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Kessel House   -   Outstanding retro family home

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Kessel House is a simply stunning, beautfully furnished family 'home from home'. It is in a wonderful location on Victoria Road which is a relatively short walk down a gentle sloping hill into the historic town centre of Dartmouth. Kessel House has often been referred to as 'relaxing, extremely comfortable and truly wonderful home' by previous guests who have stayed. It is perhaps its beautiful array of furnishings that bring the retro feel to life, with the most beautiful sideboards, sofas and small touches that make it so special. It is a large house set over three floors with generous sized bedrooms and ample space for family gatherings. The large, light kitchen lends itself to family gatherings - with plenty of space for family meals and further allowing the outside in with access to the rear private garden, perfect for those evening drinks on the lawn.

Its location with a private parking space at the rear of the property affords it the luxury of a short walk into the town with Dartmouth's array of pubs, restaurants and bars including the renowned Mitch Tonks' Rockfish and The Seahorse (he is our Rick Stein!). There are many ways to sample the delights of Dartmouth including a leisurely stroll along the Embankment from where the Higher Ferry runs ,outside the Floating Bridge pub, to where the historic Lower Ferry with its tug drawn car ferry collects its fares. There is ample opportunity to stop along the way to sample our very own Dartmouth Gin and even purchase some locally made fudge!

Accommodation:

The front door of this very traditional looking town house opens to the first-floor hallway which sets the tone for the property, a modern space with solid wood floors and fun film memorabilia.
Off the main hall is the first of the 2 living rooms, playfully known as the 'Cocktail Room' Gatsby-esq 1920’s style with 2 comfortable sofas, easy chair as well as a tall cocktail cabinet. The perfect spot for evening drinks. There is also a Flatscreen TV cleverly hidden in one of the cabinets perfect if there are any viewing conflicts between siblings.

The Master bedroom is also situated on the first floor and comprises of a kingsize bed, with matching bedside tables with lamps, double wardrobe and chest of drawers as well as a flatscreen tv/dvd combi is also provided. The second bedroom is also on the first floor and has twin zip-link beds that can be converted into a large double bed. Two bedside tables and a double wardrobe and a tall-boy set of drawers.
The first bathroom is off the first floor landing and is a shower room with shower, toilet and washbasin as well as an electric towel rail.

Upstairs to the second floor where guests will find the third bedroom containing a kingsize bed ,bedside tables with lamps, double wardrobe and chest of drawers. Also on the second floor you’ll find the family bathroom with a bath and a separate shower cubicle, white pedestal sink and toilet along with electric towel rail.

Downstairs to the ground floor kitchen diner - A light and airy room that looks out over the back garden with hatch through to the second living room. It’s a great social space where the whole family can get together, relax, prepare food and eat together.
The kitchen itself is very well equipped with dishwasher, fridge/freezer as well as modern gas range. The theme of old and new runs through the kitchen with shaker style units with wooden worktops playing off against the feature butler sink with traditional carved wooden housing.
A small utility cupboard can be found by the back door where guests will find the washer/dryer. A stable door gives access to the grassy garden and the parking bay.

Through from the kitchen is the second living room which maintains the light and airy feel with a large serving hatch between the two spaces. Furnished with comfortable leather sofa and armchair as well as coffee table, TV and electric effect logburner.

Outside:

To the rear of the property is an enclosed garden with a large flat lawn area . Outdoor garden furniture makes it the ideal spot for alfresco dining or an evening glass of fizz

Parking:

There is parking allocated at the rear of the property for one car and an additional limited on street parking nearby.

Nearby:
Dartmouth town centre is a 5 minute walk away where you will find a great selection of pubs restaurants and cafes including Mitch Tonks' Seahorse and Rockfish. Cafe Alfresco is locally renowned for breakfasts and the Anchorstone Cafe on Coronation Park is perfect for lunch in the sun. A longer walk will take you to the South West Coast Path which runs out the mouth of the river past Dartmouth Castle. Blackpool Sands is the closest beach, a 5-minute drive away in the village of Stoke Fleming.
 
The shops and restaurants are on your doorstep with local renowned breakfast spot Cafe Alfrecso opposite the main entrance. Head left and you will find Bayards Cove where the Mayflower set sail for America. On the riverfront you will find Mitch Tonks 'The Rockfish' and 'The Seahorse'. Also, on the river front you will find transport links via the ferries and steam train in Kingswear. Blackpool Sands is the closest beach, a 10-minute drive away

Dining Out
Dartmouth hosts a number of great pubs and restaurants including most famously Mitch Tonks ‘The Seahorse’ and ‘Rock Fish’. Local favourites include Kendrick’s and Taylors in the town centre as well as great pub food from the Floating Bridge and The Dartmouth Arms. The Sportsman’s Arms on the way out of town is a favourite for a Sunday carvery , there is also an abundance of great restaurants in the surrounding villages such as the Laughing Monk in Strete and Radius 7 in Stoke Fleming.

