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The Porthole

(Ref. 976168)

Newton Ferrers, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Pothole and felt right at home in this beautiful property as there was plenty of space for us and our friends dogs and would highly recommend staying here."

    The kitchen has everything you would need as well as a dishwasher. Couple of niggly things that can easily be rectified by the owner - Lack of fire wood/ fire lighters on our arrival on our first night. Pillows need replacing in the main bedroom as they have had there day. Door stuck closed on the twin room upstairs which is is due to a faulty handle but I managed to open by using credit card. It's is dangerous as someone could be trapped inside the room. The balcony door on the twin room is hard to open as well. Rain shower head in main bathroom needs to be thoroughly cleaned and descaled. The stairs are steep going down to the property from the main room and as we arriving at night and had to use the torches on our phones whilst carrying luggage. As it's had been raining I slipped on the manhole cover outside the front door so a larger rubber mat is needed to make this safe and the property would benefit from a motion sensors light on the outside. If these items could be sorted out by the owner then it would make the accommodation 5 star plus.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Porthole. Firelighters are normally left for guests and apologies these were missed on this occasion; and we have made sure there is now adequate firewood for the first night's stay. Both doors you mentioned have now been fixed. Thank you for the suggestion of a large rubber mat covering the manhole cover - this has now been put in place. There is a motion sensor activating a light by the front door and steps leading to it, but unfortunately someone had accidentally switched this off on the day of your arrival. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property but some things need attention like the door handle to the twin bedroom and the outside handle on the patio door."

    Both these doors have now been fixed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2023

  • "We loved the Porthole and have already booked to stay next year!"

    The views from the bedroom are stunning and we found it generally very comfortable with nice bedding and lovely powerful showers. We appreciated the milk/butter etc. that was left and the house was very well provisioned. Wi-Fi is good as is the TV set up with an Amazon Firestick. The location is also extremely convenient. Just a few points that could possibly be improved- the house wasn’t particularly clean when we arrived, there was a LOT of dust particularly in places like lampshades, side tables etc. as well as some mould on the bathroom tiles. My partner suffers from asthma so I went round and did a clean before settling in. Also the master ensuite door handle was very loose and fell off which meant you couldn’t shut the door properly and a lot of other handles seemed like they might fall off so those could do with fixing. Some seat cushions for the outside and inside dining chairs would be nice too.

    We are delighted you loved The Porthole. We had a busy summer but as soon as we had a break in bookings we did a major deep clean. The en-suite door handle has been fixed, and all other ones were checked and fixed where required. There are seat cushions for the outside loungers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie3.8Sep 2023

  • "We love this property for its location, easy comfort and closeness to family and friends."

    The few niggles we have had have been sorted quickly by the owner, including a new washing machine the next day.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Jun 2023

  • "2nd visit , as lovely as ever"

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful property in lovely position."

    Everything provided that we needed. Nice and comfortable. New white goods that worked fine. Great outside seating. Small problems experienced :- a. hadn't realised the en-suite shower was restricted so much by the sloping ceiling. b. Some of the paintwork was dusty - especially in the en-suite c. No plug available to use in twin room unless you moved the bed out. d. The shower tray in the bathroom didn't drain so well. e. Not enough knives for use when using dishwasher.

    Reviewed by Carole4.1Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful home in an idyllic setting."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2023

  • "We said we would like to come back so we did !"

    Probably our favourite holiday home and we’ve been to a few. The Porthole manages to be practical, comfortable and well equipped whilst having the wow factor that you want on holiday - the views from the balconies ! The owners have got the balance just right, not so personal that you feel like you are sat in someone’s living room but still homely and with character. May break the habit of a lifetime and return a third time next year !

    Thank you so much for such a lovely review! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Feb 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Porthole."

    It was such a relaxing holiday home. The way the home is decorated with the wooden chests etc , treasure island books etc was really lovely for the kids and felt magical to them. The location was perfect for paddleboarding. We look forward to returning. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely holiday home, great views, great broadband, great showers."

    Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Colin4.1Oct 2022

  • "The cleaners was helpful and apologetic because of previous guests left house in an awful state."

    They was working extremely hard. House beautiful! Fantastic views and very quiet. Being older found steps a little hard. Thank you for cream tea all the handy little cupboard bits. Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Sep 2022

  • "This property was a delight to enter."

