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Dartmouth is a lively historic naval town, enveloped in South Devon’s enchanting countryside. With views of boats swaying on the gentle tide of the Dart, across to the picturesque town of Kingswear, it’s difficult to imagine a more enticing holiday destination. The allure of the scenery is complemented by the bustling town, with a fantastic calendar of events, a multitude of activities and a vast array of eateries and pubs that draw visitors year after year.
If you’re looking to invest in a second home, Dartmouth is a wonderful location to consider buying. Not only will you own a holiday cottage for yourself and your family to escape to, you could offset the costs by renting it out to others. Spoilt with the best of both coast and country, few places can rival Dartmouth and what it has to offer.
Coast & Country Cottages understands the importance of every consideration when owning, letting and buying a holiday home in Dartmouth. To guide you along your journey, we draw on the intrinsic knowledge and experience of our New Property Consultant, Rachel Farley. Living in the area and having worked for Coast & Country Cottages’ Dartmouth office for the over five years, Rachel is on hand to offer support and advice, to make your holiday let a success.
In addition to the more obvious allures of this South West coastal town, we’ve chosen to highlight a few unique key factors as to why Dartmouth is an ideal place to invest.
Dartmouth’s spectacular view of the countryside, the River Dart and historic landmarks form one of the main reasons that the town has such high demand for holiday homes.
Properties that capitalise on the gradient of the hill, with an unspoilt outlook over the horizon, naturally add that immediate wow factor. Similarly, homes situated in the heart of the town with an aspect across the Dart and over Kingswear, also draw attention and popularity among guests.
For holiday rentals, it really is a case of ‘location, location, location’. Considering the locality and the surrounding area are key factors in choosing a holiday home.
Dartmouth is in an ideal geographical spot and is the perfect springboard to the rest of South Devon. There is an array of fantastic family friendly attractions on Dartmouth’s doorstep – theme parks, animal farms, pristine beaches, National Trust houses and watersport activities just a stone’s throw away.
Dartmouth has a vibrant events scene, giving it an all year-round appeal as a holiday destination. With crowds flocking year after year to enjoy the numerous music and food festivals, various cultural events and the famous Dartmouth Regatta, there is an increased likelihood of receiving a significant return on your investment. Dartmouth also enjoys an extra week of high season bookings for its annual Regatta at the end of August.
As we now open up our booking calendar for 24 month advanced bookings, guests will be able to secure their bookings for the Mayflower 400 events taking place in 2020 in Dartmouth, making this an ideal time to invest in a Dartmouth property.
Dartmouth has an unusual claim to fame when it comes to four-legged friends, which makes sense considering how dog-friendly the town is. Dartmouth born Reverend John Russell is recorded to be one who bred the Jack Russell!
We understand that canine companions are an important member of the family. Dog-friendly properties are amongst the most popular choices with Coast & Country Cottages. Having pet-friendly accommodation broadens the scope of guests who will book your property.
Offering a vast array of pubs, restaurants and cafés, foodies flock to the area at all times of the year to experience the cuisine. Whether dining out on the holiday favourite of fish and chips, to Michelin star fare, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
From one-bed bolt holes tucked away in the heart of the town, to sprawling four-bed family homes with space to roam, Dartmouth has a property for every requisite and budget.
Properties located centrally and within a short distance of the river are always considered prime real estate, whether buying or letting. Generally, you will find smaller properties in the middle of town, but which prove to be an attractive enticement for couples, foodies, culture vultures or outdoor enthusiasts. If you are thinking of buying a holiday home in central Dartmouth, here are a few factors you should consider:
Properties situated on the upper levels of a building offering scenic views are more likely to attract bookings. For those with a higher budget, some of our most popular properties are those situated right on the waterfront with uninterrupted river views.
Balconies and any form of outdoor space add to a property’s appeal, especially in the warmer months.
Convenience and ease of access are often what entices guests to book a property which is centrally located. Properties located in and around Newcommen road, Smith Street, North and South Embankment are prime real estate which offers this unique selling point.
While the benefit of being centrally located and having everything on your doorstep creates a distinct advantage, it is important to factor in the consideration of parking, which very rarely comes with properties in central Dartmouth. Parking permits or permits to use the park and ride service are a definite asset. Annual permits can be purchased from the South Hams council for around £365 per year, and park and ride permits cost around £100 annually (subject to change).
Whilst centrally located properties are always in high demand, features like outdoor space, parking or views may not always be available. Adding additional extras such as a spa pass can add extra appeal and encourage low season bookings, particularly couples.
Popular areas in central Dartmouth include:
While a central location may be a prerequisite for some, others may prefer the benefits of venturing a bit further out of town. Properties away from central Dartmouth can be more spacious and boast further-stretching views over the River Dart and out to sea. Here are some key points to consider when looking for a property to purchase:
Properties further out of town that make the most of the unspoilt panoramic view over the valley, doubtlessly carry a significant appeal. The gradient of the hill results in fewer obstacles intruding on the view over the river, across the green hills and out to sea.
Homes further out of the town tend to boast more space, particularly outdoors. This may be particularly popular with families, those with pets, or groups simply looking to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Research by Sykes Cottages showed that in 2018, a third of Brits took their pet on holiday in the UK. For those investing in an out-of-town property, we would strongly suggest going pet-friendly; Dartmouth has access to some fantastic walking routes and beaches that accept dogs all year round!
With bigger properties and outdoor spaces comes the opportunity to offer additional features. If you have the space, consider adding a hot tub or swimming pool! Properties with hot tubs can make up to 54% more than other properties in the same region, according to 2018 research by Sykes Cottages.
Outside of Dartmouth are some fantastic estates and villages that include facilities for holiday guests to use, adding something extra to your property. For example, Coast & Country Cottages market several properties at Hillfield Village, where guests can enjoy a shared tennis court. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club also have a number of holiday properties which give guests access to the facilities and members rates on golf; a definite draw for some! Buying a property in a location such as these may help your property to achieve bookings from guests that have stayed there before.
Popular areas further out of central Dartmouth, but still within easy reach of the town, include:
Connected via the stunning River Dart and beautiful coastal driving routes, you don’t have to invest in a property in central Dartmouth to capitalise on the town’s benefits. There are a number of picturesque villages and hamlets within quick and easy reach of Dartmouth that are also popular with guests. A few fantastic areas to consider are:
Working closely with estate agents, and with ample experience of the area and holiday let requirements, Rachel Farley can guide you through finding your perfect holiday home.
If the thought of running a holiday let feels daunting, you don’t have to do it all yourself. Coast & Country Cottages offers different levels of service, dependent on how hands on you want to be with your holiday home. From advertising and marketing your property, to managing guest changeovers and any general maintenance that may be required, there is an option to suit everyone. The locally-based in team in Dartmouth will get to know you and your property, and support you throughout the letting process. To find out more, read our blog on whether to choose an owner or agency managed service.
Whether it’s a home in Dartmouth, Salcombe or anywhere in the beautiful South Hams, Coast & Country Cottages are the experts in holiday letting. For more information and guidance, contact Rachel Farley on 01803 227990 or pop into the Dartmouth office at the Sail Loft, conveniently located in the middle of town.