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.
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 (http://www.theflavel.org.uk), 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|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|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|