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Dart Estuary, Dartmouth, Devon
Dart Estuary, Dartmouth, Devon

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a charming town built beside the River Dart where it joins the English Channel in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For all its laid-back appeal, Dartmouth has an impressive pedigree that involves kings, explorers, famous authors, and a role in battles that influenced the world’s political landscape. Visitors will find a relaxed town with plenty of fun activities, an excellent choice of places to eat, and Dartmouth cottages to rent of all shapes and sizes. Dartmouth is a favourite holiday destination for thousands. Below are our five compelling reasons to fall under its charm. Read more

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Kingfisher Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 1st Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £649Save £150"Save £150 per week plus Booking Direct Saves additional Circa 15% OTA Booking Fees"
50.298417, -3.701062

A beautiful 18th Century barn conversion, Kingfisher Cottage provides a luxury holiday retreat perfectly placed in the highly desirable South Hams area of Devon. Close to Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and award winning beaches, Kingfisher Cottage is a popular choice for a self-catering holiday with families, friends and dog owners.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1500

6+1  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.379870, -3.590493

The huge room is open and spacious, with plenty of comfortable armchairs and sofas where you can relax and enjoy the changing light over the water. There is an open fire at one end of the room, with logs available for winter visitors. At the other end the dining table comfortably seats 12 guests.    Outside there is a garden running alongside the water, leading to a woodland area, and a BBQ and two picnic tables where you can eat out in the summer. A spiral staircase leads up to a sundeck on the roof with fantastic views out over the river where you can catch some rays while watching the boats go by. 

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £4780
Short breaks from £455 per night

8+4  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.348010, -3.572688

You won't forget your stay at Morocco House. This stylish house has accommodation over four floors and has uninterrupted views of the River Dart from both the house and the garden. It's in the pretty village of Kingswear in the South Hams region of Devon, a short walk from the ferry to Dartmouth, train station, shops and local pub. The house has two bedrooms plus a double sofa bed and can sleep up to six people, with every room beautifully furnished to ensure a comfortable stay.

Weekly guide price:
£1120 to £2030
Short breaks from £135 per night

2-6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Honeysuckle

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 7th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £675"Honeysuckle, sleeps 2, 1 dog welcome, lovely valley views, single storey, access to nature trail on Estate, close to Slapton village and Start Bay beaches."
50.309269, -3.687887

Honeysuckle is an ideal cottage for couples and one dog. Cosy sitting room with log-burner and valley views, kingsize bed, separate kitchen/dining area, and bathroom with walk-in shower. An enclosed garden and views ensures guests can relax in the tranquil surroundings and easily access Dittiscombe Estate grounds which are on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £750
Short breaks from £116 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

The Owlery

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 31st May 2024 for 7 nights, £650"The Owlery, romantic cottage in higher valley at Dittiscombe, access to nature trail on Estate, spa bath, close to Slapton village and Start Bay beaches."
50.309269, -3.687887

The Owlery is a cosy romantic pet-free retreat for couples with a log burning stove, fabulous spa bath for two, king-size bed and lovely valley views. The perfect place to escape away from it all in a tranquil haven within the popular South Hams area of Devon. Enjoy coastal and country walks, lazy days on the golden sands and an abundance of day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £750
Short breaks from £116 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Dittiscombe Estate & Cottages

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 1st Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £795"Rafters, 2 bedrooms, 2 dogs welcome, reduced for couples to £795 from £850. Enclosed safe garden and access to nature trail on the Estate. Close to Slapton village and Start Bay beaches."
50.309269, -3.687887

An ideal place to relax and unwind in a tranquil valley setting in the beautiful South Hams close to the coast. Located near to Slapton village with its two excellent dog and family friendly pubs, and the stunning beaches of Start Bay. Dittiscombe Estate is an ideal place to explore this lovely part of South Devon with an abundance of attractions, coastal walks and lovely beaches nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1120
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.234119, -3.669391

The South Hams is one of the most beautiful parts of Devon with lush green fields rolling their way to wonderful beaches. A short walk from the Start Point Lighthouse and within easy reach of beaches like Hallsands, Blackpool Sands and Salcombe's North and South Sands, the cottage has space for up to six people in three bedrooms and is perfect for couples and families. Nearby Kingbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe all offer a wide choice of amenities and attractions, and it is possible to walk from the front door directly to the South West Coast Path.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1500
Short breaks from £200 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.234119, -3.669391

Grab the kids and the dog and head for Jasmine Cottage. This lovely stone terrace is on a non-working farm in the South Hams, with far-reaching views of the countryside and the coast. Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingbridge are all an easy drive away, while the Cricket Inn pub in Beesands and the South West Coast Path are within walking distance of the front door. There is space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, with a courtyard for sunny days and a woodburning stove for chilly nights.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £950
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.234119, -3.669391

Rose Cottage ticks every box for those searching for a holiday cottage in Devon with incredible views, a location convenient for popular attractions and enough space for a family, including the dog. The two-bedroom cottage is on a non-working farm with loads of outdoor space and views over meadows and fields to Start Bay. Guests can walk from the picket gate to the South West Coast Path, North Hallsands Beach and the Cricket Inn in Beesands, while Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are only a short drive away.

