Because, sometimes, you just need to escape the Big Smoke…
A little over four hours drive from London is the pretty South Devonshire town of Dartmouth. Neapolitan townhouses dot the river Dart’s shoreline here with their ice-cream colours, classic sports cars zip around the harbour side and you can be sure that lunch was almost certainly caught fresh that morning. Dartmouth has a strong Royal naval history and counts Agatha Christie among holidaymakers past. These days, Dartmouth is better known as a West Country destination for arty types and foodies alike.
A relaxed weekend retreat from the city, here are a few notable highlights…
The Dartmouth Canvas Factory
For over 25 years, the Dartmouth Canvas factory has produced smart bags and accessories worthy of any would-be chandler. Beautifully made with a nautical feel (think navy blues, crisp whites and rope accents) these bags are incredibly durable. Head to the back of the shopfloor and you’re likely to see Jayne at work behind a sewing machine. A true artisan.
“Tomorrow’s fish are still in the sea”, states the Rockfish menu. A variety of fresh fish as well as queen scallops and soft shell crab feature on the menu of this award-winning ‘posh’ seafood shack; owned and run by celebrity chef, Mitch Tonks. Check out the local catch which is updated daily, and enjoy with Rockfish’s own brew cider.
Hill View House
Just a stones throw from Dartmouth’s town centre is the charming Hill View House. A Devonshire B&B with wellness and the environment at its heart, you’ll be sure of a comfortable stay to recharge. Locally-sourced breakfast options tick all the clean eating boxes.
A little further up the river Dart from town you’ll find the Sharpham Estate. Both a farm and vineyard with an accolade of awards under its belt, a visit here is a must for any wine and cheese lover (which, let’s face it, is everyone). Ground tours and tastings throughout the year.
A social enterprise, Nkuku is a homeware and lifestyle store with fair trade at its core. Handcrafted furniture, some reclaimed, tableware and ceramics adorn the workshop and café in Dartmouth’s outskirts. Sourced from artisans across India, and some made on-site, you’re bound to find some truly unique pieces (each with its own back story).
Who’s ready to set sail?
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