Guest welcome file
Rob and Sheila are pleased to welcome you to The Captain’s House Simply B – room only stays. We wish you a very happy stay.
The Captain’s House – Simply B - Room only accommodation
18 Clarence Street Dartmouth Devon TQ6 9NW 01803 832133 www.captainshouse.co.uk
Please familiarise yourself with the Emergency Fire Procedure.
Doctors Surgery Dartmouth Medical Practice 35 Victoria Road,
Dartmouth TQ6 9RT 01803 832212
Dentist Dartmouth Dental Practice 24 Victoria Road,
Dartmouth TQ6 95A 01803835418
Torbay Hospital Emergency Department (A&E)
Tel: 01803 654003
Minor Injury Unit Newton Abbot Community Hospital
West Golds Road
If we are out and your need is urgent we have our telephone calls diverted to a mobile phone, and are available on the Captain’s House number 01803 832133. We will do our upmost to assist you.
Your room covid-19 revised
On arrival you will find your room prepared to a high standard strictly following COVID-19 risk assessment procedures. We hope this gives you peace of mind, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. To view the risk assessment click here
Daily room servicing is suspended. If you require fresh towels, please place towels in the bag provided (found in the cleaning container in bathroom) outside your room door by 10.30am please. Guests stays of more than 4 nights may request a room service, including bed linen change, towel change, removal of waste, and replenishment of beverage tray. Please contact us to arrange a suitable day and time.
Heating – We make every effort to time the heating to suit most requirements, the radiators may be controlled using the thermostat at the base of the radiator. The Bath/shower room radiators are dual fuel, and may be turned on/off using the switch in the room, for extra heat at night and during the summer months.
Wi-Fi If you wish to connect to our wireless network, BTHub5-H52Q the Password/Key is 2728dfbcb6 (case sensitive).
On departure please vacate your room by 10.30 a.m. and deposit your room key and parking permit in the black post box at the foot of the stairs.
We do not have sky T.V. If the sky button has inadvertently been pressed the remote control becomes inactive. Simply press the blue TV button on the remote and it will work again.
Things you may need
Hairdryer find in your room in drawer
Iron and table top ironing board find under the desk in the ground floor hallway.
Please do not place in bag once you have used the items.
Communal hallway and staircase will be cleaned/sanitised frequently during the day.
A little about the house
The Captain’s House is a grade II listed early Georgian Town House.
Part of the listing text:- House. c1730-40, with some late C18 and later modernisations.
Mixed construction; front is painted Flemish-bond brick, possibly with stone dressings, side walls are stone rubble and upper floors of left side wall are slate-hung, on timber-framing; stone rubble stack and brick chimney shaft with pots; slate roof.
PLAN: House end onto the street, one room wide and 2 rooms deep, with large axial stack between, serving back-to-back fireplaces.
Right-hand side passage with staircase off the side between the rooms.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys; regular 3-window front. Plat bands at first and second floor levels; windows have segmental arches with keystones and alternate voussoirs projecting. Larger
ground-floor windows contain 12-pane sashes but C20 casements with glazing bars to the upper floors. Square-headed front doorway to right contains recessed fielded 6-panel door under a plain overlight and up one stone step. Plain eaves to hipped roof and front gabled dormer. Left side is slate-hung above first-floor level and, right at the back, is a section of
INTERIOR: Original stair rising round a tight open well, open string with turned balusters including blocks. Front room has probably original moulded plaster cornice but the Adams-style chimneypiece is probably from later in the C18 (the owner
reports that there is another similar in the room above). Upper rooms not inspected but likely to be of interest.
Some interesting features of the bedrooms are the wood panelling in the front rooms which is believed to be original and the wood panelling in the front en-suite bathrooms. Fireplaces and wardrobes are original along with some door ironmongery.
During repairs, cat bones were discovered in a downstairs wall near the back door of the house. After identification, we left them as we found them, just in case!
The following country life magazine article explains:-
In the days before science and technology, and burglar alarms brought a degree of security and certainty, our ancestors had to rely on more natural methods. In the medieval centuries, right up to the early part of the 20th century making their homes safe for their families meant not just keeping robbers and murderers out but also the powers of witches and other supernatural forces. This was done by drawing protective symbols on rafters, beams and window sills or even placing objects within the walls of their home, particularly shoes or animals.
When working with old buildings, it is not uncommon to come across a mummified cat or a child’s shoes in the walls, over door lintels, under roof rafters, between the chimney stack and the wall and under the floor boards. These were the lengths people went to to influence the intangible; warding off evil spirits, witches’ curses and disease, or more positively, encouraging fertility.
Because cats were so readily associated with witches, it would be perfectly normal to take a cat (usually already dead) and place it in a location that was vulnerable to witches entering the house. It was widely considered that witches could fly, so a witch could get in not just through the door or window but down the chimney too. Cats were also known to sense ghosts and other supernatural beings more readily than humans, which is why it was believed, their presence in the walls of the house helped ward off such malevolent forces.
We are all safe.
In past times Clarence Street was much nearer to the quayside, several of the houses were occupied by Merchant Sea Captains, Hence The name The Captain’s House.
To discover more you may find a visit to the Dartmouth museum interesting.