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"This was a brilliant cottage and what a location, right in the centre of town with great access to all Dartmouth has to offer, with easy free parking for one vehicle. The property was lovely and clean and the heating was on demand throughout which was great. Great communications throughout from the Dart Valley Cottages Team. " - Chris - January 2023
"Lovely house so centrally located! Cosy living room and very comfortable beds! Would definitely stay again!" - Amy - December 2022
"Great stay, minor issue but it got sorted quickly. Lovely cottage, right in the centre. We thoroughly enjoyed it" - Neil - October 2022
"Great location. Nice, cosy space" - Brian - September 2022
"Second stay in this perfect and characterful cottage and hope to return again very soon." - Lisa - September 2022
"Property was ideal for our weekend in Dartmouth , perfect location in the centre of town but still quite even though close to pub! Communication very good and answered all questions quickly. Close to all amenities that we required and would definitely use again next time we are in Dartmouth." - Stuart - September 2022
"Lovely cottage in the centre of Dartmouth. Spotless and very cosy and comfy. It has everything you need in an excellent location for exploring Dartmouth." - Stephanie - September 2022
"We stayed for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Location wise you are bang in the middle of town so within walking distance to all shops and a Coop for food supplies. The car park is also only a 5 min walk from the property. The property is well presented, clean and maintained. All necessary items in the kitchen as well. As we travelled with a 2 and a 5 year old we brought our own travel cot and (Ikea) high chair (5 year old was fine to sit at the bar stools). It was a bit of a squeeze but we all managed fine. I would agree with some of the previous reviews that the small outdoor space could use a little TLC; an opportunity missed there. Both bathrooms could also do with a blind for privacy. These points did not detract from our stay though!" - Emma - July 2022
"A very comfortable place to stay with a great location. Although in the centre of Dartmouth, we found the cottage very peaceful and weren’t disturbed by any noise. Bedrooms are amazingly spacious and lovely and bright. Had the best nights sleep! Would definitely return" - Norman - May 2022
"A wonderful find! The cottage exceeded our expectations. Quiet but only a short walk to restaurants and shops. We loved returning to the cottage after a day out. Comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms . We hope to return very soon!" - Lisa - March 2022
"If you want to be in the centre of town and near the waters edge, then this is lovely, and a very pretty and historic location. Well equipped with two decent bedrooms - one King and one superking, and two bathrooms, one with bath and shower over and one with a decent sized shower cubicle. The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher, fridge and freezer and all the equipment you could need, though not great for dining as there is no table and only room for three high chairs on the island, with a high "tractor seat" that made sitting awkward as a fourth chair. Comfy settees, good televisions and a potentially great heating and water system. Only one parking permit, so if you arrive in two cars, you need to find somewhere else a bit out of town. Also , get to the Mayors car park early if you want to use the permit, as it fills up most days and is the only place you can use the permit in town, though you can use the park and ride site. You can get the car close to the house through very narrow lanes, but only for unloading and loading, Finally, there were a number of maintenance issues that need rectification, some minor and some more important, and I have advised the agent separately. These did not spoil the stay, but were a niggle. I am sure they will be fixed in the close season. Overall, we had a great time." - Jeff - October 2021
"We enjoyed a fabulous week in this stunning cottage, tucked away by the church. The cottage was beautifully equipped and accommodation over 3 floors great - perfect with a teenager! Only criticism was the beds are incredibly soft which isnt my preference! I would highly recommend staying here!" - Nick - September 2021
"Fantastic house - centrally located with everything you might need to hand - ideal set up as we travelled as 2 couples we each had our own private bathroom - we would definitely stay at Rose Cottage when we visit Dartmouth again" - Dawn - August 2021
"The cottage is ideally placed in the centre of Dartmouth. It was clean and very comfortable. The parking permit was really useful and it was fairly easy to find a parking space in the main car park in Dartmouth later in the day. Some of the windows in the cottage did not have blinds or curtains. For those windows in the bathrooms we ended up putting something over them as makeshift blinds. We couldn’t find a shaving point in either of the bathroom unless we missed it. Overall we enjoyed our stay in the cottage and would recommend it." - Mark - July 2021
