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Berry Cottage

Dittisham, Devon (Ref. 995250)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful …."

    . what a find … what a place. With perfect weather this cottage & location is stunning and memorable. With careful planning and understanding of the tide ( not difficult ) access to the property is do able …… Great place - it’s just a ‘way of life ‘ . I found people very respectful of the ‘private’ quay. Enjoyed the ambiance of the Ferry Boat Inn - especially when on a beautiful evening , folk sat on the jetty , chatted and enjoyed their drinks. I wouldn’t hesitate to return - in fact , I am - 2023 !!

    Reviewed by MJun 2022

  • "The location is superb."

    The welcome folder needs updating as there is conflicting information regarding refuse collection. No bin bags were left green or black to enable us to sort the rubbish. Bin was full on arrival, C&C arranged for this to be emptied, however, no liners were left so I suspect you will have the same issue with the incoming guests. We paid a huge amount of money to stay at the cottage and given the location of the rather inadequate local shop up the hill it was rather disappointing to not receive a pint of fresh milk in the fridge upon our arrival. Your refreshment pack is on par with a Travel Inn and certainly not a highly rated property, very disappointing. The cottage needs a good clean, it was rather dusty. At the beginning of the season you would expect it to be spotless. Tea towels were left and although the listing said there would not be any tea towels or oven gloves it seems ridiculous not to leave an oven glove for guests. No hand towels were left in the bathrooms either, perhaps an oversight by housekeeping?

    Reviewed by MichaelaMay 2022

  • "The position, in relation to the Estuary is excellent and indeed the property itself provided a lovely base for our holiday."

    One or two comments: First, although we are in our mid 70's we are pretty active and had no problem with the "distant" parking facilities but others may have found this a real issue because loading and unloading down at the quay is well nigh impossible - and it should be very clearly spelt out in the description. I'm sure that it would not affect bookings because such a property would still be in very high demand. The weekly ticket from either of the 2 local car parks is impossible to book because the Council has changed the booking arrangements and this should also be spelt out. In fairness, this may have been a recent, yet unpublished change. We were instructed not to adjust any of the radiators or towel rails - and this we obeyed - but it meant that the heated towel rails were not working and we could have done with them. Finally, I commented in a note in the property on the need to ensure that the cistern cover in the upstairs toilet should be given attention. It was hard to replace it after the toilet flush had jammed. The jammed flushing mechanism I could sort out but not the cover which kept coming loose.

    Reviewed by DudleyApr 2022

  • "The property was a real gem of a find."

    Beautifully clean and well appointed and it was quite a game to plan our day around the tide times. The car parking was more expensive than the listing said and tea towels were provided even though the listing said to bring our own. A small welcome pack would have been much appreciated. I don't think I've ever stayed somewhere without a few basics being provided for especially when it's a bit of a hike from your car when arrival time coincides with a high tide.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2022

  • "Amazing place, very peaceful."

    Definitely will be coming back

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a perfect setting."

    A stones throw from the River Dart. The cottage is delightful and very clean. We will probably rebook.

    Reviewed by FionaJan 2022

  • "Such a lovely cottage, just perfect."

    Reviewed by ClaireJan 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage, very well equipped."

    Would love to try in the summer with rather better weather.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2021

  • "The cottage and the location were perfect."

    Much bigger that it was made to look in the pictures and some welcome facilities not listed (Nespresso machine, Bluetooth speaker, Netflix, fantastic sun deck). Would definitely return. A couple of observations that in no way impacted our stay: the bath didn’t hold the water; the fridge light didn’t work; cooking tongs would have been useful.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning in every way."

    Quality oozes throughout this cottage and spotlessly clean A credit to the owners

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2021

  • "We loved the location of this cosy cottage which was very well appointed and everything was well-maintained and clean."

    Having arranged a temporary mooring on the jetty we hardly needed our van all week. Lots of outside space up steps on 2 terraces behind the property. A peaceful location but plenty of walks and boat rides locally- so nice we have already booked again for next year :)

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2021

  • "Wonderful spot, friendly village beautiful cottage nothing not to like."

    Reviewed by MichelleSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning setting."

    We didn’t use our car the whole week. Excellent ferry services to Greenway and Dartmouth also lovely walks from the cottage which are steep in places but offer amazing views. Car access to off load can be tricky and there are several narrow steps to the bathroom at the top of the cottage but there is a shower room on the first floor.

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2021

  • "Amazing cottage and location - a little gem"

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2021

  • "Fabulous location cottage is very well equipped."

    And the sun shone all week so hard to beat. Car access is tricky but manageable due to location on the river.

    Reviewed by HelenaJun 2021

  • "Decorated to a very high standard."

