East Portlemouth, Salcombe

£5,950,000 Guide price
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Reception Rooms: 4
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Property Features

  • Impressive entrance hall with spiral wine cellar
  • Vaulted living room with log fire and library
  • Media room with extensive shelving and built-in TV
  • Utility room and plant room
  • Ground floor boot room / wet room
  • Garden office / studio / 5th bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Hydro pool room / gym with TV and sound system
  • Gated courtyard, ample parking and triple garaging
  • Gorgeous country gardens of lawns, fruit, herb beds, terraces and woodland
  • In all about 1.56 acres

Property Summary

An outstanding contemporary home within walking distance of one of the most glorious sandy beaches in South Devon.

Full Details

East Portlemouth is a small coastal village and a true South Hams gem, situated on the east bank of the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Estuary. This popular and pretty village is home to a long sandy beach with hidden coves and rock pools, backed by woodland and coastal paths and the beachside Venus Café which is open every day in season. Port Waterhouse which offers hassle-free boating - moorings, parking and storage and a paddle board school, is a short walk from the property. There is also a bar that's open during the main summer season.

A school bus service runs from East Portlemouth to Kingsbridge and there are also excellent pubs in the neighbouring villages of East Prawle and South Pool. The stunning waterside town of Salcombe is East Portlemouth’s closest neighbour and is accessible via a short passenger ferry ride available 365 days a year. Salcombe offers a wonderful abundance of independent shops and galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs, and is renowned for its world class sailing waters.

Rectory Barn is a stunning example of modern architecture at its very best. Originally dating from 1836, Rectory Barn is a “bank barn” and its conversion was designed by the Harrison Sutton Partnership in Totnes and completed in 2009. As you walk in you are immediately captivated by the attention to detail and sense of light and space. The clever use of glass is evident throughout and is found within floors and ceilings, including the sunken spiral wine cellar with automated glass lid, which is the focus of the impressive entrance hall. A steel staircase rises from the entrance hall to the first floor and leads to a vaulted living room. Glass doors open onto the terrace and offers a wonderful outlook over the garden. This large reception area features a full-length bespoke library wall complete with rolling ladder.

The kitchen / dining area is no less impressive with tri fold doors opening out onto the terrace. The bespoke kitchen is beautifully appointed, and appliances include a commercial dishwasher (3 minute cycle) electric Aga, electric oven, gas hob, microwave and Quooker tap. The kitchen is complemented with an adjoining pantry kitchen which offers wall to wall pantry cupboards, a range of Gaggenau fridges and freezers, an ice making machine and a wine fridge (all available by negotiation). A door leads from here to the kitchen courtyard.

A further reception room in the form of a media room is on the ground floor and has wall to wall library shelving and bespoke units with built in TV.

There are four bedrooms on the ground floor, all presented to an exceptional standard. The principal suite offers a spacious bedroom with two dressing rooms and a large en suite bathroom with roll top bath and large walk-in shower. This bedroom benefits from air conditioning as does bedroom 3 and the media room. In addition to the main bedroom are three further bedrooms, all complemented with en-suite bathrooms, again beautifully fitted and totally luxurious in style. There is a hidden tea cupboard in the hall which offers a sink, Quooker tap and fridge.

There is a boot room / wet room, utility room, plant room also on this floor.

A clever concept in the design of Rectory Barn was the addition of the wrap around service void. This area measures 18m x 12m x 6m (36 linear m x 1m wide) and encases all the workings of the house including the boiler, pool equipment, heating pipes, the central VAC system etc. allowing easy access and provides extensive storage space.

Above the triple garage is a spacious air conditioned studio/office/or bedroom 5 and an ensuite shower room.

The stone built hydro pool and gym is situated on the terrace. The pool is equipped with jets and the building is topped with a lantern insulated roof. There is a recessed TV and sound system within the stone walling.

Rectory Barn sits around a brick and cobble paved courtyard, which is approached through electrically operated gates and offers total privacy and ample parking. The gardens and grounds are immaculately presented and combine effortlessly to offer a quintessential country garden. The lawns are bordered by a wild meadow and lavender bed. The terrace is planted with herb and strawberry beds, and within the garden is a raspberry and strawberry fruit cage. There is a pretty and soothing rill that flows down through the gardens and is fed by a nearby stream. At the top of the garden there is an orchard with apple, plum, cherry and pear trees above which there is a woodland interspersed with meandering pathways.


Ground Source heat pump. LPG boiler servicing underfloor heating throughout, air conditioning, mains water and electricity, private drainage. Air filtration system, Crestron lighting system, surround sound, 4G/fibre broadband.

South Hams District Council, 01803 861234. Council Tax Band G

Strictly by appointment with Harriet George or Savills.

There are two ways to reach East Portlemouth, one is to leave the village of South Pool and follow the Tidal Road (dependent on tide levels). Keeping the water on your right, Rectory Barn will be found on the left-hand side about 1 mile beyond Goodshelter. Alternatively, on entering the village of East Portlemouth continue downhill until reaching the T-Junction signposted Passenger Ferry and Mill Bay. Turn right, keeping the water on your left and Rectory Barn will be found on the right-hand side after the first bend.