Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

in Dittisham, just 150 yards up from the river and quayside (pub, café, foot ferries), an excellent, large, Grade II listed, detached house. At the front, sitting end-of-row alongside sister cottages lining the lane down to the water, the original, stone-built 18th cent. cottage; behind this, a large 20th cent. extension has transformed it into a superbly spacious coastal home. Inside, a stylish blend of old and new with all modern comforts, some antique pieces, good fabrics, and, from most rear rooms and a large raised deck outside, stunning views over the river Dart beyond. At the back, 14 steps down to an enclosed, immaculately kept garden, mainly lawned with sunny sitting-out area (benches) and a detached annexe/summer house.

Gravelled drive (gated) from road slopes gently down to side door to L-shaped hall; 2 slate steps up to cosy, beamed living room (TV/DVD) with slate floors, big inglenook fireplace (woodburner), door to tiny paved front garden (steps up to lane) and French windows to garden; three ground-floor bedrooms, all smart, with wood floors, doors to garden and some water glimpses – the master double (5'6” bed) with en suite bathroom (suite with deep bath and separate shower), and two more doubles (one with TV/DVD, the other with limited clothes-storage space); bathroom (suite plus bath-shower); separate loo (washbasin); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier). 

From the hall, stairs up to stunning open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, induction hob/double oven, larder fridge) with polished granite worktops, exposed 'Carpenter Oak' apex beams, ceiling-high bi-fold doors to deck (tables/chairs, barbecue, steps down to garden), TV and panoramic water views. Two steps up to half-landing and two bedrooms – a double with en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Across the lawn (50' from house), annexe with studio room (home cinema system/screen, double sofa bed, beanbag), kitchenette (microwave, larder fridge, sink, kettle) and small shower-room (suite); glazed double doors to paved terrace (table/chairs) with little waterlily pond (unfenced). Damages Deposit £400. A lovely, relaxing home year-round, convenient for sailing, walking, beaches and exploring. 

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Telephone
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4)
Other Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 5 star.

The West Country region

The South Hams: southernmost Devon; between the river Dart and river Tamar and south of Dartmoor, lush farmland and wooded river valleys turning to beautiful estuaries, its coast very beautiful and remarkably well preserved – sandy beaches and mighty cliffs between those estuaries, amazingly little sprawling modern ugliness. Inland too, away from main roads, it remains surprisingly peaceful.

Among special coastal places are Dartmouth; sheltered Blackpool Sands; Slapton's long curve of pebble beach and nature reserve lagoon; the cliffs about Start Point and Prawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail; East Portlemouth's beach and Salcombe's location and views; Thurlestone proving that family seaside places don't need to be brash; Bigbury's huge sands and the fun of getting to Burgh Island; waterside, oak-wood-sheltered Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers; many others, less easy of access, are for you to discover.

Kingsbridge and Totnes, both old, attractive and small, are the towns at the area's heart; Plymouth – the West Country's biggest town, with Naval base, ferry port, theatre, cinemas, history, Hoe (great views) and Barbican (where the life is) – is on the area's edge. Dartington Hall is an arts centre (films, plays, music, dance) with lovely gardens. Pleasure cruisers ply the Kingsbridge estuary and Dart and Tamar rivers.

Dartmouth

Dittisham: idyllically situated, end-of-lane little village (PO/stores, two pubs, church) beside the beautiful lake-like river Dart. Jetty (crabbing), pedestrian ferry to Greenway (Nat. Trust, once Agatha Christie's), boats for hire, dinghy moorings, sailing school. Dartmouth (town), 2 miles (ferry); Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, 3¼ miles. Coarse sand beach (river), 1 mile; beach (sea) at Blackpool Sands (The Venus Café, Restaurant, Takeaway and Watersports), 6.