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The Old Library

(Ref. 995672)

Dartmouth, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our Christmas at The Old Library!"

    What a great location, so close to bars and restaurants! The parking permit was a boon as there were plenty of parking spots out of season. The bedrooms were comfortable and nicely dark; we slept really well. Great showers in the bathrooms. The upstairs living space was bright, spacious and good for socialising. It was a pity that the SMEG fire and wine fridge were not working; they would have added to the occasion. The abundance of family photos made us feel like we were trespassing, although maybe some people would enjoy them. Thanks for having us

    Reviewed by Elaine3.8Dec 2023

  • "Nicely appointed and appreciated high quality fittings and fixtures."

    Comfortable stay for 2 people if however we had been a larger party would have liked additional sofa or softer lounge seating. We would have appreciated the use of a microwave as we opted to eat in a few nights. Aware property details does not list a microwave and realise many guests probably eat out. This was our first stay in Dartmouth and your property was perfectly located for us to get to know the town. We parked the car and didn’t use again for a week. We enjoyed our stay in Dartmouth and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely loved the property, it truly has the wow factor."

    It has been decorated to a very high standard and we have a great week there. It’s in a great location for everything Dartmouth has to offer We will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Sep 2023

  • "A fantastic place in the centre of Dartmouth, with all amenities."

    It was great to have a washing machine and tumble dryer after days on the beach. The decor was fantastic. Both bathrooms were well equipped with lovely rain showers built into the ceiling. State of the art Miele cooker and microwave. A proper home from home. I highly recommend. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property is extremely well presented, but we did have an issue in that the kitchen sink was broken prior to our arrival by a previous guest."

    the sink, along with a most other things, is 'bespoke' and as a result a replacement was not sourced during our stay. More generally the property is a bit impractical. The stairs aren't suitable for the young or elderly / infirm. Shower fittings, whilst aesthetically pleasing, were difficult to use and so controlling temperature / pressure of shower water was always a challenge. The property is in a very good location in the town centre and had the luxury of air-conditioning which was very welcome as the weather got quite hot some days. The staff in the office were very pleasant and efficient and were on hand to deal with any queries we had. Thank you for this!

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Jun 2023

  • "Main issues: No door to ensuite bathroom."

    Ensuite bathroom too small to use comfortably. Storage very limited (except kitchen). No drawers or cupbords/shelves in bedrooms, Too much clutter. Most surfaces covered in memorabelea and dificult to put anything down anywear. Stair railing (chain) broken and obstructing staircase, family shower room shower mixer broke so shower would not work. Ensuite shower mixer also about to break. ensuite flush/water clearance very poor. Had to flush 3 to 5 times to clear pan with fear of overflow. Plumber Taps and plumbing fittings of poor quality, plumber who fixed family bathroom shower said parts not availible and had to bodge a fix (nie guy who did get it up and working again). In summary, the place looks great but not very practical or functional. Location is great but very noisy if you have to open the windows.

    Reviewed by Ian3.1May 2023

  • "Lovely place in a great location, comfortable beds and good range of appliances."

    Decor starting to look tired in places and paper in small bedroom is very poor, hand chain on stairs tied to bracket with string, boarding for showers too heavy for us older clients.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4May 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay - fabulous house - great quiet but central location Only issue was couldn't get any hot water the first night but Coast and Country sent a plumber the next day and fixed the issue."

    Perhaps more instructions on hot water would be helpful

    Reviewed by Leila5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property, with unusual features, and very spacious."

    Great location. The only reason I have not rated a 5 for cleanliness, was due to noticing all the mattress/pillow protectors in all 3 bedrooms were stained, and considering the bedding provided was high quality, was disappointed to find stained protectors were used.

    Reviewed by Sara4.1Feb 2023

  • "I stayed at the Old Library with my partner over the new year."

    I am actually from Dartmouth but now live in New York City so was looking for a nice retreat to return to. I actually used to visit the Old Library as a child when it was an actual Library. The property is fantastic, with the upstairs open plan living/kitchen area the statement piece with its huge ceilings. Very clean, finished to a high standard and absolutely perfect location bang in the middle of town and next to Cafe Alf Rescos. Cannot fault and will definitely be looking to stay here again whenever I return home in the future.

