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Delightful Devon cottage near Dartmouth and beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twin), 1 bathroom, 1 shower-room, sleeps 6

The former home of author A.A. Milne's real life character Christopher Robin, this self-catering cottage is set in a picturesque valley, a 15-20 minute walk down a delightful lane from the famous Blackpool Sands beach with a top Blue Flag rating for water quality. Entrance hall. Ground floor. Double bedroom, en suite shower room, two twin bedrooms and bathroom. Staircase to well-equipped kitchen/diner with beamed archway to attractive sitting room, comfortably furnished. From sitting room french door to patio and BBQ area and 3/4 acre garden maintained as a wildlife garden carpeted with daffodils and bluebells in the spring. The cottage is a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth with its excellent shops, restaurants and galleries. Parking off-street for 2 cars. Alice Cottage provides a wonderful location for a family holiday and is a truly romantic getaway .The nearest dining pub and shop are 3/4 mile away in Stoke Fleming. Nearby Dartmouth Golf & Country Club allows guests to use their leisure club (including indoor swimming pool) and two golf courses at a 25% discounted rate. Alice Cottage has wireless broadband.

Would appeal to nature lovers, artists, writers, and families with young children. Nearby Dartmouth has a world famous August regatta, music festival, cinema, excellent shops and restaurants, castle and pottery and tennis courts.

The nearest golf course is the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, 4 miles from Dartmouth. Guests enjoy a 25% discount on green fees on the superb 18 hole 7,200 year championship course and the 9-hole Dartmouth Course. Special rates apply for the driving range.

There are a number of events staged in and around Dartmouth during the year. In 2016 the main events are:

May 13-15 Dart Music Festival (Dartmouth)

May 15-21 Devon County Show (Westpoint, Exeter)

May 27 - June 12 Dartmouth Galleries Festival (Dartmouth)

July 16-23 Kingsbridge Fair Week (Kingsbridge)

July 23-31 Torbay Carnival (Torbay)

July 26-30 Shakespear Week (Romeo & Juliet) Dartmouth

Aug 7-12 Salcombe Town Regatta (Salcombe)

Aug 7 South Devon Crab Festival (Dartmouth)

Aug 20-24 Torbay Royal Regatta (Torquay)

Aug 23-27 Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (Dartmouth)

14-30 Oct Dartmouth Galleries Festival (Dartmouth)

21-23 Oct Food Festival (Dartmouth)

For a full list see

More Details

John & Jennifer Gilbert
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yes, we really enjoyed our week at Alice Cottage. You might like to know that we took our entire family of bears (including Winnie the Pooh), beavers, donkeys and assorted others (like Wol, Kanga & Roo and Eeyore). They have written about their holiday on our website which you might like to look at

"We have all been on holiday to Dartmouth. But most especially this was Winnie's holiday. We stayed in this marvellous place called Alice Cottage which is where Christopher Robin used to live. So Winnie took charge of the whole week - we went on trains and boats, visited an abbey, an otter sanctuary and a rare breeds farm and park where Wol met some owls. You can read about Alice Cottage here. Do book a holiday there - you will have a wonderful time. And have a look at the Diary page to see more of our photographs."

The garden is really beautiful - we had a reasonably sunny week but a bit cold so we didn't sit out as much as I would have liked but we did enjoy exploring it and trying to name all of the plants.

We found Brill Plaice and the Green Dragon to be really good eating places - we tried Deer Park but they had run out of food and could only offer snacks! The cafe at Blackpool Sands was excellent for breakfast. We were amused, though, to find no sand on the beach!

We are steam train enthusiasts and bought Jubilee Passes from the Dartmouth Steam Railway. For about £30 each we had train trips, river cruises, a sea cruise and bus rides worth over £120 each - as well as discounts on some other admission fees. I do suggest to anyone interested in steam, boats or scenery that it is a really good value purchase.

All in all we had a wonderful week - and Winnie will be talking about it at the Tedz Convention for many weeks to come.
May 2013
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Dartmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main bedroom E/s - toilet , shower
  • Alice Cottage has a main bathroom located on the ground floor with bath, handheld shower and toilet. The main bedroom has an en-suite toilet and shower enclosure.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 1 double , En suite WC/shower
    Twin Bedroom1 - 2 twin/ single
    Twin Bedroom2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Double bedroom with en suite shower room with shower, basin and wc. Two twin bedrooms one with combination TV/DVD player All the bedrooms are attractively furnished.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We would consider a longer term let from November -April


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Delightful Devon cottage near Dartmouth and beach
average rating of 4.612903 based on 37 reviews
Surrey England

Summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

The family and I went Alice Cottage last summer and although the weather could have been kinder we could not fault our accommodation. Alice Cottage is a beautifully appointed property with heaps of charm and character. The location of the cottage is great for exploring the South Hams district and is close to the beautiful beach at Blackpool Sands. I had many questions before our vacation and the owners were extremely helpful and understanding.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ten nights in a lovely, charming and very rural retreat in a beautiful part of Devon.

