"A truly romantic place to stay in a spectacular location."
Oyster is for lovers of nature and the sea. She is for adventurous couples or friends who will enjoy the calm and serenity of the estuary. She is for lovers of silence, contemplation, reading, dreaming, walking, swimming and beaches. She is for soaking up the wandering sun and living in the present moment. She is cute and fun yet basic and unsophisticated. She is high on the foreshore, so rises with the tide and sits on the shingle as the water retreats. When the tide goes out, no boats pass, and she has only the birds and the trees for company. The estuary is quiet, but occasionally she will roll to the wake of passing boats. The leaves rustle above in the evening sun, while in the morning she stays cool in the shade of the trees.
Oyster has heavy canvas over the cockpit that can be pulled forward and back depending on the weather. If you are big you may need to bow your head, however, open the hatch above the galley and you can stand tall. She has a loo and shower on land and a basic loo on board for emergencies. There is a fridge on land and space to park.
Sometimes when the tide drops Oyster likes to rest at a slight angle. There are beaches and a ferry boat nearby with access to the coastal town of Salcombe. If you are reading this you are considering a holiday on a boat (albeit attached to land) … Bring warm clothes, waterproofs and a Sou'wester! Remember your sunnies too though!
Salcombe ferry - 15 mins walk runs all year - check times
Buses and Taxis run out of Salcombe
Totnes train station - 50 mins by car or taxi. Or bus to Salcombe, ferry and walk
Food and drink
Venus café - 15 mins walk https://www.lovingthebeach.co.uk/east-portlemouth/
The Millbrook pub, South Pool - 40 minutes walk, 10 mins in the car http://www.millbrookinnsouthpool.co.uk/
The Pigs Nose pub, East Prawle - 50 Minutes walk 10 mins in the car https://www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk
Kingsbridge is 20 minutes drive with all sorts of goodies.
Salcombe is across on the ferry with lots to offer
There are plenty of other local villages with pubs
Water based activities are easy to come across in Salcombe. We recommend you do your own research here as they vary with the season.
Oyster is positioned in an extremely tranquil part of the estuary. She is a secret hideaway moored at the bottom of an ancient quarry path. She is to be enjoyed by couples who love the sea, the outdoors and getting close to nature. She is small, cute and cosy. Neat and tidy but not sophisticated. She has a homemade gang plank, lovely portholes, a simple sink and stove, books, poems, low lighting and some cactus'. The owner John grew up only a few hundred metres away, so the location holds a special significance. There is a small camping loo on board. Guests will have access to a garden on land 50 yards away, with a simple hot shower, compost loo and space to park. The owner John recommends you call him with any questions you may have.
Hot Shower (on land 50 yards away)
Compost loo (on land 50 yards away)
Fridge (on land 50 yards away)
Wooden cockpit to sit in
Homemade gangplank for easy walk ashore access
Fold away chairs to sit on the foreshore
Single burner alcohol stove
Basic kitchen facilities
Sink and pump for washing up
Some drinking water provided
Comfy bedding with 4 pillows
Battery powered lights
Chemical loo on board (for night time emergency)
Welcome pack of basics
History of Oyster as we know it…….!
Oyster (born Oester) is a Tholense Schouw. Tholen is a coastal town in Holland and was once an island. In these shallow tidal waters shallow flat bottom boats abound. Oester is believed to have been built in 1962 - what's know of her early years is as murky as the water she sailed on……
It is known that she is constructed of steel. The Dutch marine welders are world renown for their craftsmanship and boat building ability. She is a strong, dry, tough little vessel, based on the larger cargo barges that plied the coast of Holland and further afield. Stored away for prosperity Oester has a curly, gaff, a large boom, and some huge leeboards. In her belly, there is a large, ancient Volvo Penta MDB2 engine
Through the mists of time, Oester has received love and affection as well as neglect and forlornness. Here recent history goes something like this.
In winter in the early 2000's a young Dutchman wandered through the harbour in Tholense. Through his sailors 'weather eye' he spied Oester and knew immediately she was the vessel for his voyage. Through the tail end of winter, he worked, into spring and the summer months until she was ready. Her hull was gleaming blue, her rigging taught, humming in the wind.
Victuals aboard, her sails set, and a young adventure on board Oester made for the Channel. Favourable winds ensued that drove Oester and her wanderlusting Cargo across the channel and to England and up the Thames estuary she sailed.
The lines were thrown and made fast and the Dutchman left for the bright lights and heady atmosphere of the big city. Maybe he found love or perhaps his fortune. What's known is Oester (now Oyster) was left neglected and forlorn.
Some years later Oyster was hauled out of the Thames by a young man with dreams like that of the Dutchman. Oyster was lovingly restored over a period of years. Fortunes change however, and Oyster was destined to move again.
Another young (ish) dreamer fell for her charms and off to Plymouth she travelled. Through the gales, and snow of winter 2017/18 she lay on the hard in Plymouth docks. As spring came work began to bring he up to scratch and then came her recent voyage to Salcombe Harbour. Three friends motored round on a warm spring day, the thud of the diesel beneath them. And here she lies now to be loved and enjoyed until who knows when.
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