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 – near the South West Coast Path and beaches of 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.

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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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

Hope Family

We had a fantastic holiday at Dittiscombe. The location of the cottages is idyllic and allowed us a break of complete rest and relaxation. The cottages (Willows and Honeysuckle) contained everything we could need for our stay. Ruth and Jon were friendly and helpful but also unobtrusive, giving us complete privacy. We will definitely return and also recommend the cottages to friends.

Hope FamilyAugust 2017
Thassilo & Sofia, with Freya (white Swiss sheep-dog), Germany

It was our first time in South Devon. A dreamlike-beautiful landscape and the cottage was classy. Freya has been infinitely happy, and we will definitely come again. The next time however not without the golf-bag: have never seen a place like Thurlestone. Fantastic – just like the whole surrounding area. Thank you very much for a great week!

Thassilo & Sofia, with Freya (white Swiss sheep-dog), GermanyJune 2017
Michael and Claire

We had such a relaxing holiday. Lovely grounds and well equipped cottage. Ideal as it is very dog friendly, so able to enjoy our holiday with our dog. Will definitely come back and recommend to friends and family.

Michael and ClaireMay 2017
Maggie & Gerald

Honeysuckle Cottage was one of the best holiday cottages we have ever rented. After a long day of walking, there was the pleasant anticipation of returning to the comfort of an efficient shower/bath and a glass of wine before cooking a simple meal. The cottage was well equipped, clean and very dog friendly. The little garden made a peaceful haven in the evening and the nature trail around the farm was delightful.

Maggie & GeraldMay 2017
Tony & Eileen, with Ralf

We felt as though we had found a small piece of paradise. The location is really beautiful, lovely walks and really dog friendly. Ruth and Jon were really kind and friendly and we felt really comfortable staying in their lovely cottage. We really didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to go back.

Tony & Eileen, with RalfApril 2017
Helen with Paddy

Paddy and I really enjoyed our stay at Dittiscombe. The cottage, the garden, the views, and the amazing grounds, provided me with the peace and tranquillity I was looking for, and gave Paddy a stimulating and exciting environment to explore in safety, as well as the perfect spot to play with his ball.  I could not have found a more perfect place for us to stay and very much hope to return.

Helen with PaddyMay 2017
Murdin Family

We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived. The cottage (Rafters) was idyllic as was the location. A beautiful part of the country we were sad to leave!

Murdin FamilyApril 2017
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

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