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Galvayne

(Ref. 1075228)

Dartmouth, Devon Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved everything about Galvayne and found it the perfect place to stay for the two of us."

    The property on arrival was beautifully clean, everything as per the website photos, beautifully presented in all respects. The views were both exceptional and mesmerising. Having onsite parking was a huge benefit. Thank you for the welcome bottle of Sharpham wine which was delicious, so much so, we purchased several bottles from the very excellent Dartmouth Wines, along with others we discovered whilst dining out during our stay, so a good advertisement for the wine! A couple of small things: The little welcome box of treats included a small bag of Haribos, 3 tea bags and 3 coffee sticks/sugar sticks which felt a little half hearted. It would be useful to provide 2 extra black bin liners (only 1 spare provided) since it is a double bin in the kitchen area. We realise its self catering and always come prepared, but an extra bin liner would not go amiss. We put all our wine bottles in with the general paper recycling and hope this was ok for the contractors, we did notice that the property outside refuse bin had a number of glass beer bottles in it already, presumably left by a prior visitor.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "Wow this place is absolutely fantastic."

    It was our second stay at galvayne and the views, property and location are still as perfect as our first stay. This property is a real gem for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jan 2024

  • "This was our second visit to Galvayne."

    It is a modern, excellent standard two bed, two en suite house with great views over and across the river, easily walkable access into the town and parking for a vehicle. We had no issues whatsoever, loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Dec 2023

  • "3rd time we've stayed, which i hope says it all"

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Nov 2023

  • "Stunning home with the most incredible view!"

    ! This property isn't good for those with mobility problems (lots of steps) but the elevated position gives beautiful views across the river to Kingswear. Everything was high standard, very clean and the beds were super comfy. The kitchen is well equipped but if you didn't want to cook, there are many restaurants and cafes around 10-15 mins walk. So much to do in this part of Devon, we can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely property, felt like home from home!"

    The house was comfortable and clean with everything you could need. Spectacular views over the Dart estuary. Great to have 2 parking places too. So much to see and do in the area, a week wasn’t long enough.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "Well the view is outstanding, possibly the best view we have had since renting holiday property in the UK."

    The accommodation is pricey, but we think the view was well worth it. Watching the boats cruise up and down all day long from the balcony is what the holiday was all about. Easy access walking into Dartmouth too, and many pubs and restaurants to choose from. More than enough space for a small family although the lower staircase is quite steep so is probably less suited to the very young or elderly. Everything was clean and tidy and the small welcome packs on arrival were great to see. It is mentioned on the advert and has been mentioned by previous occupants, but the building noise can be intrusive and especially when it starts early in the morning. The wifi also cuts out regularly and then can be a few minutes before it gets back up and running again. The biggest let down though is the parking. There are confident comments on the advert that you can relax with the parking offered. However, for a large car you will have only mm to spare driving down to the garaging area. You will also be met by a sign saying reverse in, and turning round is quite a challenge. If you have a small or medium car you have half a chance. There is room for two small to medium cars to park but once our car was in the garage there was literally only space for a smart car behind it, certainly not suitable for two large cars. On occasion there was a van parked in the turn round area, meaning there was just enough space to drive in let alone turn around. Part way through the holiday bags of building materials were left at the back of the garage meaning it would have been impossible to park two cars. We felt that the advert didn’t adequately describe the parking situation. If you have a long car I would think twice about this venue. That being said the view was just about enough to calm me down after the parking issues each day. Also worth noting that someone had left an ipad behind which seemed a bit random.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and I am very pleased that you enjoyed the house and the views. I am very sorry about the parking but I understand the two spaces are now available. The building materials are to build a viewing deck for Galvayne customers which give you panoramic views over the estuary. This will be ready by 2024 so I do hope you will be back to enjoy the new addition. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Aug 2023

  • "Galvayne was a wonderful place to stay in Dartmouth - peaceful and relaxing with the excellent pubs and restaurants of Dartmouth only a 15 minute walk away."

    The views across the estuary to Kingswear were particularly lovely. It was very relaxing to watch the boats going up and down the estuary form the first floor balcony. The house is extremely well equipped and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Booked for next year."

    Need I say more?

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0May 2023

  • "Whilst an expensive property to book, it's excellent value for money."

    The most comfortable rental I've ever experienced. The presentation on arrival was second to none, and the fittings, furnishings and equipment far exceeded what we have normally experienced. We've had a brilliant break in a stunning location. Thank You.

    Reviewed by Mervyn5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful property would highly recommend, have already booked for next year"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property was even better than its description."

