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Devon Self Catering cottage, Bight Boathouse, Dartmouth, sleeps 11

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Bight Boathouse

Bight Boathouse, Dartmouth, Devon

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 11

Pricing From: £1187

This riverside residence is in Dartmouth, South Devon and can sleep ten people in four bedrooms.

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.

Pet friendly accommodation Pet Friendly


Dirty. Dangerous. Dated
A mixed group of us stayed here for New Year 2021. The view is amazing. Everything else about it is awful. The experience starts from the overwhelming smell of damp that greets you as you come down the stairs. Opening the cheap 1970s patio doors, you are greeted by an interior that resembles a care home (thick, white tubular stair rails) and is dated. The carpets are threadbare and dangerous, especially on the stairs. The main living room is equally dated and the kitchen is appalling. The bar stools for the breakfast bar simply don't work; the breakfast bar is not fitted to the floor and everything appears dirty (there was a half smoked joint under the bar). Although advertised as accommodating 11 people, there is one bathroom with no shower and an awful black en suite bathroom that has a poor quality shower with a sign on the door saying "this shower may not work". The pool was dirty, with loose tiles and eroded grouting. Special mention should be made of the bedrooms. The mattresses are so thin as to be useless. The sheets are not clean, don't fit the beds and are of exceptionally poor quality - we found washing them to alleviate some of the discomfort caused by their quality. Not one person had a good night's sleep for the time we were there. On stripping the beds to leave, one of our party found glass beneath the sheet. On one day, there was a flood in the pool room - water pouring onto the electrics and causing them to short. On contacting the owner (there was no point contacting the agent, Sykes Cottages, as their customer care is non-existent), his response was that it was due to the amount of rain. The attending engineer observed that they were aware of a leak and had buckets in place to catch water in the pool-service room. All of this cost in excess of ?4,000 for a week. All of our party left before the end of the week; we simply could not tolerate it any longer. But for the company and the time of year, we would have left earlier. Even the view of the Dart doesn't compensate for how awful this place is. It needs to be gutted before being rented, or at least cleaned and the beds replaced. I would save my money and take an AirBnB in the Dart Marina.

Dirty & Dangerous
Have paid ?4,000 for a week we had expected at least a basic level of cleanliness and repair. The property is run down to the point of being dangerous! Hazards are everywhere, too many to list. From the trip hazard on the threadbare spiral staircases to the rusty non functioning gym equipment and sauna. The pool has junk and broken tiles on the bottom. Sharp edges everywhere which was a serious H&S issue. Dismantled fire alarms and a CO2 alarm that kept going off. Nothing was clean, everything had a 'sticky? feel to it. The place needs gutting and renovating before allowing anyone else in. We were shocked how someone could be allowed to rent this property out in its current state. There is going to be a serious accident here unless something is done. By far the worst holiday home we have ever had the misfortune to stay at. Skyes Cottages needs to remove this listing from their website immediately until the property has undergone significant improvements

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
Barbara L

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.

Hole, not bolthole.
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.



Parking Space Parking Space
Sauna Sauna
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cooker Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


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Central heating
Electric oven, gas hob
Microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, 2 x washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 1 x smart 55" TV with basic Sky and 4 x TVs with Freeview, 4 x DVDs, Hi-Fi, Wii Sports with balance board, WiFi, Variety of games, arcade and casino games, DVDs, books and toys
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 2 cars
Balconies with furniture, electric heaters and BBQ
Three dogs welcome at £40 each per week
Sorry, no smoking
Shop/pub 5 mins walk
Beach 3 miles
Note: Not suitable for children, under 5 years of age, unless by prior arrangement with the owner
All children must be supervised on balconies
Note: May not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties
Note: Swimming pool/gym facilities attract an additional cost payable directly to the owner £650 for 2024, £675 for 2025 and £700 for 2026(subject to change)
(Please note - the pool price is the year the holiday takes place, not booked)
Note: The pool is filtered under pressure through a large sand filter to maintain crystal clarity of the water and so there maybe tiny collections of sand on bottom of pool from time to time
Note: No Grocery Van is allowed on the Roof top car park, there is a 2 ton weight limit
Note: Disclaimer must be signed before using swimming pool facilities

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Dartmouth, St Saviour's Church - 0.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Dartmouth Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Dartmouth Castle - 0.4 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Gallants Bower Fort - 0.5 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Dartmouth, St Petrox Church - 0.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Coleton Fishacre House and Garden - 1.8 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Greenway - 2.7 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Stoke Gabriel Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Kirkham House - 6.5 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

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