History at the waterside in Dartmouth

10th March 2016  |  12:00am

History at the waterside in Dartmouth

Holset House is a Grade II listed, quayside townhouse, located on historic Bayards Cove, close to Bayard's Cove Fort which is known to date from the early 16th century. 

The cobbled quayside, as a mooring and anchorage point, was active in the early and mid-17th century and received visitors such as the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower and Speedwell in 1620. Film crews have for many years used the quay as a back drop for TV and film work.  Most famously, The BBC period drama, The Onedin Line, was filmed here throughout the 1970s to represent the wharfs and buildings of Liverpool Docks.  

Holset House dates back to at least the 17th century and has wonderful river and sea views from each floor. The property is built into the original wall surrounding Bayards Cove and has been in the same family ownership for around sixty years. 

Holset House has undergone extensive renovation and refurbishment in recent years, revealing original woodwork, timber beams and fireplaces and offers charming and flexible accommodation arranged over three floors.  

A memorial barometer fixed to the exterior north wall was presented to the mariners of Dartmouth in 1860 by John Hardy who held the office of Member of Parliament for Dartmouth between 1860 and 1868.  

This fascinating property also benefits from a delightful roof terrace, and a metal ladder on the quayside gives access to a running mooring which, subject to Dartmouth Harbour Authority conditions, may be transferable. A rented parking space is located just off the Market Square in the nearby town centre.

Holset House is on the market at a guide price of £850,000 with sole agents Marchand Petit. For further information please contact the Dartmouth office on 01803 839190 or email dartmouth@marchandpetit.co.uk