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Shipwrights is a treasured little holiday cottage in Kingswear which enjoys lovely views across the marina and River Dart towards Dartmouth and the Britannia Royal Naval College. Perfectly set up as a base for a couple or a small family to explore the South Devon area. A great spot for walkers with the Dart Valley Trail and the South West Coast Path almost on your doorstep; come home from a day exploring the cosy wood burner. Parking at the marina car park nearby is included in your stay. Please note that, as this is an old building, the layout may not be suitable for guests with mobility problems. If you'd like more details, please call us on 01803 771127.


Accommodation:

The front door leads into the open-plan living area with slate flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted wooden units with an electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, and microwave. The lounge area is centred around the exposed brick fireplace with wood-burning stove. It is complete with a sofa, armchair, TV, and DVD player. The dining table and chairs for three are set by the large window with views across the river.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms - one double and one single - and both have river views. There is also a shower room with an electric shower and WC.

There's electric heating and a wood burner for comfort (logs can be purchased locally).


Parking:

There is room to stop outside to unload. Secure car parking is included at the Dart Haven Marina Car Park, a 2-minute walk away.

It's important to be aware that guests will need to provide us with the vehicle's registration, colour, and model so that we can arrange the permit. This information is required at least one week before your arrival. If this information is not provided, you may be issued with a parking penalty, which will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.


Nearby:

The shops and pubs are a 5-minute walk down the hill. At the top is one of the village shops and the café 'Moor@13'. Roughly halfway down to the ferry is the Steam Packet Inn, which serves great food. A bit further down is the Ship Inn, tucked up off to the left. At the bottom of the hill, you will find the steam train station, ferries to Dartmouth, and the second village shop and Post Office.


Availability:

During peak season (May, June, July, and August) we need to keep to Saturday changeovers and a minimum stay of 7 nights. However, please do contact us with any requests you may have, and we will accommodate them if at all possible.

Outside the peak season, we can be more flexible and don't need to keep to a Saturday changeover.

Please get in touch if you need any advice or tips on places to visit, walks (we're right on the South West Coast Path), pubs and restaurants, etc.

 
Kingswear

The most prominent feature is Kingswear Castle which was built between 1491 and 1502, as a coastal artillery tower for use with heavy cannon.
The village itself is home to several attractive 19th century villas which have panoramic views of Dartmouth harbour and the river Dart and the imposing Britiannia Naval College on the hill above the town.

You will not find Kingswear mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but there is reason to believe that Kingston, which is on the plateau above Kingswear, dates from Saxon times with some evidence of Stone Age and Roman occupation. After the conquest Kingston passed into the de Vasci family and the first documentary mention of Kingswear was around 1170 when Williams de Vinci gave half the land at Kingswear to the incumbent of the local church which was a chapel of ease to the parish church at Brixham. The name Kingswear may come from the tidal mill at the head of the creek with its system of weirs.

A ferry to Dartmouth operated from at least 1365 from Kittery Point, the western most tip of Kingswear and nearest to Dartmouth. The railway came to Kingswear in 1864 and was used by those who came here to wait to sail to South Africa and elsewhere.
During the Second World War the Royal Dart Hotel became HMS Cicala and headquarters of the 15th Flotilla which made journeys to Brittany to equip the French Resistance.

Beaches

Brixham – Breakwater beach, Shoalstone Pool. Both in the town with parking. St Marys Bay – large sandy beach (no facilites) a walk from the car park. Mann Sands a large sandy beach, 30 minutes walk from the car park.

Broadsands beach (between Brixham and Paignton) a long sandy beach with an area of parkland behind suitable for ball games and barbeques. Parking.
Goodrington Sands (Paignton) large sandy beach, good facilites, water park, park area behind the beach with boating lake. Parking.

Dartmouth side of the river

The nearest beach is Blackpool Sands, near Stoke Fleming, approximately 3 miles from Dartmouth.. Venus Café is open every day (except Christmas Day) for refreshments all day and some evenings

Slapton Sands is a long shingle beach a few miles down the coast with parking and facilities at Torcross. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round and there are walks along the beach and around Slapton Ley, the freshwater nature reserve.

