River Yealm View
Anchor Cottage overlooks the River Yealm and has a private slipway to the water. This makes getting the kayaks in and out of the water really easy. You can hire paddle boards or bring your own, there’s plenty of storage space in the garage. I can arrange SUP lessons for beginners or a guide to help you navigate out onto the sea. Or how about a spot of SUP Yoga? Our luxury south Devon accommodation is perfect for paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, boating and wild swimming or just messing about on the water. Or you can simply enjoy the views from the first floor balcony.
South Hams Beaches
Noss Mayo is tucked into the Yealm estuary but is only a mile from my favourite secret beaches in South Devon. You can cycle – if you’re feeling fit, it’s pretty hilly – to Wembury or Mothecombe beach. Or pack a picnic and head out to Salcombe, Bigbury or Bantham for the day. You can read my best tips for eating and parking in the guidebook which you’ll find inside Anchor Cottage, along with my favourite cold water swimming spots.
Free parking for two cars or a car and a boat trailer right outside Anchor Cottage, quite a rarity in this part of the world.
Food and drink
All three local pubs – Swan Inn, The Ship Inn and The Dolphin are in walking distance but you can always kayak to them at high tide! They all offer good locally produced food and the Porn Star Martini’s at The Swan come highly recommended. The Gren Deli in Newton Ferrers is perfect for a brunch after a riverside walk and their cakes are dangerously good. You could try wine or cheese tasting at Sharpham’s Vineyard or I can book you into the Gin School at Calancombe Estate – they also do an amazing ‘Grand Celebration Tea with their fabulous Blanc do Noirs sparkling wine.
Totnes has a food market on Fridays with great street food stalls and brilliant locally made bread and cakes.
The most glorious flora and fauna can be found the second you arrive. Newton Creek attracts all sorts of amazing resident and migratory birds and the butterflies are so pretty. Remember to pack your camera!
There is a large secure garage so you can safely store your bikes, boat, paddle boards and kayaks.