Rowden House, Noss Mayo

An elegant and spacious Grade II Listed farmhouse, beautifully presented and set among glorious gardens and rolling Devon countryside. Dating from the 19th Century, the property is rich in architectural charm, grand rooms and stunning period features. This fabulous house promises a unique holiday home experience in the serene village of Noss Mayo, within eacy reach of beaches, Dartmoor and the attractions of city life.

5 bedrooms, sleeps up to 10

Prices from £1,200 for 7 nights (Friday–Friday)

WiFi available

Ample parking on the property

Up to 2 well-behaved dogs permitted at additional cost of £30 per dog per week

Features & amenities

Rowden House is a large and imposing Grade II Listed house in the idyllic setting of Noss Mayo in south-west Devon. Its ample interior comprises beautifully proportioned rooms which are blessed with high ceilings and tall windows, allowing plenty of natural light. The house is stylishly furnished and decorated, combining modern comforts with the original character of this 1884 building. A range cooker, dining table seating up to 12 people, open fire and fantastic entertaining spaces are among the delights awaiting guests within.

This extraordinary holiday let is complemented by lovely mature gardens, featuring ponds and a fully enclosed, walled courtyard, which makes the ideal spot for outdoor dining. The property is approached through electric gates, which open into a private paved driveway. Pretty countryside and farmland surround the property, with gently rolling hills creating a picture postcard Devon scene. 

What’s included at the property:

  • Kitchen diner with marble worktops, warm wooden floors, a main island and breakfast bar, double-oven Everhot traditional electric range cooker, full-height larder fridge and separate large upright freezer, microwave, dishwasher, double butler’s sink and cafetiere
  • Dining area features dining table with bench and chair seating for up to 12 with benches and seating, and a log burner
  • Lounge includes large open fireplace, Smart TV, sofas and beautiful high-leaded windows overlooking the gardens
  • Cellar with washing machine, separate tumble dryer and washing line
  • Library with dual aspect windows, sofa, window seats and armchair, Smart TV, wood-burning stove and shelves stocked with an abundance of good books
  • Table tennis table in cellar (interestingly, this room features the original wide slate shelf with gully running around, designed for running water in pre-refrigeration days)
  • The master bedroom is home to a 6ft superking bed with brass bedstead, huge dual aspect leaded windows, wardrobe with drawers and console table
  • Bedroom 1 has a king sized 5ft bed with hanging rail, bedside drawers and garden views
  • Bedroom 2 is a pretty twin room with two 3ft beds, hanging hooks, a feature wall displaying a map of the world, shelves and garden views
  • Bedroom 3 has bunk beds, with a hanging tree and storage trunks
  • Bedroom 4 has a king sized 5ft bed with chest of drawers, hanging rails and dual aspect windows looking out to the gardens
  • Family bathroom, with bath and shower over it, toilet, vanity unit, shaver socket, toilet and heated towel rail
  • Shower room with shower cubicle, toilet, vanity unit, shaver socket and heated towel rail
  • Upstairs toilet and vanity unit with basin, plus a ground floor toilet
  • Large fully enclosed, walled courtyard, with garden furniture for outdoor dining, and gas barbecue provided
  • Central heating
  • Mature landscaped gardens and lawns surrounding the house beyond, with pond features and pathed walkways around through the grounds (please be aware of safety around the the ponds and supervise children accordingly)


Rowden House is situated in Noss Mayo, a picturesque village beside the River Yealm in a secluded pocket of south-west Devon.

Noss Mayo is a lovely old village on the bank on the Yealm estuary, facing the village of Newton Ferrers on the opposite side. This area offers some of Devon’s most scenic strolls, with riverside and coastal views to enjoy. A short walk takes you to Noss’s charming tradional pubs, The Ship Inn and The Swan Inn, where you’ll find a selection of home-cooked meals and drinks, including local beers.

The property is also well placed for exploring an abundance of local attractions. The South West Coast Path presents endless opportunities for strolling alongside Devon’s stunning south coast and a selection of beaches are within easy reach. Stoke Beach, within walking distance of the property, boasts rock pools and a wonderfully spacious stretch of sand at low tide. You’re also a short drive from Plymouth, which boasts the historic Barbican and Hoe, the National Marine Aquarium, and a wide choice of excellent theatres, restaurants and shops. A short drive north from Noss Mayo is the enchanting wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park.

Getting there

By car
From outside the Westcountry, drive to Exeter then head west along the A38 (or west along the A38 if coming through Plymouth). Take the exit for Smithaleigh/Yealmpton and when you arrive in Yealmpton, turn left into Torr Hill and onto Ford Road and along the B3186. From here, you turn left into Widey Road, following signs to Noss Mayo.

By train
Catch a train service to Plymouth city centre. From here, there is a bus service to Noss Mayo but it is infrequent. Alternatively, there are numerous taxi services to take you on the remaining half-hour journey to the holiday house.

By coach
Numerous coach services arrive at Plymouth, depositing passengers conveniently in the city centre. From here, an infrequent local bus service is available or the simpler option is to take a taxi for the half-hour drive to your holiday let in Noss Mayo.


Local attractions

Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo

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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