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"We have stayed in the area many times before but never in the heart of Dartmouth itself. This was the perfect location for us this time! Our tweenage children could wander to the shops, and fish from the harbour freely whilst only being 2 mins away from home if they needed us. Parking was a little tricky on arrival but only because the Food Festival was in full swing by Monday we never failed to find a spot. We used the ferry’s and local transport to travel around the area meaning we didn’t use the car very much at all. The accommodation was clean and well presented and perfect for the four of us and our small dog. Despite being in the heart of things it wasn’t too noisy and it was the ideal spot for people watching. We will definitely return." - Eleanor - October 2022
"Thanks for the stay, everything was perfect for us at Bayards as usual as a base for the Dart Music Festival, we like staying in usual surroundings that is well equipped for our needs, clean and comfortable and excellently situated. See you next time." Craig - May 2020
"Conveniently situated for all Dartmouth attractions, I needed somewhere all on one level and dog friendly. Bayards ticked all the boxes! Clean and comfortable with full range of facilities and amenities including an invaluable parking permit. Excellent." Hawkins - April 2022
"Ideally located in the centre of Dartmouth to feel the vibrancy of the town but private and quiet is what you want. Superbly equipped, super clean and comfortable." - Dread Family - September 2021
"Brilliant central location. Very very well appointed Apt especially the kitchen. If you come in August parking can be tricky but we just made sure if we went out for the day not to come home before 5. The apt was spotless and everything of great quality." - Tina August 2021
"Bayards is a decent sized, well equipped apartment in a very central location. Despite being in the heart of Dartmouth it wasn’t too noisy (just chatter from the cafe opposite and seagulls!). Dartmouth is a fantastic resort with plenty of things to do, places to visit and plenty of bars/restaurants! Having the parking permit is a real bonus, which can be used on any of the South Hams long stay car parks. We would definitely stay at Bayards again and book with Dart Valley Cottages." - Steven - July 2021
"We found nearly everything we needed. A really well equipped kitchen. We had to get some extra coat hangers from the shop, but I expect a lot of that had to do with COVID restrictions. All in all we had a very nice week Cynthia" - Cynthia - July 2021
"Very clean and well equipped accommodation in brilliant location close to river front and town centre" Gill - 1st August 2020
"The premise had been redecorated to an excellent standard. Everything was in good working order. Shower and water pressure first class. We had an enjoyable week and will return." Brian - July 2020
"We felt really at home and comfortable in the flat. It is very central, so is great for cafes, pubs, shops and walks around Dartmouth. The two bathrooms were an added bonus. One complaint though - there weren't any bowls or plates, just saucers and large dishes, but this may have been due to some Covid related cleaning mishap." Teresa - July 2020
"This is a great find for a short stay in Dartmouth. The flat is very well equipped and we liked the spacious lounge/diner. The central location is perfect for popping in and out." Sophie - March 2020
"Great location for central Dartmouth pubs,restaurants and lovely independent shops as well as the usual convenience stores. Also great for further afield attractions with a choice of transport (we tried them all!) passenger and car ferries, steam train and road on the doorstep. Good kitchen facilities and comfy beds & decent sized smart tv for spare moments to catch up on Christmas. Only criticisms~ early morning noisy & regular yacht club deliveries & bottle waste~rusty rad in bathroom~ very drab and dismally unkempt foyer area and outer stairs." Kim - January 2020
“We enjoyed staying at Bayards which was cosy and comfortable with an interesting view of the quiet but interesting street, one back from the seafront. An ideal location for eating out and small local shops. We particularly appreciated having a good bed and two generous settees. The kitchen was also very well equipped. Even though we were there in a cold wet week, we were cosy and warm.” Fearon – 1-8 November 2019
“We had a lovely holiday in this apartment. The location is perfect, right in the centre, so no need to drive anywhere. Apartment was clean and kitchen had everything we needed, although with all the great places to eat we didn’t do much cooking. Beds were comfy with crisp, white bedding which was lovely. We would stay here again when we come to Dartmouth.” Jane 26-31 October 2019
“Ideally situated for a Dartmouth break, parked the car and relaxed ! We booked 4 nights, to enjoy the Dartmouth Food Festival, and had a great weekend, made more enjoyable by the accommodation offered by Bayards ! Spacious, comfortable, clean and good value for money, many thanks, we will be back!” Jeff – 18-22 October 2019
“Lovely flat. Everything you need. Immaculate clean. Opposite to Alf: best breakfast ever. All kinds of shops and restaurants are nearby.”Stefan 6-13 October 2019
“Clean and comfortable. Great for exploring Dartmouth, my favourite town! Very conveniently positioned, the flat was perfect to explore Dartmouth and the surrounding area. It was a very spacious and clean flat.” Sarah – 14-21 September 2019
