As the name implies, Dartmouth is to be found at the mouth of the River Dart. Like many other parts of the South Hams District it is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which guarantees that you’re going to see some spectacular scenery.
If you’re a history lover and want to experience a real taste of Devonian life in an authentic Devon longhouse, then Dartmouth is a great place to look for cottages in South Devon. Due to its strategic location on the south coast, the town was once an important port used by the Royal Navy and is still home to Britain’s largest naval college. Before the Navy made Dartmouth it’s home, the town’s castle was an important defensive site. Built in the 14th Century, Dartmouth Castle still dominates the town today and is one of the area’s top attractions.
It’s not all history though. Dartmouth is a popular seaside town in its own right, and cottages in Dartmouth also provide a great base for visiting the many attractions of the nearby Torbay towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay during your South Devon holiday.
Why book a cottage in Dartmouth?
There’s a wide range of accommodation to choose from in Dartmouth, whether you’re looking for something small for a weekend away or a big family property. Like many other cottages in South Devon, you’re also sure to find suitable accommodation that accepts dogs.
When you get hungry you’ll find there’s no shortage of restaurants and cafés to choose from. If you want to sample some of the delicious fresh fish caught locally off the Devon coast, head over to The Seahorse Restaurant on the South Embankment, or remind yourself of some classic British meals at Café Alf Resco on Lower Street. If you’re visiting in August, be sure to also check out the unique Crab Street Party, which celebrates the noble (and very tasty) South Devon Crab.
For something less crab-focused, October’s Dartmouth Food Festival is an eclectic event that draws in visitors by their thousands every year.
Things to do in Dartmouth
As well as stuffing yourself silly with fine food, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied during your South Devon holiday, whether mucking about in the water, visiting the many family attractions in the local area or taking a pilgrimage by ferry from Dartmouth to Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway.
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