Windfalls, part of an ancient farmstead located on the edge of the pretty Kingsbridge/Salcombe estuary in South Devon was formally the hay barn with access from both the courtyard and the upper level. Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope that rambles down to the beautiful tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orchard to the 800 ft private foreshore, row one of the dinghies provided round to South Pool to the pub (tides permitting!), barbecue by the old lime kiln on the foreshore and revel in the views of this dreamy stretch of water. The tiny hamlet of Goodshelter is just a mile from East Portlemouth, the lovely beaches of Millbay and Sunny Cove and from there, a ferry ride to the popular town of Salcombe. The cottages are alongside a courtyard shared with the owner's home, overlook an orchard that slopes down to the Creek and provide very comfortable, well furnished and flexible accommodation.A Wayfarer sailing dinghy is available for use by the experienced as well as a couple of rowing dinghies, but entirely at guests' risk, (ask for details). Apple Tree Cottage is welcoming, bright with vibrant colours and enjoys its own pretty garden. Windfalls is an ideal spot for two and with its level access is also suitable for disabled and wheelchair users. Between the two cottages and attached to Windfalls, although entirely separate, is what in family parlance has become known as The Love Shack! This little nest can be let with either of the other cottages but not on its own. This delightful set of cottages can be a haven for couples, a great spot for families or indeed a wonderful place for a large family celebration, all in the most idyllic position. There is a shared laundry room accessed from the courtyard with a chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board. The gravelled courtyard in front of the cottages is enclosed with a five bar gate and provides ample parking. From here a pathway leads through the orchard to the creek.
?A lovely cosy cottage, wonderful trips down the river in the skiff and superb coastal walks and beaches.?
?Fantastic location, loved Mill Bay, the walks and just pottering around the garden. Our 3-year-old had the time of his life. Thanks.?
Windfalls was the hay barn with access from both the courtyard and the upper level. The accommodation is all on one level on the upper floor and is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and has access from both ground floor and first floor levels.
From the courtyard door to tiled hallway with a large storage cupboard and a fine settle. Stairs up to the attractive open-plan living room with views to the creek across the courtyard. The sitting area has two armchairs, comfortable sofa (this converts to a 4ft 6in sofa-bed), satellite TV, telephone and a circular dining table to seat 4. The well-fitted kitchen area has an electric hob and built-under oven, fridge with ice compartment, microwave and a breakfast bar with 4 stools. The bedroom has twin 3ft beds, a vanity unit and fitted cupboards and large double doors that open to a grassy area alongside the lane. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
Windfalls has no garden, but a table and chairs have been put on top of the lime kiln that overlooks the creek for guests' use. It is a bit of a trek through the orchard, but definitely worth it.
The Love Shack
Windfalls or Apple Tree Cottage can be let combined with The Love Shack at an extra cost and availability permitting.
From the courtyard, door into tiled hallway with a wrought iron spiral staircase to the bedroom under a pitched ceiling with a 5ft double bed, large sofa, a desk and hanging wardrobe. The shower room is off the hallway with shower, basin and WC.
Features applicable to both cottages:
Please Note: At spring high tides (which occur throughout the year) and for one hour either side of high water, it may be difficult crossing the fords on the tidal road that accesses the property. Tide Tables will be forwarded to guests with their travel directions.
East Portlemouth is a small pretty village set on a hill giving outstanding views to Kingsbridge and Dartmoor. Set in an area of outstanding beauty, it has one of the quieter sandy beaches of the area and is fantastic for families..even dogs are welcome all year round here. East Portlemouth has a number of small beaches. Fishermans Cove, Small Cove and Mill Bay. All have won Safe Bathing status and this is great for families of young children as you know the water is clean, shallow and safe for paddling. At low tide, you will find lots of shallow rock pools and you can pick up the Ferry to Salcombe from Fishermans beach. Well worth exploring is the trail form Ease Portlemouth to Prawle Point. Here you find a watch station, manned by volunteers and you can take in the magnificent views out to sea. This area is very popular with birdwatchers as many migratory species gather here. If you walk on to East Prawle then you can pick up refreshments at the village cafe or at the Pigs nose.