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Iron & Ironing Board
"My husband and I booked a week away in Devon with our 9-month old Cavapoo. Having never taken the dog away before we were both a little anxious but we needn't have worried. Lily Cottage is perfectly located, with just short walk down to Dartmouth centre where there are so many restaurants and cafes to choose from (all of which allow dogs). It was a beautiful, cosy space to stay and I would highly recommend to others. The addition of the parking permit was hugely appreciated and meant we didn’t have to worry about where to park the car after returning from days out." - Jess - July 2023
"Surprisingly spacious period dwelling imaginatively restored providing quality stay. Period photographs and interesting artefacts add atmosphere. Underfloor heating effective. Lovely bedlinen and thick towels. Pleasant secure garden just across access path in front of property." - Jo - April 2023
"A lovely cottage conveniently located near Dartmouth town centre." - Keith - June 2022
"Lovely stay at Lilly Cottage. Location was great and quiet, Cottage was well equipped and it was a short walk into town" - Leah - July 2021
"Location excellent, and parking permit welcomed. Garden and furniture we're used most days. " - Kva1 - June 2021
"Lily Cottage is really charming with quirky nautical decoration. The welcome pack was much appreciated and the garden area was great. The big dining space was excellent, as were the sash windows and shutters to see the views from the windows. The woodburner looked appealing, although we never used it as we visited in May. Would benefit from installation of a power shower and bigger fridge/freezer space suitable for storing more food/drink. There was a bbq on the description of the property facilities, but we didn't see it, so bought disposable ones. Loved our stay in Dartmouth, it's a great location, and Lily Cottage, although maybe not everyone's cup of tea, is right up the street of those who want to stop in a place of charm and character." - Morris - June 2021
"This cottage was in a perfect and quiet position for a lovely holiday in Dartmouth. We enjoyed staying in Lilly Cottage and will come back again" - Shelagh - May 2021
"A lovely cottage in a good location, cosy, with lots of space. A nice touch would be to supply wood for the log burner, and maybe some dishwasher tablets. Otherwise a great place to stay and relax and use as a base to travel around the beautiful area of Devon." - Natalie - May 2021
“Lily Cottage is a beautiful bijou place to stay, very modern and artistically presented. It is within easy reach of the town and all amenities.” Greta April 2021
"Lovely quirky cottage, comfy bed, good shower, nice little garden for sitting out and for the dog. Just a few minutes walk into town." - Felicity - April 2021
"We felt very comfortable and at home in Lily Cottage. It’s very well and stylishly equipped, comfy and well situated to walk into town. " Kate - August 2020
"Really lovely cosy cottage - perfect for exploring the area. Fab condition with everything you need for a great break away. All the staff at Dart Valley were very friendly." Camilla - August 2020
"We had a lovely stay at Lily Cottage, it's super close to all the pubs & restaurants - we recommend the Seahorse and bar 1620. Bed was super comfortable and we had plenty of space to work, the garden was especially lovely to work in." Katie - July 2020
"Lily Cottage is a cosy cottage perfect for a winter break. The underfloor heating downstairs was a delight and even if you weren't warm enough there was the wood burner. The only downside was no parking but that goes with most properties in Dartmouth but the plus was the owners provide a parking permit which is a real bonus. I cooked a lovely Christmas lunch at Lily Cottage but the lighting in the kitchen is extremely poor so it would be a great idea to upgrade the overhead lighting. A lovely stay" Gail - December 2020
“Lily cottage is a quaint fisherman’s cottage tucked away in a quiet spot near the town. It’s quite small as you would expect ..We had a very comfortable stay there it’s nice and warm.” Pearl 3-7 October 2019
“Lovely little place, close to the centre, great feel to the place and love Dartmouth” Charles 23-28 September 2019
“Little quiet cottage very close to the centre of Dartmouth.” Ina 23-27 August 2019
