The Old Brewhouse is a stones throw from the quayside in Dittisham, Devon.
The beautiful village of Dittisham is located in South Devon,on the western banks of the River Dart two miles up river from the historic town of Dartmouth and seven miles down stream of the acient town of Totnes. Dittisham is equidistant between Exeter to the East and Plymouth to the West.
The region is known as the South Hams and is an area of rolling hills and river valleys, dotted with small villages and hamlets that lie between the southern slopes of Dartmoor and the beaches of the South Devon coast.
The beauty of the River Dart is recognised throughout the world. Dittisham is situated at the widest part of the river where at high tide the water stretches for over a mile to Galmpton on the far shore.
Dittisham is famous for its plum orchards and now offers a fantastic base if you enjoy messing around on the water and the great out doors. There is so much to do right on your door step or further afield.
The Old Brewhouse is ideally located next to Dittisham Quay and its bright contemporary interior and Grade 2 Listed exterior will provide the perfect setting for your holiday whatever time of year.
For further information on Dittisham go to www.dittisham.org.uk
Local photographer's website www.sprackarts.com
Transport to The Old Brewhouse.
The Old Brewhouse is located at the bottom of Manor Street, next to the Ferry Boat Inn and Dittisham quay. If the tide isnt high it is possible to drive to the bottom of Manor Street and turn and park on the beach - but watch the tides. If the boats are facing down river (right with your back to the pub) the tide is generally coming in! if they are facing up river (left) then the tide should be going out. If the tide is up then there is a turning head ¾ way down Manor Street. We would recommend that you use this for loading and un loading.
On entering the village make a very sharp right hand turn by the Village Hall. This will take you onto The Level. Follow this through the village past the old chapel on your right, a little further on the left you will find the 'top' or Level Car Park where you can leave your car free of charge. Pass the carpark and a further 75 yards up the road will split. Take the left hand branch into Manor Street and follow this down the hill.
There is another carpark in the village and this is next to The Ham, at the bottom of New Road. To get to this carpark you should carry on past the village hall and turn right by the village store and past the Church. Follow New Road for 250 yards and on your right will be a single track road leading to the Ham, car park, beach and sailing club. Parking here is free for residents and there is a residents sticker for use at The Old Brewhouse. There is a footpath connecting The Ham and Manor Street via Pig Lane - this is relatively level and gives access via foot in about 4 minutes.
Dittisham is located at the end of a steep single track road- with passing spaces. Follow the signs from the Sportsmans Arms which is on the A3122 between Dartmouth and Totnes after Halwell and Blackawton. Totnes is reached generally via the A384 from Buckfastleigh and the A38. The A38 links Plymouth with Exeter and the M5 beyond to Bristol and the motorway connections with the rest of the counrty.
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The nearest main line station is at Totnes which is on the Paddington to Penzance line. The fast train will get you from Paddington to Totnes in under 3 hours. Its is possible to take a Taxi from Totnes to Dittisham but we would recommend booking in advance.
Rab Cabs Telephone 01803 834407 / 07968 760613
The area is well serviced by two local airports providing both internal and International flights.
Exeter International Airport telephone 01392 367433
Plymouth City Airport telephone 01752 204090
Dittisham to Greenway Quay
Once at Dittisham it is possible to cross the river from Dittisham Pontoon to Greenway Quay by foot.. The Ferry operates all year round but times vary. The ferry is called via a bell located outside the Ferry Boat Inn at the bottom of Manor Street- at the start to the pontoon.
Dittisham to Dartmouth
In the summer a passenger Ferry operates between Dittisham and Dartmouth. There is a time table next to the Greenway Ferry bell. The ferry departs from the end of Dittisham pontoon and is red. This is a great way to see the River Dart and visit Dartmouth particularly in summer when parking is tricky in the town centre.
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Sailing and Boating
Visitors will have no difficulty in enjoying sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing, fishing or boating on the river. Boat hire is available (See below) if you do not own your own boat. There are visitor moorings available off the pontoon at Dittisham. The Harbour Master can be contacted on 01803 832337, email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
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Dittisham Sailing Club
The club is located approximately 5 minutes walk from The Old Brewhouse, next to the Ham and Ham car park. The club has weekly races- generally on a Sunday and in the summer months mid week as well. There is a small club house and good size boat park which proves popular with locals and visitors alike. Racing generally takes place in the bay of Dittisham and visitors / temporary members are welcome.
Contact the Hon Membership Secretary Rob Adams on 01803 712293
Sailing Tuition and Boat Hire
This can be arranged with Dittisham Boats who operate from the pontoon outside The Ferry Boat Inn in Dittisham.
Tel: 0845 881 0110 www.DittishamBoats.co.uk
Tuition and boat hire can also been arranged through Marshall's Sailing School which operates from the boat park of Dittisham Sailing Club
Telephone 01803 832898 www.marshallsailing.co.uk
The River Dart offers ample opportunity for rod fishing in the tidal areas. Deep Sea Fishing trips can be arranged from Dartmouth and Brixham in Torbay. Fresh water angling is available at the near by reservoir located in Dartmouth Mill Creek. Licenses must be obtained from the Environment Agency at the Post Office in Dartmouth.
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There are many walks in and around Dittisham incorporating footpaths, green lanes and minor roads to explore. The river shore offer particularly interesting walks but care should be taken with the tides. Tide tables are available at the village store.
Further a field there is the South West Coastal Footpath, the Dart Valley Trail linking Dartmouth, Dittisham and Totnes together with Dartmoor to explore, and numerous beaches and coves, not to mention the nature reserve at Slapton Ley.
An Ordinance Survey Map is available for use at The Old Brewhouse to help you with your route planning.
The Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is located about 4.5miles from The Old Brewhouse. This 18 hole championship course is set in 225 acres of beautiful South Devon Countryside. In addition to the golf course there is a bar, sauna, gym and luxury health suite together with a 35 bedroom hotel and conference facility.
Telephone 01803 712686 email@example.com
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Crabbing is a favourite activity for children on the pontoon at Dittisham. Crab lines and buckets are available for use at The Old Brewhouse. A bit of bacon or old fish will suffice as bait. Please be kind to our crabs and do not use any hooks. We would also ask visitors to make sure that they are handled carefully and returned to the water when the buckets are full!
Just inside the front door of The Old Brewhouse is a hanging wallet -this is well stocked with brochures of local tourist attractions such as- Woodlands Adventure Park, Paignton Zoo, The Dart Valley Steam Railway, Kents Cavern, Pennywell Farm, Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Sorrell Tunnel and Dartington Glass to name but a few.
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National Trust, Greenway House and Gardens
Greenway house and gardens opened in 2009 after major restoration. It has been described as the loveliest place in the world. The house operates lectures and workshops, an open air theatre, cafe, guided tours, county walks and allows visitors a glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and well loved author, Agatha Christie. For further information contact www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Dittisham Regatta is held on the waterfront at Dittisham usually on a Saturday in the first two weeks of August. This is a fun day for all the family and activities include sailing, rowing, tug of war, bbq, side stalls, crabbing for the children, a raft race and live music. The Ferry Boat Inn hosts that day time activities and in the evening the event moves up the hill to The Red Lion Inn.
Dartmouth Regatta is held at the end of August and is much more competitive. There is sailing, both dinghy and 'big boat'- attracting boats from the Solent, South Coast and Cornwall. Whaler and Gig rowing, running, a fun fair, Red Arrow display and Firework show on two nights
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Pubs, Cafe and Village Store
Dittisham has two pubs. One 'at the top' and one 'at the bottom'.The Ferry Boat Inn is located on the water front 'at the bottom' right next door to The Old Brewhouse. Here you will find a warm welcome, open fire, fine ales, wines, spirits and largers together with good fresh food. There is also occassional live music. The Ferry Boat Inn occupies a fantastic position with idillic elevated views of The Dart and quay side.
Telephone 01803 722368 www.ferryboatinndittisham.co.uk
The Red Lion is found 'at the top'- next to the Village Hall and Village Store. This has a very different feel to the Ferry Boat and there is a childrens room and large restaurant serving a variety of local dishes. Fine ales, wines, spirits and largers are also avaliable.In addition there are a number of rooms avaliable for an over night stay or two. To the rear of the pub there is a garden, carpark and terrace with breathtaking views of the village and Dittisham bay.The Red Lion is about 5 minutes walk from The Old Brewhouse.
Telephone 01803 722235.
The Anchorstone Cafe is directly opposite The Old Brewhouse. This is a family run establishment offering alfresco eating at one of the few original riverside Cafes. Directly overlooking the River Dart they are licensed to sell local wine, cider and beer, They serve a variety of delicious freshly prepared fish, crab and lobster dishes.
Telephone 01803 722365
The Village Store is located next to The Red Lion. It offers a variety of locally sourced produce including Sharpham wines and cheeses. You will be able to stock up with local free range eggs, fish and meat. In addtion you will be able to buy your paper there. The store also incorporates a sub Post Office.
Telephone 01803 722214
There are theatres located in Plymouth, Torquay and Paignton. The Theatre Royal in Plymouth plays host to many a national production. The Flavel Hall in Dartmouth is a local arts centre designed by Dittisham architect Paul Heighway. Telephone 01803 722287.
Dartmouth and Totnes have an abundance of art galleries and interesting shops. Foss Street in Dartmouth is certainly worth a visit. Locally Coombe Farm Studios is 1.5 miles from Dittisham and runs specialist art courses under the direction of renowned local artist Paul Riley. There is also a gallery at Coombe Farm and a sister gallery in Dartmouth.
Telephone 01803 722 352 www.coombefarmstudios.com
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