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Visited November 2003
The Summer of 2003 just didnít end. Our arrival at Kingswear Castle, in the dark, after a particularly horrible journey was a welcome relief. In the morning the sun was bright, the sky and sea were blue and the events of the previous day consigned to the stuff of after-dinner anecdotes... time to explore the building and grounds - and what grounds!. We had no idea that the property had so much land and such an interesting setting.
The castle is dramatic, perched on the edge of the riverís mouth; views across to Dartmouth and the sister castle are splendid. We slept in the turret bedroom which was pleasant but had to have a night in the bunkhouse to try it out - I can report that it is surprisingly cosy but with no curtains very bright in the morning.
The living space is not particularly interesting, apart from looking out through the windows and the kitchen area is small. The roof terrace, however, was very useful and an excellent place to enjoy breakfast on the sunny mornings we were fortunate to enjoy.
I donít think we tired of the ferry crossing to Dartmouth which added a nice bit of spice to the daily events. It would be sensible to buy a book of tickets from the Kingswear Post Office (near the car ferry terminal) at the start of the stay.
Lots of places to eat and drink in Dartmouth; good food and service at Johnny Chicksí, a nice lunch followed later in the week by a disastrous dinner at Cheap-skates (we saw warnings in the log book but alas too late!).