Fingals Barn

Dittisham, Devon

In the gardens of a laid-back country house, a barn with books, games, faded rugs and grand piano - a treat for convivial families


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


Unusual, quirky and fun. Fingals is a magical collection of self-catering spaces and loyal fans return year after year for the old Manor’s laid-back charm. In a rolling green valley half a mile from the river Dart, all you need is here: the main house has snooker, grass tennis, croquet and a pool. Reached from an outside stair, your huge oak-framed Barn has massive beams and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. Polished oak floors with faded oriental rugs, well-snuggled-in sofas, a rocking horse, grand piano and books and games will suit families and friends. There are three bedrooms; the master one (en suite) is downstairs with its own garden; the extra two alcove rooms are smaller; one of the bathrooms has a green-footed roll top tub. It’s a great space for a big family or group of friends. Children can knock a ball about, swim, make friends, as you knock up your favourite tipple and loll on a steamer chair. Golfers can golf (ask Richard about discount at the local club), and everyone can head off to the beach, the river, the pub… the area is a treat to discover.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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

Check in
From 3pm but you are welcome to arrive early and enjoy a swim or relax in the garden.
Check out
We need The Barn vacated by 11am but you are welcome to stay longer once your luggage is out of the Barn.
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Advice on walks, dog towels, resident friendly lurchers to play with - and plenty of love and attention!

Dogs £5 per dog per night. Max. 3.

Secure garden, woodland and river. Goats, ducks and chickens in walled garden so please keep dogs under control in and around the hotel gardens.


Nightly price
from £88
Weekly price
from £615
Short Breaks £390 to £975.
1 Barn for 6
From £884 beds3 bedrooms


Thank you for our lovely stay in the beautiful Barn with beautiful surroundings. Our family and friends have enjoyed staying here and hope to come back in the summer. Cyrus, Kate, Arya, Jeremy and Kobe.

Cyrus, Stafford

Grannie's, Grandpa's, Auntie's, Uncles, Mama's, Papa's, kiddies and dogs all received a warm welcome at Fingals Barn - a wonderfully comfortable, relaxed accommodation for us all. We played tennis on their well maintained grass court, loved the swimming pool and walks into Dittisham for regular bouts of crabbing. If we had a query nothing was too much trouble but, equally we were left to our own devices to enjoy our freedom from the outside world. A lot of work has gone into creating this magical place - was it a coincidence that a French story book was left for us - somehow I think not!

Janine, Southampton

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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.