Oldaport is steeped in history. The farmhouse is believed to be of early 17th century origin and represents a good example of a cross-passage farmhouse. It stands where much earlier houses are known to have stood, including one mentioned in the Domesday Book owned by the de la Porte family. Adjoining the house and buildings are remains of ancient fortifications which commands two valleys. This dates back in part, it is thought to Roman times, the remainder being probably of Saxon origin.The name Oldaport is thought to be derived from this old fort but with water on both sides of this spur of land old port is equally feasible .
View of Oldaport Farm
Oldaport is a small grass farm of seventy acres, being the home of the Courtney Flock of Pedigree Lleyn sheep and the Oldaport Miniature Shetland Pony Stud. It lies in a delightful secluded valley beside the beautiful Erme estuary, its abundance of bird life-a real haven for the ornithologist and nature lover.
South West Devon is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with its glorious beaches and fascinating walks, many of which are preserved by the National Trust. The totally unspoilt Wonwell Beach is one and a half miles away, ideal for windsurfing, fishing and bathing. Salcombe, Kingsbridge, and Newton Ferrers are renowned sailing centres and there are several golf courses with in a few miles.
The South Coast Footpath
The coastal path is the longest and most varied and attractive National Trail. It was made throughout history by fishermen, farmers, miners, smugglers, coastguards and patient solders watching for invasions. It provides wonderful vistas seen only by those who walk, leads onto magnicicent beaches, secret coves and almost forgotten fishing villages.
Dartmoor in complete contrast to the coastal area, is eight miles away. Plymouth is less than half an hour's drive, offers a variety of modern facilities as well as the historic Barbican, Hoe and Naval connection..