Special Breaks

Special Breaks in Dartmouth

Special Breaks

Downton Lodge is the perfect base for your special break in Devon – less than 10 minutes drive to Dartmouth yet located in a tranquil rural setting with plenty of safe private parking.

Make the most of your special break in Dartmouth by exploring the beautiful historic port of Dartmouth, the surrounding villages and the glorious River Dart, sea and beaches.

Dartmouth offers a fantastic array of shops and galleries as well as an enviable selection of high quality restaurants, such as The Seahorse, traditional country pubs and cafes with stunning views over Dartmouth.

Activity Breaks

There is a huge choice of activities in and around Dartmouth within easy reach of Downton Lodge. Whether you’re looking for bracing coastal or country walks, an active day on the water, a visit to a museum or National Trust attractions nearby, Dartmouth offers a wealth of things to do all year round.

Some of the leading attractions in and around Dartmouth include:

  • Dartmouth Museum
  • Britannia Royal Naval College
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Sharpham Vineyard
  • Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
  • Living Coasts, Torquay
  • Dartmouth Castle
  • Blackpool Sands
  • Agatha Christie’s Greenway House (as featured on the BBC)

For keen golfers there is the excellent Dartmouth Golf and Country Club www.dgcc.co.uk just 5 minutes drive away as well as several other courses nearby.

If you can’t see what you’re looking for do please talk to us and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Here are some specific events not to be missed…..

Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Always held over the last weekend of August this has become one of the largest events of its type in the country. In addition to a wide variety of sailing and rowing events there are fantastic air displays, fireworks and markets to enjoy. Why not stay for the whole week and enjoy the build-up to the main events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is a real advantage in staying outside the Town as parking during Regatta Week is virtually impossible. (Private parking space is available in Dartmouth for guests staying with us) Book early to avoid disappointment. www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk

Dartmouth Music Festival

Held every year during early May. Since the Festival’s inception in 1998, it’s eclectic mix of orchestral, rock, choral, blues, opera, folk, jazz etc., has won the hearts of both locals and visitors alike and become one of the star events in Dartmouth’s calendar. Follow the link for more details www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk

Dartmouth Food Festival

This is an annual event held over several days during October for food lovers everywhere! Come along and enjoy foodie-related events throughout the town – there are treats galore, including food shacks, cookery demonstrations, Farmers’ Market, food parties, music and much, much more. For dates and programme details follow the link www.dartmouthfoodfestival.co.uk

Agatha Christie’s Greenway House

Enjoy the beautifully restored historic house, stroll through the Estate’s beautiful gardens and visit the unique Victorian bath house on the water’s edge. Leave your car in Dittisham and cross the Dart to Greenway Quay via water taxi. For more details plus opening times Click Here

Greenway House image ©NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie