Blackpool Sands Cafe South Devon

Dogs are Welcome!

Come to stay for a relaxing dog-friendly week or short break in our cottages with lovely gardens and grounds, all safe for your dog.

Short breaks are available for 3 or 4 nights in one and two bedroom cottages from £350, and throughout April we are offering reduced weekly prices for couples from £540 to £480.

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.

Mr & Mrs Smith

Highly recommended. Really comfortable cottage set in beautiful surroundings. Especially good for dogs.

Mr & Mrs SmithNovember 2017
Miles Family

Our cottage was well furnished and kitted out for a week home away from home. Nearby are lovely dog friendly beaches with plenty of walks available.

Miles FamilyOctober 2017
Cranston Family

Ruth and Jon made us (including Lottie our young dog) very welcome and were very helpful. Lottie enjoyed her freedom in the woods and meadows.

Cranston FamilyOctober 2017
Ferrer Family

We had a very enjoyable peaceful relaxing break in Buddleia Cottage. Our dog Dexter thoroughly enjoyed himself with lots of varied walks around the cottage.

Ferrer FamilyOctober 2017
Bennett Family

Lovely quiet cottage away from it all but not far from the beach. Our dogs loved the grounds, from a pond to running in the fields. Ruth and Jon very helpful.

Bennett FamilySeptember 2017
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. 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

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

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).

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

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.

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  • 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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