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A dreamily romantic, grown-ups-only glamping boat, moored in South Devon's idyllic Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.

A lovingly restored Dutch boat that rises with the flowing tide, you'll find Oyster beautifully moored in the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary, a South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

As a pet-free, grown-ups-only haven, Oyster is the perfect excuse to take off by yourselves and enjoy a well-deserved break, surrounded by gliding boats and gently rustling trees filled with birdsong.

Waiting at the end of an ancient quarry path, simply step aboard this deliciously secret hideaway, and discover all the holiday delights you could wish for. Equipped with gleaming portholes and homely wood-panelled interiors, you'll feel instantly relaxed and ready to begin your break.

There are plenty of thoughtful touches throughout, including well-placed plants, books, soft lighting, and even some poems to stir your own creative spirit! Cosy foldaway chairs will help you unwind on the foreshore with a chilled bottle of wine, and there's also downy bedding, a sink, and a single-burner stove to help you rustle up the occasional seafaring snack.  

Oh, and you'll find a gorgeous wooden cockpit to sit in too - ideal for watching the boats glide past and pretending you're following them along the estuary!

(Though you'll have access to a piping hot shower and a compost loo stationed a mere 50 yards away, there's a small ‘emergency' camping loo on board Oyster too - so there'll be no midnight dashes in the dark).

With private garden space to stretch out in, lazy summer afternoons with your loved one are more than taken care of. The local café and pub are also accessible within a half-hour stroll - or ten minutes in the car, if you prefer!

Yet if you feel like exploring further afield, there are windswept beaches to wander along nearby...or why not hop on the local ferry and head over to the coastal town of Salcombe? Here you can indulge in watersports galore, or indulge your sweet tooth at Cranch's Sweet Shop, a local institution!

Meanwhile, a 20-minute drive will take you into Kingsbridge, a traditional market town surrounded by lush, rolling countryside.

Enjoy all the delights of the local area, knowing you've got a magical hideaway waiting for you at the end of another full day.  Simply cross that charming home-made gang plank and batten down the hatches, for an romantic and enchanting holiday to remember.

Things to note

Check in at 3pm, check out by 10am. There is no internet access at this property, and no heating - so please pack warm clothing. Oyster has heavy canvas over the cockpit that can be pulled forward and back depending on the weather. She occasionally rests on a slight angle when the tide is out.  

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Region: Salcombe, Devon
Cost (from): £129 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1180

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Facilities

Restored, permanently moored Dutch boat, sleeping 2 guests.  Homemade gangplank leads to: single-level space, foldaway chairs, single-burner alcohol stove, sink and pump, drinking water, fold-down double bed, 4 pillows, bedding, battery-powered lights, chemical toilet, ship's library, local map, fishing rod, welcome pack, wooden cockpit.  Garden access on land, 50 yards away: hot shower, compost loo, fridge, private parking.

Local Activities

Beaches, walking, swimming, watersports, ferry rides, market towns,  villages, pubs, shopping.

At a glance

  • A lovingly restored Dutch boat for two, permanently moored in the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary, a South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Pets and children are not permitted - ideal for a romantic break in a secret hideaway!
  • The boat is equipped with a fold-down double bed, basic kitchen facilities, and a small camping toilet.
  • You will have access to a private furnished garden space on land, also with a shower, fridge, electricity, and a compost toilet.
  • Jump on the ferry to Salcombe, wander along the local beaches, or head to Kingsbridge, a 20-minute drive away. The nearest café and pub are accessible within a half-hour walk, and there are good local transport links.
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