Relax in the tranquility of our rural valley estate in beautiful South Devon

Within the spacious 20 acre retreat of Dittiscombe Estate, our six individual holiday cottages are surrounded by a glorious South Hams valley. Just 10 minutes by car, guests will find beautiful beaches and countryside, and a little further afield the estuary towns of Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

Much of the South Hams is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renowned for its gentle rolling hills, rural coastline, beaches and rivers, with plenty of walking routes and watersports to enjoy.
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We have nature-themed experiences happening right here at Dittiscombe Estate
For this Summer we have Sunday Nature Walks with local ecologist Ken Neal, ideal for families and free to Dittiscombe guests. We can also arrange bespoke Small Scale Rewilding Tours with custodian Ruth Saunders. If you’d like to find out more about what’s on go to our New Experiences page, or contact hello@dittiscombe.co.uk

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 Estate.

All the cottages have Wifi and TVs with streaming, some have log-burners and spa baths, and all are individually laid out and designed around the original farm buildings. 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 pubs currently serving local food and drink. There is also a freshwater lagoon at Slapton Ley where you can take a gentle walk around the edge, discovering the local wildlife. The beautiful beach of Start Bay, which is 3 miles long, is nearby too.

See the Thomas Family’s top 6 things to do in a week!

The Thomas Family’s top 6 things to do in a week, August 2022: 

  • Horse riding just at the top of the road from the cottages (Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre)
  • Superb meal at the Cricket Inn, Beesands
  • Swimming at Slapton Sands/Torcross and Blackpool Sands
  • Although not cheap the Rib rides from Salcombe were great fun
  • The nature walk at Dittiscombe with Ken was really interesting with lots of fun facts
  • Paddle boarding and kayaking with Salcombe Watersports was great then leave your car walk to the passenger ferry which takes you into Salcombe

Beach at Torcross, South DevonTime to book your holiday with Dittiscombe Estate here

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

Forest Bathing at Dittiscombe Estate & Cottages

Rewilding Reflections - May 2022

As the conversations around rewilding grow and widen, we can all revisit the lost skills of observation, patience and trust to help us understand, appreciate and re-engage with the natural world.
The future look - rewilding the landscapeRewilding Britain

Rewilding at Dittiscombe: learning to love a new-look landscape

Can we learn to love a new look landscape by embracing a partnership with nature and living alongside it rather than trying to dominate and alter natural processes? We started rewilding at Dittiscombe in 1998 which became our own personal journey as well that of the land around us.

Could Messy Gardening Save the Planet?

Can we help the planet by doing virtually nothing in our own back gardens? At Dittiscombe Estate we've been rewilding a previously farmed valley for over 20 years. Find out if the proof is in the oak tree!

What our guests say about us

This was our 2nd stay at Dittiscombe & it did not disappoint. Easy to book, Ruth is super helpful & accommodating. Fantastic accommodation, comfy beds & so peaceful & relaxing. It is great for dogs as well. There will be a third stay!

Hemming FamilyJuly 2022

Another lovely stay, perfect for people & dogs! Beautiful estate & very helpful owners. We really enjoyed the evening bat walk & a wildlife walk. Thank you, we’ll see you again soon.

Reed FamilyMay 2022

Fabulous holiday cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location ideal for exploring the area and the stunning coastal walks. We love our holidays here and always feel extremely relaxed after our stay. We would definitely recommend a stay at Dittiscombe!

Price FamilyJune 2022

Thank you for a lovely week so relaxing by and in a beautiful spot. Really enjoyed the morning and evening dog walks around your fields and woods.

Thomas Family August 2022

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