We’ve tried to answer some of the fequently asked questions below. However, there will always be one or two that we haven’t covered so if you have anything you’d like to ask please do get in touch with us via the contact page.
There is a lot more information about what you’ll find at Dittiscombe and in your cottage on the individual cottage pages, and when you book we send you a comprehensive letter together with local directions.
We hope to welcome you to Dittiscombe.
Ruth & Jon
About your Booking
Are there additional costs?
We supply a complimentary basket of logs in cottages with woodburners; further baskets are £3 each.
We supply cots, highchairs, bbqs and stairgates free of charge.
Towels can be supplied in the family cottages (Willows, Rafters, Buddleia and Dovecote) and are charged at £4 per set of bath and hand towels – please try and order these in advance of your visit.
Overseas customers are supplied with towels free of charge.
All bookings are commission free.
Can I bring my dog?
We charge £25 for each dog per week and £10 for each dog for a short break. Guests with puppies are asked to bring puppy crates.
We do not permit pets to be left unattended in the cottages and we ask that you do not allow your dog on the furniture or bedrooms.
Can I change plans or cancel at any time?
You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions before making your booking, If you need to change your dates or cancel your booking we make every effort to re-let the cottage for your original dates. If we are able to re-let it then we will issue a refund which is based on the re-let price, less an administrative charge of £25 – £50 depending on how late you cancel your booking.
Please read our terms and conditions before booking which can be downloaded from the ‘how to book‘ page. When you pay your booking deposit you are committed to fulfilling the booking and either taking the holiday, or paying the balance on the due date. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ruth or Jon on 01548 5212752.
Do you ask for a damage deposit?
We ask you for a £100 refundable security deposit which is for damage and exceptional cleaning. This can be supplied by cheque (made out to Dittiscombe), by card or by direct bank transfer.
Once the cottage has been checked after your departure we return the deposit. The cheque will be destroyed (or returned to you on request only); or refunded to your credit/debit card; or to your bank account (we would require your account name, sort code and account number).
Can I pay by credit card or debit card?
Yes, we accept both Mastercard and Visa cards through our online booking system here. We are unable to take Amex.
Overseas customers can pay by direct bank transfer if they wish and should contact us for our international IBAN and BIC bank numbers.
About your Cottage & Surroundings
How are the cottages heated?
Do you provide bedding?
Yes, we make up the beds ready for your arrival. If you are under occupying the cottage but wish all the beds to be made up we would be grateful if you could let us know in advance.
Duvets and pillows are filled with microfibre and have protectors. We do not use any duck or down bedding.
Are any of the cottage gardens enclosed?
Can I leave my dog in the cottage
We do not permit pets to be left unattended in the cottage.
If you wish, you can leave your dog for the day at a luxury licensed kennels, The Dog Lodge, approximately 1 mile away, www.dog-lodge.co.uk or 01548 581159 and details of vaccination requirements can be found on their web site.
Dogs are not allowed in bedrooms or on sofas. If you think your dog will sneak up onto a sofa at night, please bring lots of throws or we can let you have some for the duration of your holiday. We ask dog owners to keep dogs under control in the gardens and grounds, and clear up immediately after their dog. Please bring your dogs bedding, towels and a crate for puppies.
We have a stairgate which we can lend out.
Is there plenty of parking available
We have a communal car park which is next to the Farmhouse and can take around 9 cars in total. However, we do ask that if you are bringing more than one car with you that you let us know so that we can plan the parking during busy times. Honeysuckle is the cottage furthest away from the car park, a level walk on gravel of approximately 100 metres.
You are welcome to park your car outside the cottage to unload, but we ask all guests to park their cars in the communal car park for the duration of the stay.
Is there a suitable cottage for guests with limited mobility?
Honeysuckle is our only cottage which we would recommend as suitable for people with limited mobility. There are two small steps at the front door, one step from the sitting room to the kitchen/dining room and bathroom, and two steps from the sitting room to the bedroom. The garden is accessed from the front door to the side of the cottage where there is a level seating area.
We would advise anyone with limited mobility to speak to Ruth and Jon on 01548 521272 first to discuss your needs so that you can fully enjoy your holiday at Dittiscombe.
Is there somewhere to walk?
You can walk around our grounds – there is about 20 acres to explore: woodland, ponds, streams, an orchard and meadows, and lots of places to sit and just enjoy the tranquility.
You can also walk to Slapton village which is approximately 2.5 miles away (we supply a map in your cottage).
About the Area & Services
How far are you from the nearest pub?
We have two dog-friendly pubs in Slapton village (The Tower Inn and The Queens Arms) which is just over 2 miles away. It takes about 10 minutes in the car, or a 50 minute walk from Dittiscombe.
How far are the nearest shops?
There is a Community Shop in Slapton village. The next nearest shops are in Torcross (larger village store, 4 miles) and Stokeley Farm Shop (4.5 miles). There are supermarkets in Kingsbridge (6 miles) and Dartmouth (7 miles).
Can we hire a car?
There is car hire available at both Newton Abbot and Totnes railway stations. These are the last two stations before us on the mainline route into London Paddington.
Can we hire a taxi?
We can provide a list of taxis – some of whom will take dogs in their cars. Please remember that if you are coming at a busy time of year you may need to book a taxi in advance as not all taxi services will come out to Dittiscombe.
Do you live on site?
Yes. Dittiscombe is a family run business. We, Ruth and Jon, live the Farmhouse which is in the centre of Dittiscombe. We are available most of the time to help with any problems during your visit, and also to offer suggestions and help with places to visit and where to eat out.
How long have you been at Dittiscombe?
We have been running Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages for 20 years and brought our daughter up here. We used to come on holiday to the area ourselves before making the move to live here in 1998. We therefore know what it’s like to be both a holidaymaker and resident of the South Hams, and can recommend lots of places to visit during your stay.
How old is Dittiscombe?
We believe there has been occupation of Dittiscombe for at least four to five hundred years. The farmhouse certainly shows signs of great age, and the stone barns are probably 200-300 years old. Unfortunately we have been unable to discover much from before the turn of the twentieth century, but do know that in the early part of the last century Dittiscombe was a thriving farm of about 500 acres, one of the largest in the area, and was called Dittiscombe Hills. During the Second World War Dittiscombe was, like many other properties and farms of the area, evacuated for the D-Day landing practices which were held in and around Slapton village and Start Bay. It was occupied by allied forces for many months, and unfortunately fell into disrepair afterwards. It was converted into a holiday complex in 1989.