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People always have plenty to say about staying at Fingals ...

Our comments and reviews page will give you an idea of the experiences of our guests when staying at Fingals as well as anything the media have to say about us!

Relaxing and beautiful

 It’s a unique and special place and where we could properly relax on our holiday. Had a lovely swim each morning and looked at the gorgeous gardens.

Nathalie Dohrn

23 June 2024

 Lovely relaxing stay

 Lovely relaxing stay at Barberry Brook. House was comfortable and clean with everything you could need . 
Great location .

Sarah Pratt

20 June 2024

The Perfect Spot

The Wisteria Suite was a perfect spot for us (a couple and two adult friends). The rooms and bathrooms were comfortable and bright, the outdoor space overlooking the tennis green was just gorgeous, draped in Wisteria as one would expect!

Jennifer Morgan

12 June 2024

We can't wait to return!

The Barberry Brook room was really stunning. It's a two story cottage located in the back of the you approach it, it feels like maybe it's not going to be as lovely as the spaces you've walked passed to get to it...but just wait! It's right on a sweet babbling brook, and it's commodious and so so beautiful. The bedroom space is huge, with vaulted ceilings and a soaking bathtub from which you can look out at the brook and the greenery. The living area and kitchen are similarly comfortable and cozy, with everything you need to cook and to relax. We can't wait to return!

Jennifer Morgan

12 June 2024

The Enchanting Folly

 The Folly at Fingals in Devon’s South Hams is a charming and engaging holiday retreat that inspires on each visit. I thoroughly recommend this enchanting self catering cottage with balconies overlooking a brook and Fingals delightful gardens. Hosts; Richard and Sheila, are available as required but not intrusive. Everything you need for your stay is here. Much to do locally, but like me, you might find leaving the Folly, and Fingals, a wrench!

Tim South

11 June 2024


This place is simply magical. If you want to feel relaxed, close to nature and peace then this is the place for you.

Jane Chadwick

9 June 2024

An amazing and magical place to stay!

We stayed at The Folly for 4 nights, it is an amazing and magical place to stay! We were made very welcome by Sheila and Richard who put so much effort into keeping Fingals so beautiful. The Folly had everything you could wish for on a break away, the underfloor heating in bathrooms, electric blankets on the bed, dishwasher, coffee machine and the views were something else.

Julie Wooler

24 May 2024

Fingals is a rare gem

We thoroughly enjoyed our five day stay at Fingals, with our Grandaughter 17, who loved the gym and swimming pool/sauna, Richard and Sheila were such lovely hosts, wish we could have spoken more to them, but they were always very busy , as we were entranced with the whole experience of staying at the lower mill, and would love to have known more of the history. The Mill was very cosy and comfortable, everything one needed, was provided in both kitchen and a super large t.v. in a lovely large lounge, the bedrooms were luxurious, and we slept very soundly, items left for us to eat, and drink, and in bathroom too, for our use, as well as a washing machine/dryer. The gardens were enjoyable, with statues and fantastic quirky objects, Fingals is a rare gem.I can not imagine anyone not enjoying staying there, it is unique, and we hope to return one day, to stay in one of the other buildings, that are there.

Patricia Luckett

7 April 2024

Brilliant facilities, location and extra info for exploring

 We had a wet and windy few days at Barberry Brook. The house is really well equipped and the open beams and having a bath next to the brook are particularly lovely. 
Brilliant facilities, location and extra info for exploring. The surrounding area is v interesting and filled our days easily. The dogs enjoyed their stay, especially watching the brook from the balcony.

Alice Whitby

5 April 2024

Lovely location if you want to be away from the world

Lovely location if you want to be away from the world but 15 mins away from shops.
Great walks and the fingals has all types.of games and books for all to enjoy.
Only disappointment was the self serve bar closed as the family were excited about that but other than that and being a little cold the place offers everything and the hosts are great.

Sharon Lewis

29 January 2024

Comfortable, cosy & relaxing

Comfortable, cosy & relaxing 4 nights tucked away in the pretty South Hams, yet close to Dartmouth, River Dart & the coast for walks, shopping, great places to eat & places to visit. Fingals is unique, a home from home with a touch of eccentricity. The heated indoor pool & games room is a bonus. This suite is ideal for a family, 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults (like us) but would be a squeeze for 2 couples.

Andrea Van Poeteren

1 January 2024

Fingals is very dog friendly!

We have loved our stay here with our dog in such a lovely part of the world. Fingals is very dog friendly.

