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Ollie's Cottage   -   Central, river-view cottage, perfect for families


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Ollie’s Cottage is a vibrant family home and a breath of fresh air for families or couples seeking a memorable self-catering holiday in this special part of South Devon. Cleverly arranged over three floors, Ollie’s Cottage captures river views from the kitchen and living room and benefits from a private patio and parking at the rear. Ollie’s Cottage is within walking distance of the river with its picnic-perfect meadow and all the village amenities. Dogs are also welcome at Ollie's Cottage.


From the hallway, step into the bright, open-plan kitchen/dining room - equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. The dining area has a pine table and chairs and an antique side table with a CD player and radio. French windows from the dining area lead into an enclosed paved patio. Downstairs, there is also a cloakroom with WC.

The first floor has a comfortable sitting room with a corner sofa, views of the river, an open fire, and a TV with a DVD player. At the far end of the room, separated by room dividers, there are two single divan beds. There's also a spacious bathroom containing a bath with an overhead shower.

Upstairs again to the second floor, there are two bedrooms set into the eves of the cottage. The first is a large, attractive double bedroom. The second is a small bedroom, ideal for children, and contains a single bed and roof window.

A travel cot is available.

There are storage heaters and electric heating, plus an open fire (coal and logs can be purchased locally).


The patio garden at the rear of the property is the perfect space for al fresco dining on summer evenings - it's fully enclosed, with garden furniture and flowerbeds.


There is parking to the rear in the shared private car park and additional unrestricted on-street parking on Riverside Road.


The village pub, The Red Lion Inn, is a two-minute walk around the corner (don't worry, it is not known to be noisy). The Red Lion also hosts the village shop and Post Office. A 10-minute walk will take you to The Quay, where you will find the Ferry Boat Inn and The Anchorstone Café, as well as ferries to the National Trust's Greenway house and gardens, and also Dartmouth.


During peak season (May, June, July, and August), we need to keep to Saturday changeovers and a minimum stay of 7 nights. However, please do contact us with any requests you may have and we will accommodate if at all possible.

Outside the peak season, we can be more flexible and don't need to keep to a Saturday changeover.

Please get in touch if you need any advice or tips on places to visit, walks (we're right on the South West Coast Path), pubs and restaurants, etc.

Google "Ollies Cottage Dittisham" to find out more and get in touch.


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.

"This is our 4th stay at Ollie’s Cottage, the first one was in 1999! The cottage is wonderful, spacious, practical, great location and comfortable." - Stroud - July 2023

"Met all our needs for a long weekend in Dittisham. Quiet and comfortable. Great views of Dart estuary from ground and 1st floor. We did not use but exceptionally well equipped with washing machine, dishwasher etc if staying for longer. We are regular visitors to the area and would certainly book this cottage again." - Adam - May 2023

"Lovely cottage in a very pretty village. We enjoyed boat trips on the Dart and taking the the dog to Slapton Sands." - Charlotte - April 2023

"Love staying here as it is like home from home comfort and everything is set up for all eventualities! As Mary Poppins would say 'practically perfect in every way!'" - Pauline - March 2023

"A lovely cottage in the heart of Dittisham, close to two pubs, playground and the river, it was perfect for our stay with only a short walk from the cottage to family who live in the village. The cottage itself was a great size, has loads of useful extras - particularly in the kitchen. The children loved their beds being in the same room as the TV!! Nice clean linen and towels and lots of useful and easy to understand instructions for everything. Thank you, I'm sure we'll be back!" - Tracy - December 2022

"We were very happy with Ollie’s cottage. It was our second stay in 2 years in Dittisham, and we found Ollie’s location very convenient for all our activities. The cottage is very well-equipped and comfortable, with handy parking. We were very lucky with the weather, and especially enjoyed the ‘Round Robin’ boat, bus and train trip round the Dart Valley, a fascinating (very early morning!) tour of Brixham Fish Market, and visits to Greenway, beautiful Coleton Fishacre and amazing Fast Rabbits Farm. We would definitely like to see all the gardens again in the Spring, and would happily return to Ollie’s Cottage. Highly recommended!" - Jill - October 2022

"Great location for exploring South Devon. The Red Lion round the corner is the most unusual public house I've ever visited - It's a Dog friendly Pub, Restuarant, Post Office and well-stocked shop. The hub of the village with extremely, friendly staff and locals." - Roger - September 2022

