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15 Churchfields   -   River view bungalow with parking, above historic Dartmouth

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15 Churchfields has more than just great home charm, each picture window delivers a breathtaking view of the sublime Dart Valley and rolling hills. Set atop historic Dartmouth, the kitchen-diner opens up to an even broader vista - while away the balmy summer days on your private balcony to watch the water glinting in the sunlight, and the boats gently sway in their moorings. With ample off-road parking and close transport links, it’s a perfect base to head off exploring the divine South Hams.

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Relaxation and adventure are equally synonymous with 15 Churchfields; breakfast on the glass-fronted balcony looking over the river preludes a day of exploring, with a down-hill stroll into town next on the to-do list! Exploring the rich history of Dartmouth is a must, with a fascinating naval history which includes the meeting of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, to name one of many events. After diving into the past, why not stop off at one of the fine local restaurants, delis or cafés for a hot drink and a bite to eat. Prefer the great outdoors? No problem – a selection of dishes can be ordered to take away, including the award-winning fish and chips from Rockfish, where fresh local fish are caught and served daily. And top it all off with a delicious local ice cream from Dartmouth Ice Cream or Salcombe Dairy – a delicious local treat that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Families with adventurous young explorers are sure to love nearby Woodlands, just five miles out from Dartmouth, where all-weather fun is guaranteed. With a mixture of rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, and even a toboggan run, you’re sure of a good day out. Or why not step away from the shore and take up one of the many boat rides which can be caught from the waterfront, with sights to see including historical Greenway Holt, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, and a selection of nautical wildlife too, from seals to sea birds.

And don’t worry about the walk back up hill to the property – transport in Dartmouth is affordable and regular, with bus services frequently running from the bandstand and stopping just 200m from the property.

Accommodation:
The front door opens to the hallway, to the left the master bedroom is furnished with a super king bed, for guests who prefer twin beds the bed can be split into two standard singles (Please let us know how you would like these making up when booking). The second bedroom off to the right has twin 3ft beds.

Living Room:
At the end of the hallway is the living room, kitchen diner and family bathroom. The living room has two comfy sofas, a TV and DVD player. This is a lovely light room with dual aspect windows affording stunning views over the town and river as well as the surrounding countryside.

Kitchen Diner:
The kitchen diner is well equipped with an oven and hob, fridge, microwave and a dining table comfortably seating four. Large bi-folding doors open onto the balcony letting in plenty of light and making the most of the view. The balcony is perfect for alfresco dining after a day at the beach. Off the kitchen is a small utility room with a washing machine. The freezer is in a separate room under the house.

Bathroom:
The bathroom has a walk-in shower, toilet and basin.

Outside Space:
As well as the balcony off the kitchen, the driveway takes you down the side of the property to the garden at the rear which is the perfect private spot perfect for a barbecue.

Parking:
The driveway is long and narrow on a slope, if you would prefer to park on the road Churchfields is a very quiet street with plenty of space to park.

Nearby:
Being at the top of town there isn't too much nearby. There is a convenience shop on Townstal Crescent back across the main road. Down in the town there is a great selection of pubs restaurants and cafes including Mitch Tonks' Seahorse and Rockfish. If you want to leave the car behind it is a pleasant walk down into the centre of town or there is a regular bus service which stops close by and runs until late in the evening.

Availability:
Short breaks are available on request, with a minimum of three nights. During peak seasons we do try to keep to a regular changeover day; however if you have a special request, especially at short notice, please do let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate this for you.

Contact:
Please get in touch if you need any advice or tips on places to visit, walks (we're right on the South West Coast path), pubs & restaurants etc.

 

Dartmouth is a town steeped in maritime history, from the castle at the mouth of the river that has stood for over 600 years to the cobbled quayside at Bayards Cove where the Mayflower was made ship-shape before its voyage from Plymouth to America in the 1600s, up to the imposing Britannia Royal Naval College overlooking the town, defending the nation's seas since the early 1900s.

