The Bathing House

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The Bathing House is a simple, romantic retreat where you can leave the frantic pace of the world behind you and unwind.


You’ll hear nothing during your stay here, save the soothing sounds of the river below, along with passing boats and the occasional seal

                          - The Independent in its list of best UK Valentine's Day retreats



Built in the 1770s, at the same time as Sharpham House, this then fashionable Bathing House was created on a bend in the river, below the main House

The building was originally constructed as a small octagonal tower with three windows facing the river. Unlike many bathing houses at the time, the one at Sharpham did not have a stairway down to a plunge pool and people would have entered the river from the bank or beach below.

The building was extended during the first part of the 19th century to create the one that you see here today. It was used from then on as a family home for estate workers. The 1851 census shows that Anthony Newland, the gamekeeper, his wife and three children lived here.

Inside the Bathing House at Sharpham

The Bathing House has one main living room, a beautiful bedroom with balcony overlooking the River Dart, a kitchen, a bathroom, a utility room and a sofa-bed in the lounge.

Outside, a patio running the whole frontage of the Bathing House overlooks the water. Guests have reported seeing amazing wildlife close up - including otters feeding on fish in the River Dart.

The Bathing House virtual reality tour


A perfect Valentine's retreat


Privacy and peace remarkable. A truly special place, house, land and water. We even had sun every what you are doing. PS: Otters seen (over an alfresco breakfast). First time ever for us.


Holiday lettings at the Bathing House help to support the charitable work of the Sharpham Trust. They are are handled for us by Helpful Holidays.

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If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Denise Scribbins, House Manager
Tel: 01803 732842
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Sharpham Trust, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, UK, TQ9 7UT