Sojourn in one of the most unique river houses in the UK has on offer with a luxury break at Sea Sentry. This WW2 guard tower nestles on the south Devon coast in sought-after Shaldon and has been brought bang into the 21st Century with an armoury of quirky mod cons, making it an ingeniously designed luxury house on the river for two.
Built during WW2 to house two soldiers who guarded the Shaldon coastal defences in south Devon, Sea Sentry laid untouched for decades with only the company of the nesting seabirds and oscillating tides. More recently the deserted wartime relic became a studio, attracting artists drawn in by its magnetising estuary views, and one day captured the imagination of a Devon family who transformed it into the unique river home it is today. Possibly the most beautiful bombproof build in Britain, history buffs and lovers of the traditional English seaside holiday will explode with excitement on arrival at this one-of-a-kind home.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
With an outward appearance not far off a sugar cube, this two story home exemplifies “tiny house design” at its best. The ground floor comprises a cabin style bedroom with king-size bed and an über-modern shower room which features a square basin, WC, sensory mirror, underfloor heating and luxury rainfall shower... big enough for two!
The south Devon village of Shaldon is a true period place; a pic’n’mix of meandering streets, thatched cottages and botanical gardens. There is a little zoo, bowling green and two unspoilt beaches; Shaldon (50m away) and The Ness accessed via an old smuggler's tunnel. Watch village life go by from the vantage point of your terrace with a spread of Devon splits and Champers. See fishermen haul in their nets and don’t miss the sporting events in August where residents gather on the pocket-sized beach for the annual water carnival - a 200 year old tradition and (according to local word) the oldest running regatta in the world.
Here, living is easy. The seaside village has a butchers for local meat, a craft bakery for fresh bread, the Tom Thumb boutique for handmade bath products and a post office for sending letters home ‘with love from Shaldon’. There is even an ice cream parlour (complete with a fudge bar!) called The Yummy Shop – it doesn’t get much quainter than that. As evening falls, supper under the stars on the private terrace will make for a magical end to your picture-perfect day.
From October to May guests can park on the road just before the property, otherwise the owners provide a permit for The Ness Shaldon car park which is a five minute return walk away. The tiny kitchen is perfectly formed and includes a Neff combi fan oven/microwave, hob, fridge, dishwasher and coffee machine.
- SleepsUp to 2 guests
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- Personally VisitedYes
- BedroomsDoubles: One ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed
- BathroomsOne ground floor shower room featuring a WC, basin and luxury rainfall shower with handheld attachment
- FamilyChildren: Sorry no children or babies
- BBQThere is a gas BBQ
- PetsSorry, no pets are permitted
- Mod ConsTV, DVD player, Sonos sound system, air conditioning, underfloor heating, Control 4 home automation system, mood lighting, Neff coffee machineInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi is available but there is limited usage and it is not suitable for streamingMobile Signal: Check reception maps
- Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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AROUND THE PROPERTY
Style: The interiors have an industrial, maritime flavour, incorporating salvaged finds from an old marine yard topped off with luxury finishes. This is a superb example of stylish tiny house design.
Property Owner Andy says
"It’s tiny, so is it too small?” was the foremost question when we found Sea Sentry. Absolutely not. There were plenty of doubters, but with the imagination, skill and dedication of our son Pete (who undertook all the work) we´re so pleased with our unique little bolthole.
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FOOD AND DRINK
Take Britain’s oldest passenger ferry across the river to explore the delights of Teignmouth where you can pick up your Waitrose favourites along with goodies from the smorgasbord of independent food producers in Shaldon. The bijou kitchen is on the top floor of this topsy-turvy home, making the most of the mesmerising river views; a sweet space for a romantic supper or delicious English breakfast.
If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your partner (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).
The characterful local pubs offer a real taste of Devon. Try The London Inn, situated on the green at Shaldon, or The Crab Shack for excellent seafood, just half a mile away by ferry ride (which makes the experience even better)!
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