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No 2 Old Coastguard cottage - own quay, mooring, stunning river views near sea

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace


About the property

3 bedroom cottage on the River Yealm, Newton Ferrers with your own quay and access to a boat. The SW coast path is on your doorstep with beaches to explore.

No 2 Old Coastguards Cottage is a very special cottage for wonderful holidays and relaxing weekends. People return to No 2 Old Coastguards, time and time again. Access to the cottage is by a rowing boat which you can borrow from us (at your own risk) or by ferry in the main holiday periods. I meet you on the Newton Ferrers side of the river when you arrive and help you get across to the cottage, showing you the main points of the river, the tides, the currents and the mooring points at both the Newton Ferrers side and on the cottage side. I then let you row me across to the cottage so you get the feel of the boat before you start the holiday properly. This cottage featured in the Sunday Times top 100 holiday destinations in 2010 and is now recommended in Alistair Sawday's Special Escapes. No 2 Old Coastguard Cottage is secluded on the Wembury side of the River Yealm, overlooking the pretty creekside sailing and yachting villages of Newton and Noss which boast 3 good dining pubs a short row/walk away. There is plenty to see and do. The South West Coastal Path is 100 yards from the doorstep with breathtaking views from the cliffs and opportunity to discover hidden beaches and secret coves along the way. Wembury beach has superb rock pools at low tide and good surf at high tide. Its own quay and mooring provide access to numerous boating/fishing activities or just messing about on the water. During the autumn and winter snuggle up with a book in the cosy ambience and warmth of the woodburners. The cottage is beautifully appointed and has two log-burners, one in the dining room and one in the sitting room. We provide you with the first log basket free and at some times of the year logs are included in the price.

The most interesting thing about this cottage is the proximity to the water and the fact that access to the cottage is by boat, so the ability to row is important although a ferry does run throughout the spring and summer season. The cottage is also just a walk away from the wonderful South West Coastpath which means you can walk all the way to Plymouth if you so desire which takes up to 4 hours or just a 25 minute walk to the delights of Wembury Beach. On the other side of the river you can walk to Stoke Beach, or to Mothecombe, and take a shortcut back through fields to Noss Mayo and the wonderful Ship Inn.

The cottage is very special and the holiday you have there is also going to be very special. A welcome bottle of wine awaits you along with cake or scones, and fresh flowers in all the rooms.

More Details

Diana Greene
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

About Diana Greene

We are both practical outdoor people who love the country but particularly feel the need to be by water. Whilst we are well travelled - Diana has lived in Vancouver and Hong Kong and Keith has seen most of the world - we love Devon and Cornwall. We now rarely leave except to ski and sail. We live just 20 miles from the cottage in the equally beautiful Tamar valley over in Cornwall and play at self sufficiency on land going down to this river. Keith has recently retired from Hospital Medicine but continues research and Diana is a Magistrate. We have spent many years lovingly restoring Old Coastguards ourselves. Everything had to come across the river. It was a project that many would have shied from, but we have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, found it most rewarding and want to share it.

Why Diana Greene chose Wembury

We bought this unique cottage for relaxation. It is simply the stuff of dreams - on the water, isolated, yet accessible. Diana had been brought up in Noss Mayo with a view of Old Coastguards from her bedroom window. Keith first saw the cottages by boat shortly after he arrived in Plymouth and determined he would buy one if it became available - that happened shortly after they came together. We have since bought No2 which was in disrepair. It has been a labour of love to restore and we have the boathouse to commence. Coastguards is very special and located on an outstandingly beautiful river estuary surrounded by National Trust land with glorious coastal walks. The twin villages of Newton and Noss too are special and retain their traditional community rivalry through the annual regatta.

What makes this cottage unique

Old Coastguards is where you leave the cares of normal life on the other side of the river. Whilst we now have mains electricity, there is

little mobile signal so families talk together as they used to and commune with nature, tides and weather. We spend time here at all times of the year, messing about on boats, walking the wonderful cliffs, fishing and seashore foraging, rowing to the village, eating out in the local pubs. Canoeing to the local beach and cooking out at Cellar Bay, whilst watching the sun set behind the Mewstone. Reading by a roaring log fire. Relaxing and living a life that is unlike any other, being remote yet near a village for all the conveniences. It is a love affair, but one which we feel privileged to have and want to share.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a wonderful holiday….we have all had such fun, Sam met his own challenge of not using the car for the week. We loved messing about on the new Kayak. Mike and I will cherish our memories of a peaceful coastal walk. (A family from Godalming, Surrey).

