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Bight Boathouse in Dartmouth, Devon

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sleeps 11
4 rooms
2 bathrooms

Bight Boathouse description

Holiday home
This fabulous family residence with premier riverbank position, is just a short stroll to restaurants, cafes and bars of Dartmouth in South Devon. Arranged over three floors with four large bedrooms, one with en-suite and each with river views. Two rooms come with access to the top floor balcony overlooking the river. On the middle level an open plan room with comfortable sitting area with large 55" TV, pool table and dining area. There is a separate kitchen well equipped to cater for large parties with another dining area. A snug room is fully equipped with lots of games and TV with Wii Sports. On the lower ground floor the swimming pool and poolside gym with table tennis can be added at an additional cost per week. The property has two parking bays. Bight Boathouse is a fabulous choice to share with friends and families at any time of year.

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. 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 Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands, both extremely popular sandy beaches are a stone's throw from Dartmouth. A relaxing location in South Devon.

Devon, with its quiet country lanes, patchwork of lush green fields and sleepy villages is not to be missed. Stately home lovers will be spoiled and why not finish with a scrumptious Devonshire cream tea?


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing
  • Fishing available
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Near beach
  • Near golf
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Sauna
  • Sky TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • By the sea
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Barbara L
October 2019
We stayed here a couple of years ago. The place even then needed an upgrade. On the first day our dog fell over the balcony sustaining serious injury. My brother in law slipped on floor and needed stitches in his head. I fell by the pool and had life changing injuries to my wrist. Would love to hear from others on their experiences in this house
Mrs Waller
June 2019
When originally booking bight boathouse with sykes it was advertised with swimming pool and gym etc .. ..however this was extra ...so should not be advertised at the lesser price that seems to include the extra facilities .I felt that your info was lacking clarity in pricing. however the extra cost of the facilities provided an amazing holiday .. in an amazing location... absolutely beautiful.
Mr Thomas
April 2019
Bights was all it promised by way of facilities provided and we all enjoyed our stay.. However there were a number of small issues in the cottage which led to minor dissatisfaction. These have been listed in the snag book provided by the owner. The main issue was that the taps in both wash hand bowls in the en suite were totally useless and are in need of a plumber to resolve by replacing the washers . One tv did not work and the washing machine failed to start probably owing to an electrical fault. A number of light bulbs need replacement throughout the property. The cottage requires a little love and attention throughout as it is showing its age in our opinion.
Mrs Henderson
April 2019
We had a lovely time at Bight Boathouse, the location was brilliant and the view from the patio spectacular! The house itself had everything you needed for the amount of people it will hold however, if you’re not paying extra for the pool facilities there is only one shower, which is a struggle when your all queuing to use it in the morning. The mattresses on the beds could also do with changing as we were all suffering with bad backs by the end of the week!! On the whole though, a lovely holiday let with a very hospitable owner.
Mr Hanson
February 2019
When we got there all looked fine.. On opening door to balcony there was a deep ash tray full of cigarette ends in water which my dogs tried to drink. I was very disappointed to see so many stains on the carpets as I have 3 Dogs and didn’t won’t the blame for. The sofa settees were not very comfortable as they have had there day. Carpets very shabby. The gym and pool looks very impressive but running machine didn’t work , even though they said it did , it didn’t , 1 of the machine blew as it was being used and blew the electrics which took 2 days to sort , they did replace the machine on the 3rd day. Jacuzzi didn’t work. And under the furniture was felthy. Over all for what you charge it was very disappointing and would never book it again.
Mrs Smith
November 2018
Wow !!! ! What a view to wake upto As a large group we were all delighted when we arrived and all was as described. And importantly Plenty of room for everyone ,great space for large groups , The house was well stocked with everything you need for a few days away, We would definitely go again an wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to our friends