"We stayed at Ollies cottage again this year. As always it was lovely. Very comfortable and well equipped. Proximity of the Red Lion is a great asset" - Harriet - September 2022

"Ollie's Cottage is a home from home for us. It's our 3rd time there, and won't be our last. I wish I'd booked another week tbh" - Gareth - July 2022

"Lovely place. Excellent blend of charm and practicality. Very pleased that we found it and fully intend to return." - Simon - July 2022

Great to be back again to dear Ollie's cottage. The cottage was just like a home from home and all in great order and squeaky clean and welcoming. We had a truly wonderful weekend. Delighted to see a key code holder. See you again!
Samengo-Turner March 2022

"Pip the dog here,well we had a splendiforous time at Ollies,a real home from home.I had some fabulous walks down to the quay and back along the foreshore,also across the fields.Made some friends with the Dalmatians at The Red Lion.
Dittisham is really well placed for lots of doggy adventures,I liked ring the bell to go to Greenway,got another boat to Dartmouth Castle and did you know you can take cars on a boat to,we did that and went to a most glorious house and garden at Coleton Fishacre.
Also went on a sea tractor to Burgh Island and being a wonder dog I managed to part the water so we could walk back.
Another place I would recommend is Fast Rabbits Farm,we went there and I thought there would be lots of little bunnies to amuse me,but no,instead there was the most glorious garden.
Well I will sum up now as my food bowl awaits me,a great big thank you from me ,the boy and the old lady,we had a lovely holiday and would throughly recommend Dart Valley Cottages and Ollies.🐾🐾🐾". - Judy and Pip the Dog - June 2022

'Clean and tidy, located very conveniently for all amenities. We enjoyed our stay.' Shaun - March 2022

"We had a lovely time at ‘Ollies Cottage’, made special when we found out that the rent was used for the ongoing medical care of Ollie.
The cottage was equipped with all you need, albeit we ate out during the duration of our holiday. It was in an ideal position to explore villages around the Dart and the South Hams area.
Whilst we did not take our dogs, can we suggest that you make a stair gate available for the bottom of the stairs to ensure anyone bringing dogs conforms with house rules.
The Ferry Boat Inn is a great place to have a drink and chat looking out over the Dart. We enjoyed delicious seafood overlooking the river in the Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay. Snug beside the log fire at the family and dog friendly Hemborough pub The Sportsmans Arms, we ate locally sourced home cooked tasty pub food.
Ollie, thankyou for the use of your lovely cottage. " - Jane and Tony - October 2021

"Finally we managed to have our weekend in Dittersham (we originally booked a w/end in March 2020 which coincided with lockdown no.1). To be honest we were a bit nervous that everything would have changed because of the pandemic; we needn't have worried it is still the same marvellous cottage in the same marvellous village. We are now looking forward to March 2022." - Pst.home - October 2021

"We had a lovely relaxing time at Ollie's Cottage. The cottage contained all kitchen equipment we needed, bedrooms were comfortable and airy. Bathroom was modernized and we had plenty of hot water. Lounge was comfy and had an up-to-date TV. Dittisham was a lovely quiet little village on the Dart river with a little marina where you could catch ferries up and down the river. We did have a barking dog from the nearby Pub every morning and evening ! Not to much of a problem as eventually owners took him inside." - Meryl - October 2021

"This is the fourth year we have stayed at Ollies cottage. We love it. Very well situated beside the pub. Beautifully equipped and just right for our needs. New smart tv with Netflix useful for damp evenings!" - Harriet - September 2021

"We enjoyed a lovely stay here. The cottage is well appointed and beautifully situated on a quiet road. There is a gorgeous view out front across the fields to the Dart, and the front bench gets the setting sun so it’s a lovely spot for a gin and tonic! The pub and village shop are neighbours but there is very little noise other than the occasional dog barking in the morning. Would definitely return." - Lynsey - September 2021

"A lovely light and airy cottage. Spacious and well equipped kitchen/dining room, lovely main bedroom and cute little child's bunk room. I wasn't clear from the photos that th twin beds were actually in the large sitting room but it worked out fine for the teenager." - Tess - June 2021

"Great location with ability to walk locally and be in green lanes with amazing views. Within half an hour of Salcombe and fantastic walk to Gara rock" - G Butler - May 2021

"It is a fantastic location with beautiful views, pet friendly and easy to stay even with family of 6 without feeling clustered" -Green - April 2021

