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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in is at 4pm - if you think you won't make it on time, you MUST call ahead to make alternative arrangements with the Owner
  • Check out is at 11:30am
  • There is free parking for the duration of your stay in the Breakwater multi-storey car park, approx. a 5-minute walk from the boat
  • Faithful's location is floating and may be subject to change. Don’t forget this is a boat, basic agility is essential in cabins as they are accessed by hatchways and vertical ladders. For safety reasons the bridge and roof areas aren't accessible to guests. 
  • Please bring flat, non-slip shoes for the deck - essential
  • For a very special occasion Yvette offers a silver or gold welcome package which you can arrange with her directly (any pay for) after booking: 

    £35 SILVER - Champagne on ice, chocolates and flowers
    £45 GOLD - Champagne on ice, chocolates and roses

  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Access to the boat and main cabin is via steep ladders. Please call to discuss accessibility.

Cooking

  • 4 gas hobs, gas oven & grill
  • Fridge with icebox

Washing

  • Loo 
  • Shower - big for a boat!
  • There is a basin in the bedroom downstairs

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Electric heating
  • Plug sockets available on shore when moored
  • Bed linen and towels provided

Entertainment

  • Cards and board games
  • Books and DVDs
  • TV, radio & hifi
  • iPod/iPhone docking station
  • Binoculars

Activities

On Faithful 

There are games onboard for a cosy evening in: Monopoly, cards, chess, etc. but also a TV / DVD player, and swish iPhone / iPod dock.

Yvette's guests have free access to the luxurious health club and spa at the Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth, open 7:30am - 7:30pm. Relax in the hot tub, use the gym, pool and steam room. 

You also have the option of a complimentary dip and dine at the Berry Head Hotel in Brixham (a swim and £10 voucher to use towards a meal) which is a beautifully situated Victorian building high on the cliff overlooking the open sea above Brixham and where you can also enjoy a marvellous Devon Cream Tea.  

Or you cold always do nothing and just relax on board Faithful - a truly relaxing place to chill and unwind and escape from life's pressures. Enjoy a drink on deck and watch the world go by.

Brixham & Dartmouth

Brixham is a unique and unspoilt bustling fishing town that has been the centre of the area’s fishing industry for many centuries. It has an excellent Heritage Museum – an array of unique shops, pubs, cafe's and restaurants, all centred around it's pretty harbour.

There's a lively, colourful and very contemporary Fish Market, where you can literally sit above the fishing boats as they sail in, moor up and deliver their catch of the day.

Brixham is the only place where you can be welcomed aboard a life-size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind and be mentally transported back in time to experience just what it was like on a galleon. 

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Brixham hosts some rather eccentric festivals, including Fishstock, the Heritage Festival, Trawler Races, Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival (which holds the World Record for a mile of pirates), Pirate Days, a regatta and Brixham Hapnin, but just in case you think it’s all about fish, the summer Cowtown festival celebrates the town’s agricultural side

For nature lovers, there are two very secluded beaches one of which is a nudist beach. Brixham also has one of the very few remaining open air sea water swimming pools.

The walks around Brixham, along the cliff tops and on to Berry Head are quite breath taking.  Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve and gateway site for the UNESCO-supported English Riviera Global Geopark

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Just above Brixham is the National Trust property, Coleton Fishacre, a 1920's retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea.   Formerly the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family, you can Travel back in time to the Jazz Age where you can lose yourself in the RHS accredited garden, with its enticing glimpses to sea, paths that weave through glades, past tranquil ponds and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand that thrive in the moist and sheltered valley. This most evocative of country homes, built in the Arts & Crafts style, is imbued with 1920s' elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms and music plays, echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections.

Brixham is only a few miles from Agatha Christie's beloved estate at Greenway. Greenway can be reached by road, rail (Steam Train from Churston) or ferry.

Dartmouth has a great selection of fun, local independent shops to explore. 

Dartmouth Flavel Arts Centre - showing films, comedy, opera, plays and talks, and serving light pre-theatre suppers

Outdoors and active

All around and along the Devon and Cornwall coast are the most wonderful walks which form the South West Coastal Path. Boat hire, water sports, crabbing, fishing, boat trips, sailing and more are all on your doorstep.

