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This was one of the nicest properties we have stayed at. Every thing was spotless and clean, with every thing you could want provided for, both pubs were welcoming and great food at the Red Lion. A great place to stay for total relaxation could not recommend it enough, will come again. Sept 23
"Lovely cottage for a family with three children and a dog. Lovely location, great views and well-equipped." Harriet - August 2023
"We absolutely loved Holly Cottage and its location for our three day stay in May. My favourite spot was the little terrace upstairs with its breathtaking view. So peaceful here during the day with no traffic noise. Footpaths around Dittisham provide challenging but rewarding walks. Plan to return and spend a week without the car and use boat services to get around." - Susanne - May 2023
"Lovely cottage in great location. Comfortable and warm with nice kitchen and bathroom. " Jennifer - April 2023
"Instructions all clear and easy. Lovely cosy comfy cottage. Excellent woodburner for winter use. Dittisham and surrounding areas such as Dartmouth & Bigbury on sea are great locations and make good day trips.. Its listed so we knew the slight inconvenience of car parking & logistics in rain. No gripes but make sure you factor in. Dittisham itself is very pretty." - David - December 2022
"Beautiful location, wonderful little cottage. The front patio offered a great view of the Dart river and a stone’s throw from the water, pub and cafe. Highly recommended." - Neil - August 2022
"We have stayed at Holly Cottage three times now. It has had some improvements since we last came..new bathroom, outside seating etc. The location is amazing and the cottage is quaint and has everything you need. Things have changed since Covid..the pub and The Anchorstone Cafe are not so accommodating which is a shame..I hope all the lovely things about Dittisham will come back soon. No faults with Holly Cottage though..we will be back !" - Eve - July 2021
"What a lovely surprise this cottage is. We have been holidaying in Dittisham for years and have always stayed on the quayside or the shore until this year but have definitely been missing a trick. Holly Cottage is so close to the water that you are still in the prime spot and with a great view of the moorings and across to Greenway. Even better is that both gardens are sunny all through the day and enjoy the evening sun which you don't get on the quayside. The gardens have plenty of seating so you can really enjoy the outside space. The pub is conveniently close but just far enough away to be unobtrusive and the elevated front garden gives you privacy while also being able to enjoy the buzz of the village. Inside, the cottage is roomy, well equipped and very comfortable with nice decor. Headroom is pretty good too - I'm tall so that really matters. We loved it and have already booked again." - Les - July 2021
"We had a lovely holiday at Holly Cottage. The cottage is spacious,comfortable, clean and well equipped. The location is excellent . It would be nice for logs and kindling to be available on arrival to add that special touch. Overall would thoroughly recommend this cottage and would love to return at some point." - Walter - May 2021
"After 25 years of Sailing we sold our boat and stayed on the village. We could see the kids crabbing from the garden. The FBI is excellent and The Anchor stone cafe. Comfy and everything you need. A lovely seating area in the front and back. It is a busy village and great for people watching." - Corabeth - April 2021
"Having had previous bookings at another of Dart Valleys Cottages cancelled due to covid, we booked Holly Cottage as it was available when our original cottage was not. I'm so glad it wasn't! Holly Cottage is amazing. It has everything you need and has plenty of room. 3 large bedrooms, a newly refurbished bathroom, large lounge and kitchen and lots of outdoor space. The cottage is very quirky, the bed slopes with the floor which is interesting, it has walls thicker than a castle's and the location has to be one of the best in Dittisham. Next to the FBI and the Anchorstone Cafe. Dittisham doesn't change and that's the best thing about it. Those who have been there before don't need me to tell you about the village. I have stayed in Dittisham for nearly 40 years since I was small at various houses in the village from top to bottom and Holly Cottage was way and above the best. I think the biggest mention needs to be for Dart Valley Cottages though, as in these very uncertain times, have excelled in making the week great. The house was immaculate and when we walked in it felt safe and welcoming. Christine worked with us when we had dates cancelled and has provided us with an excellent, relaxing week away. We will return and without doubt will book Holly Cottage again!" Ben - September 2020
