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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Kittiwake is a perfect holiday home."

    It has amazing views of the river, excellent local pubs and some lovely coastal walks on your doorstep. The owners were very helpful and made a welcome cake. We will be back

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2024

  • "Kittiwake continues to be a wonderful clean and comfortable holiday home with everything that we need to have a relaxing break."

    The lovely cake waiting on arrival is an added bonus! Iain and Annie communicated with us well and quickly responded to any queries that we had.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Feb 2024

  • "A great place for a week relaxing in a lovely village with superb views across the Creek."

    The house was very comfortable with everything we could need and you don't get tired of the view! The Ship is a great pub for a meal and the staff are very friendly.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely house, beautifully clean, with an incredible location & view."

    Noss Mayo is one of our favourite places & Kittiwake is an absolute gem from which to explore it, making it easy to enjoy the walks & pubs & soak up the unique atmosphere.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2023

  • "We loved Kittiwake!"

    It’s a lovely upside down house with superb views. There was homemade cake and a pint of milk, plus tea, coffee and sugar. Lots of birdsong but thankfully few gulls! We were blessed with the weather so did lots of bbqs but we did visit The Ship one evening and the food was really good. Thank you Annie and Iain for your hospitality!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean."

    Superb location with lovely views over the estuary. Parking for 2 cars was really convenient as parking in Noss Mayo is limited. Large garage was really useful for storing golf clubs & walking boots. Information on local walks was very welcome. And the weather was good. We really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0May 2023

  • "No complaints at all."

    Super clean and comfortable with everything a family would need for a short break. Maybe a few extra coat hangers would be useful as not much drawer space in the main bedroom, especially if more than one person using the room.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0May 2023

  • "We could not fault Kittiwake, it was warm , comfortable and I loved the little cabin !"

    Perfect setting for a holiday let .Although I don’t cook much when having a break , everything we needed in kitchen , oh ! and was really nice to have good fluffy towels Would love to stay there again Ruth Harris

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable warm cosy week in Kittiwake."

    A lovely home made cake greeted us on arrival.The views across the valley were beautiful in the Autumn sun.The food in the local pub was exceptional and everyone we met spoke to us which made us feel welcome. We enjoyed coastal walks.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely home with spectacular views!"

    Well equipped and comfortable, Kittiwake is a great base to explore the area - lots of walking routes on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Oct 2022

  • "Kittiwake is a lovely cottage in a great location."

    But we will never use Sykes again due to the awful customer service we had from a previous rental.

    Reviewed by Mary4.1Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Didn't get the high-chair we booked. No general information about the cottage which would be nice - why the name, how long it has been rented out for - who takes care of it. Welcome cake was a lovely touch - thank you.

    Huge apologies about the high chair. The cleaner must have forgotten to put it out. Should you return, the chair is kept in the under stairs cupboard. We do email a brief introduction for the cottage to all our guests, and there is also a folder containing some information about the property and the area, together with suggested walks. Devon Holiday Lets are managing the cleaning for us. We tidy the garden and outside areas and also carry out the general maintenance. We thought that Kittiwake was a rather a lovely name for the cottage, especially given that Kittiwake can be found here in the South Hams. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the cake. Best wishes, Annie and Iain Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah3.8Sep 2022

  • "Perfect week away, home from home & more, everything you could possibly need with an amazing view."

    The Ship inn is an excellent place for a meal & stunning walks right on your door step. We will be back for a 3rd visit.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was very cosy, clean and comfortable."

    My son loved sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. My grandson loved swimming in the river. The only downside for me personally was the tree that obscures the view. If the tree could be cut back it would of been perfect. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jul 2022

  • "We loved our stay."

    Great location for walking to beaches ( Stoke & Wembley), coastal walks stunning. Paddle boarding on the Yealm fantastic and our hosts were on hand to answer queries really promptly. Book tennis online ( it’s cheaper ) and make sure you have cash for the very EXPENSIVE ferryman. We visited Bigbury-On-Sea, Salcombe and Mothercome by car. We were blessed with incredible weather but even without that the house and location are perfect. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a beautiful property nicely appointed and with stunning views"

    Reviewed by Brigid5.0Jun 2022

  • "Kittiwake is a delightful residence affording stunning views over the tidal reaches of the river Yealm looking across at Newton Ferres."

