A glorious seaside cottage tucked away above the beautiful beach of Millbay, East Portlemouth. There are estuary views through nearly every 1st floor window, and the house is the perfect getaway summer or winter! The house is located right on the Southwest Coast path, and during off-peak weeks dogs are more than welcome. Children and adults alike wil simply fall in love with this wonderful home with its beachside location and private boathouse.
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
4 bedroom holiday home, with amazing estuary views, seconds from the beach with a private boathouse and access to 2 moorings
Mr James Fisher
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- 12 Jul 2018
About Mr James Fisher
Kingsgrove is owned by the Fisher family, & the 3 siblings (John, Jane & James) look after the cottage & rent it out when the family are not using it. John is a lawyer living in Upton-upon-Severn, & is married to Sue. They enjoy their weekends on the beach with their daughter Olivia & their dog. Jane is a teacher & photographer & lives in Oxfordshire with her husband David. Their Labrador & Alsatian love tearing up the untouched golden sand directly below the house, especially over the quieter months. James is a management consultant living in Leigh-on-sea with wife Victoria. Their children Emily & Edward especially like taking the rib across the estuary in the morning to go for a milkshake. Kingsgrove is loved & cherished by them all!
Mr James Fisher purchased this House in 1980
Why Mr James Fisher chose East Portlemouth
Originally from Worcestershire, our parents first came to Salcombe on honeymoon (a days drive in the days before the M5). After years of staying on their boat they searched for a cottage with stunning views and away from the madding crowds of the main town. Kingsgrove met this idyll and the family bought the property in 1980. There is a family joke that the views from the kitchen sink are so divine that the boys actually help out with the washing up. It's perfect location on Millbay with its 2 moorings, private boathouse and fabulous views make the house simply perfect for a family holiday in Devon.
What makes this House unique
All the family like to enjoy a pint or two at the Pigs Nose in East Prawle, an evening meal at the Millbrook in Southpool and Sunday lunch at The Cricket Inn, Beesands. Family favourite bits: Making fresh tracks across the sand in the morning. Crossing the water by RIB or ferry. Buying live lobster off the local fishermen and BBQing them in the boathouse. Crab fishing (at Fishermans Quay at Batson). Walking around the rocks at low tide right round past Sunny Cove & playing in the surf at the "hog". River trip to the Millbrook in Southpool or Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge for a meal with the children. Kid’s tea time on beach, followed by adults Dinner party Sitting on the balcony in the evening sun with a glass in hand. The run/walk around the cliff path to Gara Rock. Just being!
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Perfect beachside location.
Located in a sylvan setting, this has to be the perfect place for an away from it all break, yet there is never a moments boredom. A lazy moment sitting with drinks on the balcony is perfect for viewing the bay and the beautiful changing light on densely wooded hillside above............or for people watching on the busier days. The Coastal walks are stunning and the coastal path a stones throw from the property. The house itself is well equipped and the boathouse opens onto the fine soft sand. The toughest part of the holiday was making decisions, BBQ at the house or the little ferry over to Salcombe to a Pub or restaurant .......or go to for a gourmet experience at the Pub in South Pool. A week is not long enough to explore the area..........we will have to go back.
A perfect location for a beach family holiday
We stayed at Kingsgrove for just over 2 weeks and left wishing we could stay forever. With 2 young children it is hard to find places that actually allow you to have a holiday yourselves and due to the fantastic location, Kingsgrove let us truly relax. The biggest assets of the house are the views over the estuary from the balcony where we cooked lobster bought from the local fishermen and drank gin and tonics, and the boat house. Being able to go to the beach at any time of day with minimal fuss was a revelation for us! The dog was in 7th heaven on the beach, I enjoyed a morning swim every day and the kids and my husband spent hours rockpooling and playing in the sea and sand.
Salcombe is a short walk and ferry ride away which with 2 little ones is an activity in itself and a highlight for all, and in the other direction are the most beautiful coastal walks. I have stayed in Salcombe many times as a youngster but have totally lost my heart to the other side and cannot praise Kingsgrove and East Portlemouth enough.
The house was well equipped and very comfortable, although the kitchen was a little cramped when the house was at full capacity with people and compared to the rest of the house looked a bit tired, but we spent such a small amount of time actually in the house it didn't matter too much.
Needless to say we have booked to stay again next year and even 4 months on our 3 year old is still asking when we are going back!
Holiday beside the Sea.
Enjoyed another wonderful holiday at this unique property a short ferry ride away from Salcombe. Very comfortable. good modern bathrooms, kitchen etc. Dog friendly and relaxed. Access to stunning beach and large beachside hut with bbq, well equipped for enjoying a beach holiday to the max!
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 min drive
The shops, restaurants and pubs of Salcombe are accessible by private boat or via the passenger ferry and it takes about 5 minutes to cross the estuary. There is a Venus Cafe serving food and drink & beach gifts & toys during peak season located about a 5 minute walk from Kingsgrove. An out of hours water taxi runs until 11pm from April to early September.
The village of East Portlemouth is less than a mile road or footpath and the market town of Kingsbridge is approximately 9 miles away.
Booking Notes: Please check availability on this website, and then send an email with your initial enquiry. 1/3rd non-refundable deposit is required. Balance is due 8 weeks prior to start of your holiday. Payment can be made by BACS bank transfer or by cheque. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Friday. During off-peak months short breaks are available, and changeover day is also flexible at this time. Arrival time is after 3pm. Departure time is before 10am. Notes on prices: Please note during off-peak times short breaks will be considered. Please email us for a price.