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Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 39 reviews

View from patio at Avanti

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over
  • No pets allowed

In the historic naval town of Dartmouth experience a slice of our luxury lifestyle at Avanti; owner architecturally designed, unique, newly appointed, contemporary 1 bed apartment, sleeping 2/3. Avanti has it all with parking, sunny patio, river views, all just a short walk to the town centre and waterfront. Great reviews and regular repeat visitors.



Avanti means 'Come In' in Italian which we think is an appropriate welcome to our guests, particularly as our owner architect designed self-contained apartment with its own entrance forms part of Capri, a large detached property owned by Di and Nigel Collingswood. Every attention to detail has been made to make this apartment one you will remember.

Our aim is to present our guests with immaculate accommodation (that we would want to stay in ourselves) and a warm welcome and that they leave relaxed with lovely memories of apartment Avanti, Dartmouth and the surrounding area.

Our Top 10 Things to do in and Around Dartmouth

1. Explore the River

Grab a Dartmouth crab sandwich or pasty, some local ginger beer and head off on the Dittisham ferry up the river, amble round what we think is one of the prettiest villages (map in folder) in Devon and have a cream tea at the Anchor stone café/restaurant or drink in the charismatic Ferryboat Inn overlooking the river before you return.

2. Dartmouth's Delights

Walk to Dartmouth Castle, go down the steps to Castle Cove (where all the children of Dartmouth used to learn to swim), enjoy the peace and views out to sea, have coffee at the café and return via the ferry on the riverside to experience the views of Dartmouth and the Royal Naval College.

3. A Bracing Walk

Take the car to Little Dartmouth (map in folder) and do a circular walk along the coastal path (3 miles approx), sit on a bench and smell the grass and the salty air, gaze out to sea and watch the tankers and yatchs on the horizon and return via the lane (sometimes muddy), this will blow any cobwebs away on a windy day.

4. Beachcombing

Take the car and park at Blackpool Sands (private beach, with small charge) walk the length of the beach, skim stones, watch the surf and have an organic light meal or treat at the café, (there may be a log fire burning inside too). Or lie on the beach and soak up some rays after a paddle.

5. Wacky But Wonderful

Take the car or ferry to Totnes, experience the quirky, ethnic atmosphere there, have a mouth watering lunch at Willows, the vegetarian café at the top of the street and wander around the colourful market, Tuesday (June – September), Friday and Saturday, buy some local produce (bread, cheese, veges/salads, olives) for dinner. Enlighten yourself by popping into the bookshops for specialist alternative/new age books, gem and crystal shops, the Riverford locally grown produce shop and you're guaranteed to come back chilled out.

(The Friday and Saturday markets throughout the year on the Civic Hall Square offer a feast of bargains and unusual products.

A collectables and flea market is also held in the Civic Hall on Fridays throughout the year and on some Tuesdays (June to September only).

Totnes Elizabethan Society hosts a small charity and craft market every Tuesday, on the Civic Square, from May to the end of September. Open 9am-3pm. The stallholders dress in Elizabethan costume. )

6. A Romantic Evening

Dress up a little and take a walk along the Embankment before dining out in one of the many superb restaurants in the town, there are almost too many to choose from then walk back along the Embankment and up Clarence Hill to enjoy the lights from Kingswear.

7. A Level Afternoon Walk

In the afternoon or early evening walk to the Higher Ferry (next to the Floating Bridge pub) and cross the river cost around 50p). On the other side take the path on your right immediately in front of the railway track. Walk along the path to Kingswear through the boatyard and over the bridge. Take the narrow road on the left before coming to the station on your right, to The Ship Inn and have a cool beer or glass of wine in the sunshine before returning on the lower ferry (cost around £1) at the bottom of the hill. You may see the steam train on its way to Paignton. Once back in Dartmouth treat yourself to an ice cream from The Good Intent, opposite the ferry slipway (made in Dartmouth).

8. Pure Indulgence

On a wet day indulge yourself with a trip to the Spa for a treatment (brochure in folder, book as early as possible in the week of your stay), or wallow in the jacuzzi (you deserve it) and steam room or a gentle swim and relax on a lounger with a magazine.

9. Sit Back And Relax

On a wet evening, see what's on at the Flavel cinema (, it's unique one screen and tiered seats guarantee you a great view and with a bar on the first floor you could have a drink before hand.

10.Chocolate Box Heaven

Drive to the quaint village of Slapton, park at the car park at the beach on the main road on the left hand side where you see the sign for Slapton village. Don't drive through the village as its very narrow. As you walk toward the village there is a path on the left leading to Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, you can walk round the edges of the reserve and into the village the back way or carry on up into the village itself (shorter). Take the second road on the right as you enter the village (just past the village post office and store) which passes the Queens Arms pub on your left, a little further on take the narrow road on your right to the Tower pub, it is possible to drive a car along this narrow road but as you will see its not for the feint hearted and there is very little car parking space. Inside or out, front or back this is a real gem of a pub, offering superb food and beverages. Don't leave it there as its only a short walk to see the entire village so after refreshments continue through the village taking left turns so that you circle the village, which will delight you with its thatched flowery cottages and simple step back in time charm.

Just one more……….

