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Topsail

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Dartmouth, Devon Show on map

4.4

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is small and beautifully decorated for its Dartmouth setting."

    Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy as expected. The kitchen had a Neff oven and 2 pot stove and mini dishwasher which is always such a help on holiday. The bathroom has a shower over bath which was extremely good with lots of hot water. Each room was tastefully decorated and provided a very comfortable setting after a day trip to the beach. The outside space of the balcony with table and chairs alongside another tier for sitting out was lovely to use for breakfast and evening drinks. The view of the River Dart and the steam train was another bonus and one to enjoy each day. The dedicated parking space is a real must in Dartmouth and such a help. It is a fairly steep walk up to Topsail from Dartmouth but manageable via steps to the street 'Above Town' - and justifies the lovely food available in Dartmouth. Thank you - we had a lovely holiday!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Top sail cottage is beautiful and just as stated in the details."

    The road is very steep so not really suitable for anyone with mobility issues but this was stated in the details and wasn't a problem for us. We had a great holiday and the views were amazing.

    Thank you for your kind comments Lynne and indeed the hill is steep but the views worth it! So glad you had a great holiday and we hope to see you back in Dartmouth in the future. Thank you for staying with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Topsail exceeded our expectations to be honest."

    We were aware of the short but steep walk up and down Crowther Hill to the town, but didn't find it too difficult and found we could also lessen the impact via a short detour onto Above Town road and take steps instead. The Jawbone Hill car park space wasn't a problem for us. There's also stunning views from the field at the top of Jawbone Hill, just a few minutes walk from the car park. We were expecting just drawers, but we found there was plenty of built in hanging space in both bedrooms. Wifi was good, EE phone signal also good. Everything was well maintained, clean and tidy. The deck gets plenty of afternoon sun, and the evening views from there were gorgeous. We're really pleased we made Topsail our choice, thanks for a lovely stay.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments Janette and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We agree that our listing doesnt really do justice to how lovely the cottage is and its very special location, so we're so happy you booked with us, and were able to experience it. Parking can be tricky in Dartmouth as you will have seen so we're really pleased to be able to offer a dedicated parking space to our guests. Well done for navigating the steep hill and for sharing your strategy on easing its impact, I am sure future guests will benefit from your creativity! The hill is indeed steep but the views are definitely worth it. Thanks again for staying with us and we hope we will see you back in Dartmouth again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely clean cottage, up a very steep hill but that’s true of everywhere in Dartmouth Very cute cottage with a great balcony with awesome views."

    Very clean and organised interior Not a big issue at all but feel the property could do with a full length mirror or least re position the head and shoulder mirrors so they can be used!

    Thank you for your kind comments Andrew and so glad you enjoyed your stay and the views. We have noted your feedback about the full length mirror, thank you. We hope to see you back in Dartmouth again some time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great cottage, spoilt by two things: dirty crockery in cupboards necessitating thorough washing before use plus dirty oven and grill which we therefore didn’t use; poorly equipped kitchen with ‘pound shop’ cutlery that needs replacing (handles are all loose) and more saucepans would be more useful than a pretentious coffee machine."

    Not acceptable for c. £900 pw.

    Thank you for your feedback Robert and we're sorry to hear the crockery was not left clean for you by previous guests. The oven was thoroughly cleaned at the beginning of the season and you absolutely should not have found this dirty - we will raise both these issues with Housekeeping. Lots of people like to have a Nespresso machine and we haven't had comments about the lack of saucepans before but accept that this wasnt ideal for you. I assure you the cutlery is not Poundland but again we will look at whether this needs replacing. We're glad you liked the cottage and hope you enjoyed beautiful Dartmouth and hope you will visit us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Jun 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at Topsail."

    Communication with the owner was excellent. The property itself was spotlessly clean with a beautiful view from the deck that the photographs do not do justice too. A comfortable, cosy cottage with everything you could possibly need within a 5min walk of Dartmouth itself.

    Thank you for your lovely comments Alexandra and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Topsail and beautiful Dartmouth. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexandra4.4Aug 2022

  • "We have had a wonderful holiday and really appreciate the opportunity to stay in such a unique property."

