The Holiday Cottages

About the Self-Catering Holiday Cottages

Find your perfect holiday cottage from six pretty stone barns with gardens near Slapton, all tucked away in an exclusive South Devon valley.

All cottages have direct access to our unique 20-acre rewilded valley made up of woodland, ponds and meadows. Each cottage has been sympathetically converted from old stone barns, part of a larger farm called Dittiscombe Hills, and they nestle in the valley at the end of a private lane.

Each cottage is individually laid out and furnished.  There are thick stone walls, exposed beams and recessed windows, feature fireplaces, slate, wood or ceramic flooring and log-burners, providing a homely setting all year round.

Five are dog-friendly: Willows, Rafters, Buddleia, Dovecote and Honeysuckle. Please note we do not permit pets to be left unattended in the cottages, unless by special arrangement. The Owlery is our romantic cottage for 2 and is pet-free.

Outside the cottages have individual, private gardens with lawns, flower and shrub borders, gravel patios, garden furniture with access to the 20 acres of private valley and lovely views.  Some gardens are fully enclosed, but please see more information on the individual cottage pages.


Willows & Honeysuckle at Dittiscombe Estate

Sleeps 6 +Cot    2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    En-suite Bedroom
Ground Floor Bathroom, South Facing Garden

The cottage was so lovely and homely with everything we needed and Ruth provided a travel cot and high chair for my baby grandson. What a beautiful location – you almost didn’t need to leave the cottage. We enjoyed a breakfast picnic on the bench overlooking the grounds with stunning views. Capey Family, September 2019


Sleeps 4 + Cot    2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi   Sliding Patio Doors
Enclosed South-facing Garden

Ruth and Jon have always made us welcome. We have visited five times and always come away relaxed and happy. The location is stunning and the grounds are a treat to explore. We have seen Dittiscombe in sun /rain and snow. A truly wonderful experience. Martin & Mary with Moss, October 2019


Buddleia dog-friendly cottage at Dittiscombe

Sleeps 4 + Cot   2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    Large Private  Enclosed Garden
Easy Access to Meadows & Orchard

Really beautiful setting, rural and so peaceful. The cottage was very well set up with everything you could need. Very friendly owners. Great for travelling with a dog….ours loved his holiday! The Baker Family, July 2019


Sleeps 3-4 + Cot   2 Dogs Welcome
Free Wifi    Garden gate to Meadows 
Separate sitting room with Log-burner

A return visit after several years, we were welcomed warmly by Jon & Ruth. The cottage is like home from home, and the gardens and woodland are fantastic for walking the dogs and watching the wildlife. We had the most perfect family holiday, and the weather was absolutely stunning. Didn’t want to leave! Merridue Family, September 2019


Dog friendly Honeysuckle Cottage at Dittiscombe Estate & Cottages, South Devon

Sleeps 2 + Cot   1 Dog Welcome
Enclosed Garden  Single Storey
Free Wifi      Log-burner

Absolutely perfect holiday every time. We love the cottage, the views, and the peaceful and relaxing location, and our dog loves having the freedom to explore in a safe and stimulating environment. Relax and enjoy the surroundings and wildlife. Jim & Helen with Paddy, September 2019

The Owlery

The Owlery, romantic cottage at Dittiscombe Hills Estate

Sleeps 2 + Cot    Pet Free
Spa Bath       Free Wifi    Romantic Setting
Own parking space  Log-burner

The Owlery was perfect and had everything we needed available. The very hospitable owners kindly took our food delivery in before we arrived which was much appreciated. The location is lovely and we had lovely evenings sat outside admiring the views and wildlife. We will definitely return it was a great mix of relaxation, wonderful places to visit and  fabulous food. Mr & Mrs Loughridge, April 2019

  • Our prices can be found on the Booking page and are fully inclusive of VAT, heating, electricity and linen.
  • Towels are included in The Owlery and Honeysuckle and can be hired for Willows, Rafters, Buddleia and Dovecote at £4 per set of hand and bath towels. Towels are supplied free of charge to overseas visitors.
  • Each cottage has sofas and chairs, coffee tables, LCD televisions, DVD players, Ipod players with FM radio and free Wifi, books, magazines, games, DVDs, and a comprehensive information file.  Further information on ‘what’s on’, local information, wildlife watching, eating out, maps and guides can be found in the communal laundry room or by linking to our website.
  • Details of the temporary guest membership to Dartmouth Golf & Country Club which offers 25% discount on golf, swimming, gym and health and beauty facilities is supplied in each cottage file.
  • 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 (further freezer space is available in the Farmhouse), and all other equipment that is required for a Visit England 4-star rating .  There is a dishwasher and upright fridge/freezer in Willows.
  • 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.
  • Each bathroom has a bath (except Buddleia which has a shower cubicle only, no bath) and also a shower over bath or walk-in shower, toilet, washbasin, shaver point, and electric wall-mounted fan heater, heated towel rail or central heating radiator. Please see individual cottage descriptions for more details.
  • 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. Towels, are supplied in The Owlery and Honeysuckle (and to our overseas visitors free of charge).
  • BBQ‘s are available free on request.
  • All cottages are fully no smoking.
  • 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 at the rear of the farmhouse with level access and has a standard washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer.  Irons, ironing boards and clothes-airers are provided in each cottage. There is a communal whirligig outside Willows.
  • A complimentary basket of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches are provided in each cottage with a woodburner.  Further baskets are charged for at £3 per basket, subject to availability.
  • 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.
  • Children’s toy box with bats and balls, bodyboards, and crabbing lines is located in the laundry room.
  • Food deliveries can be made to your cottage door and we are happy to put away your food if you haven’t arrived – please let us know the time you’ve booked the delivery, which should be after 4pm.  Sainsburys, Tescos and Waitrose all deliver to Dittiscombe. When ordering please give both your name and cottage name, and ‘call at Dittiscombe Farmhouse’ for delivery instructions.
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