Sarah Richards

1 January 2024

With Great Thanks!

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

Ann, Rachel, Jason, Holly & Emma Clark 21st - 28th October 2023

29 October 2023

What an idyllic peaceful place in glorious Devon

Thank you Richard and Sheila.  What an idyllic peaceful place in glorious Devon.  The Folly was so quirky, cosy, and unique.  Andy and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay … so peaceful listening to the babbling brook and the birds, the lovely log burner was so cosy.   Love Catherine & Andy from Bristol

19 October 2023

Fabulous time!

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!
From Aidan, Cooper, Angus and Francesca

29 September 2023

Magical stay!

Thank you for the magical stay!  We loved this Home Away From Home - so much to look at in this space in every corner - an absolute delight.  A comfy bed, great kitchen and so nice to listen to music while looking out over the tennis court and flowers … we hope to be back someday, Devon is gorgeous~!  Love Megan and Arthur

14 September 2023

Fingals ... off the beaten path and eccentric - we loved it!

" Our last stop in England was such a treat...Fingals. Off the beaten path and eccentric- we loved it! As we drove in through the gate we felt like we had entered another world. The gardens are gorgeous and while we didn't get to play tennis, we loved seeing the grass court from the balcony. The Folly welcomed us with its quirkiness, and we kept discovering new things with every turn. We loved the comfortable bed downstairs set by the creek and were delighted by the large, handmade toilet seat! The kitchen made us feel right at home- it was stocked with everything we needed to cook our meals and lots of tea. The living room is a great space to hang out in to listen to records, the BBC, and just look out the window at the fabulous sky, hills, and flowers at the fabulous Fingals. We highly recommend for a memorable stay in Devon." 

Arthur & Megan Applegate

13 September 2023

Our long lasting ‘go to’ place in Devon

"We were down recently at our long lasting ‘go to’ place in Devon, namely Fingals. Forty years on and Richard & Sheila have continued to adapt and adopt to the ever changing times. Always providing that extra touch and ever present level of interest plus service and reliability to their guests in their unique environment."

Caroline & Hamish Delves

5 September 2023


Perfection yet again !! … Nick & Jo

25 August 2023

Time stands still here ...!

Thank you!  Time stands still here - in beauty, comfort and pe4ace.  Just us, the stream, birds and all the kids ... next door!  How can it be time to go already??   Our hearts are here, no matter where we go and we cannot wait to book a return visit with you Richard & Sheila … much love Susan

26 July 2023

We will for sure be back!

A lovely weekend visit to 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)

5 July 2023

Another fantastic time any Fingals

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!
Much love from Carol, Tim, Max and Will

30 June 2023

33 years ago ...!

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 

31 May 2023

A truly fantastic visit!

Thank you for hosting a truly fantastic visit. Cannot wait to return and will be sure to spread the word.

Fraser McGee

28 March 2023

A Slice Of Heaven in Devon

A Slice Of Heaven in Devon
Ahh Fingals... how do we love thee? Let us count the ways... the friendly & hospitable Sheila & Richard ~ the unique design of each if the properties ~ the ultra comfy beds & quality bedding the artful objects in every nook & cranny, indoor and out ~ the pool, sauna, and pristine grass tennis court ~ the exquisite natural surroundings ~ the flora & fauna ~ the peace & quiet ~ the one-off 'quirkiness' which makes us feel we're somewhere TRULY special ~ the picturesque village of Dittisham, a short walk away ~ seriously, what's not to love?! My husband and I recently enjoyed our 16th visit to Fingals, we stayed in the Folly, which is as beautiful & romantic - and even more warm & cosy - as the first time we stayed there, many moons ago. The sound of the babbling brook, watching the wildlife whilst having coffee on our private deck, was so very special. As always... we didn't want to leave. And as always... we will be back! Thank you, Richard & Sheila, for sharing your slice of heaven with us.

Tim & Carol Dean

26 March 2023

We've loafed and lounged to our hearts' content!

Thank you for a lovely time! Here in the barn we've loafed and lounged to our hearts' content but also had great fun getting the limbs going .....we cannot recommend the walk around Start Point via Mattiscombe Sands highly enough ... the pool has been brilliant every day and the sauna a joy!

Jon, George, Aubrey & Flo from Bristol

20 February 2023

Lovely stay!

We had a lovely stay here in the Fingals Barn - the weather always changes, especially when we're on walks.  The pool was a wee bit chilly but when we got in and started moving it was very enjoyable!

