Dog-friendly paddleboarding in South Hams

Dog-friendly Dittiscombe, South Devon

Come to stay for a relaxing Dog-friendly Holiday in our
South Devon Cottages

Family and dog-friendly cottages available for full weeks and short breaks through the Summer Holidays

Check our late availability and special offers page, or go straight to our commission-free booking site to check availability or make a booking here.

There is a £10 charge for each dog for short breaks and £25 per dog per week.

For more ideas about breaks with your dog in the South Hams have a look at our dog-friendly website, or call Ruth and Jon on 01548 521272.

There are many restaurants within easy driving distance of the cottages, all good. The walks within a short stroll around the apple orchard owned by Ruth and John are lovely for the dogs. The beaches nearby are mainly shingle but ideal for swimming or dog walking we went to Slapton Sands and Beesands both lovely and quiet.

Steph & Chris with Tillie & MarthaJune 2018

Rural location in the heart of the South Hams district of Devon. Beautiful countryside and very peaceful. The cottages overlook a private valley with an excellent woodland walk around the estate divided up into several paths which is ideal for your dog(s). Towns and beaches are not too far away in a very traditional County with history and heritage. All the pubs are dog friendly.

John & SueJune 2018

Grounds are superb, and contain a number of mown pathways along which to take a stroll any time of day. Grounds are secure for children and dogs. A good number of coastal walks within the area. Agatha Christie’s summer home at Greenways nearby – a steam train ride, walk or ferry trip from Dartmouth. Excellent area for dog walks.

Mr & Mrs RigneyMay 2018

Friendly and helpful owners. Cottage in peaceful rural location, Beautifully planted and maintained surroundings. Lovely walks from cottage and coastal path and dog friendly beaches short drive away (Slapton, Beesands, Hallsands).

Mr & Mrs JacksonApril 2018

A truly dog friendly holiday at Dittiscombe

Valley view in the South HamsWe have five dog friendly cottages to choose from and a wonderful wildlife valley of 20 acres, ponds, streams and woodland for you and your dog to enjoy.

Find your perfect cottage from: Willows, 4 bedrooms, enclosed garden; Rafters, 2 bedrooms, enclosed garden; Buddleia, 2 bedrooms, enclosed garden; Dovecote, 2 bedrooms, garden; Honeysuckle, couples’ cottage, enclosed garden. Lots more information about the cottages on our Cottages page too. To check our availability click on the Booking page.

Dogs are welcome on all our local beaches and in the cafes and pubs in Slapton and Torcross. Slapton Sands beach is about a 10 minute drive, or a walk of about 1 hour from your cottage door with spectacular walks along the South West Coast Path.

In each of our dog-friendly holiday cottages we supply a copy of Toby’s Dog Walks in South Devon (books 1 and 2); a ‘doggy bag’ of edible goodies; a quantity of fully-biodegradable dog bags, and a torch. We can also supply extra towels, throws, rugs and bowls, emergency dog food and bed, toys, leads and collars on request.

There is a charge per dog of £25 per week and £10 for a short break, and further details of this can be found on our FAQ page. We do not permit dogs to be left unattended in the cottages, unless by special arrangement.

Dog friendly South Devon

Blackpool Sands Cafe South DevonThere are lots of places in this area that you can visit with your dog – beaches and coves, pubs and cafes, steam trains and ferries.  Our nearest village, Slapton, boasts two excellent ‘dogs welcome’ pubs, the Tower Inn and The Queens Arms.

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the South Hams are dog friendly every day of the year, with a few having partial restrictions during the summer months. It’s a good idea to remember to check tide times as some of these natural coves and estuary beaches can almost disappear at high water.

Using the South West Coast Path you will come across some spectacular coastal scenery and it can be done in bite-size chunks. For instance park at East Prawle and walk east to Lannacombe, Great Mattiscombe, Hallsands and Beesands, stopping off at the dog friendly pub called The Cricket Inn and on to Torcross.  Or from East Prawle go west to Gammon Head and Mill Bay at East Portlemouth where you will find the Venus café with outdoor seating.  The coastal path from Bolberry Down either west to Hope Cove, Thurlestone and Bantham, or east towards Salcombe has spectacular scenery.  There are dog-friendly pubs and restaurants at Hope Cove (Cove Cafe Bar), The Beach House at South Milton and at Bantham (The Sloop Inn).

You’ll find a list of favourite beaches on our Beaches of the South Hams  page, and lots more information on our dedicated  Dog-friendly website. Or read Ruth’s blogs: New Adventures with your dog in the South Hams or a Dog-friendly Welcome in South Devon.

Dogs from Overseas

The Pet Travel Scheme is now more favourable to guests from overseas and allows pets to come into the UK providing they meet certain rules.  Find out more information from Defra’s Pet Travel Scheme.

Luxury dog lodge, SlaptonThe Dog Lodge

The Dog Lodge, Slapton, is a luxury licensed kennels and it’s located just 1 mile away from us. Dogs will be required to have been fully vaccinated, including kennel cough at least 10 days prior to staying, and owners are politely asked to bring certificates with them. Please ring Cathy at the kennels on 01548 581159 for more information about vaccinations, rates and how to book your dog in.

You’ll find more information too on dogsinvited.co.uk.


  • Dog-friendly beaches, pubs and cafes close-by


  • Over 20 acres of safe space to play and walk at Dittiscombe


  • Long sandy beaches, quiet coves - ideal for doggy holidays


  • Five dog-friendly cottages, most with enclosed gardens

  • Doggy treats and dog walking books provided in each cottage

  • Dog-friendly walks from your cottage door

  • Bring your puppy for his or her first holiday

  • Extra dog supplies available: towels, bowls, throws, leads

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