What a fantastic holiday we had! The boat, the peace and quiet, the cottage… it’s all been wonderful, the children are so sad to leave. It’s been a real treat staying here. We’ll be back. (A family from Croydon, Surrey).

A most unusual holiday for us, but one which lived right up to our expectations. Beautiful weather too… Very Famous Five. (A family from Kent).

Don’t make us go!! We have been hatching a plan all week working out the best place to hide. You’d never notice and we’d be really, really quiet!

(A couple from Oxford).
Feb 2012
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Wembury Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - tub , shower
  • Upstairs: Bathroom with heated towel rail, washbasin and bath/shower over and Separate wc room with fullsize washbasin. Downstairs: door from kitchen to drying room with Electric Shower and also separate access from outside. Outside: wc and handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Beautiful views of the River Yealm and estuary beyond
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Lovely views of the yachts in the river and estuary beyond
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , A small and quiet room at the back of the house
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has double bed, dressing table, built in wardrobe, books and superb views over the River; Bedroom 2 has twin beds, built in wardrobe, antique chest of drawers, books and stunning river views; Bedroom 3 has twin beds and dresser. Fitted carpets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The property is only available to NON-SMOKERS No pets. Children under 7 by agreement. As well as having your own rowing boat to access the cottage, a passenger ferry is available from the beginning of April to the end of September to cross the river to/from the cottage or go to the pubs or beaches by arrangement. Outside: Outside the cottage there is a wide terrace with a table and seating suitable for 6 people with wonderful views of the river and creeks. There is also a BBQ. The cottage comes with a private quay, a running mooring and a rowing boat. A deep water mooring is also available for people coming with their own boat. The river close to the cottage is suitable for swimming at slack tide. Children love crabbing from the quay. There is direct access (100 metre walk) from the cottage onto the South West Coast path and direct access onto the River Yealm. Whilst there is vehicular access via a National Trust track to within 100 metres of the property we recommend leaving a car on the road above the Harbourmasters office. Utility Room: Sink and drainer over cupboards and freezer. Electric drying rack and traditional drying hanger on pulley. Electric Power shower with option of overhead or hose spray in separate cubicle with extractor fan. Entered from kitchen or directly from outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen and bath towels are provided. Tea towels and bath mats are also provided. Please bring your own beach towels. For fortnight stays towels can be changed and access to a washing machine will be provided. Other: Both the sitting room and dining room are very well equipped but there is no TV. There is a flat screen DVD player with plenty of DVD's, books, games and puzzles in the sitting room. There is a CD player and telephone in the dining room.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

No 2 Old Coastguard cottage - own quay, mooring, stunning river views near sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Amazing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend at Old Coastguard Cottage - loved every minute of it, from rowing across the river, walking along the beautiful coastal paths, swimming just in front of the cottage to warming up by the fire in the beautiful cottage and enjoying some great family time. Diana was so helpful - welcoming us and showing us everything we would need for our weekend. We were only able to stay for a short time, but will definitely be back for longer in the future. Thank you for some very happy memories!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know you were only at the cottage for a very short time, but you seemed to have managed so many different things. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you all again sometime in the future when you have a little more time to spare.
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Tranquil and other worldy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights. Beautiful setting and you can lose hours, just staring at the water. The cottage had everything you need and fabulous views. Diana is utterly charming and teaches you to row!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, sitting on the terrace is a great 'time waster' isn't it, watching everything that is happening on the river. Blissful. Yes, we certainly had fun on the row over. I hope we see you again sometime.
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Fabulous Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review. We loved having your family at No 2 Old Coastguards. Our most memorable time was the joint lobster evening we had, with the lobsters caught that evening by the local fisherman. Absolutely delicious and a fabulous evening on the terrace. Keith loved taking your husband out fishing too and it was good they managed to catch a few mackerel which I know you enjoyed on the BBQ. Thank you.
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  • 5 of 5

i've stayed at the old Coastguard cottage three times! Its such an escape from reality. To have to row a boat to your destination is only the beginning of the fun experience! To find the cottage beautifully clean and welcoming and bright and cheerful is another great start. The views outstanding, and interesting watching all the activity on the river. I so enjoy rowing up the river to do my shopping and then stoppong at one of the three pubs and making sure you get back on the river with the falling tide! And again, depending on the tides a nice row up the river for supper is so romantic! I cant wait to go back . .. please . . . and stay at Diana's place on the water.


