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 in South Devon

Come and relax at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages, a collection of six pretty cottages just a 10 minute drive from the stunning beaches of Start Bay and the historic village of Slapton. We are also close to the South West Coast Path, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

Our six 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 Special Offers page for July late availability and find out more about our Cottages and about the local area on 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.

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


An Exotic Seaside Garden in South Devon

The National Trust's Overbeck's garden and museum is tucked into a belt of woodland high above Salcombe estuary and beaches, and is a stone's throw from dramatic and spectacular views around Starehole Bay at Bolt Head on the the South West Coast Path.
South Devon Lanes

Devon Lanes and the Art of Mindfulness

The lanes are a very special feature of our South Devon landscape. The transition from fast roads to single-tracked lanes is the sign that your holiday has really started!

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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

Prager Family

Unobtrusive but friendly, helpful. Lovely Cottages and surrounding land. Really well maintained. There are a few other cottages but they in no way intrude on your privacy or peace. We were looking for somewhere quiet, safe for the dogs and baby and with good surrounding walks and this was perfect.

Prager FamilyJuly 2016
Graham & Shirley

Honeysuckle is a perfect cottage for two and has everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. The setting is beautiful, great for dog walks straight from your door. Jon and Ruth obviously care a great deal about conservation and this shows in this perfect little part of south Devon, with the amount of wildlife that are happy to share this space

Graham & ShirleyJuly 2016
Ian & Denise

Beautiful well equipped cottage (The Owlery) in a lovely secluded valley. A great place for just unwinding away from it all & a really good base from which to explore the delights of Devon.

Ian & DeniseJuly 2016
Jackie & Ian

Dittiscombe Cottages are in an idyllic setting. The valley is beautiful with lovely walks. The cottage (Rafters) we stayed in was very pretty, extremely comfortable and lots of extra touches. Ruth and Jon were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

Jackie & IanJuly 2016
Elaine, Keith & Michael

There should be more places of this quality. Hospitality par excellence!  Home from home and lovely part of the world.

Elaine, Keith & MichaelMay 2016
James & Rachel

A great cottage – cosy and had everything we could need. Beautiful grounds and a great spot for exploring the local coastline, which is lovely. We will recommend!

James & RachelMay 2016
Gill Family

A fabulous location. Truly back to nature. If you want a place to escape for a while, this is absolutely perfect. Hosts Ruth and Jon were very helpful and full of local knowledge.

Gill FamilyMay 2016
Chris & Sandra

Dittiscombe worked its magic. There was something new every day; the fox family, the duck and 10 ducklings, and so much more. Sit and watch or walk the valley.

Chris & SandraMay 2016
Mr & Mrs Salloway

Absolutely fabulous place we stayed in Budleia Cottage with our dog which I would thoroughly recommend , cosy cottage , wonderful surroundings and dog walks and very friendly welcome from the lovely owners.

Mr & Mrs SallowayMarch 2016
Mr O’Donnell

What a lovely place to escape to. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome. The Owlery was immaculate with everything needed for a relaxing stay. We are already planning a return visit and would highly recommend to friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful winter break.

Mr O’DonnellJanuary 2016
Kelly & Lee

This was our 5th stay at Dittiscombe and will not be our last. It is such a relaxing place to stay with lots to do and plenty of opportunities to do ‘not a lot’ (should you wish). Jon and Ruth are great and are on hand should you need anything but also respect your privacy, and let you enjoy a little piece of their ‘heaven’.

Kelly & LeeJanuary 2016
Mr Humphreys

Excellent in every way. This is the first time we have stayed somewhere where the reality matches what we saw on the website. Beautiful cottages and gorgeous setting. Ruth and Jon were excellent and made us feel very welcome. . .  Our two boxers loved it too! Highly recommended.

Mr HumphreysDecember 2015

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