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The Bathing House

(Ref. 976200)

Ashprington, Devon Show on map


  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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  • river (7)

29 Customer Reviews

  • "You must to give the family of Seals a bonus for performance."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed staying at the Bathing House enormously but there was a major problem for my husband who is 6’3”” tall."

    I tried to contact Sykes Cottages but without success; there was no email of phone number I could find, to ask if there were any low ceilings. In desperation I phoned Sharpham estate to ask how high the ceiling in the kitchen was but it wasn’t until we arrived that we discovered the low ceiling in the corridor and the stairs (5’9”?) There were no instructions about the storage heaters. Not being used to them I didn’t realise how they worked. I had to phone Denise to ask. On arrival it took us some time to locate the key safe. You may have told me but as there was no phone signal I couldn’t have checked it if you had.

    Thank you for your feedback your comments have been taken on board. Pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Sep 2023

  • "The bathing house is a unique place to stay and has everything you need."

    There are no screens or Wi-Fi as it is designed to be a place of peaceful retreat. If that is what you are going for be aware that the river is in fact extremely busy in good weather with lots of traffic. We also had canoe camping groups staying opposite us who were very noisy and swimming over to the bathing house in groups and shouting across the river. Personally , I found myself needing Wi-Fi as something happened I needed to deal with so I would nt go back but I can’t fault the care that goes into making the bathing house a very special experience.

    Reviewed by Georgie4.7May 2023

  • "Another lovely holiday, we have been holidaying here for over 10 years now."

    However, when will Sharpham get the hint about the shower? Both the handheld and the Mira are useless. The Bathing House is forgiven many things for being just where it is, but I do like to bathe in a decent stream of hot water.

    Hello, we are changing the shower head after Christmas so hopefully this will improve things for our guests. Best of wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia3.8Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful location, so peaceful with plenty of wildlife to see."

    Hope to return

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Nov 2022

  • "This property is in a superb setting on the river, secluded and very peaceful, and plenty big enough for two people."

    The track down to the property was described as rough, and although it is steep and bendy in places (that's to be expected in that part of the country) I didn't have any difficulties navigating it in my small car . The property is very quirky, which we loved, and has been refurbished very thoughtfully. The sofas were a less comfy than they looked, but the bed was mega comfy and had a superb view looking onto the river. There were some minor inconsistencies in the information provided by Helpful Holidays and that provided in the property but the owners they were very helpful and quick to respond to queries. Our mobile networks' reception was poor inside, but worked adequately outside on the patio. The wildlife and river users were varied and assorted and provided hours of entertainment. Over all, this is a gem of a property.

    Reviewed by Ailsa4.4Jun 2022

  • "Our second stay at this beautiful hideaway!"

    The most idyllic sanctuary with nature abundance. A daily visit from wodger the seal, 2 deers, mother and ducklings, herons, crows, rooks, squeaks of the otters at dusk to name but a few. A great please for resting the mind & body and just being in the moment.

    Reviewed by Nicky4.7Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic property - peace and tranquillity could not fault ."

    Those who leave negative comments about the access or the water pressure should perhaps stick to city breaks . It’s a rural idyll . No light pollution , Wonderful bird song ,beautiful river in a stunning location .

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2022

  • "A unique property in a fabulous location."

    The only downside was the useless electric shower didn’t work it was either boiling hot or freezing cold so we couldn’t use it. I understand it being an old property it’s difficult to get these things right but for the price we paid I think we should have been able to have a shower.

    Thank you for your feedback and bringing this to our attention. We are happy to hear you found the Bathing House to be a fabulous location and have taken your comments on board. The pipework has been completed on this property and new water pipes have been put in. A plumber has recently visited to say the shower is in good working condition and that they will be looking to add a pump below the shower to improve the water pressure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie3.4Mar 2022

  • "Great location."

    Can't wait to go back. One small issue would be the shower. Very little water pressure and difficult to use. Fabulous break. Thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Maintenance work is shortly being undertaken on the pipework at The Bathing House which will hopefully help to improve the water pressure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony3.4Jan 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, wonderful location - always enjoyable."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Bathing House is a haven of tranquility and calm, it’s a wonderful place to relax and take things more slowly."