  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Lovely to know you enjoyed the boaty experience so much. It really is special if you like messing about on boats and the water. I too love rowing or paddle boarding to the village, whoever we stay there, to pick up fresh produce, brings a whole new meaning to 'popping out to the shops' . See you again I hope.
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Perfect Waterside Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The perfect holiday location if you love boats or just want to get away from it all to a beautiful cottage standing just across the river from the town with all the facilities you need.

We have been coming down for twelve years as the cottage is ideal for a sailing holiday. We bring our own boat but the cottage comes with a rowing dingy and you’ll soon be used to rowing yourself around the river.

From the cottage you can take the coastal path to Wembury bay – a great place for a swim, rock pooling or an ice cream, or you can row or walk to Cellars beach about half a mile away which catches the evening sun if you fancy a BBQ.

Being the West Country there’s always the chance of the occasional damp day so we sometimes head over to Plymouth to the swimming pool or cinema or if we’re feeling energetic we head to Dartmoor for a walk for a change but we have also had whole weeks when we have not used the car at all.

There are lots of little shops in Newton Ferrers for provisions if you are not eating out, or, if you need a big shop there is a supermarket about 15 mins drive away once you have crossed the river.

Over the summer the towns of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo host a series of competitions such as rowing races in various types of boat, raft races for children and a crabbing competition. In recent years we’ve been around for the firework competition held on three consecutive evenings in Plymouth – an amazing (and free) spectacle.

If you ever spend time relaxing in the cottage there are comfy sofas and a large selection of books and DVDs.

Keith and Diana couldn’t be more welcoming and have painstakingly restored the cottage over the years making it extremely comfortable and well suited to families with children. The cottage includes a downstairs shower near the back door so you can change out of wet boating gear and hop into the shower before hanging wet stuff to dry in the large utility area. There is also a large terrace meaning most meals can be taken outdoors watching the activity on the river.

An ideal holiday for a family with active children – you’ll definitely want to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick. We are so pleased you love it, how many times now? Is it 12 years? Really looking forward to seeing you again later this month. Best wishes, Diana
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Absolute Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here back in May and had an absolutely idyllic week. Our two children loved messing around on the water and walking to the nearby beach. There's so much to do here if you love the water, and the local village is very welcoming with two lovely pubs and a post office. The cottage has it's own terrace where we had lovely barbecues (a bag of coal is provided) in the evening overlooking the boats in the water.

The cottage is immaculate and well set up for kids with wet gear, with an entrance at the back and second downstairs shower and toilet. There is beautiful artwork on the walls, by a friend of the owner, and a wood burner in the sitting room. We used this just once one evening, but it was lovely sitting in front of the fire with the glass of wine and a dvd when the kids were in bed.

We were given our own rowing boat as part of the package, and used to row to the local pub for lunch (the Ship - outstanding food, and great local ale), or in the morning to get a paper and provisions. It is such an amazing feeling, knowing you have your own secluded hideaway just a row away.

One thing to note is that one of you needs to be able to row a little to get from the pontoon over to the cottage (a couple of mins), but the owner, Diana, was there to greet us and give us a quick lesson. A word about the owners: they are fantastic, and couldn't do enough for us. When we arrived, they had given us a free box full of lovely Cornish treats, and told us all the local secrets of places to see and do.

It's a completely unique and incredible place to stay, and we have already booked to go back next year. If your looking for a 'swallows and amazons' type holiday, but with luxury accommodation, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much R P and family. I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage and everything it has to offer. I know you are coming back again for another week and hopefully you will enjoy it as much then. It was lovely having you all. See you again.
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Rates & Availability

Wembury Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
winter 2
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Holidays
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late April
Apr 22 2017 - May 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 5 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
Jul 14 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
October Half term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 27 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $187

Booking Notes:

Please note: As access is by rowing boat an ability to row is important - and we only rent the cottage to NON-smokers.

