Cottage in East Portlemouth, South Devon, England - Peaceful Location 5 Minutes Walk to Beautiful Golden Sandy Beaches
About Mandy Knowles
Cowrie Cottage has been the Knowles family holiday home since 1963. It has been a wonderful place for the family to get together and for the cousins to keep in touch. We all have wonderful memories of evenings sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine with the children playing safely in the surrounding gardens. 4 siblings have taken over looking after the cottage & rent it when the family are not there. After much deliberation the family recently invested in updating the cottage, we are all now completely delighted with its new warmth, comfort and facilities and feel it offers everything you could need for your English coastal holiday.
Mandy Knowles purchased this Cottage in 1963
Why Mandy Knowles chose Salcombe
Originally from Surrey the family first came to Salcombe as children in the 1930’s and 1940’s (a 2 day drive in the days before the motorways!). After years of staying in various rental properties and camping, a family cottage was purchased in 1963 by the owners Mother and Aunt. The Cottage was bought “lock stock and barrel” with all the furniture included and many happy years followed! One of the owners loved it so much they are now living in East Portlemouth! The village is small and friendly, we love taking our morning coffee up to the seats just above the cottage to sit, looking at the stunning view and watching the world go by - and all the boats coming and going. The cottage is simply perfect for families or anyone looking for peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.
What makes this Cottage unique
The things we love most are.... Taking the dogs for a pre breakfast walk around the coast to Gara Beach and sitting in the Lookout Cafe overlooking the ocean, sipping wine on the terrace whilst the children run around playing Murder in the Dark! Driving the boat up to the MillBrook Arms in Southpool for an evening drink, a pint or two in the Pigs Nose in East Prawle, Sunday lunch at The Cricket Inn at Beesands. Writing your name in the sand before the Salcombe tourists arrive! Playing and surfing in the sea at low tide by the Hipple, crossing to Salcombe in the ferry for a Salcombe Dairy ice cream, watching the racing sitting overlooking the water in the Ferry Inn, buying lobster from the local fishermen, crab fishing on Victoria Quay and so much more...
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Late September holiday
Lovely well equipped cottage. Welcoming, high spec and very dog friendly. Wonderful south facing sun trap terrace. Wood burning stove with logs supplied. Good value. Great for in and out of season holidays. 5 minutes walk to beach /Salcombe ferry, 10 minutes walk to Mill bay. Fine coastal walks. Quality dog friendly eating places including, Millbrook Inn South Pool, Gara Rock, Victoria Inn Salcombe (has 'a la Bark' menu).
Fantastic cottage, fabulous location
We’ve just returned from a two week stay at Cowrie Cottage. After many happy holidays around the South Hams, we feel we’ve found the accommodation and location which suits us best. The cottage is cosy, clean, well equipped and most importantly – is in a terrific location for coastal walks, fine views of the estuary and close proximity to Salcombe. The Owner’s recommendations in the ‘unique benefits’ section below are spot on – additionally the Britannia @ The Beach ‘Fish Shack’, Beesands and the Winking Prawn, North Sands, Salcombe should not be missed. The food at the Millbrook Inn, South Pool is awesome. We’ll be back!
Mill Bay is a gorgeous sheltered beach situated in the mouth of the Salcombe estuary. Mill Bay is MCS recommended for it's high quality water standards it is also a dog friendly beach where dogs are welcome all year round. As well as plenty of golden sand, Mill Bay beach has rock pools and safe bathing.
Nearest airports - Exeter and Plymouth - approx 1 hour drive, Bristol - approx 2 hours drive. Nearest train station - Totnes - Approx 45-minute drive - fast train to London = 2 hours 45 minutes. Nearest Port - Plymouth - Approx 45-minute drive with regular ferries to Roscoff in France, Cork in Ireland and Santander in Northern Spain (Brittany Ferries).
Kingsbridge - 20 min drive Slapton Sands - 20 min drive Blackpool Sands - 30 min drive Dartmouth - 35 min drive Totnes - 45 min drive Dartmoor - 1 hour drive
The shops, restaurants and pubs of Salcombe are accessible by private boat or via the passenger ferry, it takes about 5 minutes to cross the estuary. There is a Venus Café serving food and drink & beach gifts & toys during peak season located at the bottom of the steep steps from Cowrie Cottage. An out of hours water taxi runs until 11pm from April to early September. Bookings via the harbour master. The market town of Kingsbridge is approximately 9 miles away. There are a number of excellent local pubs and restaurants with cafe's for lunch and ice creams. The National Trust property, Overbecks, in Salcombe, is worth a visit for a good day out.
You probably won't want to travel far but there are a number of lovely seaside towns in "day trip" distance of East Portlemouth.