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Smugglers Cottage - Dittisham

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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
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Nestling on the banks of the river Dart, this 400 year old thatched cottage, enjoys a unique and secluded waterfront location. Smuggler's is a beautiful holiday cottage which sits in a prime location in the South Devon village of Dittisham. Enjoy sailing to your door, fishing from the patio or simply watch the boats and wildlife pass you by from this perfect waterside location. Smugglers Cottage is a four-bedroom property that sleeps eight. The bedrooms, living room, dining room and study all enjoy fabulous river views of the Dart. The ground floor accommodation includes a sitting room with flagstone floor and wood burning stove, dining room with doors to the terrace, study, and kitchen with cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer. The upstairs bedrooms include a master bedr...Nestling on the banks of the river Dart, this 400 year old thatched cottage, enjoys a unique and secluded waterfront location. Smuggler's is a beautiful holiday cottage which sits in a prime location in the South Devon village of Dittisham. Enjoy sailing to your door, fishing from the patio or simply watch the boats and wildlife pass you by from this perfect waterside location. Smugglers Cottage is a four-bedroom property that sleeps eight. The bedrooms, living room, dining room and study all enjoy fabulous river views of the Dart. The ground floor accommodation includes a sitting room with flagstone floor and wood burning stove, dining room with doors to the terrace, study, and kitchen with cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer. The upstairs bedrooms include a master bedroom with super-king sized bed. This room enjoys patio doors leading on to a raised terrace and an en-suite bath/shower room. Two further double bedrooms and a twin room follow along with a family bathroom with large walk in shower. Outside is a fabulous split-level terrace with table and chairs to enjoy the beautiful views of the River Dart. Dittisham, is a traditional Devon fishing village located on the River. A short stroll along the beach from Smugglers is the quay, home to the local pub (The Ferry Boat Inn), and the Anchorstone Cafe (open March - September). Both of which share Smugglers' stunning views of the Dart. Regular ferries to Dartmouth and across the water to The National Trust's Greenway (Agatha Christies holiday residence) also run from here. Other facilities in Dittisham include a village shop, playground, café, two pubs, boat hire and sailing school. Please note: The river Dart at Dittisham is Tidal. At high water the beach is submerged and the river surrounds the house. There are steep steps and a path behind the cottage for access during high tide. The cottage is, therefore, not suitable for the elderly or infirm and young children should be supervised. Parking is possible on the beach at low tide. Cars must be parked in the village at high tide. Dogs welcome, £25/dog. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Smugglers is a thatched cottage - BBQ's are not allowed at the property.
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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Meet the host
Sarah A
Hosting since August 2014
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 95%
Response Time: Within a day
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Reviews (16)
Adrian S
Adrian S
2 contributions
Fantastic week beside the Dart
Just come back from a week at Smugglers for a friends 50th birthday. I first stayed here nearly 30 years ago and have been back to Smugglers and other rentals in Dittisham several times. It was a first stay here for my friends and it’s always a little worrying to introduce others, hoping that they will like it as much as I do. The good news is they all loved this magical location. A great week working out the tides, watching the river life go by, enjoying the Ferry Boat Inn and travelling along the river to Dartmouth. Hoping to come back again soon, thanks for providing a great location for our stay!
Visited July 2022
Written July 16, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jillian T
Jillian T
Marlborough, United Kingdom3 contributions
wonderful location
There is nothing more I can really say about this lovely holiday home that hasn't been said before. My husband and I would recommend if you do not like steep hills, park your car at the "Ham" car park which is very easy to get to whether the tide is in or out. If you like old quirky properties smuggler's cottage is the place for you.
Visited May 2018
Written May 21, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ObjectiveObservers
ObjectiveObservers
Faversham, United Kingdom178 contributions
Utterly unique and wonderful
It is hard to imagine a more magical hideaway anywhere in England. Our family and young grandchildren spent a memorable Christmas at this large and enchanting cottage on the very edge of the tranquil River Dart. There is the timing of the tides to be borne in mind and the natural idiosyncrasies of a 600 year old house that has clearly been much loved. With wildlife all around and such charm & seclusion, we felt it a privilege to have had the opportunity of staying there.
Visited December 2017
Written January 2, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Traveler735282
Traveler735282
3 contributions
Idyllic!
We originally booked this cottage as part of a birthday celebration for my mum who was 90. I had the tides planned but hadn't realized that there are steps up and down to the door even when the tide is out. The rest of the family still wanted to stay so we booked a subsequent cottage more suited to her. When the time came, my mum, who is not your usual 90 year old, decided that she would also come to this cottage. With a hand up and down the steps she was safely in. I don't understand the poor review regarding dim lighting etc. My mums eyesight isn't the best, but she managed fine. This is a cottage that is hundreds of years old after all and retains so much of it's original character. The stairs weren't ideal for her, but again she did fine. The two bathrooms are bright and modern. We had plenty of hot water. You just need to follow the instructions. We were there on two of the coldest nights of the year and we were very warm and cosy inside.Outside was a magical, clear, starlit sky, owls hooting, swans gliding like pearls on a black mirrored surface. Daytime, myself, son and granddaughter did some 'crabbing' over the wall. All safely returned home. We had a squatter in the form of the local robin, who decided to hop inside and about the house quite unperplexed while we attempted to usher it out. To sum up, this really is a fantastic place. You may not be so comfortable if very tall due to low beams. Also if you have a feather allergy, as my son, you may want to take your own duvet. But even then, there was lots of spare bedding in the cottage. For me, it was the perfect holiday home at any time of year. I still miss being there!
Visited November 2017
Written December 17, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nigel O
Nigel O
Bristol, United Kingdom9 contributions
Family activity holiday
We have just returned from a weeks holiday in this cottage and the place is amazing. I have never stayed anywhere quite like it and I absolutely had the time of my life. The sea / river Dart is just outside the front door, there is no traffic noise (although the seals woke us up once or twice), the view from the front windows is incredible and the wildlife is all around. The house is well equiped for a group of 8 and very cosy. I would love to return.
Visited October 2017
Written October 28, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Julie M
Julie M
Totnes, United Kingdom33 contributions
For the LOVE of SMUGGLERS
We started booking Smugglers about twelve years ago. We had been using another cottage in the village of Dittisham and found the rental people quite unkind so moved to Smugglers. The setting is truly magnificent and you really could not ask for more beauty, spirit, sense of calm and yet mixed with a the truest mix of jovial jaunty sea dwellers. From the vantage point of this cottage you can observe the comings and goings to GREENWAY and you get a sense that AGATHA CHRISTIE herself would have approved of your country cottage choice. The family who own this cottage are really lovely. Friendly, kind and above all, they really want you to have a marvellous time. They have updated the bathrooms and other things over the years and I think it really is a FIRM FAVOURITE with my sisters and their partners. So enchanted with Smugglers and Dittisham we moved to Devon.... This cottage is pet friendly, is just simply a place to relax, to melt all the stresses away. Located right next to The Anchorstone Café (fab) and The Ferry Boat Inn pub (so much fun). We've had so many laughs, so many family reunions here. It's an authentic country cottage that is just basically spectacular. To be honest, just looking out from the sitting room window, the piano room window, the dining room window will rejuvenate your spirit. A view of The River Dart.....
Visited September 2017
Written September 10, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

