Dittiscombe, South Devon

Come and relax in our self catering
holiday cottages near Salcombe and
Dartmouth in beautiful South Devon

Visit Dittiscombe – self catering
holiday cottages set in an
exclusive valley near Dartmouth
& Salcombe, South Devon

Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages Pond

Six beautiful holiday cottages
and gardens



Unwind in our exclusive
wildlife valley

Great Mattiscombe BeachBantham Boat HouseSalcombe beach

Discover the beautiful beaches and
coves of the South Hams

Honeysuckle, dog friendly self catering cottage at Dittiscombe

Comfortable, individually styled accommodation

KayakingSurfingWalking Coast PathSailing

Watersports, walking, fishing... whatever your
favourite activity, South Devon has it all!

Cosy cottages with log-burners, ideal for Short Breaks

Dog-friendly Self Catering Cottages for South Devon Holidays

Find your pretty self-catering holiday cottage at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages, a collection of six stone cottages located in the heart of the South Hams area of South Devon.

Just a 10 minute drive (50 minute walk) from the stunning dog-friendly beaches of Start Bay and the historic village of Slapton. We are near the South West Coast Path and the pretty estuary towns of Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

Have a look at the video below to view the beautiful coastline around South Devon and what you can enjoy in this stunning part of the country

Our individual cottages are surrounded by an exclusive valley of woodland and meadows, each has a lovely garden, free Wifi and some have woodburners and spa baths. Our family cottages sleep 4-6 guests: Willows, Rafters, Dovecote, Buddleia ; and our couples’ cottages are Honeysuckle  and The Owlery.

Many of our returning guests come for the peace and tranquillity we offer, for the freedom to safely walk with children and dogs from the cottage door around our private conservation valley, and to visit and explore all that the South Hams has to offer.

From Start Bay (a collection of five dog-friendly beaches) you can join up with the South West Coast Path – head west towards Salcombe, head east to Dartmouth. Glorious views will accompany you all the way, and you can stop off at various small villages on the path for refreshments: Torcross, Beesands, East Prawle, Blackpool Sands, Gara Rock, South Milton Sands to name a few!

Easy days out might a ride on the South Devon Steam Railway which runs from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, or a visit to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s Summer residence,

Visit our Dog Friendly page to find out what to do with your dog on holiday and our Short Breaks page for special offers and prices. Visit our Cottages page for more detailed information and to read about the local area visit our Blog page. Please call Ruth or Jon if you have any specific requirements or questions on 01548 521272 or e-mail us from the How to Book page.

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Dittiscombe cottages are set in a peaceful valley, close to the beautiful beaches of South Devon

The cottages are surrounded by 20 acres of woodland, meadows, ponds and nature trail, and you can enjoy it all straight from your cottage door. Your cottage is comfortably furnished and has a private garden where you can soak up the views and peace of Dittiscombe Hills.

All the cottages have Wifi, digital freeview TVs, some have woodburners and spa baths.

Dittiscombe’s location is ideal for exploring the South Hams and the AONB, a truly unspoilt part of South Devon. Historic Slapton village is just a 10 minute drive away, and there you’ll find two very good dog-friendly pubs serving local food, The Tower Inn and The Queens Arms. There is also a freshwater lagoon at Slapton Ley where you can discover a diverse range of wildlife and take guided nature safaris during the summer months. The unspoilt beaches of Start Bay are nearby too: Slapton Sands, Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands are all dog friendly with some excellent and cafes serving fish ‘n chips and Devon cream teas! Find our more about our beautiful local coastline by reading Ruth’s Blog.

From Start Bay we recommend you take the car and enjoy the spectacular drive to Dartmouth to see its cobbled streets, ancient buildings, and the fabulous views across the harbour, and soak up the stunning view of Blackpool Sands along the way.

There are many award-winning beaches and river estuaries in our local area, most of which are dog-friendly, ideal for swimming, kayaking and watersports. There’s great walking along the South West Coast Path, and the picturesque sailing towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are all a short drive away. The dramatic landscape of Dartmoor is to the north, a drive of approximately 40 minutes.

Read our blogs to find our more about the coast and countryside of the South Hams.


The Secret World of a South Devon Hedgerow

April to July are perfect months to come on holiday to South Devon to see the colourful display of wildflowers which appear in our local hedgerows. But it's not just plants which thrive in these wonderful wildlife habitats. . .

An Exotic Seaside Garden in South Devon

The National Trust's Overbeck's garden and museum is tucked into a belt of woodland high above Salcombe estuary and beaches, and is a stone's throw from dramatic and spectacular views around Starehole Bay at Bolt Head on the the South West Coast Path.
Memorial Tank at Torcross, South Devon

Michael Morpurgo's war time story set in Slapton

Michael Morpurgo's adaptation of the D Day Landing practices which took place at Slapton Sands near Dittiscombe will be played out at The Globe in London in August.

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A recent guest in The Owlery said: "The cottage was in an idyllic setting so beautiful and quiet. It felt very remote but was only a 10 min drive to the coast."Last Minute Booking! The Owlery, Dartmouth, Devon

Available dates from: 16.08.2018 to: 20.09.2018

The Owlery sits in its own area of valley at Dittiscombe, surrounded by rolling hills, a pond and an orchard.

Summer weeks £595 through school holidays, then September weekly prices £575. Autumn short breaks from £325.

The Owlery is just 2 miles for historic Slapton village with 2 excellent pubs serving locally sourced food. A little further on the sweeping beaches of Start Bay include Torcross with a cafe, pubs and local shop. The pretty estuary towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe are about a 20-30 minute drive away and there is plenty of walking along the South West Coast Path.

Ideal for romantic couples, this charming stone cottage boasts a king-size bed, spa bath for 2 and warming woodburner and is within walking distance of coastal paths and beaches of South Devon.

Find out more: www.countrycottagesonline.net/england/devon/cottage/2590.html

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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

A wonderful place that we would love to come back to. A warm welcome, excellent facilities and amazing location. Thanks to Ruth and Jon.

Kevin, Nicola, Caitlin & Rosie the Border CollieAugust 2018

Fab as always! Love it here and stayed in every cottage at Dittiscombe now and will keep coming back. Thank you Jon and Ruth for being such lovely hosts as always.

Davies FamilyAugust 2018

So peaceful and relaxing and great to see so much nature. Ruth and Jon have been very welcoming and are very attentive hosts. Thank you for a lovely holiday. Will certainly be recommending to family and friends.

Linda & Carol with Bailey & LottieJuly 2018

There are many restaurants within easy driving distance of the cottages, all good. The walks within a short stroll around the apple orchard owned by Ruth and John are lovely for the dogs  The beaches nearby are mainly shingle but ideal for swimming or dog walking we went to Slapton Sands and Beesands both lovely and quiet.

Mr & Mrs MearsJune 2018

Sue and I really enjoyed our first holiday in Devon, a really beautiful County with so much traditional charm and heritage. We did like Honeysuckle very much, we couldn’t have asked for more and what a bonus being in such a tranquil spot. Our Golden Retriever, Archie soon found his bearings . . . and we always stopped by the “cricket field” to take stock and enjoy the peace and quiet!

John & SueJune 2018

Beautiful cottages situated in stunning valley with walks from the cottage gate round fields and beautiful nature gardens.
A wonderful place for relaxation, walks and only a short distance from nearby beaches. We loved visiting the area with our dogs who were welcomed everywhere we went and then easily hosed off at the cottage and could safely play in the enclosed garden.

Kathy & SueMay 2018
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