    The location is breathtaking. Being situated on the estuary is an experience in itself. Beautiful! The top floor bedrooms are stunning, beautifully open and airy with the two balconies and the views. I would however state that the third bedroom downstairs is a little confining. Looking out into a wall, it’s naturally dark. However in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t deter from the good vibes of the house. The bedding was wonderful. Clean and fresh. I would suggest that perhaps when stating teenagers staying, that they are given towels that are given to adults. All 4 of the teenagers I took had tiny towels and tower over me. This is a very small thing but would make the world of difference with regards to added comfort. I highly recommend this property and it will forever be a sacred part of our memories. And we all said that we would definitely revisit. Not only the area but the house. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.4Jul 2022

  • "Our third visit to The Porthole and it never disappoints."

    We have already booked next year! Great location, home from home and a fabulous chill out week.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were blown away by this property."

    From the moment we stepped through the door, not only were we impressed with the cleanliness (you could smell the freshness in the air), but we were blown away by the cottage itself: it was so adorable. The gorgeous belongings really made it feel like home. We had more than we needed (towels, bath and shower gel, blankets, outside space) and was just so impressed. We will definitely be returning. This is truly a gem. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Justin5.0May 2022

  • "Me and my family have been coming to The Porthole now for a number of years and we absolutely love it."

    The house is well equipped and spacious. We are so grateful that we found this gem a few years ago. It is a home from home and the area is just beautiful! We are now considered one of the 'locals' at the friendly Dolphin Pub, which does excellent food and drinks. We wanted to return later in the year but unfortunately the property will be having works done to it, but we cannot wait to see all the alterations when we can finally return again next year.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Apr 2022

  • "Everything as expected."

    Couldn’t ask for more. Sad to see not available later in the year

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Feb 2022

  • "Superb holiday cottage, one of the best we have ever stayed in."

    Very comfortable, well equipped, homely yet with the wow factor to make it special - we loved sitting on the balcony looking at the view even in cold January ! Would love to return !

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Jan 2022

  • "We loved this house."

    It had the feel of a home and was put together with style . A very well-equipped kitchen that we really appreciated , as we like to cook. Very convenient location in the village, close to the shops, pub and river crossing.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2021

  • "We loved it."

    So comfortable and in such a gorgeous place . We have booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2021

  • "We love Newton Ferrers and The Porthole is ideally located in the village."

    We didn't take the car out all week as everything we needed was on the doorstep - shops, walks, pubs, river and friends. Already booked for next year! Everyone who visited us said they would love to live in The Porthole.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay thanks"

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Amazing cottage in an amazing location."

    Cleanliness is absolutely spot on and cottage has everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Apr 2021

  • "The location was perfect and views from upstairs great."

    It was comfy and cosy. We loved it. It was good to speak to the owner who was sorting out a problem with the dining chairs. The cottage had everything we needed. We loved it so much we booked another week for next year. You might need to point out the very steep staircase inside the property. This was not a problem for us but could be an issue for some people.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Sep 2020

  • "All good but not much grass to walk the dogs close by."

    Good eating round corner at the Dolphin. G

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Sep 2019

  • "Our second visit."

    Lovely house, stunning location.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2019

  • "Extremely comfortable well equipped holiday cottage."

    Beautiful location. All together made our holiday very special.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was beautifully situated and it provided everything we needed."

    We would probably visit again. A lovely relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Kerys5.0May 2019

  • "This cottage was truly beautiful, come rain or shine it had everything you needed for a relaxing holiday."

    The little garden has been really well planted with the owners putting in so much effort to make it stunning and you just don’t get this attention to detail in all holiday homes. We loved our stay in Newton Ferrers

    Reviewed by Celia5.0May 2019

  • "Honestly don't know where to start with explaining how good The Porthole is as a holiday home and how beautiful Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo is!"

    I had booked this house as a surprise family get together for my dad's 70th and it did not disappoint. The house is so beautiful, extremely clean and so well equipped. The view from the balcony is gorgeous and put a smile on my face when waking up. We were very lucky with the weather and so we sat were sat outside on the terrace by 8.30 a.m. every morning drinking coffee and enjoying our breakfast. On the Saturday the weather was warm enough to have a BBQ and again, the house was supplied with a BBQ, coals etc and all the utensils needed for it. We even made use of the sun loungers which was very relaxing. Newton Ferrers is idyllic to walk around and when the tide is out, you can use the walkway to walk over to Noss Mayo, which is just as lovely. We will definitely be returning to this house and Newton Ferrers again soon! Thank you so much to Skyes Holiday Cottages for an unforgettable stay!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0May 2019

  • "A lovely comfy bolt hole ."

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Mar 2019

  • "I thought the accommodation was great, comfortable , great view ."

    The only comment was the sitting room is so cold as there is only two radiators although we had the fire on it was still chilly. This wouldn’t be an issue In other months

    Reviewed by Scott4.4Jan 2019

  • "This is one of the nicest holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    It had a very homely feel so we instantly felt relaxed. It was immaculately clean and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4Oct 2018

  • "We had a great holiday at The Porthole."