"Fantastic location, right in the heart of Dartmouth, less than a 1 minute walk into town. The property is spacious and beautifully decorated — we will look back on our stay with our 3 year old daughter with fond memories." - Emily July 2021
"Our second stay at Rose cottage. Love the location, comfort, everything about it really. Best sleep ever when we stay there -beds and sheets so comfortable" - Laura - July 2021
"A great location just a few steps from shops, cafes and from where the ferries go up and down the river, but on a quiet traffic free passage. The house is cute and is aesthetically decorated. The bells, that others have mentioned, did not bother us at all, and we slept well. Dartmouth is a beautiful town - we had a lovely few days!" - Carolyn July 2021
"The cottage is ideally placed in the centre of Dartmouth. It was clean and very comfortable. The parking permit was really useful and it was fairly easy to find a parking space in the main car park in Dartmouth later in the day. Some of the windows in the cottage did not have blinds or curtains. For those windows in the bathrooms we ended up putting something over them as makeshift blinds. We couldn’t find a shaving point in either of the bathroom unless we missed it. Overall we enjoyed our stay in the cottage and would recommend it." - Rose - July 2021
"Rose cottage is in a great location in the town and having a parking permit is a real bonus. The cottage is well equipped for eating in if you want to cook. There was always plenty of hot water for a bath or shower. The host was extremely prompt at returning messages when booking etc." Soraya - July 2021
"We had a lovely stay at Rose Cottage which is brilliantly located right in the centre of Dartmouth, literally just steps away from the cafés, delicatessens, shops and pubs, the river and ferries. It was cleaned to a very high standard (we are very fussy!), and well appointed- exactly as the descriptions state. The super-king sized bed was perfect for us, just like we have at home and we slept very well - hardly heard the aforementioned church bells but the seagulls were quite noisy (nothing they can do about that!). Both bathrooms were nicely fitted and we particularly liked the shower room on the upper floor, rather than the shower over the bath adjoining the first floor bedroom. We found getting a reservation for dinner in Dartmouth quite difficult due to the COVID restrictions on pubs and restaurants as most were fully booked for the week, so we cooked in the cottage more than we had planned. Everything is there if you want to do this - only thing missing was some oven gloves - and of course the M&S store near the car park was a lifesaver, as was the Co-op which is just at the end of the street from the cottage. The car park pass worked wonderfully well and it’s great that you can use it at other car parks in the South Hams area and we made good use of that privilege. We would definitely recommend Rose Cottage if you like to be in the centre of town but just be aware that it doesn’t have any usable outside space - so nowhere to sit and have that evening glass of wine (other than a pub!)" - Ron and Tom June 2021
"We absolutely loved our stay. The location was perfect, a short walk away from everything you could need. The accommodation was easy to find, tastefully decorated and sparkling clean. Checking in and out was very easy and the parking permit was an added bonus. Would highly recommend to everyone!" - Jamie - May 2021
"This is lovely, well presented cottage right in the heart of Dartmouth. In this location, I expected to get a bit of noise from the surrounding properties but in fact it was remarkably quiet, especially at night. It couldn't be more conveniently placed to reach every shop and restaurant in Dartmouth and we loved it. Even in its pared-down Covid-safe state it was welcoming and comfortable with everything we needed to make our stay easy and fuss free. The open-plan living arrangements make the cottage feel roomy downstairs and there's more than enough space in the bedrooms and bathrooms. Very comfortable bed, a good, roomy and powerful shower and comfortable sofas made for a really relaxed stay. The car park pass that comes with the cottage is a big bonus too. The managing agents were very helpful and responsive - a minor issue with the freezer was sorted out very quickly with the minimum of fuss. We won't hesitate to go back to Rose Cottage and are already planning a stay in 2021." Sally - September 2020
"Super comfortable, easy to find, parking worked well although possibly tricky if you are on your own with small children or someone has less mobility as you have to unload and park. Kitchen has everything you need. Location so lovely - right next to church but bells didn’t bother us at all. Bedroom floors really really lovely - loved waking up to sunshine and sky views. WiFi, smart TVs, nest and hey google tech all brill. Would stay again and would definitely recommend." Laura - July 2020
A lovely cottage. Immaculate. All new facilities. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Not quite warm enough in living room for me but I like it toasty in winter. Central Dartmouth but no noise at all except for church bells. Best lovely shops and restaurants. Highly recommended" Richard - March 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.