Owlery Cottage – Sleeps 2 + cot, Friday to Friday. Pet free.

Romantic cottage for two people, surrounded by valley views, kingsize bed, spa bath big enough for 2, own parking space, woodburner, free wifi. Short Breaks. Free cot and highchair on request. Sorry no pets.

Sandie & Guy

We have had the most amazing time with the gorgeous weather and stunning coastal path walks. The Owlery is such a wonderful place to stay – so peaceful and in beautiful settings. Thank you.

Sandie & GuyMay 2018
Dick and Fiona

We couldn’t wait to return and the feeling is still the same! Had a fabulous stay. Wish it could have been longer. Such a peaceful, beautiful location and we love The Owlery. Thanks Ruth and Jon for the haven you have created. Hope to see you again before too long.

Dick and FionaApril 2018
Mandy & Russell

Thank you for a lovely tranquil holiday . . . and for allowing us an extended stay due to the unplanned snow blizzard – your home baked bread and supplies were most appreciated!

Mandy & RussellMarch 2018
Janet & Darren

Perfect place to see in the New Year. Love the coastal walks. The Owlery an ideal retreat. Thank you!

Janet & DarrenJanuary 2018
Trevor and Joy

Love the cottage and location, so quiet and peaceful. Thank you Jon and Ruth.

Trevor and JoyNovember 2017
Mr & Mrs Byatt

Just a brief note to say how much we enjoyed our stay.  It was the ideal place for us; quiet, well positioned, well equipped and comfortable.

Mr & Mrs ByattNovember 2017
Mr & Mrs Geach

The Owlrey is fantastic, all facilities were provided, the bed was a real “home from home” comfort and the bath was ….amazing. We were looking for a base where we could both relax and provide access primarily to the South Hams. Dittiscombe provided that .

Mr & Mrs GeachJuly 2017
Paul & Helen

It’s been such a pleasure to see so much wildlife at Dittiscombe and the surrounding area. Sorry to be leaving, but we’ll take good memories back with us.  Thanks!

Paul & HelenJuly 2017

The Owlery is a most romantic retreat: a cosy get-away cottage for two, providing plenty of space and all the right ingredients for a tranquil holiday.

Nestling amidst Dittiscombe’s peaceful valley The Owlery is ideal for a short break or a full week or more, to celebrate, to relax, or to explore this unspoilt part of South Devon. Guests can unwind in the tranquility which surrounds the cottage and enjoy the log burning stove, extra-large spa bath with room for two (perfect for a long soak with a glass of bubbly at the end of the day!), and a king-size bed.

Guests will also have a private garden for relaxing and alfresco dining, and the use of the extensive grounds where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woodland and around the meadows and orchard, with wildlife to spot along the way.

Further afield there is easy access to the big sweep of beaches at Start Bay, and super walking on the South West Coastal Path between Dartmouth and SalcombeSlapton village is just a 10 minute drive away where there are two good pubs serving local food and drink, and the freshwater lake at Slapton Ley with its abundance of wildlife. Take the walk from Slapton to Torcross and Beesands and be rewarded by the areas best fish dishes at the Start Bay InnBritannia on the Beach or at The Cricket Inn.

The accommodation comprises:

  • Open-plan living area with space to cook, dine and relax in front of the log burner: Comfy sofa and coffee table, circular glass dining table with chairs, television, DVD player, shelves with books, and a kitchen well equipped with electric oven/hob (extractor over), fridge and microwave provide everything needed for a self-catering break.
  • The kingsize bed, wardrobe and dressing table is all set on a galleried mezzanine floor a few steps up from the ground floor, with window looking out over the orchard.
  • The bathroom is down a short flight of stairs from the ground floor, with fabulous spa bath big enough for two, a separate shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, and heated towel rail.
  • Oil-fired central heating throughout.

Outside:

  • The Owlery has a pretty garden where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or alfresco meal (outdoor furniture provided) whilst looking over the small pond. There is also a private lawned garden, perfect for relaxing with views over the valley.
  • The Owlery has its own parking space in front of the cottage.

