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Kingswear, near Dartmouth, Devon (Ref. 975912)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely comfortable property with amazing views of the estuary."

    Would highly recommend for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2021

  • "Lovely house, very comfortable."

    Ideal location for exploring the area. Only minus point was no telescope! No problem for us, but a small boy might be disappointed to find that it wasn't there as outlined in the house description.

    Reviewed by Thomas ScottSep 2021

  • "Mainstay is a fabulous property in a great location."

    The property has been renovated to a high standard, lots of thought. Kingswear is quiet and has no local shop anymore but very close to the ferry to Dartmouth (3 minute ferry for £1.50). Beautiful views and lovely base to explore from.

    Reviewed by TracyAug 2021

  • "Hot water is limited."

    If taking a bath no hot water for shower. Only enough for 1 person. Need extra shower.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2021

  • "It is a great location, although not a quiet one."

    There is noise from the lower ferry, the traffic and the railway station - as well as the seagulls! Not suitable for people with mobility problems who can’t manage stairs.

    Reviewed by Margaret AnneJul 2021

  • "During a very difficult time booking holidays, Sykes were extremely supportive when we had failed to correctly read an email."

    They could t have done more to rectify the situation. The property we stayed in was amazing and we had a fantastic break. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by TracyMay 2021

  • "This was a return visit to Mainstay and we were not disappointed- the property is still immaculate, and well situated."

    We hardly had to drive at all during our stay- we did most of our sightseeing and eating out by using the ferries, boat trips and walking! We hope to return again soon. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by CarolineMay 2021

  • "Top location."

    High standard holiday let. Owner friendly helpful and nearby. A proper 9.5 out of 10. Hard to think there is any better holiday let for 2-4 in Kingswear.

    Reviewed by MartynSep 2020

  • "What surprised us most was how well the cottage had been renovated, to the highest standards and with excellent taste."

    It was absolutely beautifully done and the downstairs bathroom particularly luxurious. Nick, the owner, had thought of everything, from phone charging stations to leaving more than just the usual essentials in the food cupboard. The beds were really comfortable and the cottage is in an excellent situation for exploring the area. Nick was very helpful and friendly, and came round within 20 minutes when we had a minor problem, and fixed it. The only negative is the parking and this is the reason I'm not giving Helpful Holidays full marks for accuracy of the listing. It is unlikely that one of the 5 coveted spaces opposite the property is free and if it is, you need to move your car twice a day. You claim that parking can usually be found in a quiet road nearby but this is not the case unless you climb up an enormously steep hill, and even then the parking by the road is usually full. We had to park in the car park, costing us £8.50 per day. This is a steep addition to the holiday cost. We think you should mention this in the listing.

    Reviewed by RosemarieAug 2020

  • "Beautiful apartment, excellent base for Dartmouth, steam train, coastal walks, Salcombe, Brixham etc!"

    Reviewed by MandyAug 2020

  • "Excellent property conveniently situated for Dartmouth ferry by car or on foot."

    Fantastic for beautiful coastal and countryside walking.

    Reviewed by LornaJul 2020

  • "A lovely house to holiday in."

    Dartmouth just across the ferry. Had great days out. Beds really good every thing about the house was their to help with you have a great holiday.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2020

  • "We have stayed in Kingswear many times and can honestly say this was the best property we have ever rented."

    The views were amazing, the property was very well equipped and the location (right by the lower ferry and train station) was brilliant.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2019

  • "Lovely apartment furnished to a high level."

    Centrally positioned in Kingswear village with superb view across the river Dartmouth. Situated on the South West Coast path, ferry crossing to Dartmouth on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2019

  • "Mainstay, our holiday cottage for the week, was absolutely lovely with every need catered for."

    It was beautifully furnished and very clean. The views were exceptional across the river to Dartmouth. The location was great too with 2 pubs within a stones throw, a local shop a short walk away and both the lower ferry and Steam railway just around the corner. Thoroughly recommend....

    Reviewed by SaraAug 2019

  • "Fabulous apartment, beautiful views, lovely neighbours, friendly and helpful owners."

    Information for disabled badge holders - we were advised by local traffic warden that the blue badge overrides local parking permits. (August 2019) So you can park opposite the apartment.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2019

  • "Mainstay is within easy car free access ( via ferry) of all the attractions of Dartmouth but there is also a wonderful cafe and pub on the Kingswear side."

