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"We had enjoyed a lovely long weekend at UpHigh, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone and stay here again next time we visit Dartmouth. The house has the most spectacular view across the estuary and the house itself was immaculate upon arrival and very comfortable for everyone. We explored a number of fine restaurants and pubs in town. Looking forward to our next visit...hopefully sooner than later!"- Jason - September 2022
"Spent 4 nights here in early Sept 22. Cottage was good. Beds very comfortable and kitchen well stocked with all that you would need. Even have a wine fridge in the utility room. Dartmouth is nice, though be prepared for uphill walking back to the house. Uphigh is located on “Above Town,” a narrow road that runs parallel to the seafront road below. There are steps at intervals down to the road. The steps near the house were pretty steep (72 steps) but walk along in the direction of town and you’ll find another set that are less steep. Talking of the narrow road. I was concerned as I have a Lexus 4x4 and had read information that only small cars could access the road. I checked on Streetview and saw a wider car there so decided to take my chances. The car did get through the narrower parts of the road but only had approx 4 inches each side of the “folded in” wing mirrors. Advice I would give: Access from the town centre end of the road. It’s a two way street but coming from the town centre end makes it easier." Duncan - September 2022
"We had a lovely few days at Up High enjoying the amazing views in gorgeous weather! We were very comfortable with all we needed. Only thing I would say, it is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems or problems with climbing quite steep steps up to the house from the town of Dartmouth which was quite demanding every evening after dinner in town!" - Kristie - September 2022
"A wonderful house in a wonderful location. Could not have been more perfect!" - Sally - August 2022
"This is a great place to stay, very comfortable, well equipped with great views over the harbour and a lovely terrace to sit and watch the activity on the river. Uphigh is in a quiet location, and as long as you dont mind climbing lots of steps and leaving your car half a mile away, the perfect place to stay. We loved our week there, and even extended our stay by a couple of days." - Neil - August 2022
"We stayed at Uphigh for 3 nights (2 couples) and had a wonderful stay. The house is very comfortable, spotlessly clean, with all necessities provided. The location was amazing, overlooking the river and across to Kingswear. Because of the location being high above town, probably more suited to older families and adults as access to the house can be tricky with a car (very narrow road) or lots of steps from town (about 10 min walk) but this was what made the views so perfect and it was so peaceful as practically no traffic. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property and thank Dart Valley cottages for being so helpful and responsive when booking. Dartmouth is a lovely town and an excellent base for the area." - Lisa - June 2022
"All was great, we really enjoyed staying! The views from the windows are amazing!" - Sergei - May 2022
?The easiest way to access the bars and restaurants of Dartmouth is by taking steps from Above Town which lead down onto Newcomen Road. Please note that these are old steps and so are uneven in many cases. It's possible to get step-free access, but this involves a steep incline. Above Town is very popular for those looking to enjoy spectacular views; however, we don't recommend it as a location for people with mobility issues.
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.
The town'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 spoiled 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.