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Dartmouth, Devon (Ref. 1048415)


(15 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "Spyglass is a lovely place to stay, quirky but that's part of its charm."

    Its reverse level means the lounge views over the river are stunning and the roof terrace is a definite benefit. The kitchen is well kitted out and the whole place is comfortable. The car park permit was a definite benefit given that parking in the town is tricky. The only thing that's a shame is a lack of recycling provision but I am guessing this can be tricky for this type of business. A couple of things needed fixing but nothing major and this was fed back directly to the office and was recieved positively. I definitely intend to book Spyglass again.

    Reviewed by EmmaJun 2022

  • "Wir waren zu dritt in Spyglass und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt."

    Die Aussicht ist fabelhaft und Dartmouth ist eine Reisen wert. Auch mit dem Parken hat es dank Parkerlaubnis für den öffentlichen Parkplatz prima funktioniert.

    Reviewed by AlexandraJun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our week's stay at Spyglass."

    This quirky hideaway is a gem. Be prepared for steps and a view to die for.

    Thank you so much for your feedback...I love Spyglass too! The steps are what they are, all 32 of them, but, it does mean that Spyglass is very quiet, and climbing does mean a great view. Cheers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2022

  • "It's a great dwelling with a wonderful view."

    It took a long time to warm up though. The single beds had rather uncomfortable mattresses. The front door was very hard to close. Overall, we had a great stay!

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback, I do ask for the property to have the heating on before guests arrive so I will remind C&C about this, ditto the front door closing. Beds are tricky things, guests often say how comfy they are. I'm very glad you had a great stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JanetJan 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Spyglass overlooking the river watching the ferry crossing and the view of Kingswear."

    Lucky enough to catch the steam train to Paignton. Spyglass was a great bolt hole that we would like to try in the summer. Lovely location despite the 32 steps that proved insignificant to the other steps in the town

    I am really glad you enjoyed your stay. Steps = views! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahNov 2021

  • "Front door and lock a bit stiff."

    Great views and location. Pity about the stairs to the property.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2021

  • "This is a very sweet little flat, with fabulous views over the Dart estuary and really handy for the very pretty old town and the ferry."

    Beds were really comfy and shower/hot water worked well plus new cooker and fridge. We had a lovely week with lots to explore including 2 fabulous NT properties at Greenway and Coleton Fishacre - and great walks along the coast path, plus plenty of quiet little coves to swim or canoe from. Plus only a short stroll down to the Dartmouth Arms with a great and reasonably priced menu. The only downside from our perspective was the steps to the property which were narrow, steep and uneven, and we couldn't work the outside light out - so had a few hairy descents. So fine for the able-bodied, but I wouldn't recommend for anyone with mobility issues. Plus we never manged to park outside (but that is fairly typical for Dartmouth) - so the weekly pass for the Mayors car park was a godsend. Having said all that I would stay there again, as it was such a good location and you could sit on the outside terrace and watch the world go by for hours.

    Thanks very much for your feedback. The steps are very much brought to attention in the property information. The steps do mean the property is super quiet, and, steps = views!There is no outside light with the property but there is a bright lamp outside that comes on overnight. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Compared to previous accommodation booked with other providers this was very basic and incredibly expensive due to our time off coinciding with regatta week."

    The flat was definitely more shabby than chic

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, we are surprised to hear your comments regarding the interior of the property. It is hard to match all personal tastes, however we do feel that the images show the property as it is. We do hope that despite the mater you raised you had an enjoyable stay in Dartmouth. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SaraAug 2021

  • "The views from the apartment are fantastic - and allow for a very relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "A nice small apartment very close to the centre of Dartmouth, my only negative would be the size of the fridge which is very small."

    An additional fridge could easily be added to the appt. which would make the stay easier.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "We had to cancel our original holiday last year due to covid but Sykes refunded the money within a week so was very keen to book with them again."

    The description of the accommodation was accurate and the position of this accommodation was fantastic being so close to the centre. The view from the windows was fantastic. Parking is an issue as no long term car parking around but street parking up the hill just before Dartmouth castle about a 10 min walk. Had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2021

  • "I think it is very poor that we could not get a parking permit for our stay."

    We could not park in the town centre for more than 4 hours this meant that we could not go on any of the trips on boats and rail. This left us with having to drive out of Dartmouth rather than park and visit the nearby sites.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback. The nature of Dartmouth town centre means that houses and shops are tightly packed, leaving limited room for parking. Whilst the town is picturesque, it can be tricky to park, particularly in high season. The town benefits from a park and ride and has several areas of free roadside parking. We are pleased to say that the owner of Spyglass has recently purchased a permit for the town car park. We hope that you still enjoyed your stay in the beautiful South Hams and hope to welcome you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by BruceMay 2021

  • "The flat was absolutely delightful."

