Early Tide, Noss Mayo

Discover this delightfully-updated fisherman’s cottage with an exceptional waterside position in the idyllic village of Noss Mayo. Directly overlooking the gorgeous Yealm Estuary – with breathtaking views – Early Tide is the perfect choice for an unforgettable escape in one of South Devon’s most enchanting locations. Full of character and charm, this comfortable two-bedroom retreat offers direct access to the water via its two stunning terraces and private quay.

2 bedrooms, sleeps up to 4

Prices from £90 per night

WiFi available

One small dog welcome by arrangement

Features & amenities

Early Tide is a charming, self-catering cottage set right beside the River Yealm in the enchanting village of Noss Mayo.

Combining period character and modern comforts, the laid-back interior – with natural finishes and textures and painted wood panelling – creates a calming atmosphere, while nautical touches and soft beach house shades complement the property’s waterside location. Cosy sofas and comfy beds ensure that Early Tide offers a thoroughly relaxing escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Early Tide is designed to make full use of its exceptional position – with its unforgettable water and sunset views. The master bedroom, dining room and two riverside terraces offer the perfect vantage points from which to watch the ever-changing tides, the colourful boat activity, the wonderfully diverse birdlife and the beautiful sunsets that make this corner of Devon so special. The cottage’s private quay gives direct access to the water.

The picture-postcard villages of Noss Mayo – and adjoining Newton Ferrers – have a great choice of excellent waterfront pubs, plus useful shops – including a Co-op, a butcher, a chemist and a Post
Office/community store. Early Tide is also a fantastic base for a wide range of stunning coastal and countryside walks.

  • Charmingly updated 18C cottage arranged across three levels
  • Cosy sitting room with a feature fireplace
  • Bright, well equipped kitchen/diner opening out onto a waterfront terrace. With integrated electric oven, hob, extractor, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, Nespresso machine – plus a ‘birdwatchers’ window seat with stunning estuary views
  • Light and airy master bedroom with double bed, painted beams and panoramic views over the estuary
  • Spacious twin-bedded room with leafy views, TV and DVD player
  • Bathroom with bath, electric shower and estuary views
  • Two waterfront terraces with outstanding views and seating, ideal for BBQs, plus a private quay giving direct access to the water.
  • Outhouse with toilet and tap – useful after of day out paddling on the water. Second outhouse with washer/drier and freezer
  • Front door – divided from living area by internal porch – opens directly onto the lane outside – so extra care should be taken with young children and pets
  • Electric heaters and night storage heaters
  • One small dog is welcome in the cottage – provided they are kept clean, dry, off the furniture and out of bedrooms
  • Parking is available on the street a short walk away from the cottage


This unique cottage is found perched on the shores of the beautiful Yealm Estuary in the lovely fishing village of Noss Mayo, within walking distance of the sea and set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon’s beautiful South Hams.

Early Tide’s exceptional position offers outstanding water and sunset views. It’s sure to be a hit with anyone seeking a reviving, relaxing escape. It’s also the perfect base for walkers, birdwatchers, paddleboarders, kayakers – offering direct access to the water from a private quay.

The sea is within easy walking distance from Noss Mayo: a leafy stroll down the lane through the woods leads to the stunning South Devon coast – with its sensational views, romantic coves and breathtaking clifftop walks.

The village of Noss and adjoining Newton Ferrers on the opposite site of the estuary offer a surprising abundance of amenities and activities for a small community. These include a small, but well stocked Co-op, with long opening hours, a post office and community store, a pharmacist, a butcher and a new deli. The jewels in the crown are the three charming and welcoming waterside pubs – all with outside seating – serving a wide range of local food and drink. 

Getting there

By car
If visiting from outside the South West, you can drive to Exeter then head west along the A38 (or through Plymouth if coming from the west). From the A38, take the exit for Smithaleigh/Yealmpton and continue to Yealmpton. Then turn left into Torr Hill and onto Ford Road and along the B3186. From here, turn left into Widey Road, then onto Stoke Road, following signs to Noss Mayo.

By train
There are regular rail services arriving at Plymouth city centre. From here, there is a bus service to Noss Mayo but it is infrequent so timings should be checked in advance. Alternatively, there are numerous taxi services to take you on the remaining half-hour journey to Early Tide holiday cottage.

By coach
Numerous coach services to Plymouth city centre are available. When arriving in Plymouth, a local bus service can be used – but if the timings aren’t suitable, it may be easier to use a local taxi service for the remaining half-hour drive to your Devon holiday let in Noss Mayo.


Local attractions

Noss Mayo & Newton Ferrers

Less than 1 mile
It’s a short walk to the heart of Noss village, with Newton Ferrers just opposite on the pretty, sloping banks of the estuary. This tranquil corner of the South Hams offers breathtakingly scenic walks, lovely traditional pubs, and opportunities for sailing and paddleboarding.

Mothecombe Beach

4 miles
Nestling in a rocky cove, this sheltered beach boasts soft golden sand, rockpools and shallow waters, making it perfect for a family seaside day out. What’s more, it backs on to classic rolling Devon landscapes and links to coastal paths with sensational views.


10 miles
Known as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’, Plymouth is a seaside blending seafaring history and modern urban attractions. Discover the National Marine Aquarium, The Box museum, the cobbled streets of the Barbican, diverse shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and more.

Dartmoor National Park

10 miles
This ruggedly beautiful wilderness is the perfect place for rambling, mountain biking or horseriding. Climb the granite tors, explore ancient woodlands and enjoy a picnic while you take in the sensational views of this majestic and legendary landscape.

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