11. Last year my friend and I took the 93 bus to Kingsbridge for the first time since I have been here, it's a truly great trip. The 93 is a double decker bus and the route it takes is along the coast road to Kingsbridge, seeing the views, coastline, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and into gardens from the top deck is amazing and instead of driving to Kingsbridge and missing the views because you are concentrating on the windy roads it's a great way to really see the beauty of the South Hams. Pick up a timetable from the Tourist Information Office. Bus stop outside the front of the Station Café on the Embankment – get there early to be at the front of the queue for the front seats! Kingsbridge is a lovely market town at the head of the Salcombe Estuary. There are great shops and eating places in the town and the river frontage all make a very pleasant day out.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking

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Review 1-10 of 39

14 Oct 2014


"Peaceful and relaxing"

Peaceful and relaxing holiday apartment. Bright and modern with everything you could possible need. A real home from home.… More

I'm so glad you enjoyed relaxing at Avanti, and thank you for your review. I hope to see you again.

1 Sep 2014


"Beautiful apartment run by fantastic people."

Absolutely thrilled with our week in Dartmouth staying at Avanti. The apartment was bright, airy and beautifully furnished and decorated. Everything you could wish for was there, it really was like a home from home. The owners were friendly and really knowledgeable about the area. Every query we had was answered and the advice we received was invaluable. The views from our veranda were truly stunning and we only had a 7 minute walk into the town! I can't fault Avanti in any way and we will be going back there I'm sure.

Thank you Regatta guests, we loved having you to stay too. It was a great fun packed week for you and memorable with all that Regatta has to offer. we certainly look forward to seeing you again.

28 Aug 2014


"Delightful Dartmouth"

Spent a lovely week in the Avanti apartment in dear old Dartmouth. The flat was so luxurious - quite the best we have ever stayed in. Di and Nigel had thought of everything you might need for a great holiday including ideas of visits, walks and restaurants. They really were the most considerate and friendly hosts. The bottle of wine on arrival was most welcome too. Di's scrapbook was well worth a read and gave a real feel of the town.

We can thoroughly recommend the guided tour of Britannia Royal Naval College and the NT Greenway house. The ferry trip up to Totnes was delightful with a very interesting commentary on the way. We saw seals, herons, egrets and an osprey among other things.

I'm glad you booked to take a tour of the Naval College it's really impressive and Greenway too is a must. Thank you for your comments and I hope to see you here again in the future.

18 Aug 2014


"Room with a view"

This modern spotlessly clean contemporary apartment was lovely, ideal for two containing everything needed for a cosy enjoyable stay. The view from the apartment is outstanding; from the settee or the balcony you are overlooking the river dart.
Di was the perfect host friendly and always on hand to help & give advice if needed, this personal touch makes all the difference.
We highly recommended this apartment, and would return again. Only slight issue for my worn out knees was the steep hill to the town, but easily overcome with the bus stop nearby. All-day ticket for the two of us for only £5.00 used it to go out in the day and again in the evening.

It was great to have you both here, you really got out and about despite your knees and yes the bus stop is a short walk when you need it. Hope see you both again one day. Thanks for the lovely review.

10 Aug 2014


"Top class apartment in great location"

Our first stay in Dartmouth, we could not have wished for a better place to stay.
A warm welcome when we arrived from Di, the Apartment was very clean and with every thing required to make a very relaxing holiday.
We enjoyed many hours on the balcony watching the world go by and enjoying the view.
It's a 10 minute walk into Dartmouth with its lovely shops and water front, but it is steep walk back.
Agree 10/10

Thank you Di & Nigel

Thank you for your top marks for apartment Avanti and look forward to seeing you here again, its always a pleasure to welcome guests as lovely as you both.

5 Aug 2014


"Fantastic apartment, don't want to leave!"

After many years of holidaying in this part of the world we have found our oasis and most definitely return on a regular basis.The apartment is spotlessly clean, contempoary and cosy.It's in a ve… More

I'm so glad that I will be seeing you both again, perfect guests in every way and pleased that you have fallen for apartment Avanti too.

13 Jul 2014


"Top class apartment in great location"

Our first visit to the dartmouth and we were not disappointed. The apartment was beautifully presented and well equipped, the perfect size for two. The week we visited Di was away, but met Nigel who w… More

Sorry to have missed you but glad you had a great holiday here and enjoyed the Summer weather sitting outside and admiring the view.

26 Jun 2014


"Relaxing and sunny stay in Dartmouth"

We had a wonderful week at the apartment. Its modern, quite and you can have breakfast sitting in the sun and watching the harbour. Dartmouth is a lovely little town with quite a few shops and a good base to explore the coast down to Salcombe, where you can do some spectacular walks. Di prepared a whole folder with suggestions for walks and excursions you can do in the region and will kindly provide you with any information you need. So this apartment is an absolute recommendation.

Walking is my favourite hobby here in Dartmouth and I have lots of recommendations for all abilities here and in the surrounding coastal areas, the scenery really takes your breath away and you can be out and about in high season and still be away from the crowds. Thank you for your smashing review.

16 Jun 2014


"A very comfortable rental, with everything included for a home from home experience. Great views, and even better hosts"

We felt that the accommodation contained everything that you could possibly need for a self catered holiday. A very clean, modern flat, with a very pleasant outdoor area, with furniture. There was a wealth of literature to help get the most from our visit with details of local places to visit etc, and our hosts were only too happy to help and answer any further questions. A definite 10/10 brilliant find.

Thank you for such a lovely review. I'm always happy to talk about the town and local area as I like to see guests making the most of their stay here.

10 Jun 2014


"Room with a view"

Beautiful, well equipped and very clean apartment with stunning views of Dartmouth harbour. Di & Nige were the perfect hosts - very welcoming and always on hand to call on when needed. Will be definitely be back as it will be very difficult to find anywhere which would live it up to their standards. If your looking for the perfect getaway close to Dartmouth harbour 'This is it!'.

This is Avanti in a nutshell, thank you for your lovely comments and we certainly do look forward to seeing you here again, come back soon!

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