    If you are looking for a peaceful beautiful area to stay, this hits all the spots. Delightful lower garden perfect for relaxing sun bathing and upper outdoor balcony dining area. The property within is very well appointed. The area has stunning walks available along the SW coastal path. In proximity by car to historic Plymouth and an hours drive or less to Dartmouth and Salcombe in the east or Looe in the west. Bigbury on Sea and Burgh Island only 30 minutes away. During our 2 week stay we enjoyed superb weather and had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a wonderfully relaxing holiday."

    The property, and location were above expectations, and the cleanliness and decor were faultless. We love Noss Mayo and Kittywake was the cherry on the cake. We will definitely be looking at a future booking.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing property which had everything you could possibly need very ..."

    Absolutely amazing property which had everything you could possibly need very organised and clean will definitely be looking to visit back again

    Reviewed by Sundee5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Very comfortable with all the essential facilities.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Mar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay in Kittiwake."

    From the moment we stepped through the door we felt comfortable. The Cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for a relaxing and peaceful break.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2022

  • "Super property which felt like home as soon as we arrived."

    Very clean and comfortable. The views were amazing. Had the most brilliant week and enjoyed many of the walks in the area. We ate in The Ship Inn a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed the food and hospitality. Highly recommended stay at Kittiwake.

    Many thanks Mandy. We truly appreciate your generous feedback. We try our very best and it’s lovely to receive such positive comments. Thank you also for leaving Kittiwake so clean and tidy. Annie & Iain Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jan 2022

  • "The only problem that was a bit restrictive was:- we had 2 cars, if the house below us were at home (they had 3 cars) then one of their parked cars prevented one of our cars from leaving."

    It was ok once they had left for work but nonetheless it was restrictive.

    Reviewed by W4.7Oct 2021

  • "Kittiwake is a lovely holiday home with beautiful views in Noss Mayo."

    Interior was immaculate. We would have loved a couple of folding deck/comfortable chairs to sit out on the balcony. We also missed having instructions on how to work oven timer/microwave. Also found 9am departure time a little early when self catering. We really enjoyed our week though and would love to return.

    Reviewed by Pat4.4Sep 2021

  • "Our second visit to Kittiwake and it is probably our favourite holiday cottage."

    It is comfortable, well equipped and has an outstanding view from the elevated balcony. We hardly left Noss Mayo for the whole week. The owners live just up the road so can respond quickly if there is a problem. Wonderful.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous stay at Kittiwake, beautiful very clean property in a stunning location, would definitely visit again."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2021

  • "This holiday was booked before covid, I had to call and rebook which was done with no problems at all."

    We really enjoyed our stay and would book again.

    Reviewed by John4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful part of Devon with lovely views from the balcony."

    The Ship pub was great and very close. Nice circular walks. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great property immaculate inside, very comfortable would highly recommend this ..."

    Great property immaculate inside, very comfortable would highly recommend this property without hesitation, to anyone looking at staying in this beautiful area of Devon

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in in a great location."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "Kittiwake is a gorgeous house, one of the nicest and best equipped we have been to."

    The area was new to us and we were delighted with the views from the balcony of the creek. We were 5 minutes from both pubs, they were great, just a shame that we were just a few days from being allowed to go in them! There were some good walks from the cottage, all provided by the owners and Noss Mayo is a very friendly village. Highly recommend staying at this lovely house.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2021

  • "Welcome pack with cake and the bottle carva was very much appreciated."

    The house was lovely well decorated and furnished excellent view and very relaxing.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely home from home comforts welcome pack much appreciated."

    Information on walks the area was spot on had a fabulous week.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2020

  • "Superb holiday home in a stunning location with hosts who go provide extra touches to make your stay special"

    Reviewed by Ginny5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent place to drop anchor and explore this outstanding region."

    Covid situation well handled. Marks out of 10 —— 11.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2020

  • "Kittiwake cottage has a wonderful position overlooking Noss Mayo and Newton Creek."

    It is comfortable and well equipped and there are plenty of walks right from the door, which is a real bonus. Great care had been taken with the cleaning and preparation which was very reassuring.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic relaxed setting ,beautiful views and fantastic spot to while away the minutes / hours watching the activities around you."

