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Dartmouth, Devon (Ref. 976245)



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  • Sleeps 13

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Woodlands was a fantastic holiday house for a large group with easy walking distance to Dartmouth."

    We stayed at Christmas and had a very special time with 10 of us aged 87 to 12. It was brilliantly equipped ( kitchen had everything you would needs and lots of supplies of plates, bowls, glasses etc..) , extremely clean and the beds were very comfortable. Lots of space for children and adults and the games room was a real plus for the teenagers. Elaine was also brilliant at communicating with us prior to our stay and responding to a couple of a queries we had. Two points to feedback are that there were a number of lightbulbs in the bathrooms that didn't work and the central heating temperature and times could not be controlled by the guests- this meant the house was often cold. We recognise it was an old property, which we loved in terms of character, but think the heating control should be accessible by the guests. We would highly recommend Woodlands for a large group or family stay in Devon.

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2021

  • "Fantastic house for a large party ,well stocked kitchen, so many bathrooms!"

    Will definitely be back loved it

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2021

  • "Staying at Woodlands was fabulous the view stunning."

    The walk upto the house gets you fit but well worth it.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2021

  • "Really beautiful house, very comfortable, very clean, will hopefully come back ..."

    Really beautiful house, very comfortable, very clean, will hopefully come back again when it's not booked up am guessing it is very sort after Thankyou

    Reviewed by PhilippaSep 2021

  • "Woodlands is a huge and beautiful period property, and a lovely house and location for a family or group gathering."

    The facilities are excellent with a very well equipped, if quite small for the size of the property (period again), kitchen. There are three comfortable, communal seating and dining areas, all of the many bedrooms and bathrooms/ensuites are large, comfortable, modern and well appointed, and the "chill" room was great for the kids. Immediately outdoors there's a roughly East facing (so morning sun only) colonial style covered veranda and a patio with a vast table & chairs and 2 BBQs, all with superb views over the surrounding countryside and down to Warfleet Creek. There are also extensive and well-maintained gardens, though with steep steps/paths down to access most of them. Also at the bottom of the garden is a newly laid large, flat-ish area of lawn, which couldn't be accessed at the time of our stay but would be good for kids when established. The house is a 15ish minute walk from the centre of delightful Dartmouth, although it's along a tight and rolling (if reasonably quiet) road with no footpath for the 200m closest to the house. It's a very picturesque and quiet 10 minute walk round to the castle & beaches and straight on to the stunning SW Coast Path. As mentioned in other reviews, there is a steep, tight drive up to the house, which might be a test for some drivers and/or the less mobile. We rarely saw the owners who live in an adjoining cottage, though they were very pleasant when we did, and assuming you're not planning a rave I wouldn't let this put you off in any way. In summary, it's hard to fault Woodlands and we thoroughly enjoyed our week living as Lords of the Manor!

    Reviewed by MattAug 2021

  • "We had a great time thank you."

    The owners nextdoor were so friendly and we didn't have any issues in the house. So many utensils, towels etc and everything worked perfectly. Great distance from town, even with children aged 1-9. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by ZoeJul 2021

  • "A lovely house for a large family holiday."

    Only slight disappointment is that there isn’t a garden for children to play in. There is a lovely terrace with lovely views over the estuary. Easy walk into Dartmouth.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2021

  • "Amazing house with space for everyone and with the owners close by they were very friendly & helpful."

    Really recommend this amazing property

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "Overall Woodland is a great large family (group of friends) holiday house, WiFi in parts of the house are questionable, the kitchen is functional but the island limiteds the amount of people at one time (can be a bit of a pain)."

    However these where the only downsides of the house, but the property owners should show pictures and description of the driveway as some new or nervous drivers may have issues accessing the house.

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2021

  • "Every thing in this property is exceptional."

    If your thinking of booking go for it. Very well equipped kitchen and just fantastic.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2020

  • "Wonderful house ."

    I’d throughly recommend.

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2020

  • "We had a really lovely stay at beautiful Woodlands."

    It is a stunning house with everything you need for a relaxing stay. We wish we could have stayed longer. Dartmouth is a fabulous base with plenty of nearby places to explore. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back!

    Reviewed by HannahSep 2020

  • "Excellent location - definitely walkable into town (we managed with a 3 year old ..."

