a self catering cottage with spectacular views of the River Yealm.
Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers
Are twin villages that sit either side of Newton creek on the River Yealm. Both villages are picturesque and have friendly and lively communities. The estuary itself is bordered by mature woodland that hugs the water’s edge.
There are enough shops, pubs and restaurants within the two villages to meet your basic needs. These include a pharmacist, a post office, a butcher and a co-op corner shop.
There are three pubs that all do food and a yacht club with a bar and attached bistro restaurant (see eating out). You can walk between the two villages along the road at the up-stream end of the creek and at low tide across the "voss", a causeway that is submerged at high tide.
See the local website www.newtonnoss.co.uk for up-to-date “what’s on” information and more on the villages.
The south west coast path passes very close to Malt Cottage. The section of coast closest to Noss Mayo is truly beautiful and there are some lovely little beaches.
The closest beach is Cellars beach which is close to the entrance to the Yealm estuary on the Noss Mayo side, a great beach for rock pooling and for relaxing on a hot day, the beach is mostly stoney at high tide but the lower the tide gets the sandier it becomes.
Heading east from the entrance of the Yealm the next beach you come to is Warren beach: a lovely beach with interesting rocky outcrops and yellow sand, it is not often busy.
West of the entrance to the Yealm is Wembury bay, a relatively long sandy beach which enjoys some surf when the wind is in the right direction.
Further afield is Mothecombe beach, probably the best and biggest sand-castle building beach in the area, it is privately owned so you will have to pay to park.
Also try Stoke Beach and Bigbury Bay.
For details on these and other beaches in South Devon visit www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/site/beaches/beach-search
Malt Cottage is a great place to walk from; the South West coast path is within easy reach and the scenery is spectacular. There is a map in the cottage with suggested routes marked on it. If, on the other hand, you feel drawn inland, Dartmoor is a short drive away and offers numerous walking possibilities.
The Ship Inn in Noss Mayo stands out as the best place to eat in the two villages. It was completely overhauled in 2000 from the locals’ boozer to top-notch gastro pub, in more recent years it has managed to strike a happy medium between pub and restaurant. The food is still outstanding but you are equally as welcome to come just for a drink, and many do! Booking highly recommended in high season and at weekends.
The Swan (swaninnnossmayo.co.uk) in Noss Mayo has been under new management since July, it looks very promising and is a great spot for an evening drink and serves great pub grub (also available to takeaway.)
The Dolphin in Newton Ferrers does good food with a nice selection of seasonal specials. A friendly village pub with a range of beers and ciders on tap.
The Yealm Yacht Club is located practically adjacent to the Dolphin and serves good cheap drinks to members or visiting members of other yacht clubs. Up stairs is a Bistro that serves tasty evening meals.
The Tea Shop on the Green as the name suggests is on the green in Newton Ferrers. They do truly delicious cakes. A great place to come and chat or simply read the paper.
Obviously there are plenty of other great places to eat and drink in the South Hams and in Plymouth itself and a list of suggestions is provided in Malt Cottage.
Most of your day to day needs can be met by the shops in the two villages however if you want to visit a supermarket there are 3 within 15-20 minutes drive. Tesco at Lee Mill, Sainsburys at Crabtree and Morrisons at Pamphleet. The Riverford Farm shop at Yealmpton sells a very good range of organic meat, vegetables and deli items. The fish from Sutton Harbour fish market in Plymouth is usually very fresh and good but you need to be there shortly after 9am.
The main focus of activities within Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo is the water. It is a great place to sail but there are also a number of powerboats on the water and divers also often use the villages’ quays as launching points for day trips.
There are two hard tennis courts in Noss Mayo that can be hired.
For people keen on horse riding try the Newton Ferrers Equestrian Centre.
There are golf course at Bigbury Bay, St Mellion (near Saltash) and Thurlestone.
Attractions (locally and further afield)
There are several National Trust properties in the area, the closest being Saltram House which has extensive parklands and gardens.
Plymouth is home to the Drake Theatre and the Theatre Royal as well as a multi-screen cinema for any rainy days.
The Eden project near St Austell in Cornwall is well worth a visit.