Lower Mill & Upper Mill House

Dittisham, Devon

A groovy set-up close to the river Dart and South Hams. Real character here, and comfort too – these cottage apartments sleep 4 and 6


2 places


Sleeping from 5 – 6


Fingals is magical, a jumble of a place in a hidden valley in one of the loveliest parts of south Devon. It’s run with charm, humour and a dash of idiosyncrasy by Richard and Sheila. They’ve made many changes to their lovely old Manor over the years and now you have five different self-catering apartments to choose from. The Lower Mill Cottage apartment is at the back of the Manor farmhouse; it has two bedrooms, open-plan kitchen, a large sitting room with a wood-burner and its own courtyard where you can barbecue and chat into the evening. The Upper Mill apartment sleeps six and has plenty of space to spread out; the dining area has a minstrel’s gallery above with heaps of books; the large suntrap courtyard garden is perfect for al fresco dining; there’s a conservatory and a stove-warmed sitting room with all the techy stuff you need; comfortable bedrooms are full of art and antiques. You also get the use of swimming pool, tennis court, gardens and a games room with snooker. Explore pretty Dittisham and the river Dart, visit Agatha Christie’s summer house and gardens, picnic on fab beaches, ramble through Dartmoor National Park.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dogs welcome
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • 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: 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


Nightly price
from £88
Weekly price
from £620
1 Apartment for 6
From £1104 beds3 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 5
From £883 beds2 bedrooms


We chose The Upper Mill for a small family reunion and it couldn't have been more perfect. Super comfy, great facilities (couldn't keep the kids out of the pool) and exceptionally friendly hosts. Blessed with warm weather we ate on the terrace every day and didn't need to venture far, although the village of Dittisham is quite delightful and has the best lunchtime cafe (The Anchorstone right on the river's edge) in the world!

Rosie, Exeter

I can't recommend The Upper Mill highly enough. We grabbed just four days in the summer but wish it could have been so much longer. Plenty of space for everyone, the comfiest of beds, quite superb grass tennis court - we simply have to go back!

Jane, Oxford

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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.