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2021 guide to holidays in Dartmouth

View of Dartmouth from River Dart

If you are planning a self-catering staycation in the popular destination of South Devon then wrap your eyes around this guide to holidays in Dartmouth in 2021.

Whether you are dreaming of a family break, a romantic getaway or a dog-friendly holiday, look no further than Dartmouth. South Devon is renowned for its wide open spaces and long stretches of beach, making it the perfect region for a socially distanced staycation. There’s also plenty of Devon attractions and places to visit near Dartmouth that have COVID secure measures in place to keep everyone safe when they are able to open.

 But first, the all important question, where should you stay in Dartmouth?

Places to stay in Dartmouth

Detached Holiday Cottages in South Devon

With staycations set to be the holiday of choice in 2021 you can expect accommodation to be booked up fast. If you are looking for a particular type of self-catering holiday property, such as a cottage by the sea or a pet-friendly holiday home, then you need to get in quick.

At Dart Valley Cottages we have plenty of Dartmouth cottages to choose from. These include cottages in town with parking, holiday homes with private gardens where you can relax in the sun, and places that overlook the bustling activity of the River Dart.

Take a look at our full cottage collection or get in touch to discuss your specific needs.

Places to stay near Dartmouth

Holiday Cottages in South Devon with Private Parking

Of course, if you’d like to stay somewhere a bit quieter then look to the neighbouring villages of Kingswear, Stoke Fleming and Dittisham

Each comes with its own slice of rural Devon charm, which you must be longing for after being cooped up for much of the past 12 months.

Dine out or get takeaway from the local pubs and restaurants. Enjoy their waterside locations in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And make the most of having the attractions of historic Dartmouth just down the road.

Dog-friendly holidays in Dartmouth

One of the very best things about staycations is that your furry family member can come with you. And holidays in Dartmouth come with plenty of bonus features for pet owners. 

There’s lots of dog-friendly days out in South Devon. These include National Trust properties and gardens, dog-friendly beaches and lots of places to eat that also welcome your canine. They’ll even be treated to a dog biscuit or two.

Find a pet-friendly cottage in South Devon.

Things to do in Dartmouth  

Dartmouth Castle

To help you get in the mood for your holiday here’s some facts about Dartmouth’s history, its famous people and landmarks. You’re sure to want to incorporate some of the places mentioned in your visit; like touring the coastal fortification of Dartmouth Castle or supping a pint at the town’s oldest building, The Cherub Inn.

If you want more inspiration for your Devon holiday itinerary, a good place to start is our guide to things to do in Dartmouth. We have plenty of recommendations whether you are interested in outdoor attractions, browsing the independent shops or enjoying river views on a boat trip. 

You can also catch a ferry across the river to Kingswear and board what we think is the most scenic of Devon’s steam railways.

But days out don’t need to be expensive when you visit Dartmouth. Whether you are here with your partner or have kids to entertain, there’s plenty of free things to do too.

And if you are looking for quieter places to go check out our guide to escaping the crowds in Devon.

A sunny seascape with people enjoying the beach at Blackpool sands near Dartmouth in Devon

Of course, we couldn’t write a guide to holidays in Dartmouth without mentioning the incredible coastline on its doorstep. The beaches of the South Hams are a sight for sore eyes, especially if you have been denied trips to the coast during 2020. And if you are a fan of exercising in the great outdoors then there are some stunning coast walks in South Devon.

If you want to explore a bit further afield there are some excellent day trips from Dartmouth. The town of Totnes, Dartmoor National Park, the South Devon city of Plymouth and the English Riviera are all about an hour away.

Places to eat in Dartmouth

Devon cream tea

A big attraction of holidays in Devon has to be the local cuisine. What else would you expect from the home of the cream tea

There are some delicious places to dine in Dartmouth with seafood being the order of the day. Dartmouth restaurants use locally caught, fresh fish – you will taste the difference. Grab a takeaway from Rockfish or dine in, should restrictions allow, at one of our favourite Dartmouth pubs and restaurants.

While you are on a self-catering holiday in Devon you should also take the opportunity to shop local for the meals you prepare in your holiday cottage. Here’s where to pick up some proper Devon ingredients.

Holidays in Dartmouth, Devon

If we have whetted your appetite for a 2021 holiday in Devon don’t delay. Get in touch to chat about the kind of getaway you have in mind or search our collection of holiday cottages in and around Dartmouth.

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