Thanks David & Rosie Carmichael

6 January 2023

Just perfect!

Thank you for letting us share your piece of tranquility … loved the Folly!

Julie & Grant 

15 October 2022

Lovely break!

We have had a lovely break here in the Fingals Barn - fantastic weather, beautiful scenery and we have enjoyed the peace (and the pool) at Fingals.

The Gibbins family

13 October 2022

Peaceful & calming!

A beautiful stay in the most tranquil location … peaceful and calming.  The folly is enchanting and the perfect base to enjoy long walks with the dogs … the little stream at the back is beautiful and great to listen to when sitting in bed with a cup of tea!

Liz & Jamie 

8 October 2022

The whole Wilson family had a great time!

Thank you so much, wonderful surroundings, walks and peace make for a very memorable holiday.

Hamish Wilson

24 September 2022


The most perfect mini-honeymoon for my new husband and I to escape to after a crazy few weeks … Fingals is such a stunning hideaway with so much to offer.

Zoey & Rich 

16 September 2022

Wonderful family holiday

"Our second year at Fingals and another wonderful family holiday.  Thank you for making the place so special."

The Adams Family

27 August 2022

Fingals is a gallimaufry of delight

"Fingals is a gallimaufry of delight: each cottage true unto itself and the passions of Richard and Sheila - flowers, light, comfort, space, beauty, originality and surprise – they are rare these days yet here they are at the heart of it all.“

Alastair Sawday

8 August 2022

Turn up, find the key, relax……

Turn up, find the key, relax……
Just excellent, home from home and lovely helpful hosts. Comfortable and perfect for self catering. Lovely grounds and tennis court and swimming pool and sauna… the list goes on … snooker, table tennis games galore, we even spotted a lovely little play house fully equipped. You may not want to leave the site to explore the area! It’s fun driving down lanes where the hedges touch both sides of the car! Thanks for the stay and hope to visit again.

Martin G on Tripadvisor

23 July 2022

Relaxed, restored & rejuvenated!

A family holiday in the Fingals Barn … always enjoyed! Peaceful surroundings with much enjoyed dips in the pool in the warm weather … we are returning home relaxed, restored and rejuvenated!

The Costidell family 

23 July 2022

Thank you so much for a lovely stay ... the people are so friendly and the hospitality was beyond great!

Thank you so much for a lovely stay.  The Lower Millhouse is so beautiful and everything was thought out so well and detailed.  The facilities are amazing, the people are so friendly and the hospitality was beyond great!

Thank you so much!

We will definitely be recommending and visiting again!

Vernon & family

22 July 2022

Wonderful week

A simply wonderful week in a magical spot.  I have LOVED being in the Folly.  I hope to enjoy it all again some day - and the hooting of the owls…

The Adams family 

20 July 2022

Barberry Brook, sits pretty, peaceful location with luxurious accommodation!

Thanks to you for a fabulous stay at Barberry Brook, sits pretty, peaceful location with luxurious accommodation, have already highly recommended,Thank you again
Heather Jenkins 

16 July 2022

Thank you for a lovely stay!

The barn is lovely and big with plenty of room for the kids. Thank you for a lovely stay, we are sad to be going home!

Kellie, Peter and the kids

9 July 2022

Loved our week in Fingals Barn!

"Loved our week in Fingals. First ever holiday in these parts.  The Barn was perfect for our ad hoc bunch of family/friends - the gardens exuberant and beautiful! So enjoyed the tennis, the swims, the terrace/balcony for evening suppers and games of Snatch ... thank you for excellent recommendations of walks and outings."

The Hollings Family

26 June 2022

All in all a great chilled out holiday!

Sad to be packing up after a wonderful extended family holiday with early morning swims, tennis, the gardens and just chilling in beautiful surroundings!

The Newland/Montgomery families

15 June 2022

Unique property

A truly unique property … loved watching the fox on the hill and the bats flying up and down the stream from the boat seat!

Helen & Julian 

11 June 2022

A perfect stay!

A perfect stay!

Clemmie, David and the kids

24 May 2022

Fingals is in a magical valley in a magical part of South West Devon

Fingals is in a magical valley in a magical part of South West Devon … and The Folly is a unique, quirky building, lovingly decorated, in a garden, by a stream, with a dishwasher and a nespresso machine (coffee provided)!   We loved it.  The first evening we went for one of the suggested walks up the valley: bluebells, bird song, wild flowers, stream and then up onto the downs, with views as far as Torquay.  Next morning a bullfinch watched us having breakfast.  Stretching exercises on the grass tennis court in front of The Folly, visited Agatha Christie’s house using the Dittisham passenger ferry … back for swimming … and sauna.  In the evenings Sheila recommended two superb restaurants.  Bliss for three days.

