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

Five dog friendly cottages and gardens,
with 'dogs welcome' beaches, pubs and
cafes nearby

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

Come and Stay in our Beautiful
South Devon Valley

Close to unspoilt beaches, small villages with pubs and cafes, and the estuary towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe, Dittiscombe Hills Estate is a rural retreat in the exclusive South Hams area of South Devon.

We are open all year for short breaks, family holidays, walking discoveries, Christmas and New Year.

Dittiscombe an historic hamlet of six self-catering cottages and Farmhouse, nestles within a beautiful South Devon private rewilded valley. We are located in the heart of the South Hams, much of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renowned for its gentle rolling landscapes, stunning beaches, rivers and estuaries, great walking routes and watersports.

Nearby there is Agatha Christie’s Summer residence, owned by the National Trust; the South Devon Steam Railway which takes you through a stunning valley setting beside the River Dart.

Our nearest village, Slapton, is just a 10-minute drive away. Beside the village sits the National Nature Reserve of Slapton Ley, an ideal spot for nature safaris, canoeing and bird watching, The stunning dog-friendly beaches of Start Bay will draw you to the sea and a walks along the South West Coast Path.

Although Dittiscombe is set in a peaceful landscape, you’ll find dog and family-friendly pubs, farm shops and cafes just a few minutes by car. Visit our dog-friendly and food & drink pages for lots more information.

You’ll find the best prices if you book directly with us. Availability, prices and online booking can be made using the secure and commission free link on our How to Book page. Or if you’d prefer to chat about your holiday and have some questions not covered by the website, then please call Ruth and Jon on 01548 521272.

Have a look at the video below to view the lovely wildlife valley which is a private, safe haven for our guests.

The 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.

We offer Short Breaks outside the school holiday dates. Visit our Cottages page for more detailed information and to read about the local area visit our Blog page.

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The Cottages at Dittiscombe are close to Start Bay, the South West Coast Path and the South Devon AONB

The Holiday 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 self-catering 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 and you can read more on the individual cottage pages.

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.

We offer Short Breaks during the off-peak season and discount for couples in our two-bedroom cottages Rafters, Buddleia and Dovecote outside the school holiday dates.

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

Cricket Inn, Beesands, South Devon

Memorable Eating Out Places in the South Hams

Holidays are of course memorable for many reasons, but sometimes those stand-out moments might just be the simple pleasure of eating and drinking in a beautiful place. Ruth finds some of the most memorable places to eat in the South Hams.

Could Messy Gardening Save the Planet?

Can we help the planet by doing virtually nothing in our own back gardens? At Dittiscombe Hills Estate we've been rewilding a previously farmed valley for 21 years. Find out if the proof is in the oak tree!

A Dog's Holiday - New Adventures in the South Hams!

Try a new holiday experience with your dog while you are on holiday in the very dog-friendly area of the South Hams in South Devon.

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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

Absolutely perfect holiday every time. We love the cottage, the views, and the peaceful and relaxing location, and our dog loves having the freedom to explore in a safe and stimulating environment.

Helen & Jim with PaddySeptember 2019

The perfect choice for us – and our dogs ! Visited whilst doing some serious house hunting in the area – loved the location, Buddleia cottage, the garden and all those wonderful walks round the estate. Would definitely recommend to anyone with – or without – dogs who wants a gorgeous rural retreat in the lovely South Hams

Kate TJuly 2019

Dittiscombe is perfect for dog owners as it is in the perfect location for leisurely walks and facilities. The accommodation was great along with the secured garden. Owners were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again and recommend to others.

Knight FamilyAugust 2019

We had a wonderful stay here with our little dog Buster, an excellent place for a holiday base. The cottage was well equipped and very clean with the main farmhouse close by if you needed anything. Being set in the valley it was so peaceful and a perfect place to relax with a secluded garden which was secure for our little dog and to sit and watch the sun setting.

Mr & Mrs Smith with BusterAugust 2019

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