Behind grand electric gates, past a sweeping drive, Barrington House stares happily out beyond the chair swing down to the Dartmouth Estuary. From this altitude, the bay opens blue and wide between the mature trees. It’s a vista that invites sunset cocktails above the lights and the boats in the harbour.
Sleeping 12 in restored Victorian luxury just off Mount Boone on Devon’s south coast, Barrington House comes infused with personal touches inspired by the owners’ love of Asian hospitality.
Tap into instant hot water, get together for movies and cookies, raid the wine fridge. Sleep the sleep of the just in a gem of a coastal bolthole.
Private, safe and fun for kids, the gardens here come with sunken trampoline for bouncing high above Dartmouth. Kids can play in the garden, while mum and dad play at sipping Prosecco and sizzling ribs on the BBQ. Soak up the views of the bay, slipping inside for top-ups.
As darkness falls, the hot tub invites aimless concentration on the ancient constellations above. Or head down to Barrington Box, once a horsebox and now a garden bar stocked with one red, one white and a bottle of fizz. Not chillaxed yet? Ride the chair swing that hangs high above the harbour. That’ll sort it.
The interior is sumptuous. It’s grand yet family-friendly. Revel in the feeling of light and space from the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors. There’s space to party, space to escape and space to just be you. Gather round the TV for movies, summon up the super-fast wifi, light up a log fire after the sun’s gone down.
The décor here speaks of the sea, with coastal shades adding to the relaxed, stylish feel. Comfortable contemporary furnishings come accented with design-led elements that provide a homely wow. Be wowed further by touches like flowers, treats and Prosecco on arrival and the 36-bottle wine cooler.
Kids can explore, grown-ups can chill. Top up your cups from the Nespresso machine, and watch the kids raid the toys and DVDs. Party house, reunion venue, fount of childhood memories: Barrington House is all things to everyone and more besides.
Light floods the gloss-white kitchen from the skylight above, creating a sense of air and space. Eat your croissants and sip your coffee at the breakfast bar. Chop and chat as you cook in the sociable space while your family and friends take their turn on the leather recliners by the kitchen.
Open up the doors to the deck. Fire up the gas barbie and eat al-fresco in the fresh air that flows up from the bay. Or make it a grander affair in the family-friendly, 12-seat dining room in front of the roaring fire. Pick a wine from the cooler, chill your drinks from the ice machine and wrap up with a Nespresso.
Take a day off and head into Dartmouth for calamari or fresh crab linguine at Beth’s Bistro. Or take the ferry from Dartmouth to the Anchor Stone Café for beach views and seafood delicacies such as Start Bay crab, Elberry Cove mussels, local spider crab, lobster salad, local hand-dived scallops and Looe haddock.
Gobble up the live music and cheerful eats at go-to spot Café Alf Resco, try The Seashore for scallops, lemon sole, octopus or suckling pig, or head for a high tea at The Singing Kettle. Or make it a takeaway night with treats from Tsang’s or Spice Bazarr.
Barrington House sleeps 12 in pairs, in bunks, in superkings and in sumptuous style. Get ready to scrap over the Juliet balcony with harbour views.
Bedroom one (River View) is a superking with en-suite and views out over the river. It’s a similar story in bedroom two (Castle View), while en-suite bedroom three (Dartmouth View) will stop the show. Choose from superking or unzip and unlink to make singles. Before bed, open the doors wide to the balcony and watch the lights twinkle in the harbour.
Kids will love the bunk beds in bedroom four (The Den) and there’s an en-suite for their toothbrushes. Bedroom five (The Chillout) comes with two singles and shares a bathroom with bedroom three. In en-suite bedroom six (Driftwood), you get a kingsize bed and college views.
Four bedrooms come with 32” TVs, but all drip with cosy luxury, contemporary fittings and a sense of quiet sanctuary.