|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Willows faces south overlooking the valley and pond with an enclosed garden. The open plan sitting room is furnished with colour TV, DVD, Ipod player with radio, sofas and coffee tables. There is a slate floor and fireplace with flame-effect electric fire. The fully-equipped kitchen/dining area has a ceramic hob and electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. The downstairs bathroom has a toilet, walk-in shower, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Upstairs the main bedroom with king size bed overlooks the pond and has an en-suite toilet with basin. There is a second double bedroom with window seat, and two further bedrooms with single beds. Steps lead down to a bathroom which has a bath with shower over, toilet and basin. There is night storage heating and supplementary heating throughout.
Outside there is a gravel area with picnic table, stone walls and shrub and flower borders. The garden looks south over the wild flower bank and valley and has access to woodland trails.
Our six holiday cottages nestle in the 20 acre valley of Dittiscombe, a peaceful and private haven with a diverse landscape, managed by us soley for the enjoyment of our guests. Formerly a South Hams farm for several hundred years, the stone barns have now been sympathetically renovated and are individually decorated and furnished. There are thick stone walls and exposed beams, feature fireplaces and woodburners, providing a homely setting all year round. Each cottage has a private garden with lawn, flower and shrub borders, gravel patio, garden furniture, and lovely views. Guests have direct access to our conservation valley with woodlands, meadows, ponds and streams.
We are dog friendly with plenty of open space surrounding us for walkies on site. We have a children's play area with swings, slide, climbing wall and picnic table. We are close to the historic village of Slapton and 2 good dogs welcome pubs, the beautiful beaches of Start Bay, the South West Coast Path which offers great walking, and the nature reseve at Slapton Ley. The towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes are also closeby.
All our cottages have free Wifi.
Willows cottage, dog friendly, sleeps 6, with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It has a large enclosed, south-facing garden with views of the valley. It has connecting gates to Honeysuckle and Rafters cottages.Up to 2 dogs welcome in this cottage.
Rafters Cottage, dog friendly, sleeps 4, with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. It has an enclosed south-facing level garden, open plan ground floor, and double room and a twin room. Connecting gate to Willows cottage. Up to 2 dogs welcome in this cottage.
Buddleia Cottage, dog friendly, sleeps 4, with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. It has a large, private enclosed garden with direct access to the meadows and orchard. One double room, one twin room. Open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area.Woodburner. Connecting gate to Dovecote cottage. Up to 2 dogs welcome in this cottage.
Dovecote Cottage, dog friendly, sleeps 4, with 2 bedrooms.and 1 bathroom. A two-tier garden one of gravel with seating, one higher garden with picnic table and lovely views of the valley and orchard. Separate sitting room, woodburner. connecting gate to Buddleia cottage. Up to 2 dogs welcome in this cottage. Short breaks available - please check on our own website booking system.
Honeysuckle Cottage, dog friendly, sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Detached single storey cottage with views over the valley and pond. Suitable for guests with limited mobility. Enclosed garden with seating. Kingsize bed, woodburner. Connecting gate to Willows cottage. 1 dog welcome in this cottage.
The Owlery Cottage, pet free, sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Set in the higher valley of Dittiscombe with views of the hills and pond. Kingsize bed, bathroom with large spa bath big enough for two people, woodburner, private parking space. This is a pet free cottage.
Originally from East Sussex, we made a life-style change from hectic lives in publishing and property management to our tranquil valley in the glorious South Hams. We had visited South Devon many times on holiday, and it always felt like we were in the best place in the world. We thought it would be a wonderful area to bring up our young family, so in 1998 we were lucky enough to find Dittiscombe farmhouse with six cottages and 20 acres of land.
Seventeen years and lots of hard work and commitment later we have a thriving holiday cottage business in a very special place!
Ruth & Jon Saunders purchased this cottage in 1998
The land surrounding the farmhouse and cottages was originally farmed but we are interested in wildlife conservation and eco-tourism. So over the years the valley has been sensitively managed and planted and now provides a wildlife haven, home to many diverse species of animals and plants, which is very much at the heart of the business.
Guests have exclusive use of the valley, nature walk, ponds, meadows and woodland trails which they can access from their cottage gardens.