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £950

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.382807, -3.754884

Crabadon Manor is a gorgeous country house in an idyllic position in the heart of the South Hams in Devon. Formerly the holiday residence for the monks of Buckfast Abbey, this historic house has been welcoming people since the 13th Century and today provides a great venue for those who enjoy the simplistic pleasures of rural life. Full of historic charm, the manor house sleeps up to ten guests and is surrounded by a tranquil oasis of 240 acres of natural grounds. Perfect for a family get together, reunion of friends or milestone event, this popular part of South Devon offers a stunning coastline with wonderful beaches, glorious countryside for walking and an abundance of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2000
Short breaks from £250 per night

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.598966, -3.627050

Combine the benefits of a welcoming holiday home with a private spa at Oak Lodge. Tucked away among woodland on the Finlake Resort near Dartmoor, the three bedroom dog friendly property sleeps six people and boasts a private outdoor hot tub and an indoor sauna. It's a blissful spot to unwind and relax with family or friends, taking advantage of onsite activities and a location only 15 miles from the beaches of the English Riviera. Guests love the leafy outlook and tranquil atmosphere of the Scandinavian-inspired timber lodge, and the convenience of having a café and a bar/restaurant within strolling distance. 

Weekly guide price:
£540 to £2248
Short breaks from £77 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

5 reasons to holiday in Dartmouth

1. History - Dartmouth is most famous for its naval links. The town has been a home for the Royal Navy since the 14th Century, and the Britannia Royal Naval College is where officers of the British Navy learn to captain some of the most sophisticated warships in the world. In June 1944, Dartmouth was one of ten launch points for 5,000 boats taking part in the D-Day landings, the success of which signified a turning point in the war. A maintenance site for these vessels is now a designated Scheduled Monument and visible on the east bank of the Dart upstream from the harbour.

Dartmouth Harbour was also the launching point for ships heading out to the Second and Third Crusades. The castle defended the town from a French attack in the late 1300s and again in the early 1400s. Signs of the town’s history are visible everywhere, including in the magnificent medieval wooden door at St Saviour’s Church carved in 1372. The oldest street in Dartmouth is Smith Street and dates from the 1200s. However, the earliest remaining building is the Cherub Inn on Higher Street. Chaucer likely saw both places when he visited Dartmouth in 1373. Learn more with a visit to Dartmouth Museum in the beautiful Grade I listed Butterwalk building on Duke Street.

2. Shopping and Eating - Dartmouth is so full of life. Shops, pubs and restaurants support a 5,000 strong community of locals that love to eat, drink and shop. The Old Market Square hosts a busy twice-weekly market every Tuesday and Friday morning, as well as a monthly artisan market, and a collection of permanent stallholders who trade six days a week. Many shops sell sailing and outdoor equipment, while galleries and independent boutiques stock a variety of unique objects that make fantastic souvenirs.

When it comes to eating, the Smith Street Deli is a top choice for both eating in and buying food to enjoy back at the cottage or on a picnic. There's also an excellent variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants that cater for all tastes and budgets.

3. Waterways - The River Dart and the English Channel provide plenty of opportunities to set sail. Dartmouth Royal Regatta is one of the highlights in the sailing calendar, and there is no better sight on a hot summer’s day than watching the colourful sails of the yachts as they speed towards the finish line. Dartmouth Boat Hire is a good port of call for those happy to skipper themselves around the waterways, while business like African Queen Fishing Trips and the Greenway & Dittisham Ferry Service are perfect for those who want to go fishing or sit back and enjoy the view.

4. Countryside - The countryside around Dartmouth is as gorgeous as its waterways. As part of the South Hams and protected as part of the South Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, visitors can take their pick from fantastic footpaths, beautiful bridleways, cycling routes around pretty country lanes, and mountain bike trails for every ability. Some favourite walks around Dartmouth include the mile-long Dartmouth Town Trail, the Mayflower Heritage Trail, a circular loop from town to Dartmouth Castle, and the path leading to Start Point Lighthouse. Walkers can also enjoy footpaths leading to Blackpool Sands and along the Diamond Jubilee Way, as well as a challenging route to Greenway.

Family-friendly cycle paths are in nearby Totnes, where the Dart Valley Cycle Way loops around the River Dart, while Haldon Forest also has gentle routes and bike hire. Dartmouth is within easy reach of Dartmoor National Park where there are many miles of walking and mountain bike trails.

5. Attractions and Events - The weather will never put a dampener on your fun because there are plenty of fantastic attractions in and around Dartmouth. During your holiday you can spend a day at the beach, play golf and go kayaking. Visit Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway, take a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, and tour National Trust houses such as Coleton Fishacre or the Brittania Naval College. Places within easy reach for a day out include Paignton Zoo, Woodlands Theme Park, and Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy. In addition to the Regatta, Dartmouth has a calendar bursting with events that celebrate food, music, arts, walking, and Christmas, to name a few.

Whether you are visiting for a special event or planning a holiday full of fun activities and fantastic food, you won’t be disappointed you chose Dartmouth.