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Cottages near South Devon beaches, set in a private valley with nature trail - Buddleia, dog friendly, up to 4 guests in 2 bedrooms, enclosed garden.

Kingsbridge, Devon, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Family and Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages, Lovely Views, 10 minutes to Beaches

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. There are six stone barns which have been renovated and are individually decorated and furnished to Visit England 4 Stars.

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. 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.

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.


Ruth & Jon Saunders

Member Since 2010
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Feb 26, 2018
About Ruth & Jon Saunders

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. Twenty 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

Why Ruth & Jon Saunders chose Slapton

The land surrounding the farmhouse and cottages was originally farmed but we are interested in wildlife conservation and eco-tourism. So over the years we have rewilded the valley, adding a 10 acre woodland with paths, ponds and flower banks. We endeavour to sensitively managed our surrounding land to provide a wildlife haven, providing home to many diverse species of animals and plants, which can be enjoyed exclusively by our guests. This is very much at the heart of our 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.

What makes this Cottage unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Two bedrooms
        The double room has a king-size bed, chest of drawers, full length mirror, dressing table and chairs, view of the garden. Night storage heating. The twin room has two single beds with spotlights over, one chest of drawers, velux window, night storage heating. The bedrooms share a walk in wardrobe on the landing.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Holiday Resort
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Two sofas, coffee tables, digital TV, woodburner.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Beds made up for arrival.
                      • Heating
                        Night storage heating, convector.
                      • Parking
                        Communal parking area.
                      • Tumble Dryer
                      • Washing Machine
                        Communal washing machine and tumble dryer.
                      • Wood Stove
                        Woodburner with logs, firelighters, kindling and matches provided.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Ceramic hob, extractor, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Circular table with seating for 4 people.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys


                                      • Golf
                                        6 miles to Dartmouth Golf & Country Club. We offer 25% discount to our guests on golf and leisure facilities. Golf: one 18-hole and one 9-hole courses. Leisure - swimming pool, steam room, beauty therapy.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large private garden enclosed by fencing, high hedges, flowers border and garden gate. Access to meadows and orchard.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Available free of charge on request.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • bay/sound
                                              • marina
                                              • nude beach
                                              • pond

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • groceries

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • sailing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • Notes on accommodation: We have 4 other cottages sleeping 2 - 4 guests. We are dog friendly here and accept 2 dogs in Willows, Buddleia, Rafters and Dovecote, and 1 dog in Honeysuckle. We recommend wonderful dog-friendly walks nearby, many of the beaches and pubs also welcome dogs, and supply specialist walking books and a bag of 'dog goodies'. We provide free Wifi in all the cottages. Also we have digital TVs, Ipod players with FM radio and DVD players in all cottages. Weekly availability, short breaks and special offers: You can check live availability on our own website and make direct bookings using debit or credit cards. Dog charge £25 per dog per week, £10 per dog per short break. We have woodburners in some of our cottages and provide a basket of logs free of charge on arrival. We have been rated 4 star by Visit Britain and have their Welcome Pets accreditation. Outside: Our cottages and farmhouse are located at the end of a long lane, surrounded by a private valley, and overlooked by no-one. Our guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility on offer here, relaxing in the privacy and seclusion of their beautiful surroundings. Each cottage has it's own garden with a lawn and gravel or patio area and garden funiture. The gardens have lovely views of Dittiscombe's private conservation valley which is managed and maintained for the enjoyment of our guests. We can provide barbecues on request. With such a diverse landscape our valley has an abundance of wildlife. There is a large network of Devon hedgerows, 3 ponds and a spring-fed stream, a woodland of mixed deciduous trees, and eight acres of grassland, which provide diverse habitats for a variety of birds and insects. Many previous guests have enjoyed spotting our visiting and resident birds such as skylarks, pied-wagtails, little owl, long-tailed tits, snipe, moorhen, kestrels and sparrowhawks.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                2 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A gorgeous gem

                                                                Mrs Wendy May

                                                                This is the loveliest place to stay. Ruth and Jon are the most welcoming hosts to this group of holiday cottages set in a fantastic location: from leaving a welcoming tea tray for your arrival to knowledge of the walks and sights to see nearby. The cottage has everything you will need for a "get away from it all " break. A cosy wood burner , comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen complete the perfect time : you may never want to go home!! Dogs are welcome and your own garden make it safe for pets and children . We have stayed in nearly all of Dittiscombe cottages , returning year after year to this lovely place . Once you visit , you will too. Highly recommended .

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about Dittiscombe. It's been a pleasure to welcome you here to Dittiscombe over the years, and we hope to continue to do so for many more to come!

                                                                Tranquility Base


                                                                We arrived for another holiday at this excellent location but regrettably this time without our labrador. He was the reason we discovered this wonderful place over 10 years ago and we have been coming back once or twice a year ever since to recharge our batteries and enjoy the local cuisine. Their are some excellent pubs and restaurants in the area and the owners, Jon & Ruth are most helpful in advising good places to see and where to eat. However if you fancy a 'night in' the kitchen is well equiped for cooking anything you wish. Corkscrews provided, of course!

                                                                It is wonderful and safe for dogs and children with lovely walks on your doorstep.

                                                                The cottages are comfortable and clean and have excellent facilities. My wife and I really enjoy the log burner on a chilly autumnal evening.

                                                                Our children had a wonderful time on the local beaches and enjoyed going to see the old tank at Slapton Ley, flying their kites on the beach and great fish and chips afterwards at the famous Start Bay Inn at Torcross.

                                                                I enjoy testing the binoculars on the wildlife and birds at Dittiscombe.

                                                                Another restful break and we are planning another next year.


                                                                Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

                                                                Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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); Further Details: 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.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                Changeover 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

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                                                                Property # 8060958 3393938