"Ollies cottage is in an excellent position behind the Red Lion pub and shop. The house is specious and we’ll orientated. Bathroom good although shower pump a bit noisy. Kitchen well equipped and spacious. We have stayed here before and probably will again" Harriet - August 2020

The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped and in a good position. We found plenty of wonderful things to do in the area and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday there." Romy - July 2020

“The cottage is beautifully located for walking and touring. We found everything we needed at the cottage – the kitchen etc. is really well equipped and it is all well presented…. Overall a really lovely cottage with excellent facilities – we had a lovely relaxing break” Sue – 22-29 September 2019

“We had a wonderful week at Ollie’s Cottage. The location is perfect and views of The Dart and surrounding area were stunning. Cottage was welcoming & very well equipped with everything you could need for a comfortable stay (once you got used to 3 floor living!). Weather for our week was lovely and sunny so most days spent at the beach… The Red Lion is a great place for a pint or two in the evening…..friendly locals and you can pick up supplies….milk, bread etc at the same time! Already looking forward to return visit.” Philippa, Mike & Dusty the dog – 15-22 Sepetmber 2019

“Had a great week at Ollie’s Cottage and enjoyed the peaceful location. Would have no issue with booking this cottage again.” Elaine – 31 August – 7 September 2019

“Holidaying in the UK when the weather is nice is the best. We were lucky enough to have a stunning week in Dittisham at Ollies cottage. Dittisham is a beautiful village near Dartmouth. The cottage is a 5 minute walk from the water and 10 mins to the excellent Anchorstone Cafe. The space at Ollies Cottage is clean and has everything you need. It’s fairly basic and possibly a bit tired in places, but you can’t fault the location. We enjoyed ourselves.” Mark – 20-24 August 2019

“A lovely cottage in great place. Cottage beautifully equipped. Kitchen equipment excellent. We had everything we needed. Good selection of DVDs and books. Position behind the Red Lion is wonderful so you can pop in for anything you need . The restaurant there is excellent.”Harriet – 10-17 August 2019

“Fantastic Cottage.This is the third time we have stayed at Ollie’s Cottage, the first being in 1999 when I was pregnant with my first son. We now have 4 children and 2 dogs and we all fit so comfortably in the cottage. It is in a perfect position being next to The Red Lion pub for provisions, Post Office and of course beer! The parking is never a problem as it can be with other properties in Dittisham. A short walk takes you to the river and all the activities to enjoy there, including the children favourite, crabbing and our favourite The FBI pub! The cottage is very well equipped, we love the washing machine and drier, perfect for the English summers! Nice to have tiled floor downstairs with dogs, much easier to keep clean. The beds are comfy and the shower is great. Lovely outside area too. As you can see we love it there!” Mark – 3-10 August 2019

“Very relaxing stay, good location, both pubs very good and friendly, lovely views from the house, would stay again.” Beverly – 22 July – 3 August 2019

“Ollie’s Cottage has everything you need for a holiday in the lovely village of Dittisham. Living on 3 floors takes a bit of getting used to, but there’s lots of space and excellent storage. The kitchen is well equipped and cooking basics are all there. We loved sitting on the bench at the front of the cottage in the evening and enjoying the views from the upstairs lounge as the sun set.” Diane – May 2019

“Brilliant location. Nice property. Fantastic host.” Anna – April 2019

“Thank you Ollie and Julie for letting us stay in your delightful cottage. We loved the area and explored South Devon. Loved it” Rachel, Mike, Isabel – 24-28 October 2018

“Perfect stay. Lovely weather. Handy having a pub/shop/post office next door. Love the cottage. Fav pub Ferry Boat Inn. Enjoyed the fish and chips van on Wednesday evening” The Kimptons – 22-29 September 2018

“Good idea to get a cottage Ollie! And what a nice one. Thanks Ollie!” The Kellies – 15-22 September 2018

“Dear Ollie, Thank you so much for your delightful cottage. We had a glorious week. Thank you for the milk etc” All the Allens – 1-7 September 2018

“A brilliant week with the whole family. Perfect house for us and the dogs. Can’t wait to come again! When we first stayed we were 2 and a bump (1999) now we are 6!!! Love the cottage so much.” The Strouds – 11 August 2018

