For £2.5 million, a Georgian waterfront home used to house POWs during the Spanish Armada is on the market.


On the market for £2.5 million is a Georgian waterfront home that once housed POWs during the Spanish Armada.

A £2.5 million waterfront mansion that once housed Spanish POWs and hosted a future king has gone on the market.

Cliff Cottage is located on the beautiful Galmpton Creek, a tributary of the Dart River in Devon.

Sir John Gilbert of Greenway House, Sir Walter Raleigh’s half brother, was instrumental in repelling troops from the Spanish Armada in 1588, and the area has a long history.

He is said to have gathered 1,000 men on the common to repel Spanish invaders from landing.

The Invincible Armada set sail from Lisbon on May 19 to transport a Spanish army from Flanders to England.

The Duke of Medina-Sidonia led a fleet of 130 ships with 2,500 guns, 8,000 seamen, and nearly 20,000 soldiers.

The Spanish ships were slower and lacked the firepower of their English counterparts.

Storms delayed the Armada’s arrival on England’s southern coast until July 19.

The English navy began bombarding the seven-mile-long line of Spanish ships on July 21, from a safe distance, using their long-range heavy guns.

During the next few days, the armada kept moving forward, but its numbers were dwindling.

The Armada had left itself exposed near Calais on July 27.

The English launched eight burning ships into the crowded harbour of Calais shortly after midnight on July 29, forcing the Spanish ships to sail out to sea to avoid catching fire.

The English attacked the disorganized fleet off Gravelines at dawn.

The superior English guns won the day in a decisive battle, forcing the beleaguered Armada to retreat north to Scotland, with the English navy pursuing them.

Half of the original Armada had perished by the time the last of the surviving fleet arrived in Spain in October. is the source of this information.

Cliff Cottage was then known as Rock Cottage, and its outbuilding, which is now known as the ‘Spanish boathouse,’ was once used to house POWs.

Sir Walter Raleigh, according to legend, popularized the use of tobacco in England and had his first cigar in Greenway House, located near the mouth of Galmptons Creek.

After seeing the smoke, a terrified butler is said to have poured a jug of water over him, believing his master was on fire.

The cottage is also said to have been home to Prince of Wales Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth II, and others.

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