    Reviewed by Jackson5.0Dec 2022

  • "We has a great stay at the Old Library."

    It's a quirky place, which made it enjoyable. Location is fantastic. Facilities / equipment are good. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property is amazing with a real wow factor and a fabulous location but sadly the tv in the living room area doesn’t work properly and keeps cutting out."

    This did impact on our family time in an evening and was difficult to watch anything. It wasn’t a Wi-Fi issue and other televisions in the property work fine, just this tv is failing and needs to be replaced. We reported it to the property managers and someone came out and factory reset the tv but there was nothing else they could do. Afterwards the tv sadly kept doing the same thing so I reported it again. Overall a brilliant property and Dartmouth is wonderful, but this simple issue was an unnecessary frustration throughout the stay.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jul 2022

  • "Bedrooms would benefit from additional storage space for clothes."

    Lights automatically coming on in lobby can be annoying particularly in night when going to bathroom. Apart from that all good

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2022

  • "From booking to arrival to departure, everything was easy."

    Great communication and information given to help us settle in well. The location of The Old Library was excellent and the property itself was lovely with everything we needed. A perfect bit of luxury away from home. We would definitely recommend this property and Coast and Country.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a wonderful place to stay and explore Dartmouth!"

    We absolutely loved the quirky design of the Old Library. The owner has thought of everything - it is so well equipped and beautifully designed. The location is perfect- so close to all the wonderful shops and restaurants. We will definitely stay here again if we come back to Dartmouth.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Feb 2022

  • "There were issues with the property, and although the staff at the office were incredibly good kind and quick I felt that some of the amenities not working and the overall tired aspect of some of the paint work and fittings had somewhat diminished since we last stayed here two years ago."

    , the new sofa is good, but probably wouldn’t go back again. But would book somewhere else with you!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Feb 2022

  • "Great location and lovely property."

    Would definitely visit this property & Dartmouth again. Could have suppled some more basic items such as dishwasher tablets, salt & rinse aid amongst other things but they were minor issues. Some of seats could be more comfortable but again a minor thing compared to good quality and location of accommodation.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Jul 2021

  • "You’re few steps away from the town hence ideal location and place to stay."

    Got all the luxury n mod cons. Love it. - Downside is the comfort of sofa and bed mattress that lost their shape n firmness, n should be replaced. Also deep stepped stairs aren’t ideal for those with less mobility. I would recommend others to stay there.

    Reviewed by Rod4.4Jul 2021

  • "Had a very very nice experience with you thanks for everything 10 stars thanks nick broom edwards"

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jun 2021

  • "Overall we loved the property, its layout and location."

    However a few negative points. We felt there should be a sliding door on the ensuite bathroom as there wasn’t much privacy. All four of us found the beds too soft, but understand this is a personal thing. There wasn’t anything to put the dirty towels/linen in and the instructions provided in the property and email did vary on this point. Also a few more bin bags would’ve been useful. However it was a great base for a brilliant time to enjoy Dartmouth and it’s surroundings, thank you!

    Thank you for leaving feedback, it is very much appreciated and helps us to improve our service. in relation to your linen, there certainly should have been some bags left for you to be able to strip the beds, as well as instructions on what to do. We apologise that this was missed for your stay and this is something we will pick up with the cleaner. You will have been provided with a welcome pack which covers you for the first day or two of your stay. However, as this is a self-catering property, we do not provide anything further and so other essential items need to be purchased by guests. The other points raised will be passed on to the property owner for their consideration. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Dartmouth and look forward to welcoming you again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Oct 2020

  • "The staff at the office were friendly and very helpful."

    The library was really well designed and very comfortable would love to have stayed longer! Xxx

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2020

  • "Loved the old library we had an amazing stay."