"You won’t find a more beautiful location than this, just a few paces from the waters edge and the passenger Ferry to Dartmouth. The area has lots of lovely walks right from the doorstep of Holly Cottage, that lead to you some amazing coastal views and on towards Torquay." Andrew - September 2020
“Lovely relaxing cottage. Well equipped, wonderful setting and great exercise on ‘The Hill’ when returning to the car park. Enjoyed our first few days sitting outside and using the Ferry to cross to the other side then down to Dartmouth (a must). Enjoyed such stunning views and scenery from this holiday home – we hope you do as well” The Weavings – 7 September 2019
“We had a fantastic week at Holly Cottage. Great sun on the water with trips to Dartmouth. We enjoyed the FBI. Welly loves crabbing!!! Mummy and Daddy loved The Anchorstone Cafe. Thank you!” The Youngs – 31 August 2019
“We had a lovely week in this cottage. We will definitely be staying again soon. Thank you!” Morris – 3 August 2019
“A lovely cottage in the heart of the village. A lovely little cottage in a very good position if you want to feel part of village life. Friendly, chatty neighbours made us feel very welcome. Both the front and rear outdoor seating areas are compact but provide a good space for sitting in the sun with a drink and a newspaper. A well equipped kitchen and good washing and drying facilities make it a great base if you’re having an active holiday. A really great little holiday bolt-hole.” Patrick – 27 July – 3 August 2019
“This was our second stay at Holly Cottage, It is a very quaint 400 year old cottage set in a fabulous position with amazing views ! It is close to the Ferryboat Inn which is very convenient! The cottage is cosy and homely” Eve – 13-20 July 2019
“Thanks for a lovely week at this perfect little cottage. There was everything here we could possibly need. So well furnished and incredibly well stocked. More sun would be nice next time but this is a wonderful place even on grey days. Thanks again ad I’m sure we ‘ll be back” Sue, Mark and Tinker – 22 June 2019
“Dittisham and the river dart is idyllic and Holly Cottage a great base to explore from” Michael – June 2019
“Great week at Holly Cottage. Perfect location. Very quaint. WOW what weather! Thank you for a lovely week – always love Dittisham. Thanks Mike” The Stafford Family – 14-21 July 2018
“Lovely restful break. Great river trips. Greenway is a must” Reg and Judy – 30 June 2018
“Third stay in Dittisham – first at Holly Cottage. We had a really relaxing week. The Anchorstone (down the road) is out of this World!!! and the FBI is also brilliant. We abandoned our car and travelled by water. So a big thank you to Mike the owner” Eric and Sue – 23-30 June 2018
“Much enjoyed our short-stay. Lovely cottage. Many thanks” Mastersons and Waterhouse Family – 10 June 2018
“A lovely week in Holly Cottage in a fantastic location. Thank you” The Baker Family – 3 June 2018
“Lovely relaxing break in a beautiful location – just what was needed” Rolts and Rogers – 10 February 2018
“A lovely comfy cottage. Had a fab time. Great location, friendly locals esp at FBI” Hobsons – 28 December 2017 – 2 January 018
“What a great place to stay. Very warm and cosy. Great base and place to call home for a week. Thank you from us all” Amy, Bob – 27 December 2017
“We have been to Dittisham many times before but not in this cottage. It was great. Warm woodburner – lovely in the evenings. Will be back” 1 November 2017
“We where so pleased that not only did we have a place to stay but it was right next to The Ferry Boat Inn. Thank you Mike – The Cottage is absolutely beautiful and we thank you for the kindness you showed. We will be back. Thank you my friend” Ryan, Joanne, Jennifer, Matilda and Freddie – 26 June 2017
“Amazing!, amazing!, amazing!.This cottage is brill. Thank you so much”. (Harriet aged 9). “So enjoyed our time at Holly Cottage – A wonderful, cosy home with every mod.com. Will definitely be back. Lovely comfy beds and great sunny patio. Love Ditsum as always” – Emma, Rosie, Harriet, Bob and Liz – 28 May – 4 June 2016
“I really like the beds, the beaches are nice and I also liked the pontoon. I have stayed here before so I knew it was going to be really nice. I wish we could live here it is so nice. We have been coming for years so we have had a lot of fun – crabbing nearly every day. We did not want to leave. We were sad when we had to start packing up” – Lily (Aged 9) and Nick & Sam – 16 April 2016
“Very good comfy beds” – David, Lucy, William – 2-9 April 2016
“Another fabulous week in this wonderful village – We will never grow tired of it!!” – Many, Kevin, Charlie, Alfie and Sid (the dog) – 26 March to 2 April 2016
“I really loved it here and it here and it seems so sad to go. I loved my little room, it was so cosy. My dogs loved to run along the pier and beaches. I think my dogs will want to come back because in the Red Lion they are given doggy biscuits. The house is really really nice. I love the TV inside the cupboard… Thanks so much for letting us stay here” – Freya (Aged 11) – 19 February 2016
