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Arguably the best located holiday cottage in Devon with stunning views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 January, 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 mina2.com). 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Arguably the best located holiday cottage in Devon with stunning views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Mrs Helen Tatham

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time ever we had been away at Christmas with grandparents and three teenagers and we were absolutely spoilt with the interior of midships and its location . Added to this we had amazing blue skies and were able to swim and surf daily with grandparents looking on. The various beaches on the doorstep as well as bantham and bigbury are great for walks and watersports . We could not have asked for more ...

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were our first "Christmas guests" and we are delighted you had such a good time. Hope to see you again before too long.
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Fab location, fab house. Could not do better

  • 5 of 5

we walked and we walked with my sons and puppy. Great friendly local pub, gave me a cake with candle for birthday - what more do you want. Warm, out of the world views, beautiful warn days and spectacular windy wet nights - I just love this. All cosy inside. You can not do better.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really think that the autumn and winter months are particularly lovely at Hope Cove. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you back again next year! Tim & Maria
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  • 5 of 5

I am loath to write this as we would rather it stayed a perfect little secret accessible only to those in the know. However, midships is the kind of place you pinch yourself about. Located on the cliff above a string of beaches, 5 minutes to the shop and pub, 5 light years away from the pressures of life, this cottage is perfect. It's immaculately set up - the owners clearly see it as their home and not just a let. We have spent a blissful week and have booked next year already. You know when you find a place that you know will become your holiday haven for years to come? This is it. It was our first summer holiday with our baby daughter and the most special of times. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny. All I'd say is bring black out blinds if you have little ones, and make sure you go to the pub on a Wednesday night in full summer. But don't book it in fact. Only we can go there....

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased to welcome you as serial guests at Midships in the future ... and your parents who stayed with you for a few days and have themselves booked another week in November! We look forward to your future visits.
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The perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic stay at Midships. What style you have, we were all so impressed with the quality of the furnishings and equipment.I cannot think of any detail that could be improved.The view from the terrace is superb and we were able to watch the children and the" big "children leaping off the jetty. They had so much fun. Thank you both so much for a wonderful holiday stay. By the way Maria /Timmy daughter Karen has accidentally returned home with one of your hand towels. Please send me your address so I can return or would you like me to send it to Midships.Also because of the lack of signal we had to keep in touch occasionally by your telephone. Please let me know if we can pay for the calls made.

Until the next time

Judy Norman

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. Thank you so much and delighted you had such a good time. Thanks also for the photos of the kids leaping into the sea from the sea wall. That's what Hope Cove holidays are all about. Until next time .... !
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Amazing property in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Well appointed, beautifully decorated, clean, bright and roomy. Midships is hard to beat -wherever you might go - the most amazing location and waking up to look out over the sea with the bright sun shining was perfect. Hope Cove is a real find. Thanks for a fantastic stay in your beautiful home. We will be back.

Mollie, Klara, Matilda, Benjamin and Leigh.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime.
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Beautiful house with an outstanding view

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from our week long stay at Midships. The property is beautiful and was perfect for us. We arrived to a freshly cleaned house, and fully stocked wine cooler cabinet ! Absolutely just what we needed after a long drive down. Thank you so much, we will be back !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the previous guests had played fair with the contents of the wine cooler! ... and very glad you had such a good week. Look forward to seeing you again!
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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.


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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hope Cove in South Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Principal bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bedroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , 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 Single Bed , 2-4 beds with ensuite bathroom.
    Principal bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 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
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
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
  • diving
  • 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.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:

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