Andrew in Chard

28 April 2022

Fingals is in a magical valley in a magical part of South West Devon

The Folly is a unique, quirky building, lovingly decorated, in a garden, by a stream, with a dishwasher and a nespresso machine (coffee provided)!   We loved it.  The first evening we went for one of the suggested walks up the valley: bluebells, bird song, wild flowers, stream and then up onto the downs, with views as far as Torquay.  Next morning a bullfinch watched us having breakfast.  Stretching exercises on the grass tennis court in front of The Folly, visited Agatha Christie’s house using the Dittisham passenger ferry … back for swimming … and sauna.  In the evenings Sheila recommended two superb restaurants.  Bliss for three days.

Andrew from Chard 

28 April 2022

Amazing stay, we will be back!

A lovely stay in the Fingals barn, everything was spotless, a warm clean swimming pool, beautiful, lush gardens, lots to do and a lovely games room!

Amaan, Noor and family 

22 April 2022


A perfect location for our family reunion from America, England and Scotland. We loved EVERYTHING - beautiful gardens, accommodation, facilities and location … Fingals is a magical place!

The Douglas family 

16 April 2022

Simply amazing!

My family has found the folly simply amazing!


11 April 2022

A very special stay!

A very special stay!

The Campbells

25 March 2022

WOW! We just found our little bit of heaven!

What a lovely, relaxing stay, such a great place to hole up with lots of luxuries I never knew I needed! We will be back.

Cress & Rob

18 March 2022

What a delightful stay!

What a delightful stay!  Thank you for creating a fabulous place to switch off ... such a restful place - love the peace and quiet and sounds of birds and stream.  

We love the Folly!

Giles & Abi Christopher, Hampton Hill, SW London

14 March 2022

Just Stunning

I stayed at Barberry Brook, Fingals - just myself, a mid 30s female and my dog. I was looking for a relaxing, quiet, calm, slower paced week off and that’s exactly what I got. Barberry brook has the most beautiful bath with calming views over rolling hills, the comfiest bed and perfect set up for a relaxing break. The location couldn’t be faulted also. Nestled down winding country roads you really felt a sense of escape from the city. The owners were on hand for any questions and recommendations for where to explore, they also have a lovely detailed book without which I wouldn’t have come across the most beautiful beaches and costal walks. It was just heaven and exactly what the doctor ordered.  Thank you for bringing this beautiful property to my attention, and to top it off I think my dog had a better holiday than me splashing around in the crystal clear rivers, dog friendly beaches and endless coastal walks. Just stunning. 

14 March 2022

Fingals is fabulous for a weekend away

“We had a beautiful stay celebrating our engagement. Fingals is fabulous for a weekend away. Make sure you walk to Dittisham and get the ferry across for a beautiful walk to Dartmouth, and then get the ferry back for well deserved pint in the Ferry Boat Inn.”

Lottie (Airbnb)

26 February 2022

Great place to escape to - all a bit bonkers but a delight nonetheless!

Loved the feel of the Barn - an inspiration

The Salvetti Family 

22 February 2022

A fab stay at the Barn

A fab stay at the Barn despite the weather – it really was the perfect place to hunker down!

Steve, Pam, Alfie, Joe & Sam

21 February 2022

It is a beautiful place

I liked the location and the hosts gave us plenty of space to feel fully at home in their property whilst being on hand if we needed anything
I honestly can't think of what could be done to improve things here. It was a beautiful place and peaceful.

Brian (

21 February 2022

What a delightful stay!

Thank you for creating a fabulous place to switch off —- such a restful place - love the peace, quiet and the sound of birds and the stream… we love the folly

Giles & Abi Christopher

19 February 2022

A perfect place in a perfect location!

A perfect place in a perfect location! An idyllic hideaway ideal for visiting the region. Brilliant with kids - hours of fun in the swimming pool and the billiard/table football room and the parents loved the sauna!

Nicole (Airbnb)

16 February 2022

This is a very special little place nestled in the hills.

