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Beauport | Luxury River Cottage | Newton Ferrers, South Hams


Newton Ferrers, Devon, UK

On the banks of the River Yealm in Devon's yachty haven of Newton Ferrers is the oh-so-stylish Beauport cottage. This immaculate self-catering waterfront home exudes a restful ambience, filled to the rafters with little luxuries waiting to be enjoyed by families and groups of friends. Lying within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on one of the most sought-after roads in the South Hams, here is a place where golden beaches and long coastal stomps to country inns reign supreme.



The Yealm estuary is a haven for artists and sailing aficionados who covet the idyllic riverside location and olde-worlde charm. Surrounded by ancient woodland, the creek upon which Beauport sits ebbs away at low tide revealing a walkway across to neighbouring Noss Mayo with its locally renowned gastro pub The Ship Inn. Sit and watch the sailing boats pass by and dip your toes in the water, before catching the passenger ferry to the coastal parish of Wembury. This luxury Devon cottage is a haven you'll relish returning to after a day's adventure and a secret you'll want to keep all to yourself.


Summer haven and winter hideaway, Beauport’s interiors have a scintillating appeal balancing a stylish palette of cool, coastal tones with warm, inviting fabrics and furnishings. Draw out family breakfasts around the large dining table with mountains of buttery toast and cups of tea, before heading out for the day. On chilly winter evenings the Aga and two woodburners pump out heat in the kitchen and living room, creating an irresistible pull. Sit with a glass of wine and bask in the ambient glow. If you want an extra special escape, visit in December when the owner adds even more magic with cottage-style Christmas decor to rival any.


A beautifully established terraced garden leads up from the back of Beauport offering well-placed seating areas along the way; follow the stone steps right to the top for a breathtaking vista of the River Yealm and Noss Mayo on the other side. The summerhouse provides a serene space to escape the hubbub of the main house. Within its walls, artists can really take the time to capture the ethereal light made famous in this corner of the Westcountry, before dropping tools and heading out on foot for a genteel afternoon tea with local jam and big dollops of clotted cream (the Devon way...).

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,650 per week, £1,295 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsAll the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the first floor where you will find one double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite shower room, one zip-and-link bedroom (can can be set up as either a super king-size or a twin), and a twin bedroom. Also on this floor is the family bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
  • FeaturesSummerhouse, kayaks (used at your own risk, life jackets not provided), private slipway
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children over seven are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesA private parking bay is at the top of the steeply-tiered garden to the rear of the house. Please note the steep drive to the allocated space is unsuitable for low sports cars. There is extra roadside parking on the approach; guests can unload suitcases on the shared road at the front of the house before parking the car. The house has a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge-freezer, electric Aga, induction hob, and a Heston Blumenthal Nespresso coffee machine.
  • Homestay includesSummerhouse and private slipway, Sky TV (with sports and movie package), luxury welcome hamper, Blu-Ray player, Denon sound system, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
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Enjoy cosy evenings curled up next to the woodburner at Beauport
Gather around the dining table for a home cooked dinner

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Newton Ferrers

In the heart of South Hams is a pretty riverside village, tucked neatly into the banks of the River Yealm estuary in soft, South Devon. With its thatched roofs and idyllic vibe, this place is the perfect romantic chill-out spot.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Beauport is situated on the waterfront in Newton Ferrers in South Devon. Just 20 minutes from Plymouth, half an hour from Salcombe, and half an hour from Totnes.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath and take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The closest train station is Plymouth with regular services to London Paddington. 
  • By Air The nearest airport is Exeter International airport. 

From the owner

“For us, staying at Beauport is all about the river and the ever-changing views from the cottage and garden. It is about relaxing in the summerhouse or riverside garden with a glass of wine and a good book, or being lulled to sleep with the gently hypnotic lapping of the river outside the window...”

From the owner

Beauport was built in the early 1700s as a simple fisherman's cottage; the original families would have had a hard life earning their living fishing on the River Yealm. The sturdily built stone cottage would have been home to as many as 12 people, all tightly squeezed in the two-up two-down riverside cottage.

Over time Newton Ferrers gently grew in prosperity and, along with Noss Mayo, became a haven for holidaymakers. The cottage remained fairly unchanged until 2012, when it was lovingly renovated with a new kitchen, a third bedroom and an additional bathroom. Over time, Riverside Road West became one of the most sought-after roads in the South Hams, and we both still pinch ourselves that we were able to purchase this wonderful cottage in 2014.