Booking a holiday is easy, just telephone me, 01579 351631 or e-mail and I will provisionally hold the date. A deposit is required immediately to confirm the booking and is a third of the total price.
The balance is requested 6 weeks before the holday. A returnable damages deposit of £150.00 is also required at that time.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover for weekly bookings. Short breaks outside peak season by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
10% off prices for a full week booking outside school holidays for use by one couple.

Please be aware that the Owners Direct computer computes a figure for a 3 or 4 night break which are not correct so far as my actual rates are concerned. Generally my three day break is between £450 and £495 depending on the time of year and whether we have included logs in the final figure. A three day break is never lower than £450 for full occupancy.
Short breaks available by arrangement outside the school holidays. 3 day break 30% off marked price, 4 day 20% off, 5 day 10% off.
Prices are inclusive of use of the rowing boat, bed linen, towels, heating and logs for the woodburners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Exeter which is 1 hour away from Newton Ferrers
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
3 pubs and 1 yacht club in Newton Ferrers
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Plymouth/Roscoff 30 minutes from the cottage
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Plymouth, again 30 minutes away
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Ship Inn - Noss Mayo, a short row away by boat
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Wembury which is 25 minutes walk away
Car: not necessary


The beach of Wembury is 25 minutes walk from the cottage along the stunning South West Coastpath. This beach is great for rockpools at low tide and bodyboarding when the surf is up. There is a cafe in an old tidal mill selling great coffee and ice creams. Cellar Bay Beach is 25 minutes row up the estuary and the sand bar is exposed on the lowest tides. Mothecombe beach is 15 minutes car drive away and is especially good at low tide with large expanses of sand and you can pick your own mussles!


Travel to the cottage is either by car, or by rail to Plymouth Station, 10 miles away. If coming by train a bus or taxi would take half an hour. A pick-up by us is possible by arrangement. The nearest airport is Exeter, which is one hour away by car.


The beautiful creekside villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo are just a short row/walk away. In summer there is intense competition between them in the Annual Regatta. At high tide you can row all the way to the village (10-15 minutes) for a butchers, a community shop which sells everything from hot croissants to crabbing lines, a pharmacy, a co-op and three pubs as well as a yacht club. The farm shop, Moostone Meats, is a 25 minute walk away from the cottage along the South West Coastpath.

Further Details:

Local shops sell everything you need and cash withdrawal can be made at the village Co-op. Further afield (4 miles and 15-20 mins by car) there is Riverford Farm Shop selling organic produce and in season there is also a Pick-your-own. Moostone Meats is a wonderful farm shop along the cliffs from the cottage with free-range animals and a resident butcher and all their meat is superb. Their ready-made meals are all homemade and delicious. Whilst there are the usual international supermarkets all about half an hour away, we encourage as much local shopping as possible.

Plymouth with much history and all the features of a maritime city with a wonderful deep water harbour, which recently hosted the America's Cup, is 10 miles and 30 minutes away by car or bus or an interesting 3-4 hour walk away along the coastal path to Mountbatten, an old flying boat station. A short passenger ferry then takes you into the heart of the old Barbican area and Hoe from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America and ships set sail with the settlers of Australia and New Zealand. And from where Francis Drake spied the Spanish Armada. It is also home of the National Marine Aquarium - a useful family outing on a really rainy day instead of Monopoly. National Trust Houses of Saltram (4miles), Buckland Abbey (16 miles)Cotehele (18 miles) and St Anthony (18 miles). The attractive South Hams market towns of Modbury (6 miles) and Kingsbridge (10 miles) are within reach as is the estuary town Salcombe (13 miles) with boutique shops. The cottage is so unique that the people who probably enjoy it most are people who prefer to leave their car, turn off their phones, forget e-mails and spend as much time messing about on the river, boating, fishing, swimming, and walking the wonderful cliffs. This is a holiday for people who have their own boats and canoes/kayaks too. A cottage where mobile phones can be turned off,and relaxation starts. A holiday with a difference. A holiday like it used to be.


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