    The view is outstanding! It took us a while to realise the parking space was up the very steep hill opposite in a small car park. That could be made a little clearer. Anyone with health or mobility issues may find the location a significant challenge.

    Thank you for your kind feedback Evelyn and we are glad you enjoyed your stay at Topsail Cottage so much. Both Crowthers Hill on which the cottage is situated, and Jawbones Hill where the car park is situated, are very steep and we agree are not suitable for people with mobility issues. I am sure you went back fitter than when you arrived! Despite the climb to the car park, I hope you found the parking space helpful during your stay as parking can be tricky in Dartmouth. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you back in Dartmouth in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Evelyn4.7May 2022

  • "We chose this cottage for the views, and we weren't disappointed."

    The walk up the hill was definitely challenging, but worth the effort. I would say that anyone nervous about driving might struggle with the hill and the extra hill up to the car park. The parking space was a real advantage and we were grateful for the team sorting out a mix up over the space very quickly. The cottage is compact, which we expected, but more than made up for by the huge windows looking out on the most glorious view. We were there late October, so not much opportunity to sit out, but it was lovely being able to pop out whenever we heard the steam train coming along the track!

    Reviewed by Carole4.1Oct 2021

  • "The cottage has become a bit 'tired'."

    The carpets are stained and appear dirty. There is inadequate stowage, particularly hanging space in the 1st floor bedroom and the 'wardrobe' at the top of the stairs is cluttered with household items. There is no dedicated space for food. There is an odd mix of glasses and crockery and some of the cutlery needs replacing. Facilities are adequate for 2 but cramped for 4. The bath/shower needs a shower curtain to stop water spraying everywhere. There is no draining board for the kitchen sink which is odd. There is a damp patch in the corner of the living room which probably comes from the bathroom above. The dedicated parking space is fine but another long slog up the hill!

    Thank you for giving us your feedback. The cottage's carpets were cleaned at the beginning of the season so we can only imagine that after a wet summer they have taken some wear and tear! . Thank you for flagging up the damp patch in the corner of the living room and we will address this asap. The cottage is small and we would agree that it is 'cosy' for 4 adults but we think this is clear from the photos on the website so we leave it to our prospective guests to decide whether it will meet their needs.. We have never had any feedback on the lack of cupboard/hanging space for the bedrooms and there should only be an ironing board and broom stored in the cupboard at the top of the stairs but we will check this. There is only a draining mat in the kitchen as we have a dishwasher. The wall cupboards are there to store food, but over the season perhaps items have been added to the cupboards by visiting guests and apologies if this limited your storage. Be assured that all the wear and tear you mention will be addressed over the winter months as usual while the cottage is not in use by guests. We hope you enjoyed beautiful Dartmouth. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob2.8Oct 2021

  • "The view from the cottage was amazing just a bit disappointed that the balcony never got the sun."

    The cottage was quaint but quite small. The town was a 5 minute walk down a steep hill and has some lovely restaurants (Bayards Cove Inn & Anzac Bistro is well worth a visit) but would recommend booking as they get booked up. Just remember the walk back up the hill can be challenging and isn't for everyone! Would visit Dartmouth again the coastal walks are stunning.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed Dartmouth and all it has to offer. The sun moves around to the balcony and the lower deck garden in the afternoons, so it's a shame if the weather wasn't kind to you as it is a wonderful spot to sit and look out across the town, river and steam trains. Topsail Cottage is not ideal for anyone with mobility issues and we state this clearly in our details, but it is the hill of course that gives the spectacular views, so worth the climb! We hope we will see you back in Dartmouth soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.4Sep 2021

  • "Everything ok except no communication from cleaner regarding middle week cleaning."

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Sep 2021

  • "Arrived to find a massive building site, 20 yards from the front door including a hundred foot crane."