Mrs Rook
October 2018
OMG! What a beautiful view to wake up to every morning.. The cottage was amazing with a great pool, table tennis and snooker table to keep our teenagers occupied. I would recommend this cottage to anyone with a large party. We met the owner who was also very pleasant to talk to. Wished we had another week there, missing it already. Devon is so picturesque and the locals are so friendly.
September 2018
Positives - view is stunning and there is parking on the property. Negatives - this is a tired, dated property which needs extensive renovation and a deep clean. It is not worth the money we paid. The "lavish" en-suite was dark and dingy, with dirty shower tray, two lights not working, taps awkward to turn off and a toilet which was difficult to flush. Helpfully, a bowel was at the side so you could use it to fill the toilet system with water! The en-suite bedroom was also well past its best with dated furniture, rusty rails inside wardrobes, peeling wallpaper, dismantled smoke alarm, dirty scruffy curtains hanging badly. Given that this property sleeps 10 you would expect the family bathroom to at least have a proper shower and not a hand held one over the bath. Again problems flushing the toilet. The sofas are dirty, collapsing to the sides and belong on the tip. Another smoke alarm dismantled - this is a health and safety issue and a common theme. Again bulbs need changing. Threadbare carpet on the spiral staircase so care needs to be taken when using the stairs. The patio furniture is broken. The gym equipment is rusty, parts broken and dangerous. The sauna light doesn't work or the booster on the jacuzzi. This place is an accident waiting to happen. We are awaiting Sykes' comments.
September 2018
If you would stay literally anywhere for a great view then you just may like this place. However, if you're expecting a higher end modern place to stay then forget it. I totally agree with the previous comments made by people who have stayed here, in that it's massively over-priced, badly in need of a gutting refurb, and there was so much wrong with it I'm not going to embarrass the owners by listing all its faults here. On the other hand if you want rotten patio furniture, smoke detectors broken, cracked ceilings, and an 80's decor that Delboy Trotter would turn his nose up at then look no further. Most of the gym equipment is either disfunctional or dangerous, the sauna has no lighting so be careful you don't trip into the hot coals, and if all this doesn't finish you off then the wasps nest near the overgrown plantpot terrace might. Nice view though.
September 2018
I can only endorse the previous review. On arrival the main entrance stank of fermenting rubbish. The list of broken items is extensive, jacuzzi minus bubbles, bubble bath in ensuite minus bubbles, table on the patio broken, thread-bare dirty carpet, stained settees, loos that don't flush properly. One of the patio doors simply fell off its hinges when opened, thankfully onto an adult and not a child who would have been seriously injured. That took a week to fix, the loo was never sorted. I also agree with the previous reviewer about Sykes, they were completely useless and I certainly wouldn't book through them ever again as they obviously take no interest in the properties they let out. Apparently it is perfectly acceptable to advertise properties that bare no resemblance to the description. We met two friends of the owner on separate occasions, who thought it was amusing to tell us 'Terence never bothers to do any maintenance to his properties'. Ain't that the truth! Save your money.
Ms Maydew
August 2018
The situation is stunning The black bathroom lesss than satisfactory in that the loo didn’t flush ( even on two as directed) I had to fill a bowl and remove the back for additional fill! ! I mentioned to owner but he didn’t feel it to be a problem!! Not something I think is acceptable. The taps were sooo hard to turn off I had to use a towel to do so!! Just not ok for the price paid ... or at all !! One bed seemed very poor for daughter in terms of comfort ... she spoke of a large dip Many bulbs not working so may be useful idea to check all before each let A flick knife found under black bed ??!! NOT OURS! So whilst lovely place in terms of setting and good facilities...... key needs ie plumbing needs attention Thankyou
Mrs Foxall
August 2018
The cottage was not as advertised on several accounts.. Sykes staff were always pleasant on the phone but nothing was resolved.The promised return calls did not happen.
Mrs Fagg
July 2018
Perfect family holiday.. Eight of us and two dogs. We all had a fantastic time. The swimming pool was bigger and better than expected and we made good use of it. The space in the house was great for a large group. The views were breathtaking. Will definitely go again.