    The accommodation was great and of a high specification. Very well equipped, obviously a lot of thought has been given to what guests may possibly need to make their stay very comfortable indeed . It was lovely to given direct contact to the owners and Iain and Annie who were absolutely fabulous too. We will absolutely recommend friends to consider a stay at Kittiwake and we hope to revisit again next year . Rachel and Steve

    Reviewed by S5.0Sep 2020

  • "Kittiwake’s location is superb, with fabulous views over the creek leading into pretty village of Noss Mayo."

    We enjoy canoeing and paddle boarding so to be able to just walk down to the creek and start paddling was amazing. Kittiwake itself was like home from home with everything you could ask for.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed our week in Kittiwake and appreciate the efforts the owners had made to make it an enjoyable holiday."

    The cottage itself is in a lovely location with beautiful views over the creek. We were very disappointed with the service you provided however as a company. We appreciate that it is difficult times, but as an excuse, it has worn very thin when you don't reply to emails or you don't answer your phone to answer queries we had as far back as June.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful property in an idyllic location."

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a beautiful house with beautiful views that sits In a privileged spot within the sleepy village of Noss Mayo was the perfect base for us to explore the area."

    The house has everything you need for a self catering family holiday, it was spotlessly clean ,cosy and warm . We especially enjoyed relaxing in front of the log fire and enjoying our breakfast in the open plan kitchen diner with views accross the bay. We would love to return , thankyou

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at Noss mayo ."

    The cottage was superb And the mince pies , clotted cream and a bottle of fizz waiting for us on arrival was totally unexpected. I would welcome anyone to find fault in this outstanding property .

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2019

  • "Kittiwake is a superb house in Noss Mayo."

    ..everything about it is 'just right'. It is very tastefully decorated, warm and and has great views. There is good access to the coastal path and three great pubs within easy walking distance.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2019

  • "Personally found the beds a litttle soft and would have liked to have been able to have bedroom windows opened a little at night but they did not have a catch to do that."

    Over all an excellant house to stay in. It might be useful to visitors to know of the single tract road to the locations which did occassionally cause issues when meeting a car coming the opposite way.

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Sep 2019

  • "We had a great weeks holiday in this lovely house and lovely place (Noss Mayo )."

    All was as expected only a little mention we did find that garden wooden chairs little hard and uncomfortable and had noticed in the picture they had shown rattan furniture.Might just be our age but thought I would say .thank you for the cake and the warm welcome Debbie .

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Aug 2019

  • "If you're looking for the sunshine, this is the house to find find it!"

    We had such a lovely summer holiday at Kittiwake, the house is absolutely lovely and the view is just stunning. The house is just as the pictures show and has everything a family wants and needs. We were welcomed with cake and everything needed to make a hot drink and even wine! There is a big box of games in the living room that the kids enjoyed playing with and plenty of space for everyone. The third bedroom is an annex connected to the side of the house but has a separate entrance. As our children are small we decided not to use this room, as there is plenty of space in both other rooms to accommodate an extra bed/ cot. There is a lovely fire pan outside and everything supplied to have a fire (except matches). We toasted marshmallows and had fish and chips from the take-away van that comes on a Monday evening. Just down the hill from the house, less than a minutes walk is a big open field, tennis courts (adults £2.50/ children £1 - bring your own rackets) and wooden play area - which everyone really enjoyed. About 3 minutes walk form the house, is the creek side. We had lots of fun watching the tide come in and out. We ended up buying a boat, as it was so easy to carry down and had lots of fun paddling/ swimming and rowing the boat! The garage is an excellent place to store any equipment and had a full washing machine and dryer to use, which was really useful. There are two pubs within a 5 minute walk, we preferred the food at the The Ship but both were nice and The Swan does Chinese food on a Tuesday night. Noss Mayo itself is just a beautiful place to be but it doesn't take long to visit other areas too. We enjoyed River Dart Country Park, Cellars beach, Thurlestone Sands, House of Marbles, Salicombe and went on a boat trip from Brixham and saw dolphins! Kittiwake is an absolutely great house to stay in and throughly recommended. A big thank you to Iain and Annie for such a fabulous holiday house.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was the first time the owners had rented Kittiwake out and were still finishing off when we arrived."