    The view of the river is amazing, especially when dining alfresco

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2021

  • "Peace & quiet."

    Loved the outlook. This is the place to book for your ‘cottage holiday’ . Lovely cottage - modern - but with character and charm too. Loved the ‘ private quay’ ..... Have already re booked Berry Cottage again for next year..... perfect location as Dartmouth is only a ferry ride ( or two) away!! Lots to do around this location - coastal walks as well as towns & places of interest . Looking forward to going back !!

    Reviewed by MMay 2021

  • "Been many times before and we love Berry Cottage."

    Lovely and comfortable and in a beautiful location.

    Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back once again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "The location of Berry Cottage is absolutely wonderful: just being able to sit and watch all the activity on the water, or enjoy the peace and quiet early morning or late in the evening is unbeatable."

    The cottage itself is so stylish and very comfortable - we had everything we needed - and the Ferry Boat/Anchorstone just at the end of the quay was a bonus, too! We are definitely coming again! One small thing. There's no doubt that driving down to the cottage - and up again! - is not for the fainthearted... luckily we knew what to expect of Dittisham, but it might be worth stressing that it can be very challenging (not least if the tide is in!). On Friday - this cottage's changeover day - we couldn't have driven our car down to the quay anyway to pack up as the road was rammed with lorries, trucks, delivery vans etc. We ended up lugging all our bags up to the carpark: not sure less fit/elderly guests could have managed that!

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2020

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and this cottage is beautiful."

    Very difficult to leave. Thankyou

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Berry Cottage and hope you return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EvelynSep 2020

  • "Berry Cottage is undoubtedly the smartest holiday cottage in Dittisham for a couple and in a fabulous location."

    Service from Sykes Cottages was excellent.

    Reviewed by JoeAug 2020

  • "We had a really lovely time at Berry Cottage, and it was perfect for a couple with a dog."

    We had everything we needed for a great stay. The location is idyllic. We particularly loved watching the seals playing in the river, just in front of the cottage. Thank you.

    Reviewed by PhilFeb 2020

  • "A few housekeeping glitches."

    The shower plug is blocked and needs a suction pump as the water floods over the edge. The bath plug needs replacing. It leaks out water while having bath and won’t pop up while there is water in the bath. It’s basically broken. There is a big fly problem in the bathroom. I killed at least 50. It’s pretty disgusting. They collect In clouds on the window behind the wooden blinds.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2019

  • "We were delighted with Berry Cottage."

    It’s our fourth visit to this cottage and we have had a wonderful holiday and just love the views. We have already booked to go back for next year.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2019

  • "The stairs to the top bathroom are very difficult to manage, so its more practical to use the one on the first floor - but - There are no doors to the bathrooms - in particular, the main bathroom on the first floor, between the bedroom and the bathroom itself."

    This means that whilst the bedroom is occupied, its not really practical for anyone else to use this bathroom - even though its right by the stairs from the ground. And its too much effort to climb all the way to the top......

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage in fabulous location."

    Very well equipped and lovely fixtures and fittings. Couldn’t fault it in anyway.

    Reviewed by DianeJun 2019

  • "We try to spend a week at Berry Cottage every year."

    It has an amazing location and the cottage has been renovated well and its character retained, although its slightly quirky layout and steep stairs would not suit everyone. It is ideal for a couple. We are always impressed with its cleanliness and presentation. But the main attraction is its delightful waterfront setting and the wonderful views. We take our kayaks and are able to kayak from the front door! There is no better way to spend the morning than sitting out front on the quayside watching the comings and goings in the little harbour.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Already planning our next holiday at Berry Cottage!"

    Beautifully decorated and furnished cottage (with a washer/dryer) ideal location with the most stunning unspoilt views. Stayed with a friend and then just my 5yr old daughter and I. Felt completely at home and safe, would highly recommend to couples, single parents, families and just anyone who appreciates a wonderful break with all amenities. The Red Lion pub at the top of the village (8 minute walk up steep hill) has a local store inside for milk, eggs, bread, cereal, logs for fire and vino. There is a lovely seafood cafe just a 30 second walk away and lively fun pub known as The FBI - bookings recommended for both. Crabbing is a must for all ages on the jetty outside The FBI (crabbing bits can be bought at the Anchorstone Cafe previously mentioned as well as ice cream) For those with young ones Woodlands theme park is a 8 minute drive away. Parking for the cottage I would recommend The Ham (lower level) as you can cut through the back of the children's park so around 6 minute walk and less steep than the others. A good pair of flats for walking is a must!!

    Reviewed by KimberleyApr 2019

  • "There were no logs or firemaking materials available when we arrived."