Heritage and Gardens

Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage) is open daily from Easter to the end of October with family activities during the summer holidays.
The National Trust has two properties close to Dartmouth:

Greenway House and Garden (the former holiday home of the writer Agatha Christie) is open daily from 7 March – 1 November. Accessed by river from Dartmouth or the short ferry crossing from Dittisham. Beautiful woodland and riverside garden, especially worth seeing in the spring with early camellias and spring flowers.

Coleton Fishacre – House and Garden (the former holiday home of the D’Oyly Carte family) open daily from 14 February to 1 November. Situated approx 3 miles from Kingswear and Brixham. RHS Accredited Garden with sub-tropical plants and sea views.

A superb location and a comfortable cottage with all facilities. A really enjoyable stay . Car parking facilities are excellent - Alison Sept 2023

"The information, directions etc. from Dart Valley Cottages was spot on, making it so easy to park and get into the cottage. The views from the cottage were wonderful and the facilities great. We had a lovely time and would certainly book through Dart Valley Cottages to go back there again. Thanks very much to Nina in particular! " - Ken - July 2023

"An excellent choice for a short break. There was a wonderful view from the lounge and bedrooms. It was in a very handy location. A shop, pub and small Italian restaurant are nearby too. The cottage is very clean, warm, has comfortable beds. Communications with Dart Valley Cottages was excellent too. Would definitely recommend - John - January 2023

"Cottage had everything we needed for our stay. Great place to start walks from. Very quiet at night. Lovely view across the Dart. Get the multi-buy ferry ticket for dinners and walks over in Dartmouth." - Peter - October 2022


"Nice little cottage ideally located for the marina, steam railway and ferry. N.B. if you are staying for some time, there's no outside space or washing machine but otherwise, it had what we needed. Host team are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions we had." - Jamie - August 2022


"Views from the cottage were superb with little traffic noise during sleeping hours and easy access to the ferry for Dartmouth and beyond. The choice of eating out in Dartmouth is good if a little pricey in some cases. Booking is advised even in pubs." - Peter - June 2022


"This lovely little cottage in Kingswear is perfectly situated to explore the area and has the bonus of wonderful views over the River Dart. It is a good size for three adults and is well-equipped. It is clean and comfortable (the bed linen smelt amazing) and great to return to in the evening for dinner if you would rather not sit in crowded restaurants in these difficult times. We will most certainly return. Many Thanks to Christine and her team." - Sue - September 2021


"Nice small cottage, great views" - David - August 2021


"The location of Shipwrights was excellent, close to the Marina car park included in rental. Close to bus stop, lower ferry and a wonderful view over the Dart The door does open straight onto the road with quite a high step I think a handle would be beneficial as we did struggle. There is some road noise, this didn’t bother us but it could if you live normally in a quiet area. You can hear the steam train, but we loved hearing it. I think the furniture could do with an upgrade as the settee is low and difficult to get out of. There was ample crockery and other supplies. The bed was very comfortable We wouldn’t hesitate in returning" Angela - September 2020


"Comfortable clean surroundings. If you like to cook everything is there for you. The bed is very comfortable, and there is plenty of room to say it is a fisherman's cottage." Irene - July 2020


“A lovely, well-equipped and comfortable cottage. It was great being on the ‘quiet’ side of the river. We had feared that traffic might be intrusive, but this was not the case. Highly recommended!” Mark – 27 July – 3 August 2019

“Lovely location. The cottage is fantastically located and very well-appointed and comfortable for its size… Brilliant to have the Marina car park so close by too – and to me, this made staying in Kingswear so much better than Dartmouth, especially as Kingswear is so quiet – and the ferry so handy. The location and views would definitely encourage me to return.” Michelle – 18-22 June 2019

“A return visit following a stay in 2010 and 2011. We love the views. Enjoyed some good local walks and boat trip on The Dart. Comfortable place to stay” Maureen – 26 April – 3 May 2019

