Neat, tidy and suitably naval for the centre of Dartmouth: a slim slate-clad house with a bright blue porch and ice cream-stripy curtains at the window. No clutter inside, either – just a stylish, clean-lined sitting room with a log-burner and flock of wooden seagulls, and a galley kitchen with bold red, black and white tiles and pretty ceramic mugs. Scamper up to comfy, light-filled bedrooms, a decent bathroom and views over town to the harbour – Dartmouth’s thriving centre is a two-minute trot down 30 (or so) steps. Follow the sun: munch breakfast in the wildflower-bright front garden; take the portable barbecue to a pretty cove; sip sunset drinks on the rear wooden deck that spills out from the main bedroom. There’s a handy covered drying area for wetsuits and walking boots. Dartmouth is famous for its Royal Regatta, naval college and colourful harbour, but this steep seaside town offers plenty more: superb walks on the South West Coast Path, sailing and fishing on the Dart in Dittisham, Blackpool Sands beach, music and food festivals, good restaurants and pubs. Just lovely.