Dartmouth's renowned variety of shops and restaurants are on your doorstep, including breakfast and brunch hotspot Café Alf Resco - a hit with locals and visitors alike. At Bayards Cove, see where final repairs were made to the Mayflower before she set sail from Plymouth and onto America. On the riverside, you're spoiled for choice for seafood dining and drinks while you watch the boats drift along the river. There are also fast, frequent ferries, leisurely boat rides, and not forgetting the steam train from Kingswear and its romantic route along the valley shoreline and onto Totnes and Torbay.


Dining Out

Vibrant cafés and delis, cosy inns, and sublime seafood - all within walking distance - including TV chef Mitch Tonks' go-to restaurants, ‘The Seahorse’ and ‘Rockfish’. Local favourites include Kendrick’s and Taylor's in the town centre, as well as hearty pub meals at The Floating Bridge and historic The Dartmouth Arms. The Sportsman’s Arms, as you head out of town, is a favourite for a Sunday carvery. The surrounding villages also have culinary gems, such as the Laughing Monk in Strete, and Radius 7 in Stoke Fleming.


Shopping

Individual and independent; quaint meets quality - browsing Dartmouth’s locally run stores is a treat. From bespoke jewellery to designer fashion, eye-catching artworks and stylish boutiques. Venture into Foss Street and lose yourself in its variety - you’re bound to come away with a memento of your stay.


Towns to explore

The eclectic market town of Totnes is 14 miles from Dartmouth. Reach it by road or river to enjoy its broad mix of shops and restaurants (especially for some tasty, inventive, vegetarian and vegan cuisine). From Totnes, the English Riviera is easily accessible (including the steam train to Paignton). Torbay offers golden beaches, exhilarating sea sports, and quaint fishing port tranquillity. Head inland to Buckfastleigh to get hands-on learning about the animals at Pennywell Farm. Cute and colourful, Buckfast Butterflies and otter sanctuary is a must-see. And there’s another picturesque steam railway.

Further afield, the picturesque resort town of Salcombe is 20 miles away - its golden beaches and clear waters make for perfect lazy days, and are superb for sailing.


Local places of interest

The striking Dartmouth Castle sits at the mouth of the river. Learn how Dartmouth's first coastal line of defence kept the port safe from enemy ships and pirates.

The grand former holiday estate of the world's greatest crime writer - Agatha Christie - is open during the summer months. Explore the resplendent gardens and the magnificent house. Reach it by ferry or steam train from Dartmouth.

Tours and tastings of the award-winning Sharpham Wines and cheeses make for a mouth-watering excursion - now newly relocated to their Sandridge Barton vineyard - but be sure to book in advance.

The Woodlands Family Theme Park, just outside Dartmouth, is Devon's largest theme park, with rides, slides, as well as indoor and outdoor play. It's a year-round family favourite.

If you're tempted to learn sailing, Marshalls Sailing School in Dittisham offers sailing and stand-up paddle boarding lessons to people of all levels in a quiet part of the river just upstream from Dartmouth.


Beaches and Walks

There are superb beaches close to hand. Blackpool Sands is a 10-minute drive from Dartmouth. This Blue Flag award-winning sand and shingle beach is great for swimming. There's also a café, shop, as well as canoe and paddleboard hire. Slapton Sands (5 miles from Dartmouth) stretches out across three miles of shoreline, helpfully laid out with three car parks and WC facilities. Behind Slapton Sands, you can also take a tranquil walk through Slapton Ley.

For a more-adventurous ramble, the Dart Valley Trail is a 10-mile circular walk up and down the Dart, with crossings at Dittisham and Dartmouth. And one of the world’s longest and most-popular trails - the South West Coast Path - can be picked up by Dartmouth Castle with a choice of wonderful walks along this great stretch of coastline.