    There are several lovely walks directly from the property and you can visit the Sharpham cheese and wine shop for tastings. The directions to the property on this website could be updated with those from the folder at the house, they are more accurate. And mention that on the final leg of the journey there is a rope across the road and Private sign to negotiate!

    Thank you for your feedback. The directions have since been updated. thank you for bringing this to our attention and glad to hear of your lovely stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Bathing House is in a fantastic location on the river."

    It is wonderfully quiet. We spent many hours looking out for the seal that made occasional appearances. The house is well equipped except that the shower is abysmal - it has no pressure and often runs cold. The Helpful Holidays instruction for collecting the keys to the property was incorrect. Their was actually a key safe. The directions through the narrow twisty tracks that lead to the house lead us astray - as there was no mention of the track marked 'Private' that was actually the route to the Bathing House.

    Reviewed by Gregory4.7Sep 2021

  • "Most beautiful place to spend time & would highly recommend."

    Loved the Bathing House & all it offers. Would just suggest that the electric shower needs looking at & the bed settee really needs replacing & updating, given its listed as sleeps 3.

    Reviewed by Celia4.4Jun 2021

  • "The surrounding location was fantastic, being so close to the river and nature in all its glory."

    Reviewed by Jason4.1May 2021

  • "Wonderful location and a wonderful house"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2020

  • "We have stayed in the bathing house several times now and love our time there with the beautiful scenery and peaceful and quiet location and we look forward to our stay so very much (especially this year) so we were disappointed when we had to leave early (due to lockdown) especially as it was un-necessary but grateful for the partial refund from Helpful holidays/sykes."

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful place to disconnect from the world."

    Relax, rest and nourishment in nature. Waking up to the river is so special. Kitchen is well equip for cooking and the fire in the octagonal room is pure magic in the evening. We had a lovely week!

    Reviewed by Suad4.7Nov 2019

  • "A perfect location if you want utter peace and calm."

    The house is charming and very comfortable, infused with the light from the river. Hours spent watching the ebb and flow and wildlife. Beautiful views and great walks. There is no WiFi and minimal mobile signal which possibly should be mentioned in the description as some would find that off-putting. We loved being able to disconnect! There are 3 different heating systems in the house which could be a challenge or seen as part of the fun. It was our second trip to the Bathing House, and hopefully there will be more planned - it's a very special place

    Reviewed by Vicki4.7Oct 2019

  • "I was ill while we were away!"

    ! So I lay in bed and listened to geese, got up occasionally to watch seals, egrets and herons. The GP you recommended in your handbook was outstanding and kind. We ate at the cafe once, it was delicious. All I needed was rest, and that's all we both did, far away from all the other worries of the world

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Oct 2019

  • "It has been our third visit and just love the place The peace and tranquillity The setting is perfect"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Our 4th stay at the boathouse didn't fail to exceed expectations."

    If you want peace and quiet and to experience nature at its best, this is the perfect place for you.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2019

  • "We loved the cottage and it's location and we were generally happy with the facilities, however, we do think that it could do with a new fridge!"

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Jul 2019

  • "The Bathing House is a unique experience for couples who want to get away from it all."

    The kitchen is well equipped for self catering and the lounge, with a roaring wood burner, was a cosy retreat in the evenings. The staff at Shipham couldn’t have been more welcoming and ensured we felt welcome and could make the most of the solitude and the full on nature experience that The Bathing House provides.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "The Bathing House at Sharpham Estate in Devon is simply a unique experience."

    Even though the weather wasn't great, we found the whole experience charming, restful and beautiful. We will return to the Bathing House. Asap, hopefully! Kay & Adrian Green, Northamptonshire

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jan 2019

  • "Everything was sorted and easy even to the extent that the care taker contacted me for where to find keys as we were arriving late I didnt have to chase them."

    There was a delicious bottle of Sharpham Estate wine waiting for us and loaded log baskets and ample supply of wood and kindling for the stove.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2018

  • "From start to finish, this was so easy."