On purchasing the property, I asked my friend and designer Paul to transform it into a beautiful place to stay. Paul's skills enabled us to turn Beauport into the idyllic riverside hideaway it is today. With the newly landscaped gardens and restored summerhouse, we hope it offers our guests a very enjoyable stay in this beautiful corner of Devon.

David and Lesley

Owner recommendations

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

Beach Bathing

To Do

Beach Bathing

You are spoiled for choice in the South Hams which is famous for its award-winning beaches, including the private Mothecombe beach (open to the public on Wednesdays and weekends) and Rocky Stoke beach four miles away.

Quaint Devon Market Towns

To See

Quaint Devon Market Towns

Totnes, Kingsbridge and Yealmpton have agricultural shows and weekly markets in summer and make for a great day out. Dartington hosts an annual music festival and has an interesting melange of boutique shops and tea rooms.

For Little Ones

To Do

For Little Ones

Plymouth´s National Marine Aquarium is 30 minutes away, while Woodlands Leisure Park with its water-coasters and toboggan run is just 20 minutes away. Nearby, Dartmoor Zoological Park inspired the film ´We Bought a Zoo´.

The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo

To Eat

The Ship Inn, Noss Mayo

The family-friendly Ship Inn serves great pub food in a stunning setting on a tributary of the River Yealm. Popular for their waterside location, local beers and homemade food, we would recommend booking ahead as its always busy.

Guest Testimonials

This is our fourth visit to Beauport and we love it as much now as when we first came. The house is beautifully presented and the river frontage is a massive plus. Newton Ferris/Noss Mayo are exquisite, a little bit of heaven! For sure, we will return for another trip and probably more after that. We just love it. Thank you!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with us. We so very much enjoyed our stay at Beauport and wished we could have stayed longer. We hope to return one day soon!

First visit to Beauport. Beautiful, welcoming home. Amazing hamper and beautiful flowers! Lots of lovely walks, roasts and lunch at The Ship which was tasty and the service was great. We hope to come back! Thank you.

Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The house and gardens are superb. The surroundings are beautiful and all the small touches around the house, fresh flowers, magazines, hamper are a revelation. The standard of facilities are staggering. Thank you!

We truly had a wonderful time and the property was stunning in an amazing location. Attention to detail was outstanding,especially appreciated the flowers and amazing hampers. Hope to book again in the future.

Firstly may I say what a wonderful place Beauport is. The owners have done an amazing job in getting the balance right between luxury but homely we have really enjoyed ourselves and will no doubt return. Will be highly recommending Beauport and we really do look forward to returning. Thank you.

We had a lovely time in Devon and the house was just perfect. We loved the spaces, details, decorations and interior design and the landscaping was spot on and the kitchen was the real gem. We enjoyed our breakfasts in the rear garden and our dinners in the front garden overlooking the water.

Thank you very much for a lovely stay in your cottage, we were very lucky with the weather sunshine most days. The cottage was decorated beautifully for Christmas. The most perfect place to stay to celebrate my Birthday.

We could not have asked for anywhere more relaxing than this cottage, it is stunning. Being by the river makes it even more beautiful. We have all been so relaxed, stress-free and living the dream. We highly recommend the Ship Inn for food.

Beautiful cottage in a peaceful and relaxing location. It is so quiet and chilled out. We will be telling our friends and hopefully be coming again soon! Thank you so much.

We had a lovely stay here at Beauport Cottage. A very thoughtfully designed and delightful cottage in an ideal location. We have stayed at many other places to complete our lifetime goal of exploring the south west coast path, and this is definitely one of my favourites!

How would I describe our wonderful week at Beauport? Simply put, in my words, a moving landscape that lulled me into a relaxed and meditative state throughout the whole week. We locked the car, left it parked for 6 of the 7 days, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery, delightful walks and idyllic charm of the cottage, so blissful.

Thank you for an absolutely lovely weekend getaway at Beauport. The house is gorgeous and immaculately presented with everything we could have possibly needed. It was cosy but light, and airy with enough space for everyone to spread out, especially in the beautifully landscaped gardens and summerhouse. Our highlight was enjoying a pancake breakfast in the morning sun overlooking the river! We definitely plan to return to explore the area more.

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From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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