"This property is ‘a little gem’ and has it’s own drive for several cars, a rarity in Dartmouth. It is comfy, well equipped in a lovely, quiet location. The views from the lounge & balcony are wonderful. Easy access into Dartmouth via park & ride or bus, with local supermarkets minutes away. We really enjoyed our week and will definitely return." - David - September 2022

"Accommodation very clean with excellent view of Dartmouth, Kingswear, River Dart and steam trains coming and going. Kitchen very well equipped and there is a dishwasher although this isn't mentioned in the details on the website. We chose this accommodation as my husband has difficulty walking and it was ideal. There are two steps up to the front door but everything inside is on the level including a walk in shower." Christopher - September 2022

"The Dart Valley Cottages agency was particularly responsive and attentive to our rental search and our arrival on site. All that remained was to put down our suitcases and enjoy an exceptional view of Dartmouth and the Dart river, probably one of the most admirable sites on the Devon coast. In short, we were very close to paradise!" Pierre - August 2022

"The bungalow was everything as advertised. Very clean,well equipped. Location & view excellent. Would certainly recommend & Would stay again." - Richard - June 2022

"We had a wonderful stay, great view. Very clean, everything you needed provided. Location good for driving to different locations Torquay Teignmouth etc . Also on a bus route, If you feel the walk from Dartmouth a little steep . We walked a lot while we were there and found different routes into Dartmouth & back. Would like to visit again" - Nick - September 2021

"Great time everything you would need in place walk down the hill is ok but a bit more challenging going back up taxi or number 3 bus is the more likely option would definitely think about using again booking was very easy staff very help full all in a great place" - Steven - July 2021

Fantastic views, photos didn't do it justice. Nice quiet street with room for parking if you didn't want to use the steep driveway. House better equipped than advertised, including a dishwasher, nespresso machine and access to a tumbler dryer. Beds comfortable. Double bed is two single beds locked together which makes a super king. A travel cot was kindly provided. Overall we were pleased with our stay and would happily stay there again! - Corla - June 2021

"This property certainly exceeded our expectations. The view over Dartmouth, the river and the countryside from the main rooms and the balcony is exceptional. Immaculately clean, with everything needed to cook and eat properly. The road is quiet and the walk down into the town, although steep, is through picturesque streets. We went kayaking or sailing on the river each day, and also did a couple of long walks directly from the house." - Huw - June 2021

"We stayed at 15 church fields 2 years ago and loved it so much we booked it again for this year again as soon as we walked in to the lounge and saw the views across the dart valley we felt at home shame about the weather but made the most of our weeks stay" - Barbara May 21

"Excellent position with views over river and town, own parking, and good bus service back up the hill from the town centre, or to other parts of the county. The ability to have the main bedroom as twin beds is good. Since last year a lot has been done to improve the decoration, etc inside and out and now only a few small areas are less than perfect. Rather sparse inside because of coronavirus restrictions but the property can't be blamed for that. Great service from Dart Valley Cottages when coronavirus disrupted bookings." Edwin - September 2020


"Lovely, clean and comfortable house with outstanding views. Great, panoramic views of the steam trains too. As good as it looks in the photos. Parking in Dartmouth itself fills up very quickly! We used the park and ride on occasions for a longer stay." Mike - September 2020


"We were delighted with the view. A very comfortable and relaxing place to stay with outstanding views with dual aspect windows from living room, and doors from kitchen opening on to a stunning balcony area. Views down to Dartmouth and over the countryside. Enjoyed watching from the property, the steam train coming in and out at Kingswear. Kitchen very well equipped and beds very comfortable. We liked it being within walking distance of Dartmouth, the hill certainly helped keep us fit. We thoroughly recommend this place and hope to return." Anita - August 2020


"Great view and location. Clean, tidy with everything we could ask for. Highly recommend! Perfect for us." Kelly - July 2020


"A spacious bungalow at the top of town with amazing views from the lounge and balcony of Dartmouth and surrounding countryside. It is a steep ten minute walk back up from town but there are bus routes nearby. A great comfortable, very peaceful base to explore all that Dartmouth and the local area has to offer. Great value for money given the location." Sean - July 2020

