Dog-friendly Dittiscombe, South Devon

Very cosy cottage. Perfect for dogs as garden secure and great walks on site. Lovely beaches nearby, mostly shingle and pebbles so dogs don’t get sand in the car.

Bradley FamilyNovember 2020

Very warm welcome and a lovely cottage. Though we don’t have a dog the fact you are so dog friendly has meant I have recommended you already to my dog owning friends.

Sharp FamilyOctober 2020

Our favorite holiday cottages and love the tranquility.  Our two dogs Ruby & Beau love the woods  and nature trail.

Mr & Mrs WilliamsSeptember 2020

Lovely cottage in a lovely setting, a warm welcome too – the dog treats were very much appreciated (by our dog)! The estate and buildings are beautifully presented, the grounds are a haven for wildlife and a wonderful place to wander around.

Mr & Mrs BreedonOctober 2020

A truly dog friendly holiday at Dittiscombe

We have five dog friendly cottages to choose from and a wonderful wildlife valley of 20 acres, ponds, streams and woodland for you and your dog to enjoy.

Find your perfect cottage from:


Willows, 4 bedrooms, enclosed garden;
Rafters, 2 bedrooms, enclosed garden;
Buddleia, 2 bedrooms, enclosed garden;
Dovecote, 2 bedrooms, garden;
Honeysuckle, couples’ cottage, enclosed garden.

Lots more information about the cottages on our Cottages page too. To check our availability click on the Booking page.

Dogs are welcome on all our local beaches and in the cafes and pubs in Slapton and Torcross. Slapton Sands beach is about a 10 minute drive, or a walk of about 1 hour from your cottage door with spectacular walks along the South West Coast Path.

In each of our dog-friendly holiday cottages we supply a copy of Toby’s Dog Walks in South Devon (books 1 and 2); a ‘doggy bag’ of edible goodies; a quantity of fully-biodegradable dog bags, and a torch. We can also supply extra towels, throws, rugs and bowls, emergency dog food and bed, toys, leads and collars on request.

Most of our dog-friendly cottages have enclosed gardens with post and rail fencing with stock-proof wire in between. If you have a dog which might escape, or a very small dog, then please check with Ruth and Jon first before booking your cottage.

There is a charge per dog of £25 per week and £10 for a short break, and further details of this can be found on our FAQ page. We do not allow dogs to be left unattended in the cottages, unless by special arrangement.

Dog friendly South Devon

There are lots of places in this area that you can visit with your dog – beaches and coves, pubs and cafes, steam trains and ferries.  Our nearest village, Slapton, boasts two excellent ‘dogs welcome’ pubs, the Tower Inn and The Queens Arms.

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the South Hams are dog friendly every day of the year, with a few having partial restrictions during the summer months. It’s a good idea to remember to check tide times as some of these natural coves and estuary beaches can almost disappear at high water.

Using the South West Coast Path you will come across some spectacular coastal scenery and there are plenty of dog-friendly pubs and cafes along the way:

The Cricket Inn at Beesands.
The Gara Rock Hotel near Salcombe
The Cove BarHope & Anchor or Lobster Pods in Hope Cove
The Sloop Inn at Bantham
The Village Inn at Thurlestone

You’ll find a list of favourite beaches on our Beaches of the South Hams  page, and lots more information on our dedicated  Dog-friendly website. Or read Ruth’s blogs: New Adventures with your dog in the South Hams or a Dog-friendly Welcome in South Devon.

Dogs from Overseas

The Pet Travel Scheme is now more favourable to guests from overseas and allows pets to come into the UK providing they meet certain rules.  Find out more information from Defra’s Pet Travel Scheme.

The Dog Lodge

The Dog Lodge, Slapton, is a luxury licensed kennels and it’s located just 1 mile away from us. Dogs will be required to have been fully vaccinated, including kennel cough at least 10 days prior to staying, and owners are politely asked to bring certificates with them. Please ring Cathy at the kennels on 01548 581159 for more information about vaccinations, rates and how to book your dog in.

You’ll find more information too on dogsinvited.co.uk.


  • Dog-friendly beaches, pubs and cafes close-by


  • Over 20 acres of safe space to play and walk at Dittiscombe


  • Long sandy beaches, quiet coves - ideal for doggy holidays


  • Five dog-friendly cottages, most with enclosed gardens

  • Doggy treats and dog walking books provided in each cottage

  • Dog-friendly walks from your cottage door

  • Bring your puppy for his or her first holiday

  • Extra dog supplies available: towels, bowls, throws, leads

Some of Dittiscombe’s visiting dogs!

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