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Arguably the best located holiday cottage in Devon with stunning views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, sleeping 4-6 with a 40-ft terrace overlooking the beach and bay.

*** HomeAway Guest Rating - No 1 out of 485 in Hope Cove Area ***


One of the most spectacular locations on the south coast, Midships in Old Colonial House, built in the 1920’s but totally refurbished and remodelled in 2016, is set just above the South West Coast Path overlooking the jewel of Hope Cove bay and harbour.

With uninterrupted 180° views from all the principal rooms and the private 40 foot terrace, Midships enjoys one of the best views of any holiday cottage. Facing west, the sunsets dipping over the far horizon can be stunning.

Midships has just undergone a total refurbishment. The entire cottage has been gutted, remodelled, rewired and re-plumbed but has maintained the cosy, cottagey atmosphere. Walls have come down on the ground floor to create a large open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with spectacular views and French window access to the private 40 foot terrace. The new Shaker-style kitchen boasts an Aga and granite work surfaces and the living area has a wood burning stove (firewood is provided at no extra cost).

Both bedrooms on the ground floor have their own en-suite bathroom and loo. We have also built a new suite of rooms, the Bridge, on the first floor with a double bedroom, shower and loo and a large living room with a vast 13 foot eyebrow dormer with stunning views over the harbour across Bigbury Bay and out to sea. The Bridge will be available for larger parties booking Midships, for a supplementary cost of 50% of the price of the Midships booking. Underfloor heating has been installed throughout for super-cosy warmth when it's needed.

A couple of minutes traffic-free walk from the village pub, restaurants, shops and beaches of Hope Cove, our two/three bedroomed cottage, sleeping 4 – 6 (or 8 if you are also taking the Bridge first floor suite), not only has the Aga and wood burning stove in the large open-plan living/kitchen/dining room but also a Smart TV, WiFi, music streaming from your MP3 player or smart phone via Bluetooth, and a Weber barbecue to name just a few of the facilities.

Midships is a comfortable, cosy cottage, well-equipped for the perfect family holiday whether you are into bucket-and-spade beaches, boating, surfing or walking. For your total comfort outside the summer months, underfloor heating has been installed throughout.

Hope Cove, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a delightfully laid back, very picturesque fishing village boasting the Hope & Anchor Pub (which is open all year round), several other restaurants and tea rooms, the village shop and Post Office and an art gallery - and not one, but two safe, clean beaches of different character. Should you need any more excitement than that, Hope Cove is conveniently located just 10 minutes’ drive from the glitz and glamour of Salcombe, and a convenient 15 minutes’ drive from the supermarkets and facilities of the market town of Kingsbridge.

Midships is the ideal location for a family seaside holiday but, for the more active, apart from the world-class coastal walks on your doorstep (the famous Southwest Coastal Path is literally at the front gate), there is surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding just along the coast at Bigbury and Bantham, together with the famous links golf course at Thurlestone.

Midships is THE most perfect holiday home.

Changeover day is Friday

Parking for one/two cars.

2-bedrooms, both en-suite, sleeping 4 - 6 (1 double in one room, 2-4 singles in the other) downstairs in Midships. A further double bedroom, large additional living room and shower/WC upstairs in the Bridge for supplementary cost.

AGA, Wood burning stove, Dish washer, Fridge, Freezer, Wine Cooler, Microwave, Washing machine and drier etc, Weber BBQ, Westminster teak terrace furniture, private 40-ft terrace, Fantastic views

Linen, duvets and pillows provided. BATH TOWELS NOW ALSO BEING PROVIDED (please bring your own beach towels).

Pets (well-behaved dogs and cats) welcomed.

Smokers (those that remain) welcomed on the terrace.

Prices for Midships from £450 - £1,800 per week.

The Bridge may also be available in addition to Midships for a 50% supplement.

(The Bridge is NOT available to rent on its own)

More Details

Tim & Maria Barker
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Tim & Maria Barker

We, the Barker's, are a family of sailor adventurers who can't stand the idea of not being able to see the sea, hence our delight in buying Midships which we hope to keep in the family for generations. After many years of family holiday sailing along the coast of the West Country, our recent sailing has taken us from Arctic Norway to Antarctica and many hotter places in between on our beloved Mina2 (check out When we're not sailing we love being at Midships but, when we're unable to be there, we love sharing it with our guests.

Tim & Maria Barker purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Tim & Maria Barker chose South Hams

Having sailed down this coast for so many years, we always had a dream of owning a coastal property in Devon, but our tick-list was so demanding we doubted if we would ever find something. Then, after several years searching, we found Midships.

