Fingals Barn

Dittisham, Devon
+44 (0)1803 722398
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£200 - £350
per night
£1300 - £2345
per week

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

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£200 - £350 per night

£1300 - £2345 per week

The Experience

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.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1300
Short Breaks £390 to £975.
1 Barn for 6
From £2004 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Other details
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. 2

Open gardens (but small, private, secure patio), woodland and river. Goats, ducks and chickens in walled garden so please keep dogs under control in and around the gardens.


With great thanks for 6 days very well lived at Fingals!!!

Ann, Rachel, Jason, Holly and Emma

Thank you for a lovely week here! Had a fabulous time at our family gathering, celebrating pregnancies, birthdays and a reunion drawing family members from Australia, Scotland and all parts of England and France!

Aidan. Cooper, Angus and Francesca

A lovely weekend visit to the Fingals celebrating our Dad’s 50th birthday. Fantastic facilities in a tranquil environment. We will for sure be back. Thank you so much.

Andy, Candi, Meg, Seb, George & Dakota (our 4 legged family member)

Another fantastic time any Fingals … our 17th (?!) visit. But our first time in the Barn … it was wonderful. We’ll be back for as long as you’ll have us!

Carol, Tim, Max & Will

33 years ago we stayed here in the Barn for the first time. We have been back on numerous occasions since and travelled to the four corners of the planet but there is no place like Fingals! Thank you Richard & Sheila for creating such a truly wonderful and unique home away from home. As always you have been such wonderful hosts and much loved friends over the years,. We look forward to seeing you soon back at Fingals.

Mark, Lizzy, Ted, Maya, Ellie & Sam

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

  • You are spoilt for outdoor activities here. Walk Green Lanes from our door, learn to sail on the River Dart just a mile away, take the whole family canoeing from the creek or crabbing on the village pontoon for hours of fun.
  • If you fancy a little sleuthing, jump on the ferry across to Agatha Christie's holiday home at Greenway on the banks of the River Dart. There are mystery trails in the grounds and the house as well as stunning views and excellent cream teas in the cafe.
  • Our favourite beaches require a bit of an effort to reach - private coves with rock pools and absolutely no modern facilities! We'll let you in on their secret locations when you arrive!
  • We have two steam trains locally for both big and little kids to enjoy. Kingswear to Paignton with great views of the Bay or Totnes to Buckfastleigh with Rare Breeds, Otters and Butterflies to see at attractions near the stations.
  • Wonderful cafes, bistros, pubs and restaurants will offer you sumptuous meals in every village or town or even on the beach. Local fish, meat and even veggies are colourful and so yummy - you will be rolling home at the end of your holiday!
  • The weekend market in Totnes is just wild. Full of crazy stalls with hints of your past - aromas of patchouli oil, folk wearing patchwork and with dreadlocks and beads in their hair will serve you organic and home made products to remind you of your stay.


Richard & Sheila Johnston

Richard and Sheila have been running Fingals for over 30 years, first as a hotel and now as self-catering properties. It's grown and expanded organically over the years but the easy-going and fuss-free atmosphere is down to their personalities. This is a lifestyle choice for them and they are kind, generous and interesting. They have an environmental policy for recycling and energy.