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

Wish you were here postcard and maps 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

Stay in our Cottages and Gardens
near the beautiful beaches of the South Hams, South Devon

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

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.

The beautiful beaches and estuaries of this area are ideal for Summer Holidays, playing with the dog, surfing and swimming. Slapton Ley is a 10 minute drive from Dittiscombe and is a haven for wildlife. Easy days out with the family and dog might include a visit to the beach at Mill Bay opposite Salcombe, a ride on the steam railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, or a play day at Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth.

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.

“Rural location in the heart of the South Hams district of Devon. Beautiful countryside and very peaceful. The cottages overlook a private valley with an excellent woodland walk around the estate divided up into several paths which is ideal for your dog(s).”
John & Sue, June 2018

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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.

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Julie Hinder joins us at Dittiscombe every Friday and Saturday for cottage changeovers and so does her dog Charlie - with no sign of retiring at the grand age of 15 he was doing a little gardening, followed by a well earned nap! #takeyourdogtoworkday #bringyourdogtoworkday. ...

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It's Jon and Kes's busy day keeping the nature trail tidy for our guests, and for the butterflies who like the warm open spaces which the paths provide. Keep up the good work! ...

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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

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 . . . he really appreciated the walk around the perimeter of the estate in the evenings 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

Such a relaxing place to stay. We’ve loved the peace and tranquility – a proper ‘get away from it all’ break.

John & EmmaMay 2018

Another lovely peaceful and relaxing stay at Dittiscombe – have never stayed anywhere as perfect as here. Hope to return soon. Thank you Ruth & Jon.

Helen and Jim with PaddyApril 2018

Ruth and Jon are excellent hosts. The cottages are based in an excellent location. The two cottages we have stayed have exceeded our expectations. The grounds are well cared for.

Mr & Mrs Brown with MossMarch 2018

Lovely cosy comfortable cottage. Everything included that we needed in the cottage. Very dog friendly especially the dog biscuits waiting in the kitchen!

Mr & Mrs WellandMarch 2018
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