Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

In a superb position, an award-winning contemporary detached house, architect-designed to form part of the sea wall on the Salcombe bank of the estuary and give spectacular panoramic views to East Portlemouth and the sandy beaches and bays on the opposite bank, upstream to Salcombe less than ½ mile away, and downstream over the Bar out to sea.

O'Sullivan House was Daily Telegraph, Homebuilding and Renovating 'Best Contemporary House' and overall House of the Year 2001 and its unique and innovative design makes the most of the superb waterside location with two terraces (table/chairs) and a balcony over the water, where all passing river-life and ever-changing seascapes can be observed at leisure (binoculars provided). Below the house (steps down), a small sunny lawned garden (part-shared) and direct access to own foreshore (steps down, rocky at low tide). Two moorings for your use – fixed (18' max.) and running/outhaul for dinghy/tender (13' max.). Boats can be hired locally. Seasonal ferries run to beaches along the estuary (landing stop, 500 yards).

From parking area (for one car only), steps (67, some gradual, handrails) lead down in three flights to entrance at first-floor level; slate-tiled hall and open mezzanine walkway to stunning length-of-house open-plan living/dining room (TV/Sky/DVD) with oak floors and central feature chimney with gas coal-effect fire. Enormous windows along three sides and a glass-floored area below the work station really do give an 'on-the-water' feel and offer unrivalled and uninterrupted 180 degree views up and down stream. Doors open to a terrace at each end and a little balcony alongside the dining table has views over to Mill Bay. Smart white-tiled and slate-floored kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with gas hob/electric double oven. Loo (washbasin).

Open tread oak stairs down to ground floor and four bedrooms, all on water level and with fabulous views – the master double (5' bed, TV/DVD) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and (lockable) door to pebbled terrace and steps (gate) up to deck above (please note: unguarded drop to water with owners' boat/davit (not for use) above - supervised children only); a double (5' bed, TV); a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double), and a room with two sets of bunks. Shower-room (double shower) and bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, sink). Door to lawned area, from which path (shared with neighbours) to slipway/foreshore; steps up to front door. Please note: the boundary with the neighbour's garden is undefined physically and ball games/barbecues are not permitted. A unique house in an amazing spot. Ready meals available. No children under 8, except pre-crawling babies (due to waterside location, all children should be supervised).

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 5 star.

Further details outdoors

Parking is in a public car park. Parking is in a reserved parking space.

Further details

No children under 8, except pre-crawling babies. Due to waterside location, all children should be supervised.

The Devon region

The South Hams: southernmost Devon; between the river Dart and river Tamar and south of Dartmoor, lush farmland and wooded river valleys turning to beautiful estuaries, its coast very beautiful and remarkably well preserved – sandy beaches and mighty cliffs between those estuaries, amazingly little sprawling modern ugliness. Inland too, away from main roads, it remains surprisingly peaceful.

Among special coastal places are Dartmouth; sheltered Blackpool Sands; Slapton's long curve of pebble beach and nature reserve lagoon; the cliffs about Start Point and Prawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail; East Portlemouth's beach and Salcombe's location and views; Thurlestone proving that family seaside places don't need to be brash; Bigbury's huge sands and the fun of getting to Burgh Island; waterside, oak-wood-sheltered Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers; many others, less easy of access, are for you to discover.

Kingsbridge and Totnes, both old, attractive and small, are the towns at the area's heart; Plymouth – the West Country's biggest town, with Naval base, ferry port, theatre, cinemas, history, Hoe (great views) and Barbican (where the life is) – is on the area's edge. Dartington Hall is an arts centre (films, plays, music, dance) with lovely gardens. Pleasure cruisers ply the Kingsbridge estuary and Dart and Tamar rivers.


Salcombe: one of the most beautifully sited small towns in Britain, at the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary, a yacht haven with creeks, sandy bays. Waterside pubs, nice shops. Boats to hire, fishing, superb Nat. Trust cliff walks/gardens; museum, tennis, outdoor swimming pool (in summer); pedestrian ferry to East Portlemouth (lovely beaches, The Venus Café and Takeaway). Thurlestone and Bigbury (golf), 6 and 8 miles.