This is a very special little place nestled in the hills. It's an extremely tranquil spot to completely switch off from the outside world. There were loads of lovely touches like jams and biscuits alongside Christmas decorations. Sheila made sure we had a great stay. It's one of the most unique places I've stayed and really unforgettable. The bed was super cosy - it was just a perfect few days of relaxation.

Laura on Airbnb

23 December 2021

We were delighted!

Amazing set up and our place in the Barn was FULL of character, and just a superb space kitchen/lounge for us 5 plus dog. With pool, sauna, games room and gym, we were delighted!

Nancy (Airbnb)

23 December 2021

Just a little bit in love with this quirky, amusing and comfortable place!

We're delighted to be back at the Folly after a 16 year hiatus (although it's the 6th visit to Fingals, spanning 25 odd years).  Just a little bit in love with this quirky, amusing and comfortable place ... absolutely LOVE the self-catering, which wasn't available in previous visits, and of course, the bath tub!   We will be back ... hopefully sooner rather than later this time.

Jo and Nick Brooke

18 December 2021

A real gem of a stay!

Thank you Richard and Sheila for a delightful stay.  We were warm and comfortable for our December visit to Barberry Brook.  The house itself is a delight in every sense and a joy to be ensconced there.  There are also so many delightful walks in the area and places to explore. The convenience of ordering a prepared dinner dish was very welcome too, as was the sauna and swimming pool……….an all round delight!

Barberry Brook is situated at the heart of a captivating part of Devon - wonderful explorations for the South west coastal path walks easily accessed and the lovely towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge nearby.  A real gem of a stay.

Gail & Brian Mihlenstedt

16 December 2021

An eclectic, beautiful and restful space on the waters edge.

An eclectic, beautiful and restful space on the waters edge. Lots of creative touches. Welcoming and considerate hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our break.

Sam on Airbnb 

16 December 2021

I absolutely loved the Folly

Thank you both for such a lovely stay. I absolutely loved the Folly and it was exactly what I needed, a break from everything in a beautiful setting! 

Chitra Hotston

6 December 2021

Brilliant place full of character!

Brilliant place full of character In an excellent location to explore the local area by foot or by car. The hosts were very welcoming and the place had great facilities, especially the sauna!

James Airbnb

30 November 2021

Fingals- what a find!

Fingals- what a find! We had a blissful week bouncing around Devon in the morning and swimming in the pool & sauna in the afternoon for our winter holiday at Fingals. We loved Sheila's and Richards vibe and the kids didn't want to leave. 5 star all the way Already booking return trip :-)

Jo & Jo Airbnb

30 November 2021

A Fantastic Find

My Wife and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at Fingals. We stayed in Barberry Brook which is the most tranquil setting you could wish to have.The only noise you hear is the babbling of the brook and the occasional owl at night. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and extremely well appointed. The whole place is very quirky and may not suit everyone, but we loved it. The owners Sheila and Richard were very friendly and were there if needed, but not in your way at all. We are looking forward to returning in the not too distant future. A wonderful place in a beautiful setting.

David & Jackie B

15 November 2021

A lovely rustic place in beautiful surroundings.

A lovely rustic place in beautiful surroundings. We all enjoyed a lovely 70th for my mum.

Peter on Airbnb

10 November 2021

Wonderful stay!

Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Fingals.  All of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the accommodation was excellent.  We loved the quirky little touches and the comfort.

Sally & Hrach Agobiani

2 November 2021

A wonderful week at Fingals

The Sextons came together for a wonderful week at Fingals.  Great accommodation for us to gather in with 8 plus two large dogs.  We enjoyed the pool, the beautiful gardens and quirky buildings and decor.

Thank you Fingals and Devon!

The Sexton family

28 October 2021

Great family holiday at Fingals.

Great family holiday at Fingals. Loved the location and swimming pool. Would love to stay again!

Bianca on Airbnb

25 October 2021

We had a lovely stay at the Folly

We had a lovely stay at the Folly. The accommodation was really charming. The stream outside the bedroom is like something from a fairy tale! The cottage came with everything we needed and you were always on hand if we didn’t. Fingals is a very special place, a real haven in today’s busy world. 

Cindy Bees       19th October 2021

19 October 2021

Beautiful self-catering accommodation in a beautiful location

We arrived late because we had engine trouble and the owners very kindly put on the heating and left the key in the door for us. The Folly was a self-catering little house for two people which was delightful. The owners left some drinks, chutney and marmalade for us as well as fresh water in the fridge. It was immaculately clean and we did not want for any equipment. The wood burner was made up for us and toiletries provide in the bathroom and shower. The pool is small but has a contraflow which allows for exercise and we went to sleep with the sound of the stream behind the property which was lovely. In the summer there is a little bench and small platform through the bedroom where one can sit in the sun. We had a dog with us and she was very welcome. We walked to Dittisham village and had a drink and on the second day we drove to the village and took the ferry to Dartmouth. A lovely break.

