Dartmouth sits in the banks of the mouth of the River Dart in South Devon, looking out over the sea and the river to the colourful hillside village of Kingswear. With twisting streets, cobbled market squares and a range of boutique shops and galleries, the charm of Dartmouth is undeniable, and with so much to see and do, self catering Dartmouth cottages are the perfect solution for a family holiday by the sea.
The harbour is still the focal point of the town, and can be seen from the majority of self catering Dartmouth cottages, which is an ideal thing to wake up to in the mornings. The Yacht Club of Dartmouth and Kingswear organise a full summer calendar of regattas and events, which keeps the whole town in a vibrant state throughout the summer months. If you would like to try your hand at sailing, there are excellent sailing schools in the area, as well as chances to join up with fishing trips and sightseeing trips up the River Dart which is a beautiful way to spend a day from Dartmouth accommodation.
Back on dry land, the beautifully preserved Elizabethan buildings are a beautiful site, and the town is adorned with flowers throughout the summer. After a morning’s exploration of the flower strewn summer streets, there are a great number of little pubs, cafes and restaurants in which to relax.
Lovers of the great outdoors will be delighted by the range of cliff walks, bridle paths, cycle ways and boat trips available, as well as the great number of fishing rivers, wind surfing spots and golf courses on which to play. On those few rainy days, the whole region is littered with ancient sites, houses and castles, most of which are cared for by the National Trust.
The quaint village of Brixham is well worth investigating from a holiday cottage in Dartmouth, Devon. The village is a beautiful working fishing village centred on a small harbour in which a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind towers above small trawlers.
Self catering Dartmouth cottages are very easy to reach. Both Exeter (EXE) and Plymouth (PLH) airports are within a short drive of a Dartmouth holiday home, and there are rail stations in Totnes and Plymouth.