Start an ad­ven­ture from your very own moor­ing

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Mess­ing about on the wa­ter is one of the joys of liv­ing on or near the West Coun­try coast, so own­ing a prop­erty with its own moor­ing could be the ul­ti­mate dream. Just pack up the pic­nic and walk down to the end of your gar­den to climb into your boat – and sail away.

Of course, buy­ing a prop­erty with such a perk comes with a pre­mium. Ac­cord­ing to Knight Frank, a house with a sea view com­mands a pre­mium of 78 per cent over one nearby with­out a vista, while a prop­erty with its own moor­ing, pon­toon or slip­way is up to 133 per cent more ex­pen­sive than an equiv­a­lent with­out.

“It is very rare to find a deep wa­ter moor­ing with a prop­erty,” says Christo­pher Bai­ley of Knight Frank. “They are usu­ally ‘run­ning’ moor­ings, which means you can keep a dinghy off your slip­way or gar­den, and haul it in when you need it. Swing­ing moor­ings are those in deeper wa­ter.”

These are where a boat is at­tached to a buoy that is weighed down on the river or seabed. Knight Frank’s re­search found that a house with a slip­way and run­ning moor­ing has the high­est pre­mium be­cause that usu­ally means it comes with more land.

Knight Frank has just started mar­ket­ing a prop­erty in East Portle­mouth, near Sal­combe in Devon, with five moor­ings, and is likely to be one of a kind in the area. Upa­long is a sev­enbed­room Thir­ties house in al­most six acres with an indoor swim­ming pool, boat house, slip­way, and three run­ning and two swing­ing moor­ings. It also has stun­ning views over the Kings­bridge Es­tu­ary.

It is be­ing sold by Pe­ter Roberts, who was in com­mer­cial prop­erty be­fore he re­tired. “We’ve owned the house since 2006 and un­til a cou­ple of years ago, I lived there full time for five years,” he says. “It’s in such a per­fect po­si­tion. We keep a 30ft fish­ing boat on one of the swing­ing moor­ings, and also have a Sal­combe yawl and a cou­ple of other sail­ing dinghies.

“The great ad­van­tage of the house is that you can walk down to the bot­tom of the gar­den and get into a ten­der to ei­ther go to the big­ger boat, or pop over to Sal­combe to shop. It’s much quicker than go­ing by car.”

The Roberts have re­fur­bished the house beau­ti­fully and re­stored the boathouse, so it now has two floors with a sail loft at the top and place for their ca­noes, pad­dle­boards and Laser dinghy be­low. “It’s a su­perb fam­ily house, but we are spend­ing much more time in Glouces­ter­shire, so now some­one else can en­joy it,” he says. Upa­long is on the mar­ket for £6mil­lion.

It is of­ten im­pos­si­ble to find deep wa­ter moor­ings, or else it is a very dif­fi­cult bu­reau­cratic process. In Fowey, on Corn­wall’s south coast, un­less you buy a prop­erty with one al­ready, you have to be on the elec­toral reg­is­ter and live within two miles of the har­bour to even ap­ply for a deep wa­ter moor­ing; the wait­ing list is cur­rently closed to new ap­pli­ca­tions.

Twenty years ago, Trevor Teague bought Wand­s­ley, a river­side cot­tage with an acre of gar­den and moor­ing in Ler­ryn, which is four miles up­stream from Fowey. He moved to the idyl­lic Polperro her­itage coast from north­east Eng­land in search of a change of

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