The property is a restored and pretty georgian town house. Like nearly all the old houses in Dartmouth, it jostles for space on the steep slopes to the river. It is a home and not a hotel, so is never perfect - but that means we do not mind children or pets. The terraced garden rises up the slope above the house, ideal for barbecues, views of regular firework displays above the roofs of the town and down to the river.
If you have a romantic view of what Olde England is like - then Dartmouth will probably exceed your expectations - look at the Dartmouth web-sites and see for youself. This is where the pirates of old were based, because although it is a perfect deep water harbour for sailing ships - there were only mule tracks in and out. The smugglers and pirates made Dartmouth very rich in the 16th century, which is why there are so many Tudor buildings. Today, Dartmouth is a tiny and bustling historic town - but famous for it's many excellent restaurants, pubs and art galleries. It is said that there is a pub, cafe or restaurant for every 10 residents - thank goodness for all the visitors that come in the summer. We live up a very quiet lane, just two minutes from the centre of it all - not far fom the dartcam. (see the weblink) Even for Devon - perhaps the most beautiful county in all England, Dartmouth is an exceptionally pretty place. A short walk to the river wil bring you to lots of boat trips, up the river to Totnes - or out to sea for fishing, diving, or just sightseeing. There is a preserved steam railway which will take you through beautiful countryside to the bigger towns of Torquay and Paignton - where all the big chain stores will be found. Dartmoor is 30 minutes drive away, the Jurassic Coast - a world heritage site, is an hour by car and the most beautiful sandy cove in England is ten minutes by car.
Sarah and little Harry and I have busy lives - so we have a small town house near our work in Exeter. This means that we can use this house whenever anyone wants to visit Dartmouth - but will still be nearby, to introduce people to the area and help them settle-in. We have a large family car that can be used - and a 9 metre sailing boat (almost as old and cranky as our house)that sleeps 5, for those who are expert. We are both fascinated by the Far East and its cultures - generally we like to travel, anywhere and everywhere. But we avoid hotels when we can, because we like to meet real people ,rather than other tourists.