Dartmouth, situated in the South Hams district of South Devon is one of Britain’s most desirable property and holiday locations. On a sunny summer’s day spent strolling the lanes and promenade you will definitely get the strange feeling you might not be in the UK at all, it’s not surprising the area is also known as the English Riviera.
Above left: View across the rooftops of Dartmouth Above right: View across the Dart to Kingswear
Above left: Dartmouth is a mecca for sailors Above right: Ferries for cars and foot passengers cross the river
Dartmouth is a mecca for sailors and water sport enthusiasts and is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College, not to mention many art galleries, museums, boutiques and cafes (our favourite is the Dart to Mouth Deli situated in the old market square). The view across to Kingswear is breathtaking, with vistas up and down the river Dart and out to sea.
Above: there are plenty of benches along the flat promenade to enjoy the views
Nothing is more magical than sitting on the promenade and watching the paddle steamer on trips up and down the river, and the trains of the Dartmouth Steam railway at Kingswear.
Above left to right: view from Bayard’s Cove Castle, Dartmouth’s lanes of fascinating buildings
The well kept park close to the promenade also includes a bandstand and plays host to markets and live music. If you love history there are many Tudor and Elizabethan buildings, including the Butterwalk built between 1635 and 1640. The Dartmouth Museum is located within the Butterwalk and houses many interesting exhibits.
The Cherub Inn is the oldest building in Dartmouth, dating from 1380 and includes beams from Tudor ships.
Above: The historic Butterwalk
Above: Some of the interesting exhibits in the museum
The higher up the town you walk the views become even more beautiful. The town is built on the side of a hill and steep windy roads and flights of steps join up the terrace-like lanes.
Above left: The Cherub Inn
Above left, the view out to sea Above right: the view up the river Dart
Above left: Woody the giant sausage dog inspects a steep flight of steps linking two lanes
Due to its stunning location and well-to-do feel, property in Dartmouth isn’t cheap, but has not quite caught up with its popular and well heeled neighbour, Salcombe, Britain’s most expensive seaside property location. Being larger, there is a wider selection of properties on the market ranging in price from £109,000 for a compact mezzanine studio apartment with a parking space and communal garden (perfect first time buy or holiday pad) to £1,895,000 for a stunning 4 bed residence with lift access, on a creek side location overlooking Kingswear with parking for 4 cars.
Above: just two of the many historic buildings on the river front.
Above: If you prefer the contemporary look, you won’t be disappointed
Above: the mild climate of the English Riviera means bright and colourful Mediterranean style plants can thrive here