Winkworth take a tour of South West England, visiting the charming towns of Dartmouth & Brixham...
Dartmouth is a scenic historic town located by the River Dart in Devon’s South Hams, while Brixham is a quaint fishing town located at the southern end of Torbay.
Where to go
Dartmouth’s historic sites and outdoor activities make it one of South Devon’s most popular towns. The most iconic site in the area is the artillery fort Dartmouth Castle. Visitors also consider Agatha Christie’s extensive collections at Greenway National Trust Holiday Home a must-see. Dartmouth also has a plethora of outdoor activities. The South West Coast Path is one of the main scenic paths that provides a view of the coastline. Walking, cycling, and golfing around the River Dart is also a great way to take in the surrounding area.
Brixham harbour is a central location that draws in visitors for its views. Boat trips are regarded as one of the best ways to take in all the sights. Other popular activities include biking or walking on surrounding paths, and taking in the views by taking a trip up to Geopark. Brixham also has several popular sites for those interested in history. The replica of Sir Francis Drake’s iconic exploration ship, and a statue to celebrate the landing William of Orange in November 1688 allow visitors to take a step back in time.
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta in August draws in a large crowd. The festival is a three-day event filled with swimming, road races, tug of war, sailing, rowing, and kayaking. Shakespeare buffs are drawn in by the Dartmouth Shakespeare Week, which runs five nights a week in October. Tourists travel back in time with performances in Dartmouth Castle.
Even the winter months provide entertainment through the Candlelit Dartmouth. The festival kicks off the Christmas season with two nights of market shopping, a visit from Santa, and dog shows.
In Brixham, pirate enthusiasts gather to dress up and enjoy free entertainment. The Pirate Festival takes place around the Bank Holiday in May. The event is known for their world record attempts of creating the longest line of pirates.
September brings an influx of fishing enthusiast for the annual Fishstock event at the Fish Quay harbour. Visitors come to enjoy fresh fish and live entertainment.
For those wishing to explore Dartmouth by boat, Dartmouth has two passenger ferries that run seven days a week and travel back and forth between Dartmouth and Kingswear. There are also two passenger ferries that run from Easter-October and travel between Dittisham and Greenway.
Buses are the most efficient way to get travel to and from Brixham with 86 local bus services. Ferries in the area regularly depart to Torquay, Dartmouth, Greenway, Slapton, and Totnes. The Express Ferry goes between Brixham and Torquay in just 15 minutes.
Dartmouth Academy is a small school for children aged between 3-19. Dartington Church of England Primary School and Nursery’s teaching is based off their core values of creativity, challenge, empath, compassion, and reflection. Kingswear Primary School is for ages 5-11.
Brixham Church of England Primary is a Christian Values school for ages 3-11. Eden Park Primary School is for ages 2-11, their teaching is based off the core values of independence, teamwork, creativity, and respect. Churston Ferrers Grammar School is for ages 11-18.
The property market
Property prices in Dartmouth range from £109,000 for a studio flat, to £1,750,000 for a 4 bedroom detached house.
Property prices in Brixham range from £84,950 for a 1 bedroom flat to £675,000 for a 3 bedroom detached bungalow.
Trevor Branton, Director of Winkworth Torbay expands:
“The property market across Dartmouth and Torbay is currently very buoyant, with a vibrant mix of house hunters including full time residents, holiday home owners and the local sailing community. Torbay is currently undergoing significant investment with many quality new shops and restaurants opening. Having experienced a very busy summer, the Winkworth Dartmouth and Torbay offices expect the market to continue at a pace throughout the rest of 2017.”
Dartmouth has the oldest working steam engine in the world built by Thomas Newcomen in the 18th century.
The hymn, “Abide with Me” was written in Brixham in 1847.
We are pleased to announce Winkworth’s further expansion into South West England, with the launch of our new offices in Torbay and Dartmouth.
Our new offices are being headed up by Directors Richard Blake and Trevor Branton. They discuss their journey to the launch of both Winkworth Torbay and Winkworth Dartmouth, and their love for the areas:
“Torbay is made up of by the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, with many beautiful beaches and facilities for residents and tourists alike. The resort is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the country and has a wealth of outdoor, cultural and leisure opportunities for both residents and visitors.
“Richard has been successfully trading as Richard Blake Estate Agents in Dartmouth for over eight years and has just been awarded the GOLD award by the British Property Awards.
“We saw an opportunity in the market to expand the business into Torbay as it complemented the Dartmouth branch so well. The opportunities that Winkworth provides are considerable, as it brings the strengths of a highly regarded national firm, while still embracing the local knowledge and experience of a local estate agency. With the benefits of the Winkworth brand we believe the office will become a major force in the area.”
The team at Torbay have have teamed up with the stunning Dart Marina Hotel to offer anyone who instructs them to value their home to be entered into a draw to win a night’s stay with dinner and breakfast included. Find more details here.
If you have any questions about the property market, or if you just fancy a chat, do pop in to say hello to Richard, Trevor and their team.