Fingals Folly

Dartmouth, Devon

This hidden valley is the dreamiest part of South Devon. Catch the ferry across the Dart; gaze on the hills; snuggle up by the wood-burner


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

From your balcony at the front, watch sporty types play tennis on the lawn. On the back deck, overlooking the brook, you can bask in the sun or catch the flash of a kingfisher.

Fingals is an arty, quirky, atmospheric, secret place, close to the estuary and the coast – Blackpool Sands is eight miles. This two-storey cottage, one of six retreats, has a beautiful, beach-house interior. Come as a couple or as three: there’s a daybed in the sitting room. Enjoy snooker, sauna, and a swim in the lovely light-flooded pool, or walk to Dittisham Sailing School, 30 minutes down the lane.

Set off for the Anchor Stone where the seafood is superb; have dinner at the Ferry Boat Inn. Then back to a games room for rainy days, DVDs to borrow, a piano to play, and a romantic night by the wood-burner.

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We think you'll love

  • Lying in bed listening to the soothing sound of the gently flowing Barberry Brook
  • Chasing the sun on one of three balconies with views of the Devon hills
  • The proximity to Dittisham village and the river Dart
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You should know

  • There's no private garden space
  • You have to go through the kitchen to get to the sitting room
  • It's a sociable place in high season


  • 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

Special offer: Give us a call for a special Spring discount in The Folly. Looking out over the garden or Barberry Brook at the back & with a woodturning stove it's very cosy! Call for a 20% Sawday's discount.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 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.

Private, unfenced deck above the stream. Open, shared gardens with woodland and river close by. Goats, ducks and chickens in walled garden so please keep dogs under control.


Nightly price
from £115
Weekly price
from £503
Price for 1 room for 3 nights £150-£400.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1151 bed1 bedroom


Goods times relaxing in the folly, lovely to listen to the stream and sit by the fire. Also feeling very healthy having rotated through the gym, swimming pool and sauna. Thanks for having us! What a fantastic location, just a short walk or drive to interesting nearby towns. We have had a wonderful short break here – thank you.

Sara, Hoath

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

Step out of the door and Devon is yours: the Dart, the sea, the woods, and the high-hedged lanes. Hire boats and borrow bikes (note, steep hills!). The Post Office Stores at Dittisham is a 20-minute stroll; 10 minutes beyond is the river Dart, where you can catch the ferry to Dartmouth. Or take the foot-ferry and walk up the hill to Agatha Christie’s house. Sharphan Vineyard (5 miles) does tours and tastings. Coleton Fishacre, a stunning Arts & Crafts house, is a 40-minute drive.

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.