Dog Friendly Dittiscombe

Dogs are Welcome!

Come to stay for a firework free, dog-friendly Autumn break at Dittiscombe!

Short breaks are now available for 3 or 4 nights in one and two bedroom cottages from £325, £400 in a 4 bedroom cottage.

Visit our book now page to make a booking on our online booking system.

There is a £10 charge for each dog. We welcome 1 dog in Honeysuckle, and 2 dogs in Buddleia and  DovecoteRafters and Willows.

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

Maggie and Gerald

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. Above all, the bed was hugely comfortable to allow one to recharge the batteries before facing the long walks planned for the following day! Ten out of ten Jon and Ruth – you’ve really got it right.

Maggie and GeraldMay 2017
Pauline & Phil

Our stay at Dittiscombe was just perfect and we will return! We and our Goldie loved Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island . . .  there was much fun to be had there by us all. Most beaches were dog friendly and usually a sign before you descended onto them told you if they were NOT dog friendly – so look out for those – very helpful.

Pauline & PhilJune 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 too. Will definitely come back and recommend to friends and family.

Michael and ClaireMay 2017
Tony and Eileen

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 cant wait to go back.

Tony and EileenApril 2017
Hemmings Family with Hunter

Absolutely beautiful location, the owners have thought of everything to make it a really dog friendly holiday and to be fair I would have still stayed in Dovecote without a dog as you would never know dogs were allowed as it was so clean.

Hemmings Family with HunterApril 2017
Bamber Family

The cottage and surrounding were perfect. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the outside space and nearby walks. Great location for exploring and close to some wonderful dog-friendly pubs. We all really enjoyed our stay and hope to return again in the near future.

Bamber FamilyNovember 2016

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.

Dog friendly South Devon

Dog friendly beaches in 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. You’ll find a list of favourite beaches on our Beaches of the South Hams  page and in a useful By the Dart blog.

Visit our separate Dog Friendly website for lots more information about the area and suggested itineraries for days out with your dog.

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, Gara Rock (Gara Rock Restaurant is dog-friendly) 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).

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.

For happy dog holidays with your dog and to find more local information visit our own specialist dog website Also, or

  • 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