    Sykes staff responding to booking request outside traditional 9-5 office hours, directions etc. Lovely touches at the bathing house, Sharpham wine, fresh flowers, plenty of ‘essentials’ like toilet roll, washing liquid and hand wash. Plenty of logs and kindling and eco friendly fire lighters. House really well equipped for a self catering break away from it all. Stunning week in stunning location. Will defo use Sykes again

    Reviewed by Edwina5.0Sep 2018

  • "The location is absolutely brilliant -we had one of our best ever holidays here-loved every minute"

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jun 2018

  • "The peace and endless amounts of wood"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2018

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  • Three levels
  • 1 x middle floor king size double bedroom with balcony
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Ground floor kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Second floor sitting room with double sofa bed and wood burning stove.
  • Electric fires, night storage heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Garden with outdoor unheated pool
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: The outdoor unheated pool is available from June to the end of August weather permitting, during daylight hours
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: There is no TV at this property
  • Note: A new electric shower has now been installed.

The property

This magical Grade II* listed Georgian bathing house sits beside the River Dart down half a mile of bumpy track two miles from Ashprington.

Part of the Sharpham Estate designed by Capability Brown, it is very special accommodation in the most romantic secluded setting you could wish for.

Head down the steps into the simple country style kitchen with its solid fuel range.

Upstairs you will find the charming double bedroom where you can wander out on to the balcony and watch wildlife around the river.

Up more stairs again is the magnificent octagonal sitting room with its lofty ceiling, grand plasterwork, a wood burning stove for snuggling up beside, a double sofa bed and windows where you can while away the hours gazing up and down the river and across the wooded banks with the telescope provided.

Outside you can wander down steps to the river or sit on your terrace to eat out or maybe try your luck fishing for bass.

You may fish off the front of the Bathing House into the estuary.

As the estuary is tidal, a licence or ticket is not required as long as you are fishing for sea fish (i.e.

spinning for Bass).

*In the highly unlikely event that you catch a Sea Trout or Salmon, these must be put back in the water unless you have an EA rod licence for gamefish.* The estate is fascinating to explore and wander.

During summer months you can swim in the outdoor unheated pool, or you can head to the local village inns or Dartmouth and Totnes for a wide range of eateries and interesting shops.

There is a three mile walk to Totnes, where the motte and bailey castle is interesting, or you can enjoy fun trips on the steam railway to Buckfastleigh or boat trips along the River Dart to Dartmouth.

The Bathing House is a remarkable cottage for a very memorable break in beautiful Devon surroundings.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Totnes 2.9 miles
  • Paignton 9.9 miles
  • Dartmouth 10.6
  • Salcombe 19.1 miles

Ashprington is a little village that straddles the Bow Creek and lies paces away from the River Dart between Dartmouth, Totnes, and Paignton in Devon. The village dates all the way back to the Doomsday Book of 1086 and houses the impressive Church of St David which was built in the 15th century. Today the village is home to a charming 18th-century pub, The Durant Arms which serves delicious and hearty pub food and a variety of local ales, the perfect setting for date night or just a well-earned break from the kitchen. Venture into the historic market town of Totnes where you can fully immerse yourself in the past at the Norman Totnes Castle which offers breath-taking views across the whole town or Totnes Museum and Archives which is housed in a resorted 16th-century home. Alternatively, experience the wonders of the coast in Dartmouth where you can tour Bayard’s Cove Fort and the riverside Dartmouth Castle ahead of exploring the rocky Sugar Cove Beach. Follow the coast to find the hidden gem of Compass Cove Beach or for idyllic, golden sands head to Blackpool Sands where you can stroll along the sandy shores, take the water on kayaks and paddle boards, or simply admire the beautiful views across the sea. Woodlands Family Theme Park can also be found nearby and provides endless fun for the whole family thanks to its various rides and attractions, indoor and outdoor play areas and even a small zoo! Explore the wonders of Devon from Ashpringston.

Note: The outdoor unheated pool is available from June to the end of August weather permitting,during daylight hours.

Note: Next to the Bathing House is the Boat House which is occasionally occupied. It has a separate entrance and no use of the garden. Guests in the Bathing House should not be disturbed.

FISHING: *You may fish off the front of the Bathing House into the estuary. As the estuary is tidal, a licence or ticket is not required as long as you are fishing for sea fish (i.e. spinning for Bass). *

*In the highly unlikely event that you catch a Sea Trout or Salmon, these must be put back in the water unless you have an EA rod licence for gamefish.*

This property offers the following short breaks:

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