“We’ve just had a wonderful few days in beautiful (& sunny) Devon. Lily Cottage was a great place to stay in Dartmouth. It’s so stylishly decorated & a fantastic location, just a few minutes walk from the centre!!! The car park permit was really helpful, we used it both in Dartmouth & a visit to Salcombe (stunning place). Christine got in touch as soon as I booked with really helpful instructions & advice about our trip. Thank you very much!” Fiona – July 2019
“Thank you for a fabulous stay at Lily Cottage, it was a quirky but lovely cottage and we loved our mini break, location was perfect and the cottage was so peaceful. It was also so nice to get there and have milk in the fridge and biscuits on the side after being stuck in a lot of traffic on the way down. I’m sure we’ll be back in the near future! Thank you” Emily – June 2019
“Lovely cottage so close to town. Easy to find, traditional cottage, but decorated in a modern style and only a 4-5 minute flat walk into the town centre. Great little garden to relax in, very well equipped kitchen and great modern shower room. The car park was in the town but we never had a problem getting a space and we used the free permit in other towns which was really useful. We would definitely return.” Tracey – 21-28 June 2019
“Really enjoyed our stay at Lily Cottage this week for our wedding anniversary. Dartmouth is a beautiful place. Thanks for letting us use your cottage for this memorable week” Keith and Christine – 1-17 June 2019
“What lovely week we have had – great cottage – so pretty. Lovely garden – kids have been building up their biceps with the weights! Great days out and playstation a great touch to enable a little lie in! Bert has loved it all – one very tired lab! Thanks for letting us use you lovely cottage” Becca, Andy, Stan, Hary and Bert xx – Half term May 2019
“What a beautiful little cottage and so convenient for walking into town to the restaurants and shops. The parking permit entitles you to free parking at most town centre car parks a short walk from the cottage. The amenities in the cottage are perfect for a short break. It’s cosy and stylish with a garden that traps the morning sun for breakfast alfresco. Dog owners be aware the garden isn’t fully secure (there are two gaps in the fence a small or determined dog could get through) and it isn’t directly connected to the cottage. However it is in an incredibly quiet little cul de sac, away from traffic or passers by which meant this wasn’t too much of a problem for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to be back again sometime.”Katherine – April 2019
“Beautiful cottage in easy reach of town centre. Everything you could possibly need for your stay. Parking permit for nearby car park was so useful.” Raydene – April 2019
“Beautiful cottage within walking distance of all parts of Dartmouth, great amenities especially if you like a good sound system and connectivity in the home!” Daniel – February 2019
“Beautiful cosy cottage, clean and tidy, garden lovely. Great quiet location, very close to shops, pubs and restaurants, all within easy walking distance. Everything we wanted for a relaxing break. Look forward to booking again.” Helen – 28 February – 3 March 2019
“Lovely, quirky cottage in a fabulous location. Christine was a brilliant host, very quickly sorting out the minor issue we had. We look forward to visiting again.”Adele – November 2018
“Our stay coincided with Dartmouth Food Festival so there was no parking available even though Christine provided a permit. The accommodation was quaint and stylish and beautifully presented and Christine was very responsive. Great location.” John – October 2018
“Lovely few days at Lily Cottage – we all loved the quirkiness of the building. We had gorgeous weather so sat in the garden each day too. Thank you – we hope to be back!” Kate, Keith and Sam – 14-19 August 2018
“Just had a wonderful week in Lily Cottage. Lovely accommodation in a great location. Beds very comfortable. Weather has continued to be warm so nice to open the all the windows at night. Garden definitely a bonus. Will definitely return if the opportunity arises. Thanks to Christine coming to our rescue to operate the TV. Thanks for the memory!” Jean and Martin – 13-21 July 2018
“We have had a wonderful holiday at this cute cottage. The weather has been amazing and we have been able to make use of the garden – a bonus in this hot weather! A perfect location for exploring Dartmouth without a car and the south hams area. Car parking permit is a real bonus – used it all over the place. It has been Mediterranean weather but with the beauty of the UK! Perfect” David and Katherine – 2-9 July 2018
“Thank you so much for a lovely stay at Lily Cottage. Perfect location for exploring Dartmouth and the surrounding area. The parking pass was great and we used it in a number of the towns we visited. A beautiful cottage and a beautiful holiday” Emma, Dave and Alfie – 25-29 June 2018
“We had a lovely stay at Lily Cottage our 18 month old son. The cottage is very quaint and the decor fits the surroundings. Lily Cottage is int eh perfect location to explore Dartmouth and the area. It was great to have the parking pass and even better that we could use it in other locations. It was also great that a high chair and travel cot where provided for our son as it saved us alot of hassle. We would definitely book Lily Cottage again and would recommend it to others. Also if families stay here it is an added bonus that there is a park just a couple of minutes walk away” Kirsty, Vincent and Ethan – 15-22 June 2018
“Another lovely stay at Lily Cottage, our little 6 year old grandson had a fab time in his little Hobbit house!!!” Sue, Paul and Bobs – 29 December – 2 January 2018
“We have really enjoyed our stay at Lily Cottage. Lily Cottage is such a charmiing little place and we’ve had such a comfortable stay here. The Cottage is well equipped and has such a cosy charm about it. Everything has been thought of. We will definitely recommended this to our friends as it has been relaxing and just what we needed. We have a 2 year old and she has also loved it here. It’s great that there is a play park at the end of the road andis so close to the town centre and the water. Thanks so much and merry Christmas!!!” Jess and Ben – 24 December 2017
“We have both absolutely loved our stay in the fantastic Lily Cottage. The parking permit allowed us to ditch the car and do everything by foot, boat and steam train. Lily Cottage has been perfectly appointed for our trip. From a comfortable bed with beautiful boat-print wallpaper in the room, a lovely dining room for evening meals and a cosy lounge with electric wood burner for films in the evening, we have enjoyed every minute. I hope we can come back and stay again really soon!” Averil and David – 29 September 2017
“We enjoyed our stay in Lily Cottage, perfect location. The cottage was very well presented and clean. Looking forward to returning New Years Eve. Thanks for allowing us to visit Lily. Parking permit was brill” Sue and Paul – 24 August 2017
“Really lovely place to spend a holiday. The cottage was very cosy and family; we made good use of the secluded garden as the weathre remained fine during our stay. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed and we appreciated the extra touches – sonos music, redios and heated towel reail to warm up the towels. Lots of lovely memories to take back with us” Chapman Family – 20 August 2017
“We loved the cottage and all the nautical touches. The rooms are cosy and the lounge is perfect for a movie. The area was stunning! Beautiful place and a beautiful cottage – cosy, calming and full of lovely touches. Hopefully, we’ll be back!” Steve, Carla and Hopey – 11 August 2017
“Great cottage – loved all the quirky decorations and the garden is a wonderful little suntrap. Information pack also really useful and the parking pass allowed us to explore much of the surrounding area at no extra cost. Thank you so much for a lovely week.” Lynne, Andy, Emily and Lily – 21 July 2017
“The apartment looked very modern and the veranda with the vies sold it to us. Excellent, very clean and airy and the added bonus of the veranda with those views. Very well euipped. Everything you could possibly want” Jean – 27 June 2017
“The cottage was an ideal size for 2 people, in the right area and the pictures looked good on your website. Very nice. Lovely cottage, decorated to a high standard. Well equipped kitchen. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly use Dart Valley Cottages should we visit the area again” Richard – 22 June 2017
“Superb weather made our stay in this wonderful cottage absolutely perfect. The welcome provisions were a lovely touch and the ball, biscuits and towel were really appreciated by Millie the Cocker Spaniel! The cottage has everything for a wonderful holiday in this amazing part of the countryside. Thank you so much.” – Paul, Helen and Millie (the dog) – 7 – 11 April 2017
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.