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Blackness Barn   -   Spacious Family Home with River Views


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Blackness Barn is a spacious barn conversion located on Dittisham Court in the peaceful riverside village of Dittisham. The house lends itself beautifully to a large family or two families sharing with plenty of indoor and outdoor living space as well as being in a perfect location to access local amenities by foot. The property is light and airy, featuring exposed roof trusses, blending traditional barn conversion features with modern accommodation. As an old barn conversion, Blackness Barn has oodles of charm including its very own squeaky floorboards.! A large lawned garden at the rear and private parking for 2 cars at the front.


The front door opens into a large entrance hall. To the right of the entrance hall is a newly installed shower room. Straight ahead is the living room, a lovely bright room benefiting from triple aspect windows and French doors offering fabulous views and direct access to the private garden at the rear. With vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, an open fireplace the room has a lovely relaxed feel. The lounge area at the far side of the room has sofas, a large flat screen TV, DVD player. At the near side of the room the dining area has a dining table and chairs for 8.

Off the living room is a smaller sitting room with sofas, TV and DVD perfect for any viewing conflicts.

Beautiful, bespoke hand crafted kitchen with ceramic hob and double oven, integrated fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, large kitchen island with seating. There is a back door from the kitchen that offers access to the back garden. Also, on the ground floor off the entrance hall there is a cloakroom with toilet and wash basin as well as a utility room where you will find the washer/dryer.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms. The master double bedroom has dual aspect windows offering river glimpses, fitted wardrobes, ensuite bathroom with bath, toilet and wash basin, tiled floor and heated towel rail. A second double bedroom with original beams and velux windows that overlook the village and features an antique king size bed, fitted wardrobes and elegant soft furnishings. There is a spacious twin bedroom with vintage iron beds, ample storage space and fitted wardrobes and finally a cosy childrens bunk room. Also on this floor there is a newly refurbished family bathroom with large walk in shower with rainfall shower head, toilet and wash basin, tiled floor and heated towel rail offers outstanding river views.

Central heating and open fire (logs/coal can be purchased locally)


The house has a large lawned garden at the rear with patio area adjacent to the house. The patio is furnished with a large octagonal picnic table and barbeque, as well as far reaching views of the surrounding countryside towards Blackness Point. The perfect spot for a family barbeque after a day at the beach. Guests are also welcome to explore the 4 acres of communal grounds that include an orchard as well as various vantage points over the creek and towards the quay


There are 2 allocated parking spaces outside the front door. Additional unrestricted on street parking is available on Riverside Road.


The village pub The Red Lion is a 2 minute walk around the corner. The Red Lion also hosts the village shop and post office. A 10 minute walk will take you to The Quay where you will find the Ferry Boat Inn and The Anchorstone Cafe as well as ferries to Greenway and Dartmouth. Blackpool Sands is the closest beach a 10 minute drive away.


In the peak season, May, June, July and August we need to keep to Friday changeovers and a minimum stay of 7 nights. However, please do contact us with any requests you may have and we will accommodate if possible.

Out of peak season we don't need to keep to a Friday changeover.

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.

The village of Dittisham is believed to date back to the Saxon era. The home of a chief called “Deedas” who probably lived here around 660AD. In the Domesday book of 1085-86 the village is named as “Didashim” meaning homestead of Deedas.

It was in the reign of Elizabeth 1 that Dittisham put its name on the historical map thanks to Sir Walter Raleigh and his half-brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert who were brought up at Greenway House. Greenway House in later years became the home of Agatha Christie and now is run by the National Trust

"Blackness Barn is in a beautiful location and is so well equipped. You’ve thought of every little detail from kitchen equipment, laundry, even being able to play Alexa in the kitchen. Towels were handy (which we weren’t expecting from the booking email), drying rack too. It’s a 5 minute walk down to the Ham, which is a green space by the river Dart surrounded by trees. When tide was high we kayaked and paddle boarded from there. But it’s also such a lovely place to just sit. It’s very quiet and dark at night. It’s really off the beaten track which we loved. It does mean days out from there are a bit of an adventure down single track winding roads. It seems to take 45mins to an hour to drive anywhere (bar Dartmouth). Dart Valley cottages very efficient and responsive - thank you." - Renie - August 2021