    Excellent location - definitely walkable into town (we managed with a 3 year old but the house is up a hill so may not be suitable for everyone)

    Reviewed by AmySep 2020

  • "Great property for our large family to enjoy quality time together in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by MalcolmAug 2020

  • "Great location, very large, comfortable house."

    We had a great week.

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2020

  • "Beautiful period property with wonderful river views."

    Tastefully furnished with a period nautical theme and old family photographs which were very interesting and gave a homely touch. Fantastically well equipped kitchen and beautifully appointed bedrooms and gorgeous bathrooms. All the furniture was comfortable and the cleanliness was exceptional. Our grandchildren loved the games of hide and seek. All in all a great family house, we all loved it, thank you.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2020

  • "Absolutely brilliant time was had by all ten of us!"

    Reviewed by NikkiMar 2020

  • "This is an exceptional place to stay - so incredibly comfortable, lots of space, big squishy sofas, very well equipped kitchen, lovely bedrooms and bathrooms and in a fabulous location, just off the busy-ness of lovely Dartmouth but perfectly placed to step straight onto the SW coast path, great little beach for a very chilly (January) dip and surrounded by woodland and green space - we heard a tawny owl on our first evening almost as soon as we stepped out of the car, then throughout each of the three nights we were there, plus the call of a buzzard regularly over the weekend."

    This is the perfect space for a large group of friends to have some easy comfortable time out together!

    Reviewed by RuthJan 2020

  • "This house is incredible value for money."

    A 13 minute walk to Dartmouth pontoon, where you can pick up buses and boats. We stayed during a very wet and cold week in November, but the house was warm, and we purchased additional logs (for £40) so that two of the log burners were kept burning each evening. Well equipped kitchen, large bedrooms, and recently refitted bathrooms made our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

    Reviewed by JudyNov 2019

  • "This house is amazing and beautifully presented."

    Everything was of good quality, beds were very comfortable and the house was spotless. The upstairs lounge was brilliant for our younger members and we had a brilliant Halloween party as the house was perfect for spooky hide and seek! Nobody wanted to leave and we are disappointed that the house is already booked for October 2020 half term as we would have booked again! Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2019

  • "We are a group of Four couples and have been holidaying together in September for 7 years , usually in Devon ."

    Some of us are keen walkers others not , so it is always a challenge to find something that suits everyone. Woodlands has been the most outstanding property yet and ticked every box . It has a fascinating history, and the decor and memorabilia reflect this . Its position with great views and proximity to Dartmouth town with its many eateries and pubs and shops was ideal , although the nearest pub The Dartmouth Arms was more than 10 mins away as stipulated , more like 20mins for fast walkers .! We all had our own bath/shower room (a real boon ) , and as we had jazz musicians in our midst , the Bechstein piano was in good tune and was well used . We did the Round Robin trip up the Dart by boat, to Totes, bus to Paignton then Steam train to Kingswear , brilliant . Altogether a fantastic holiday that will live long in our memories . A huge thank you to the owners Vicky and Andy and to Helpful Holidays - you always come up Trumps . Maggs Chamberlain , September 2019

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2019

  • "The quality and location of accommodation help to make the holiday."

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2019

  • "A family of 11 over 4 generations the house suited everyone ."

    Lots of space everyone having their own bathrooms with continual hot water . Well equipped with plenty of everything needed .Great to all sit around the huge table for family meals with all matching dinner service . The grand piano was loved by Great nannie playing to everyone . Gorgeous views from the house and terrace where we had a few bbq s . Garden was lovely although wouldnt recommend for young children as steep . Our youngest was 5 and supervised was ok. Walking distance into dartmouth and 2 local coves. Highly recommend this beautiful magical ( my granddaughters words ) house .

    Reviewed by LorraineJul 2019

  • "This is a beautiful house."

    The position affords lovely views towards Dartmouth but is easy walking distance to the town. We had a lovely family gathering and in the well equipped kitchen we prepared some great meals. The games room was good fun but the only thing was that the internet didn’t work very well with the big TV but we found lots more to entertain us.

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2019

  • "Absolutely superb accommodation."

    a lovely Georgian house but with 21st Century facilities .I'm a doddery old 85 year old and so had to watch my step around the grounds but the rest of the family (40 to 60 year olds plus my wife) found everything to be -'no problem'. Every thing we wanted in the house, was available. Dartmouth and surrounding coastline was beautiful and the weather was ideal. Once again Helpful Holidays provided us with a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by DennisMay 2019

  • "The place was really well appointed, very comfortable and well priced."

