5 reasons to visit Dartmouth this Summer

June 22nd, 2015 | By Vicky Rogers

Historic Dartmouth

The fascinating town of Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a fascinating town, steeped in history, nestled on the bank of the beautiful River Dart. Home to picturesque cobbled streets and lined with boutique shops, art galleries and tea rooms, this beautiful town is a wonderful holiday destination. Here are just five reasons to book your holiday in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty today!

The River

The River Dart is home to an abundance of wildlife and meanders out to sea, with Dartmouth on one side and Kingswear on the other.  This beautiful river can be explored in a variety of ways – enjoy a cruise with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat company, taking in the views along the way. Or why not book a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, and take the children on a train ride along the water’s edge. For the more adventurous, take to the water itself, with a kayak, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding tour. Sea Kayak Devon offer half day tours, with all equipment provided – perfect for all abilities!

The Food

The town is home to a fabulous variety of eateries. For seafood fans, the award-winning restaurant run by celebrity chefs Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse ‘The Seahorse’ is a must – enjoy delicious dishes made using locally sourced fish, caught off the Start Bay coastline.

For fans of a good breakfast, a trip to the very popular Café Alf Resco is not to be missed, but don’t forget to turn up early, to guarantee yourself a seat! Try their delicious homemade granola, or for those with a bigger appetite, order one of their delicious cooked breakfasts – a real treat.

The History

From the fabulous museums to the fascinating Dartmouth Castle there is a huge amount to be enjoyed for fans of history and culture. Stroll along Bayard’s Cove, to the small early Tudor artillery fort that remains there, or walk to Dartmouth Castle – for over 600 years this fortress has stood in the narrow entrance to the River Dart and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. The town is also the former home of celebrated author Agatha Christie – head to the National Trust property Greenways House and Garden, and see where some of her inspiration came from!

The Beaches

There are many coves and beaches, just a short five minute drive away (or within easy reach on foot along the South West Coast Path).  Head to the Blue Flag awarded Blackpool Sands, a fabulous shingle beach with a delightful beachside restaurant The Venus Café. Situated just a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth, and with countless watersports opportunities, this is a fabulous beach for families.

The Accommodation

Coast & Country Cottages boasts a wonderful range of holiday cottages in the area, from luxury waterside apartments, to spacious cottages overlooking the town. For full details of Dartmouth holiday cottages, visit the website. Here’s just a selection of cottages, new for 2015:

The Old Library, Dartmouth (sleeps 5)

New for 2015! The Old Library is a uniquely styled and exquisitely presented holiday home, designed and furnished to the very highest standards throughout. The two-storey accommodation has been extensively remodelled in conjunction with Cheltenham-based Focus Interior Design to offer a luxurious, boutique style retreat for two couples or a young family in a great location just a few short steps from Dartmouth’s array of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and picturesque waterfront. Prices start from £1100 per week, this June.

Blue Moorings, 25 Dart Marina (sleeps 4) 

New for 2015! Book 25 Dart Marina and explore the historic maritime town of Dartmouth with your partner, or with friends. Sip cocktails on the terrace with stunning unspoilt views over the River Dart, before heading out for a meal at one of the many restaurants a short walk away. Guests at the luxury town house can also enjoy the use of the Dart Marina spa, with indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Prices start from £1900 per week, this July.

For more information about activities in Dartmouth, read this article today!