“Short but sweet stay here. A perfectly formed cottage for 2 with a gorgeous view of one of our favourite UK seaside towns. We booked very late so were happy to get something and were delighted when we arrived” Emma and Andrew – October 2017

“Weather was poor but had a really enjoyable holiday at Shipwrights. Taking in the view at breakfast was wonderful. Highlight was the steam paddle river cruise – the accompanying commentary was hilarious!” Susan and Richard – September 2017

“Thank you for a lovely week at Shipwrights! Everything that we needed was provided. Excellent weather wnet to Blackpool Sands 3 days. Enjoyewd the steam train to Greenway – fab! Boat to Dittisham from Dartmouth – book ahead at the Anchorstone Cafe – amazing seafood and views” Mary and Frances – August 2017

“Our 9th holiday at Shipwights! Dire weather but still a good time. Enjoyable trip to and from Totnes on the Kingswear Castle and the Rockfish Crab Party on Sunday great!”
Jane and Digby – August 2017

“As usual, a lovely time here. This was our third stay at Shipwrights and we cant wait to come again! Despite a couple of rainy days, we managed some lovely beach days. Love it here!” Georgina and Norman – July 2017

“Our second visit at Shipwrights, the weather was great, we had a very lovely stay in the cottage we really enjoyed our short days, we will definitely come back” Deborah & Alan – July 2017

“Great few days, fab weather and beautiful countryside, lovely views. Great base to get out and about from. Loved the local NT houses and gardens” Eileen and John – June 2017

“Another great stay at Shipwrights, weather wonderful will be back” John and Margaret – April 2017

“For every time there is a season, we have been coming here since 2008; our son is now 15. We have had another wonderful few days” Julie, Carl and Thomas – February 2017

“Our second visit to Shipwrights. A lovely, cosy little cottage with the best views! Weather not brilliant but still a great place to be!” Julie and Ian – 22-16 October 2016

“Our fourth visit to Shipwrights. As clean and comfortable as ever. A good base for getting around the area” John and Margaret – 23 September – 7 October 2016

“Wonderful stay. Fab weather. Our seventh time here. Hope to come again next year” Mary and Ray – 19-23 September 2016

“This was our second stay here at Shipwrights. We enjoyed it so much when we were here last summer, and promised to come back – so here we are! Again, we’ve had a wonderful week in this delightful cottage with fab views, and great to be back in South Devon. We will certainly be back to Shipwrights again – we love it here. Until the next time …….” – Georgina and Norman – September 2016

“Stayed 5 days. Good weather and have enjoyed it. Every here that you need. Look forward to returning” – Andrea, Alan and Jane – August 2016

“First time in Devon. Had a thoroughly enjoyable week. Doing everything without having to use the car is so relaxing” – Margaret, David and John – 12-19 August 2016

“This has been our first UK cottage holiday for years and we’re now hooked! Shipwrights has been an ideal little base for some of the bets walking we’ve ever done. Stunning scenery; and plenty of touristy boat trips too! We’ve eaten some delicious meals out in local restaurants and are already planning a return to the South West of England.” – Sara and Stuart – 31 July – 7 August 2016

“We’ve had a wonderful stay at Shipwrights! The cottage is cosy, with amazing views, and everything you need. We sat at the window every evening with a glass or two of wine, enjoying the view over Dartmouth. The Steam Packet (just up the road), was done up last year and they’re so welcoming, it’s such a lovely pub. The boys enjoyed kayaking from the Mariana to Dittisham. We’ve had a fantastic week here. Baby Joshua has enjoyed his first holiday and we were sad to leave this lovely cottage and beautiful area.” – James, Suzi and Joshua – 22-29 July 2016

“Lovely base. Bought a book of 20 passenger ferry tickets on the first day for £10 and enjoyed travelling to Dartmouth each evening to eat. Luxury of days out with no need for the car. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay” Linda and Kevin – 30 June – 8 July 2016

“Lovely cottage – very well presented. Good base for everything.” Dorothy and John – 18-24 June 2016

