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2 Rock Cottage

Dittisham Devon

2 Rock Cottage Dittisham

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Sitting on the grass down on The Ham, looking out across the river dart glistening in the sunshine, it is amazing to think that there has been little change in the vista across the river since a Saxon Chief named Deedas first settled here in 660AD.  The River Dart is always buzzing with activity and there never fails to be something to do.


A perfect place to relax and get away from the daily challenges or to use as a base for exploring the South Hams of Devon, there is no more beautiful location to holiday.


The village is inextricably linked with the river Dart and all the activities that brings, Yachting, Boating, Fishing, Crab fishing and the latest hobby, stand up paddleboarding.  In addition there are many other things to see and do.  Dittisham lies on the Dart Trail so there are many beautiful walks on the doorstep, and having two vibrant pubs the village makes sure there is sustinance after all the days activites.  


The Red Lion (1750) and village post office is less than 100 metres away, and the renowned Ferry Boat Inn and the excellent Anchorstone  waterside Cafe are enduring favourites with their waterside locations.  Both are at the end of the village pontoon that serves the ferry to Dartmouth and Greenway quay.


The village shop resides within the Red Lion pub and holds a good selection of local produce, good food, the mornng papers and all the other bits and pieces that you may need withouth having to drive out to the nearest supermarkets in Dartmouth or Kingsbridge.


There has been a church in Dittisham for more than 1000 years and the present building St Georges Church a short stroll away from the cottage.  It was restored and reconstructed between 1328 and 1333 and is steeped in history to be explored.


Families, Couples and singles may all take away a different experience from Dittisham, and return year after year.


Wildlife surrounds in abundance, at night a cukcoo is frequently heard, with heron and guillimots on the banks of the river, fishing or drying their wings.  


A dolphin is often found in the mouth of the Dart, known fondly as Danny and lots of pictures can be seen at a brilliant website by Andy Kyle that captures the changes throughout the year, used by many as their first site visit of the day.  The river boasts an array of birds, you may see Buzzards, Osprey, Egrets, Shags, Cormorants, Guillemots and Gannets.


As a base for fishing there are Salmon, Brown and Sea Trout during the season.  Families line the pontoon with crab fishing lines and buckets to see who can catch the most, all to be returned for another day.


There is a good choice of ferry rides gently motoring up river and then out to sea.

Welcome to the Cottage & Dittisham village

2 Rock Cottage, Dittisham.  TQ6 0HT


The picture perfect and unspoilt village of Dittisham is a fantastic place to relax and unwind, and yet close enough to a broad range of activites, to entertain and be enjoyed by all ages.


Dartmouth is only a couple of miles downstream, so as an alternative to taking the car, jump on the pretty ferryboat from the village pontoon, and visit great shops, art galleries and superb eateries.  


The cottage is a perfect base for days out, ranging from the simple fun of sitting with a line dangling over the side of the dinghy pontoon fishing for crabs, to taking to the water on a sailboat, paddlesteamer, kayak or paddle-board.

Dittisham is on the Dart Vally Trail and on the South West Coastal Path so there are numerous walks to inspire and enjoy.  


Sandy beaches and visitor attractions are not too distant, and after a busy day visiting Dartmouth or Salcombe, the Golf Club and Spa just a couple of miles away will provide all the pampering you need.


The cottage is equipped with everything you should need for your holiday break and 'connected' with the internet and WiFi.


With such a beautiful, tranquil setting and so much to do and see locally, you can make your Dittisham holiday as busy or as restful as you wish.



The South Hams is a region of South Devon with beautiful countryside and an outstanding  coastline all set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


The South Hams includes the picturesque towns of Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Newton Ferrers. They all hold lots of local interest just waiting to be explored.


There are 5 distinctive estuaries, the Yealm, Erme, Avon, Salcombe and Dart, all with flourishing wildlife and maritime activities.


The beaches of the South Hams are all beautiful and all have their own individual charms.  There are probably too many to visit in one holiday, so there is always something to come back for!




Downstairs there is the living area to the front of the cottage with the kitchen area at the rear.


The cottage has two bedrooms, a double bedroom at the front of the cottage where you can sit in bed and look out over the picture perfect setting, (photo below) and two single beds in the bedroom to the back.


There is a small laundry room with outside access with a washing and drying machine. Ideal for hanging coats etc.


Please note the staircase is winding and would not suit those who are not confident on their feet.


We are happy to take a small dog which is subject to a £25 supplement.

Living Space

With 2 windows overlooking the river the vista is everchanging, be it the ebb and flow of the tide, or the dramatic skyscape over Dartmoor, the changing view always inspires.

The cottage has the necessary technology for modern life, Digital Freeview TV. Internet WiFi, DVD BluRay disc player, Radio - CD player.


For more quiet times, some local interest books, and should you bring your easel and imagination, we can suggest some favourite spots to make the most of your creativity.


Kitchen Area.

Kitchen has an electric oven and hob with a freestanding microwave.  Appliances include kettle, toaster and coffee maker.  New tableware, cuttlery, and utensils to start off 2015 season.



The bathroom is compact with a shower rather than a bath, but with everything you need.  Electric shaver point and heated towel rail.


Bedroom 1 

Window out to the river, there is nothing better than sitting in bed, looking out in the morning, checking the changing tide and taking in the wonderful view. TV, WiFi.


Bedroom 2

Having 2 single beds, TV & WiFi and a window to the rear aspect (no river views).


Laundry Room (outside access)

New Bosch washing machine and Bosch tumble drier



The cottage does not have a garden

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Interesting local weblinks

The South Hams

The Village of Dittisham or 'Ditsum'

DITTISHAM - A few Interesting facts.


Embedded into the sides of the Dart Valley, Dittisham is one of the most beautiful villages in the South Hams, a secret gem that has experienced many influences to make it what it is today.


The village has a rich history and many of the views out across the countryside are similar to the way it was when a Saxon Chief named 'Deedas' probably settled herein about 660AD.  


The Domesday survey of 1085-86 records the village as 'Didashim' later evolving to Dittisham, or locally known as 'Ditsum'.  


Three famous men who lived around the minute village of Ditisham have significantly influenced and shaped the history of Britain.


Sir Humphrey Gilbert was born at Greenway House, later imortalised under the ownership of Agatha Christie, had a half brother named Sir Walter Raleigh


Sir Walter Raleigh requires no introduction, born in Devon in 1552, he sailed to America with explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert and has been credited with bringing potatoes and tobacco back to Britain.


John Davis was one of the chief English navigators and Arctic explorers under Elizabeth 1. He led several voyages to discover the Northwest passage


The village also became famous for it's Dittisham plum orchards between the two World Wars. The fruit is delicious and people come from all over to buy them in July and August when they are ripe.


Years before the Wright Borthers 'first flight', Albert Liwentaal made a man powered flying machine and flew six feet clear of the ground for a few yards during 1894. There is little knowledge of the machine's flight, as it was not recorded in the Royal Aeronautical Society's annuals.

Interesting Local Websites, some can become adictive ! ....


Capturing the daily changing view from Andy Kyle's office

The view from the Dartmouth Office 


Live weather and wind speeds in Dartmouth

National Coastwatch


Dartmouth Harbour and River Dart Navigation

Dartmouth & River Dart


Dittisham, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

South Devon AONB


Beaches of the South Hams within the AONB

Interactive map of the beaches


National Trust things to See & Do

National Trust South Devon


Visit Agatha Christie's 1950's Home and Gardens

Agatha Christie and Greenway


Wildlife in and around the Dart Valley

Devon Wildlife Trust


Wildlife on The the river Dart

Seals, Birds, & Fish


Step back to the nostalgic days of Steam travel

Along the side of the river Dart Valley

South Devon Railway

River Dart Paddle Steamer


One to one sailing tuition - Including perfect boats for learning

Marshall Sailing School


Visiting South Devon Information

Visit South Devon Tourist Information

Visit South Devon


St George's Church Dittisham

History of the Church


The Village of Dittisham Local Website

Dittisham Website


Dittisham Sailing Club

Sailing Club


Pioneering Aviator

1894 Flying machine above Dittisham


Historic Dittisham Plum Orchards

Dittisham Plums

Dittisham - Interesting history

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Dog Friendly


There is a flat open grass area in Dittisham, next to the River Dart, called The Ham. It is a lovely walk only a few minutes from the cottage.

























Dog Friendly Beaches


Some beaches allow dogs all year and some are restricted during the summer months.  Click the link below for an up to date list.


Dogs on Beaches

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