Things To Do
Parking Permit Supplied
Linen and Towels Provided
Pots and Pans
Cutlery and Crockery
Iron & Ironing Board
"We visited for new year and felt at home as soon as we arrived. Lovely and clean all the expected amenities and comfy sofas. We brought some logs with us and used the wood burner which made it lovely and cosy. Very close to the harbour. The steps outside were not a problem and short walk to the car park, however it was difficult to get a space as was busy. Definitely recommend for a relaxing break.' - Lorraine - January 2023
"Situation was great very central. Steps not particularly easy to negotiate. Beds very comfortable. Liked the terrace area, good to be able to sit outside." - Anthony - September 2022
"Wonderful comfy stay in a great location in centre of Dartmouth. House as described and beautifully finished. Stairs are accurately described; our 5yr old managed them and we did with a light stroller just need to go steady. Parking in dartmouth can be a little difficult but we parked up and didn't want to drive anywhere so permit was great for our stay. Brilliant communication with team who look after the property, few issues we had were replied too quickly and addressed. Would recommend for a family or friends trip." - Fiona - August 2022
"Great location , Clean and comfortable as described" - Steve - August 2022
"Quality place. Very well decorated. Recommend to this to those wishing to experience the Dartmouth area. Close to everything. There are some noisy sea gulls but it’s not a big deal. Just be careful not to follow sat Nav all the time when it takes you down small country lanes. Woodlands and River Dart Country Park are great options if you have kids. And the beaches at Salcombe and Paignton are great options for kids upto 12 years old. The service was good from the team. We would definitely go back." Mrinal - August 2022
"This is a lovely, comfortable house in the heart of Dartmouth. The house is just a couple of minutes from everything that Dartmouth has to offer. The house comes with a parking permit which means you can park for free in a car park 5 mins away.
The house is over 3 levels and up some steps so avoid if you have mobility issues. The living room and kitchen are big, comfortable and nicely decorated. The 3 bedrooms are nicely presented and great for our group of 4 adults. There is also an attractive yard at the front of the house where you can enjoy nice weather. " - Jo - June 2022
"Great central location in Dartmouth - you can walk anywhere from here. Lovely spacious house with 2 bathrooms (ideal with 2 grown up daughters) and an outdoor terrace. Beautifully decorated. Just be aware this is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems - tricky stone steps to reach the house and then 3 floors in the house. Otherwise a perfect choice." Thornley - May 2022
Gull's Rest is in a fantastic, central location. The house was beautifully presented, well equipped and extremely clean. There are a few steps up to the property as mentioned in the description but we found these fine. Parking for unloading at the bottom of the steps is next to the Market Place car park. The parking permit car park is literally 3 minutes walk away. Thank you for a lovely stay. Sara - April 2022
Gull’s Rest is in a perfect location in the heart of Dartmouth, which we found to be very convenient. The cottage was very homely and clean with comfortable beds, lovely linen and towels. It provided everything we needed as a family with a well equipped kitchen and we would certainly recommend it to others. We had excellent communication with Dart Valley Cottages and hope to return again in the future."- Pipshar - August 2021
"We had a lovely stay at Christine's place. It's a fabulously placed house and is pretty much in the town centre but also lovely and quiet. The house is as pictured and described and has everything you need for a short break or a longer stay. The car parking is also very easy and we parked without any problem whilst we were there for the week. It's a real bonus to have the parking pass as you can park for free in most places nearby that you might want to visit." - Hollie - July 2021
"Husband and I enjoyed a comfortable stay at Gulls Rest with our two teenagers. The property was immaculately presented with all the equipment needed to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The beds were perfect for us to have a decent nights sleep. The front terrace was another great space for us to use in the evening. Being so close to the centre of Dartmouth was fantastic and really close to the market, pubs, cafes and shops it just took the pressure off having to go out in the car. We’ll definitely be booking to stay again." - Marie -Claire - July 2021
"Great well equipped house very central to Dartmouth with easy access to all local amenities. Parking is made easy with the car park pass provided. Would be more than happy to stay again." - Ajb - June 2021
"Beautiful cottage in a fantastic location! We were worried that it may be a little noisy as it was so close to town, literally a few steps, but it was beautifully quiet. The terrace had the sun on it all day. As it was April it was chilly in the evenings and we made use of the gorgeous log burner. The cottage was excellent and the beds extremely comfortable. Very tastefully decorated, great bathrooms and kitchen and everything you could wish for. We couldn’t fault it!" - Laura - April 2021
"A lovely spacious house, centrally located in the centre of town but very quiet. It is furnished to a very high standard and the kitchen is well equipped too. A lovely private patio at the front of the property is a real bonus. There are a number of steps up the front door which are steep which may not be suitable for some but well worth it for the peace and tranquillity." Bernard - September 2020
"Very nice place excellent location within short walking distance of the Harbour and Town The house was lovely with all the facilities we needed , clean and comfortable.We would stay there again without hesitation." Steve - September 2020
"Lovely and very well located property within a 5 minute walk of the main shops, restaurants and harbour front at Dartmouth. The property was modern, welcoming and spotlessly clean. Communication surrounding protocols for covid-19 were clear and our stay felt very safe. Christine was a good host and considering the circumstances did her best to make our stay as comfortable and accommodate requests where possible" Hayley - September 2020
"Gulls Rest had everything we needed for our family stay . Perfectly clean. Great central location. Parking was difficult, but it was Bank Holiday weekend. We will definitely return to Gulls Rest." Alison - August 2020
"This is a great house in an excellent location. Spacious, well equipped and super clean. Very comfortable beds, and we especially appreciated the White Company bedding and towels" Joanne - August 2020
"We booked with Dart Valley Cottages again because the quality of the accommodation last year was excellent, but we wanted to be in a more central location in the town, rather than on the hill, and Gulls Rest did not disappoint in any way. The brand new kitchen was light, spacious and very well equipped, the bathrooms were tastefully decorated and the beds were very comfortable. Our two teenage girls thought the wifi was excellent and there was plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy our stay there. We were able to unload at the bottom of the steps leading up to the property, and the elevated deck above North Ford Road (only a path really with no vehicular traffic) provided a very private outdoor dining and relaxing space. The property was just a 3 minutes walk to the Quay which was great. The only slight surprise was being able to clearly hear some noise from the adjacent property occasionally, especially on the 2nd floor, but this was not a major problem for us." Matt - July 2020
"Clean comfortable house in a convenient location. The wood burner is lovely and the bedrooms are really comfortable. It’s a very new let and I think because of this there are a few things lacking in terms of equipment and furnishings. For example there needs to be more plates and cutlery so that you don’t keep running out. Some champagne glasses would be nice. Waste paper baskets in the bedrooms and living room are needed and the bathrooms are missing toilet brushes! This didn’t detract from our stay and we’d definitely book again. Thank you!" Amy - February 2020
"We had a super stay at Gulls Rest, the cottage is centrally located for the town and the parking was easy and a short walk away. The cottage had a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable bed and a great log burner. Dartmouth is a great place for exploring the coast path and all the ferries across the estuary were handy for getting around without using the car.The cottage has about 25 uneven steps to climb from the street to the front door so may not be suitable for everyone but was no problem for us." Kaye - January 2020
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.