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Crooks Cottage   -   Charming, characterful, glorious views from the garden


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Crooks Cottage is a newly renovated holiday cottage full of all the luxuries you would expect at home and more, whilst cleverly maintaining the character of a traditional Devon cottage. Located on Manor Street only a stone’s throw from the quayside and the River Dart. The back garden is the perfect retreat with outdoor dining area and outstanding views over the water. The Ferry Boat Inn is just down the road on the quayside along with the Anchorstone Cafe and the ferries to Dartmouth and Greenway. One small well behaved dog welcome by arrangement. Sorry this property is strictly not suitable for children under 5.
Please note, that the height of the doorways and staircase is low. Please also be advised that Manor Street is a very steep walk up to the car park so may not be suitable for those who are unsteady on their feet.


The front door opens into the entrance foyer with space for coats and boots, through to the open plan living space that combines modern designer furnishings with traditional cottage features. A pair of very comfortable contrasting sofas (one leather and one fabric) centre around the large log burner with original stone hearth, perfect for chillier winters evenings. Large wall mounted TV. Throughout the living room the seasonal tables as well the dining table have a continuing theme of white marble tops with brushed gold legs, the dining table itself comfortably seats 4 guests with sumptuous velvet dining chairs. At the rear of the living room is the kitchen, a very well equipped space with shaker style units with a blue and white tile back splash. There is an oven and hob as well as a dishwasher, kettle and toaster. Off the kitchen is the utility room where you will find the washing machine and tumble dryer as well as ground floor WC and access to the garden, there is also a small freezer.

Stairs lead up from the living room to the first floor where guests will find the 2 bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom is at the front of the cottage and has a 6ft super king size bed along with chest of drawers and hanging space, a large TV is mounted on the wall. At the rear of the cottages is the twin bedroom with 2 full size single beds with wrought iron bed frames and flatscreen TV. The beds can be pushed together to be make up as a second super kingsize room. The family bathroom is clean and modern with a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.

All of the TVs in the cottage come fully loaded with full sky package and netflix included.

**Disclaimer** This property is strictly not suitable for children under 5 years of age, if you are bringing children you will need to state their age after their names on the booking form.


At the back of the cottage there is a suntrap paved courtyard garden, with outdoor dining area that looks out over the river. This is the perfect spot for your morning coffee or evening fizz. There are 2 sunbeds also available.


Due to the properties location there is no parking on site however it is possible to pull up outside to load/unload. There is a choice of two car parks, the Ham and The Level approx. 300m away (there is a steep hill up to ‘The Level’ car park) or free on street parking on Riverside Road.


The Ferry Boat Inn is a 1-minute walk down the road (don't worry it is not known to be noisy). On the quayside you will also find The Anchorstone Cafe as well as ferries to Greenway and Dartmouth. At the top of the village you will find the The Red Lion that doubles up as the village shop and post office. Down The Lane you will find The Ham; the large grassy playing field and playpark. Blackpool sands is the closest beach a 10-minute drive away in the village of Stoke Fleming.

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

"One of the nest ever places we have stayed. Beautifully and sympathetically furnished stylishly appointed and making the most of space. From the moment we stepped in we felt relaxed and the guidelines for usage were just that, sensible respectful and encouraging of a shared experience in a beautiful space. We were a bit disrupted for 3 hours one morning with a workman coming in to lay a floor but I guess damage happens and needs repairing. A lovely week's stay messing about on the river!" - Whitesocks - September 2021

"Wonderful renovation of a fisherman’s cottage with lovely outside space- everything well thought out and all home comforts, great WiFi , comfy sofas and an extremely equipped kitchen.Easy to pop to the FBI and the pontoon to watch all the action ! One small suggestion would be to put some under bed storage in the second bedroom- just a pull out drawer would be great to help organise luggage . We would book this little gem again no question" - Christine - August 2021

"Wonderful location central to Dittisham. Loved the Emma Shipley decor, felt we were living in someone’s home rather than a rental. Only quibble was the dining table due to the base, quite small for 4 persons, however borrowed a table from friends in the village and problem solved. Would rebook for next year definitely." - belza - August 2021

"The cottage is well maintained and comfortable. It is important to know that the ceiling height in the living room and doorways are very low. The beds and sofas were extremely comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. Excellent washing machine and dryer. Lovely outside space despite being overlooked. We found there was very little space to store our own things in the kitchen and some extra shelves would help. The cupboard for guests provisions was tiny. We also found that many of the surfaces in the living room and bedroom had ornaments on them which we removed for fear of breakage and also as we needed to use the space. We also found that the seating area in the sitting room for having meals was very difficult to sit around as we couldn't tuck our legs under the table. Dart Valley cottages gave exceptional service when we had an unforseeable problem in the cottage at the beginning of our stay." - Alex - August 2021

"We spent a lovely week at Crooks Cottage in Dittisham, very much helped by the absolutely amazing weather for the entire week! We have been coming to Dittisham for almost 15 years and have stayed in various properties; we found Crooks Cottage to be a beautiful cottage, very clean with a garden that had the most lovely views over the River Dart. It's a convenient cottage for all that Dittisham has to offer, especially being a stones throw from the fabulous Anchorstone Cafe, where we ate most days - either eating at the cafe, or taking advantage of their takeaway service. The FBI pub is also very close by - they are doing really delicious take away pizzas! The cottage has pretty much everything you would need for a self-catering holiday, but we would have liked a cafetière rather than a coffee machine, which we just didn't get on with - maybe something to think about. We really appreciated the welcome basket, and the disposable BBQ - a lovely touch. The one thing that would probably prevent us booking Crooks Cottage again was the extremely low head height of almost ALL the downstairs doorways. We really feel this should be pointed out in the description of the property, as it is in some other property descriptions. Both me and my daughter are 6 ft tall and we both hit our heads pretty hard on a couple of occasions when walking from the utility room & garden, back into the kitchen - this doorway is very low, and even my wife who is 5ft 5 hit her head once here! It's easy to forget to duck sometimes!" - Jackie - June 2021

"We had a wonderful week in crooks cottage. The property was great for our little family of four. The location is brilliant. The garden was a wonderful place for breakfast every morning and watching the river." - Mette - June 2021

"Crooks Cottage was lovely - great location. The garden was definitely the plus point with wonderful estuary views. A few comments - didn't realise there was no freezer, we were bringing frozen dog food so that's just a minor point. The main bedroom is lovely but gets very hot, an addition of a fan would be really welcome." - Cuniffe Family - 2021

"We were very lucky to have booked this cottage. It was absolutely perfect for a half term break with the family. The cottage it’s self had everything you could have wanted and more. I just hope everyone respects the nice finishing touches the owners have provided. The only minor negative thing is the road in and out of the village and the actual road down to the cottage. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone. The ferry to Dartmouth from the beach is also a good day out. It’s worth every penny!" - Mark - November 2020

"Cottage was faultless,everything we needed and the location was great ,boat taxis ,ferries readily available to Dartmouth ,just up the river... Lovely village and walks..." Mark - September 2020

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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