    Comfortable, fabulous views from all main rooms, easily accessible to the town and, as it was mid winter, warm without needing to turn the heating to full heat or leave it on anything other than twice daily. There was also a thoughtful welcome pack that was much appreciated. We particularly offer our thanks and praise to the staff of the Dartmouth Coast and Country branch who very quickly and efficiently sorted out our initial problems and ensured that the property operated smoothly for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Frances4.7Dec 2022

  • "Very nice accommodation, well appointed with lovely views."

    Staff quick to respond to any issues. The house was quite cold on arrival as all radiators were turned off at the valve. There were also no instructions about how to operate or override the heating. Downstairs bathroom had a slight drain smell. The entrance road is quite uneven and dark at night. A torch is essential here.

    Reviewed by B4.7Nov 2022

  • "Galvayne is a wonderful place to stay if you like Dartmouth."

    The views from all 3 floors are fantastic, even when it is raining. The facilities are top notch! The parking spaces are an added bonus, but the access road leading up to this is very tight in parts. The stairs to the lower floor are steep, so not suitable for anyone with lack of mobility. There is construction work nearby, so be prepared to be woken early and listen to building noise 7.30-4.4.30 (the reason for a star deduction). Will most definitely visit again!

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Oct 2022

  • "A fantastic holiday property."

    Great position and spectacular views. Will book again.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    Views to die for. Accommodation was well stocked. We definitely will be re-booking

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Aug 2022

  • "Property was well stocked as described."

    Excellent position to the town itself which was less than half a mile walk. Only down sides (although not an issue if you like to be up and out early) is that the top floor room did not have curtains in 2 of the windows (bring eye patches) and there is building work going on on the road below the house. The workers are on site from 7:20am and are very noisy. Other than that we had a very enjoyable stay and would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2022

  • "Galvayne is really lovely and the communications from Sykes prior to check in were efficient and clear."

    We have only given three stars as the building works which were indicated were so loud that it was impossible to watch I player, listen to music or read comfortably. As the purpose of our holiday was to rest and relax in the property this was quite a disappointment. We would certainly come back to Galvayne but not while the works below continue.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stayed at Galvayne earlier this year, we really like the property hence booking again for July."

    In March building works were underway below Galvayne and didn’t interfere with our enjoyment of the property. So we didn’t have any concerns in rebooking and could understand why building works in the area was point 6 out of 7. However this time the building work was extremely noisy from heavy machinery digging up concrete and the few occasions this went silent a very large circular saw was used, this from about 7:30 to 4:30 each weekday, having what amounts to a major construction site does not equate to building works in the area. I recorded the noise but know nothing would be done as Sykes will feel they are covered, when we checked out I spoke to the staff when I took the key back, they apologised profusely, I offered to play an example of the noise level and was told not necessary but that they would let the owner know and I would hear back. Needless to say that hasn’t happened being as I suspected something to say to get me on my way. So in summary we still think Galvayne itself is great but the surrounding noise isn’t, we may have been unlucky but I don’t think it’s been handled well or as advised by the key holding office.

    Reviewed by Katy4.1Jul 2022

  • "A lovely property, comfortable and fantastic views."

    We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "An absolutely superb property - in a brilliant location with a spectacular view of the river, incredibly well equipped and as comfortable as a home possibly could be."

    Leaving at the end was a real struggle!

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Jun 2022

  • "This is a truly wonderful house with views to die for."

    Everything has been done with great taste and to a very high standard. We loved having breakfast and evening cocktails on the balcony just watching the boats sail by. Dartmouth is a lovely town with lots of good places to eat and drink and nice independant shops. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Mar 2022

  • "We have stayed in plenty of Dartmouth properties but Galvayne is the best so far!"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2022

  • "I have stayed in many holiday lets over the years, but this property has to be one of the very best that I have ever stayed in."

    Stunningly beautiful. The owners have thought of every detail. Not only is the house fabulous but when you walk in you are met with stunning views over the River Dart from all levels. Lovely touch as well with a welcome pack and a bottle of wine. Dartmouth is a 5 minute walk from property. Cannot rate this property high enough.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Feb 2022

  • "Simply fabulous, and very comfortable."

    Everything you could wish for, with the most stunning views from each floor, you did not want to leave. Parking a great bonus for the area - beware that access road/s narrow. Would very highly recommend - thank you.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2022

  • "The house is even better than the pictures and description."

    The location and views are superb and we loved seeing and hearing wildlife such as Tawny Owls and Cormorants. Everything was clean and still looking brand new. The bathrooms and kitchen facilities were excellent. It was lovely having the speakers and wifi sound, the only small improvement is to include instructions that make it clear up front that the ipad is for controlling the music. There was prior notice about the builders opposite, but the main issue was the noise from them 'preparing for work' before 8am. We would love to return one day. A great find in a lovely spot.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fabulous place--modern, spacious, light-filled, contemporary, on a quiet private drive, wonderful views-will return."

    Happy for you to publish the above, but not as below. Please advise owners: -We always had trouble unlocking the front door, from outside & inside. -One ring of the tall curtain in second bedroom was off the pole-we couldnt reach it to rectify but needs doing asap. -Small fence panel river side has fallen over Everything else, perfect thanks.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely place, beautifully kept."

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Nov 2021

  • "Maybe a grab rail in top bathroom would be helpful."

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Sep 2021

  • "Everything about our stay at Galvayne was perfect."

    Unfortunately we had some issues near the end of our week with the WiFi which meant many of the smart facilities mentioned in the description couldn't be used.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a perfect location, spotlessly clean well presented and lovely views from every room."

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Aug 2021

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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.

Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with Smart TV, Sonos speaker, standing balcony and en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x lower-ground-floor super-king-size (can be made into singles on request) with Smart TV, balcony access and en-suite walk-in rainfall shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • First-floor utility.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, coffee machine, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slimline dishwasher, Smart TV with Sonos sound bar, 2 x TVs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Ground-floor balcony with seating and lower ground-floor patio with seating, BBQ and outside heater
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Strictly No Smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Due to the amount of stairs, this property is not suitable for those with mobility issues of any kind; the property has a first-floor entrance accessed via 9 external steps and extends down to a lower-ground floor
  • Note: The first-floor bedroom balcony is a standing balcony only, there is not room for chairs or furniture

The property

Set over three beautiful floors built into the hillside of Dartmouth is this spectacular holiday home, Galvayne.

Offering four guests a top-quality holiday home from which to enjoy all the delights of South Devon, Galvayne features beautiful views of the River Dart and Kingswear from stunning balconies and beautiful living areas and bedrooms, perfect for two couples.

Enjoy having two sought-after parking spaces on arrival before heading down the external steps to be welcomed into the entrance on the first floor, finding a handy utility room with all the laundry facilities here and the first bedroom.

Discover a roomy super-king-size bed, TV, Sonos speaker and a glorious standing balcony behind double doors, offering amazing scenery when you wake up, along with an en-suite bathroom too.

Head down the stairs to find a cloakroom before moving through to the open-plan living space, with a larger balcony with seating behind the large sliding doors, a vibrant blue sofa before the Smart TV with more stylish seating, a dining area, and finally a sleek, modern kitchen equipped with quality appliances and fitted with a breakfast bar.

Make your way downstairs again to the lower-ground floor to come upon the second bedroom, an exquisite spot home to a super-king-size bed and an en-suite shower room with a rainfall shower, with bi-fold doors opening out to the spacious decked terrace overlooking the serene waters; watch the boats bobbing with a delicious breakfast at the outdoor furniture before you day begins.

The property is just a short walk to the centre of Dartmouth so you can easily leave the car parked up while you spend time exploring the town, with plenty of well-established restaurants and excellent pubs to dine and drink in, as well as local and independent shops to browse for the perfect souvenir.

Take a walk around town stopping at all of Dartmouth's local landmarks, including Dartmouth Harbour, Dartmouth Museum, Bayard's Cove Fort and Dartmouth Castle, the latter sitting at the mouth of the River Dart standing watch over the town.

Visit Dartmouth Castle's counterpart, Kingswear Castle by taking a passenger ferry to the other side of the river, walking along the South West Coast Path to take in the gorgeous views of Dartmouth and then further east past Brownstone Battery, extending the walk further up to the National Trust's Coleton Fishacre House and Gardens if you're feeling energetic.

Back on Dartmouth's side of the river, hop in the car and drive down to Blackpool Sands for a glorious day on this Blue Flag award-winning beach, with a host of watersports to enjoy here too.

For a memorable and luxury getaway to South Devon, choose Galvayne.

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

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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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Due to the amount of stairs, this property is not suitable for those with mobility issues of any kind; the property has a first-floor entrance accessed via 9 external steps and extends down to a lower-ground floor.

The superking on the lower ground floor can be made into singles on request.

Sorry, only children over 12 years accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: There are building works in the area. Please contact reservations for further details.

Strictly No Smoking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter