LOCATION A very special, riverside position on 'The Quay' in Dittisham (known locally as Ditsum!), just a 10 minute drive (or 20-30 minute river cruise via the small passenger ferry, or hired boat) from the historic naval town of Dartmouth, with its award-winning restaurants, individual boutique shops and delightful waterfront. The Ferry Boat Inn (one of two pubs in the village, in addition to a shop/post office) and widely acclaimed Anchorstone Cafe serving locally-sourced fish and seafood in a stunning riverside location are within 100 yards of the cottage, whilst Agatha Christies former home 'Greenway' (now owned by the National Trust) is a short ferry 'hop' across from The Quay. The beautiful unspoilt South Devon coastline is also nearby, with Blue Flag-awarded Blackpool Sands beach around a 20 minute drive away.
VIEWS Stunning, uninterrupted views across the River Dart from the sitting room, master bedroom, and small quayside 'terrace'. Further river views over the cottage from the elevated decking area to the rear.
ENTRANCE The cottage is accessed from The Quay - via a covered porch and stable door (see full details regarding 'Access Information' below) directly into the sitting room.
SITTING/DINING ROOM This charming and cosy living area, with low ceiling, original supporting beams and delightful views is tastefully presented around the feature fireplace and wood-burning stove. The room is very comfortably furnished with double sofa, two armchairs, coffee table, TV/DVD. An open staircase (with restricted head height in parts) leads up from the sitting room to the first floor bedrooms. The dining area has an oak table and four chairs, and side table with Bose iPod dock. Two steps lead up to the kitchen.
KITCHEN A well-equipped and elegantly crafted kitchen has a range of wall and base units topped with black granite, brick tiled splash-backs, and a range of appliances including a four-ring induction hob, integrated electric and microwave ovens, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and Nespresso coffee machine. A door leads out to the rear terrace and decking areas.
EN SUITE BEDROOMS The master bedroom has superb river views via two waterfront windows and is furnished with a King size bed, bedside units and lamps, fitted shelving, glass-topped dressing table and stool, and digital radio. Narrow and relatively steep stairs lead up to an en suite built into the roof space above. This very cleverly designed space has a freestanding bathtub (approx. 1200mm in length) with hand-held shower attachment, wash-hand basin, w.c., heated towel rail, shaver point and underfloor heating. The second bedroom is accessed via its own en suite which features a large walk-in shower (with rain head and regular shower fittings), wash-hand basin, w.c., heated towel rail, shaver point and underfloor heating. Two steps lead up into the bedroom (divided by a curtain) which has a double bed, bedside units with lamps, small fitted wardrobe, shelving, digital radio, skylights and porthole overlooking the rear terrace.
OUTSIDE To the rear of the cottage two flights of stone steps lead up to a private terrace with large pre-cast concrete table, wooden bench seating and barbecue, ideal for al fresco dining! A further set of stone steps offer access to a spacious area of wooden decking with chairs, table and sun loungers. This area has good river views over the quayside cottages and is partly protected from the elements by a large canvas canopy.
PARKING Whilst there is no allocated parking at the cottage, spaces can usually be found on 'The Ham' nearby (approx. 100m), or on 'The Level' at the top of the village.
DART MARINA SPA MEMBERSHIP Guests can enjoy the use of the luxury facilities of the Dart Marina Health Spa in Dartmouth, including indoor pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and beautifully designed relaxation areas (please check directly with the Spa for further information and times for family pool usage). Beauty treatments from Elemis are available, which should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
OTHER INFORMATION Beautiful oak flooring at ground floor level with carpets in the bedrooms and on stairs. Both bathrooms have tiled flooring with underfloor heating. Wireless broadband internet available, and telephone for local and incoming calls (limited mobile coverage). Strictly no smoking but one small, well-behaved (and well-managed!) dog is welcome. Paddleboards and boats can be hired from the nearby pontoon, and a small dinghy can be moored outside the cottage.
ACCESS INFORMATION It is important to appreciate firstly that The Quay in Dittisham is accessed by one steep and narrow road (mostly one car width) only. Whilst it may be possible to park for a short period nearby to unload/load on arrival/departure this will be dependant on local tides and usage of the nearby pub and cafe. We strongly advise guests to park at The Ham and carry luggage (preferably in small, soft bags not suitcases!) along The Quay to Berry Cottage. We also recommend that first time Dittisham visitors contact our office and/or take time to research the village fully prior to booking. In addition, we would highlight that the unusual layout of the accommodation of this cottage (in particular, the five sets of narrow/steep stairs/steps) may not be suitable for guests with health or access concerns. For reasons of safety - including the proximity of the cottage to the waters edge, and steep internal staircases - children under 5 years of age are not permitted.