    They asked us to leave a note with any issues/improvements we thought might be beneficial. This we did such as a laundry basket being required. This was identified on Wednesday and actioned the same day. There was also an issue with the door lock on the patio door. Reported to oweners at 11:30 am on Wednesday by voicemail and fixed by 2:30 pm. Excellent service. Nice cottage but somewhat over priced as 3rd bedroom is completely separate from the rest of the house

    Reviewed by Vince4.7Jul 2019

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  • Reverse-level accommodation for five people
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor double with basin, 1 x lower ground floor twin/double and 1 x lower ground floor single with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor open-plan living room a kitchen, dining area, sitting area and furnished balcony.
  • Gas central heating, wood-burning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer, TV, WiFi and Bluetooth speaker system
  • Gas and electricity are included
  • Bed linen and towels are included (guests are requested to provide their own beach towels)
  • Travel cot and highchair and stair gate
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Garage for kayak/bike storage
  • Enclosed garden with furniture, barbecue and fire pit
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Village shops 1.1 miles and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The single bedroom can only be accessed via the garden or balcony area
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £500.

The property

Kittiwake is situated on the banks of Noss Creek in the charming village of Noss Mayo, located within the South Devon AONB. This detached cottage offers a wonderful modern holiday home for friends and families alike, looking to explore this beautiful unspoilt countryside area.

The property boasts a delightful open-plan living space, with plenty of seating to relax and unwind, with a wood-burning stove to keep you warm during winter evenings.

There is a smart TV, WiFi access and a Bluetooth speaker system for all entertainment options.

For more traditionally minded guests, a chest is provided stocked with board games and puzzles.

The dining area provides seating for five and has the benefit of ready access to the furnished balcony, also offering al-fresco eating.

Adjacent is a fully equipped kitchen so you can enjoy your home-cooked meal with magnificent views across the surrounding village, countryside, hills and nearby creek, whatever the weather.

There are three lower ground floor bedrooms; one double, one twin/double, and a single with an en-suite w/c shower room that can only be accessed via the garden or balcony, ideal for a teenager looking for some privacy.

The family bathroom has quality fixtures and fittings, with a bath and shower over.

Underfloor heating and dual-heated towel rail ensure comfort for all seasons.

Outside is a bespoke and imaginatively landscaped enclosed sunny garden, allowing you to sit outside and enjoy this beautiful setting.

A charcoal barbecue and fire pan are provided for guests to use.

The property has the benefit of two parking spaces and a garage for storage of kayaks, paddle-boards or bikes.

Noss Mayo is a beautiful, thriving waterside village situated on the turquoise creeks of the River Yealm.

Along with neighbouring Newton Ferrers, this area is a paradise for lovers of sailing, kayaking and all water based activities.

The villages boast 3 excellent waterside pubs and a Yacht Club, all within walking distance.

Noss Creek is sheltered and safe for swimming, paddling or crabbing.

From our amazing waterside location, take advantage of the beautiful walks along the nearby coastal paths.

Noss Mayo is the perfect place to start and end walks along the coast, with local pubs offering food and drink before or after your walk.

There are numerous glorious sandy beaches nearby, some within walking distance and others a short journey by car.

For hill walkers, Dartmoor is only a 15 minute drive.

The village and surrounding area has long had an allure for artists.

For creative guests, bring your paints along as you will find much to inspire in the near vicinity.

Close-by Plymouth has many attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium, the art-deco Lido, the Royal William Yard and the Barbican from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.

Numerous National Trust properties are nearby including the extravagant Georgian Mansion at Saltram House and Buckland Abbey, the residence of Sir Francis Drake.

Kittiwake is the ultimate choice for a relaxing holiday break on the south coast of Devon.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Newton Ferrers 1 mile; Plymouth 10 miles

The charming creek side village of Noss Mayo is hidden away on the banks of the beautiful Yealm Estuary. The area is blessed with many coastal and countryside walks. Local beaches, Stoke and Cellars are just a three-quarters of a mile walk. The village is home to two excellent waterside pubs with river views, both of which offer superb meals using the best of local produce.
Across the water, the village of Newton Ferrers, which has a local butcher, chemist, Post Office and general grocery store, may be reached on foot via causeways at low tide. A seasonal ferry also operates between Noss Mayo, Newton Ferrers and the SW coastal path to Wembury. The surrounding South Hams area is well known for its award-winning, sandy beaches and also for the breath-taking beauty of the Dartmoor National Park. All are all within easy reach, as are interesting towns and villages such as Totnes, Salcombe, Dartington and Modbury. The city of Plymouth with its shops, Marine Aquarium and Barbican quayside area is just 10 miles away.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £500.