"Despite mixed weather another enjoyable week in this spacious and well equipped property- fabulous views and location perfect for exploring the South Hams area" - May 2021

"Blackness Barn was perfect for our family get together. Plenty of space for everyone and we loved that we could walk out of the house and explore locally. The house is very comfortable and spacious and well equipped." Tracey - September 2020

"Blackness Barn is an ideal place to stay in Dittisham. Close to all the facilities and the accommodation is very spacious, with a well equipped kitchen and lovely view of the estuary."Vicki - August 2020

"We have stayed at Blackness Barn a few times before but had to find somewhere else because there was no shower. However, the bathroom has been refitted with a beautiful new shower. I suited our family holiday perfectly and we had a lovely time." Dennis - August 2020

“our 6th visit to this great house and our patch of peace in a busy world. Thankfully little has changed… Beautiful place x” The Caton’s and Snow’s – 12-19 July 2019

“A nice property in a very quiet, peaceful and relaxing location. If anyone is looking for that really peaceful holiday in order to get away from it all, then this property and location is superb. A picnic down on the Dittisham green overlooking the estuary is recommended, with toilet facilities to boot. Should anyone wish to venture out from here, then Blackpool and Slapton sands with great cafe’s are not far away. We’ve been here before and will be back again.” Diana – 21-28 June 2019

“Our second visit which did not fail to impress. Very good again. Weather mixed but it did not stop us enjoying the wonderful surroundings. Thank you.”The Johnsons – June 2019

“We had a lovely week at Blackness Barn – thank you! A perfect base for exploring the Dart estuary. Spent alot of time crabbing” Hannah and Mark – May 2019

“Fabulous week here for Hannah and Joe’s wedding…. Blackness Barn has provided an ideal base for us – thank you” Rachel and Nick, Johnny and Sarah, Lucie and Hannah and Joe (the bride and groom) – 12-19 April 2019

“Lovely week in your beautiful barn. Thank you x” The Summersby’s – September 2018

“An Amazing time had by all! Beautiful house and surrounding area. Thank you! x” The Cox’s Wrights and Van-Allens – 12 August 2018

“Fabulous location with wonderful views. Weather was absolutely perfect. Accommodation very good” Gardeners and Fospens – 12 July 2018

“Thank you. Wonderful accommodation. Spacious clean – no complaints. Amazing views and sunsets. Hope to revisit asap” Johnsons – 23 June 2018

“A lovely barn to celebrate 2 birthdays, very quiet, very clean, wonderful views. Extremely friendly residents here at Dittisham” The Greens – June 2018

“Had a lovely stay in this holiday let which is great location. Been very lucky with the weather which meant great days out. Property ideal but would be even better with a shower for a large family stay. Loved our time here, would stay again.” Hawkins Family – June 2018

“A very lovely house in a very lovely place” The Vitti Family – 17-24 June 2017

“Another enjoyable stay. Thank you” Richard, Caroline – 6-13 May 2017

“Very comfortable and well equipped” Carter, Alcenton and Hanson Families – 12-19 February 2017

“A very nice house, in a lovely position. Love the village” Carol, Derek, Rosemary and Geoff – 15-22 October 2016

“A lovely, well equipped holiday home in a beautiful setting” Richard and Caroline – 1-8 October 2016

“Loved the place and area. Very comfortable” 18-23 September 2016

“Very enjoyable week. Lovely spacious house especially the sitting room. Magical sunsets in the evening and will miss the view” Gatehouse and Campbell Families – 20-27 August 2016

“Thank you so much!!!. We had so much Fun” Jenny, Megs, Kitty and Katy – 29 July 2016

“Amazing weather for the week – 3rd time staying at this house – which is perfect” Smiths and Murrays – 16-23 July 2016