    Lovely views from the bedrooms. Extremely well equipped and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Edwina5.0Sep 2018

  • "A lovely house in a beautiful location."

    Tranquil but with everything you need close at hand.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Sep 2018

  • "The house is pretty and comfortable with delightful views from bedrooms upstairs, but disappointing lack of view from patio due to overgrowth of shrubbery etc - suggest owners update featured photo."

    Facilities within the house were good, beds comfortable, modern bathrooms and quick hot water but would recommend scratched old cooking pans renewed, also midweek the dishwasher failed, which was disappointing! Parking close to the house we found to be hit and miss, as we were out and about every day. However, would recommend this house in a beautiful part of the country!

    Reviewed by Mark3.4Sep 2018

  • "The property was just stunning!"

    The views from the bedrooms were amazing. The house was very well equipped and everything we needed to make our say so enjoyable. We explored this stunning part of the country and the local residents in the shops in the village were extremely helpful about places to visit. The Ship Inn in Noss Mayo was fantastic, the food was amazing and we enjoyed two lovely evenings there. In all The Porthole in stunning Newton Ferrers is a truly special place. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely warm welcoming pack of clotted cream, jams and tea."

    Perfect cottage in every way, could not thanks the owners more. Stunning location. thanks David & Kim Cocking

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in an interesting estuary setting centred around 2 well kept villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers with good walks,pubs,excellent cafe all in a charming and relaxing setting."

    A great place to escape to and unwind.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very quiet and peaceful, ust what we were looking for"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2018

  • "Wonderful property, lovely area very pretty would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Apr 2018

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  • Three bedrooms over two levels
  • Ground floor bunk room
  • WC with basin
  • Upstairs 1 x king size double with balcony and en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 1 x twin with balcony
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Ground floor kitchen with breakfast area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, dining area and two pairs of French windows to terrace
  • Hall.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Parking is usually available on a quiet road by the property
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property. Please note: There are 18 steep steps at the property (as seen on Helpful Holidays website).

The property

The Porthole is a stylish semi detached house 150 yards from the centre of Newton Ferrers.

Facing south across the river, it is excellent spacious accommodation for relaxing and enjoying the popular village.

Head down the 18 steep steps (handrail) from the road and through your gate and leave your coats and boots in the porch.

The kitchen is smart and bright with its granite worktops and little breakfast area for a morning croissant and the papers.

With its soothing colours and polished wood floor, you can curl up and chill out beside the wood burning stove in the sitting room or open the French windows to the sunny terrace on a fine day.

On this level is a bunk bedroom for the youngsters, or head up the steep narrow stairs to two more bedrooms, both with light flooding in from balconies where you can step outside and observe life on the river.

As well as the two balconies, you have the little terrace for sitting out or barbecuing, peacefully sheltered by a pretty wisteria.

Wander into the heart of the village to buy essentials and to eat out at the charming waterside inns, or walk further to National Trust woodland and the scenic cliff top Coast Path.

If you feel like getting more active, take part in wakeboarding or paddle boarding trips, play tennis or go riding.

Beaches at Mothecombe and Wembury are not to be missed, both gems on this South Devon coast.

And for the city bright lights head to Plymouth for interesting history and all sorts of attractions, shops and restaurants.

The Porthole is a great cottage for recharging your energy levels over a fabulous view or exploring the area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Plymouth 8 miles.

A tranquil, picturesque village in the South Hams area of Devon, on a bend of the River Yealm leading up from the South Devon coast (1 mile). The perfect haven for sailors, for those who love messing about near water and for those who appreciate stunning and civilised countryside. There is a local butcher, chemist, post office and grocer in Newton Ferrers and an organic farm shop just two miles away. The village pub, with fantastic views across the water towards Noss Mayo and the creek, serves good food and drink. The area is blessed with many walks that meander along the waterside and across the fields, while to the north Dartmoor's high tors and open spaces beckon those who love wild country. The city of Plymouth with its shops, Marine Aquarium and Barbican quayside area is just 8 miles away while beautiful Totnes with its 'alternative' view on life is a must. If the beach rather than boats is what you seek, you won't do better than the beautiful sands at Mothecombe and Bigbury just a few miles down the road. Both are accessible by road or boat from Newton Ferrers. There are a number of excellent golf courses nearby.

Note: Neighbouring house has right of access through the garden (rarely used)

Note: Dogs are NOT allowed upstairs. Stairgates are available to help, as required.

Please note: There are 18 steep steps at the property (as seen on Helpful Holidays website).

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas