The view from the patio in front of the cottage, with the River Dart and Dartmouth in the distance and the steam railway running along the bottom of the valley.
The patio is approached through floor to ceiling glass doors and windows.
The lovely sitting-room.
The sitting-room is remarkably spacious with the well-equipped kitchen at the far end.
A cosy sofa in front of the TV.
The large breakfast-bar in the kitchen.
The well-equipped kitchen.
Comfortable sofas.
Bedroom 1.
The en suite bathroom for Bedroom 1.
The gorgeous double bedroom also has glazed doors out to the patio.
Bedroom 2 can be made up as a double or twin - here as a double.
The twin bedroom also has an en suite bathroom.
The en suite bathroom for Bedroom 2.
The family shower-room.
What a view.
The patio.
A great spot for a drink or an al fresco meal.
Amazing views.
Looking down towards the river Dart.
The outer patio with secure door down to the house.
Loungers outside the bedroom (Bedroom 1).
The secure gate into Heron's Rest.
The approach down to Heron's Rest.
Glimpses of the River Dart.
The stepped path down to the property, shown here in winter, with the glint of the River Dart in the background.
Steps lead from the car park down to the house.

Heron’s Rest


2.1 miles N of Dartmouth / Sleeps 4 (no children under 16)

7 Nights from £462 - £1265

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Ferry Boat Inn Dittisham (¾ mile)

An attractive and original waterside pub with river views over the Dart. A popular spot for both locals and visitors alike you can also see the occasional celebrity pop in. The menu is fairly traditional pub grub and a children's menu is available.

Nearest beach

Elberry Cove (2 miles)

A very pretty shingle cove with access to extensive coastal walks. Very sheltered swimming in beautifully clear water. Parking available in nearby Broadsands car park with a half mile walk to the beach.

Nearest walk

Dartmouth Town Trail (2 ¼ miles)

Enjoy a two hour circular walk around this historic Naval town taking in local culture on the way. The route is level with a steep climb and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs en-route should you need a refreshment break.

Nearest town

Dartmouth (2 miles)

Historically, Dartmouth was of strategic importance as a port used in the crusades of 1147 and 1190. Dominated by Britannia Royal Naval College, it has two fortified castles protecting the mouth of the River Dart. There are many historical buildings, a cobbled market place, shops, galleries, gourmet restaurants and delicatessens. National Trust Gardens, the South West Coast Path and clean beaches are nearby.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage September 2012


A bustling town with good shopping and art galleries and other galleries. If you want to park in Dartmouth town centre you will have to get there early or there is Park & Ride at the top of the town.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Clark April 2012


Stunning location and very picturesque

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A nice vibe

A bustling town with many good restaurants, some good shopping and a growing reputation for art galleries. Try tapas at Browns Hotel.

Also nearby

Greenway (½ mile)

Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

Enjoyed by All

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

An inspirational place!

This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'The Loveliest Place in the World'

Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Anchorstone Cafe (¾ mile)

Start Bay crab and lobster, Galmpton mussels and River Dart oysters. The emphasis at this riverside cafe is on fresh, simply prepared seafood.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Underwood November 2012

Mainly outside seating overlooking The River Dart, stunning views and excellent food. Booking recommended

Coleton Fishacre (3 miles)

A fine example of Arts and Crafts style architecture, with lovely Art Deco interiors. The gardens cling to the valley sides and feature a rare collection of exotic plants. An events listing is available on their Website for both the house and gardens.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

We walked to this property from Dartmouth which was a lovely quiet stroll along empty Devon lanes rewarded by a fascinating house with interesting period pieces and historical commentary followed by beautiful gardens with plentiful spots to sit and enjoy all the different styles and views within. For those wanting a snack the tea-room provided a good choice of quality foods served in either courtyard or an airy cafe. The walk back to Dartmouth can be by the same route or take in the Daymark and WW2 relics and SW coastal path if you are feeling more energetic

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Brooks November 2011

Walking Bliss - if you're up for it!

We park near this property and rather than visit the house, take to the coastal path. You have a choice of directions, towards Brixham or Kingswear. It's not for flip-flops, buggies, small children or the infirm; you need good stout boots and ankle support but the walk and views are breathtaking. I wouldn't recommend it in very slippery weather, unless you stop when you get to the cliff, but if, like me, you enjoy feeling the weather in your face to feel alive then this is great. Hard core steep in parts.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Beautiful garden - don't miss it

Fantastic garden walk with sea view at the end.

The Seahorse Restaurant (2 ¼ miles)

The Seahorse is the brainchild of award-winning restauranteur, food writer and chef Mitch Tonks. It specialises in the very best in local seafood cooked over a charcoal fire, and has an extensive, carefully selected wine list. Overlooking the Dart estuary, it serves great food in relaxed, comfortable surroundings. Pearlfisher, The Seahorse's courtesy launch, is available to take guests across the river.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

First class food and service. You do need to book well in advance but will be rewarded with great sea food and some good and reasonably priced wines

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Favourite place in dartmouth to eat.

Mich Tonks has a real flair for cooking seafood, smart food, great atmosphere but not stuffy and pretentious.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve (3 ¾ miles)

A haven for rare and threatened species, Berry Head is home to one of the largest colonies of Guillemots on England's south coast. The Visitor Centre lets you watch them on CCTV and there are also many other migrant birds that come to the reserve.

The limestone peninsular, which forms the southern arm of Tor Bay, is home to two Napoleonic-era forts as well as gardens rich with wild flowers from May to August and caves that house horseshoe bats.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Ridd February 2012

Berry Head Nature Reserve

As well as being an area of special scientific interest ( SSI ) the reserve has recently undergone an upgrading by the reserve management and now has excellent explanatory boards to make your visit more rewarding. There is also a superb cafe on the headland.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Top Spot

Napoleonic buildings, rare rock roses and orchids, plus a bird hide and cameras to record the very special Guillemots that nest on the cliffs. There is a new visitor centre opened in 2009, a cafe and parking. It has just received 1.8 million pounds of funding to make this a top place to visit.

- J Ridd

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