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"This is a fabulous property, with stunning views from all the rooms and a wonderful terrace. It is very attractively furnished throughout. The location is excellent, near to all the restaurants and amenities. " - Jan - June 2022
"This is the best equipped holiday home we’ve ever stayed in with very comfortable beds and every need anticipated ( eg warm blankets for cooler evenings on the terrace, wine fridge, good utility room). The cottage is well decorated in modern coastal style with good quality furniture and fittings and all mod cons. It was even more spacious than we expected. Above all it’s the breath taking views from the generous sized terrace and garden and also from every bedroom that make this property a wonderful holiday home. You can see down the Dart estuary from one side all the way out to sea on the other and could easily spend your whole break simply watching the activity on the water. Within easy reach of great walks and swimming in Sugary Cove but also near the facilities of the centre of Dartmouth and 10 minutes from the car park. Highly recommended." Josie - August 2021
"This amazing holiday home has everything you could wish for when on holiday. Great views and extremely well equipped. We will be back ." - Harris - July 2021
"Beautiful house in beautiful location with amazing views , we loved it ." - Caroline - July 2021
"Having stayed here before, we knew what to expect. On the way up to the cottage in the car, we prayed we would not meet another car on the steep and narrow road. Once unloaded, it was difficult to find a parking space in Dartmouth. We were lucky as someone was just leaving as we entered the town's one and only car park. Failing that, it would have been a short drive out of town to the park and ride car park. With so much to do in and around Dartmouth (walks, boat trips and the steam train) we never used the car once we'd arrived. The cottage has wonderful views and we spent several afternoons sitting in the well appointed garden just watching the world go by. The cottage was well prepared and very comfortable. We'll be back!" Richard - September 2020
"This is our third stay at Kittiwake and we had a really good week. The house is really well thought out and very well presented, even in these trouble times with COVID. The bedrooms are very comfortable, the living room has a everything you need including a lovely view over the Dart river. The kitchen is a lovely space with everything you need (and more I suspect). The garden is the main place assuming the British weather permits. Breakfast out there is a joy as well as spending a late afternoon looking out relaxing with a nice glass of red. The only thing that could complete this house would be a toilet on the ground floor, going up two floors after a few glasses can be a task." Philip - September 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.