Daniela C

19 October 2021

The Lower Millhouse was absolutely perfect for us

Thank you so much for such a lovely stay at Fingals, and such a great intro to this corner of the world!  The Lower Millhouse was absolutely perfect for us and we enjoyed every bit of what Fingals and Devon had to offer.  Hope to come again soon to enjoy again even more!


The Trinkwon Family

16 October 2021

25 memories of 25 years of Fingals

25 Fingals memories for my 25th Fingals anniversary.

1.  Anticipation. Fields turning red, Totnes, winding lanes, first sight of the Dart, and then the green Fingals sign. Really, I still count down the days!
2.  First visit; first evening meal. Deb announced we could join the main table. Me; 'Not sure about that' How wrong was I!
3.  Bathed in sunshine on the step outside Lower Mill toward late afternoon and listening to the chatter, clinking, and clanking of pans from the kitchen. Dinner beckons…..
4.  Little heard now but the shrill ring of the telephone. Maybe a booking; 'who is the lucky one?' I used to wonder.
5.  Thoughtful, whimsical, and uncontrived Fingals factor as I call it. Very, very special. Me to a tee. Love it. 
6.  Eric. Many memories of course but watching him pace the pool reciting the menu to an elderly, and most reluctant, swimmer was very amusing.
7.  My first morning, early and sunny, watching Emma's faltering steps on the croquet lawn. Richard's mother and I shared a pot of coffee. 
8.  Menu cards. Girls would collect and then return with our selections. Bar snacks may have induced their endeavours.
9.  Honesty bar. We all loved this, can also say that it was never abused. I've kept the bar tabs. 
10.  Looking in on the main dining room with table laid for dinner. Shining cutlery, gleaming glass, candles lit. I love a properly laid table.
11.  Tennis matches. Particularly your friend with the brown working cocker. He would (maybe still does?) swat the ball, immobile, from mid-court.
12.  When girls became old enough to dress for and enjoy dinner. Took them ages........then drinks in the bar. How grown up.
13.  Dennis the Menace video in The Barn. 'Tewebbly sowwy' when Dennis's dad lost his false teeth. Now an apologetic idiom for our family.
14.  The restaurant. We loved the food, unpretentious but stylish. Eric’s Gallic flair added to a real occasion. And later……
15.  …..singsong recital of sweet menu; chocolate torte, creme brulee, lemon tart....we always asked for a repeat. Torte, Brulee, Tart!
16.  Lolling on the lawn watching, with interest, first-time guests arrive - will they enjoy? Of course, most did - and returned.
17.  Simultaneous sense of involvement and detachment in the Folly. The perfect mix for an old misanthrope like me.
18.  The two owls in the bar; 'Let's go back to Fingals for a toot'. Love this. Nail it to the wall, I have my eyes on it.
19.  Each year the same ethereal atmosphere, but always changing little by little. I love spotting the differences each year.
20.  The Fig tree at rear of tennis court. Delicious fruits hiding behind the large leaves. Roasted, a welcome harbinger of autumn.
21.  Folly balcony over Barberry Brook. How much time have I spent there? Each moment a real pleasure.
22.  Sun setting behind hill at rear of the Folly, Radio 4 an accompaniment to my evening cooking, external hotel lights coming on, all perfectly bucolic.
23.  Opening the Folly door on arrival, lavender scent in the hall, stream burbling, a whole week in prospect.

24.  The loo in the Folly which sounds like Concorde on take-off. Puerile, but I must flush it on arrival to ensure it remains unchanged.
25.  The impromptu barbecue a few years ago eaten on the terrace to side of the house. Reminded me so much of pre-dinner drinks outside the bar years before.

Tim South                           


13 October 2021

The break that continues to mend!

The break that continues to mend!

Nick & Samantha Sanchez

10 October 2021

If you pass near Dittisham

If you pass near Dittisham
Be sure to stop a while
And try your luck at Fingals -
It’s sure to raise a smile .

The hosts are full of bonhomie
The setting so bijou
On beds befitting of a Queen
You’ll sleep the whole night through.