“What a special place to celebrate a special time with big OLD brother Baz! Lovely to sit around Holly Cottage kitchen table catching up with family. Thanks Johnsy” – Lesley – 29 September – 8 October 2015
“Another fab week at Dittsum .. Never want to leave here. See you all soon and thanks for lovely Holly Cottage” – Nick, Mel, Smudge and Flinly – 22-29 August 2015
“Pleasant stay. Great views” – Robinson Family – 8-19 August 2015
“Found the cottage very comfortable and had a great holiday .. we did not use the car all week. We would love to come back at some point” – The Rogers Family – 1-8 August 2015
“Lovely comfortable cottage. Dittisham is just beautiful, as it the Dart… Hope to come back again” – Mandy, Dave, Tom and Joe – 25 July – 1 August 2015
“We loved it so much it was beautiful. I really do not want to leave. It was a wonderful cottage. I will be back soon. Our beds where really comfy. I loved it at Holly Cottage” – Lily (aged 8) – April 2015
“Lovely cottage, lovely village and beautiful rivers. Thank you for letting our dog “Alice” come too – she loved it and made our hols complete – Really happy fun time!!” – Michael, Doreen, Judi, Mike and Alice (the dog) – 10 March 2015
“Wow what a lovely place and lovely area. We will have to come back. It is just too nice. Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy 2015. Ho Ho Ho” – Nick and Ben – 20 December 2014
“Great cottage, great village. We will be really sad to leave. However, if we ever wine the lottery in the near future – we will be back! (Back for good!)” – The Jones’ – 29 August 2014
“Overall, Cottage was great, location was superb and Dartmouth an absolute gem of a place. Thank you!” – Darryl – 30 August – 6 September 2014
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Holly Cottage and would not hesitate to book again in the future. Thank you.” – Philip, Julie and Family – 26 July – 9 August 2014
“We’ve had a lovely couple of week here at Holly Cottage. .. Just perfect.” – Phil, Julie and James – 9 August 2014
"Having had previous bookings at another of Dart Valleys Cottages cancelled due to covid, we booked Holly Cottage as it was available when our original cottage was not. I'm so glad it wasn't!
Holly Cottage is amazing. It has everything you need and has plenty of room. 3 large bedrooms, a newly refurbished bathroom, large lounge and kitchen and lots of outdoor space.
The cottage is very quirky, the bed slopes with the floor which is interesting, it has walls thicker than a castle's and the location has to be one of the best in Dittisham. Next to the FBI and the Anchorstone Cafe.
Dittisham doesn't change and that's the best thing about it. Those who have been there before don't need me to tell you about the village. I have stayed in Dittisham for nearly 40 years since I was small at various houses in the village from top to bottom and Holly Cottage was way and above the best.
I think the biggest mention needs to be for Dart Valley Cottages though, as in these very uncertain times, have excelled in making the week great. The house was immaculate and when we walked in it felt safe and welcoming. Christine worked with us when we had dates cancelled and has provided us with an excellent, relaxing week away.
We will return and without doubt will book Holly Cottage again!" Ben - September 2020
“Lovely week at Holly Cottage… Didn’t take the car out once which was perfect!!” – Jane and Lawrence – 25 July 2014
“Just perfect …” – Toby and Diane 20 June 2014
“Beautiful cottage with good views.” – Pat and Roy – 3 May 2014
“We’ve had a wonderful and relaxing break at Holly Cottage. Beautiful village and beautiful views with cosy fires lit everyevening. Harry (7 months old) has loved sleeping in the ‘Noddy’ room.” Hazel, Jon and Harry – April 2014
“Lovely relaxing stay at Holly Cottage – don’t want to go home.” – Mel and Nick – 1 March 2014
“Yet another fantastic stay in Ditsum and Holly Cottage. As always never long enough.” – Tracy and Paul and Trigger the dog – December 2013 – January 2014
Dittisham truly is a Devon gem. Nestled a few miles upstream from Dartmouth, this unspoiled and tranquil village is perfect for a relaxing riverside break and really makes the most of its waterside location. Watersports, fishing, sailing, paddle boarding and leisurely river rides are on your doorstep. Or why not hire a boat and explore the valley at your own pace?
On land, the shoreline meadow makes for a perfect picnic spot. Downstream by the jetty is The Ferry Boat Inn – drink and dine while enjoying picture-perfect views across the river valley beyond. It’s also where you can hire a canoe or kayak and paddle the river’s shallower waters.
Dittisham is also superbly connected by river to the Dart Valley’s must-see villages, towns, and attractions. Year-round frequent ferries take you to the historic port of Dartmouth, picturesque Kingswear and the eclectic charms of Totnes. And, just across the river on the opposite bank, a quick boat trip takes you to Agatha Christie’s resplendent Greenway holiday home and gardens, now cared for by the National Trust, and an idyllic day out.