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Bright, Comfortable First Floor Apartment with sunny private garden, near beach.

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Stoke Fleming, Nr. Dartmouth, South Devon, England - Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk To The Beach

Driftwood is a charming, comfortable apartment, ideal for beach or walking holidays. All rooms are light and pleasant, ideal for relaxing holiday. It has a secluded garden perfect for outdoor dining, sunbathing or enjoying a quiet read. The village is on the coastal path and has stunning sea views. There is a regular bus service to Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and Plymouth and all seaside villages along the way. Visitors can enjoy the local gourmet pub or the Fish restaurant. Nearby Dartmouth offers the local steam train, museum, river trips and heritage sites.

Property Manager
Ruth Quilter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 31, 2017

About Ruth Quilter

Richard and I live in the Midlands, but have always loved the sea and Devon in particular. We have visited South Hams every year and never tire of this part of the world.

Ruth Quilter purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Ruth Quilter chose South Hams

We have been visiting this beautiful area of Devon since we first met and have enjoyed so many great holidays with our son, family and friends. Over the years we have spent days on the local beaches, ridden on the steam train, enjoyed ferry trips and walks.

We have also eaten our share of pasties, teas and restaurant meals!

So finally we have bought Driftwood, our cosy apartment and are thrilled with it. There is so much to see and do in this area and if you are a water baby you will enjoy the fabulous sea and beaches.

Walkers will love walking the coastal path and the rural walkways with great views.

And on days when the weather isn't so good, you can visit Stately Homes, catch the bus to the local towns such as Totnes, go to the cinema in Dartmouth, Kingsbridge or Plymouth.

What makes this apartment unique

Driftwood is ideally situated, tucked away from the coastal road, but a minute from the bus stop or local shop. We are pleased to have a secluded garden where we can sit and read or eat a meal but if we want to go out there is the local pub which serves food or the local restaurant which has proved very popular with our guests.

The restaurant on the beach, 10 minutes away, is a great place to eat and enjoy sea views or you can catch the bus to Dartmouth or go west along the coastal road where there are many beaches and villages to visit.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This delightful two bedroom apartment met every one of our expectations. The location is ideal for both a beach holiday (a very short walk to the nearest beach, Blackpool Sands) or, for the more active, a walking holiday. With a convenience shop across the road, an excellent pub, the Green Dragon and a reasonably priced restaurant within a hundred yards every need is catered for. Very cosy and comfortable accommodation with an excellent kitchen with all expected appliances. Very comfortable bed too. Overall an outstanding apartment worth a 10/10 rating.

We have had a fantastic week - what a lovely apartment you have!

Dear Ruth

Left Driftwood this morning after excellent week. Best wishes and thank you for the use of your pretty flat !
Jan 2014
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Dartmouth Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No damage is done to property or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear and no linens are lost or damaged.
  • A damage deposit of £100 is required on booking and will be returned promptly once the apartment has been checked.
  • If the apartment is left in unreasonable order or is soiled an additional cleaning charge will be taken to cover costs.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , New, effective shower
  • Apartment bathroom, bath with fitted shower, WC, Vanity basin and mirror. Heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms both with double beds) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 (small) with double bed. Both with west facing windows.
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Driftwood is a first floor apartment accessed via a flight of stairs. The apartment is not suitable for wheelchair users. Sorry but no dogs. Outside: There is a private, secluded, sunny garden with garden furniture and barbecue providing a pleasant eating area. Utility Room: Washing machine, freezer, sink and work surface and coat hooks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided weekly. Guests are asked to provide beach towels.


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Bright, Comfortable First Floor Apartment with sunny private garden, near beach.
average rating of 4.65 based on 21 reviews

Great apartment, location and holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had such a good holiday in Devon helped by a comfortable, welcoming apartment and good weather. Driftwood provided an excellent base and so easy to get to Dartmouth and other wonderful places nearby. We ate out on some days and enjoyed eating in Driftwood on other evenings where we relaxed so easily. All in all a great holiday and so pleased we stayed in Ruth and Richard's bijou holiday residence. Not our first visit and definitely not the last. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a good holiday and enjoyed staying at Driftwood. Your combination of eating out at some of the local eateries and cooking at Driftwood works really well and we often do the same. One of the restaurants we have visited recently is Rockfish which is down on the seafront at Dartmouth. The fish is so fresh and it is a treat to eat really good fish and chips, so maybe try it ( they do offer vegetarian options as well). The area always has something to offer whatever the weather so we would be delighted if you return, best wishes, Ruth
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Comfortable, cosy, bright apartment in an idyllic village location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Driftwood. Ruth's communication was excellent, as were the directions to the apartment, and the recommendations of places/pubs to try out. Driftwood is quite a quirky home in quite a quirky area (it didn't help that we arrived after midnight!), but Ruth's directions properly conveyed its whereabouts and where to park the car. It's minutes from the well stocked village shop, and the really lovely pub, The Green Dragon, which did great food as well as nice wine. The pub has wifi (the kids were delighted!), an excellent climbing frame and a great, lawned beer garden.

Driftwood is flooded with light, and it was a pleasure to open the windows and hear the birds and the church bells. It's a short, downhill (fairly steep) walk down to Blackpool Sands, which really is a stunning, shingle beach. My boys played for hours, before we had a pit stop in the Venus cafe. We also drove down one day, parking at the beach. It cost £5 and was only 5-10 minutes drive away.

