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Excellent 5/5 3 reviews

View from East Portlemouth

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, good for sailors, walkers, birdwatchers and families.

The beaches include the excellent Mill Bay and Gara Rock beaches. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants nearby, though there are none in the Village, apart from a good beach cafe next to the pedestrian ferry.

A comfortably furnished cosy cottage in the heart of the village, set high above Salcombe & Kingsbridge Estuary, with superb views across South Devon to Dartmoor. Unspoilt countryside and beaches, with access by pedestrian ferry to Salcombe. Sleeps 6 ( 4 adults max ).

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Downhill next to the Salcombe pedestrian ferry 350 m
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Totnes 37 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There is a double bed in the main bedroom and 4 full length 3 feet wide bunk beds in the second bedroom.

The bathroom has an electric shower above the bath and an electric fan heater on the wall.

Mobile telephone reception is generally good.

Further details outdoors

There is a south-facing sloping lawned garden at the rear, with a picnic table and barbecue close to the Cottage.

Parking is in the road outside the Cottage and in the village car park nearby.

Access to the ferry and to Mill Bay and the other beaches on the Eastern shore of the Estuary is via footpaths or a lane, all of which involve a climb on return. However, it is possible to drive to Mill Bay, where there is limited parking

Further details

Please note that tenants must bring linen and towels.

The Cottage is not available between the end of October and Easter.

The West Country region

Near the Southernmost point of Devon, East Portlemouth was once a busy port and shipbuilding centre, building five ships which helped to carry the English army to France in 1346 for the Battle of Crecy. Later, clipper schooners were built here to carry fruit to England from the West Indies and the Azores.

Until about 1885, Primrose Cottage and the adjacent cottage were a pub, the Exeter Inn, said to have been a hotbed of smuggling. The Village shrank in Victorian times, when the local landowner demolished a large no of homes, claiming that the villagers refused to work on his land ( for the little money offered ) and alleging that they were only interested in fishing, smuggling and drinking. Pillaging from wrecked ships was also a popular local pastime.

A number of ships were wrecked on this coast and the Village Churchyard is said to contain the bodies of many mariners.


Apart from sailing, swimming, birdwatching and walking, there are many wet weather activities, details of which are in the Cottage and at the information centres in Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

Totnes is worth a visit, particularly on market days, and also Dartmouth.

There are National Trust properties at Overbecks, South of Salcombe, and at Coleton Fishacre and Greenway ( Agatha Christie's home ) nr Dartmouth.

An excellent beach restaurant for families is the Winking Prawn, on the South side of Salcombe, while there are many pubs with reasonably priced food. The popular Start Bay Inn is excellent for fish and chips, though one needs to arrive there early.

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Review 1-3 of 3

8 Aug 2014


"Not clean and a bit tired"

When we opened the door on arrival, we were greated by a lot of cobwebs, and unfortunatly this was the case throughout the whole cottage. It seemed like noone had been there for quite a while, and cer… More

30 Sep 2013


"A comfortable cottage equipped with all you could possibly need."

A cracking week spent in Primrose Cottage! We were quite lucky with the weather but one wet/windy day we spent most all of the day/evening relaxing in the cottage with tea and tv, very cosy and comfor… More

13 Sep 2012


"Super location, ideal for walking to beaches and Salcombe"

Primrose Cottage is ideally situated for walkers, surfers, sailors, and families young and old, to enjoy access to local beaches, the Venus cafe overlooking Salcombe harbour, the foot ferry to Salcombe, fine views from East Portlemouth village seating up the Salcombe estuary to Kingsbridge in the north, and quiet peaceful enjoyment of the area.
Its situation allows families to safely allow older children to walk down the path to the cafe and harbour side unaccompanied, giving an independence they relish.

Review 1-3 of 3

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