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A secluded waterfront property with wonderful views of the river Dart

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable 5 bedroom house on one floor, with garden and private quay

Dittisham - An ideal holiday home on the River Dart.

Sleeps 8/12 - 1 double bedroom, 3 twin bedrooms; and bunk-room with 4 full length bunk-beds suitable for children or teenagers. Huge roof sun-deck ideal for sunbathing. Wonderful views over the river. Private quay. Garden with barbecue. 2 acres of woodland and grounds.

A perfect base from which to explore the South Hams and its many attractions.

Mrs F. Gil
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We chose Viper’s Quay for a May break on the basis of earlier reviews and were delighted. Devon hedgerows full of wild flowers on the way and when we got there location, ambience, comfort and facilities all lived up to earlier comments. We particularly enjoyed all the local prints, pictures and maps on the walls - great and eclectic collection of books too. Pleased too to find such a range of herbs in the kitchen racks when we needed a little Oregano. Every need seems to have been thought of.

Chose VQ also for the 55+ recommendations of previous reviewers as one of our party had limited mobility, and because the house was effectively on one level with a walk-in shower. It worked out fine in every respect and provided much interest and a splendid outlook if she just chose to sit and look. We found that the hills proved no challenge to a good mobility scooter, although the cattle grids, should you make the walk into Dittisham a few times as we did, can prove an interesting challenge.

The standard of the fish meals at the Anchorstone Cafe in Dittisham is astonishingly high: a local lemon sole that overhung the plate and fat plump scallops in their shells.

Excellent bitter at the Ferryboat Inn.
May 2012
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Dartmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two bedrooms have their own en suite bath or shower rooms. The two other bedrooms share a family bathroom. The bunk room has its own adjacent bathroom, next to which is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , With ensuite shower/WC
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , With ensuite bath/WC
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , (Full length bunk beds)
  • Towels (except beach towels) and linen (duvets) provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Not suitable for toddlers. Private water supply.


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A secluded waterfront property with wonderful views of the river Dart
average rating of 4.9 based on 41 reviews

The perfect place for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from our second visit to Vipers Quay this year, and no doubt we will return again next year. Having been there a few times in the past we never grow tired of the superb views and location. It's such a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The owners are always very helpful and considerate and the locals are always very friendly.

Dittisham is a lovely little village and the house itself is in a perfect location. A fantastic place to escape for a relaxing time.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Location Location

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular views from ultra quiet position within walking distance of Dittisham with great pubs and restaurants. We had a lovely family holiday there and would highly recommend this house

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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A Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Vipers' Quay is a Modernist house, which has been tastefully modernized and practically furnished, with a large family's needs in mind. It perfectly suits twenty first century standards. The house and grounds nestle in a glorious setting on the River Dart, offering panoramic views of the river and gentle hills of the landscape. We see Agatha Christie's lovely house in the distance. Light and space abound in the house. We found it to be impeccably clean, so comfortable and obviously well maintained. Vipers' Quay has a warm spirit of place. One can imagine spending Christmas at the house, with a large Christmas tree standing proudly in the entrance hall. You will find many good books on the shelves to read, by Graham Greene or Zadie Smith or Agatha Christie, notable historians and correspondents. There is much to do in the area: visit fascinating National Trust properties, art galleries and splendid gardens, take long walks, sail, and more. It is marvelous to be able to use ferries to travel rather than one's car. The owner was very helpful and caring, always responsive. She sounds charming. Vipers' Quay is a gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Cant recommend it highly enough

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Vipers Quay a number of times now and never cease to be amazed at what a fabulous location it is.

Hidden away in the trees, the wonderful view make you feel like your floating on the river.

With its own private jetty you can catch a river taxi wherever you should need to go, or just stay at the house and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

I know there are plenty of interesting places to visit nearby but we never really want to stray all that far as its such a nice place to be.

