One of the main reasons we decided to set up a blog is because we realise that as locals there is a great deal we can do to make your stay in the area easier and more enjoyable. As we live here, we know the best places to go, the events that are not to be missed, how to get around when you’re here and what you must see when you come. Over the coming months, we’ll be writing lots of posts about the great days out that you can go on, the places that you can visit, fantastic restaurants and bars to dine in and lovely places to shop.
However, we also know lots of other locals who have plenty of advice to offer and tips to give, so it would be a shame not to tap them for their insider knowledge too. But there’s no need to take our our word for it, we’ve also asked a few of our past guests if they would share their experiences of holidaying in the Dart Valley with you. First up is the Brain family who are regular guests at Dart Valley Cottages and this is what they had to say…
We have been visiting Dartmouth several times a year for the past ten years. Dartmouth and the surrounding area have become a special place for us and the family. Our trips have become an intrinsic part of the relaxation we have come to so enjoy.
Every visit to Dartmouth has left us wanting more and we are always finding different places to visit and enjoy. Blackpool Sands has become a regular must visit only 10 minutes out of Dartmouth – a private beach with a restaurant, perfect in any weather. Other beaches such as Mill Bay in East Portlemouth, Bigbury on Sea and Beesands with the fabulous ‘Cricket Inn’, have also kept us very busy and the younger members entertained.
During the summer months we often head onto the moors where we play at rock jumping, picnics and paddling in the streams. For the grandchildren the Dartmouth Steam Railway is a regular trip, travelling from Kingswear to Paignton along the Devon coastline and also the South Devon Railway in Buckfastleigh where the steam trains travel along the streams flowing down from the moors.
Of course Dartmouth itself offers lovely views, atmosphere, places to visit and places to eat. It is small but great to explore and relax in.
The Brain Family