    There was also not even a pint of milk despite the absence of a nearby shop to buy such essentials. There was also half a toilet roll to last all week! Such meanness took the edge of what was otherwise an excellent week in an idyllic setting. We stay in UK cottages three times a year and this is the first time that we have stayed anywhere where essentials for the first night were not provided.

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2019

  • "Access for unloading is challenging and not for the faint hearted."

    Parking is not great but in fairness this was clear from the description. The cottage is stunning and very comfortable. The local pub is not even 30 yards away and very friendly. Great location and a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by ChristinaMar 2019

  • "Perfect cottage in a perfect location"

    Reviewed by JoanneFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Place is as described. The cottage is very comfortable, warm and beautifully decorated. We love the village, sitting by the pier and walks in the surrounding areas. Would go back again.

    Reviewed by TomFeb 2019

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage."

    Would definately recommend.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2018

  • "Superb location on the quay at Dittisham, fantastic views from living room and master bedroom, also from the rear of the property."

    Quite steep steps to access the tiered rear of the property but lovely on a nice day.

    Jun 2018

  • "Not sure what you mean by purchase?"

    Miss Lynda WrightApr 2018

  • "Berry Cottage is the most comfortable, cosy and well equipped cottage that we have ever stayed in."

    It is so well placed for using the local ferries to Greenway and Dartmouth and after a long day walking, so welcoming to come back to - every evening we lit the fire and opened a bottle of wine or two - perfect. Gorgeous part of the country - our favourite place.

    Mrs Judith BrowneNov 2017

  • "Great value for money, ease of booking online"

    Mrs CAROLINE MALKINOct 2017

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    Mr Eric DoddAug 2017

  • "Brill xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"

    Aug 2017

  • "Idyllic cottage situated in a beautiful location, excellent facilities and immaculately clean."

    Mr GRAHAM SmithJul 2017

  • "2nd time at the cottage in 3 months."

    Love the place. Can't wait to return

    Mrs S BastidaMar 2017

  • "Little peace of heaven!"

    Will we return for sure. Everything was perfect!

    Mrs June SandbachMar 2017

  • "Excellent"

    Mrs S BastidaDec 2016

  • "Excellent"

    Mrs V CowanNov 2016

  • "Superb cottage."

    Very clean. Beautifully decorated. Very comfortable beds with comfortable bedding and pillows.

    Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a superb position and I would rent it again."

    The access to the cottage is perhaps a little more difficult than I had expected and one has to park the car about 0.25 miles away up a steep hill. Okay for me since I am relatively fit but if not it could be a struggle. Cottage was very well fitted out, lovely decor, I could have done with a little more artificial light in the living area and the main bedroom. The view from the cottage is simply stunning and its lovely to sit outside looking over the Dart, a river I've known since my childhood coming from a Dartmouth family.

    Mr GARETH DawkinsOct 2016

  • "Probably the best holiday cottage we've ever stayed in."

    Beautifully maintained and furnished. The location is spot on in the lovely village and so much to do around and about. Hope to return soon.

    Sarah OSep 2016

  • "Great little cottage."

    Fully equipped, clean and very comfortable. Lovely location

    Sep 2016

  • "Cottage in idyllic spot and very recently upgraded in a very tasteful but comfortable style."

    beds comfortable with good quality duvets, pillows and linen. one en suite bathroom per bedroom with very unusual bath in one, and large walk-in shower in the other. lovely terraced garden at rear with views over Dart to Greenway. Steep steps might be tricky for people with reduced mobility and young children may need to be supervised. the only thing missing was a corkscrew which we left for future guests!

    Aug 2016

  • "Gorgeous, beautifully-done cottage with amazing views"

    NharrisonJun 2016

  • "Fabulous location and superbly presented property"

    MaxMay 2016

  • "We stayed in Berry Cottage last week and absolutely loved it."

    The decor, cleanliness, facilities etc were all second to none. This is our fourth year staying in Dittisham and we've had some lovely cottages but this beats the rest. We miss the view and the FBI!!! We will be returning! ????

    Bill And Allison, KnebworthMay 2016

  • "We spent a week in Berry Cottage in April."

    The property is great, perfectly equipped with everything one needs. The location is fantastic, perhaps as much as 20 seconds walk from the Ferry Boat Inn pub and the Anchorstone Cafe, serving the best seafood in South Hams. There's great crabbing off the end of the jetty (by the pub) and my daughter could have spent all day every day here. Thankfully, we did get to do other stuff too! We had a fantastic time and will be back. Berry Cottage isn't the largest house in the world - there were three of us, and it was comfortable, but any more would be a squeeze. Parking is 5 minutes walk up a steepish hill.

    TomApr 2016

  • "A beautifully and recently refurbished cottage combined with an idyllic location."

