Dittiscombe, South Devon

Come and relax in our self catering
holiday cottages near Salcombe and
Dartmouth in beautiful South Devon


Visit Dittiscombe – self catering
holiday cottages set in an
exclusive valley near Dartmouth
& Salcombe, South Devon

Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages Pond

Six beautiful holiday cottages
and gardens


Unwind in our exclusive
wildlife valley

Great Mattiscombe Beach

Discover the beautiful beaches and
coves of the South Hams

Honeysuckle Bedroom

Comfortable, individually styled accommodation


Watersports, walking, fishing... whatever your
favourite activity, South Devon has it all!


Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages – dog and family friendly holidays and short breaks in South Devon

Find your pretty holiday cottage at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages, a collection of six set in a tranquil South Devon valley. Just a 10 minute drive from the stunning dog-friendly beaches of Start Bay and the historic village of Slapton, and also close to the South West Coast Path, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

To check availability, short breaks and special offers, or to make a booking visit our ‘how to book’ page for a live online, commission free booking system.

Our individual cottages are surrounded by an exclusive valley of woodland and meadows, each has a lovely garden with views, free Wifi and some have woodburners and spa baths. Our family cottages sleep 2-6 guests: Willows, Rafters, Dovecote, Buddleia ; and our couples’ cottages are Honeysuckle  and The Owlery.

Many of our returning guests come for the peace and tranquillity we offer, for the freedom to safely walk with children and dogs from the cottage door around our private conservation valley, and to visit and explore all that South Devon has to offer.

We are located in the heart of the South Hams area which has beautiful beaches and estuaries, ideal for relaxing, playing with the dog, surfing and swimming. Slapton Ley is a 10 minute drive from Dittiscombe and is a haven for wildlife. Easy days out with the family and dog might include a visit to the beach at Mill Bay opposite Salcombe, a ride on the steam railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, or a play day at Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth.

Visit our Dog Friendly page to find out what to do with your dog on holiday and our Short Breaks page for special offers and short break prices. Visit our Cottages page for more detailed information and to read about the local area visit our Blog page. Please do call Ruth or Jon if you have any specific requirements or questions on 01548 521272 or e-mail us from the How to Book page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dittiscombe!

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Cottages set in a lovely valley, close to the beautiful beaches of South Devon!

The cottages are surrounded by 20 acres of woodland, meadows, ponds and nature trail, and you can enjoy it all straight from your cottage door. Your cottage is comfortably furnished and has a private garden where you can soak up the views and peace of Dittiscombe Hills.

All the cottages have Wifi, digital freeview TVs, some have woodburners and spa baths.

Dittiscombe’s location is ideal for exploring the South Hams and the AONB, a truly unspoilt part of South Devon. Historic Slapton village is just a 10 minute drive away, and there you’ll find two very good dog-friendly pubs serving local food, The Tower Inn and The Queens Arms. There is also a freshwater lagoon at Slapton Ley where you can discover a diverse range of wildlife and take guided nature safaris during the summer months. The unspoilt beaches of Start Bay are nearby too: Slapton Sands, Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands are all dog friendly with some excellent and cafes serving fish ‘n chips and Devon cream teas! Find our more about our beautiful local coastline by reading Ruth’s Blog.

From Start Bay we recommend you take the car and enjoy the spectacular drive to Dartmouth to see its cobbled streets, ancient buildings, and the fabulous views across the harbour, and soak up the stunning view of Blackpool Sands along the way.

There are many award-winning beaches and river estuaries in our local area, most of which are dog-friendly, ideal for swimming, kayaking and watersports. There’s great walking along the South West Coast Path, and the picturesque sailing towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are all a short drive away. The dramatic landscape of Dartmoor is to the north, a drive of approximately 40 minutes.

Read our blogs to find our more about the coast and countryside of the South Hams.

Dogs welcome at Dittiscombe South Devon

A dog friendly welcome to South Devon!

Bring your dog for a truly dog-friendly holiday to South Devon. Ruth and her faithful companion Kes the Collie can vouch for many great walks, and dog-friendly beaches, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area.
Sea Dogs of Start Bay

Sea Dogs of Start Bay

Julie Hinder was intrigued to find our more about the brave Sea Dogs of Start Bay who swam out and helped bring in the catch for fishing communities.

The Secret World of a South Devon Hedgerow

April to July are perfect months to come on holiday to South Devon to see the colourful display of wildflowers which appear in our local hedgerows. But it's not just plants which thrive in these wonderful wildlife habitats. . .

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Our latest Facebook entry …

Start Bay Whale

Farewell to the amazing Humpback #startbaywhale who has graced the waters of Start Bay over the last couple of months. He, or she, is now heading out to deeper and cooler waters, hopefully to make a return next year!

Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

Martin, Mary & Moss

So welcoming and friendly . Ensure all your needs are catered for and the large gardens are amazing and very cared for.

Martin, Mary & MossMarch 2017

We only stayed for two nights and I wish we had stayed more! Try to book as long as you can to really make the most of the beautiful surroundings and nearby beaches.

KristinaFebruary 2017
The Bamber Family

The cottage and surroundings were perfect. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the outside space and nearby walks. Great location for exploring and close to some wonderful dog-friendly pubs. We all really enjoyed our stay and hope to return again in the near future.

The Bamber FamilyMarch 2017

We had a really lovely stay in The Owlery. It was clean with all the facilities you could need. The local area was lovely for quiet country walks, and I really enjoyed a relaxing spa bath in the evenings! Ruth was really friendly and professional from booking and made the stay really special.

JudyFebruary 2017

My stay couldn’t have been better starting with a warm welcome from Ruth and an introduction to the Buddleia cottage that I stayed in, which I found to be spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated and furnished.

TerenceDecember 2016
Val & Derek

Wonderful cottage (Rafters). So dog friendly. Brilliant setting. Ruth and Jon on hand if needed. I would strongly recommend Dittiscoombe to friends and family-but having discovered this gem may be I should keep it to myself!

Val & DerekNovember 2016
Irene & Jim

A friendly welcome to a cosy & well equipped cottage (Honeysuckle) made our stay very enjoyable. Local information in the folder in the cottage helped us plan our days. Lovely woodland dog walk from cottage door.

Irene & JimNovember 2016
Thorne Family

We had a lovely time in Buddleia. It is always such a relief to arrive somewhere so clean and homely. The walks from the door for Scamp could not have been better and Austin enjoyed the different scenery.

Thorne FamilySeptember 2016

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