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

Summer Holidays in our Beautiful
South Devon Valley

Some Summer Holiday dates in July and August are still available! Please visit our booking page for dates and prices here: https://dittiscombe.co.uk/booking/

Bring the children, bring the dog, and enjoy a summer holiday at Dittiscombe Hills Estate, a rural retreat in the exclusive South Hams area of South Devon. Close to unspoilt beaches, small villages with pubs and cafes, and the estuary towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe.

Dittiscombe is a historic hamlet of six self-catering cottages and Farmhouse, all nestling within a beautiful South Devon private conservation valley. We are located in the heart of the South Hams, much of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renown 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.

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.
Start Bay Information Board

The Great Short Break Escape!

This is a great time to take a short break. Prices are lower, beaches are empty, and the logs are piled high ready for an evening snuggled up in front of the woodburner with a good book!
Boats at Hallsands beach

Start Bay: Stories Old & New

Ruth took a closer look at the sweeping beaches of Start Bay near Dittiscombe and found a wealth of interesting geological formations; secret wartime stories; piracy; the lost village of Hallsands, and wild weather.

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Visitor Reviews …

What our guests say about us

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

Ruth & John are warm and welcoming hosts and have created a serene and relaxing environment for their guests. Laundry facilities are provided free of charge (so often an added extra elsewhere) and the kitchen was modern and well equipped. All this at a very reasonable price!

Louise & DavidJuly 2019

Second visit cottages have everything we need for a dog friendly holiday. Owners very helpful and very approachable.  Cottages and very comfortable and clean with special touches for dog owners. Lovely walks in owners land.

Mears Family with Tilly and MarthaJuly 2019

Lovely people – so obliging and friendly. Everything is thought of for your comfort and convenience. The Queens Arms in Slapton is great for good old fashioned pub grub. We loved Mill Bay opposite Salcombe on the estuary. Soft sandy beach with small stream – great for children of any age.

Metcalf FamilyJuly 2019

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