“A fantastic visit to a cozy and well-kept cottage. Great views and easy access to the rest of Dittisham. A brilliant week with the whole family – perfect houae for us and the dogs. Can’t wait to come again. When we first stayed we were 2 and a bump (1999) now we are 6!!. Love the cottage so much” Callum, Strouds, Kent – 10 August 2018

“We had a great time – fantastic weather, comfortable cottage, amazing location. Thank you” Greg, Alex and Frances – 20 July 2018

“Fantastic holiday. Great weather. Beautiful cottage. Fabulous place. We love it here. Hope to be back soon. Many thanks” Baseema, Darren, Karen and Richard – 26 May – 2 June 2018

“Wow! Lovely clean and spacious property. Had a great time” Helen and Reg – 12-19 May 2018

“Perfect stay. Best weather ‘on record’. Lots of fun. Very many thanks” Nigel and Sally – 4-8 May 2018

“Thanks and Ollie and Julie for a great break fro my mum’s 80th birthday. What a lovely cottage!” Marlyn, Lynn and Mother – March 2018

“We have had sleet, snow, rain and sunshine but still had a fabulous week in Dittisham. We will be back again very soon” Linda and Richard – 10-17 February 2018

“Just love the cottage. Lucky with the weather, restorative break! Thank you!” Paula and Steve – 26 December 2017 – 2 January 2018

“Lovely cottage. Great weather. Lovely village! All had a great time!” Charlotte, Rob, Daniel, Owen and Jake (the dog) – 28 October – 4 November 2017

“Lovely cosy and comfortable cottage. Very relaxing break away. Far and away the best walks and countryside (apart from Wales!) Colin and Helen – 23-30 September 2017

“Lovely cottage. Lovely view” Steve and Marion – 16-23 September 2017

“What a lovely hide-away and a beautiful church with super bells – so nice to hear them” Allan, Sofia and Monty (the dog) – 9-10 September 2017

“Wonderful scenery. Lovely cottage. Thank you” Gilfillan – 1-9 September 2017

“Thank you for a wonderful stay. We loved staying here! Perfect for our two girls and many visits to pubs, walks and beach” The Carter Family – 31 August 2017

“Our second visit to Ollie’s. This is the perfect base for visiting many beautiful spots and we look forward to coming again” The Houghtons (again) – 16-22 July 2017

“It is always great to be back in Ditsum and yet again we’ve had a wonderful week. Weather, food, people, cottage have all been fantastic. See you all soon” 6-13 May 2017

“We had a wonderful time, in a wonderful house, in a wonderful environment. (Wonder)fully enjoyed by us! Aly and Rudi – 28 April – 5 May 2017

“Back again for another wonderful weekend” Philip and Pauline and Georgie Girl – 17-20 March 2017

“Had a lovely time. Felt like a home from hom! We’ll be back” The Pryers – 11-18 February 2017

“The cottage is perfect – set in a lovely village with beautiful views. An ideal location for winter walks” Maurice and Frances – 7-14 January 2017

“New Year celebrations at the FBI – not to be missed! A great stay. We will return soon” The Watsons – New year 2017

“Great cottage – had a fab tim. Thank you and thank you for the milk, wine and mince pies – a very nice touch” – Anne- Marie and Will – 23-30 December 2016

“Lovely cottage and location. A great great base for day trips out. Thanks” – Andrea and Jeremy – 22-29 October 2016

“Beautiful cottage – tastefully decorated and very clean. Absolutely no complaints – cosy and spacious too. Thank you!!” – Grant and Vanessa – 6-9 October 2016

“Lovely cottage in beautiful Ditsum – a wonderful week. We will be back. Thank you” – Lyn and David – 17-24 September 2016

“Loved being back in Ditsum. Very comfortable at Ollie’s! Thank you” – Malcolm and Angela – 5-9 September 2016

“What a beautiful clean cottage with all mod cons. Money well spent. Very friendly pub next door” – Caroline and David – 20-27 August 2016

“A delightful cottage and very comfortable” – Malcolm and Jane – 6-20 August 2016

“Lovely Cottage. Beautiful village – we will return – soon! – Jules, Dirk and Callum – 16-30 July 2016

“We had a very pleasant stay. Everything was perfect including the weather! Ollie’s cottage was perfect for us and we very much like the way the book of information had been written” – The Turners – 28 May – 4 June 2016

“What a wonderful village and cottage We’ll be back again very soon, I hope!!” – D Overstone – Easter 2016

