As anyone with a dog knows, arranging your holiday around them can be difficult and sometimes costly with kennel fees. That’s why we offer a range of dog-friendly properties where dogs and pets are welcome.
South Devon is the perfect place to holiday if you want to bring your dog along with you. There are miles of coastline and countryside walks as well as beaches and pubs that welcome dogs too.
Here are five amazing pet friendly holiday cottages to explore.
- 4 Bolberry Court, Hope Cove. Less than a mile from the National Trust owned Bolberry Down, 4 Bolberry Court is perfect for those travelling with pets. There are extensive gardens for your four-legged friend to nose about in, and the walks around Bolberry Down and the surrounding area offer fields, forests, coves and more to explore. And with Hope Cove and Malborough nearby you’ve got all the amenities you need, like a shop and pubs, on your doorstep.
- Oversteps House, Salcombe. This luxury new property overlooks South Sands beach near Salcombe, giving sweeping views of the estuary and beyond. With enough accommodation to sleep 16 it makes it a perfect getaway for a special occasion. Small dogs are welcome and with easy access to beaches and coastal walks there’s plenty to keep Fido entertained. The owners of Oversteps House also leave a welcome pack for your pet including a dog bed, bowl, treats, litter bags and suggested walks.
- Rose Cottage, Dartmouth. If you want a cottage that offers seclusion, but is also right at the heart of Dartmouth then look no further. Just a few yards from the town centre, Rose Cottage is the perfect basecamp for dog owners who want a taste of town, coast and country.
- Larches Cottage, Slapton, Kingsbridge. This gorgeous stone cottage is located near the village of Slapton with nearby access to the South West Coast path. A short drive will take you to Kingsbridge or Dartmouth and the numerous coves and beaches dotted around the area.
- Boxtree Barn, East Allington. Set in the peaceful hamlet of Netherton, Boxtree Barn is a beautiful stone cottage that retains period features but with contemporary furnishings. The barn is pet friendly and with acres of beautiful woodland nearby there’s plenty of immediate space for your dog to stretch his legs. Situated midway between Salcombe and Dartmouth you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to places to explore.
The first thing any dog owner needs to know about South Devon is the abundance of dog walking opportunities.
First and foremost is the South West Coast Path. This 630 mile trail runs right along the entire area and offers some of the most wonderful views, plus plenty of challenging terrain for your dog to roam through. Dogs are allowed along the entire stretch but be sure to keep them under control in a responsible manner and put on a lead when around livestock. Also keep them away from the cliff edges as the temptation to chase down a rabbit can be strong and also dangerous. And remember to pick up after your dog and discard their waste in the bins provided.
Dogs love to explore beaches, as well as take a dip in the water, and South Devon’s beaches are among the best in the country. Some do have restricted access especially in the summer months from May to September. But here’s a list of beaches in the area that allow dogs to play all year round:
- Beesands Beach
- East Portlemouth
- Mill Bay
- Salcombe North Sands
- Soar Mill Cove
- Thurlestone/South Milton
- Slapton and Torcross
Here are some important tips when travelling with your pet to your dog-friendly holiday cottage in South Devon.
Any dog owner knows that one of the great joys of walking a dog, especially when the weather is good is finding a great pub where you sit and relax for a while before hitting the trail again. Not all pubs are dog friendly for a variety of reasons, but here are some that will gladly welcome four-legged punters.
- Victoria Inn, Salcombe
- The Ashburton Arms, West Charleton
- The Port Light Hotel, Bolberry Down
- Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle
- The Village Inn, Thurlestone
- The Millbrook Inn, South Pool
- The Cricket Inn, Beesands
- The Sloop, Bantham
- The Seven Stars, Kingsbridge
- Hope and Anchor, Hope Cove
- The Fortescue Arms, East Allington
- The Seven Stars, Dartmouth
Now that you know where to stay and where to visit with your furry companion it’s important to help them travel safely so your holiday gets off to a great start.
- Be sure to exercise your dog before setting off. If they’re tired out they will be more likely to rest through the journey.
- If you’re travelling on a sunny or hot day be sure to keep the car cool. Allow a good flow of air and provide shade if possible. When taking breaks ensure your dog drinks some water.
- When you arrive take them for a walk as soon as possible. If the drive has been long they’ll need to burn off some energy and get to know their new surroundings.
Travelling with your pet is a rewarding and fun experience for you both, make sure you travel with their needs in mind and select a great location you can both enjoy and your holiday will set to be a success.
Want to stay in a pet friendly holiday cottage? Visit our dog friendly holiday homes page to see our selection of properties.