  • 4 of 5

Although would comfortably sleep six, my wife and I stayed in Alice Cottage in September and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The cottage is full of history with its relationship with Christopher Robin, in a delightful rural location with the beautiful Blackpool Sands only a stroke down the lane.

The owners could not have been more helpful and everything required for a welcome break was available and in nice condition.

Very nice overall stay with Moreno than enough to keep us occupied for the entire stay complete with visits to Slapton, Dartmouth etc etc.

We look forward to returning to the area soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very Good

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped cottage with white goods, TVs ,WiFi etc and all in good order. Quiet location.

Access to the living areas is via a staircase (bedrooms below) so not so good for elderly or mobility challenged.Upstairs kitchen and lounge roomy. Both WCs and shower/baths are downstairs so handy during the night.

Maria and Richard were very adjacent and helpful with one minor problem which was soon sorted.

The cottage lies in the countryside and driving the narrow lanes is challenging.

Access to Torbay is via Higher Ferry across the Dart which is interesting but expensive @ £9.50 return. Blackpool Sands is close by but charges for parking as much as £8 per day although they use dynamic pricing depending upon the time of year and the weather. I paid 6,3 and £2 on different days.Good "Venus" cafe welcoming to my disabled daughter.

We enjoyed our short break

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage - and so peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Alice Cottage - and even better than first time. The cottage is in a beautiful location surrounded by fields and country lanes with a small brook just across the road. The garden is a wonderful feature - designed and maintained to encourage wildlife with lots of colour and a gorgeous Rhododendron. For us, the association with Christopher Robin is so very important; we love to see the pictures of Winne and friends around the place and the garden really feels like a miniature Hundred Acre Woods. Our own Winnie - and many other bears and creatures - came with us and loved being there.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We also feel that Alice Cottage is a very special place and are delighted when guests feel the same way. The wildlife garden we have tried to keep as Christopher Robin wished and is described in 'Beyond the World of Pooh - selections from the memoirs of Christopher Milne'.
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Alice cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable cottage. There was everything we needed there. It was really peaceful and a good place to recharge the batteries. The garden was a joy. It was situated outside Dartmouth but the park and ride service was very good and much easier than trying to park in Dartmouth. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cottage was wonderful! It is in a perfect location and there is a beautiful walk to the beach from here, not too far for children, where there is a lovely eco cafe serving great breakfasts and meals (we walked it every day). It is also in easy reach of Dartmouth by car but would recommend using the park and ride as parking is difficult in Dartmouth (this made it fun for the kids). The cottage is spacious and simply decorated but there is everything you need here, even a log burner. The garden is utterly stunning, little winding paths lead you between the lovely flowers, and there are several places to sit and enjoy the view. A babbling brook runs down the road in front of the cottage so there is always the soft sound of water and bird song. I'm sitting here trying to be objective and find a fault but I simply can't, it is a perfect place to stay and we had one of our best holidays ever here!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Stoke Fleming
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
M5 start
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Stoke Fleming
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Blackpool Sands
Car: necessary

Alice Cottage is situated in South Devon in the picturesque South Hams in a valley, a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth with one of the finest natural harbours in England, and a short walk from Blackpool Sands beach and its amenities overlooking which you will find views rivalling those of the French Riviera. Nearby attractions include Dartmouth Castle, Britannia Royal Naval Collage, Greenway, former home of Agatha Christie with gardens overlooking the River Dart and Coleton Fishacre, a National Trust house and garden. For children we recommend Woodlands, a family theme park and the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Dartmouth hosts a music festival in early May and a food festival, in October. Its famous regatta is held at the end of August. The town has a cinema and theatre, craft shops, cafes and boutiques, including the Harbour Bookshop, once owned by Christopher Robin. Slapton Sands, with its D-Day connections and nature reserve, ideal for bird watching lies to the west.

Blackpool Sands beach is consistently ranked one of the UK's top beaches with an excellent café, shop and water sports equipment for hire.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Towels and sheets can be ordered at a charge of £12 per person per week. . Towels and bed linen charged at full week rate. From November-March £50 electricity included in rental. Additional electricity used for payment by guests. A deposit of £50 per week may be taken to cover electricity in winter months. Any booking over 30 days in the winter months electricity will be charged on a usage basis..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.