Guest Blog Post – Dittisham Hideaway
Ah, the joy of booking a getaway! Finally, you get to set that ‘out of office’ message and disconnect from the daily grind for a much-needed break.
But what’s the plan once you’re there? Some prefer to have zero plans—just relax, read a couple of books, sleep in, and maybe take a leisurely morning stroll. We’ve got you covered. On the other hand, some of us (count me in) love to meticulously plan every moment and make the most of every destination (stay tuned for our upcoming blog post on our website).
Here’s our guide to help you maximize your stay, whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure.
The Relaxation Retreat Handbook
Upon your arrival, you’ll receive an email with your check-in codes. Your accommodation will be ready after 4 pm. Use our electric wheelbarrows to effortlessly transport your luggage to your home for the next few days. Unpack, and don’t forget to pop open the bottle of wine we’ve thoughtfully left chilling in the fridge. Perhaps enjoy some crisps from your welcome hamper while perusing the local dining options.
For your first evening, we highly recommend the Ferry Boat Inn, fondly known as the FBI by the locals. It’s just a short 5-minute drive into Dittisham. Park at the Level carpark and take a stroll down. The inn offers exceptional service, breathtaking views of the River Dart, delectable food, and regional drinks. Afterward, return to Dittisham Hideaway for a night of restful sleep. With the finest Egyptian cotton linen and locally sourced 100% British wool duvets from Devon Duvet, you’re in for a cozy night’s sleep.
Begin your first full day at The Hideaway with a well-deserved lie-in, listening to the melodies of birds and the gentle stream nearby—sounds that are a rarity in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Start your day with a cup of tea, a bowl of oats, and toast, all thoughtfully provided in your welcome hamper. Step outside onto your private terrace, and if it’s a bit chilly, wrap yourself in a blanket. What a marvellous way to greet the day!
If you’re up for it, consider warming up the hot tub. Use the complimentary logs we’ve supplied to stoke the wood-fired burners. Avoid stirring to expedite heating and remember to keep the lid closed. Since these hot tubs don’t rely on electricity, a little attention will reward you with soothing warmth.
Next on our recommended list is a leisurely stroll around the hideaway. Follow the 15-minute circular trail, passing by our Treehouses, Vintage Airstream, and Shepherds Lodges. Along the way, you’ll encounter the Wall of Art, a creation by local artist Mark Bell, titled ‘Dancing to the Sounds of Nature.’ At the Hideaway’s highest point, you’ll find apple trees, a vegetable garden (in season), a Boules pitch, and the most splendid view of all—a bench overlooking the River Dart and beyond, toward Paignton.
Lunchtime approaches, and we suggest a brief drive to Gardentime, our local garden centre, for a laid-back snack. From paninis to salads and pies, they’ve got a variety of options. The shop also features fantastic items for purchase, including many locally crafted goods. While you’re in the area, don’t miss a visit to Fast Rabbit Gardens—a hidden oasis with seasonal flora throughout its 43 acres. Plenty of benches invite you to revel in the year-round colours.
On your way back, consider stopping by a local supermarket or heading to Eversfield Farm Shop in Totnes for excellent local produce for a BBQ. Don’t forget to grab some charcoal.
Fire up the BBQ on your terrace and prepare a delightful dinner to enjoy al fresco or in the comfort of your accommodation.
Rise and shine! Open the curtains or glance up at your skylight and embrace whatever the UK weather has in store for you today. Not in the mood to cook this morning? Take a trip to The Embankment in Dartmouth. If you’re fortunate, you might snag a riverside parking spot; alternatively, nearby car parks are abundant. The former GWR ticket office, now The Embankment restaurant, boasts exceptional estuary views and a classic bistro ambiance. With Elly Wentworth at the helm of the kitchen, expect a spectacular dining experience.
Since you’re in Dartmouth, a town steeped in naval history, take a leisurely amble around the vicinity. An easy circular walk will lead you past Dartmouth’s historical highlights, allowing you to immerse yourself in the town’s heritage. A visit to Dartmouth Castle is a must—it’s open daily during the season and on weekends during off-peak times.
For lunch, treat yourself to some traditional seaside fish and chips from Rockfish. Their freshly caught, local fare paired with stunning views is a match made in culinary heaven. Just be cautious of the audacious seagulls.
As the day winds down, return to the Hideaway. You’ve likely indulged in a generous amount of food, so a light salad, toast, or even a liquid dinner might be in order. Grab a book, tune into your favourite show, or log in to Netflix—whatever helps you unwind.
Before bidding adieu to Dittisham, take advantage of the complimentary ferry voucher we’ve provided. Park at the Ham Car Park just beyond the church in Dittisham, stroll along the river’s edge (tides permitting) toward the FBI, and you’ll spot the pontoon. Near the start of the pontoon, there’s a hand bell—give it a ring, and Dave will come by in the little wooden passenger boat.
Dave, a wealth of knowledge and friendliness, will ferry you across the River Dart to Greenway. Here, you can savour an ice cream while observing the water’s ebb and flow or take a short walk up to Greenway House—Agatha Christie’s holiday abode. Explore this National Trust treasure and immerse yourself in history.
We hope you find our guide invaluable. You might also want to peruse our more adventurous blog for additional ideas—perhaps you can blend the two for an unforgettable experience.
Are you considering a stay at Dittisham Hideaway? Take a look at our website here for more information.