Watersports near Thurlestone, South Devon

Autumn Short Breaks in the South Hams, South Devon

September and October are lovely months to visit this area. We have a short breaks available in September and full weeks in October.

4 nights £395 in Dovecote from 23rd September, sleeps up to 4 in 2 bedrooms, 2 dogs welcome.

4 nights £375 in The Owlery from 27th September, sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom, pet free.

Please visit the cottage pages for more information and photos, and to find further availability and to book please use online booking on the how to book page.

Or ring Ruth and Jon on 01548 521272. Visit our Beaches page to find a dog and child friendly beach nearby, and discover more about our local village on our Slapton page and local Food & Drink.

What our Guests Say About Their Breaks

Stayed for a week-end break, The Owlery had everything we needed, very comfortable and in a quiet and beautiful location. Jon and Ruth were very helpful and made us feel very welcome.

Philips FamilyAugust 2019

What a gorgeous place, we are so pleased we found it! The AONB is a hidden gem. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming, many thanks.

Patrick FamilyJune 2019

Lovely quiet location. Cottage and garden really well maintained. Highly recommend.
Lovely walks too.

Mr & Mrs RodgerApril 2019

Queens arms in Slapton is a traditional village pub serving good ales and food. Great for dogs and walking.

Mr & Mrs JenkinsMarch 2019

Our charming cottages are a perfect short break location. In comfortable, cosy cottages, surrounded by an unspoilt landscape, guests have space and privacy in which to relax and unwind. Nearby there’s great walking on the South West Coast Path, around the freshwater Ley at Slapton, or on majestic Dartmoor. Find out more from our Food & Drink and Great Outdoors pages. And if the South Hams is new to you then click on Ruth’s Blog page and you’ll find a good round up of what this area has to offer.

Suggestions for your 3 or 4 night ‘Slow’ Break: 

Arrival: Dinner at either The Tower Inn or The Queens Arms in Slapton, just a 10 minute drive away, and a chance to read up on local history in front of a log fire.
Day 1: Explore Torcross, a pretty coastal village just 3 miles from Dittiscombe. The village has many stories to tell, and great places to eat and drink too. Stop at the Memorial Tank to learn more about Operation Tiger, the D-Day landing practises which took place within Start Bay during World War II. Or take a leisurely stroll by the side of Slapton Ley, enjoying both sea and Ley-scapes on either side and feed the ducks and wildfowl at the water’s edge.
Day 2: Drive to Start Point Car Park and take the easy walk to the Light House with a guided tour ending with magnificent views of Start Bay from the top! Drive to Beesands for a plate of fresh fish or shellfish at the Britannia Shellfish Cafe or at The Cricket Inn (both dog-friendly).
Day 3: Visit one of the South Hams towns Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Salcombe or Totnes which are all located either on a river or an estuary, and have an interesting mix of high street shops, art galleries and eateries.

Suggestions for your 3 or 4 night ‘Activity’ Break:

Arrival: Dinner at The Tower Inn or The Queens Arms in Slapton, both dog-friendly.
Day 1: Leave the car at Dittiscombe and take the 1 hour walk to Slapton village and Start Bay where you can join up with the South West Coast Path and walk to several beaches at Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands.
Day 2: Park at South Milton and take the South West Coast Path to Bantham where you can surf or paddle board from the beautiful sandy beach, or wild swim in the Avon River nearby.
Day 3: Book a canoeing session with Singing Paddles (dogs are welcome free on-board). Usually a 2 hour paddle will take in the quiet waterways of the Kingsbridge-to-Salcombe estuary with a stop at a deserted beach or creek for tea, cake and maybe cooked sausages!

See more information about our Cottages below.

Walking in the South Hams
The Owlery at Dittiscombe, South Devon

Honeysuckle Couples' Cottage at DittiscombeIn Honeysuckle a single-storey detached cottage, guests can relax in front of the woodburner and watch the wildlife over the pond and valley. The wildlife walk can be taken from the cottage door. One dog is welcome in this cottage, two on request. Kingsize bed and separate kitchen dining room.


Romantic cottage for 2 at DittiscombeIn The Owlery you are surrounded by meadows and gardens and can snuggle up in the king-size bed or enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa bath, which is big enough for two!

This is a pet free cottage with its own private parking space.


Dovecote Holiday Cottage, Dittiscombe, South DevonDovecote, a two bedroom cottage, has a cosy sitting room with woodburner, a separate kitchen dining area with slate floor, and a kingsize bed.

Dogs are welcome with a garden gate leading to the orchard.


Buddleia at DittiscombeBuddleia has a kingsize bed, stable-style front door which leads to a large private garden, woodburner, and a second twin bedroom.

Dogs are welcome, with easy access to the meadows and orchard.


We have two further dogs welcome cottages, Rafters  sleeps 4, and Willows sleeps 6, which are also available for short breaks. Further details of all our cottages can be found on the Cottages page.
Our short break prices are all inclusive, so there are no extras to pay when you arrive on holiday at Dittiscombe. Prices include bed linen (beds are made up for your arrival), central heating or night-storage heating, electricity, and a complimentary basket of logs, firelighters and kindling for those cottages with woodburners. Towels are provided in Honeysuckle and The Owlery.