"
Everything was fantastic, views stunning. Was immaculate when we arrived. Only issue beds were too hard" Adie - December 2019


“A clean bungalow with fantastic views and off road parking.” Simon and Elspeth – 17-21 October 2019

“Accommodation lived up to photos. We made good use of the balcony to enjoy the stunning view of Dartmouth/Kingswear. Everything provided for a comfortable holiday.” Allison – 3-10 August 2019

“Comfortable, well equipped accommodation in a peaceful setting, with wonderful views.” Rosemary and Dan – 29 June – 6 July 2019

“We have had an enjoyable stay this week. The spectacular views from the lounge are the highlight of this property” Nick and Rae – June 2019

“A lovely stay in Dartmouth at your wonderful house – very comfortable and homely – everything you needed! and of course the amazing view! Hope to be a back” Den and Louise – June 2019

“We have had a very enjoyable week with weather not too bad. We have rented holiday accommodation in the Dartmouth area for over 20 years and like to find places to return to. On the strengh of our first visit this could be such a place if the standard is maintained. There are many strong points such as the location, views, parking, comfortable furniture and flexible twin/double beds in the main bedroom.” Teri and Jenny 25 May – 1 June 2019

“Fantastic views and comfortable beds with quality bedding.” J Goode – 18-25 May 2019

“Located on a quiet housing estate, with beautiful views over town, good value for money. The bungalow was situated on a housing estate on the outskirts of Dartmouth, with excellent views across the valley and river. Provided you could cope with steep paths and steps it was easy to walk into the town (15 mins) where there was plenty of opportunity to take boat trips, or browse the local shops which were located in quaint narrow streets. The local supermarkets were within a short drive from the bungalow and although small, they catered for your needs quite adequately.
The bungalow itself was comfortable and clean and generally not in bad condition. The drive which drops down the side of the property is very steep, so cannot be used unless you have good ground clearance. We parked on the road all week!” John 4-11 May 2019

“Perfect location in Dartmouth. Never having been to the area before we quickly established that Dartmouth would be a parking nightmare and so we looked for somewhere with parking, views and within 15 mins stroll into town. (Downhill all the way and if not wanting the walk back up, taxi bill was £5.) 15 Churchfields fitted the bill. We weren’t disappointed. On arrival the house was clean, modern, light and airy. The views from the lounge were stunning and the balcony off the kitchen with bi-fold doors doubled the space. Either with cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand, much time was spent just looking across at the countryside and down to Dartmouth Harbour; it was like watching a permanently moving model village with boats and steam trains coming and going. The kitchen was well equipped. The bedrooms had good quality bedding and were spacious. Boxes of toys were in the twin bedroom. It was all very thoughtfully equipped. Decoration was light and modern. All designed to make for a very relaxing stay. Parking was down the steep drive at the side of the house with turning area at the bottom; low suspension cars would ground on the lip of the pavement but there is plenty of parking on the road outside. The neighbours were very friendly. Lovely week – we were just sad to leave!” Susan – 13-20 April 2019

“We loved the views from the deck area and overall found the property to be comfortable and well located.” Claire – 30 March – 6 April 2019

“A very nice property with excellent amenities, comfy beds, spacious rooms, Netflix and smart TV, on the drive parking and great views.” Michael – January 2019

“Comfortable, clean and lovely outside seating area.” Sarah – November 2018

“A very enjoyable holiday in a beautiful part of the country and staying in a very comfortable and well furnished flat with lovely views over the estuary. We hope to return some time” Alison and Margaret – 22-29 September 2018

“We all enjoyed our stay very much. The house is beautiful with very large windows and fantastic balcony to enjoy the wonderful views over the estuary. The weather was great and so we visited lots of places. All in all a very enjoyable holiday and a great place to stay in” The Grant Family – 18-25 August 2018

Dartmouth is a town steeped in maritime history, from the castle at the mouth of the river that has stood for over 600 years to the cobbled quayside at Bayards Cove where the Mayflower was made ship-shape before its voyage from Plymouth to America in the 1600s, up to the imposing Britannia Royal Naval College overlooking the town, defending the nation's seas since the early 1900s.