Driftwood is also a couple of miles from the Park and Ride service at Sainsburys. It cost £5 per car (or £3 after 2pm) to leave your car all day and take the bus to Dartmouth - again, this journey was only a matter of minutes long. From Dartmouth, we took a ferry to Kingswear, then the steam train to Greenhalt, to visit Greenway, Agatha Christie's home now run by the National Trust. It was a fantastic day out.

Returning to Driftwood was a pleasure - it was very clean upon arrival, with an entrance/utility area downstairs, handy for stacking boots, hanging coats and stashing buckets and spades, etc. Upstairs (the stairs are quite steep but Ruth offered a stair gate, and it was fine for us anyway), there's a small open plan kitchen and a small step up to a sunny sitting room. The 2 bedrooms are off the sitting room and are clean and comfortable. My husband cooked a Sunday lunch in the kitchen as well as other meals so the kitchen was perfectly well equipped for easy lunches, etc.

We're planning our next visit already because we enjoyed staying there so much. It's a great little place in great location. Well worth trying out.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a very thorough review Caroline! Lots of useful information for future guests which is useful when folk are new to the area. I am so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday and found Driftwood comfortable and sunny. I agree the trip to Greenway is a must as the journey and setting is so beautiful. We took friends there recently and they loved it. Information on park and ride is helpful and it is a good service. We look forward to your return and hopefully you will be able to stay for longer next time. Thanks for taking the time to review your stay, best wishes, Ruth
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Bright accommodation in great location

  • 5 of 5

A quiet retreat in an excellent location. Two good hostelries and the sea within walking distance. Bright and attractive accommodation, ideal for couples or small families.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope you return again! Ruth and Richard
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excellent property and location for darmouth area

  • 5 of 5

property is hidden away in small village and you immediatley get the feeling this somewhere different from the run of the mill.The flat was exceptionally clean and in first class order and decoration,it felt like a home and well laid out and equipped.nearby pub has good beers and wine selection and we had a few good meals there,without the worry of driving .locals are quite tame to" outsiders". there is such a lot to do in this area that even if the weather is not too good you should not get stuck.Round Robin on dart is always a good full day .We have been to this area for many years and still enjoy its varied offerings from moors to sea.Blackpool sands is just down road and excellent beach and facilities. I would have no hesitation in rcommending this property . .

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a good time and liked Driftwood. We liked the atmosphere of the apartment when we first saw it and have tried to make it comfortable and attractive so we are glad you enjoyed your stay. The village is welcoming and we are lucky to have the local pub and restaurant so close by so you can get back home in a few minutes at the end of the evening. ( Nice to get out of the cars we all rely on so much these days! ) You obviously enjoyed the Round Robin trip of the boat and train up the river Dart and it reminded me to do it again when we next visit. You clearly love this area so we hope you'll comeback for another visit. Best wishes, Ruth and Richard
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Clean, tidy and very comfortable apartment.

  • 4 of 5

Good location for seeing the area. Delightful village setting. Found parking difficult and disappointed with approach to the property.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your comments. I am glad you found the apartment comfortable and enjoyed the area which is beautiful. I'm surprised you found parking difficult as it's never been an issue when we've been there but maybe the good weather kept people visiting the village and beach. It would be nice to have our own parking but these old cottages just weren't built with cars in mind. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you return, best wishes Ruth
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Well equiped, clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Driftwood is tucked away in a peaceful location in the village of Stoke Fleming and is a 10 minute walk from the beautiful Blackpool Sands and Venus Beach Cafe and many lovely local walks. The apartment also has a small private garden. Booking was easy and fast, information about the apartment comprehensive.The seaside town of Dartmouth is a short drive away and is fun to explore, lots to do. We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay in Driftwood. Good local pub and restaurant (Radius 7) within a 2 minute walk. Stoke Fleming is the perfect location to explore South Devon.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you had a good holiday and you found lots to do on your second visit. We never tire of the area and always come away with things to see or visit still on the list! The beach is a bonus and the cafe is a great place to relax and look at the sea. I see that you made good use of Radius 7 and the local eateries. Please come back again when you need to recharge your batteries as you are always welcome, best wishes Ruth
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Green Dragon
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Radius 7
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Blackpool Sands
Car: necessary


Blackpool Sands beach is a 10 minute walk but also offers parking if guests prefer to drive. The bus can also be used. Suitable for swimming and water sports and safe for families, the beach offers a restaurant and take-away cafe, beach shop and toilet facilities. A range of beaches can be found in the area as well as coastal walks.


Dartmouth 2 miles. River trips to Totnes.

Kingsbridge - pretty Market town - 13 miles approx

various National Trust properties nearby including Greenway Agatha Christie's estate and Coleton Fishacre.

Further Details:

Stoke Fleming is on the coastal path offering stunning sea views. The village has a local shop and Post Office. Walkers can easily access Dartmouth with it's many cafes and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Dartmouth Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 9
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 11
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 12 shorter stays possible
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 13
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 14
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 15
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $128.72

Booking Notes:
Please check availability then send an email with your initial enquiry. Please note you cannot book or pay via the website but I aim to respond to all queries immediately and deal with all booking directly.
On booking 1/3rd deposit is required plus £100 security deposit, returnable after the apartment has been checked for damage and breakages.
The balance is due 8 weeks prior to start of your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day - Saturday, but flexible if possible.
Short lets available please contact us to enquire.
The rental cost includes cleaning the apartment on departure. However if the apartment is left unreasonably dirty or soiled we reserve the right to make an additional charge of £15 an hour.

Manager'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.

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