Fingals Folly and Wisteria Balcony Suite

Dittisham, Devon

Play grass tennis, swim in the pool - and cosy up in your own pad at this charmingly laid-back country house close to river and sea


2 places


Sleeping from 2 – 4


Fingals is groovy, a jumble of a place in a hidden valley in one of the loveliest parts of south Devon. It’s run with charm, humour and a dash of idiosyncrasy by Richard and Sheila. Each year, a little more accommodation is added onto the Queen Anne farmhouse. The one-bedroom Folly is one of the later twists, a mad-cap scheme to add colour and genius, with a cleverly conceived little ‘deck’ area where a boat has been laid to rest so that you can loll in dappled sunshine beside a brook. The Wisteria Suite can sleep up to four people – the two bedrooms open onto a balcony with tables where you can have your breakfast, and views over the garden and tennis court Walk down to the river or the pub, hire canoes, paddle, laze on the beach, a 20-minute drive. Fingals is generous, unusual, laid-back and great fun.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Weekend breaks off season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £62
Weekly price
from £440
Price for 1 room for 3 nights £150-£400.
1 Apartment for 4
From £623 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 2
From £621 bed1 bedroom


Another year, another Fingals 'fix' and The Folly, Fingals, Richard, Sheila, Jane and the team remain a highlight and this year was no exception. Thanks so much for the Fingals factor which you know I love so much. A wonderful week that went far too quickly! I will back......

Tim, Reading

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Richard & Sheila Johnston

  • Painting courses in next door barns
  • Greenway (Agatha Christie) House short ferry accross river
  • Greenlane walks from front door and coastal walks a short distance away
  • Dartmouth a 20 min boat ride away on the Dart river
  • Dartington hall with literary festival and Summer music school 20 mins
  • Beaches coves and estuaries to swim in


Richard & Sheila Johnston

Richard and Sheila, convivial and charismatic, created Fingals in the 1980s. Not only was it a legendary restaurant-hotel, uniquely relaxed and informal, it was far greener than most. The hotel has now closed, but Richard and Sheila still live in the old manor. Sheila keeps doves, and, helped by Jane, runs the cottages with a delightful laid-back charm.