Shopping
If you are looking to do a big shop before your stay there is a Sainsbury’s and a Lidl on the edge of Dartmouth or an M and S Simply Food in town as well and a range of shops on the high street.

Towns to explore
The market town of Totnes is 14 miles from Dartmouth. Accessible by road or river, Totnes has an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants (especially if you are interested in vegetarian and vegan cuisine). From Totnes the towns of Torbay are easily accessible as well as attractions including Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Pennywell Farm.
Paignton can also be visited via steam train from Kingswear on the opposite side of the river to Dartmouth. Arcades and piers are still main feature of this seaside town.
Salcombe is 20 miles away, this popular coastal town is the home of Salcombe Dairy Ice cream, 2 lovely beaches and some great sailing.

Local places of interest
Dartmouth Castle sits at the mouth of the river, this English Heritage site is open to the public to see how the mouth of the river was once defended.
The former holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie and now National Trust property ‘Greenway’ is a short ferry journey or steam train ride from Dartmouth.
Sharpham Vineyard near the village of Ashprington gives a great insight into the production of award winning English wines and cheeses with regular tours; be sure to book in advance.
Woodlands Family Theme Park just outside Dartmouth is Devons largest theme park, with rides, slides, indoor and outdoor play areas Woodlands is a great day out year round.
If you are interested in learning a new hobby whilst you are away 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 up stream from Dartmouth.

Beaches and Walks
The closest beaches are Blackpool Sands (3miles) and Slapton Sands (5 miles) Blackpool Sands is a blue flag award winning sand and shingle beach, the beach boasts great swimming water as well as café, shop and canoe/ paddleboard hire. Slapton Sands is 3 miles long with 3 distinct areas each with their own parking and toilets. Behind Slapton Sands is Slapton Ley which is great for peaceful walks.
The Dart Valley Trail is a 10 mile circular walk up and down the Dart with crossings at Dittisham and Dartmouth. The South West Coast Path can be picked up by Dartmouth Castle with a number of wonderful walks along this great stretch of coastline.
"Don't be afraid of the parking, it's easier than it looks and the space is bigger than you think. We unloaded and packed at the front door - but you may get interrupted by cars wanting to pass ;0)" - Wendy - June 2022

"Very pleasant stay, great size for a family and a short walk to the river front." - Morgan - May 2022

"Home from home. Clean and easy. 10 mins to Dartmouth centre by foot. Highly recommended." Stuart - April 2022

"Kessel House is well positioned for the town with the benefit of parking. Any regular visitor to Dartmouth will know just how important having your own parking spot is. Stylish and comfortable the house had everything we could possibly need during our stay. Fresh and clean decor, a well equipped kitchen and lots of different places to sit and relax meant there was space for everyone. Kessel House achieves a grest balance of being both stylish and interesting and homely and comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again." - M D T Bath - October 2021

"Had a good week at Kessel house. The beds were clean and comfortable, good bathrooms, comfortable sitting rooms with great tv. Had all the kitchen implements and equipment that we needed. Well furnished everywhere. Guest- Sept 2021

"The house was really spacious for our family of 4 and we loved the location, just 10 mins walk from Dartmouth" - Lisa - August 2021

"This is a comfortable, stylish and well appointed house for a family holiday. We were a group of six adults and had plenty of space to move around and hang out. Two bathrooms are useful when there's six of you, the bedrooms are spacious and the beds comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and we found ourselves spending most of our time in the kitchen/snug as it was so comfortable and had a massive TV for watching the Euros. There is parking for one car as described, but if you are bringing other vehicles, there is very little other parking locally. However, we dropped our things off outside and parked elsewhere. We didn't need to use the second car much as there is plenty to do locally that doesn't require driving. Be aware the house is half way up a long hill out of Dartmouth, so although it only takes 10 mins to get to town it will take you longer to get back! Well worth the hike though as the house is lovely and it kept us fit for the week! All in all we had a great stay and would definitely recommend this house to friends and family." - Julie - 2021

