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Smugglers Cottage Dittisham, the perfect riverside location.
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Smugglers Cottage Dittisham, the perfect riverside location.
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Upper Terrace
Master Bedroom
Double bedroom
Twin Bedroom
Double Bedroom
Dittisham Quay
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Dittisham, Dartmouth, Devon, England

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Andrew S
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
1 review
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“My favourite place.”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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I booked the cottage this year with my friends to celebrate New Years (I had also stayed here with my family two weeks previously and decided it would be the perfect New Years location). The location is spectacular on the Estuary of the Dart, the view on opening the curtains every morning changes with the tide and is always breathtaking.

The building itself is full of character, the living room is comfortable and with the fire going is warm and very cosy. The kitchen is well equipped with all the facilities we needed with a good cooker, washing machine and dishwasher.

A 2 minute walk along the beach is a lovely pub, with a great atmosphere, good food and we found out - now offering takeaways and only a 10 minute drive from supermarkets in Dartmouth.

Will hope to be wanting to book the cottage up for many years to come.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sarah N
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
Reviewed 17 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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This is the most beautiful holiday cottage in a idyllic location right on the estuary. From the outside this cottage is picture postcard perfect and an ideal location for a summer holiday.
We loved driving up the beach!
I really struggled with the inside of the cottage and we actually cut our holiday short because we were struggling so much. It was extremely dark and dingy and we could not make it brighter. The lamps were very low wattage and although this is atmospheric you do need to be able to see! It was very cold upon arrival and there were only 4 logs left. You definitely need to take logs during the winter.
I think if there were a family of 8 you would really struggle for hot water - we had no hot water for the first day and it was far from relaxing.
This is the most expensive holiday cottage we have stayed in for this time of year and it was not worth the extra money.
The kitchen and bathrooms were a disappointment - the kitchen cupboards were damp and musty and the downstairs smelt of damp dogs - we sorted this with scented candles.
The bedrooms were comfortable and the linen clean.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Poor value for money and hated the dinginess and lighting - poor and dangerous lamps
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
19 Jan 2015
Our cottage is set in the most idyllic and peaceful setting and offers extremely good value for such a prime location in South Devon. The property is over 600 years old and we have tried to retain the traditional character as much as possible. If you are looking for clean lines, and a modern white and bright feel then this is not the property for you. We have flag stone floors, stone walls and beams and a we love it.
The property warms up beautifully once the heaters are turned on and there is plenty of hot water provided from 2 large hot water tanks. There are boost options for the hot water which can be turned on at any time, and the tanks hold more than enough water for a family of 8. However our system does not work like a modern combi boiler, the water has to be heated up in advance, this only takes around 15 minutes. Instruction on how to use the hot water system are provided in the property manual.
We are sorry that Smugglers did not suit your family.
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