Hi! I’m Kes the Collie, a ‘rescue’ from the city of Plymouth and boy did I land on my four paws when I was re-homed by Ruth and Jon, owners of Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages in South Devon. I have so much space to walk and play safely off the lead here in the valley at Dittiscombe – at least twenty acres to romp through the meadows and there’s masses to sniff at along the winding path through the woodland.
I love helping Jon with the grass cutting which keeps us both busy nearly all year round in the mild Devon climate. During the year I welcome lots of dog-mates of all shapes, sizes and breeds who come to stay in the cottages, and I don’t mind what they look like as long as they are well behaved and smell nice (to me!).
Sometimes Ruth and Jon want something called a ‘pint’ from the dog friendly pubs in our local village of Slapton, The Tower Inn or the Queens Arms. So we walk, which takes us about 50 minutes, and although it’s downhill on the way there, after that ‘pint’ or three it seems to take much longer to walk back up!
When the picnic bag is packed I know we’re going in the car, and we whiz along the pretty lanes to visit one of the beaches of Start Bay or the nature trail at Slapton Ley. My local beaches are Slapton Sands, Strete Gate, Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands, and they are all a mixture of sand and shingle which I know some of my dog-mates find a bit sore on their paws to start with. But it’s always very safe on these beaches and they’re really good for running and fetching, splashing and swimming. That makes me hungry so, if the fishermen are there I might try out one of their sandwiches! If that doesn’t work we go and get fish and chips at the nearby Start Bay Inn at Torcorss, or lick on yummy ice creams (my favourite is a Salcombe Dairy vanilla) while gazing out to sea (well Ruth and Jon do; I gaze at my ball hoping for a throw!).
I have so many walks to choose from in my new home. Lots of them are on the beautiful South West Coast Path, but there are some very pretty Devon green lanes to explore too (these walks are always good for spotting sheep through the farm gates!); and if we drive a bit further we get to Dartmoor which is really wild, with lots of space and great views of sheep and cattle which I dream about at the end of the day!
Sometimes we go to Great Mattiscombe beach which is near Start Point Lighthouse and look for the seals that sleep on the rocks and live in the caves below; or we visit the Avon estuary at Bantham and Bigbury where the river sand is really soft and I run and swim all day, and don’t want to get in the car to go home. On hot days I love to go for a walk through the woods near Kingsbridge and have a splash in the cool river water under the trees. Then afterwards we all feel we deserve a tasty Devon cream tea at the Avon Mill garden centre.
If you’d like to have a holiday in comfort with your owners come and stay at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages near Slapton (with its two dog-friendly pubs). Call Ruth & Jon to discuss a holiday on 01548 521272, or visit their website for loads more local information and photographs!