We live in the farmhouse so are on hand to help guests and answer questions. Ruth will also take visiting children on the Dittiscombe wildlife detective trail on request.
Also, we love dogs! We have a wonderful rescued collie called Kes, and we welcome guests with dogs in five of our six cottages.
We are surrounded by the rolling hills of South Devon, and are just a 10 minute drive to the unspoilt beaches of Start Bay and the South West Coast Path. We have a green lane walk from our farmhouse door to Slapton village which has two excellent pubs, a small village store plus the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve which is great for birdwatching.
We are in a central location within the South Hams area as Kingsbridge, Totnes, Salcombe and Dartmouth are no more than 30 minutes drive away, and each town has its own unique qualities.
Willows was scrupulously clean, spacious, cosy and well equipped. Ruth and Jon were very welcoming and helpful. We had a very enjoyable and peaceful stay
£100 security deposit must be lodged prior to holiday and this is held and destroyed at the end of the holiday unless extra cleaning or breakages charges are made.
We do not allow pets to be left unattended in the cottages. We can refer guests to a local Dog Lodge who will take your dog for the day.
Friday and Saturday weekly changeover days; flexible changeover days for Short Breaks outside the summer season which are shown on our live availability and online booking facility via our website.
Arrival time 4pm, check-out time 10am.
Notes on prices:
Price reduction for couples in our 2 bedroom cottages outside the school holidays. Please e-mail or phone 01548 521272 for more information.
An up to date availability chart, price list and any special offers we are operating can be found on our website.
Prices include VAT, linen, electricity, heating, one basket of logs for cottages with woodburners, towels in Honeysuckle and The Owlery.
Towel hire available at £4 per set. Towels available free of charge to guests travelling from overseas
Clean and well equipped, plenty of room on ground floor with kitchen particularly good for storage, owners living on site, good choice of games if raining, a lot of thought has gone into the arrangements generally. Paths in the wooded area are kept mown so walks in wet weather still possible. Nice to have people in other cottages, particularly if chidren included, but you can remain in isolation if you wish. The location is very central so can strike off in any direction. Good that Tesco etc can deliver online orders which owners will put in cottage if necessary (with items in the fridge if appropriate - that extra personalisation touch).
South Hams boasts many of the finest and most unspoilt beaches in the country. For families there is great choice: sheltered coves and fine sand at Mill Bay or Hope Cove, or the sweeping, safe beach with the award-winning Venus Cafe at Blackpool Sands; rock-pooling at Thurlestone; surfing on the magnificent beach at Bantham; and for visitors with dogs there are many beaches to explore all year round at Slapton, Torcross and Beesands, East Prawle, Rickham Sands and many more.
Nearest airport Exeter International, approx 40 km, and Bristol International Airport, approx. 90km. Mainline train station at Totnes (approx. 18km) with services from London Paddington, Plymouth and Penzance. Taxi service from Totnes station costs approx. £20. The use of a car is recommended, but local car hire companies can be suggested on request.
Nearest village of Slapton is 2 miles, approx a 50 minute walk, and we supply a map for guests. Slapton has a small shop and 2 dog-friendly pubs. Beach at Slapton Sands 2.5 miles. Farm Shop at Stokenham approx. 4 miles. Supermarkets at Kingsbridge and Totnes approx 6/7 miles (12km). Blackpool Sands beach 4 miles; Greenway House (National Trust) 12 miles; Woodlands Leisure Park (5 miles);
For more information about our six holiday cottages, current prices, offers and availability, and ideas of things to do in the area please visit our own website: www.dittiscombe.co.uk.
We have a live online booking facility taking credit and debit card payments via our website.
We are dog friendly and take up to 2 dogs in each cottage, depending on time of year. We charge £25 per dog per week.
National Trust properties at Greenway (Agatha Christie's house and garden on the river Dart) approx 10 miles, and at Coleton Fishacre at Kingswear, approx 14 miles.
South West Coast Path starts just 2.5 miles from Dittiscombe - head north towards Dartmouth, south and west towards Salcombe. Fabulous views, beaches and small coves to explore.
Excellent local food at Tradesmans Arms in Stokenham, Cricket Inn at Beesands, Fortescue Arms in East Allington. The Seahorse Restaurant, head chef Mitch Tonks, in Dartmouth.