    Will definately be going back again next year. Disappointed with lack of detail and information when we collected the keys. Information we needed we had to ask after rather than it being part of the handover. Parking permit was out of date and welcome pack mentioned discount vouchers to use during our stay which were not issued. Couldn't fault the accommodation but felt the agent did the bare minimum in terms of a handover.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Aug 2019

  • "Nice venue."

    The Old Library Needs a little attention to detail . Lot of dust around on lights and the extensive number of fittings. We loved the overall ambience.

    Reviewed by Rob4.4Mar 2019

  • "A stunning conversion of an old building."

    Fabulous design, build and fitting out all enhancing the character of the original shell

    Mr R EwingsJul 2017

  • "Great property, very stylish, not very practical, pity all the lights didn't work and the drains plumbing was suspect"

    David JubbJul 2016

  • "Very cool, great location."

    Extremely well appointed. Very realxing.

    Oct 2015

  • "Luxurious accommodation, all needs catered for."

    ...made for very relaxing break

    Aug 2015

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This property is part of the Coast & Country Cottages collection.
Choose from over 400 properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the surrounding South Devon coast and countryside - the perfect destination for a holiday all year round.


  • Three bedrooms: 1x king size bed with an en suite featuring a large walk-in shower, wedge-shaped basin, w.c and heated towel rail
  • 1x King size bed with adjacent shower room
  • 1x Single
  • Family shower room on the ground floor with walk-in shower, wash-hand basin, w.c
  • and heated towel rail
  • Open plan kitchen / dining / living room
  • Utility room.
  • Induction hob, sink, integrated dishwasher and breakfast bar, integrated Miele combination oven, steam oven and fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer Freestanding iPod speakers, TV and DVD player
  • WiFi available
  • Gas fired central heating An annual car parking permit, for one car. Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Strictly No Smoking

The property

The Old Library is a quirky and exquisitely presented holiday home, designed and furnished to the very highest standards throughout.

The two-storey accommodation has been extensively remodeled in conjunction with Cheltenham-based Focus Interior Design to offer a luxurious retreat for two couples or a young family in a central location.

The property is set at the end of Newcomen Road and within a very short, mostly level, walk of the historic naval town of Dartmouth.

There are a number of award-winning restaurants, delightful boutiques, art galleries, cosy cafés and beautiful gardens within easy reach, as well as a range of lovely boat trips up and down the delightful River Dart from the nearby harbour front. Beautifully furnished throughout, on the ground floor are two boutique double bedrooms, both imaginatively and luxuriously decorated.

The master bedroom has a King-size bed, Juliet balcony, and en suite bathroom, whilst the similarly furnished second bedroom is not en suite but has an adjacent shower room.

Stairs spiral up to the open plan living accommodation, ‘The Captain’s Galley’ on the first floor.

This spacious and elegant area has a nautical theme and offers a wonderful environment for relaxing or entertaining, with an elegant kitchen, delightful dining area and comfortably furnished sitting room. An annual parking pass for one car is provided for the Mayors Avenue public car park 5-7 minutes walk away (subject to available spaces).

This fabulous property offers an exquisite holiday home in a superb Dartmouth location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Totnes 12 miles.

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. It offers a stunning waterfront, ancient narrow streets lined with boutique shops, restaurants and art galleries plus many local events such as the annual Dart Music Festival and the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, along with the Dartmouth Food Festival held every October. There are many interesting cycling and walking routes around Dartmouth, including the South West Coast Path, the Dart Valley Trail and plenty of quiet country lanes. A trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway through picturesque countryside to Paignton is a must, and so is a boat trip across to Kingswear and on to Brixham, a pretty little harbour town. For those seeking some beach activities, there is a wide choice in the South Hams area such as Blue Flag Award winner Blackpool Sands, and Slapton Sands, both extremely popular and just a stone's throw from Dartmouth. A relaxing location in South Devon.

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NOTE - No parking at the property - parking permit supplied (car park is approximately 10-15 minute walk from the apartment). Please note that the Mayors Avenue car park is closed for the Regatta Week.

All bed linen and bath/hand towels are supplied. You will need to bring your own beach towels.

The single room is only suitable for a child under 10 years of age

Strictly No Smoking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas