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Stylish detached cottage in Kingsbridge, estuary walk to great pub/town, parking

Bedrooms 1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

A Luxury Retreat For 2, Private Patio, 8 Min Walk To Pub & 15 Min To Market Town

Perfect retreat for two people. The Boathouse has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout. Light and airy with exposed beams, oak flooring and high spec kitchen and shower room. It has been thoughtfully designed and well equipped for a comfortable, relaxed break. Private patio overlooking exotic plant garden and views through to the estuary. Off-street parking. Just under 1 mile from Kingsbridge town centre, a thriving market town with picturesque quay, character high street, two supermarkets and market square. The very popular Crabshell Inn pub is situated right on the Quay and only 8 minutes walk away along the estuary. The popular tourist destinations of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Totnes are only 15-30 minutes drive away. Our nearest beach, South Milton, is beautiful and only a 15 minute drive away, while the coastal walks on offer are spectacular. Weekly bookings (Saturday to Saturday) May to the end of September . Short stays (3 night minimum) available at all other times.

Fleur Gates
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

About Fleur Gates

We are Fleur and Rob. We moved down from Surrey and immediately set about designing and converting the detached annexe into the Boathouse. Our aim was to create the look and feel of a boutique hotel, but with the peace and seclusion of a holiday cottage. Fleur is in charge of bookings and Rob takes care of the maintenance.

Fleur Gates purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Fleur Gates chose Kingsbridge

We have family who moved to Kingsbridge a few years before us. Each time we came to visit them we were reluctant to go home. In 2008, ready for an adventure, we took the plunge and moved down ourselves. The great thing about Kingsbridge is that not only is it a thriving market town year round, but it's also located on the beautiful Kingsbridge estuary. No matter what time of year the rolling countryside and estuary make Kingsbridge a lovely place to be. Plus the central location of Kingsbridge makes it a great base to explore the wonderful coastline, countryside and other market towns of the South Hams.

What makes this cottage unique

We like to think that we’ve thought of everything you might need to enjoy your stay. The Boathouse is equipped to feel like a real home. When you arrive all you need to do is unpack your bags and relax. The bed has a quality pocket sprung mattress to give a good night’s rest. We offer free superfast Wi-Fi so you can research your next trip out or check your emails. Every year we completely refresh the Boathouse so it is pristine and ready to welcome you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The best self-catering accommodation we've ever had"

John & Karen, Chelmsford

"Thanks for lovely, comfortable, clean, well equipped accommodation - the perfect base for our week in Devon"

Alex & Juliet, Hertford

"Back again! A lovely stay at the Boathouse to see in the New Year. Looking forward to visit No 4! Thanks Rob & Fleur"

Edward & Kay, North Devon
Jul 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kingsbridge in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Separate shower room with large shower cubicle. Luxury thermostatic shower. WC and basin. Heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Shaver socket. Egyptian cotton towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Comfortable double bed with Egyptian cotton bed linen/duvet/throw and plenty of pillows. Oak bedside tables and wardrobe. Wall mounted Freeview TV. Hairdryer. Blackout roller blind.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We regret it isn’t suitable for babies, children or pets. Sorry, no smoking inside the Boathouse. The Boathouse is double glazed and centrally heated. The central heating is controlled by a simple thermostat and the boiler provides unlimited hot water. Outside: The Boathouse opens out on to a South facing patio area for your exclusive use, with teak table and chairs, parasol, gas BBQ and exotic plant garden. Beach gear is provided - chairs, windbreak, parasol etc. Washing line and pegs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We supply all of the bedding, bed linen, bath towels and tea towels. Don’t forget to pack your beach towels. If you're staying for a week we will come in mid-week and change the towels. For longer bookings we also change the bed linen and clean.


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Stylish detached cottage in Kingsbridge, estuary walk to great pub/town, parking
average rating of 4.964286 based on 29 reviews

A well furnished little bolt hole, well positioned to access local pubs and restaurants

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. The property is furnished to a very high standard, containing everything we needed for a weeks stay. Rob and Fluer were great hosts and we wouldn’t hestitate to recommend The Boathouse to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue, it was lovely to meet you. I’m pleased you had a good week and fantastic weather and that the Boathouse provided everything you needed. Best wishes, Fleur.
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Beautiful property, comfortable & so well equipped. It had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

A superb property finished to a really high standard. Perfect place to stay for a couple. Fleur was very welcoming so thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're welcome Alan, glad you enjoyed your stay, lovely to meet you both.
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The perfect little bolt hole

  • 5 of 5

The Boathouse is perfectly formed and superbly decorated. We absolutely loved our short break in Kingsbridge and would highly recommend it

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - really pleased you enjoyed your break.
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely little house with everything catered for, was spotless too! Would highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Boathouse.
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Small but perfectly formed

  • 5 of 5

The Boathouse was ideal for 2 people, had everything you needed and more. Good location, parking right outside the house, but hone your reversing skills! Our sat nav kept saying the property was on the right side going out of Kingsbridge when in actual fact it is on the left. Best advice is to drive past and just before you approach the bridge there is a small road where it is reasonably easy to turn around and go back towards Kingsbridge with The Boathouse on your right hand side, parking is so much easier that way. Best meal we had was at the Cricket Inn at Beesands, best fish and chips at the Codfather in Kingsbridge. Salcombe is a delight and produce their own gin which I can recommend! Despite the weather enjoyed a wonderful 4:nights at The Boathouse.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and your recommendations which will be very helpful for other guests - delighted you had everything you needed at the Boathouse.
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Comfortable modern place with great view

  • 5 of 5

Compact and nicely set out with lots of crockery etc. Easy walking distance to the town along the estuary. Clean and warm. Would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie, we hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
The Crabshell Inn
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Thurlestone Golf Club
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
The Crabshell Inn
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
South Milton Sands
Car: recommended


There are plenty of great beaches in close proximity. South Milton Sands is a 15 minute drive away (free parking for National Trust members) and one of the best places to catch a sunset. Slapton Sands is 15 minutes away and features a 15 mile stretch of spectacular coast and The Start Bay Inn, serving amazing fish and chips. Bigbury is a 25 minutes drive away and at low tide you can walk across to the iconic Burgh Island Hotel (frequented by Agatha Christie) and the 700 year old Pilchard Inn.


Approximately 1 hour's drive from Exeter International airport and 4.5 hours drive from London. A car is not essential, but is recommended. Nearest train station is Totnes, which has great national links. Buses run from Kingsbridge to Plymouth, Totnes, Exeter and Dartmouth. The trip to Dartmouth is spectacular from the top of a double decker bus.


Other local places of interest include Salcombe which is 6.5 miles away. Located on the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary it features beautiful beaches, stunning coastal scenery and walks. You can also take the ferry from Kingsbridge to Salcombe (seasonal). Dartmouth is 15 miles away and known for its strong naval heritage, tudor buildings, castle and art galleries. Totnes is 12 miles away and has great independent shopping on the high street and the lovely Dartington Hall Estate.

Further Details:

Kingsbridge is a bustling market town all year round. There are two supermarkets (Tesco and Morrisons) and a selection of independent food shops on the high street. The very popular Crabshell Inn is situated on the edge of the quay and only a 8 minute walk away. The award winning Maha-Bharat Indian restaurant is always busy. The Old Bakery is a lovely setting with great tapas. We can recommend some good restaurants and pubs in and around Kingsbridge whatever your taste. Kings Cinema is a quaint cinema at the top of the high street showing the latest releases and you can have a glass of wine! Fusion Leisure Centre is in the centre of town and features a 25M swimming pool. Harbour House is a Centre for Arts and Yoga with a vegetarian Café, located in the centre of town. The pretty Recreational Grounds in Kingsbridge have two tennis courts available for a small fee. During the summer there's a busy Sunday car boot sale on the edge of the Quay. The estuary is very popular for stand up paddle boarding, with hire and lessons available at The Crabshell Inn. There's a lovely circular walk/run from the Boathouse that takes you along the picturesque estuary (very popular with bird watchers) and through the country lanes. The Kingsbridge In Bloom team keep Kingsbridge looking beautiful and have recently won a number of gold medals.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:

In the summer we take bookings in weekly blocks, Saturday to Saturday. Off peak, we take bookings for shorter stays (3 night minimum).

The Boathouse will be all yours from 3pm the day you arrive. At the end of your stay we ask that you leave by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.