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Spyglass - 'A secret gem'

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
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Some of the lovely things guests have said about Spyglass: 'This place is a secret gem' 'Views over the River Dart were mesmerising' 'Absolutely brilliant' 'My favourite place on earth' 'Imaginatively furnished, clean, comfortable and perfectly equipped' Cute, cosy, quiet and quaint. Spyglass is refurbished and enlarged and is transformed into a lovely cosy 2 bedroom cottage apartment retaining all it's original charm but with a new twist upstairs. I did have Spyglass for sale briefly - happily circumstances have changed and Spyglass is no longer for sale! The old ground-floor kitchen/dining is now a second bedroom and the new room upstairs has had the roof raised and is a great all-in-one lounge/ kitchen /dining room from which there are full width windows with truly stunning views ove...Some of the lovely things guests have said about Spyglass: 'This place is a secret gem' 'Views over the River Dart were mesmerising' 'Absolutely brilliant' 'My favourite place on earth' 'Imaginatively furnished, clean, comfortable and perfectly equipped' Cute, cosy, quiet and quaint. Spyglass is refurbished and enlarged and is transformed into a lovely cosy 2 bedroom cottage apartment retaining all it's original charm but with a new twist upstairs. I did have Spyglass for sale briefly - happily circumstances have changed and Spyglass is no longer for sale! The old ground-floor kitchen/dining is now a second bedroom and the new room upstairs has had the roof raised and is a great all-in-one lounge/ kitchen /dining room from which there are full width windows with truly stunning views overlooking the River Dart, with increased views up river, across to Kingswear, and down the estuary past Dartmouth Castle and out to sea. There is also a small door giving direct access to the roof terrace with more fine river and sea views. A high efficiency wood burning stove is installed upstairs and makes the whole room warm and cosy. There are 4 Velux roof windows giving even more views and lots of light upstairs. The upstairs in natural plaster and we are keeping it that way as we like it! Insulation has been brought up to modern standards to keep it all cosy. Spyglass is generally let Saturday to Saturday, please check with me if you need different days, it may sometimes be possible.The address is 6 Nelson Steps, Dartmouth TQ69BS. It is up 32 steps in total, with flat sections and turns, but it does make it a gloriously quiet location and, of course, the climb does mean expansive views. All the photographs are taken of or from the property, not from the nearby. There is a nice light shower room and 2 bedrooms on the ground floor. The Captain's bedroom has a double bed and the Crew's bedroom has 2 three-foot wide single beds. The lounge has flat screen LCD tv/dvd/radio. The whole place is nautically themed with fishing nets and glass floats, anchors, a large brass ships' bell, paintings, prints, old navigation lights, blocks and tackles, etc...just lovely! The property has it's own wifi. The outside terrace has lighting and a table and 4 chairs. We ask guests to bring their own linen and towels, but, a linen drop can be arranged for those coming from overseas if necessary. Duvets and pillows are provided. Parking can often be had on the road during the off season and during the summer season there is on street parking for up to 2 hours and overnight plus an all-year parking permit is provided with the cottage giving free unlimited parking in the town centre car park and the park and ride (and some other car parks within the area). There are wonderful walks along the coast East and West and Spyglass is directly on the Coastal Path. The town centre with its many and varied shops and restaurants is just 2 minutes walk. River and fishing trips run regularly from the quay side. The cottage is on the Western lower slopes of the Dart and looks down on the Lower Ferry. You can sit on the sofa in the sitting room and watch the fishing boats and yachts coming in, and, in the evening you can sit and see the lights illuminating Dartmouth Castle and track the lights of boats as they enter the Dart. We can only usually do short breaks out of season. Spyglass is a beautiful place in a great location. Just a reminder, there are quite a few steps to the property and I could not recommend it for the infirm or those with very young children. That said - we have had many older guests including my own 93 year old mother!....More
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About the Owner
Martin H
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2013
Interaction with guests
I kind of leave guests to it as I live away from Spyglass. There is plenty to see and do without me interfering! There is also a lot of information for visitors in a file in the lounge. That said, many have found time slowly passes with a good book and the odd glance up to watch the river doing it's thing. I have local cleaners and a handyman should anything need sorting. Spyglass is a quiet, tranquil place to slowly let time pass.
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Reviewed 5 April 2019

Stayed here for a weekend. The property is cute, with stunning views, and only a short walk to local amenities. Worth staying in :)))

Date of stay: March 2019
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Martin H, VR Owner at Spyglass - 'A secret gem', responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2019

Many thanks for your review. You are most welcome to come back any time. All the best Martin

Reviewed 3 April 2019

We, (wife and I) stayed here for a few days and loved it. The accommodation is great- clean and comfortable with fantastic views. Everything you could want and the log burner is an added bonus. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Date of stay: March 2019
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Martin H, VR Owner at Spyglass - 'A secret gem', responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2019

Hi there - thanks for the great review - and I have to say I completely agree! The log burner is a Burley Debdale - the world's most efficient log burner.

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Reviewed 1 January 2019

We loved SPYGLASS and its location!!! The excitement of discovering it in the dark after arriving by car on the Lower Ferry was magical! The cottage was full of character, clean and tidy and the views over the RIver Dart are mesmerising. Having the lounge...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank debscoutts
Martin H, VR Owner at Spyglass - 'A secret gem', responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2019

Aw! thanks so much. How great that you had such a lovely time. I understand it as I still get a thrill every time I go too! You are most welcome and I hope you'll both be back soon - maybe come when there's a...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018

A long drive was not softened on arrival to find we needed to clean the place from top to bottom. It was filthy. The roof top terrace was inaccessible because the garden was over grown. I rang the owner who was nice but as he...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Emma T
Martin H, VR Owner at Spyglass - 'A secret gem', responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

I can not express how upset I was by this review. I think it is important to try and correct things if they are not up to standard. You did call me - not only was I nice and apologetic, but I also said I...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018

Nice little appartement with picturesque view. With its steep steps this part of Dartmouth looked almost meditarrenean to us. Excellent starting point for walks along coast path and to Greenway. Very friendly owner. We didn't use the terrace much which is a little difficult to...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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Martin H, VR Owner at Spyglass - 'A secret gem', responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Many thanks -I'm really glad you liked staying at Spyglass so much.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Housekeeping Included
Water Views
Dryer
Outdoor Dining Area
Ocean Views
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
A Winter Sun Getaway
TV
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Rural/Countryside Retreats
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
This part of Devon is blessed with a rather special microclimate making it one of the warmest, sunniest parts of England.
Getting around
You can drive but there is also a good system of local buses and many further places can be reached by train from Totnes, a few miles up river.
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