Owlery Cottage – Sleeps 2 + cot, Friday to Friday. Pet free.

Romantic cottage for two people, surrounded by valley views, kingsize bed, spa bath big enough for 2, own parking space, log-burner, wifi. Longer lets and short breaks available in this cottage. Cot and highchair on request. Sorry no pets.


The Owlery is a most romantic retreat: a cosy get-away cottage for two, providing plenty of space and all the right ingredients for a tranquil holiday.

Nestling amidst Dittiscombe’s peaceful valley The Owlery is ideal for celebrations, to relax, or to explore this unspoilt part of South Devon. Guests can unwind in the tranquility which surrounds the cottage and enjoy the log burning stove, extra-large spa bath with room for two (perfect for a long soak with a glass of bubbly at the end of the day!), and a king-size bed.

Guests will also have a private garden for relaxing and alfresco dining, and the use of the extensive grounds where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woodland and around the meadows and orchard, with wildlife to spot along the way.

Further afield there is easy access to the big sweep of beaches at Start Bay, and super walking on the South West Coastal Path between Dartmouth and SalcombeSlapton village is just a 10 minute drive away where there are two good pubs serving local food and drink, and the freshwater lake at Slapton Ley with its abundance of wildlife. Take the walk from Slapton to Torcross and Beesands and be rewarded by the areas best fish dishes at the Start Bay InnBritannia on the Beach or at The Cricket Inn.

The accommodation comprises:

  • Open-plan living area with space to cook, dine and relax in front of the log burner: Comfy sofa and coffee table, circular glass dining table with chairs, Wifi and TV with streaming, shelves with books, and a kitchen well equipped with electric oven/hob (extractor over), fridge and microwave provide everything needed for a self-catering break.
  • The kingsize bed, wardrobe and dressing table and bluetooth radio is all set on a galleried mezzanine floor a few steps up from the ground floor, with window looking out over the orchard.
  • The bathroom is down a short flight of stairs from the ground floor, with fabulous spa bath big enough for two, a separate shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, and heated towel rail.
  • Oil-fired central heating throughout.


  • The Owlery has a pretty garden where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or alfresco meal (outdoor furniture provided) whilst looking over the small pond. There is also a private lawned garden, perfect for relaxing with views over the valley.
  • The Owlery has its own parking space in front of the cottage.

Additional information:

  • Short breaks are available outside the school holidays or at short notice if the cottage is free.
  • The bed is made up ready for arrival.
  • Unfortunately this cottage does not accept pets and is not recommended for children other than small babies, but there are other family and dog-friendly cottages at Dittiscombe and you can find out more here.
  • Take a lovely canoe trip around the waterways of the area with a recommended local company Singing Paddles who provide guided tours in two-man canoes or a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Simply Soulful Yoga.
  • Bike storage is available.
  • The Dartmouth Golf & Country Club is just 10 minutes from the cottage and has nine and eighteen-hole golf courses, a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym (Dittiscombe’s guests receive a 25% discount on these facilities), and beauty treatments are available.

What Previous Guests Say About The Owlery

The Owlery and the surrounding grounds are the most wonderful place to stay. A lovely cottage with all the facilities needed for a romantic and quiet stay. The peace and quiet of the area just allows you to completely relax and recharge. Taking a walk in the grounds and seeing and hearing nature is a real treat. Ruth and Jon are so welcoming. Thoroughly recommend.

A JamesFebruary 2022

The cottage is a perfect, restful haven in a beautiful and peaceful location. It is well equipped and attractively furnished with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. I really enjoyed the wood burner in particular. The hosts were friendly, welcoming and helpful. I would return in a heartbeat. Although it’s out in the sticks, it is a very short distance from the beautiful coast.

Dawn, Newton AbbotFebruary 2022

  • Romantic cottage, perfect for special occasions

  • Cosy log-burner, large spa bath & private parking

  • Garden surrounding cottage & lovely views

  • Nature trail on the doorstep

  • Good Local Pubs & Cafes nearby

General Cottage Information

      • Our prices can be found on the Booking page and are fully inclusive of heating, electricity and linen.
      • Towels are currently not provided and we would ask that guests bring their own sets.
      • Each cottage has sofas and chairs, coffee tables, TV with streaming and free Wifi. Further information on local information, eating out, and suggest itineraries can be found within our website.
      • Heating is either oil or gas-fired central heating, or night-storage heating with supplementary heating, and some cottages have woodburners.  Please see individual cottage descriptions.
      • Each cottage kitchen has an electric cooker and ceramic hob, cordless kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment. There is a dishwasher and upright fridge/freezer in Willows.
      • We suggest you bring your own bbq as we are currently not loaning these to guests.
      • All cottages are fully no smoking.
      • Cots, highchairs, mattress protectors and non-slip rubber bath mats are available free on request. Guests are advised to bring other safety equipment such as harnesses and stair-gates.
      • Please see individual descriptions for each cottage bathroom. Some have baths with shower over, some with shower cubicles only, some with walk-in showers. All bathrooms have heating, toilet, washbasin, shaver points, heated towel rail or central heating radiator/towel rail. 
      • Bedding is non-feather duvets and pillows with polycotton protectors, and the bed linen is a polycotton mix. Beds are made up for guests’ arrival.
    • Each cottage has a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke detector.  We also supply a small torch and matches although we would recommend guests bring their own torch if they wish to walk at night-time.
    • The communal laundry room is currently closed but can be made available for an emergency wash or dry. Irons, ironing boards and clothes-airers are provided in each cottage.
    • If guests would like to use the log-burners we suggest you pick up logs, kindling, firelighters and matches from our local garages at Halwell, Harbetonford, or East Charleton.
    • Parking. Guests are welcome to unload their car outside the cottage and then to park in the commumal car park. The Owlery has its own private parking space. If you are bringing more than one car please would you let us know in advance of your arrival.
    • For guests with limited mobility we would advise you to ring us if you have any specific requirements so that you can fully enjoy your holiday – call Ruth or Jon on 01548 521272. Honeysuckle cottage is our only single storey cottage.
    • There are no toys, games or swings available to visiting children at the moment, but don’t forget there’s plenty of space to run and play in the woodland and around the valley, with a flat area for ball games too!
    • Food deliveries can be made to your cottage door. Please book a delivery time for when you are here as we are currently unable to take delivery on your behalf. Sainsburys, Tescos and Waitrose all deliver to Dittiscombe. When ordering please give both your name and cottage name for the delivery.
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