What makes this cottage unique

Midships is THE perfect holiday home where we can watch the children safely playing on the protected beach from our own living room and bedroom; that had a large private terrace (in the case of Midships 40 feet long!) on which we could enjoy a spectacular unobstructed view over a harbour and out to sea, and that faced West (almost unheard of on the south coast of England) such that, with drink in hand, we could watch the sun dipping down over the horizon in the evening. To have world-class walking along arguably the most beautiful stretch of the South West Coast Path literally on our doorstep was a thrilling bonus as was the two minute traffic-free walk into the village with its pub (open all year), restaurants, tearooms, and village shop and Post Office. If we or the kids wanted a bit more excitement of an evening, the glitz and glamour of Salcombe is just 10 minutes away by car or taxi.We found perfection.


Kingsbridge Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Principal bedroom - toilet , shower
    Bedroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , En suite with Bedroom 2
  • Both bathrooms have underfloor heating hand basins and a heated towel rail. The Bridge Suite bathroom with a large shower, hand basin and WC is also available if renting Bridge in addition to Midships for a 50% supplementary cost.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 twin/ single , 2-4 beds with ensuite bathroom.
    Principal bedroom - 1 queen , Stunning views over Hope Cove and beach. En suite.
  • One large bedroom with king-size double bed with en suite shower room/WC, underfloor heating and spectacular views over Hope Cove and the beach. The second bedroom has 2 to 4 single beds with en suite bathroom/WC and underfloor heating. The Bridge Suite bedroom with a kingsize double bed is available if renting Bridge in addition to Midships for a 50% supplementary cost.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Linen and towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels. For guests staying two weeks or longer, linen will be changed on Fridays.


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Arguably the best located holiday cottage in Devon with stunning views
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

Stunning Midships in glorious Hope Cove

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in Hope Cove before however this time we felt so much more part of the surroundings. This is due to the wonderful position of Midships.

Usually we read lots of books, but not this time, we just kept looking at the view, watching out for the seal, gazing at the sunsets. Relaxing!

We are so pleased to have found Midships the best place we have stayed in (and we've stayed in alot!). We are looking forwards to our return already.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Elizabeth, thank you so much for your review. It is so gratifying that you clearly feel just as much at home at Midships as we do. We look forward to your return. Tim & Maria
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It certainly lived up to its reputation!

  • 5 of 5

This home is not only stunningly located, it has been finished and equipped to the very highest standards. Having two parking spaces in Hope Cove is a much appreciated bonus.The location lends itself to walking, eating out or simply eating in and enjoying the amazing view, whatever the weather!

We intend returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Midships, notwithstanding the two F9 storms raging whilst you were there. But we think Midships is glorious whatever the weather. We very much look forward to having you back in due course. Tim and Maria
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Wonderfully renovated property in the best location in Hope Cove

  • 5 of 5

This is such a beautiful spot in South Devon - I have been visiting since I was 6!! We have stayed in lots of different cottages but Colonial House is probably in the best location. Midships has been recently renovated and is superb. The owners have taken such care to address every little detail. We would love to stay there again if we can find a week where it is free!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing wonderful perfect

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views. Amazing property. Perfect. What more can I say! Will be back 😀

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, Debbie, and we look forward to your return in the future. Tim & Maria
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Excellent accommodation in an exceptional location.

  • 5 of 5

At last, a property where you can trust the photos! If anything, it is better than the pictures. The views are amazing and always something to see. Midships was a home from home for us. We walked in, saw how immaculate it was and just relaxed. On the coast path, so easy access to lovely walks and close to Salcombe (15 minutes drive) for a little retail therapy! My husband wanted to keep this all a secret but the reviews I read helped me choose Midships so I didn't think that was fair!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

To live with that view in beautiful accommodation was a real tonic. It makes getting back to work much harder!

Thoroughly recommended at any time of the year.


  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time Richard - and we look forward to your return next year for two weeks!
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hope and Anchor, Hope Cove
Nearest Ferry
26 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Thurlestone Golf Club
Nearest Train
19 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Hope and Anchor, Hope Cove
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Hope Cove
Car: recommended

Midships overlooks the bay and beach of Hope Cove, ideal for family seaside holidays whether it be crabbing from the harbour wall, shrimping with a net in the rock pools, swimming in the sheltered bay, surfing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, kayaking. Or try kitesurfing in nearby Thurlestone or Bantham. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Midships has the South West Coast Path literally on its doorstep with world class walking and hiking along the dramatic and beautiful cliffs and sea shores of Devon. For golfers there are two 18-hole golf courses nearby at Thurlestone and Bigbury, with horse-riding available from a number of stables, including pony-trekking on the moorlands of Dartmoor National Park. For the evenings there is the Hope and Anchor pub, and The Cove bar and restaurant within a couple of minutes traffic-free walk serving excellent food, and other great restaurants are within a short drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $271.48

FRIDAY CHANGEOVER. Check-in after 2pm, check-out by 10am.
Linen and house towels provided, but please bring your own beach towels.
For guests staying two weeks or more, linen will be changed on Fridays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.