Gitcombe House

Totnes, Devon

Choose one of four beautiful farmhouses near the river Dart and go kayaking, surfing, fine dining or lounge in the hot tub and by the pool


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Sleeping from 4 – 12


The Georgian house and farm buildings in a fold of countryside at Gitcombe make a private village full of things to discover. You’ll track down your house’s private terrace first, then spot the glass house of the heated indoor pool, before finding the outdoor one and the jacuzzi sunk into the patio next to it. Play tennis, stroll the extensive lawns, hike 14 acres of countryside.

The houses vary in size but not in their bright, homely comfort, with open plan lounge/kitchens where the chefs can work while conversation, or snores, flow out from the nearby sofas. Dinners can be candlelit affairs in grand dining rooms or laid out on the kitchen island for grazing during breaks in the conversation.

There’s a soft playroom and outdoor adventure playground and paddle boarding with seals and waterbirds on Bow Creek, canoeing down to The Anchor Stone Cafe at Dittisham for lunch, taking the ferry down to Dartmouth, or just wandering the fields listening out for deer, owls and bats before heading home to curl up by the fire.

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We think you'll love

  • The scenic ferry from Dittisham to Dartmouth
  • The huge, spacious farmhouse rooms that still keep a homely feel
  • Working up an appetite in the heated indoor pool
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Home truths

  • Gitcombe's peace comes via a 15-minute drive to the nearest shop, so stock up en route
  • Guests in all buildings share the pools, jacuzzi and tennis court


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.
1 January - 12 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £126
Weekly price
from £885
Damage deposit
£500 refundable deposit taken for Gitcombe House on arrival.
1 House for 8
From £2076 beds4 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From £1265 beds3 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From £1323 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 12
From £12610 beds6 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Gitcombe is set in gorgeous countryside in Devon's South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dartmouth and Salcombe are both 25 minutes away by car, but take the scenic route to the former by driving 10 minutes to Dittisham and jumping on the regular passenger ferry. The award-winning Blackpool Sands Beach and its fab organic Venus Cafe, or a variety of eateries including the Seahorse, owned by local chef Mitch Tonks. Feed the piglets at Pennywell Farm, relax on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, sail, kayak or paddleboard on the stunning river Dart.

Local points of interest from Peter O'Brien

  • Gitcombe nestles in gorgeous countryside in Devon's South Hams, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Close to an amazingly beautiful coastline, stunning beaches and the chic waterside towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe.
  • Enjoy our fabulous onsite facilities: heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room and full size tennis court. Little ones can enjoy the soft playroom, outdoor adventure playground and other baby and toddler touches.
  • Visit the award winning Blackpool Sands Beach and it's fab organic Venus Cafe, only a short 20 minute drive from Gitcombe. Conde Nast's Traveller Magazine voted it one of the UK's best for families.
  • Enjoy feeding the piglets at Pennywell Farm, relax on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, get your thrills at Woodlands Theme Park, sail, kayak or paddleboard on the stunning River Dart or go crabbing in idyllic Dittisham! Plenty to do for all ages!
  • The South Hams has some of the best eateries in the South. Try the renowned Seahorse owned by local Chef Mitch Tonks, enjoy the infamous Winking Prawn in Salcombe, relax at Sharpham with a bottle of local wine or stroll to our local pub The Maltsters Arms.
  • Discover Greenway House, home to Agatha Christie, or step back in time & visit Coleton Fishare or enjoy the subtropical gardens at Overbecks. There really is so much to do that you will have to book another week to fit it all in!


Peter O'Brien

Gitcombe is owned and run by Peter O'Brien, who moved here in October 2013 and is delighted to be living in such a beautiful part of the world. He has a huge passion for the outdoors and the South Hams sees him out walking, running and canoeing through its varied landscape. Peter is keen to introduce guests to the wonders of the Dartmoor region – from the stunning views, awe-inspiring tors and idyllic villages to the iconic Dartmoor ponies. He aims to offer families and couples a unique, luxurious self-catering holiday in his lovingly converted barns and help people explore, understand and love the incredible diversity of the area he now calls home.