Off-grid Devon cottage with no internet or electricity goes on sale for £550,000

Off-grid Devon cottage with no internet or electricity goes on sale for £550,000

You did a digital detox for the day, and you liked it.

Now what?

Perhaps it’s time to commit to an internet-free lifestyle on a more full-time basis – and this dreamy property could allow you to do just that.

An off-grid house right by the sea, in Devon, has hit the market with an asking price of £550,000.

It’s the ultimate getaway – remote, just above the National Trust owned Mansands beach, and with no mains water, electricity, or wifi.

We reckon it’d be a lot easier to go without social media when you’ve got stunning panoramic views of the South Devon coastline to distract you – plus access to your own private cove.


The cottage once served as a home point for the coastguard, and is part of a group of three properties built by Napoleonic prisoners of war in the early 19th century.

The coastguard used to use this property to monitor tobacco smugglers, up until the 1950s.

Now, that cottage is a lovely two-bedroom home.

Inside is 1,345 sq ft of interior space, mostly on the ground floor, with a large loft room above.


When you walk in, you’ll find an entrance hall, a sitting room, a dining room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a shower room, and a rear porch.

There’s no mains water supply or electricity, so you’ll have to embrace the simple life.

The reception rooms have multi-fuel burners to provide heating, while the kitchen has a gas cooker and lamps powered by an LPG gas bottle.

Water is supplied by a rainwater harvesting system – or you can grab some from the spring-fed well in front.


To the rear of the house are two stone-build store rooms and an outdoor sawdust toilet.

There’s also a wildflower garden, because why not.

As we mentioned, the property is pretty remote, so you’ll need a four-wheel drive car to access the lane and reach the home.

Michelle Stevens from The Coastal House, who are selling the property, said: ‘The beach is owned by the National Trust and very idyllic.

‘To access the beach usually needs a 4×4. It’s a good 15-minute walk from the car park so that deters a lot of people, which means it’s not overcrowded.


‘The cottages also have access to their own private cove which is just below them. There are some steps leading down to it when the tide is out. It’s just a beautiful place.

‘Spring water is piped into the area. For the shower you fill up the bag and use a pulley system. You can either heat it up or use it fresh. The owners describe it as three-quarters of a shower rather than the full thing.

‘The outdoor toilet is in a stone-built shed, it’s very discreet and looks like a normal WC but it’s actually a sawdust toilet.

‘The owners have used it as a second home and had many a lovely holiday there and they have occasionally let it for holidays.

‘You can enjoy your own private oasis, listening to the waves crashing and retreat from the stresses of everyday life.

‘This is a very rare opportunity and we are delighted to be instructed to sell such an unusual property in such a stunning location.’

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