“Our 8th stay at Shipwrights! An enjoyable week as always” Jane and Digby – 10-17 June 2016

“A very enjoyable stay. A handy base. Both local pubs good” Harry and Maggie – 3-10 June 2016

“Another thoroughly enjoyable stay” – Tony and Eunice – 21-27 May 2016

“A great little base from which to explore and enjoyed watching the ferries and train go by!” – Cathy – 16-21 May 2016

“Wonderful stay. Lovely views and perfect cottage. Great venue for Music Festival. Hope to return next year. Thank you” – Dudley and Terry – 13-15 May 2016

“Our third visit to Shipwrights. Will be back in September” – Margaret & John – 29 April – 6 May 2016

“We know the area really well and were delighted by the position of the cottage and its views across to Dartmouth” – Maggie and Nigel – 8-12 April 2016

“A lovely stay in a lovely cottage – wish that we could stay longer! Everything we needed for our stay (and more!) was here – many thanks!” – Miles & Isobel – 2-6 April 2016

“Another delightful stay. Shipwrights is just right for us. Thanks” – Tony and Eunice – 16-22 March 2016

“Our second visit to the cottage – we had another very relaxing stay watching the storms while sitting in front of the woodburner. Thanks” – Kate and Matt – 28 December 2015 – 2 January 2016

“Our first and definitely not our last stay. The cottage was lovely – beautiful views, perfect position and very comfortable. We ate in the Ship Inn, Kingswear every night – Great food – lovely hosts. The Marina car park is a great plus point. Many thanks” – Jeff, Catherine and Alex – 26 -31 October 2015

“Our second stay in Shipwrights. Had 2 weeks of superb weather. Enjoyed the lovely view again and had lots of great outings” – Margaret and John – 18 September – 2 October 2015

“Our 7th stay in Shipwrights. Had a really good week as always” – Jane and Digby – 11-18 September 2015

“Very enjoyable stay. Would come again” – Mr and Mrs Rowe – 4-11 September 2015

– Chrissy and Ella – 14-21 August 2015

“Despite the weather, we have had a very enjoyable time in this comfortable and well-located cottage” – Tim, Julie and Ben – 9-14 August 2015

“We had a really enjoyable ‘long week’ in this lovely little cottage – it was perfect for 3 of us and very comfortable. It has been an ideal base to explore the area and we only used the car once. We hope to be back next year” – Julie, Ian and Will – 31 July – 9 August 2015

“We have enjoyed our week in the cottage – clean, well equipped and ideal for our needs. The view over the Dart and Marina is something very special and we hope to be back soon” – Margaret and Peter – 10-17 July 2015

“What a lovely cottage with amazing views! Perfect! We’ve had a really lovely week in this beautiful part of Devon. We will most certainly be coming back here. Thank you so much – we can’t wait to be here again” – Georgina and Norman – 3-10 July 2015

“Had a great week. Weather has been really good. Cottage is really nice – beautiful views. Would certainly come again” – Pam, Malcolm and Chris – 19-27 June 2015

“We had very nice time here at Shipwright. I think we would love to come back next year. The cottage is very clean and convenient to everything we wanted to go and do. Good night sleeps” – Debrah- 12-19 June 2015

“Shipwrights was very nice. We liked the idea of the car park, very safe and secure. Had a lovely time, love being Kingswear side of the river, going over on the ferries” – Gill – 5-12 June 2015

“We had a lovely time at Shipwrights – thank you!! The house was great and we loved the woodburner. We also loved having the dishwasher! We would definitely come back. Thanks again!” – Kate and Matt – 29 December 2014 – 2 January 2015

“We had a very comfortable and happy week – Definitely want to come again!” – Toni and Steve 17 – 21 October 2014

“Excellent cottage. Clean, well-equipped and secure parking a bonus. Bus stop and Ferry very handy. Would love to come back” – Margaret and John 26 September to 3 October 2014