"Lovely house, situated at the top of a hill, walkable but with shopping bags jumped on bus, drop off write outside house. Parking outside . Loved the kitchen / lounge layout, open plan so husband could still chat while cooking . Lovely bedrooms. Bathrooms great. Kitchen plenty of equipment for cooking, . Good workout as we were up and down the stairs forgetting things" - Ditey - June 2021

"It was a good stay and walkable distance to town. Good space for a family. Downstairs hub with the open kitchen and lounge is a good addition to the holiday let." - Simanti - May 2021

"Our week at Kessel house was a very comfortable one. V. Nicely appointed, and well thought out, it was beautifully clean with comfy beds. Well located about a 10 min walk down to the lovely harbour - which means uphill on way back but was easily manageable! Nice size garden, was lovely and sunny to sit in, and we wouldn’t hesitate to go back." Julie - September 2020

"
Excellent location, short wander down the hill into town and all it has to offer (lovely local shops and food, crabbing, castle, boat rides - the list is endless!), short drives to nearby Blackpool Sands and other beautiful spots. The house itself was far more spacious than it looked in the pictures! We had plenty of space, the kids felt very much at home, the garden was great for them to have a run about it in whilst we were settling in/packing up (we were otherwise out for most of the days). If you're not used the to the roads, it might feel a little tight, but everyone is very patient with each others manoeuvres! Useful things- huge Sainsbury's/Lidl few minutes drive away. Playground just down the hill. Very clear communication on what was required at checkout to allow for enough extra cleaning time in light of Covid" Sabrina - September 2020

"
A spacious, comfortable, well equipped home in a great location. Rebecca - September 2020

"Lovely house, some interesting furniture and pictures. Very comfortable and clean. Good location" Beverly - August 2020
The shops and restaurants are on your doorstep with local renowned breakfast spot Cafe Alfrecso opposite the main entrance. Head left and you will find Bayards Cove where the Mayflower set sail for America. On the riverfront you will find Mitch Tonks 'The Rockfish' and 'The Seahorse'. Also, on the river front you will find transport links via the ferries and steam train in Kingswear. Blackpool Sands is the closest beach, a 10-minute drive away

Dining Out
Dartmouth hosts a number of great pubs and restaurants including most famously Mitch Tonks ‘The Seahorse’ and ‘Rock Fish’. Local favourites include Kendrick’s and Taylors in the town centre as well as great pub food from the Floating Bridge and The Dartmouth Arms. The Sportsman’s Arms on the way out of town is a favourite for a Sunday carvery , there is also an abundance of great restaurants in the surrounding villages such as the Laughing Monk in Strete and Radius 7 in Stoke Fleming.

Shopping
If you are looking to do a big shop before your stay there is a Sainsbury’s and a Lidl on the edge of Dartmouth or an M and S Simply Food in town as well and a range of shops on the high street.

Towns to explore
The market town of Totnes is 14 miles from Dartmouth. Accessible by road or river, Totnes has an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants (especially if you are interested in vegetarian and vegan cuisine). From Totnes the towns of Torbay are easily accessible as well as attractions including Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Pennywell Farm.
Paignton can also be visited via steam train from Kingswear on the opposite side of the river to Dartmouth. Arcades and piers are still main feature of this seaside town.
Salcombe is 20 miles away, this popular coastal town is the home of Salcombe Dairy Ice cream, 2 lovely beaches and some great sailing.

Local places of interest
Dartmouth Castle sits at the mouth of the river, this English Heritage site is open to the public to see how the mouth of the river was once defended.
The former holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie and now National Trust property ‘Greenway’ is a short ferry journey or steam train ride from Dartmouth.
Sharpham Vineyard near the village of Ashprington gives a great insight into the production of award winning English wines and cheeses with regular tours; be sure to book in advance.
Woodlands Family Theme Park just outside Dartmouth is Devons largest theme park, with rides, slides, indoor and outdoor play areas Woodlands is a great day out year round.
If you are interested in learning a new hobby whilst you are away 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 up stream from Dartmouth.

Beaches and Walks
The closest beaches are Blackpool Sands (3miles) and Slapton Sands (5 miles) Blackpool Sands is a blue flag award winning sand and shingle beach, the beach boasts great swimming water as well as café, shop and canoe/ paddleboard hire. Slapton Sands is 3 miles long with 3 distinct areas each with their own parking and toilets. Behind Slapton Sands is Slapton Ley which is great for peaceful walks.
The Dart Valley Trail is a 10 mile circular walk up and down the Dart with crossings at Dittisham and Dartmouth. The South West Coast Path can be picked up by Dartmouth Castle with a number of wonderful walks along this great stretch of coastline.
 
 
 
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