This iconic waterside area has been described as one of the finest quays in the world dating back to 1665, with a cobbled street and a mixture of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.
Bayards Cove is steeped in rich maritime history. Bearscove Castle (locally known as Bayards Fort) at the end of the quay was built in the early 1500s offering a line of defence to protect the town. In 1620, the Mayflower and Speedwell resided here before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to the new world of America. During World War I the area was heavily involved in water-based campaigns including the D-day landings and Operation Tiger.
The Mission House, formerly named The Seamen's Institute (around 1860) has stood on this site since around the 1700s. Alterations during the 18th century were made to create a delightful Georgian property with many period features of this era. Renovated over the past 20 years by the current owner.
The Mission House offers superb accommodation with stunning views across the River Dart to Kingswear and out to sea, framed by Dartmouth Castle. Period features throughout the property including 9 ft high ceilings, ornate coving, a beautiful staircase and sash windows with shutters. To meet today's modern needs, the property has underfloor heating and a secondary radiator system, oak flooring, integrated TV / audio network, security alarm and Cat 5 cabling.
Adjoining the property is a beautifully renovated 2-bedroom cottage, completely self-contained with a balcony enjoying wonderful views, an ideal holiday let or staff accommodation. There is a private courtyard garden connecting the main house and cottage. The Mission House benefits from a superb double garage with storeroom above, ideal for a boat, kayaks or paddleboards thanks to a useful winch system. It is very rare for waterfront properties in town to have such spacious storage only a stone's throw from the front door.
The impressive front door leads to the entrance hall with marble tiled flooring, a beautiful staircase and a cloakroom. The splendid open plan kitchen/dining room has a sash window overlooking the river and out to sea and boasts 9ft high ceilings plus oak flooring, inset gas effect fire with stone surround. The bespoke kitchen has an extensive range of drawers and cupboards with oak and granite worktops, 2 Belfast sinks, a built-in dishwasher, fridge, gas Aga with additional electric 4 ring hob and oven. There is also a useful moveable hand-built island.
There is a large utility room with built-in washing machine, dryer, sink unit and cupboard. This space also doubles up as a wine tasting area with seating, wine store, fridge, sink and stairs to the outside WC from the entrance hall.
The first floor offers a beautifully presented 21ft drawing room with 2 windows capturing the stunning river views. There is a open fire with marble surround and again, wonderful 9ft high ceilings with ornate coving. Oak flooring leads to the library area with extensive shelving and cupboards.
There is a study/cinema room with built-in units along one side. A glass porch leads to the outside and adjoining cottage.
The second and third floors have 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one of which is en-suite. The principal bedroom enjoys views overlooking the river, Kingswear, Dartmouth Castle and out to sea. It has an en-suite bathroom with a roll top bath, WC and hand basin. The remaining double
bedrooms offer unique features and charm with vaulted ceilings, exposed timbers and fine river views.
Bayards Mews Cottage
The cottage has a wealth of character with 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom. The first floor hosts a stunning open-plan living space with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers. There is a kitchen including built-in oven, hob, sink, dishwasher and washing machine. Steps lead to a mezzanine seating area with double doors to a balcony enjoying wonderful views across the river, Kingswear and over the town. There is access to the garden and separate entrance to Bayards Hill.
Both properties benefit from a Lutron system to control all the lighting via a smart phone, control pads and light switches. There is Cat 5 cabling along with TV and audio networks. The Mission House has underfloor heating and radiator system with
thermostatic valves controlled via a smartphone app. Bayards Mews cottage has a separate gas fired central heating system.
The Mission House is on a level walk into the heart of Dartmouth, offering a range of shops and facilities, fine dining and water-based facilities, right on the doorstep.
To the rear of the property is a private terrace, an ideal BBQ area with paved flooring including an Orange Barked Myrtle tree and a Red Acer. Useful stone archway for storage. Access to the property, the cottage and a side gate to either Newcomen Road or down to Bayards Cove. The garage 22'7"x15'11") is a wonderful size and very unique for Dartmouth being so close to the property and on the level. Electric up and over door with space for 2 vehicles and shelving to the side and rear. Light, power, alarm system and broadband currently connected. The first floor provides useful storage with double doors and a winch system to hoist a small boat, kayaks or paddleboards.
Proceed on foot through Dartmouth town centre, keeping the river on your left. Head towards the Lower Ferry and continue past the slipway and Dart Optical, again on your left and follow the lane into Bayard's Cove. Walk along the cobbles and The Mission House is towards the end.