    Workmen started at 7.30am every morning till at least 5pm! Narrow road outside complete chaos with building materials coming and going in lorries and vans. Apparently the project has been ongoing for 6 months already and there is at LEAST another 6 months still to go before it may be completed. Completely wrecked the holiday. If we’d have wanted to spend two and a half thousand pounds living on a building site for two weeks, we didn’t need to travel to Devon to do it! We should have been told at time of booking this was going on!!!!

    Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback and of course I am disappointed to receive your comments. The house build you refer to has been ongoing since last year but I have not been made aware of any issues from guests until now and indeed I stay in my cottage from time to time and can say I have had no issues or disturbance. Work should not be starting before 8am at the earliest, but please be assured I will be in touch with the builders to ensure they are sticking to this. Work vehicles and therefore parking can be a problem in Dartmouth in general, but hopefully the designated parking space I was able to offer you was some help to you in this respect. Also as the balcony and views are at the back of the cottage I hope you will have been able to enjoy those uninterrupted views to the river and that overall you enjoyed beautiful Dartmouth despite the changeable weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason2.8Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful location despite/because of, the long slog up the hill."

    We really missed: 1) a better shower configuration-kept flooding window sill 2) washer and dryer, 3) a little more kitchen space Bedrooms were lovely and the beds were very comfortable. The views were AMAZING.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your kind feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your time at Topsail Cottage, especially the spectacular views! The hill is very steep but as you say that's what gives you the amazing views. We're sure our guests go back fitter than when they arrived! However, we will continue to stress the steepness of the hill in our listing especially as we know Topsail Cottage isn't the right choice for anyone with mobility issues. We are sorry if you struggled with the shower, it's true that it is quite powerful but thankfully we haven't experienced any problems to date. Also, we don't advertise a washer/dryer in the Cottage but it is a shame if you anticipated there would be one, and we hope this didn't impact your enjoyment. The kitchen is small, but we think it's practical and well-equipped and with many dining out during their stay, we hope meets all the necessary requirements. The beds are very comfortable and we think good mattresses are important so that our guests get good nights' sleep during their stay with us. I hope it was a happy stay for you all especially after more than a year of restrictions and that we will see you back in Dartmouth in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher3.4Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful comfy little cottage, very tastefully decorated and kitted out with everything you needed."

    Very grateful to have fresh milk in the fridge on arrival, especially as we forgot to pick it up on our way. Had a little difficulty with the allocated parking space as someone had already parked in it and occupied the space for two days. Would be good to have some kind of security post installed if it was possible. Parking is quite difficult around the property area. However we loved the cottage and certainly would recommend it to others and will return to again one day.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and we're so pleased you enjoyed your time at Topsail Cottage and would recommend us to others. We're really disappointed to hear about your parking problems and that someone parked in your allocated space - this kind of inconsiderate behaviour is annoying but generally rare. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you back in Dartmouth soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Apr 2021

  • "We thought Topsail was a little over priced for what it offered."

    Didn't take away the enjoyment of the holiday. The property had two bedrooms for four people but would have been very cramped if there were four of us. The main problem and it was a major problem was the lack of parking. You couldn't take the car into Dartmouth & expect to have parking when you got back & if you left the car to walk into town you had to contend with very steep hills which would be unsuitable for persons with certain medical conditions

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we're glad you had an enjoyable holiday at Topsail Cottage. As with so many coastal locations in Devon and Cornwall parking (especially in high season) can be a challenge. In some cases it's not even possible to take a car to the door, so in this respect we hope you found it helpful to be able to stop outside the cottage to unload. There is roadside parking adjacent to Topsail which is rare for Dartmouth, but as you will have experienced, this is on a first come first serve basis so unfortunately it's not possible to guarantee a space. The hill is very steep, but we believe that is why Topsail Cottage has one of the best panoramic views in Dartmouth. However we agree that this doesn't make Topsail the ideal choice for anyone with mobility issues. We hope we might see you back in Dartmouth again in the future and thank you again for staying with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brendan3.8Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    More than enough space for 4 adults, huge hill back to the property but more than worth it for the short walk to the centre and amazing views from the spacious terrace.

    Reviewed by Guy4.4Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Topsail."