Mr Lewis
June 2018
Even though we have stayed many times before, there are always new editions to .... Even though we have stayed many times before, there are always new editions to the facilities, it just keeps getting better and better
Mr Marshall
June 2018
Fantastic views from the property..
February 2018
The pictures look fabulous , but from the minute you walk down to the unkempt weed strewn entrance and walk in ,the non-maintenance of the whole place is glaringly obvious . There are only 2 cleaners for this huge huge house and how can they possibly keep on top of everything in the limited time they have . The whole place needs a deep clean and massive investment for the price the owner is charging . It may have been grand in the 80's ( most fixtures and fittings are from then by the looks of it ) but it is shabby now. The multi-gym snapped on the second day of our holiday and how there wasn't a serious injury i will never know . I phoned Sykes immediately ( the booking agent ) and the owner let himself in without letting us know whilst we were upstairs having tea and he was more concerned to find the pool cover off , rather than the fact his equipment had nearly seriously injured a member of our group . The pool cover is ripped and for fear of ripping it further and the fact the children were going back to the pool after tea is the reason it was off . The toilet area in the Leisure Suite is an absolute disgrace , the pool lights went out leaving children in deep water in the pitch black, and the house lights went off on occasion, the arcade games do not work , there were no batteries in the remotes, there was dog excrement on the terrace , there was no hot water after a bath and this is advertised for a party of 10 . The spiral staircase is threadbare on every step end making it a dangerous trip up and down without care , there aren't enough snooker balls for a proper game , and more spot balls than stripe balls for any kind of game of pool . The tea-towels defied belief , so grubby , so I bought my own , I could go on but i think you get the picture . Sykes gave us money back after seeing the photos i took and sent someone to look at the property after we had vacated . Its position is utterly fabulous which is the reason we stayed . To sit watching the comings and goings on the water and to be so close to it was amazing , but having stayed in similar priced homes this is the worst one I've had the misfortune to book . Dartmouth itself is stunningly beautiful and I'm sad to have to leave such a negative review . Hopefully after Sykes Cottages sent their agent out all these things have been rectified , I have many photos of the house and its general state of repair , so there can be no accusations about this review and nowhere any sign of any untruths either.
Mrs Edwards
February 2018
Just come back from a delightful few days at The Bight Boat house.. The house itself is a lovely house. We went with a party of 10 and there was plenty of room to accommodate us. The house is well stocked with everything you need for a nice break. The kids enjoyed the pool area and kept them amused. There are plenty of things to keep everyone amused, swimming pool, pool table, gym, sauna, games,books and films. The view is gorgeous, so relaxing to wake up to in the morning and to sit and have breakfast looking over the harbour. The kitchen is fully equipt and has plenty of room. As it was February not many of the shops nearby were open but there are so many cafes, resturants and pubs to visit. Very pretty and quaint shops that are about a 10 minute walk from the house. Very easy transaction with the owner for the trip. There are plenty of information books in the house to find things to visit in Dartmouth.
Mr Lang
December 2017
1) The accommodation was excellent.. Everyone had plenty of space everywhere...critically so in the bedrooms and the kitchen. 2) The furniture was good with plenty of big comfortable sofas, and with excellent breakfast and dining tables. 3) The pool was bigger and better than the photos suggested. Our grand-children aged 7 and 9 are keen swimmers and were in the pool two or three times a day. 4) The view of the Dart estuary is breath-taking. 5) A nit-picker might make some minor criticisms, but we would not like to spoil our over-whelming impression which is that Bight Boathouse is an amazing place which we all loved.
Mr Elvins
November 2017
We had a great week , next time we will take the grandkids who will love it especially the pool
Mrs Stanbrook
September 2017
Fantastic property, very luxurious with beautiful views of the river Dart.. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bight Boathouse, central to many locations - didn't want to come home. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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