Some short breaks suggestions
This is still a great time to take a short break. Prices are lower, beaches are empty, and the logs are piled high ready for a night in front of the woodburner with a good book!
Your ideal 3-night break might include coastal walks, excellent food in pubs and restaurants with menus offering local ingredients, and unique shopping in pretty towns overlooking rivers and estuaries at Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
Many of our previous guests have gone back home feeling refreshed and relaxed after a short break at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages.
The cottages are set in a tranquil South Devon conservation valley, just a 10 minute drive from the historic village of Slapton with its winding lanes and picturesque houses.
In the village and surrounding area you’ll discover:
- Two excellent dog-friendly pubs,The Tower Inn which offers a locally sourced gastropub menu, and The Queens Arms with great beers and ciders on tap. In front of the log fires you can read up on the many stories of the D-Day landing practices which took place here during the Second World War. Both pubs welcome dogs inside.
- The freshwater lagoon at Slapton Ley is a national nature reserve where you can enjoy fabulous views of the lake and the sea. Take the nature trail around the reedbeds and you might spot rare winter migrants or see Starling murmurations at dusk.
- Start Bay, a sweeping curve of dog-friendly beaches, is great for a bracing winter walk beside the sea, or sit and just weather-watch in the local cafes and seaside pubs at Torcross and Beesands. Here too you can join up with the South West Coast Path and take in the spectacular views between Salcombe and Dartmouth with Start Point Lighthouse along the way.
- Visit the farmshop at Stokeley to pick up quality craft beers made by the South Hams Brewery and some local Stokeley sausages to take home. Whilst there enjoy a generous cream tea in their cafe with cream on top, the Devon way, of course!
So find a perfect cottage for your short break at Dittiscombe. From October to April we offer warm and cosy short breaks with woodburners, spa baths and views of the rolling Devon hills from a cottage window. You can book 2, 3 and 4-night or more short breaks at all-inclusive rates. You’ll find out more on our Short Breaks page and you can check availability and book online on our availability page.
To find out more about Slapton and Start Bay read Ruth’s Blog.
We walked to Slapton Sands via the nature reserve, and also to Slapton Village where both pubs served good food and accommodated our dog. These were both lovely walks,
Excellent location, lots of places to visit. Welcoming and friendly. Slapton village is lovely. Two good pubs and dog friendly.
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