Then wake up to a breakfast -
Bespoke and cooked with care
Followed by a garden roam -
‘Mid blooms a bursting there .

And should by chance you take a swim
Backstroke will do the trick
From there you’ll see the painted nymphs
Surrounding Sheila’s dick .

Be sure to stop at Fingals
It’s five star - please believe -
You’ can check out any time you like -
But you still won’t want to leave .

Love Brigit , Neil, Madison and Maxine xxxx

1 October 2021

Wonderful week at Fingals

We had a wonderful week at Fingals; a mixed generation family group aged 3 months to 63 loved swimming, grass court tennis and trips to the beach and local walks.
Can’t wait to come back.

Verity Manners


23 September 2021

What a comfortable holiday home!

What a comfortable holiday home - great to be welcomed by fresh flowers and a welcome basket of local goodies.  Interesting eclectic art and outdoors wonderful modern sculpture.  Best of all two lurchers for our lurcher to run with!  

A week is never enough!

Coulton/Peacock family

21 September 2021

The Wisteria Suite had everything to suit our needs and catch up on sleep!

Lovely stay for 3 adults and small toddler to relax, recover from jet lag, and spend time together in a tranquil environment. Enjoyed the very pretty garden and the serenity of the location, in an almost hidden valley. Wisteria Suite had everything to suit our needs and catch up on sleep. Swim in pool was refreshing. Hosts were very helpful &  organised sleeping accommodation before we arrived, helped organise taxi into Dartmouth so we could have a car-free day, and sent on a forgotten item, very much appreciated break.
Professor Christine Shiel.

19 July 2021

It really is the best place to unwind!

We have just returned from a thoroughly relaxing stay in the Lower Mill. The property was homely with everything to hand.  We enjoyed the tennis swimming and snooker but best of all the hospitality of two wonderful hosts Richard and Sheila.

We have been regulars at Fingals for sometime and the warm welcome we  always receive from Richard and Sheila is something we really value we feel like old friends rather than guests.  It really is the best place to unwind!

Sue & Tom 
June 2021

27 June 2021

“Beautiful - felt like Tuscany in Devon!”

“Beautiful - felt like Tuscany in Devon!”

Elizabeth, Airbnb

6 June 2021

Wonderful restful retreat

Marco and I really loved our stay at Fingals, it was the wonderful restful retreat we were hoping for. The Folly where we stayed was utterly charming, and we have been recommending it to friends ever since. We will definitely be returning in future when we look forward to creating more special memories.   

The Butler Family


2 June 2021

This hideaway is perfect

“This hideaway is perfect for a romantic mini break - beautiful space and the surrounding countryside is gorgeous! We loved the little welcome hamper and toiletries we received on arrival. Sheila and Richard were very responsive before and during our stay, and we really enjoyed our trip.”

Andrew    May 2021

19 May 2021

Stunning situation even in the rain!

Our second stay with you at Fingals.  Stunning situation even in the rain!  The charm of Fingals is a rare and wonderful thing in todays world of bland hospitality.

Celestine Bridgeman ... The Wisteria Suite May 2021

19 May 2021

The perfect place to stay in the perfect location.

The perfect place to stay in the perfect location. 

Fingals is ideal for switching off and relaxing (pool, tennis, games room, walks), for coastal and moor hiking, for beaches, boat trips, and for exploring Dartmouth, Totnes, and the many villages between.

Richard and Sheila are gracious hosts, helpful and thoughtful.

We stayed at the Lower Mill (summer 2020) and the Upper Mill (spring 2021). Both apartments are comfortable and spacious and ideal for a family (with dog). While there's plenty to do on the grounds and environs, the apartments themselves are very private, with private outdoor space for dining, reading, and general peace. All this AND, nearby fabulous restaurants and gastro pubs.

Next time we return we're thinking of experiencing the autumn. Whatever the season or the reason, Fingals is the perfect destination in the heart of beautiful southern Devon.

Chris & Paula (UK)

17 May 2021

We had such a lovely time at Fingals

We had such a lovely time at Fingals, someone commented that in all the many photos we all looked so happy-quite something with that age range! We hope to see you next year!

5 August 2019

Roger & Alison Cooke

A perfect retreat from the tumult of modern life.

19 June 2019

What a fabulous place!

So perfectly formed and comfortable. Epic bed, shower & bath. The pool was crystal clear, warm & scented with jasmine flowers... the perfect place to retreat to. 