    Probably advisable to highlight that the place is probably not suitable to people with poor mobility from the perspective of walking to town or anywhere from the house, although close enough the hilly aspect would be an issue. The whole waste disposal took some understanding and clearly the people before did not get it as they had thrown their doggy waste in the wrong bin!

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "Woodlands was a fantastic house and the best equipped we’d ever stayed in."

    There was nothing we could think of to add. We met the owners and they were helpful and lovely people. I needed to ask a couple of questions during the week and the caretaker immediately answered my emails. My whole family had a fabulous weeks stay.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2019

  • "A lovely warm family atmosphere, so well equipped and loads of space for 6 children to play hide and seek and especially to play upstairs."

    That playroom is a stroke of genius. I am afraid the piano was also well exercised, some more musically than others! .Brownies,local apple juice and wine was really welcoming - good wine too! It was a memorable weekend with members of the family coming from Chile, Somerset and Wiltshire.

    Reviewed by AntheaJan 2019

  • "The house was in a beautiful setting with wonderful views ..."

    The house was in a beautiful setting with wonderful views It is a short but steep walk to the beautiful bay of Dartmouth The house was clean comfortable and well equipped and we would recommend it

    Reviewed by BeverleyJan 2019

  • "We stayed at Woodlands for a special family weekend and it was a perfect setting."

    Enough room to be together and yet have space to ourselves; always important! The wet weather was welcomed as we had wood burners to sit by and a great kitchen in which to cook good food; even a grand piano to play a little. A short stroll to the creek, a brisk walk into town, a short drive to amazing beaches; all good things to do, or stay indoors with lovely views of the water. Fabulous.

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2018

  • "We all enjoyed staying in this lovely house with fantastic views."

    Dartmouth castle is a short walk as is Dartmouth town so there's plenty to do without a car.

    Reviewed by SheilaOct 2018

  • "Wonderful property in a wonderful location"

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2018

  • "We had a great week in this wonderful house!"

    It's very comfortable and clean with plenty of space - lovely soft bed linen and fluffy pillows and towels. Delicious brownies and wine on arrival, along with basics like milk, tea, coffee, sugar. The location is superb, 15 mins walk into the middle of Dartmouth but still very quiet and with amazing views. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The grand piano was a huge hit!

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2018

  • "Lovely house but need to be aware of the steepness of the gardens and drive, unsuitable for toddlers and people unsteady on their feet."

    Reviewed by ASep 2018

  • "This was a great house for the size of our group (12)."

    On the whole a great experience. Just a couple of things though - one of the double beds had a very old mattress with springs literally raising out of it so made for a very uncomfortable and sleep disturbed night for the week. Thankfully my husband and I had chosen this room so the other members of the family didn’t get it. The tumble dryer was broken so we were unable to use it for the whole week. We did need to do a few washes so thankfully found a radiator in a bathroom that could be turned on intermittently when we needed items to dry. Elaine and her husband did come over and did try to fix it which we were grateful for. They also looked at couple of the gas rings that weren’t working. One member of the family nearly got locked in a bathroom one night as the door handle came off.. this happened to a couple of other doors too. We did have a lovely family time in this amazing house. Just thought it helpful for you to know these few things. Elaine and her husband were very friendly and have kindly let us know about items we’ve left too! In answer to the next question- Happy for you to publish if you want to.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2018

  • "The property is in a lovely quiet spot, with great views (including some of the bay), and within walking distance of the town."

    Very spacious, and exceedingly well equipped. It would be very easy to repeat our visit in the future.

    Reviewed by PatAug 2018

  • "This was my first time booking a holiday via Helpful Holidays and we couldn't have been more thrilled with Woodlands."

    An imposing Georgian house, fully equipped, very luxurious, (especially the bedding), it was more than home from home. We were 3 family's totallying 12 people but the house is large enough to not feel on top of each other, with 3 living rooms and the kitchen on the ground floor as well as the outside terrace which we spent many hours sitting out looking at the amazing view. The games room on the top floor was a hit for the younger members of our party however as we were lucky enough to have such amazing weather we didn't really make the best use of the inside space, however if the weather had been more challanging then you could easily lose a few hours here. The area is lovely and quiet and took us around 10 minutes to walk into the main town, a pleasant walk but not for the fainthearted as it is quite steep on the walk home, but worth it for the views from both both the balcony and the main windows in the house. Am already looking at returning for our next large family get together in 18 months time as this really is a fantastic house and unusual as we have found that many houses that accommodate large numbers are often in rural areas, and Dartmouth really has everything you need for all ages.

