River Dart Cabin

Rustic, isolated and deeply romantic

River Dart Cabin

Rustic, isolated and deeply romantic

beautiful isolation

This repurposed fisherman’s cabin will make adventurers’ hearts sing. Everything is centred around the River Dart which runs straight past the front door. You can jump on a paddleboard straight after breakfast, spend long and lazy afternoons with just a rod and the kingfishers for company, then wrap up in blankets and huddle around the fire pit at sunset watching the bats swoop and skim the water for their dinner. Off season you’ll feel completely alone; in summer the river will be a hive of activity and you’ll join other wild swimmers from the opposite bank. There are acres of woodland to tramp through, as well as the attractions of Dartington Estate itself: grand gardens, a café and pub, even its own independent cinema shared with guests from the campsite nearby.

Back at base it’s all neat, simple, and completely off-grid. There’s a basic kitchen in its own cabin that supplements the barbecue on wetter days; fresh water comes from the pump outside and the facilities are a sink and a compost loo (hot showers can be found in the campsite a short drive away). Indoors your bed is on the mezzanine level under the low roof beams and the wood-burner keeps everything cosy. You might find yourself ensconced on the sofa with a good book or be tempted out onto the terrace with a game and a cold beer. Whatever you choose, the majestic river views will be sure to provide the loveliest of distractions.

essential details

The important stuff

Check in: 3 pm, Check out: 10 am

Please be aware that access to the double bed is via a steep wooden ladder. Please bring torches, battery packs (if wanting to charge your phone) and warm clothes.

Please be aware that in the height of the summer the river can get busy with locals swimming. There is public access on the opposite side of the river but your side is completely private/fenced in.

Coal and firewood provided. No mobile phone signal. No WiFi

Sleeping arrangements

One small double bed on mezzanine level access via a steep ladder


Small camping hob in the kitchen shed
Small private fridge
Fully equipped kitchen


Compost toilet behind the cabin
No bathroom or hot water on site
You can have access to warm showers on the Dartington Estate campsite which is a 5-minute drive from the entrance to the woodland

Heating, lighting & bedding

Bed linen and towels provided
Solar lighting
No plug sockets


book now from £85/night

2022 SEASON: 10 APRIL – 30 September

On the booking form below, choose your arrival date and the number of nights you want to stay. Available stays will be highlighted in green.

If you are a Dartington Member, click ‘I have a promotional code’ to enter the discount code provided to you in your member pack.

contact us

Bookings can be made at any time via the booking facility above – but you can contact our friendly team at campsite@dartington.org with any enquiries.

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