    The views from the main bedroom and the upstairs lounge are very special indeed and the whole property is fitted out to a high standard. Walkers will enjoy the walk to Greenways, Agatha Christies home ( get the ferry back) and, in the other direction, along the coast path to Colton Fishacre. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by CarolineJul 2019

  • "MAINSTAY is an excellent conversion of an old house in Kingswear."

    The property has been equipped with quality fixtures and fittings with superb river views. Only down size is there is not much room around the beds.

    Reviewed by MartinMar 2019

  • "Property is located very conveniently to ferry and to two local pubs."

    Is presented in excellent order with views over the water.

    Reviewed by PhilMar 2019

  • "Mainstay is a first class holiday cottage."

    Really well designed and thought out. Very comfortable. Location is perfect for exploring Dartmouth and South Hams.

    Reviewed by ChrisDec 2018

  • "A beautifully presented property making it a real home from home with lovely linens and bathroom luxuries just like a 5* hotel but with all the comforts and flexibility of self catering!"

    Kingswear is a characterful, quintessentially Devon fishing village and so well placed for access to the equally charming but larger, Dartmouth. Lots to see and do and for visitors who enjoy beach holidays it offers easy access to prime beaches, or for Agatha Christe fans - a day out by steam train to Agatha Christie's home, "Greenways" and return by river cruise was a highlight of our stay. With advance planning it's possible to book a tour of the naval Dartmouth College. Mainstay is In all a location which offers something for all ages and interests. We will certainly be back!

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2018

  • "We loved our holiday accommodation!"

    The photos represented it accurately, and the owners were lovely to speak to. The upper lounge/ diner/ kitchen was bright, light and airy, with a kitchen fully kitted out for any cooking needs. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable, with plenty of storage space for clothes, and good blinds to block out the early morning sunshine. Although it's near the ferry crossing and steam train station, these only added to the charm, therefore making it a really accessible spot for anyone wanting to cross to Dartmouth and get around. The views overlooked the harbour, with an everchanging scene of sky and activity. It was a perfect spot for visiting the area, and I can heartily recommend Mainstay.

    Reviewed by JoAug 2018

  • "The apartment was perfect cleanliness,location,facilities and had everything we ..."

    The apartment was perfect cleanliness,location,facilities and had everything we needed home from home only down side was the parking we had to park at the very top of the hill not good if you're not steady on you're feet

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2018

  • "Firstly I do not like being charged a booking fee - you never used to charge it."

    Secondly it was only after paying the final balance that we were informed that to park the car it would cost £6.40 a day! It makes the accommodation very expensive. Also had a problem getting the entry key code and had to make a number of calls. Previous holidays with you have been perfect, so we were very disappointed.

    Reviewed by DerekMay 2018

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  • Two downstairs double bedrooms (one king size with en suite shower room with shower, WC, basin)
  • Bathroom with bath, WC, basin
  • Upstairs living space with sitting area, dining area and kitchen area.
  • Night storage heating with underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking is usually available on a quiet road nearby, or is available in a paying public car park nearby
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: This property does not accept children under 14.

The property

This split level cottage is situated in a row of cottages on a quiet lane near the church in Kingswear.

With long views over roofs to Dartmouth and the Royal Naval College, this is a great location for couples or friends.

The hall leads you upstairs to the open plan living space, a stylish room with corner kitchen, dining area with great views whilst you eat, and sitting area with a pair of binoculars provided for checking out the ever changing views.

The two bedrooms are found on the ground floor, with a nautical theme creating a lovely atmosphere in this riverside location.

Stroll down the hill a short distance to the village shops and pubs, or take the ferry across to Dartmouth to explore the old town and maybe take a boat trip to interesting Totnes.

Located at the mouth of the River Dart, this is perfect boating country.

Visit Agatha Christie's house at National Trust Greenway or take a trip on the steam railway to Paignton.

For beaches, they don't come much lovelier than Blackpool Sands, and Torbay and Brixham have fun traditional resort attractions.

Mainstay is a smashing cottage for enjoying views or discovering the area.

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

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About the location


Dartmouth lies on the banks of the beautiful River Dart estuary in the popular and picturesque South Hams area of South Devon. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to the coast, Dartmouth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Devon.

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Note: This property does not accept children under 14.

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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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