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A secluded waterfront property with wonderful views of the river Dart

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 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:
April 17, 2018

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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
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 4.883721 based on 44 reviews

Great Location and Property

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Vipers Quay and the property was as we remembered in excellent condition and perfect location overlooking the Dart and up to Dittisham. We hired a boat for the week which we moored at the property and allowed for trips into Dartmouth to the Ferryboat Inn and Anchorstone Cafe in Dittisham both of which are also recommended. The owners are very helpful and the property is well equipped. We are already working out when will go again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Magnificent! Spacious, Stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Two families (9 people) enjoyed this magic property over the Christmas period. The views were stunning, rooms spacious, amenities were excellent. Very happy with our stay. We would definitely recommend to friends and family and would love to enjoy the facilities in the summer and not just the winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Best location ever!

  • 4 of 5

It's difficult to imagine a better setting than Viper's Quay - the views from the main living room are stunning. The property is very comfortable and well equipped. The grounds are fantastic and perfect for early morning crabbing and launching paddle boards. Seal spotting was another favourite past time for the kids. A short row or a bracing walk to the village and Ferry Boat Inn . This is the second time we have stayed as a large group at Viper's Quay and would highly recommend it and hope to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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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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




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $34.95
Refundable damage deposit $279.6

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