    An upside-down place with the most gorgeous views of Dartmouth, both out to the castle and the sea and up the river. The views at sunrise and sunset were particularly lovely - I was very lucky with the weather. (Had I not been, the flat would have still been cosy with a wood-burning stove.) The cooking facilities were excellent, the combined oven/microwave was very handy, although being just a short walk away from the town-centre I ate out most lunchtimes at the river-front restaurants or took a picnic down to Bayards quay. I also had a divine brunch one day at the aptly named; Al Fresco's. Handy shopping at Co-op and M&S was also very nearby. The steps up to Spyglass (which the ad for the property mentioned) were a little challenging for some-one like myself with mobility difficulties, but taken slowly were perfectly do-able. I particularly enjoyed the serene Captain's bed-room, all white wood paneling and soft pillows and the big open shower. My only, tiny, criticism was that a small curtain across the porthole window in the front door might be an idea as someone passing up the steps (a public footpath) could see in as one went from bathroom to bedroom. All in all a wonderful place for a spring getaway (a birthday present to myself)!

    I am so glad you had such a lovely time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroApr 2021

  • "A really pleasant stay in a querky harbour cottage."

    We are already planning to return. Which pretty much says everything.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in this wonderful cottage and look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    Nice and easy to get about to local restaurants, shops and pubs. Would definitely recommend this place. Only thing which has nothing to do with the place is that I was not overly happy that when I booked with sykes cottages that they automatically make an online account for you. I didnt use the account at all and all information I needed was sent via email so not sure they needed to make an online account? I would prefer if they didn't do this. Other than that very happy.

    Reviewed by MeganJul 2020

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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.


  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living/kitchen/dining with wood burning stove.
  • Heating with wood burning stove and electric heater
  • Built-in oven, grill and microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roof terrace with furniture
  • Pet Friendly - charge of £25 payable per dog
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, Pub 0.1 miles, Note: Property accessed up 32 steps, which form part of a public footpath
  • Note: A parking permit for one car is available for the Mayor's Avenue car park (subject to available spaces).

The property

An unusual, reverse-level property in the heart of Dartmouth, with superb 180 degree views across the river, towards Dartmouth Castle and out to sea, Spyglass is a charming former sail loft, maintaining its naval character throughout.

This quirky property sleeps four and would be suited to a couple or small family wanting to enjoy exploring the South Devon coast and AONB.

Spyglass is approached via 32 steps up, which form part of a public footpath, once at the top, enter the property at ground-floor level and find two bedrooms; the 'Captain's Bedroom', a double bedroom with feature wooden panelling, a wall-mounted electric heater and subtle nods to the nautical theme, and the 'Crew's bedroom', a twin room with fitted wardrobe and electric heater suitable for children.

The recently refurbished shower room has a large, slightly elevated electric shower, where you can start each day with a refreshing rinse.

Head upstairs to find a wonderful open-plan living space, which does have limited head height in places.

The space has exposed floorboards and a cosy woodburning stove, while four wonderful Velux roof windows add a bright and spacious feeling to the room.

Relax on the sofa and enjoy a book from the window shelf, or enjoy flicking through the TV to find your favourite show, or just simply admire your incredible view.

The extendable dining table is a great space to enjoy meals together, prepared in the compact but well-equipped kitchen, with a fridge and dual microwave that doubles up as an oven and grill.

Outside, there is a roof terrace with a table and seating, which you must take advantage of and soak up those sea views.

The bustling town of Dartmouth is known for its Royal Regatta and Naval College and is steeped in history and unique architecture.

Find a selection of boutique shops, fantastic restaurants, art galleries and plenty of local events taking place in this popular tourist destination, all within short walking distance of the property.

Cyclists and walkers will be spoilt for choice with trails they can join nearby, including the South West Coast Path and the Dart Valley Trail, as well as walks along the River Dart, visiting attractions like the Dartmouth Museum and 15th century castle, while the closest beach, Sugary Cove, is less than a mile away.

Enjoy a trip along the Dartmouth Steam Railway towards Paignton, or hop on a ferry and discover the village of Kingswear, where you can see its castle and the National Trust's Coleton Fishacre House & Gardens, along with the fishing town of Brixham, with its picturesque harbour, sandy beach, Berry Head peninsula and national nature reserve, offering walkers some incredible coastal views.Venture south from Dartmouth towards the South Devon AONB and discover the market town of Totnes, with its Norman motte & bailey castle, museum and farm of rare breads, which makes for a lovely family-friendly day out, while the South West Coast will bring you to a host of glorious sandy beaches and charming hidden coves in Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Bantham, as well as the dramatic cliffs at Bolberry Down.

With incredible scenery and plenty of things to do from your doorstep, Spyglass is a fantastic retreat within a couple of minutes walk of the heart of Dartmouth.

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

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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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Region Information

Please note that as the property is accessed up 32 external steps it is not suitable for families with babies or small children or the infirm

Suitable for 2 adults and 2 children

Pet Friendly
NOTE - No parking at the property - parking permit supplied (car park is approximately 5-10 minute walk from the apartment). Please note that the Mayors Avenue car park is closed for the Regatta Week.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas