Coronavirus 15 May 2020.

A guide for guests who have already booked with us, or wish to make a booking.

We are waiting for the Government to announce the date on which travel restrictions for self-catering holidays will be lifted. Our booking page still shows availability from 3rd July but we have suspended online bookings temporarily through to the end of September so that we are able to assess and implement new Covid 19 safety measures currently being prepared.

If you are interested in making a booking please e-mail your dates and requirements to us at, and we will get back to you.


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

Set in its own 20 acre valley Dittiscombe Estate and six cottages is located in the heart of the South Hams. Just 10 mintues by car, guests will find unspoilt beaches, small villages with pubs and cafes, 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 landscapes, stunning beaches, rivers and estuaries, great walking routes and watersports.

Described by recent guests as “close to the beach but far enough away from too many people!!” we are relatively remote but our local pubs and farm shops are now offering free local takeaways and deliveries for those guests wishing to be more isolated.

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, 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.

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.

What our guests say about us

Extremely relaxing lovely location – imagine Spring/Summer must be gorgeous, close to the beach but far enough away from too many people!! Situated in little valley with woodland walk and gardens. Re-charged ourselves! The Tower Inn Pub – in Slapton great roast on a Sunday , lovely log burner very cosy, menu good, nice vegetarian/vegan options. Friendly and relaxed. Slapton Ley circular walk and walk from Dittiscombe to Slapton extremely lovely. There is a great take out Indian restaurant in Kingsbridge and the Fish and Chips down at Slapton.

Mr & Mrs BucherFeburary 2020

We have just returned from the most wonderful stay in The Owlery. It is a perfect location to switch off and get away from it all. The cottage is wonderful – equipped with anything a couple needs for a week away. Jon and Ruth are very welcoming without being intrusive. A real hidden gem! If you can drag yourselves away from the peaceful cottage, Slapton is a short walk or drive away. The grounds of the farmstead itself is also fascinating – really interesting conservation project.

Mr & Mrs JamesFeburary 2020
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