“Excellent property from which to walk the South West Coast Path. We managed 2 days without using our car at all. Parking at the car park across the road and it being prepaid and working on number plate recognition worked a treat” – Linda – 22-26 September 2014

“Really enjoyed our stay here – Shipwrights perfect for 2” – Rob and Marina – 5-12 September 2014

“We had a great week which ended in fireworks. We wished we could stay longer in this lovely cottage” – Webers and Wagners – 22-29 August 2014

“Really enjoyed our stay here – was exactly what we expected and wanted” – Julie – 15-23 August 2014

” Our third time at Shipwrights and just as fantastic as we remembered it. A lovely place to stay” – Caswells – 8 August 2014

“Have had the most enjoyable week in the very comfortable , well equipped cottage.” – Sarah and Robin – 4-11 July 2014

“The cottage is ideally situated and comfortable for two people. Our sixth visit to Shipwrights. Had a great time – the weather has been amazing”” – Jane and Digby – 13-20 June 2014

“What a lovely cottage – a warm welcoming atmosphere and well equipped” – John and Sue 6-13 June 2014

“Perfect cosy cottage, excellent woodburner. All facilities are spot on!!” – Julia and Thomas 21 -24 February 2014

“Cosy cottage with stunning views – perfect vista when opening the curtains every morning and so beautiful when all the lights are gleaming on the water at night”. – Liz and Brian – 23-27 October 2013

Kingswear

The most prominent feature is Kingswear Castle which was built between 1491 and 1502, as a coastal artillery tower for use with heavy cannon.
The village itself is home to several attractive 19th century villas which have panoramic views of Dartmouth harbour and the river Dart and the imposing Britiannia Naval College on the hill above the town.

You will not find Kingswear mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but there is reason to believe that Kingston, which is on the plateau above Kingswear, dates from Saxon times with some evidence of Stone Age and Roman occupation. After the conquest Kingston passed into the de Vasci family and the first documentary mention of Kingswear was around 1170 when Williams de Vinci gave half the land at Kingswear to the incumbent of the local church which was a chapel of ease to the parish church at Brixham. The name Kingswear may come from the tidal mill at the head of the creek with its system of weirs.

A ferry to Dartmouth operated from at least 1365 from Kittery Point, the western most tip of Kingswear and nearest to Dartmouth. The railway came to Kingswear in 1864 and was used by those who came here to wait to sail to South Africa and elsewhere.
During the Second World War the Royal Dart Hotel became HMS Cicala and headquarters of the 15th Flotilla which made journeys to Brittany to equip the French Resistance.

Beaches

Brixham – Breakwater beach, Shoalstone Pool. Both in the town with parking. St Marys Bay – large sandy beach (no facilites) a walk from the car park. Mann Sands a large sandy beach, 30 minutes walk from the car park.

Broadsands beach (between Brixham and Paignton) a long sandy beach with an area of parkland behind suitable for ball games and barbeques. Parking.
Goodrington Sands (Paignton) large sandy beach, good facilites, water park, park area behind the beach with boating lake. Parking.

Dartmouth side of the river

The nearest beach is Blackpool Sands, near Stoke Fleming, approximately 3 miles from Dartmouth.. Venus Café is open every day (except Christmas Day) for refreshments all day and some evenings

Slapton Sands is a long shingle beach a few miles down the coast with parking and facilities at Torcross. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round and there are walks along the beach and around Slapton Ley, the freshwater nature reserve.

Heritage and Gardens

Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage) is open daily from Easter to the end of October with family activities during the summer holidays.
The National Trust has two properties close to Dartmouth:

Greenway House and Garden (the former holiday home of the writer Agatha Christie) is open daily from 7 March – 1 November. Accessed by river from Dartmouth or the short ferry crossing from Dittisham. Beautiful woodland and riverside garden, especially worth seeing in the spring with early camellias and spring flowers.

Coleton Fishacre – House and Garden (the former holiday home of the D’Oyly Carte family) open daily from 14 February to 1 November. Situated approx 3 miles from Kingswear and Brixham. RHS Accredited Garden with sub-tropical plants and sea views.
 
 
 
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