Dartmouth's renowned variety of shops and restaurants are on your doorstep, including breakfast and brunch hotspot Café Alf Resco - a hit with locals and visitors alike. At Bayards Cove, see where final repairs were made to the Mayflower before she set sail from Plymouth and onto America. On the riverside, you're spoiled for choice for seafood dining and drinks while you watch the boats drift along the river. There are also fast, frequent ferries, leisurely boat rides, and not forgetting the steam train from Kingswear and its romantic route along the valley shoreline and onto Totnes and Torbay.


Dining Out

Vibrant cafés and delis, cosy inns, and sublime seafood - all within walking distance - including TV chef Mitch Tonks' go-to restaurants, ‘The Seahorse’ and ‘Rockfish’. Local favourites include Kendrick’s and Taylor's in the town centre, as well as hearty pub meals at The Floating Bridge and historic The Dartmouth Arms. The Sportsman’s Arms, as you head out of town, is a favourite for a Sunday carvery. The surrounding villages also have culinary gems, such as the Laughing Monk in Strete, and Radius 7 in Stoke Fleming.


Shopping

Individual and independent; quaint meets quality - browsing Dartmouth’s locally run stores is a treat. From bespoke jewellery to designer fashion, eye-catching artworks and stylish boutiques. Venture into Foss Street and lose yourself in its variety - you’re bound to come away with a memento of your stay.


Towns to explore

The eclectic market town of Totnes is 14 miles from Dartmouth. Reach it by road or river to enjoy its broad mix of shops and restaurants (especially for some tasty, inventive, vegetarian and vegan cuisine). From Totnes, the English Riviera is easily accessible (including the steam train to Paignton). Torbay offers golden beaches, exhilarating sea sports, and quaint fishing port tranquillity. Head inland to Buckfastleigh to get hands-on learning about the animals at Pennywell Farm. Cute and colourful, Buckfast Butterflies and otter sanctuary is a must-see. And there’s another picturesque steam railway.

Further afield, the picturesque resort town of Salcombe is 20 miles away - its golden beaches and clear waters make for perfect lazy days, and are superb for sailing.


Local places of interest

The striking Dartmouth Castle sits at the mouth of the river. Learn how Dartmouth's first coastal line of defence kept the port safe from enemy ships and pirates.

The grand former holiday estate of the world's greatest crime writer - Agatha Christie - is open during the summer months. Explore the resplendent gardens and the magnificent house. Reach it by ferry or steam train from Dartmouth.

Tours and tastings of the award-winning Sharpham Wines and cheeses make for a mouth-watering excursion - now newly relocated to their Sandridge Barton vineyard - but be sure to book in advance.

The Woodlands Family Theme Park, just outside Dartmouth, is Devon's largest theme park, with rides, slides, as well as indoor and outdoor play. It's a year-round family favourite.

If you're tempted to learn sailing, Marshalls Sailing School in Dittisham offers sailing and stand-up paddle boarding lessons to people of all levels in a quiet part of the river just upstream from Dartmouth.


Beaches and Walks

There are superb beaches close to hand. Blackpool Sands is a 10-minute drive from Dartmouth. This Blue Flag award-winning sand and shingle beach is great for swimming. There's also a café, shop, as well as canoe and paddleboard hire. Slapton Sands (5 miles from Dartmouth) stretches out across three miles of shoreline, helpfully laid out with three car parks and WC facilities. Behind Slapton Sands, you can also take a tranquil walk through Slapton Ley.

For a more-adventurous ramble, the Dart Valley Trail is a 10-mile circular walk up and down the Dart, with crossings at Dittisham and Dartmouth. And one of the world’s longest and most-popular trails - the South West Coast Path - can be picked up by Dartmouth Castle with a choice of wonderful walks along this great stretch of coastline.

 
 
 
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