About your booking

Are there additional costs?

Our prices are fully inclusive of VAT, heating, electricity, bed linen and we supply towels in our couples’ cottages, Honeysuckle and The Owlery.

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 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.

There is 2% credit card charge and this is added during the booking process.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, we welcome well behaved dogs here at Dittiscombe.  You can bring one dog to the following cottages: Dovecote, Buddleia, Rafters and Honeysuckle. If you wish to bring two dogs to any of these cottages please contact us first and let us know the breed/size and age of your dog.  We accept two dogs into Willows.

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 cages.

There is more information about bringing your dog on holiday on our Dog Friendly Dittiscombe page.

Can I change plans or cancel at any time?

If you need to change your dates we would 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 full refund, less a small administrative charge of £25 – £30 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. You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions before making your booking, but if you have any questions please don’t hestiate to contact Ruth or Jon on 01548 5212752.

Do you ask for a damage deposit?

We ask you for a £100 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 card or 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. There is a 2% charge for using a credit card. 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

How are the cottages heated?

All cottages are fully heated. Honeysuckle and The Owlery have central heating, with thermostats on the radiators and adjustable programmers, and woodburners.

Willows and Rafters have night storage heaters in every room, plus flame effect electric fan heaters and back up convector heaters as required.

Buddleia and Dovecote have woodburners, night night storage heaters in every room plus a wall-mounted convector heater in the sitting room.

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.

Are any of the cottage gardens enclosed?

Yes.  BuddleiaRafters, Honeysuckle and Willows all have gardens which are fenced with gates. However, some small dogs may be able to escape under the fencing and if you think your dog might do this, please discuss this with us and we will endeavour to block up any exits!

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.

Do you provide towels

We provide towels in Honeysuckle and The Owlery and for guests from overseas. If you would like towels in Willows, Buddleia, Dovecote or Rafters these can be hired at £4 per set which includes one bath and one hand towel and can be paid for in advance or on arrival.

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. 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.

About Us

Do you live on site?

Yes. We are a family run business and 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 17 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.

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