Autumn & Winter Short Breaks – dog-friendly, romantic cottages, log-burners
Sample a little of what the South Hams has to offer with a 3 or 4 night short break away.
Dovecote, 2 bedrooms, 2 dogs welcome, Friday 6th October, 3 nights £325
The Owlery, 1 bedroom, romantic couples cottage, Friday 6th October, 3 or 4 nights £325, or 7 nights £425 (special offer price due to cancellation).
Willows, 4 bedrooms, enclosed garden , 2 dogs welcome: from various and flexible short break dates throughout October £400 for 3 or 4 nights.
October half term some short break dates still available from Monday 16th from £300 for 3 nights in Buddleia, sleeps 4, dogs welcome.
Please visit our how to book page for more information and to book, or give us a call if you have any specific dates in mind which are not showing on the booking system: Ruth & Jon 01548 521272.
Find details of all our cottages on The Cottages page.
Prices are fully inclusive of heating, electricity, and linen (towels are provided foc in Honeysuckle and The Owlery), and a complimentary basket of logs for those cottages with woodburners. Extra charge of £10 per dog for a short break.
What our Guests Say About Their Short Breaks
We only stayed for two nights and I wish we had stayed more. Try to book as long as you can to really make the most of the beautiful surroundings and nearby beaches.
A lovely and peaceful place to stay, reflect and ‘reboot’. Clean and tidy, warm and well provided for.
Excellent stay yet again. Quiet, away from, well, everyone…but a few great pubs and walks. This is my partner and my bolt away from the busy life . . .
Have had a lovely Honeymoon break. Dovecote is a comfortable, cosy cottage . . . it was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. It is a great place to bring the dog with a lovely garden and walks in the surrounding grounds, our whippet had a lovely time.
We had a fantastic stay, as short as it was – could have done with longer. Everything is so well maintained. The dogs loved the walk of which they had many. Would certainly love to return.
If you want a place to escape for a while, this is absolutely perfect.
Hosts Ruth and Jon were very helpful and full of local knowledge
Our charming cottages are a perfect short break location. In comfortable, cosy cottages, surrounded by an unspoilt landscape, guests have space and privacy in which to relax and unwind. Each of the following cottages have king-size beds, woodburners, and full heating throughout: The Owlery, Honeysuckle, both 1 bedroom detached cottages, and Buddleia and Dovecote, both 2 bedroom cottages with a little more space.
Nearby there’s great walking on the South West Coast Path, around the freshwater Ley at Slapton, or on majestic Dartmoor. We also have a good range of excellent local pubs and restaurants for all tastes, and plenty of unique shopping opportunities in Salcombe, Totnes and Dartmouth. Find out more from our Food & Drink and Great Outdoors pages. And if the South Hams is new to you then click on Ruth’s Blog page and you’ll find a good round up of what this area has to offer.
In Honeysuckle a single-storey detached cottage, guests can relax in front of the woodburner and watch the wildlife over the pond and valley. The wildlife walk can be taken from the cottage door. One dog is welcome in this cottage, two on request. Kingsize bed and separate kitchen dining room.
In The Owlery you are surrounded by meadows and gardens and can snuggle up in the king-size bed or enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa bath, which is big enough for two!
This is a pet free cottage with its own private parking space.
Dovecote, a two bedroom cottage, has a cosy sitting room with woodburner, a separate kitchen dining area with slate floor, and a kingsize bed.
Dogs are welcome with a garden gate leading to the orchard.
Buddleia has a kingsize bed, stable-style front door which leads to a large private garden, woodburner, and a second twin bedroom.
Dogs are welcome, with easy access to the meadows and orchard.
We have two further dogs welcome cottages, Rafters sleeps 4, and Willows sleeps 6, which are also available for short breaks. Further details of all our cottages can be found on the Cottages page.
Our short break prices are all inclusive, so there are no extras to pay when you arrive on holiday at Dittiscombe. Prices include bed linen (beds are made up for your arrival), central heating or night-storage heating, electricity, and a complimentary basket of logs, firelighters and kindling for those cottages with woodburners. Towels are provided in Honeysuckle and The Owlery.
Suggestions for your 3 night break:
Friday evening: Dinner at either The Tower Inn or The Queens Arms in Slapton, and a chance to read up on local history in front of a log fire.
Saturday: Explore Torcross a pretty coastal village just 3 miles from Dittiscombe. The village has many stories to tell, and great places to eat and drink too. From the village car park take either the 1 or 2 hour trails by the side of Slapton Ley and along the South West Coast Path, enjoying both sea and Ley-scapes on either side, or stop at the Memorial Tank to learn more about Operation Tiger, the D-Day landing practises which took place within Start Bay during World War II.
Sunday: Drive to Start Point Lighthouse and take the circular walk round to Great Mattiscombe Sands looking out for seals and seabirds along the way; or walk from Hallsands to Beesands where you will find an excellent fresh fish menu at Britannia Shellfish Cafe or at The Cricket Inn.
We offer our guests at Dittiscombe a Priviledge Guest Membership to Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, just 5 miles from us. This gives a 25% discount on all leisure facilites including the use of the pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room, and either the 9- or 18-hole golf course.