Start an adventure from your very own mooring
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