Smalls Cottage East Portlemouth Salcombe

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Smalls Cottage East Portlemouth Salcombe

Offering a unique opportunity to purchase a slice of Salcombe Estuary history, Smalls Cottage has not been on the market for more than 100 years.

An idyllic waterfront property set within a private location and benefitting from the rarity of its own beach, ‘Smalls’, and separate guest annexe harnessing one of the most glorious views of the Salcombe Estuary in the South Hams. Smalls Cottage is a hidden gem, set in a peaceful location within 5.5 acres of extensive gardens and wooded grounds with separate outbuildings with potential to convert subject to planning.

The private access to Smalls Cottage opens out to a courtyard area which benefits from the afternoon sun and exemplifies the wonderful amenities Smalls Cottage provides.

The property offers versatile accommodation with the ground floor arranged as a self-contained 1 bedroom annexe / guest apartment. The first floor is presently arranged as the owners’ living accommodation, including well-appointed sitting / dining room with wood burner and a kitchen / breakfast room with traditional Aga.  Along the landing is a family shower room and two bedrooms, one of which benefits from a generous ensuite and spectacular views out over the lower garden towards your own Smalls Beach.

The property also offers extensive foreshore which at present includes 2 swinging moorings.

Positioned within a private central estuary location, Smalls Cottage has superb views through the mature ‘treescape’ to the estuary and Salcombe beyond. The property is accessed via the picturesque tidal road which hugs the waterline and runs between the villages of South Pool and East Portlemouth and is within easy reach of Salcombe via boat, passenger ferry or water taxi.

Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Salcombe Estuary is one of the most sought after waterfront locations in the UK with sheltered waters, deep water moorings, a popular harbour and numerous sandy beaches and coves.

Formerly a thriving fishing village, Salcombe still retains its original charm and character. It boasts a host of exclusive restaurants, pubs and boutique shops. Smalls Cottage is within easy reach, whilst nestled in its own tranquil haven.

Sailing is an integral part of Salcombe’s history due to the estuary’s sheltered nature. It is a beautiful spot for overnight anchorage from which to explore the coastline of the West Country.

East Portlemouth is accessed via the A38 Devon Expressway. There are also regular train services to London, the Midlands, and the North from Totnes. Flying is also an option to Exeter Airport or located across the water is a public airfield.

The Beach   

Access to your own beach is provided the other side of the lane from the access to Smalls Cottage, through further mature gardens via an arched gateway. The property provides the opportunity to restore and reinstate an historic footbridge, giving direct access to the lower grounds and Smalls Beach, which remains a favourite for holiday makers and locals alike.

Nestled within the wooded hillside, a secluded seating area provides the perfect opportunity to watch the ever-changing view of life on the water. Owning this jewel of sandy shoreline is an exceptional opportunity for anyone looking for a slice of the South Hams.

Garden and Grounds

The rare combination of direct water access via its own private sandy beach, 2 private swinging moorings and extensive gardens and grounds makes this a unique home. The property is approached via double gates opening into a courtyard parking area, in turn leading to the detached former coach house providing garaging / workshop space and further storage on the first floor. Subject to the necessary planning consents this building could be converted into separate ancillary accommodation.

The established, sheltered gardens are a delight which lead to a raised terrace that enjoys sun from dawn till dusk and provides an idyllic picturesque water view. The fertile valley includes a productive orchard and south-facing walled garden; it is the perfect opportunity to create your very own vineyard! Smalls Cottage benefits from a private spring-fed water supply.


Key Features

  • Private beach with direct water access
  • Two private swinging moorings
  • Beautiful estuary views to Salcombe
  • Detached waterfront property
  • Versatile accommodation
  • Self-contained annexe
  • Extensive gardens and grounds
  • Outbuilding with potential to convert (STPP)
  • Wonderful wooded private location
  • Ample parking

Property Details

Property Type Detached House
Postcode TQ8 8PU
Council Tax Band Band G

Energy Efficiency & Environmental Impact


Room Descriptions


Services: Oil-fired central heating. Private spring-fed water and mains water supply. Private drainage.

Council tax band: G

Local Authority: South Hams District Council

Tenure: Freehold


Set within approximately 5.5 acres of gardens and grounds, an idyllic waterfront detached property with its own private beach, enjoying stunning views over the estuary and Salcombe beyond. Energy rating - E.


113 Fore Street
Kingsbridge, Devon

01548 852352

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