“Many thanks – Lovely week staying in a great village (last here 30 years ago – even better now!) House very well stocked etc” House and Welch Family – 18-25 June 2016

“Oli loves the house and would like to live here. Dittisham is a really pretty village – very quiet at the house and good location for visiting the Dartmouth area. We did have milk, tea and coffee provided for us on arrival which was appreciated” Granny and Grampy Fell, Oli (7), Jess (3), Matt and Abi – 28 May – 4 June 2016

“Beautiful location with good family space” Sheila and Mike – Easter 2016

“Yet another fabulous Christmas in this beautiful barn. WIFI a real bonus with teenage children and adults alike!” Hills, Darwells and Woodhouse – Christmas 2015

“Another awesome week! Thank you” Lee, Laura, Sophie and Evie – 23 October 2015

“Love this place! Thank you x” Bex and the Golf Brides! – 3 October 2015

“It is a superb cottage, exceeded our expectations in all ways. We loved it and will recommend and be back” Heather – 22-28 August 2015

“Keep thinking we should try somewhere new but can’t find anywhere better than this. Plenty of space for everyone to spread out. We all love Blackness Barn” Heigh Family – 1-15 August 2015

“Another great week in Ditsum! Love the garden and the views. Ferry Boat as entertaining as ever” Sue, Steve, Sophie and Katie – 4 -11 July 2015

“Lovely place, great views, quietness was fab… We will recommend to others and hopefully be back again in the near future” Thakuri/Histed Family – 27 June – 4 July 2015

“Very luxurious to have so much space for our 3 year old and 19 month old. Three year old loves the bunk bed and running around the garden. Separate kids TV/play room – real bonus! – Hope to return with family/friends” Marsh Family – 6-13 June 2015

“Lovely, clean and spacious house. A family get together – everyone enjoyed” Paul, Lesley, Tom, Hayley and Freya, Shelley and Phil – 30 May – 6 June 2015

“Lovely spacious barn for our family. Thank you blackness” Rob, Amy, Granny, Rowan, Anna, Hoffy, Seth and Mabli – 2-7 May 2015

“Fantastic week of sunny weather in a beautiful location. Cottage really impressed all” – Nick, Rachel, Hannah, Joe, Jonathan, Lucy and Jasmin – 4-11 April 2015

“Lovely clean, spacious house, well equipped” Carters et al – 14-21 January 2015

“A wonderful stay in this lovely barn!!” Chamberlains and Miaths – 27 December 2014 – 4 January 2015

“Again, a truly wonderful stay in this gorgeous barn. FBI – favourite haunt – and I was proposed to here!! Super exciting week.” – Hills and Darwells (again!) – 27 December 2014

“Wonderful house. Amazing views and great for a family. Great space and good supply of crockery and kids crockery.” – 23 August 2014

“Lovely house very much enjoyed by all. Thank you very much.” – The Mackin’s and McKeon’s – 18 August 2014

“Another wonderful week here. The property is well kept and equipped.” – Caton and Snow Family – 25 July 2014

“Our second visit to this property – very enjoyable week. Blackness Barn is very clean and comfortable and very relaxing too. Many thanks.” – The Clarke Family – 12 July 2014

“Splendid!” – R & J Webb – 17-24 May 2014

“Another fantastic break at Blackness Barn – great fire for winter evenings – plenty of room for us all. See you next year we hope!.” – Hills & Darwells – 23-30 December 2013

“A lovely cottage in a beautiful village.” The Scotts – 3-10 August 2013

The village of Dittisham is believed to date back to the Saxon era. The home of a chief called “Deedas” who probably lived here around 660AD. In the Domesday book of 1085-86 the village is named as “Didashim” meaning homestead of Deedas.

It was in the reign of Elizabeth 1 that Dittisham put its name on the historical map thanks to Sir Walter Raleigh and his half-brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert who were brought up at Greenway House. Greenway House in later years became the home of Agatha Christie and now is run by the National Trust

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