    Reviewed by NickiJul 2018

  • "Character property that had excellent facilities."

    Lots of extra touches that made it feel very homely. Kitchen equipment of a very good standard that made catering for a large group much easier. The games room a big hit with all ages!

    Reviewed by Lloyd & AliciaJul 2018

  • "Great location overlooking the river Dart and a short walk away from the centre of Dartmouth."

    Woodlands house was stunning, my family were over the moon with how wonderful this house was. We had 14 of us staying at Woodlands for the week but it felt so spacious it didn’t feel like we were on top of each other. There is nothing bad I could say about this place and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thank you for a lovely, enchanting and fabulous week.

    Reviewed by KimJun 2018

  • "A perfect house in a great location with lovely walks and close by to high quality local amenities saving us having to drive everywhere."

    Owners/house keepers were extremely thoughtful and nothing was a problem. Our large and extended families have stayed in many holiday houses over the years and Woodlands rates at the very top of properties for our needs.

    Reviewed by JoanneApr 2018

  • "Brilliant week away in Dartmouth, great location and fantastic house."

    Goof for walks into Dartmouth and surrounding area. Cosy and comfortable house with everything you needed for a fun weeks stay. Plenty of space for all 12 of us and the kids loved the chill room in the top floor, would never know there were 6 kids in the house, plenty of peace and quiet for the parents! Comfy beds, good sized rooms, good bathrooms, very clean and well equipped home, thank you.

    Reviewed by CatrionaMar 2018

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  • Three levels
  • Six bedrooms
  • Four first floor bedrooms: 1 x super king double with smart TV, walk-through wardrobe and en suite bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, separate shower, WC and basin, 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x king size double and 1 x twin with interconnecting door
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with day bed (available for use when house is booked to full capacity, or by prior arrangement only), smart TV and en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC, basin
  • Children's games/sitting room
  • Ground floor WC with basin
  • 2 x sitting rooms with wood burning stoves
  • Dining room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two travel cots and highchairs available on request
  • Off road parking for four cars
  • Barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (charge applies for 2nd dog), Sorry no smoking
  • Sorry no fireworks
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Nearest beaches for paddling and stone skimming, about a 15 minutes stroll to Castle or Sugary Coves towards the mouth of the Dart
  • Blackpools Sands about 4 miles away
  • Note: Check-in time 16:30, departure 0930.

The property

This handsome three-storey Grade II listed Georgian house is situated near the historic Dartmouth creek from which ships departed for The Crusades.

With charming views of the River Dart and a welcoming and impressive interior, it is excellent family accommodation.

From the steep drive and parking area, leave your coats and boots in the porch and head into the comfortable sitting room with its cosy wood burning stove or the second sitting room, also with a wood burning stove, where you can watch the smart TV or gaze across the water.

Prepare family meals in the well equipped kitchen and enjoy them together around the table beside the wood burning stove in the dining room, where you can play the piano after dinner.

The bedrooms ramble over two upper floors, with a lovely room for the children on the top floor where they can play games and watch TV.

The terrace which stretches along the front of the house is a fine place to sit and share barbecues whilst admiring the view.

The children can play happily in the lower garden but must be supervised whilst you sit peacefully above on the Veranda (you cannot see the lower garden from the Veranda).

You have everything on the doorstep since you can wander out to the restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries or take a tour of the Britannia Royal Naval College.

About a 10 minute walk from the house are the Dartmouth Castle landing steps from where you can catch a ferry (seasonal) into Dartmouth.

For a longer walk, a footpath leads through NT woodland to the South West Coast Path.

You can catch the ferry to pretty Kingswear or take a boat trip to the interesting town of Totnes, or even hire a boat to skipper yourself.

And, of course, there are lovely beaches all around the area.

Woodlands is a house with room for all the family in a bustling and vibrant area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £750.

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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

Note: The owners live in the small cottage attached to the side of house.
Note: Arrival after 4.30pm.
Note: The garden is steep and sloping with an unfenced stream. Children and pets should be supervised.
Note: No fireworks please.
Note: The day bed in the second floor master bedroom is by default set up as a sofa, it is made up as a bed only when the house is booked to full capacity, or by prior arrangement only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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