    The cottage was spotless and had everything you could need for a relaxing stay away from home. It's a warm, cosy and comfortable little cottage that Is ideal for a couple or for a small family of four. The view is superb - overlooking the centre of town. The only issue we had was finding somewhere to park - there isn't always a space on Crowther's Hill / Jawbones Hill and there are double yellow lines right outside.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2019

  • "Tricky to find but worth the effort."

    Lovely cottage with great views.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Dec 2019

  • "We would have appreciated One or more kitchen towels, paper roll for kitchen."

    Reviewed by Alain4.7Sep 2019

  • "Great views, modern and comfortable."

    Just some touches missing for example 1 toilet roll, 1 black bin bag, bathroom soap almost empty, no tin foil, overgrown lower garden, decking on balcony needs sweeping, no fault of Sykes but needs feeding back as previous cottages do not skimp on these, and the welcome tray was a jar of coffee and those fake milk pots, again not up to previous cottage standards.

    Reviewed by Dave4.1Jun 2019

  • "Fabulous house, very tastefully decorated with lots of lovely extras."

    Fantastic views which we made the best of in the lovely spring sunshine. Would definitely recommend and look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2019

  • "What a lovely cottage in a great location."

    Views are amazing. It's a bit of a steep hill, but it's to be expected if you want the views. Had no issues with parking on the road opposite, but I can imagine in high season it could be more challenging. The only things I would recommend the owner change is putting a night light on the stairs to the top floor. The stairs are very steep and easy to misjudge if you need to get up in the middle of the night. A better blind over the window by the bath would be welcomed. Also in the winter months a supply of firewood for the duration of the stay wouldn't go amiss. Other than that we couldn't find anything at fault with this cottage and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Apr 2019

  • "Topsail was a beautiful cottage just two negatives that would stop us booking again ."

    The 4 0 clock check in time was too late for us after a long journey. Parking was difficult on the road because there is that much gravel at the sides the wheels of your car just cannot get a grip on the very steep road. Seemed to be a problem for other cars all week .

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jun 2018

  • "Topsail is a wonderful property."

    Very tastefully decorated and fitted out to a high standard as regards comfort and appliances.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2018

  • "Really nice stay at this lovely cottage."

    Well appointed and in a good kept condition. Yes it’s at the top of a very steep hill, but the views, well they are worth the walk up. The small rear patio area provides exceptional views over Dartmouth and the river Dart. The road is fairly quiet, but parking is hard to secure. Be prepared for a bit of a walk and the road side parking is on a very steep hill. If your after a cosy cottage holiday then this will serve you well. Plenty of extra stuff inside re tv, video player, books, games and ample wardrobe space. Minor comments (related to housekeeping) - complimentary biscuits and milk were out of date - a few more toilet rolls would be useful. Two for a 4 person stay for a week is not enough - now it’s warming up the rear outside space needs a clean - the beds should have mattress protectors fitted Would we stay again - yes. The above are the only issues we encountered and easily sorted. We paid £550 for a week in late April and thought it was value for money. If your headed to Dartmouth, check the offers on each night in the pubs and restaurants, there are some 2 for 1 deals. Fantastic full English breakfasts at Bayards Cove Inn. M&S food hall and a Coop store in town for your milk and wine!

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Apr 2018

  • "We absolutely loved staying here, great little house with gorgeous decor and a fantastic view of Dartmouth."

    A stones throw from the lovely shops and restaurants this was a perfect location.

    Reviewed by Laura4.8Oct 2017

  • "Beautiful house, tastefully decorated, very comfortable."

    Could do with a bit more storage for food as we are in the house most nights with 2 young children but otherwise lovely. We'd definitely rebook this house.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Oct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with every home comfort and furnished to a high standard, fantastic views overs the rooftops to the river and we were able to sit on the balcony even in October."

    Only niggle was parking, difficult to find a space even if we got back early afternoon. Other than that really enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.4Oct 2017

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in a great location."

    The standard of facilities was really high and the size was perfect for our family (2 adults and 1 child). If I was being very picky, a washing machine would have been helpful. We had an amazing holiday. It was very straightforward to book through Sykes and when I did need to contact Sykes, they responded very quickly. The owner was also incredibly helpful and answered any questions we had before arrival.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Jun 2017

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second floor double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with galley kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, Krups nespresso machine
  • Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed rear upper decked balcony with furniture and steps down to a lower terrace with furniture
  • Spectacular view of the river, steam trains and Britannia Royal Naval College
  • Area full of naval history and perfect for kayaking and yachting enthusiasts
  • A couple of minutes on the ferry takes you to the working steam railway
  • Dartmouth Castle and 16th century Bayard's Cove Fort are within easy reach
  • Coleton Fishacre National Trust house and gardens are also nearby as is Greenway, Agatha Christie's home
  • Only 5 miles from Woodlands Family Theme Park with Zoo Farm
  • Set on the South West Coast Path, the area is an ideal location for walkers, with Dartmoor National Park only 15 miles away
  • Torquay and Paignton are less then 45 minutes away
  • One designated car parking space in a private car park adjacent to the cottage
  • There is also 'first come first served' local roadside parking for a second car
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Property is set up a very steep hill
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times due to decked balcony and terrace
  • Note: The check in time for this property is from 4pm and the check out time is by 11am
  • DARTMOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October 2023
  • A landmark culinary event and FREE to attend

The property

This fabulous character cottage is set in an elevated position, a short walk from the town of Dartmouth, with far reaching views across the stunning River Dart.

Topsail Cottage is furnished to a high-standard, with comfort in mind, providing a lovingly-styled holiday home in a wonderful location, ideal for two to four people keen to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of the town and take in the sights from both the balcony and the garden.

Thoughtfully decorated throughout and all refreshed for 2023.

The cottage comes with one designated car parking space for the duration of your stay (private car park adjacent to the cottage) which is a huge bonus in Dartmouth where parking can be difficult to find.

You can also stop directly outside the cottage briefly (double yellow lines) to unload.

The cottage is set over three floors with an open-plan living area on the ground floor.

There is a well-equipped kitchenette and a good-sized dining table; perfect to enjoy home-cooked meals while enjoying the views not just during the day, but at night when the lights of Dartmouth are twinkling.

The sitting area has a sofa and chair in front of the feature fireplace with a woodburner, making it a good place to relax after a full day out and about, any time of the year.

There are two lovely bedrooms, one on each floor, which are beautifully presented and finished to a high-standard, with both bedrooms enjoying fabulous views across Dartmouth to the river and the steam railway.

There is a spacious family bathroom on the first floor, with an over-bath shower.

From the living area, the door opens on to an enclosed decked balcony with full glass balustrades and furniture, making it great for alfresco dining and enjoy the afternoon sun backed by the lovely views to the river and the surrounding area.

There is also a charming lower deck garden area with a bench and table and chairs where you can sit and read a book or just watch the world go by.

The town and riverside are just a 5-minute walk down the hill from the cottage where there are excellent restaurants, interesting boutique shops, and of course all the activities along the waterfront, including sailing and river cruises up the Dart to Greenway, famed as Agatha Christies former holiday home; you can then get fit climbing back up the hill to the cottage, it's steep!

There's lots to do in Dartmouth, including The Flavel Arts Centre, offering live events, films and exhibitions, and there is a lively programme of events across the year including the Dart Music Festival, Arts & Crafts Weekend, Shakespeare Week, Dartmouth Food Festival, Candlelit Dartmouth at Christmas and of course the famous Dartmouth Regatta in August.

Thank you to all our recent guests who have taken the time to fill in our guest book to let us know how much they have enjoyed their stay at Topsail cottage and their time in Dartmouth.

Such lovely comments, and we especially appreciated the Children's feedback and little drawings!

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

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About the location

DARTMOUTH

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: The check in time for this property is from 4pm. The check out time is by 11am.

Note : Property is situated on a Steep hill and may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility.

Note: This property can accept short breaks within a Friday - Friday period e.g. Friday - Tuesday / Monday - Friday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas