again soon!"

Louise - London, United Kingdom

May 2017
"What a fantastic place! Diana was very welcoming, making sure we were comfortable with rowing and familiar with the cottage - she also provided a lovely Devon cream tea and bottle of wine. We made full use of the riverside terrace (with stunning views) for breakfast, lunch and pre-dinner drinks. We recommend the walks from the cottage - we walked along the coast path to Wembury and took in the beach café. We also took the seasonal ferry to Noss Mayo, walking to The Ship for lunch (excellent food and service). In all we had a wonderful break, it was over too soon - we will return!"

Karen - Ely, United Kingdom

April 2017
"A really fantastic stay at no.2 this Easter! We were a family of 6 including 3 kids (6-11) and a grandpa and everyone enjoyed rowing the boat, walking to beautiful beaches, eating well at a local pub and especially lazing around the terrace watching the boats on the river. Thank you Diana for taking the time to explain everything on our arrival, with important tips and a lesson in rowing (we are complete novices). The cottage is very comfortable, especially like the modernised kitchen and the log fires! "

Tamar - Marlow, United Kingdom

April 2017
"Lovely cottage in a unique position. Well modernised without losing its charm, front terrace, plus a rowing boat, and access to good walking behind"

Peter - Perpignan, France

March 2017
"An amazing place to stay - beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings. Particularly enjoyed the boat and lovely fires! We had a great time albeit very short - and would love to go back again for longer. "


September 2016
"We stayed for four nights in this peaceful cottage. It is unique and an antidote to city life. The cottage had everything you need and the views are amazing. Diana is charming and enjoys telling you about the cottage and local area. Some lovely walks and helpful, if you can row!"

Emma - Birmingham , United Kingdom

September 2016
"The most serene peaceful place to wile away the hours ! Plenty of beautiful walks with nearby beach & not a car in sound! The cottage is cosy with two woodburners & plenty of logs. Diane & keith are lovey people but also give wonderful local information & help. The rowing was fun. It really is an outstanding location. We were blessed with good weather too ! "

Wendy - Brockenhurst, United Kingdom

September 2016
"Our family of 5 stayed at Old Coastguards for a week in August. I wasn't sure how it would work out with rowing across the river, but it was one of the highlights of our trip, especially rowing across to get our croissants in the morning and going to the pub in the evening. The cottage itself is comfortable and beautifully decorated, we were lucky with fabulous weather so spent most of our time on the terrace, glass of wine and bbq watching the amazing view of the estuary. The owners, Diana and Keith are particularly helpful and welcoming, with loads of local information. "

Jane - Hertford, United Kingdom

August 2016
"A very special place to stay. Highly recommended."


April 2016

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  • 1 Cottage for 6
Price:(i) £615 to£1550 per week

Special Offer: November special's - £95 off price for all weeks in November - 7 nights now down to £500. First basket of logs for each woodburner is free then £5 per basket from the store behind the cottage. Wine and cream tea await...

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Children over 6 welcome. Short breaks available.




River Yealm, Newton Ferrers, Devon

Self-catering 2 Old Coastguards Cottage (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double, 2 twins; 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, 1 separate wc.
Price: (i) £ 615 to £ 1550 per week

Diana Greene

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+44 (0)1579 351631 (landline)