Come to Dartmouth for the sea breeze and bracing walks.
It’s often easy to overlook the coastal wonders that Devon has to offer.
Although some of the most challenging walks in Devon might well be found in the more rugged climes of Dartmoor and Exmoor, ramblers who would prefer to have a public loo and a cup of cream tea close to hand should consider visiting Dartmouth for an idyllic weekend trip.
With enough stunning coastal hikes to keep you busy for many-a-day and some charming restaurants as well, Dartmouth has plenty to offer the intrepid explorer and whilst you could pitch a tent up and rough it for the weekend, there are a number of affordable hotels and B&Bs that you should probably consider first…
As a seaside town, Dartmouth offers visitors a chance to settle into a quintessential coastal town. Whilst you could spend the night in a cheap, faceless chain hotel just a few minutes outside of the town centre, the most central accommodation options are by far the most comfortable. The Caprita Guesthouse is a perfect example of a B&B that offers everything that you’d expect from a modern establishment (Television, Wi-Fi etc) whilst also remaining delightfully traditional.
Prices from: £80 p/night for a Double Room (inc. Breakfast)
The grandly named Mounthaven is one of the few establishments in Dartmouth to have attained the much coveted 5-star rating from the AA and for good reason! The hosts are also trained chefs, which guarantees you a decent brekkie before you head out for your day’s hike. All you have to do is take a look at the views on their website to get an idea of the kind of treat this place is, for some B&Bs it’s really all about location, thankfully Mounthaven has that and so much more.
Prices from: £100 p/night for a Double Room (inc. Breakfast)
Royal Castle Hotel
Whilst it can often be a little tricky to spot Dartmouth’s historical landmarks from the raft of cleverly replicated new builds, the Royal Castle Hotel stands a mile out from its competitors with it’s grandiose architecture and central positioning looking out over the marina. This handsomely kept hotel has been open since 1639 and has played host to Queen Victoria, Sir Francis Drake and an entire production of an Agatha Christie movie adaptation, starring Donald Sutherland.
Prices: £95 p/night for a Double Room
Cafe Alf Resfo
You could easily walk straight on by Alf Rescos and assume that it’s simply a pleasant looking seaside cafe, but there are some cosy rooms to stay hidden within its upper floors. The ‘penthouse’ suite is affectionately known as ‘The Captain’s Cabin’ and features nautically themed decor, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. If you’d rather have the full seaside B&B experience, then you can have your fill from the cafe’s well renowned breakfast menu downstairs when you stay in one of the two B&B rooms on the first floor.
Prices from: £75 p/night