will101clifton
will101clifton
Bristol, United Kingdom55 contributions
Unbeatable in every way!
The location of Smugglers Cottage is the main reason we booked - and we were not disappointed. The cottage is literally on the beach and the tide comes up the side of the house. From the outside it is the epitome of an English country cottage, and inside it is clean, cosy and well equipped with a modern TV, Wifi and all the kitchen appliances and equipment you would need. The two bathrooms both had plenty of hot water and good quality showers with decent water pressure. The pictures don't do the cottage justice either - the bed linen is newer for instance and the rooms are generally quite spacious and light. There are four bedrooms, 3 doubles and a twin, all with comfortable beds and stunning views over the estuary. Just along the beach is the Ferry Boat Inn and the Anchorstone Cafe. Both do great food and are very friendly. A (very steep) 5 minute walk up the hill is the Red Lion - which is a pub/coffee shop/cafe/village shop which stocks all the essentials. You can easily get a river taxi/ferry into Dartmouth, and in the evening we were able to get a regular taxi back fro about £14. I think we all fell in love with Smugglers Cottage and will be looking to book again very soon.
Visited March 2017
Written March 27, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alan B
Alan B
1 contribution
Short stay
Very quaint,very old,very roomy,very quiet,very near the sea,very narrow roads.Only stayed three nights but relaxing,can't comment on dittisham as only went as far as the ferry boat inn, all good would book again but for longer next time.
Visited March 2017
Written March 20, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

michelle g
michelle g
Birmingham, United Kingdom142 contributions
fantastic setting
Have just returned from a fantastic short break at smugglers. The cottage is typically chocolate box with lots of quaint features. The housekeeper was very welcoming and left the essentials in the kitchen. The views were mesmerizing as it was ever changing with the tide and the ferry was a great way to travel about. A big thank you to the owner for being so accommodating. This was our second visit and it didn't disappoint- would definitely recommend.
Visited September 2015 Traveled with friends
Written September 30, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Maxine L V
Maxine L V
1 contribution
The ambience and setting of Smugglers Cottage surpassed our expectations and ensured a wonderful holiday
Five friends from Australia fell in love with the appeal of Smugglers Cottage as presented on line. It did not disappoint All information provided ensured we were well prepared for accessing the cottage and for 2 weeks we were able to relax and enjoy all the cottage, the setting, the village and the surrounding area could offer. The information pack ensured car parking and wood for fire were easy to access and the outdoor areas ensured we could enjoy all that the view suggested. The cottage is well placed to use the Ferry to Dartmouth, enjoy magnificent food nearby, and share breakfast with the swans arriving with the tide. The caretaker was prompt with assistance when required, and ensured our departure was not inconvenienced by the tide. We look forward to a return holiday.
Visited May 2015 Traveled with friends
Written June 10, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Private Yard
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
Dittisham, is an unspoilt and exceptionally beautiful riverside fishing village located up stream from Dartmouth on the River Dart. Dittisham village is the ideal spot for a truly relaxing holiday. There is enough to keep you entertained in the village itself from crabbing from the pontoon, fishing from the beach, boat hire, sailing school, waterside pub and cafe, village shop, playground and fabulous beach walks at low tide. Dittisham is also a great base from which to explore. Ring the bell to call the ferry which will take you across the water to Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday residence or take the 30 minute ferry ride that runs in to Dartmouth throughout the year.
Access
Car advised
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyWatersports Nearby
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
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