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Review: Luxury Glamping in the Heart of Devon

Looking for a rural minimoon destination with cute, quirky accommodation? We visited Dittisham Hideaway, located in the heart of Devon, to find out if it could be the perfect spot

Outdoor view of a shepherd's hut mini moon accommodation in a flower strewn meadow with a seating area outdoors

Outdoor view of a shepherd's hut mini moon accommodation in a flower strewn meadow with a seating area outdoors

Minimoons are a wedding trend that are growing in popularity - and it’s easy to see why. A more affordable, luxury staycation that allows you to save up for your dream honeymoon or put it off until a more appropriate time to go; it makes sense right? And where better to go on a UK minimoon than the dreamy Dittisham Hideaway? Editor Zoe Burke headed there to find out more…

Even just the name evokes the sense of romance you want from a honeymoon, right? A hideaway is exactly what you want from your first trip away as newlyweds, and Dittisham Hideaway doesn’t disappoint. 

Comprising a range of different accommodation options, you can choose to stay in a luxury shepherd’s hut, a spacious tree house or a retro converted American airstream. 

Where is Dittisham Hideaway?

Aerial view of treehouse accommodation amongst the treetops at Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham Hideaway is located just a mile from the scenic River Dart, and is a mile from the bustling seaside town of Dartmouth, where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and things to see and do. 

A Minimoon at Dittisham Hideaway

Vintage inspired interior of the shepherd's hut accommodation, showing the large bed and the kitchen area

No matter which accommodation option you choose, you’ll get to experience the secluded peace and quiet of the area, and enjoy the use of your own personal wood-fired hot tub. Every couple is greeted by a welcome hamper filled with local produce for a continental breakfast and a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy. 

We stayed in a beautiful shepherd’s hut, which were staggered across the hillside so you had uninterrupted views across the surrounding countryside. 

Inside there was a log burner, a small but well equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a huge, cosy bed surrounded by windows with beautiful views - the perfect place to relax and sip a glass of fizz!

The American Airstream would be the ideal choice for couples who love all things retro and want an Instagrammable break unlike any other, whilst the spacious treehouses would be perfect for couples whose minimoon also doubles as a bit of a family-moon too, as there’s a separate room with bunk beds for little ones. 

Don’t think that rules you out of a shepherd’s hut though, as one of them comes equipped with a separate cabin for kids, connected by a video monitor so you can keep an eye on them!

What to Do in Dittisham 

View of the woodfired hot tub outside of the treehouse accommodation

Dittisham - and the nearby Dartmouth - are bucket-list locations for couples who love to be by the sea. Most of the accommodation at Dittisham is dog-friendly too, and the rich outdoor scenery and close proximity to the sea makes it the perfect spot for pups who love to be out and about. 

Go crabbing on the dock in Dittisham or visit the famous Ferry Boat Inn (known locally as the FBI) for a delicious pizza, or get the boat across to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beloved home. Fans of the National Trust will also want to head to the wonderful Coleton Fishacre (my personal favourite!) for beautiful gardens and an incredible house. 

You can also head to Dartmouth, just a mile away, and enjoy some famous Rockfish fish and chips, a delicious ice cream, and explore the boutique shops that line Dartmouth’s hilly streets.

If you fancy a bit more of a walk, head over to Sugar Cove to make the most of the pebbly beach and get some vitamin sea shoreside. 

For those who feel like being active on their minimoon, you can hire kayaks or paddleboards, or go out on a boat to see the local area from a different perspective. 

The Dartmouth Hotel is also a short drive away, with a spa offering a range of treatments, plus a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna - the perfect place to unwind together after a morning exploring the local area. 

If you fancy firing up the log burner or relaxing on the patio and staying in for the evening, you’ll be able to graze on your welcome hamper treats, plus sip on the delicious complimentary sloe gin as you stargaze - could anything be more dreamy? There are books, board games, WIFI and Smart TVs too, should the weather not be the best. 

Dartmouth is a special place to me anyway and somewhere we frequently visit, but I was delighted to see it in a whole new light and enjoy a luxurious, relaxed break in such a tranquil setting. 

They offer a range of special packages, or you can book directly via the website.

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