|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
The former home of author A.A. Milne's real life character Christopher Robin, this self-catering cottage is set in a picturesque valley, a 15-20 minute walk down a delightful lane from the famous Blackpool Sands beach with a top Blue Flag rating for water quality. Entrance hall. Ground floor. Double bedroom, en suite shower room, two twin bedrooms and bathroom. Staircase to well-equipped kitchen/diner with beamed archway to attractive sitting room, comfortably furnished. From sitting room french door to patio and BBQ area and 3/4 acre garden maintained as a wildlife garden carpeted with daffodils and bluebells in the spring. The cottage is a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth with its excellent shops, restaurants and galleries. Alice Cottage provides a wonderful location for a family holiday and is a truly romantic getaway .The nearest dining pub and shop are 3/4 mile away in Stoke Fleming. Nearby Dartmouth Golf & Country Club allows guests to use their leisure club (including indoor swimming pool) and two golf courses at a 25% discounted rate. Alice Cottage has wireless broadband.
Would appeal to nature lovers, artists, writers, and families with young children. Nearby Dartmouth has a world famous August regatta, music festival, cinema, excellent shops and restaurants, castle and pottery and tennis courts.
The nearest golf course is the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, 4 miles from Dartmouth. Guests enjoy a 25% discount on green fees on the superb 18 hole 7,200 year championship course and the 9-hole Dartmouth Course. Special rates apply for the driving range.
There are a number of events staged in and around Dartmouth during the year. In 2016 the main events are:
May 13-15 Dart Music Festival (Dartmouth)
May 15-21 Devon County Show (Westpoint, Exeter)
May 27 - June 12 Dartmouth Galleries Festival (Dartmouth)
July 16-23 Kingsbridge Fair Week (Kingsbridge)
July 23-31 Torbay Carnival (Torbay)
July 26-30 Shakespear Week (Romeo & Juliet) Dartmouth
Aug 7-12 Salcombe Town Regatta (Salcombe)
Aug 7 South Devon Crab Festival (Dartmouth)
Aug 20-24 Torbay Royal Regatta (Torquay)
Aug 23-27 Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (Dartmouth)
14-30 Oct Dartmouth Galleries Festival (Dartmouth)
21-23 Oct Food Festival (Dartmouth)
For a full list see www.bythedart.co.uk
Yes, we really enjoyed our week at Alice Cottage. You might like to know that we took our entire family of bears (including Winnie the Pooh), beavers, donkeys and assorted others (like Wol, Kanga & Roo and Eeyore). They have written about their holiday on our website which you might like to look at http://www.wolandfamily.org.uk/diary/:
"We have all been on holiday to Dartmouth. But most especially this was Winnie's holiday. We stayed in this marvellous place called Alice Cottage which is where Christopher Robin used to live. So Winnie took charge of the whole week - we went on trains and boats, visited an abbey, an otter sanctuary and a rare breeds farm and park where Wol met some owls. You can read about Alice Cottage here. Do book a holiday there - you will have a wonderful time. And have a look at the Diary page to see more of our photographs."
The garden is really beautiful - we had a reasonably sunny week but a bit cold so we didn't sit out as much as I would have liked but we did enjoy exploring it and trying to name all of the plants.
We found Brill Plaice and the Green Dragon to be really good eating places - we tried Deer Park but they had run out of food and could only offer snacks! The cafe at Blackpool Sands was excellent for breakfast. We were amused, though, to find no sand on the beach!
We are steam train enthusiasts and bought Jubilee Passes from the Dartmouth Steam Railway. For about £30 each we had train trips, river cruises, a sea cruise and bus rides worth over £120 each - as well as discounts on some other admission fees. I do suggest to anyone interested in steam, boats or scenery that it is a really good value purchase.
All in all we had a wonderful week - and Winnie will be talking about it at the Tedz Convention for many weeks to come.
The family and I went Alice Cottage last summer and although the weather could have been kinder we could not fault our accommodation. Alice Cottage is a beautifully appointed property with heaps of charm and character. The location of the cottage is great for exploring the South Hams district and is close to the beautiful beach at Blackpool Sands. I had many questions before our vacation and the owners were extremely helpful and understanding.
Really enjoyed our stay here in South Devon Very lucky with weather. Beautiful coast, rivers and countryside. We spent nearly all our time walking but there is a lot do do in this area. Cottage was easy for access to Dartmouth and both Dart and salcombe estuaries especially as the car and passenger ferries were both still frequent in September. Cottage was quiet , clean and well equipped, beds comfortable. The four stars instead of five was because the garden although large was really only practical for sitting in a small area at lunchtime as tree cover , steepness, meant not as welcoming am and pm in September. Tea, coffee milk and biscuits present on arrival was appreciated. We did think the cottage was good value for money.
Cottage worked well for our family.
Garden as described in the property details, proving a bit risky for our adventurous 5 year old lad!
Approach roads vary from narrow to very narrow, with few overtaking places.
The photos really don't do this wonderful cottage and gardens justice!! Tucked away two minutes from the clear blue seas of Blackpool sands the cottage was clean, well appointed and the kids absolutely loved exploring the pathways that meander between the ferns and woodland within the grounds. The only advice that I can give is take "splasher shoes" for the kids as the beach is harsh on bare feet!!! Dartmouth is close by and is a more than charming seaside town, we were smitten!!
Lovely house in beautiful part of the country, accessed by two miles of
Single track roads. Enjoyed visiting the area, Dartmouth, Burgh island, salcombe.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Alice cottage, very peaceful, all you can hear is birdsong! We loved the upside-down layout which gives such a lovely outlook onto the garden. The lane down to the beach is vey narrow and may be a problem for some but we loved it. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants absolute peace and quiet. (Vey limited mobile signal)!
Alice Cottage is situated in South Devon in the picturesque South Hams in a valley, a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth with one of the finest natural harbours in England, and a short walk from Blackpool Sands beach and its amenities overlooking which you will find views rivalling those of the French Riviera. Nearby attractions include Dartmouth Castle, Britannia Royal Naval Collage, Greenway, former home of Agatha Christie with gardens overlooking the River Dart and Coleton Fishacre, a National Trust house and garden. For children we recommend Woodlands, a family theme park and the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Dartmouth hosts a music festival in early May and a food festival, in October. Its famous regatta is held at the end of August. The town has a cinema and theatre, craft shops, cafes and boutiques, including the Harbour Bookshop, once owned by Christopher Robin. Slapton Sands, with its D-Day connections and nature reserve, ideal for bird watching lies to the west.
Blackpool Sands beach is consistently ranked one of the UK's top beaches with an excellent café, shop and water sports equipment for hire.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
All prices are quoted for 7 nights (Sat-Fri). A deposit of 20% of the rental will be required for bookings more than 1 month away if booking direct with ourselves (25% if through HomeAway). Otherwise payment in full. Rental rate includes electricity May- September*. Towels and sheets can be ordered at a charge of £10 per person per week. . Towels and bed linen charged at full week rate. From October-April £50 electricity included in rental. Additional electricity used for payment by guests. A deposit of £50 per week taken to cover electricity.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.