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"Old Quay House was in the perfect location of Dartmouth for our family holiday. The house was well equipped with everything we needed. All the bedrooms were beautifully decorated with plenty of wardrobe space. The house was near to the shops and pubs and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again." - Tim - August 2023
"This is a really lovely property, comfortable, well maintained, tastefully furnished and very well equipped. Fantastic selection of kitchen equipment and items and even a small cool bag and picnic ware. We were left washing up liquid , J cloth, scourer , 2 tea towels, 2 pints of milk, teabags, sachets of coffee and sugar, MS Dutch shortcake and MS white wine. There were also jigsaws and books. We were a party of 4 adults of 3 generations ranging from late twenties to late eighties and found the location, convenient, as there is only a small incline. 5 minute walk into the centre. The road passes outside the property however it didn’t disturb us. Two of the bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms are located on the ground floor one is at the front , with the open plan kitchen and living room on the first floor and then the third bedroom and en-suite on the second. The car parking pass was useful, the car park is minutes away and opposite M&S. we unloaded about 50 yards from the house, there are a few spaces and if they are taken, you can unload in front of them, and we left the car for most of the time in and travelled on the river ferries and the steam train. We did drive to Coleton Fishacres. Beware the sat nav brought us back by the higher ferry and if you buy a ticket for the lower ferry you cannot use the return lower ferry return ticket. Dartmouth is a very pretty place, with lots of small shops and galleries. We did find a lot of restaurants are closed on a Sunday evening and Monday, so good idea to book. This one of the best self catering properties we have ever stayed in. Booking with Dart Valley Cottages was very straightforward and we found the instructions and communication very good and useful." - Susan - July 2023
"We had a great stay at Old Quay House, it was comfortable, clean and well equipped. Would stay again." - Lindsay - June 2023
"Fabulous cottage in great location! Having not visited Dartmouth before, I was slightly hesitant that this might not be a great location but I was totally wrong! It's just a few mins stroll to the waters edge and the shops & attractions of this lovely little town. After exploring location attractions each day, the park opposite the house was perfect for relaxing and enjoying early evening sun with a G&T whilst the children played. Luckily parking wasn't an issue despite us arriving on a bank holiday. As suggested, we left the car most days and explored on foot, taking advantage of the ferry and steam trains. The cottage itself was nicer and had better facilities than I expected for the reasonable price. Great all round and would definitely visit again!" - Lindsey June 2023
"Everything about this property is excellent. Position, decoration, cleanliness, space, equipment, garden, housekeeper help, parking permit. Lovely house with each bedroom en -suite makes for privacy and communal lounge has amazing view." - Tony - May 2023
"We stayed in Dartmouth for our sons pass out ceremony at BRNC, so we’re delighted at the location of the house as it is just opposite the college gates. The house was better than we expected from the website pictures. Clean, warm, tidy, great Tv and Wi-Fi with excellent touches like wine in the fridge. We would recommend to anyone and hope to stay again when we next visit." - Paul - December 2022
"Well well well. Just a lovely place to stay! And no Dartmouth hills to contend with. Great decor and colour scheme. Recently renovated we assume. Spotlessly clean. Comfy beds. Loved the layout, with spacious lounge diner. Fab window seat to watch the boats, tennis and the world go by. A surprisingly peaceful location, very close to the centre. Loved multiple garden areas. All the little things provided. Advice re tennis court bookings, parking and directions - all perfect." - Lisa - September 2022
"That’s comfortable with plenty of room for all the family. We used the outdoor space too, lovely for sitting out for an evening drink. The location is fantastic, 5 min walk along the riverside to the centre of Dartmouth. The great thing with this property is it comes with a parking space in the local car park. Again only a few minute walk from the property. Would definitely recommend and would stay there again. " Sharon - August 2022
"We were very impressed with the property and it suited our family of 6 well. The layout was great and we appreciated that the owners provided essential cupboard equipment. Perfect location for exploring Dartmouth and surrounding area. Thank you." Carmel - June 2022
"Beautiful house, well decorated, clean, spacious and good position. Well fitted out with everything you need for your stay." - Tony - May 2022
"Brilliant location... fantastic clean and modern property with everything you'd expect including SONOS sound 👍" - Neil - April 2022
"Great house in town - super design great views really fresh and clean - walking distance to great pubs and restaurants" - RB - October 2021
"Extremely well-equipped, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Ideal location with fabulous views (esp in Regatta week!). Great support from management company." - Joanna - September 2021
"Excellent house & gardens, close enough to the centre and had everything we needed" - Davis - July 2021
"Great accommodation in a perfect location with a short walk to everything in the centre of Dartmouth. The house is spacious with all the facilities you need, from home to home. The seating areas in the garden are perfect for an evening drink and a BBQ." Mourad - July 2021
Great accommodation in a perfect location with a short walk to everything in the centre of Dartmouth. The house is spacious with all the facilities you need, from home to home. The seating areas in the garden are perfect for an evening drink and a BBQ."Very enjoyable stay at Old Quay House. Perfect location for everything Dartmouth has to offer. We loved the house and the terraced garden. It had everything we needed for our stay and was spotlessly clean and a real home from home. We’ll definitely stay here again." - Gemma - June 2021
"We are frequent visitors to Dartmouth and this has to be the best place we have ever stayed. The 3 ensuite bedrooms were fantastic now our kids are older and there was plenty of space inside and out for all of us. Everything was spotlessly clean, and the views over to the river were wonderful. The only thing we missed that we didn't have (apart from great weather), would be perhaps a few more mugs to save on the washing up. That is only a very minor point and we would definitely book Old Quay House again when we next visit." Samantha - September 2020
"If you are looking to get away during these strange times, this property is perfect. Home from home and in a great location, a stones throw away from the bustle of town. Easy to find and with the added bonus of parking, would stay again for sure." - Lindsey - September 2020
"Clean and fresh. Everything felt new. Location great with no big hills to climb!" - Peter - 8th August 2020
"I’m reluctant to give a good review of this amazing property because lots of people will book it and we might not get availability when we want it again. It’s the best place we’ve ever stayed in and I’ve been going to Dartmouth for 50 years. The view was perfect as we are tennis players and the location fab. The rooms were all light, airy and big and an added bonus having en suite in them all. The sheets were lovely and crisp and white. The radiator in the top bedroom hadn’t been cleaned and the skirting boards seemed to have been missed, the wine glasses had red wine stains in them. That’s was the only criticism which we thought bad seeing as though the clean times have gone up from 0900-1700hrs. We will definitely be back". - Cheryl - 9th July 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.