Dartmouth Holiday Cottages
Positioned at the mouth of the River Dart, Dartmouth is a town rich in maritime history, surrounded by some of South Devon’s most beautiful countryside.The bustling town has lots to offer with its narrow streets jam-packed with independent shops, art galleries, local produce stores and a range of tempting cafes and restaurants.
It’s is also home to one of the most stunningly positioned Castles in the country. Dating back 600 years, Dartmouth Castle stands …..guarding the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary.
What can I do in Dartmouth?
You won’t be short of ideas in Dartmouth as it’s packed with events and things to do throughout the year, from festivals, exhibitions and markets there is always something to enjoy. The festival season kicks off in May with the Dart Music Festival which has over 100 performers across the 3 days, creating a real buzz in the town. Towards the end of August is Dartmouth Regatta week which has a packed programme of air displays, sailing, live music, street food and fireworks.
If you’d like to get out on the water then there is plenty of opportunities in Dartmouth to get afloat. Book a boat trip up the River Dart where you can enjoy enviable views of the Dartmouth Naval College and also Agatha Christies home, Greenway, now owned and run by the National Trust. If you are very lucky you may see ‘Sammy’ the seal who can often be seen relaxing on mooring dinghies nearby.
Fancy being your own Captain? Why not hire your very own boat for a half day and motor up the river and visit Dittisham, the perfect spot to enjoy a bit of lunch in the Anchorstone Café or Ferryboat Inn.
For those who prefer to be on terra firma the South West Coastal path can be picked up on the edge of town. Walk along the cliffs and enjoy the stunning views out to sea, if you get as far as Blackpool sands, enjoy a dip in the sea followed by lunch at the Venus Beach Café.
Where are the best places to eat and drink in Dartmouth?
Renowned for it’s fine food you won’t have to look very hard to discover a range of restaurants offering local seafood and fresh crab. Local chef and restauranteur Mitch Tonks has several eateries in Dartmouth which will suit every occasion and budget. If it’s a special celebration then book a table at his Seahorse restaurant, a real gem and very popular during the summer months. Locally landed fish and seafood are cooked on an open charcoal grill.
If you fancy a more informal experience but equally delicious try his Rockfish Restaurant a few doors down where during the colder months the atmosphere is complemented by a roaring log fire.The café bar and restaurant Banyards Inn Cove offer food from morning until night with delicious cooked breakfasts, home cooked lunches and an evening menu full of locally sourced products.
If you like a more relaxed atmosphere then head straight for Café Alf Rescos, a popular destination for locals, sailors and visitors alike. With its freshly cooked food and regular live music be prepared to queue in the summer months for an outside table at this quirky Dartmouth café.
No matter the weather, rain or shine, Dartmouth is an exciting town just waiting to be explored.
Take some time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Dartmouth and surrounding villages. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Devon holiday.