Places to visit

Coleton Fishacre - now a National Trust property, the beautiful house and gardens created by Rupert and Lady D’Oyly Carte in 1920 is a "must visit" under 5 miles away from Dartmouth

Greenway House and Garden - Agatha Christie’s summer retreat, with its glorious gardens which are open to the public

Steam trains - between Easter and November, steam trains run from Kingswear (opposite Dartmouth) to Paignton where it joins the national rail network

Festivals & events

There's lots going on in bustling Dartmouth...

4- 8 March 2014 Dartmouth Comedy Festival

18 - 21 May 2014 Dartmouth Music Festival - classical, folk, hip hop...!

29 - 30 June 2014 - Kingswear Regatta

4 August 2014 - Dartmouth Crab Festival - a street party style celebration of South Devon's finest export: delicious crab!

5 - 9 August 2014 - Dartmouth Shakespeare Week

16 August 2014 - Dittisham Regatta

24 - 31 August 2014 - Dartmouth Regatta Week! The highlight of the calendar, yachts, dinghies, and boats of all types celebrate Dartmouth's maritime heritage in a week-long fiesta.

24 - 26 October 2014  - Dartmouth Food Festival - "One of the top 10 food festivals in the UK" - The Guardian

Food & Drink

There will always be a bottle of wine waiting for you. For a very special occasion Yvette offers a silver or gold welcome package which you can arrange with her directly (any pay for) after booking:

£35 SILVER
Champagne on ice, chocolates and flowers
£45 GOLD
Champagne on ice, chocolates and roses

You have your own little kitchen with basics for self-catering. If you fancy heading out (and it would a shame not to, given the promise of local seafood!) try the Dart Marina hotel's restaurant and bar in Dartmouth, serving excellent cuisine, or visit one of the local pubs in Brixham (don't forget your dip and dine offer at the Berry Head Hotel!) or Kingswear.

Nearby Dartmouth has a large and varied selection of friendly local inns, gourmet restaurants and everything in between. Many local restaurants specialise in fish and are within a few minutes' walking distance of the centre of town. Local delis are good, meaning you can stock up for a picnic and eat on deck watching the sunset.

Meet your hosts

It was a childhood dream of Yvette's to have a big boat of her very own - not just any boat, but a truly special one with a unique character. When she saw Faithful, everything fell into place. After two years of painstaking work (almost to the day!) Faithful was restored to her original, natural and practical beauty. The next step was choosing a mooring, somewhere near places of interest and water sports but tranquil and relaxing. 

Wildlife and environment

You couldn’t get much closer to nature; Yvette has seen dolphins, seals and huge fish just along side the boat. You are surrounded by a fantastic selection of varying woodland, coastal and open country side walks. Seabirds: gulls, terns and cormorants, live nearby and there's a wide variety of natural habitats to explore.

Love what Yvette has created? Why not check out her other spaces at Honeyside Down - a yurt, a bird box and a giant beehive! All approx. an hour's drive from Brixham. 

Getting there

Faithful is moored at Brixham Marina, Berry Head Rd, Brixham, Torbay TQ5 9BW

***Your greeter will be in touch beforehand to discuss the 4pm arrival time and to get your registration number for the free car parking. If you think you won't make it on time for your check in, you MUST call ahead to make alternative arrangements***

By train

The nearest train station is Kingswear Station. You can also join the main rail line at Paignton or Totnes. 

By car

For Sat Nav purposes, use TQ5 9AF to take you to the multi-storey car park nearby where you'll have free parking for the duration of your stay.

From the M5 southbound, join the A38 which after a couple of miles forks left at Telegraph Hill onto the A380 (sign posted for Torquay). Continue on the A380, keeping right on the Penn Inn flyover for Paignton and Brixham. Continue onto the A3022 sign posted for Brixham / Dartmouth. As you enter into to Brixham, at the traffic lights, keep left onto New Road. After approximately 1 mile, at the cross roads traffic lights in the town centre turn left onto Market St and follow signs for the Harbour (left hand lane). Staying in the left hand lane, Market St turns slightly right and becomes Middle St. Stay on Middle St and at the junction, turn right onto the Strand. Follow the Strand passing the large historical statue on your left, The Strand turns right and within 100 metres, turn left into King Street. Follow King Street until you reach a mini roundabout. At the mini roundabout continue straight across (1st exit) onto Berry Head Road. Follow Berry Head Road and after approximately 0.3 of a mile you will see a sign post for the Breakwater Car Park on your right. Turn Right into the Multi-storey Car Park. Faithful’s guests will have free car parking for the duration of their stay here. You will be met at the car park, where you will be escorted to the Marina and Faithful. 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.