“Great flat, clean and comfortable, well situated and fast responses from the host.” Jake – 13-19 July 2019
“Great location. Very clean. Lovely having bathroom and an en-suite.” Helen – July 219
“Great central location in Dartmouth, shops, restaurants, quayside all within a 2-minute walk ! Very clean apartment with a unusually well-equipped kitchen.” Robert – June 2019
“Thank you – we had an enjoyable stay, happy to boot it again!” John and Kate – 18 June 2019
“We loved staying in this spacious, comfortable and clean flat. Great location, perfect for exploring Dartmouth. We’ve had a lovely stay, thank you.” Johnson – 31 May 2019
“Thank you for your lovely clean, comfortable apartment – it is so well equipped. Really appreciated all the extra little touches – milk, biscuits, tissues etc. that you don’t usually get. Wonderful location, loved it all” Alec and June – 17 May 2019
“Such a comfy flat. So many nice touches – milk, chocolate biscuits, soft and fluffy blankets. Dartmouth is so lovely… we will definitely be back!” The Sherman Family – 22 April 2019
“Wonderfully clean and homely apartment. We loved it and so did our dogs – Thank you! Lovely fresh bedlinen and everything we needed” Jones and dogs – 19 April 2019
“Comfy, clean, cosy and convenient. This flat has it all. Plenty of space for a family or two couples. Right in the centre of everything in lovely Dartmouth. Right across the street from the best brunch place ever- Café Alf Resco. Plus to many places for amazing seafood and great local beer. The flat had every amenity a travel could want- even chocolate biscuits and milk for our morning coffee. Super comfortable beds and bedding too. Lots of natural light in this lovely flat. Plus super easy to load/unload before heading to the car park- beware, the car park can fill up quickly during peak season. Just wait around though, the day trippers will leave eventually. Enjoy your stay in gorgeous Dartmouth. Take lots of ferry rides up and down the river. Enjoy this great flat. Thank you so much to Christine for being a great host.” Nikki – April 2019
“Very impressed with the cleanliness and comfort of the apartment. Dart Valley Cottages where quick to replace the shower hose when it failed. This is a perfect base for visiting NT properties such as Greenways and Coleton Fishacre, The apartment is perfect for four adults and our son and his girlfriend where impressed with their en-suite bedroom.” Jackson Family 6-12 April 2019
“Great location in the heart of Dartmouth. Spacious and well equipped accommodation for self-catering, and equally close to numerous cafés and restaurants.” Alistaire – February 2019
“This accommodation was fab.. Christine has thought of everything.. definitely reccommend it..” Tracey – January 2019
“Fab stay in the lovely flat. Every detail thought of. Even enough mirrors for 3 females getting ready for a wedding!!” Warren Family – 11-14 January 2019
“Clean and comfortable and a good base for walking South West path. Thank you” Fram family – 4 January – 11 January 2019
“Great location, great stay. Great party in the yacht club below. We also loved The Cherb! Thanks” Netty, Craig, Tony & Mark – 30 December 2018 – 2 January 2019
“Thank you for a lovely stay in this beautiful little town. Great position and a comfortable flat for 3 or 4 people” Monica and Roger – 25 December 2018
“Very relaxing and with lots of home comforts. Would recommend Bayards to everyone. Cosy clean ideally situated Dog friendly. All the comforts of home. Would highly recommend for all to stay.” Paul – 30 November – 7 December 2018
“Excellent location; warm; very clean and neat little apartment. Comprehensive kitchen (although we only made coffee with the cafétière during our stay) and delightful dining/sitting room with modern tv and comfy sofas. And comfortable beds too.” David – November 2018
“We loved the flat – had an amazing week with our son and gorgeous grand daughter. Sunshine every day. We’ve had so much fun. We would love to come again! Thank you” Karen, Brian, Stuart and Amelia (aged 6 1/2) – 27 October 2018
“Perfect place to explore Dartmouth and surrounding area. Parking permit for other towns was a real bonus. No issues.” John – October 2018
“Lovely holiday in Dartmouth. We liked the apartment being so central. We will be back soon I hope” Eunice and Gerald – 27 September 2018
“Lovely apartment – clean and tidy. Dartmouth is very dog friendly – accommodated where ever we went. This is our 4th time staying in Dartmouth and we will be back again. Thank you” Simon, Helen and George and Ollie (the dogs) – 24-31 August 2018
“A great week in Dartmouth. Lovely flat and very comfortable accommodation. Centrally located so easy access to “eateries”. Thanks you.” Jaime, Sara and Freya – 24 August 2018
“Lovely weekend in Dartmouth. The flat was clean and tidy as well as in a great location. We will definitely be coming again. Thank you!” Rachel, James, Harriet and Jess – 3 – 5 August 2018
“Have enjoyed our week here. Beds good. Well fitted kitchen and everything you need is here – hope to return” Pam, Ron and Betty – 25-31 May 2018
“Great weekend spent in a beautiful, clean, cosy, central flat. The flat is in a perfect location for shopping, site seeing and dining out. Our first stay in Dartmouth has been excellent. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful flat!” Hannah and George – 28 March 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 spoilt 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.
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.
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.