Each time we have been the first thing we want to do when we get home is book another visit there.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Spacious Riverside home

  • 5 of 5

Vipers Quay is a spacious, comfortable home perched on a wide bend on the River Dart. Large windows display the river scene, with Agatha Christie's elegant house, Greenway, visible on the opposite shore. Dittisham, the local village, is a short drive or long walk away. There were only four of us, but the house would easily accommodate a larger party--families or groups of friends. The kitchen is large and well-equipped. The dining and lounge areas, surrounded by those windows and an outdoor walkway, are spacious. The bedrooms are comfortable. Everything--heating, dish and clothes washers, hot water, etc.--works perfectly. The house is immaculately clean.

Vipers Quay is particularly suited for those who want to spend much of their time enjoying the house and its immediate surroundings. You can take the ferry to Dartmouth and to Greenway, across the river. Driving anywhere means experiencing what people in Devon seem to regard as roads. I found it part of the fun, particularly with the hedgerows in bloom, but be aware that those hedgerows often allow only one car to squeak by.

Staying here is particularly pleasant because the hostess is so generous and helpful. From the first inquiry through various questions we had until we arrived, she was most responsive to our questions and needs. We also much appreciated the welcoming bottle of Chianti DOCG.

So, with a nod to those pesky roads, I can't imagine that there's a better place to stay in this particular part of the world.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Relaxing holiday with stupendous views .......

  • 5 of 5

A lovely relaxing family holiday in a stunning waterside setting a perfect place to sit and enjoy family meals. I last stayed in the property not long after it was completed in 1964 and although many features have been upgraded eg the new smart kitchen it is lovely that many of the modernist quirky features from the 1960s, such as the lighting are still there. The addition of the covered hallway adds a bright useful area particularly useful for storing wet dogs!

We ate out at Bushells in Dartmouth and had a lovely meal but also had great food at the Red Lion in Dittisham. The appearance inside is quirky but dont let this put you off the food was excellent.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
A38 Expressway at Buckfastleigh
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Anchorstone cafe at Dittisham Quay. (500m by boat)
Car: necessary

Dittisham, an attractive village dating back to Domesday, lies about 3 miles upstream from Dartmouth and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful South Hams area.

The village has two pubs, a popular riverside cafe and an exceptionally good village shop.

There is a half-hourly water bus to Dartmouth, from where river cruises go to Totnes. Both these ancient towns have good shopping and excellent restaurants.

The river provides endless opportunities for entertainment, and boats - both sailing and motor - can be hired in the village or in Dartmouth. There is good fishing in the river and several local boats provide sea fishing trips.

The area provides a wide variety of things to do and see - attractions to suit all ages and interests. There are several sandy beaches and golf courses within easy range. Steam railways run from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, where there is an otter centre; and from Kingswear, on the opposite bank to Dartmouth, to Paignton. There is a delightful zoo at Paignton, a charming children's zoo at Totnes, a model village (popular with children) at Babbacombe, and an excellent theme park at Blackawton (5m). There are several glorious gardens and National Trust and other historic properties in the vicinity, - Greenway House, once the home of Agatha Christie, is just across the river, reached by ferry from the village.

For more information see our website uk.

Shopping: There is a Sainsbury's and a Lidl just before Dartmouth and a Morrison's at Totnes.

On-line shopping/delivery is available from Tesco and Sainsbury's. There is an exceptionally good village shop (& post office) in the Red Lion pub where groceries, newspapers and a very wide range of other items can be obtained

Other Activities: Horse riding


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $266.92
Pet Fee $33.36

Short breaks of 3 days (weekend - Friday to Sunday) or 4 days (midweek - Monday to Thursday) can be booked except during high season, bank holidays and school half terms. Short break booking for these periods is not available until 4 weeks prior to the relevant date. Flexible arrangements can be made for Christmas and New Year.
Changeover day is Friday with checking in from 3pm. Departure 10am.
Where bookings are made more than 6 months in advance a deposit of 30% will be accepted followed by a further instalment of 20% 3 months in advance and a final payment of 50% (plus returnable damage deposit of £200) 6 weeks before commencement of the holiday.
Bookings once made can not be cancelled. Your own insurance is strongly recommended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund