Things To Do
Onsite Parking for 2 Cars
Linen and Towels Provided
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Cutlery and Crockery
Iron & Ironing Board
Thank you for all the information re Port Side. This is just to say that the house (and the views!) are absolutely beautiful, so well equipped and beautifully maintained. We are sure we will have a lovely week here, and it seems we are to be blessed with a rare week of beautiful weather as well, so everything could not be better. So thanks for everything.
Pauline (Spatcher) Aug 2023
"We loved our stay. Gorgeous setting and location. Bonus with parking which is great for this location. Would stay here again. Customer service teams were helpful and quick to respond to queries. Thanks for a great stay." - May- July 2023
"This is a lovely house with outstanding views. There is comfortable external furniture on the large terrace which has the advantage of a large parasol for shade. This would be vital in very hot weather as there is no natural shade on the terrace. A table with bench seating makes outside dining easy due to its proximity to the kitchen. Lovely comfortable sitting room." - Jane - July 2023
"We enjoyed our stay at Port Side. The house is light and airy, spacious with fabulous views. Lovely balcony off the kitchen, a great place to relax when the sun came out. Lots of steps up to the front door and a good walk to the quayside so wouldn't suit anyone with mobility issues. Well equipped house, Dart Valley resolved a hot water issue very quickly (thank you)." - JPS - July 2023
"Spacious, comfortable, quiet and amazing views. Would stay again if going to Dartmouth." - Dave - May 2023
"We had a lovely stay at Portside for new year with our friends. Upside down house with lovely views of Dartmouth. Plenty of space for all of us. Very clean and had everything we needed in the kitchen. Very welcoming. Would recommend." Danielle - December 2023
"Brilliant location, amazing views. The house itself is spacious, clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Thank you!" - Nicole - December 2022
"Great stay .. easy walk to ferry/steam train .. beautiful scenery/ view out of most windows .. definitely return!!" - Clive - October 2022
" A lovely house with fabulous views and lots of home comforts. Would highly recommend. Immaculately clean." Susan - September 2022
"My husband, brother in law and 2 sisters in law enjoyed a lovely stay in Kingswear at Portside. We think Kingswear is the best side of the river to stay as it offers wonderful views of the river and Dartmouth, and enjoys the afternoon and evening sunshine. We’ll be back" - Jenny - August 2022.
"Spacious house that was very clean and well-appointed with lovely views from the large terrace as well as the balconies. Really enjoyed our stay very much indeed and would not hesitate to come again. " - Anne - July 2022
"Great place to stay and great location . The views over towards Dartmouth are superb and it is ideally placed to walk down to the ferry to go across to Dartmouth itself or alternatively to drive slightly further afield to some great places like Salcombe.
The property is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay - we particularly liked the upper terrace which had the sun all day. We would love to come back and visit again! " Jonathan - June 2022
"Excellent stay in Portside. Fantastic views from many of the rooms and comfortable beds. Well equipped. If your car is on the long side you probably won’t be able to fit a second one on the drive (but there’s always the Marina carpark very close by). Ferry just a short stroll away. We hope to return to Portside." - Sarah - April 2022
"Very clean and well furnished property. Lovely views over the river dart Parking for two cars a bonus." Julian - March 2022
"Had a lovely fortnight at Port Side. Visited the South Hams several times and never stayed on this side of the River before. It was an easy walk to the passenger ferry for Dartmouth. Wonderful views of Dartmouth. The house was spotlessly clean and very comfortable." - Martine - August 2021
"A stunning property and very well located the views are absolutely beautiful. We were very fortunate to spend some very very hot days there however it would have been more comfortable had there been some shade in the form of an umbrella on the patios. Very enjoyable stay" - Eithne - July 2021.
"Stunning cottage in a great spot in Kingswear. Beautifully decorated and furnished. Very well equipped. Great views of the river and steam train. We will definitely be coming back." - Amanda - July 2021
"Port Side gives you everything you need for a great holiday. It is in a great location and the views are absolutely stunning. You could sit on the upstairs deck all day long and never get bored with the coming and goings on the river Dart. The house itself has everything you need and more, full of thoughtful little touches like blankets for outside when it cools down in the evenings. The standard of cleanliness was excellent, which was reassuring in these difficult times and the standard of furnishings was very good and comfortable too. This was our first time in the Dartmouth area and we really enjoyed our week here, made all the more special because of the fabulous Port Side"
TIna - July 2021
Kingswear is approached via Dartmouth - 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.