20 March 2018

Great atmosphere, very friendly and relaxing

Fantastic stay as usual - great atmosphere, very friendly and relaxing. Very spacious and comfortable accommodation in The Barn. Thank you for a lovely few days of peace and quiet.... We will be back!

4 August 2017

A very peaceful place

A very peaceful place, utterly beautiful gardens and surroundings. We loved being here with out two girls who adored the pool and the dogs. I cannot recommend this place enough.

The Glyn Family

6 July 2017

The Hayward Family

We loved returning to Fingals. It's the kind of spot you arrive at, and immediately begin to relax. Do not come to stay at Fingals if you are looking for a sterile, all-boxes-ticked very standard situation, that's not what you get here. 

27 April 2017

The Barrats

Fantastic location for an escape whilst still having good broadband access (as you can never escape quite as much as you should). Excellent quality grass tennis court and beautiful gardens.

27 April 2017

Tripadvisor Review

We have, like so many others before us, fallen in love with beautiful Fingals. This place is full of soul and you'd have to be mad not to love it.

1 January 2017


The portmanteau 'chillax' must have originated here. It feels like you've been invited into someone's home and have been left to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies. Loved the authenticity of the old rugs and the creaky stairs. 

22 June 2016

Jenni & Anthony

There's no doubt that a week at this wonderful place is equal to at least a fortnight in virtual time. The ethos of this little spot of paradise is spot on! It's perfect here!

24 August 2015

Beautiful Folly

"What a complete treat to spend the week in the beautiful Folly - we shall miss the babbling stream, the beautiful views, the record player and the wonderful atmosphere." Harry & Shaun Flanagan 

17 July 2015

Cycling around Devon

"Fingals the place you cannot leave without feeling replenished, enriched and with a new spirit of English hospitality and friendship" - Rolf Engen

17 July 2015

Juliet Campbell Clause

We adored the Barn, it was absolutely perfect for us all, and so much so, we are already scheming another visit soon! Everything couldn't have been more relaxed and super. 

26 June 2015

Alison Field

You never forget a visit to Fingals - it's heaven on earth especially when the sun shines on the gorgeous garden. A really unique place and smashing hosts!

19 June 2015

Bel Mooney

We LOVE Fingals!

2 June 2015

Angela Neustatter

For my money (and actually it's very reasonable) Fingal's is heaven on earth and if you want a taste of glorious bohemian indulgence get booking!

14 May 2015

Lucas age 7 and three quarters

The holiday at Fingals is the best holiday in my LIFE!

12 November 2014

Georgina Banks

Absolutely Spot On! Thank You!

12 November 2014

Jessica & Pablo Uribe

Another lovely visit and completely enchanted by The Folly, we shall definitely be back soon.

12 November 2014

Guest Book

This is the most difficult place to find but once found equally difficult to leave.

3 June 2014

Guy and Claire

One degree south of Heaven!

2 April 2012

Rhianwen, Tom, Osian and Inigo Guthrie

We have, like so many others before us, fallen in love with your beautiful Fingals. We very much hope to return, if not this year then next, and feel extremely lucky to have found you.

12 March 2012

Nancy and Megan

A wonderfully whimsical place - wish we could stay for a month or two.

11 January 2012

Davina McCall

I always hate leaving, but I always know I'll be back! I love you guys... big time

3 November 2011

Clare & Andy Patterson

One of the most special places in the world, every second spent at Fingals is a joy.

3 November 2011

Ed Owen

So chilled, so beautiful, so welcoming, impossible to think we won't be back.

3 September 2011

James Ballantyne

A fantastic paradise of a hide-out (because the real world will never find you here).

29 August 2011

Tripadvisor Review

Raise your glasses to Fingals! It is a style all of its own, it is unique and I am so glad we found it.

26 August 2011

Tripadvisor Review

Uniquely original... Fingals is a little piece of heaven on earth.

22 August 2011

Phillipe Sands

Always Perfect. We love Fingals, the place is magic...

3 August 2011

Tripadvisor Review

You got me under your skin! The way that Richard has put the place together is fantastic. Sort of fearless.

2 August 2011

Antonia Fraser

A Magic Place

3 July 2010

Martin Hoffman

For me Fingals is a sanctuary from the pluck and knock of the outside world. I think it is where the gods would relax when they got fed up with the manna on Mount Olympus! 

3 May 2009

Lara Fry

A wonderful stay! Thanks so much for opening your home. The Folly brought smiles on a daily basis as one found it 'winking' at us always. The ducks were an added bonus!

11 June 2006