What a view, Darling!

Darling, Dartmouth


The original cottage at "Darling" is one of the oldest homes in prestigious Manor Street at the heart of the village, says estate agents "The Coastal House". 

Built in the late 15th Century, this stone-rubble property provides a glorious traditional backdrop to a striking and sleek glazed extension. Two worlds of the very old and cutting edge new come together and the result is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

This spectacular historic dwelling already stands out from its contemporaries as it sits perpendicular to the street, allowing unusual and welcome parking for up to three vehicles. An open vaulted oak porch with honed slate bench seating provides an eye-catching entrance to the cottage, which is towards the end of the process of being lovingly restored to its former glory. 

A cosy dual aspect reception room running the width of the property boasts a magnificent open stone fireplace and beautiful bespoke hardwood double glazed windows wind up the stairs to the floor above. The Medieval oak roof has been preserved allowing the original trusses and beams to shine while a new structural roof with Delabole slates oversails them. Contemporary wooden panelling and exposed brickwork with plumbing for an ensuite combine to create an extra special master bedroom featuring two window seats with views of the River Dart beyond.

As we move through to the sleek modern extension we realise that this is more than just doubling floor space, it transforms Darling to 'Grand Design' level architecture. The striking transition enhances the original character of the cottage and provides a very clear distinction between old and new. 

Providing a further two bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs, the upper floor will house an exceptional open plan kitchen, dining and reception room.

This space is truly breath-taking - on top of the light into the space itself from the floor to ceiling wrap around glazing, there are abundant views of the River Dart. The enormous glass panels effortlessly slide open to provide a seamless link with the generous outdoor patio.This is such an amazingly sociable space, it is easy to imagine an evening with friends soaking up the sunset following a day playing on the river. 

Darling is in the late stages of the development process. The stressful planning and building regulation process is long over. The disruptive ground works and hard landscaping are all in place. Any hiccups in the complex restoration project have been straightened. The pleasurable part of the process - making your mark - is all that really lies ahead….
….and while you wait out the next stage, there is exceptional accommodation in the garden. Designed to maximise the abundant views over the village and river, this summer house is far from average. 

This bespoke octagonal cedar-clad building is finished to very high specification and provides fully self-contained one-bedroom accommodation.

The Garden House is a glorious escape from the world, a cosy haven in its elevated position tucked into the hillside. Underfloor heating, a clever hideaway kitchen and open plan living area downstairs, wind up the quirky spiral staircase and we find a sweet bedroom with an impressive sky light - just perfect for star gazing - an en-suite shower room and an office area.


The extensive grounds at Darling are to be admired. Just under an acre at the rear of the property, provides a not only a fabulous terrace but a further two flat south facing lawns with exclusive views over the Dart. 

There is plenty of scope for vegetable plots or orchard planting. Towards the back, welcome summer shade and privacy is provided by magnificent mature trees. There is also a useful shed / log store. 

Darling also has the advantage of having a phenomenal location. Part of the quaint and exclusive Manor Street, one could be excused to think that you have stepped back in time.The popular village pub and the pontoon are a stones throw away and there is plenty of opportunities for sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking right on your doorstep. Dittisham itself is a picturesque unspoilt village on the west bank of the Dart, a very short river trip from Dartmouth.

Visit the ever-popular Ferry Boat Inn alongside the river Dart. Grab the coveted window seat and watch the water traffic pass serenely by while enjoying a drink or leisurely lunch. The village shop and pub in Dittisham is within walking distance, well stocked with local artisan produce, along with a post office, the village hub. Dartmouth is within easy reach and provides
a comprehensive selection of options including independent delicatessens, butcher, bakers and a renowned fish market, complimented by Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer. For fine dining a generous selection awaits including the elegant Seahorse Bistro, perfect for a special occasion.

Within moments of the front door there is so much on offer for young and old. A walker's paradise, the Dart Valley trail is nearby with its winding coastal paths and stunning beaches. Admire the panoramic vista at the top of Fire Beacon Hill which attests to the area's naval heritage. Take a small ferry boat over the Dart to visit Greenway, the former home of Agatha Christie. The Ham fields and playground by the river is a wonderful space for children and water sport enthusiasts will appreciate the numerous activities on offer including a sailing school.

Manor Street, Dittisham

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