“I love South Devon, from running in and out the sea meeting new friends one day to bouncing through woodland the next. But if you got me to pick a favourite beach here, that would be like asking a parent to pick a favourite child!”
Says Archie the Cockapoo,
It seems, the South Hams is ideal for pet friendly self catering holidays. As well as the beautiful beaches and large expanses of rolling countryside being a haven for man’s best friend, it’s also a great place for the whole ‘family’ to enjoy a break. By finding perfect pet friendly self catering accommodation that means both owner and canine companion can relax and you can let the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty absorb and engage you.
When planning a pet friendly self catering holiday in the South Hams the Start Bay coastline comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike, with enchanting nature reserves (chasing the wildlife may keep you dog entertained for hours) as well as the historic coastline. Steeped in its own fair share of history, the village of Hallsands has a beautiful coastal location and a quiet beach, usually only with a handful of fishermen and early morning walkers. However, its seclusion provides a relaxing day out with your dog.
To investigate the delights that the River Dart has to offer within quick access to countryside and National Trust woodland, The Stables is a peaceful pet friendly self catering property in the pretty hamlet of Capton, sleeping 4, with a spacious garden. The Dart Valley Trail tracks the course of the river from Dittisham to Totnes for 8 miles, a moderate walk but well worth the effort on the part of both dog and owner. The views are breathtaking and the route should keep your furry friend entertained for a gentle day’s trip which you can intersperse with rest stops in many an unspoilt village. The Watermans Arms near Asprington, 17th Century inn, has a relaxed ambiance and large outside seating area suitable for dogs. Afterwards you can return to your property and curl up in front of the wood burning stove to enjoy your pet friendly self catering holiday even more.
Many owners and their companion(s) may wish to see the sights of Salcombe, exploring the beaches nearby. Ever popular, Millbay is full of soft, springy sand that’s perfect for both sandcastles and strolls. Accessible from Salcombe by the East Portlemouth Ferry, the ride across the estuary proves a highlight for many pet friendly self catering holidays in the area. What’s best? Dogs go free! After a tiring run around (whether it’s dog or owner) the Victoria Inn, Salcombe, offers a place to unwind -dogs even get their own menu.
For pet friendly self catering accommodation, Cracoe Lodge, in nearby Malborough, is a stylish and cleverly designed property in an ideal location for accessing the best the South Hams has to offer for both owner and their four-legged friend. The 4.5 mile walk from East Soar to Soar Mill Cove is a wonderful way to discover the dramatic Salcombe coastline whilst on a pet friendly self catering holiday. For refreshments stop at the East Soar Walkers’ Hut, providing cakes and cream teas just off the coastal path. When staying on a pet friendly self catering holiday in South Devon there’s plenty to satisfy dogs and their owners alike. Just don’t forget to pack the dog balls!
For those that are still uncertain about whether to bring their dog on holiday, read this fabulous article ‘4 reasons that holidays with dogs are a good idea’.