The Cottages at Dittiscombe

Find your perfect holiday cottage from six pretty stone barns and gardens near Slapton which are tucked away in an exclusive South Devon valley.

They all have gardens and views and exclusive access to our unique 20-acre conservation valley.  Each cottage has been sympathetically converted from old stone barns, part of a larger farm called Dittiscombe Hills, and they nestle in the valley at the end of a private lane.

They are individually laid out, decorated and furnished to a Visit England 4 star rating.  There are thick stone walls, exposed beams and recessed windows, feature fireplaces, slate, wood or ceramic flooring, providing a homely setting all year round.

Five are dog-friendly: Willows, Rafters, Buddleia, Dovecote and Honeysuckle, and we keep The Owlery as our pet-free cottage.

Outside the cottages have individual, private gardens with lawns, flower and shrub borders, gravel patios, garden furniture with access to the 20 acres of private valley and lovely views.  Some gardens are fully enclosed, but please see more information on the individual cottage pages.


Willows cottage at Dittiscombe

Sleeps 6 +Cot    2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    En-suite Bedroom
Walk-in ground floor shower

This is our first visit to Dittiscombe and must say we have not been disappointed. Great and comfortable cottage in picturesque surroundings with lovely walks for our Hungarian Vizsla, Red.  Ruth has been very helpful during our stay. Hope to return again soon.  Underdown Family, June 2016


Sleeps 4 + Cot    2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi   Sliding Patio Doors
Enclosed, South-facing Garden

Wonderful Cottage. So dog friendly. Brilliant setting.Ruth and Jon on hand if needed. I would strongly recommend Dittiscombe to friends and family – but having discovered this gem may be I should keep it to myself as I don’t want it to be fully booked when I next wish to go! Brocklebank family, November 2016


Buddleia bedroom, Dittiscombe

Sleeps 4 + Cot   2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    Large Private  Enclosed Garden
Easy Access to Meadows & Orchard

Thank you for a superb holiday yet again and for your warm welcome and cosy cottage in a beautifully tended corner of Devon countryside. This was our first stay in Buddleia cottage which works well when paired with Dovecote for extended family. Jeanneret Family, April 2017


Dovecote garden at Dittiscombe

Sleeps 3-4 + Cot   2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    Walk through Garden Gate  
Separate sitting room with Woodburner

The cottages are in the most peaceful and relaxing of settings and in a location that is perfect as a base for exploring South Devon. We’ve had a warm welcome and amazing stay every time. Dan, Victoria and Lily, September 2016


Honeysuckle dog friendly cottage

Sleeps 2 + Cot   1 Dog Welcome (2 on request)
South-facing enclosed Garden
Free Wifi      Woodburner
Separate sitting room

Honeysuckle is a perfect cottage for two and has everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. The setting is beautiful, great for dog walks straight from your door. Jon and Ruth obviously care a great deal about conservation and this shows in this perfect little part of south Devon, with the amount of wildlife that are happy to share this space. Mawdsley Family, July 2016

The Owlery

Open plan cottage at Dittiscombe

Sleeps 2 + Cot    Pet Free
Spa Bath       Free Wifi    Romantic Setting
Own parking space

The cottage was cosy, comfortable and inviting and although we arrived fairly late in the evening, we were met with a well lit property with tea tray ready for our arrival. It was extremely clean and tidy and contained everything we needed for a comfortable stay. It was probably the most peaceful place we have stayed over many years, resulting in many sleep-filled nights. Other cottages were nearby, but we were afforded total privacy. Perfect to unwind. Cronin Family, August 2016

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 for more information.
  • 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.
  • Parking. Guests are welcome to unload their car outside the cottage and then to park in the commumal car park. The Owlery has its own private parking space. If you are bringing more than one car please would you let us know in advance of your arrival.
  • 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 limited mobility 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. Honeysuckle cottage is our only single storey cottage.
  • Children’s toy box with bats and balls, bodyboards, and crabbing lines is located in the laundry room.
  • 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.  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.