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Ivy Cove | Luxury Self-Catering Coastal Devon Cottage | Noss Mayo

Ivy Cove

Holbeton, Noss Mayo, Devon, UK

Tucked into the South Hams behind a patchwork of grass which falls away into the sea (and with a private beach of its very own), Ivy Cove cradles in the nurturing arms of Mother Nature. Perfectly placed for both sun baking and storm watching near Devon's pretty Noss Mayo, here is a luxury self-catering cottage where intricate design and spectacular coastal views go hand in hand.


From modest lean-to for sheltering animals, to camping den, to converted barn for the owners’ family holidays to Devon, Ivy Cove has seen a lifetime of drama, romance and togetherness over its years. An organic development which has shifted in style as if in time with the seafaring winds, this luxury self-catering home is the ultimate expression of working with nature. Set back from the South Hams cliffs with an eye on the elements, spend winter days watching the weather sweep across the horizon with toes toasting by the fire and summer nights in the wood-fired hot tub.


Designer-led luxury reigns at this stylish retreat near Noss Mayo, while natural materials and huge windows marry the interiors with Gaia herself. As salty air glides down the spiral staircase from the master bedroom, brew rich coffee ready for a morning of flicking through the day’s newspaper on one of the velvet sofas in the open plan living area. When darkness settles on the cliffs, guests staying in the ground floor bedroom can wrap shoulders in blankets, steaming mugs of tea in hand, before tiptoeing out of their garden doors to listen to the waves thunder against the shore.


When the morning haze of summer mists the horizon, sneak out of the cottage, towel flung over shoulder, and dash through fields to the property’s private beach, known to the owners as the Blue Lagoon, for a secluded dip before breakfast. Once warmed through with scrambled eggs and freshly squeezed juice, tie up the laces of trusty walking boots, pack a picnic and head off across the South West Coast Path to discover more of the South Hams’ secret coves and quiet bays. With no light pollution to wash out those scintillating heavens, nights are just as gorgeous as days at Ivy Cove.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,750 per week, £1,350 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsUp the spiral staircase is the property´s king-size en suite master bedroom, with a bath, double shower and views overlooking the sea. Downstairs on the ground floor is the zip-and-link bedroom with en suite shower room. There is an additional WC on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesWood-fired hot tub, electric car charger
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome; due to the spiral staircase, please ensure children are supervised at all times. A cot and highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for two cars outside the property. The open plan kitchen includes an oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge, and Aarke water carbonator. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer built into the cupboard in the lobby. While the beach is privately owned, it is also accessible to the owners´ other guests and neighbours. Due to the coastal location of the property, please supervise children and pets at all times when outside.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper of local produce, luxury bed linen and towels, fire pit with barbecue, kindling and firewood to get you started, cosy blankets, recipe books, board games...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Sink into the sofa and warm toes by the fire on winter days
Flagstone flooring and natural material reign supreme at this cottage by the sea

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Noss Mayo

Chocolate box fisherman´s cottages reflect in the glassy waters of the Yealm Estuary, while stand up paddleboards, canoes and sailing boats drift along the river. Noss Mayo is as pretty as it gets.

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Noss Mayo

Getting there

  • On the Map This self-catering cottage is located just off the South West Coast Path in Devon, with Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers to the East and Mothecombe to the West.
  • By Car This rustic home is around four miles off the A379 at Holbeton, which is the main road between Plymouth and Kingsbridge.
  • By Train The closest train station to Ivy Cove is in Ivybridge, which is a 25 minute, or nine mile drive away.
  • By Air Exeter Airport is around an hour away by car.

From the owner

“A sunset from the hot tub, stars from the bath and ocean from your bed; we hope guests enjoy our rustic Devon creation as much as we do!”

From the owner

This building was originally a lean-to used for farming and has had various incarnations over the years. It is only recently that it has been transformed into this cosy homestead nestled into the hillside overlooking the sea.

In the early days, Ivy Cove was very rustic and had no facilities. It was only when we returned from abroad to live here, that a bath and facilities were installed. In those days, the cottage still sported a pirate's ladder up the wall, a log burner to heat the whole place and a freestanding kitchen (of sorts). That was 20 years ago and in spite of this basic start to life in Devon, we are still married! 

For about 50 years Ivy Cove was a camping barn for family and friends to stay in and many large celebrations have taken place within its walls: live music, dancing and plenty of great memories. 

The latest makeover has been the most major one, however. We didn't want to destroy the rustic and slightly eccentric nature of this building and have tried to keep its personality, but at the same time making it warm and cosy.

There is nothing better than looking out over the sea from the comfort of a large bed, and we hope that many happy memories will continue to be made here.

The Sayers Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Noss Mayo with an insider’s perspective.

Sailing, Newton Ferrers
To Do

Sailing, Newton Ferrers

A popular sailing centre and a hive of busy activity during the peak months, Newton Ferrers is just a couple of miles away from the cottage and offers a wealth of options for anyone wanting to hit the water, by boat, canoe or SUP.

The Oyster Shack, Bigbury
To Eat

The Oyster Shack, Bigbury

Award-winning seafood in comfortable, rustic and informal surroundings not far from Bigbury Beach. Don´t be fooled by its chintzy decor, this is the place to go for food from the sea. Booking is essential year-round.

Suphas, Plymouth
To Eat

Suphas, Plymouth

Looking out across Sutton Harbour, indulge in an array of the city´s most authentic Asian street food at Suphas. Once bellies are filled, wander along the harbour wall for a nightcap at the Honky Tonk Wine Library (booking strongly advised for both).

Plymouth Arts Centre
To See

Plymouth Arts Centre

Far from the mainstream cinema experience, independent films and documentaries are shown year-round at the city´s Arts Centre at the College of Art. A perfect antidote to rainy Devon days.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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