View of Slapton Ley from Torcross

Dog-friendly Dittiscombe, South Devon

Fantastic cottage, just right for 4 adults and 2 children. Lovely and warm, great facilities and brilliant if you are bringing a dog!

Wittke & Smith FamiliesOctober 2018

Beautiful surroundings and the cottages are kept to a very high standard, very comfortable, the owners make you feel at home and the dogs love the freedom. Lovely place to stay.

Annette & Spud with Marley and BrunoSeptember 2018

Ruth was very welcoming and friendly. Our cottage (Rafters) was lovely and extremely clean and everything was well thought through – eg items in the kitchen, info about places to visit etc. And the cottages are truly dog friendly (as opposed to just allowing dogs as we’ve experienced at other places).

Rachel & Steph, with DaisySeptember 2018

We had a wonderful relaxing time. The cottage has everything you need for comfort. The location is remote enough to feel away from it all, yet close enough to find shops, dining, pubs & places to go. We took the dogs & enjoyed the walks too. Will definitely return.

Wheeler FamilyAugust 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.

Most of our dog-friendly cottages have enclosed gardens with post and rail fencing with stock-proof wire in between. If you have a dog which might escape, or a very small dog, then please check with Ruth and Jon first before booking your cottage.

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 allow dogs to be left unattended in the cottages, unless by special arrangement.

Dog friendly South Devon

Dogs at Dittiscombe Holiday CottagesThere 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

Some of Dittiscombe’s visiting dogs!

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