Drive down a steep road towards the Higher car ferry that sweeps passengers over to Dartmouth – and just before you hit the river turn sharp left for a slice of watery bliss. The steam railway line is bang in front of you (busier in summer) and then the estuary with its bobbing boats and constantly changing light. Walk in to a relaxed, seaside feel with interesting vintage trinkets dotted about, ships lanterns for lampshades, striped cushions and local artwork on the walls – a little table sits under the window so you can carry on staring while you eat. Stone floors are warmed by underfloor heating and a tiny kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking; handcrafted cabinets hold the basics. The bedroom has antique French furniture, beams and a big bed with a view; the shower room is tiny and quirky with an old boat sail as a curtain and upcycled loo and sink. Best of all you have 50 metres of private riverside walkway with benches and a swing seat from which to take it all in. Dartmouth’s gems are a two-minute ferry ride away (the owner leaves you a passenger card), but this, the sunny and serene side, will keep you in its grasp.