“Truly wonderful cottage – very cosy – love the special touches with flowers and your info file which was so well researched! See you again! Cheers. Thanks to Ollie” – Pauline and Philip – 4-7 March 2016

“Fabulous New Year celebration and a great cottage to stay in. Many thanks!” – Richard and Linda – 30 December 2015 – 2 January 2016

“Lovely comfy cottage. Lovely week. Lovely bed. Thanks Ollie” – Pat and Frank – 5-11 September 2015

“Lovely week spent relaxing here before my 10km Swim. Lovely cottage. Slept like a log every night” – Jan and Gary – 30 August – 3 September 2015

“We enjoyed Ollie’s Cottage. Thank you” – David, Jackie, Josh and Jim – 8-15 August 2015

“Immediately when we arrived we fell in love with this cottage, Dittisham and this magnificent view out of the kitchen window. Charming region – we’ll come back!!” – Family Van Vllet (Holland) – 25-31 July 2015

“Beautiful cottage in beautiful village. Everything you need for a lovely relaxing week” – Steve, Suzanne and Muffins – 11-18 July 2015

“Lovely cottage – very clean and well equipped. Had a great stay – thank you” – Paul, Miranda and Emily – 1-4 July 2015

“Had a great week. Marvellous weather. Very comfortable here and both pubs are great” – Viv and Rob – 13-20 June 2015

“Well found last minute booking. Lovely village. Nice pub close by. Friendly people. Easy to get to all the places to need to go to. Everything we needed. Thank you Ollie” – Dawn, Ivan and Gemma (Woof!) – 6-13 June 2015

“Found the accommodation to be very comfortable had everything we need. It was dog friendly and had free parking which was originally a problem for us to find at short notice. The local pub and the Wednesday fish and chip can was also a bonus. Would highly recommend” – Dawn – 6-13 June 2015

“Wonderful week. Lovely cottage. Well equipped and comfortable. Thank you for a memorable holiday” – The Lee’s – 23-30 May 2015

“Lovely cottage. Great pubs in the area, especially the FBI on the river. Beautiful village. We will be back again soon!” – The Overstones – 4-11 April 2015

“Thank you! Lovely cottage – wonderful setting” – Linda, John and Bella – 15-19 March 2015

“Thank you for a lovely place to stay including great CDs & DVDs to enjoy. We enjoyed the joyous new years midnight bells” – 27 December 2014 – 3 January 2015

“The perfect cottage for the perfect long weekend – amazing place and great people …. cannot want to come back xx” – Mel and Kelly – 29 October – 2 November 2014

“A lovely cottage. Very cosy, well furnished and equipped. So peaceful in the village. Have had a wonderful weeks holiday” – Pauline and Eddie – 4-11 October 2014

“Booked as last minute, lovely cottage quiet and relaxing, brilliant case for exploring. Will visit again” – Graham and Ali – 25-29 September 2014

“Booked Ollie’s Cottage as last minute break – it has been great. Very relaxing and comfortable – just what we both needed.” – The Dane’s – 13 September 2014

“An absolute gem! Just a perfect break in a perfect cottage. Thank you” – Bernard and Nicola – 16-23 August 2014

“Special time – thanks Ollie!” – The McDougall Family (from Singapore) – 5-12 July 2014

“Great cottage in a lovely location. A fabulous two weeks x” – Clare, Rob and Livvy – 21 June-4 July 2014

“Thank you Ollie for a magical stay at your cottage. Our first visit we wish we could stay another week. Fab views and very well equipped. Hope to come back soon xxx” The Mercer family with Bertie and Ben the dogs – 14-21 June 2014

“Lovely cottage. Position was perfect” – Nicola – 5 June 2014

“First visit to Ollie’s – but have enjoyed many visits to Dittisham. Loved the cottage and will be back!” – Nicky, Rob, Frankie, Nana & Grandpa Creese – 31 May – 5 June 2014

“Our second time in Ollie’s Cottage – as lovely as ever. We’ve had a fantastic week in Dittisham – you cannot fail to relax and enjoy yourself here” – The Baker family – 24-31 May 2014

“Lovely! – only 2 nights. Wish it could be longer!” – Jo & Adam and family – 3-5 May 2014

“Beautiful. Lovely. Relaxing … Everything provided. We cannot thank you enough. Best holiday ever …!!!” – Russell & Sara (from New Zealand) 16 April – 3 May 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.

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