Win a two-night stay at the Bayards Cove Inn

Dartmouth’s maritime history is rich and intriguing

Dartmouth’s maritime history is rich and intriguing - Credit: Archant

One lucky Devon Life reader can win a two-night bed and breakfast stay at the lovely Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth


Glistening sea, bobbing boats, majestic yachts and a picture postcard hillside of houses painted in the brightest boldest colours...Dartmouth is the finest and most historic town in the South Hams.

The peace, the light, the size of the sky, the colours from the sea, it is the perfect place just to hang out for a bit, do a bit of reading, painting, walking, and where better than from Bayards Cove Inn?

Dartmouth’s maritime history is rich and intriguing, and as you explore the harbourside, the alleyways, the old buildings, monuments and inscriptions, the River Dart dominates as she ends her 47-mile journey, an expense of water with a million tales to tell.

Bayards Cove Inn plays its own special part in the town’s history. Built in the 14th century, this former merchant’s house is just a few feet from Bayards Cove where the Mayflower and Speedwell famously docked for urgent repairs, hence the town’s key part in this year’s historic Mayflower 400 celebrations.


It is now an award-winning boutique hotel where attention to detail and quality customer care have earned it a growing reputation.

The beautiful exterior provides a taste of what’s to come, and when you step inside you’ll find original period features enhanced by stylish decor; the perfect spot to enjoy lunch, dinner or just a great cup of the finest coffee in town.

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The food in the restaurant offers everything from a sizzling steak to delicious fresh seafood that you would expect when staying on the coast – especially the wonderful sweet brown crab that South Devon is famous for. Vegetarians and vegans aren’t considered an afterthought either. With plenty of daily specials added to the board, there is always something to excite your taste buds in anticipation.

From attic-style rooms with nautical themed names, original beams and natural stone walls, to two-storey duplex suites ideal for families - some of which have glorious views out to sea down the estuary of the River Dart and also of Dartmouth Castle - all rooms (there are seven in all) are tastefully appointed.

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From Bayards Cove Inn, it’s a mile-long walk to Dartmouth Castle, which has an interesting history. A boat trip up the river inland is great for exploring the small villages, while the Dartmouth Royal Naval College is also worth a visit - or take a

boat out to sea and explore the coastal coves. Train enthusiasts who are visting the town should do a journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.

You can also join guided tours of the area with Monty Halls, the BBC television presenter, through Great Escapes Dartmouth.

Beaches are close by, too. Canoeing, cycling, water-skiing, sailing and fishing are among the numerous activities nearby. Afterwards, enjoy a pint of Bays Topsail bitter in the bar, or snuggle up by the fire, catch up on the news, and tuck into a huge piece of home-made cak

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