Our week in Dartmouth – Part 1

Another miserable Monday morning (October 2nd to be precise.) I wake up to the news that Monarch have gone into administration! Thanks Monarch! We were due to travel to Majorca for a week’s holiday on 22nd October. We were going with 6 of our friends and their children, staying in a lovely villa with a private pool. The perfect way to relax after a couple of really hectic weeks. However; it wasn’t meant to be. So we managed to find a last minute holiday to Dartmouth, as abroad just wasn’t sensible with the massive increase in flight prices.

We ended up finding a beautiful big property set up really high (more on this later) in Kingswear, which is a little village just over the water from Dartmouth. Although we were all really disappointed to start with, it ended up working out really well. It meant there was loads to do for the kids and it wasn’t as weather reliant as Majorca would have been. Also from a selfish point of view, it worked out great on the departure time. Originally we would have had to get an 8am outbound flight. So we would have been up super early; which happened to be the day after my Sister’s midlands hen do, where I was pretty merry. Instead I managed to get a little lie in before leaving and left my packing until that morning too, as the week before was very hectic.

The Property

On arrival we very quickly discovered that we were in a multi million pound property (thanks to the brochure on the side, trying to sell the property.) It was a great property, with truly amazing views!


Dartmouth lit up at night

The view of Dartmouth castle at night, from our decking


A lot of the property had been done up to a really good standard and looked very attractive. The kitchen was a little crazy, with bright blue granite and two of the unused rooms did smell quite strongly of damp, which wasn’t ideal. However; on the whole it was a fab space for us all with stunning views and very light and airy. The master bedroom had a dressing room, a bathroom and then a further wet room. Outside of the house was a big decking area, overlooking the water, all of the little boats and Dartmouth – so by day you could see the gorgeous coloured buildings and by night it was lit up and so stunning.



Upstairs lounge with log burner



Downstairs lounge, look at the views through the windows



Master Bedroom



Other third floor bedroom



From the decking


There was an 8 seater hot tub out on the decking, which we really enjoyed using in the evenings, with a glass or ten of prosecco. The views were definitely the best part of the house, but that also created the worst part – the walk up to the house. There were 72 steps to climb, which is bad at the best of times, but made harder by having to unload a weeks worth of stuff for 8 people and two kiddies. It also meant every time we went out there were 72 steps to lug baby, toddler, pushchair, car seat, changing bag etc. down.




Our property, set high up in Kingswear



Dartmouth by night

The view form our decking, of Dartmouth lit up at night



The first few days were quite misty (as you can see from the picture below) but it cleared up and we actually had some really lovely weather.



Dartmouth by day

The view of misty Dartmouth, whilst waiting for the ferry across.


Day One – Mooching in Dartmouth

Day one would technically have been the Sunday, but we didn’t arrive until about 5pm. We spent ages unloading 4 cars of stuff up the 72 stairs, plus the week’s food shop (the poor Sainsbury’s delivery driver hadn’t been prepared for that.) We enjoyed a lovely evening of cheese, meats, olives, a load of drinks, played a few games and then braved the hot tub. For the first night it was only at 34 degrees, plus it was raining, so a little crazy and not quite as enjoyable as the rest of the week.  We did it never the less.

So the first full day was the Monday and we just had a lazy morning and a cooked breakfast and then headed out to get the ferry across to Dartmouth and have a little mooch around. Dartmouth is so lovely. A very classy town, that felt up market and super cute.


We stopped for an afternoon tea, which was unfortunately not as amazing as we had hoped.


afteroon tea

Afternoon tea – cute china, sticky chairs and average scones

After this we had a bit more of a look around and then went to the Royal Hotel for a few drinks before going to collect our Chinese for tea.  We couldn’t get anyone to deliver to us, as we were based over the water.  So we had to collect it ourselves and take it back on the ferry.

Day Two – Pennywell Farm

We went to Pennywell farm, which was fab. Despite the drizzle and rain we had a great time. There was pig racing on, which was hilarious. The little pigs totally did not want to run in the rain. Some of them even turned back and didn’t make the full track. We put on a little sweep stake between the 8 of us and Andy (my hubby) and Lisa split the winnings.

Pennywell farm

The sweepstake winnings


Pennywell Farm

The pigs, not wanting to run


Pennywell Farm

Baby Finn enjoying the farm

We got to feed the baby goats and see loads of other animals including some 1 day old piglets. They were just totally adorable. Quite a few of the group got to have a hold of some 1 week old piglets, including little Amelia.



1 day old piglets

1 day old piglets



I was waiting nicely in line for my turn to hold the week old piglet, whilst Nicky had a hold. I looked up just in time to see her launch said baby piglet across the room. She didn’t technically throw him, but he started really squealing, wiggled out of her arms and shot across the room. Thankfully one of the ladies working there caught him, so there were no injuries. So I decided to opt out, in case my hold came to the same fate.


pennywell farm

Nicky with the pig before it jumped


Pennywell Farm

Amelia loving the muddy puddles

That night we stayed in. We had home made fajitas, more games, drinks and I imagine (although cannot actually remember) went in the hot tub.


Part 2 will follow later in the week, with more pictures of what we got up to for the rest of the week. If you like reading travel blogs, you can find our Iceland blog posts here and here. 



  1. 5th November 2017 / 11:34 pm

    Such a shame not being able to go abroad but this place looks soooo nice! I love cute places to stay like this and it all looks so lovely and like you had so much fun still! Loved this post

    Ellie x


  2. 5th November 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Such a shame about not being able to go abroa but this place looks soooo nice! I love cute places like this, everything looks so lovely and cosy an the views look so nice too! Looks like you had a fab time. Loved this post

    Ellie x


    • alicelovesxo
      6th November 2017 / 7:18 am

      Yes it was super cute and really lovely to have lots of fun things to do. X

  3. 6th November 2017 / 9:46 am

    Dartmouth is literally one of my favourite places! We go every year. Where you stayed looks so lovely! Great post and lovely pics!

    • alicelovesxo
      10th November 2017 / 11:14 am

      It is one of my favourite places now too. I can’t believe I hadn’t been before. x

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