The Coastal House agent Julie Hill shares why Dartmouth is seaside beauty spot


When the weekend beckons and you grow weary of high-octane city life - what better pick-me-up than to escape to the coast. Julie Hill from agents, The Coastal House, reveals why the historic naval town of Dartmouth is one to explore

The south-west coastline of England is something to behold. Rolling hills and golden sands are the epitome of away-from-it-all heaven in this part of the UK.

When people escape the hustle and bustle of London, they usually head to Devon; specifically to Dartmouth. There are few places that match this stunning town - and no estate agent knows this better than The Coastal House.

A boutique agency offering a bespoke service to clients, owner, Julie Hill says: “In an industry famous for glib details and diminished customer service values, we stand out as a company with integrity. Our customers’ needs are at the forefront of everything we do.”

Choosing to set up business in the picturesque town of Dartmouth, the agency knows what a gem this historic ancient port is and the characterful culture it has at its heart.

“Dartmouth is an ancient port brimming with art galleries, traditional pubs, wonderful restaurants and a world-famous Naval College,” adds Julie. “Awash with heritage and maritime history, it’s a magical mix of old and new.”

In contrast to many other coastal towns, it has size on its side, meaning it is well-equipped with all the essentials from a lively community of artists to leisure amenities and boutique shops. This makes it the ideal bolt-hole for a weekend getaway.

A short ferry-crossing over the Dart lies the quintessential English coastal village of Kingswear which is bursting with pastel-hued cottages, marinas, cafés and pubs.

“Kingswear is a timeless classic,” Julie tells. “Whether you’re looking for a quaint, thatched seaside cottage with a wood-burner or a penthouse with sweeping views, you’re in the right place.”

The stunning architecture, mild climate, unspoilt landscape and building restrictions (the council have a firm resistance to the area becoming over-developed), means property values remain high, so investments made are savvy ones.

The Coastal House are marketing a unique opportunity to own a slice of true Kingswear history with the renovation of the Grade II-listed Royal Dart Hotel. The hotel has been reimagined as a collection of beautiful residential homes, with fine interior details and carefully preserved original features including the zinc-clad roof.

“This is a rare chance to invest in an utterly unique building with direct access to the water and real heritage at its heart.” Adds Julie: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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