4 reasons that holidays with dogs are a good idea

July 15th, 2015 | By Vicky Rogers

Amberwood, near Hope Cove

Trying to decide whether to bring your dog on holiday?

South Devon is a fabulous destination for families with a four legged friend and, with a little planning, self catering holidays with dogs can be great fun! Save any worries about finding a suitable kennels, and book your dog friendly holiday cottage with Coast & Country Cottages today. Here are just 4 reasons that holidays with dogs are a good idea:

The Walks

The South West Coast Path at Start Point

The walking opportunities are endless in beautiful South Devon, meaning this is a great area to book holidays with dogs! Enjoy action packed days exploring the unspoilt South West Coast Path, and admire the breathtaking views along the way. Your dog will love picking up different scents, and stretching his legs on this rugged coastline.

For a slightly less exposed walking experience, take to the network of bridal paths and foot paths that criss-cross over the South Devon countryside – this is a super way to exercise your dog, and allows the whole family to explore parts of this beautiful area that you may not otherwise see unless on foot… Holidays with dogs are certainly a great way to see the scenery!

Dog friendly eateries and attractions

South Devon is home to numerous dog friendly restaurants and attractions, making this a fabulous place to enjoy holidays with dogs. Head to the popular dog friendly restaurant the Island Street Bar and Grill, and sit on the sun terrace overlooking the Salcombe Estuary, whilst enjoying a cocktail, or something from their grill menu. Or, head to The Victoria Inn, in the centre of Salcombe. This dog friendly pub offers a fabulous doggie menu, which includes pigs ears! The menu for humans is fantastic too – try delicious locally sourced seafood, including crab salad and spicy fish stew.

For a fun outing with the dog, why not take a peaceful cruise along the River Dart, with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – dogs are allowed on board for just £1! Spot various wildlife along the way, before returning to Dartmouth for a fish and chip supper on the quayside.

The Beaches

Dog friendly beaches in South Devon

For beach fans planning their holidays with dogs, South Devon is a wonderful place to head to – with numerous sandy coves that permit dogs. Why not walk along the South West Coast Path to the secluded sandy inlet Soar Mill Cove, where your dog can paddle in the surf, or play fetch with driftwood on the sand. Once you have finished playing, settle down on the sand with a picnic and watch the sun set. For those visiting South Devon for holidays with dogs, visit the South Hams District Council website for their dog beach guide.

The Accommodation

Coast & Country Cottages have a range of dog friendly accommodation for those planning holidays with dogs. Why not book the cosy ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage, Amberwood. Situated within easy reach of Hope Cove and the South West Coast Path, Amberwood is a delightful 17th Century property with many original features including exposed beams. Boasting a beautiful enclosed garden, this spacious cottage sleeping 8, is great accommodation for those considering holidays with dogs.

Want to bring your dog on holiday with you? We have lots of Dog Friendly Cottages available.