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Location: East Portlemouth

Step into the enchanting world of Swallows and Amazons at Waterhead Cottage. Our luxury dog friendly waterfront cottage captures the whimsical charm and adventurous spirit inspired by Arthur Ransome's beloved tales, offering a magical retreat for families, friends and nature enthusiasts alike.

Waterhead Cottage Overview

Nestled on the serene banks of the Salcombe Estuary in East Portlemouth, Waterhead Cottage delivers breathtaking views of the water, privacy and the natural beauty of the Devon coastline.

Pack a picnic and head to one of the sandy beaches accessed from East Portlemouth, or rent a boat to explore this beautiful estuary, discovering hidden coves along the way. For the walkers, follow the South West coast path for breathtaking coastal walks. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including birds, seals, and the occasional dolphin. Each walk offers stunning views and the chance to connect with nature, not forgetting to try your hand at fishing or crabbing, delighting both children and adults.

Waterhead has been renovated with luxury touches and coastal charm. Comfortably sleeping up to 10 guests. It features five beautiful bedrooms with pretty water and countryside views. Plus, it's dog friendly too making every moment that bit sweeter!

Wander down the private track to your private retreat. Enter the light and airy hallway to find a boot room for all those wellies, dryrobes and beach shoes, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a useful belfast sink for rinsing out those sandy swimmers. Leading from this hallway you will find a serene spacious bedroom sitting in this private area of the cottage, a super king with french doors opening up to the wraparound terrace to let that evening sea breeze in or welcome the new day with the birdsong nearby. This bedroom also benefits from a large walk in rainfall shower room en suite, with loo and basin with a beautiful starry tiled floor.

Return along the hallway to find the glorious kitchen, open plan dining and lounge area. Two extra large opening doors frame the room with views over this waterside paradise...wander onto the wraparound terrace for morning coffee inspired by the glorious vista surrounding you. The fully equipped kitchen with additional Smeg refrigerator, modern range oven, kitchen island, dishwasher and wine chiller cabinet has everything you need to make this holiday memorable, cooking those fresh seafood suppers from the wonderful Salcombe fishermen nearby. The dining table sits ten comfortably and two comfy squashy sofas and armchairs invite you to flop, rest and relax and recount the days adventures with your loved ones.

The kitchen, dining, and lounge area at Waterhead Cottage are designed to be both functional and inviting, making them perfect for both quiet relaxation and lively gatherings. The cohesive design creates a charming, coastal-inspired retreat where guests can cook, dine, and unwind in comfort and style. After a long day out on the water, watch your favourite programme or read a book in the cosy family snug with woodburner, Smart TV and floppy beanbags to really kick back.

Heading upstairs are a further four large plush bedrooms all with pretty waterside views, a king bedroom (with an en suite shower room), a super king, a twin and a twin that can be converted to a super king, perfect for young family or friends. Each bedroom has ample storage ensuring you can unpack and feel at home. Thoughtful details such as reading lamps, selected artwork and a nod of antique furniture offers a charming escape from the world.

For convenience on the first floor you will find a luxury family bathroom, with starry tiles, a bath to soak away those aching limbs or let the little ones have bath time fun before tucking up in their cosy beds as well as a family shower room.

Waterhead Cottage has a private garden and a wraparound terrace with outdoor furniture, ideal for alfresco dining or enjoying those sundowners. Try your hand at barbecuing with a traditional Asado Grill on the terrace, steaks from Salcombe Meat Company are a must. Meals outside in this private piece of paradise taste so much better.

After a day of exploration, gather around the wood-burning stove in snug for storytelling evenings. Share tales of your adventures, or read aloud from "Swallows and Amazons" books, bringing the magic of the stories to life.

Small things to note:

Access to property is via a steep track below the parking area - we advise you wear practical footwear for this. Little ones or elderly will likely need assistance. There is a handrail half way down for assistance

Parking for three cars is at the top of the track on opposite side of the lane

You're very welcome to bring two dogs along with you. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break

Babies and children of all ages are most welcome at Waterhead Cottage .Two travel cots and high chairs are available should you wish (please request these after placing your booking)


Ground Floor

  • Entrance at ground Level
  • Hallway with utility cupboards, refrigerator, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Boot room with sink
  • Downstairs WC with basin
  • Open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area
  • Family snug room with Smart TV
  • Super king with opening doors to terrace and en suite, shower, basin and WC

First Floor

  • Super king size room
  • Super king/twin room
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin
  • Family bathroom with bath, handheld shower, WC and basin
  • Twin room
  • King size room with en suite shower room (walk in shower, WC and basin)

Outside Area

Wraparound terrace with barbecue and outdoor seating looking out on to the estuary



  • Smart TV
  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Wine chiller cabinet
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Hairdryer available
  • Bluetooth speaker


  • Outdoor terrace with dining table and extra beanbag seating
  • Waterside position
  • Barbecue
  • Mooring


Parking area available at the top of track in opposite lane for 3 vehicles

Finer Details




  • 1 x Super king
  • 1 x Super king or twin
  • 2 x King
  • 1 x Twin
  • 2 x Travel cots available

Changeover day

Friday for peak periods, flexibility at other times and for short breaks

Arrival and Departure

Arrival from 4.00pm, departure by 10.00am

Wifi Speed

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Bed Linen

High quality bed linen supplied and changed weekly


Each guest has one hand towel and one bath sheet

Dog Friendly

This property accepts two dogs at an additional charge

Mobile Reception

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EV Charging Locations

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Additional Information

  • Wraparound terrace with beanbags and outdoor dining with waterside view
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Hairdryers available
  • Stairs to First Floor
  • Please be aware there is an uneven track to property from parking area to the house with a handrail half way down for assistance
  • Two travel cots and high chairs available (please request these when booking)

If you’d like to check any specific information that isn't mentioned in our descriptions, please call us and speak to one of our Holiday Consultants or see our FAQ's page.

Rental Rates


Weekly price

Daily Prices From

31 May - 4 Jul 2024


£1,764.60 for 2 nights

5 Jul - 11 Jul 2024


£1,970.40 for 2 nights

12 Jul - 29 Aug 2024


£2,470.20 for 2 nights

30 Aug - 5 Sep 2024


£2,198.25 for 2 nights

6 Sep - 26 Sep 2024


£1,757.25 for 2 nights

27 Sep - 24 Oct 2024


£1,132.50 for 2 nights

25 Oct - 31 Oct 2024


£2,497.50 for 7 nights

1 Nov - 19 Dec 2024


£1,132.50 for 2 nights

20 Dec 2024 - 2 Jan 2025


£2,198.25 for 2 nights

Short breaks are also available

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Waterhead Cottage offers you...

Woofers very welcome

No need to leave them behind

Perfect for friends and family

Stunning rooms and space for family and friends

Outdoor terrace

Laze away the days on this beautiful waterside terrace

Peace and quiet of creek-side location

A magical setting embracing nature and waterside tranquility

Swallows and Amazons

Share tales of your days adventures in the snug

Private running mooring

Nip up to Salcombe for a days family fun on the water

Privacy and seclusion

Explore the natural beauty from this private retreat

Incredible dining and outdoor areas

Barbecue outside or breakfast inside... the choice is yours

NEW! Brand new for Summer 2024 Waterhead Cottage is a large, dog friendly luxury self catering cottage offering seclusion and privacy in a secret spot in one of the prettiest spots in South Devon. Utterly dog friendly too. We know you won't be disappointed to be one of the first to stay!
The Finest Stays Team
June 2024

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