Additional information:

  • Short breaks are available outside the school holidays or at short notice if the cottage is free.
  • A complimentary basket of logs is provided, along with bath and hand towels.
  • The bed is made up ready for arrival.
  • Unfortunately this cottage does not accept pets and is not recommended for children other than small babies, but there are other family and dog-friendly cottages at Dittiscombe and you can find out more here.
  • Take a lovely canoe trip around the waterways of the area with a recommended local company Singing Paddles who provide guided tours in two-man canoes.
  • Bike storage is available.
  • The Dartmouth Golf & Country Club is just 10 minutes from the cottage and has nine and eighteen-hole golf courses, a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym (Dittiscombe’s guests receive a 25% discount on these facilities), and beauty treatments are available.

  • Romantic cottage, perfect for special occasions


  • Spa bath big enough for two


  • Cosy woodburner


  • Private garden with views


  • Detached cottage with private parking


  • Free Wi-fi

  • Nature trail on the doorstep

General Cottage Information

    • Our prices can be found on the Booking page and are fully inclusive of VAT, heating, electricity, linen and towels, where provided. Please see individual cottage descriptions.
    • Each cottage has sofas and chairs, coffee tables, LCD televisions, DVD players, Ipod players with FM radio and free Wifi, books, magazines, games, DVDs, and a comprehensive information file.  Further information on ‘what’s on’, local information, wildlife watching, eating out, maps and guides can be found in the communal laundry room or by linking to our website.
    • Details of the temporary guest membership to Dartmouth Golf & Country Club which offers 25% discount on golf, swimming, gym and health and beauty facilities is supplied in each cottage file.
    • Heating is either oil or gas-fired central heating, or night-storage heating with supplementary heating, and some cottages have woodburners.  Please see individual cottage descriptions.
    • Each cottage kitchen has an electric cooker and ceramic hob, cordless kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment (further freezer space is available in the Farmhouse), and all other equipment that is required for a Visit England 4-star rating .  There is a dishwasher and upright fridge/freezer in Willows.
    • Cots, highchairs, mattress protectors and non-slip rubber bath mats are available free on request. Guests are advised to bring other safety equipment such as harnesses and stair-gates.
    • Each bathroom has a bath (except Buddleia which has a shower cubicle only, no bath) and also a shower over bath or walk-in shower, toilet, washbasin, shaver point, and electric wall-mounted fan heater, heated towel rail or central heating radiator. Please see individual cottage descriptions for more details.
    • Bedding is non-feather duvets and pillows with polycotton protectors, and the bed linen is a polycotton mix. Beds are made up for guests’ arrival. Towels, are supplied in The Owlery and Honeysuckle (and to our overseas visitors free of charge).
    • BBQ‘s are available free on request.
    • All cottages are fully no smoking.
    • Each cottage has a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke detector.  We also supply a small torch and matches although we would recommend guests bring their own torch if they wish to walk at night-time.
    • The communal laundry room is at the rear of the farmhouse with level access and has a standard washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer.  Irons, ironing boards and clothes-airers are provided in each cottage. There is a communal whirligig outside Willows.
    • A complimentary basket of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches are provided in each cottage with a woodburner.  Further baskets are charged for at £3 per basket, subject to availability.
    •  The Owlery has its own private parking space outside the cottage.
    • Towels can be ordered in advance, price £4 per set (one hand and one bath towel per set).  Towels are supplied free of charge for overseas visitors, and for guests in Honeysuckle and The Owlery.
    • For guests with disabilities we would advise you to ring us if you have any specific requirements so that you can fully enjoy your holiday – call Ruth or Jon on 01548 521272.
    • Food deliveries can be made to your cottage door and we are happy to put away your food if you haven’t arrived – please let us know the time you’ve booked the delivery, which should be after 4pm.   Pretty Local (online shopping direct from farms and producers in the South Hams, delivered on Fridays), Sainsburys, Tescos and Waitrose all deliver to Dittiscombe. When ordering please give  both your name and cottage name, and ‘call at Dittiscombe Farmhouse’ for delivery instructions.
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