Dog friendly cottage Honeysuckle at Dittiscombe, South Devon

Dog-friendly Dittiscombe, South Devon

The best dog friendly holiday we have had in the last few years, cannot recommend highly enough as everything is thought of for your stay with dogs.

Mr & Mrs PalmerJune 2019

The setting is stunning and the beautifully kept grounds, with paths mown in, make Dittiscombe a memorable place for families (and their dogs) to stay. Each cottage has its own secure garden.

Mr & Mrs FieldJune 2019

It’s brilliant if you have dogs as the walking area in dittiscombe has been made all safe and the garden to the cottages are too. Loved how quiet it is. Great for walks and nature. Very relaxing.

Mr & Mrs KellyApril 2019

The cottages are lovely, each with a unique layout with everything you need to a high standard. The grounds are breathtaking, exceptionally maintained and ‘doggie heaven’! We will return again later in the year. Thank you.

Kelly & Lee with BentleyApril 2019

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!