    Modern garden design blends delightfully with interior layout. Quirky pub and amazing seafood cafe on your doorstep. Prepare to walk uphill a lot. Not suitable for nervous drivers due to steep and narrow roads. The extra touches of providing high quality REN toileteries, dishwasher tabs, rubbish bags, washing up liquid, tea/coffee, super sharp knives and two tea towels (despite saying in details bring own tea-towels) were very much appreciated. Please note there is a washing/dryer (not mentioned in cottage details I think) and it would be great if surplus spices and oil etc could be left in the cupboards. We cannot wait to return (family with two sub-11 year girls).

    Apr 2016

  • "Excellent"

    Apr 2016

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms both en-suite: 1x King with freestanding bathtub (approx
  • 1200mm in length) with hand-held shower attachment, wash-hand basin, w.c., heated towel rail, shaver point and underfloor heating
  • 1 x Double bedroom with large walk-in shower (with rain head and regular shower fittings), wash-hand basin, w.c, heated towel rail, shaver point and underfloor heating
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Private terrace with large pre-cast concrete table and wooden bench seating.
  • Feature fireplace and wood-burning stove
  • Smart TV The dining room includes Bose iPod dock
  • Four-ring induction hob, integrated electric and microwave ovens, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and Nespresso coffee machine
  • Whilst there is no allocated parking at the cottage, spaces can usually be found on 'The Ham' nearby (approx 100m), or on 'The Level' at the top of the village
  • Wireless broadband internet available, and telephone for local and incoming calls (limited mobile coverage)
  • Strictly no smoking
  • One small, well-behaved (and well-managed!) dog is welcome
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Guests will need to bring their own beach towels

The property

Berry Cottage is an immaculately presented Grade II listed waterfront retreat in an idyllic and picturesque location, boasting stunning and uninterrupted views across the River Dart.

Situated on The Quay in the pretty village of Dittisham, (known locally as Ditsum!) the property is just a 10-minute drive (or 20-30 minute river cruise via the small passenger ferry, or hired boat) from the historic naval town of Dartmouth, with its award-winning restaurants, individual boutique shops and delightful waterfront.

The Ferry Boat Inn (one of two pubs in the village, in addition to a shop/post office) and widely acclaimed Anchorstone Café serving locally-sourced fish and seafood in a stunning riverside location are within 100 yards of the cottage, whilst Agatha Christie's former home 'Greenway' (now owned by the National Trust) is a short ferry 'hop' across from The Quay.

The beautiful unspoilt South Devon coastline is also nearby, with Blue Flag-awarded Blackpool Sands beach around a 20-minute drive away. Berry Cottage is a former 19th Century fisherman's cottage, sympathetically refurbished in recent years to create a luxurious, comfortable and cosy dog-friendly holiday home over three levels, sleeping up to four people (children over 5 only). The property has a cosy living/dining area with wood-burning stove, an elegantly crafted kitchen, two en suite double bedrooms and two rear terrace / decking areas.

This riverside property provides fabulous accommodation for a couple or group of friends, looking for a charming cottage in a beautiful location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

DITTISHAM

Darmouth 3.5 miles; Totnes 7 miles.

Dittisham is a picturesque village surrounded by rolling countryside, located on the banks of the River Dart in the South Hams. Wander along the quiet streets lined with quaint, stone cottages and lush gardens, until you reach the waterfront. Dittisham’s quayside is often regarded as the hub of village activity. Stop at the Anchorside Café for a spot of breakfast – while taking in the fantastic river views. Try your hand at some crabbing with the kids on the dinghy pontoon. Visit the iconic pink Ferry Boat Inn (or FBI as it is known locally). Ring the bell for the ferry and head across the Dart to Greenway, the once holiday home of the renowned Agatha Christie. For outdoor activity, there are sailing schools and canoe hire, as well as plenty of scenic walks. The harbour town of Dartmouth is just a short drive away or ferry away, and offers an array of shops, a cinema, plenty of restaurants and even a castle. Further afield, you will find plenty of fantastic beaches such as Blackpool and Slapton Sands, as well as key destinations such as Salcombe, Totnes, and Brixham to explore.

Region Information

The Quay in Dittisham is accessed by one steep and narrow road (mostly one car width) only. Whilst it may be possible to park for a short period nearby to unload/load on arrival/departure this will be dependant on local tides and usage of the nearby pub and cafe. We advise guests to park at The Ham and carry luggage (preferably in small, soft bags not suitcases!) along The Quay to Berry Cottage. You can purchase weekly car parking tickets from the two car parks in Dittisham.


Property has five sets of narrow/steep stairs - may not be suitable for guests with health or access concerns.

For reasons of safety - including the proximity of the cottage to the waters edge, and steep internal staircases - children under 5 years of age are not permitted.





This property offers the following short breaks:

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